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09:15 - 09:20

Conference opening

Fiona Reynolds, CEO, PRI

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09:20 - 09:30

Welcome remarks from Lead Sponsor

Hiroshi Ozeki, President & CEO, Nissay Asset Management

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09:30 - 10:30

Plenary session 1: The sustainable finance policy revolution: implications for investors

Ashley Alder, Board Chair, International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO)
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Chairman, Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs
Nathan Fabian, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, PRI
Satoshi Ikeda, Chief Sustainable Finance Officer, Japan Financial Services Agency
Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and the Capital Markets Union
Moderator: Margarita Pirovska, Director of Policy, PRI

In 2021, sustainable finance policy is no longer optional. As governments around the world develop national strategies towards net zero by 2050, finance ministers are increasingly considering an overhaul of financial and investment regulations to support the transition. This session will focus on the key policy and legal reforms emerging around the world to align investment markets with sustainability objectives, including the Paris Agreement.

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11:00 - 12:00

Plenary session 2: Fund governance for the next generation

Sara Bernow, Partner, McKinsey & Company
Angela Emslie, Member of the Impact Committee, HESTA
Doug McMurdo, Chair, Local Authority Pension Fund Forum
Arjen Pasma, Chief Risk & Compliance Officer, PGGM Investments
Moderator: Laura de Ornelas, Director of Asset Owner Empowerment, PRI

As the landscape of regulation and societal expectations evolves, this session will challenge the existing relationship between the asset manager and asset owner – looking at angles including mandates, reporting, charging structures and reflecting beneficiaries’ interests. We will explore how asset owners should react, what their responsibilities are and how relationships with asset managers and beneficiaries might change.

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12:30 - 13:30

Plenary session 3: Net zero: from ambition to implementation

Mark Fulton, Founding Partner, Energy Transition Advisors
Nili Gilbert, Chair, Investment Committee, David Rockefeller Fund
Tim Gould, Chief Energy Economist, International Energy Agency
Günther Thallinger, Board Member, Allianz SE & Chair, UN-convened Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance
Moderator: Fiona Reynolds, CEO, PRI

As the momentum grows for investors to align their portfolios with net zero climate goals laid out in the Paris Agreement, this session aims to help investors understand how this can be achieved in practice across core asset classes. It will focus on key tools and guidance available for investors to move from target setting to implementation, including the launch of the new IPR 1.5 degree scenario and insights on progress from the UN-convened Net Zero Asset Owner Alliance.

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14:00 - 15:00

Plenary session 4: Sustainability outcomes: why do they matter for investors?

Philipp Hildebrand, Vice Chairman, BlackRock
Karen Karniol-Tambour, Co‚ÄźChief Investment Officer for Sustainability, Bridgewater Associates
Nathalie Lhayani, Head of Sustainability, Caisse des Dépôts Group
Anders Strömblad, Head of Alternative Investments, AP2
Moderator: Gavin Power, Chief of Sustainable Development and International Affairs, PIMCO

Planetary boundaries are fast approaching, economic inequality is growing, and the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is at stake. In response, legal frameworks and societal expectations regarding the role of investors are evolving in a number of jurisdictions. In this context, can investors afford to ignore the real-world outcomes of their investments? How do investors’ activities interrelate with sustainability outcomes? This session seeks to explore these questions by considering different perspectives on why investing with sustainability outcomes is relevant for investors.

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15:15 - 16:15

Breakout session: Designing mandates for impact

Jem Hudson, Director of Investment Strategy & Asset Allocation, Liberty Mutual
Daniel E. Ingram, Senior Vice President, Wilshire
Karen Lockridge, Director, ESG Investing, Canada Post Corporation Pension Plan
Kerrie Waring, CEO, International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN)
Moderator: Toby Belsom, Director of Investment Practices, PRI

The PRI’s reporting data shows that increasing numbers of asset owners now incorporate ESG factors into their relationships with asset managers. This session will explore some of the challenges and opportunities for both asset owners and investment consultants to take the next step in incorporating outcomes into the design of mandates. It will be an action-orientated session, which will explore the possible routes for joint action by asset owners.

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16:30 - 17:30

Breakout session: Long/short investment strategies: a new frontier for responsible investment

Miranda Carr, Executive Director, APAC ESG Research, MSCI
Juliette Menga, Director & Chair of ESG Committee, Aetos Alternatives Management
Toby Moskowitz, Professor, Yale School of Management
Lukasz Pomorski, Managing Director & Head of ESG Research, AQR Capital Management
Moderator: Toby Belsom, Director of Investment Practices, PRI

Responsible investment has struggled with short positions. Can long/short strategies be utilised in integrating ESG into portfolio construction? How might you combine a long/short strategy with active stewardship? How can you report to clients on long/short portfolio footprints? In this session, experts from academia and industry will discuss these questions and map out their vision of how long/short strategies might be integrated into a responsible investment strategy.

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17:45 - 18:45

Breakout session: Climate commitments in private markets: implications and implementation

David Brand, CEO, New Forests
Michael Eisenberg, Head of ESG Integration, New York State Common Retirement Fund
Tariye Gbadegesin, CEO, ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment Ltd.
Cornelia Gomez, Head of ESG, PAI Partners
Moderator: Peter Dunbar, Senior Specialist, Investment Practices, Private Equity, PRI

Private markets investors have a critical role to play on climate change, through both their investment selections and management of portfolio companies and assets. This session will explore how asset owners and managers are making and implementing climate commitments, what those commitments mean for their engagement with one another and their portfolio companies and assets, and what steps can be taken to support a just, as well as low carbon, transition.

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