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2023 Agenda

Day 1

31st January 2023

Registration, coffee & networking
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks

Alice Murray, Publishing Director, The Drawdown

Opening keynote presentation

Maximising performance through ESG

Andrea Bonomi, Founder & Chairman, Investindustrial

Panel discussion

Big picture: integrating ESG into every level of organisational strategy

  • What resources do you need to have in place to develop and build ESG capacity?
  • How do you arrive at the right measures for an ever-evolving market?
  • Techniques for seamlessly merging financial and sustainability reporting
  • Developing a practical and uniform approach to ESG and DEI

Moderator: Victoria Gillespie, Director – ESG Services, JTC

Adam Black, Partner, Head of ESG and Sustainability, Coller Capital
Dörte Höppner, Chief Sustainability Officer, Riverside
Elin Ljung, Managing Director, Head of Communication and Sustainability, Nordic Capital Advisors
Sarah Peasey, Director of European ESG Investing, Neuberger Berman
Robert Sroka, Partner, Head of Value Enhancement Team, Abris Capital

Coffee & speed networking
Case study

Getting started with ESG: what does and doesn’t work?

Jim Weight, Managing Partner, Weight Partners

Panel discussion

Regulation, disclosure, and reporting: how can ESG be measured and reported in a way that keeps all parties happy?

  • ESG disclosure landscape: finding the right approach for your organisation
  • Preventing green, SDG or impact washing via comprehensive reporting
  • What is the existing regulation? And what are the real-world liabilities?
  • Overcoming the challenges of matching and reporting against investors’ priorities

Moderator: Heleen van Poecke, Co-Founder & CEO, KEY ESG

Emin Aleskerov, Senior Advisor, Stirling Square Capital
​​Stefanie Kneer, Head of ESG and Sustainability, Atypical Partner
Coralie De Maesschalck, Head of CSR & ESG, Kartesia
Matthew Powell, Vice President, Head of ESG & Reporting - BeyondNetZero, General Atlantic
Olivia Prentice, Head of Impact, Bridges Fund Management

The Big Debate

This house believes that standardised frameworks for ESG do not work for private markets

Maria Carradice, Managing Director, Specialist – ESG, Mayfair Equity Partners
Eimear Palmer, Partner & Global Head of ESG, Pantheon

Lunch & networking

Impact strategies versus ESG

  • Are they different enough to warrant separate strategies?
  • Sustainability and impact: what is the difference? How are they defined?
  • How can you measure impact? Does it align with SDGs?
  • How are investors allocating to impact?

Discussion leaders:
Beth Houghton, Partner & Head of Impact Fund, Palatine
Olivia Prentice, Head of Impact, Bridges Fund Management


Outsourcing versus in-house ESG capabilities

  • What functions of ESG lend themselves to being outsourced vs. kept in-house?
  • What should GPs and portfolio companies be aware of when deciding to outsource?
  • What are the key considerations for choosing a partner?
  • How can ESG consultants work together with private equity companies to ensure consistency?

Discussion leaders:
Jo Daley, Director, Head of Impact, Clearwater
Anne Sheedy, ESG Advisor, Bowmark Capital


Biodiversity: from niche topic to principal sustainable finance challenge

  • What does biodiversity mean for investors and asset managers?
  • How can investment in the preservation of biodiversity be unlocked?
  • What are the financial opportunities arising from natural capital?
  • Will nature-based investing be the next hot asset class?

Discussion leaders: Noëlla de Bermingham, Chief Sustainability Officer, Andera Partners
Lee Shankland-Gort, Global Head of ESG and Responsible Business,Addleshaw Goddard


Tackling the unconscious bias: the importance of diversity in driving innovation

  • How are investors rating companies to ensure they are diverse and inclusive of people and ideas?
  • Do your DEI initiatives really work? How do you measure success?
  • What are the links between corporate diversity and market performance?
  • What can be done to drive DEI forwards?

Discussion leaders:
Cilian Jansen Verplanke, Partner, Karmijn Kapitaal
Sarah Shackleton, COO, Seraphim Space Manager

Coffee & networking
Panel discussion

Data, data, and more data: developing ESG metrics for private equity

  • Creating a critical mass of meaningful, performance-based ESG data via standardised data collection
  • What data are LPs asking for? And what are they doing with it?
  • Exploring ILPA and UNPRI initiatives to improve data collection and reporting
  • Cybersecurity and how to ensure data protection

Moderator: Owen Riddall, Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, Novata

Martin Bang-Löwgren, Head of Sustainability, Polaris
Richard Burrett, Chief Sustainability Officer, Earth Capital
Yohan Hill, Principal & Director of ESG and Responsible Investing, Investment Strategy and Risk Management, Adams Street Partners
Nina Kraus, Principal, Hamilton Lane

Champagne roundtable discussions

A: Enhancing value at exit with ESG

Nevena Batchvarova, Head of Investor Relations, NB Renaissance

B: Decarbonisation

Claire Headley, ESG Director, 17Capital

C: ESG Portfolio measurement

Henry Philipson, Director of Marketing and Communications, Beringea

D: How to build climate impact portfolios in private equity

Joana Castro, Partner, Head of Primary Investments, Unigestion

E: The role of ESG in value creation for private equity

Anna Bianchi, Private Equity and Sustainable Finance Solution Manager, Ecovadis

​Cocktail reception

Day 2

1st February 2023

Registration, coffee & networking
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks

Greg Gille, Editor, Real Deals

Expert presentation

SFDR in focus

  • The commercial challenges of SFDR
  • An overview of the framework - articles 6, 8 and 9
  • Regulatory risks and how GPs can avoid them

Shai Hill, Founder & CEO, Integrum ESG

Panel discussion

Responsible investment and LP requirements: from fundraising to reporting

  • How do LPs view ESG? Does it vary globally?
  • What is the impact on fundraising? How are investors choosing their managers?
  • What sort of data are LPs looking for on ESG? And what are they doing with it?
  • Are investors interested if your fund isn’t article 8 or 9?

Moderator: Jan Gruter, Partner, Addleshaw Goddard

Nathalie Chollet, Head of Northern Europe Equity Investments, Lower Mid-Market, European Investment Fund
Silva Dezelan, ESG Director, Stafford Capital Partners
Matthew Maguire, Finance Director & Head of ESG, Park Square Capital

Case study

From regulation to implementation: the practicalities of SFDR PAIs

Heleen van Poecke, Co-Founder & CEO, KEY ESG
Alison Collins, Head of ESG, Pollen Street Capital

Coffee & networking
Panel session

Best practice for decarbonising your firm and your portfolio

  • Key opportunities and challenges in the path to net zero
  • Beyond reporting: implementing real world actions to reduce carbon emissions
  • Dealing with conflicting challenges: weighing up the E vs. S of decarbonisation programmes

Moderator: Peter Dunbar, Head of Private Equity, Principles for Responsible Investment

Jo Daley, Director, Head of Impact, Clearwater
Axel Elqvist, Sustainability Lead, Verdane
Fabio Ranghino, Head of Sustainability and Strategy, Ambienta
Eva Vogt, Head of ESG and Impact, EMK Capital
Serge Younes, Head of Sustainability, Investindustri

Case study

Decarbonising in action at the portfolio level

Laura McMullen, Interim ESG Director, Cinven

Lunch & networking
Panel session

ESG Compensation is still on the up: do you have to pay to play?

  • Current trends in ESG compensation
  • How can firms align compensation to the role, responsibilities, and experience of people in the market?
  • How can you retain your ESG professionals in a rising comp market?
  • How to manage the knock-on effects of the upward trend in ESG comp with the rest of your organisation

Moderator: Kate Goodall, Head of ESG & Sustainability, PER

Jennifer Flood, Sustainability Vice President, InvestIndustrial
Aaron Hay, Director, Engagement & Strategy, Sustainable Fixed Income, Federated Hermes
Nazo Moosa, Managing Partner, Energy Impact Partners

Panel session

ESG from a risk aversion strategy to a driver of value creation

  • How can ESG data be used to drive performance and create value?
  • How are large firms driving ESG through their organisations?
  • ESG at valuation: what premiums can managers achieve by enhancing a portfolio companies ESG credentials?
  • What happens to ESG as it moves into the mainstream?

Graeme Ardus, Head of ESG, Triton
Zoe Bulger, Impact Manager, Summa Equity
Martin Calderbank, Managing Partner, Agilitas

Case study

ESG as a value creator

Benjamin Puche, Director of Value Creation & Sustainability, Paragon Partners

Panel discussion

Demonstrating ESG value on exit

  • Implementation of ESG at portfolio level to enhance the exit
  • Communicating ESG credentials to potential buyers
  • What buyers expect from a company’s ESG policies

Moderator: Maria Knapp, Partner, Control Risks

Michelle Capiod, Co-Founding Partner, Blume Equity
Phil Davis, Director of ESG, Helios Investment Partners
Kristen Weldon, Managing Director, Global Head of BlackRock Alternative Investors Sustainable Investing, BlackRock
Emily Woollaston, Director, Head of Investor Relations, Beechbrook Capital

Chair’s closing remarks