ESG & Climate Risk Summit USA 2022

Delivering practical takeaways and driving best practices in ESG, climate risk and environmental risk management to achieve improved market confidence, brand reputation and higher shareholder value.

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ESG & Climate Risk Summit USA 2022

October 19, Online | October 20, In-person

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Where ESG risk leaders connect, exchange ideas and make vital steps towards the new future of finance.​

The ESG & Climate Risk Summit USA is taking place in New York and online this October gathering senior ESG risk management and investment decision makers from asset managers, hedge funds, life insurance firms, pension funds and investment banks in the USA.

With an agenda steered by the Risk.net editorial team and our global advisory board and covering the most pressing issues facing ESG risk professionals, you will leave with new ideas, new connections and a new perspective on ESG and climate risk.

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Arik Ben Dor

Head of quantitative equity research

Barclays

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Ben Dor oversaw large scale research projects in rates, credit, equities, and hedge funds used by the largest institutional investors globally, including central banks, Sovereign wealth funds, asset managers, insurance companies, pensions and hedge funds. His research focused on asset allocation, smart beta, alpha generation, portfolio optimization, risk management, cost of investment constraints and hedging.

He published two books on quantitative investing in credit securities and over a dozen articles in leading industry journals such as the Journal of Portfolio Management, Journal of Fixed Income, Journal of Investment Management, and Journal of Alternative Investments.

He co-authored the influential articles on ‘DTS (Duration Times Spread)', a new approach to measuring the spread risk of corporate bonds and credit default swaps. It changed industry practices and was widely adopted by credit investors globally. One of his articles received the Martello award for the 2007 best practitioner paper, and his research on ‘cloning' hedge funds was the basis for several products and was awarded a U.S. patent.

His recent work on exploring the cross-asset relation between stocks and bonds was the basis for constructing systematic equity strategies such as momentum and ‘value' based on credit signals, and the usage of equity derivatives for hedging high-yield bonds. His systematic strategies were adopted by some of the largest global asset managers and were presented in leading industry conferences.

Prior to his current role, Dr. Ben Dor worked at Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley. He holds a PhD in Finance from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University, and completed his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from Tel Aviv University, Cum Laude.

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Bala Ayyar

Managing Director & Chief Data Officer, SG Americas

Société Générale

Since joining SG in 2009, he has held a range of positions.  Currently, he is the Chief Data Officer, SG Americas, with responsibility for data management and governance within the Region.  This function is responsible for implementing the requirements of BCBS 239, establishing sound data governance framework that meets Group needs and local supervisory expectations, and creating a solid platform for the data to be leveraged for strategic business decisions. Prior to that, he headed up the Project Management Office for the SG US Transformation project.  SG roles before that included Deputy CFO of the Americas Region of their Corporate & Investment Bank and Head of Finance Offshoring in SG Bangalore. 

Prior to joining SG, Bala was with the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) for fourteen years in a range of positions in Toronto and New York.  As Senior Vice President of the Wholesale North America Finance, he headed up the controllership function for CIBC’s World Markets and Treasury & Risk Management Strategic Business Units within North America. With a global team across Toronto and New York, he was responsible for establishing a SOX-compliant industry-leading Finance control environment as well as supporting the efficient execution of business initiatives and managing the Finance related US regulatory relationships during a very demanding period. Prior to that, he also had stints as the business-line controller for the Bank's US origination businesses (Corporate Lending, Investment Banking, Merchant Banking, Structured Finance, and High Yield), as well as the 2/ic to the Chief Accountant, with responsibility for consolidated financial, management and regulatory reporting at the corporate level.

Born and brought up in Mumbai India, Bala has a degree in mathematics from the University of Mumbai and holds professional accounting qualifications from both India and the United States.  He lives in Montclair, New Jersey is married with two children, and enjoys long-distance running.

Hervé Duteil

Chief sustainability officer, Americas

BNP Paribas

Hervé Duteil created the position of Chief Sustainability Officer for BNP Paribas in the Americas in 2014.  In this role, he leads the Bank’s regional strategy for Sustainable Finance, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Company Engagement, bringing in particular a strong focus on promoting client dialogue around sustainability topics and the development of tailored financing solutions or responsible investment products.  In 2018, Euromoney selected him as one of the 10 “champions of global impact banking”.

Prior to this, Hervé spent most of his career trading derivatives and managing capital market activities.  More recently, he led BNP Paribas’ efforts to close its first Social Impact Bonds.

Hervé holds a Master in Business Administration with distinction from the Harvard Business School, a Master of Science from the University of Cambridge, and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics & Physics from the University of Paris.  He serves as a member on CFTC’s Climate-Related Market Risk Subcommittee of the Market Risk Advisory Committee, Canada Standards Association’s Technical Committee for the Development of a National Standard for “Transition & Sustainable Finance”, and the Yale Initiative on Sustainable Finance Advisory Board.

Edward Mitby

ESG investing and data, portfolio decarbonization

Vanguard

Edward Mitby, CFA, is a Senior Artificial Intelligence Researcher in the Investment Management Group at Vanguard focusing on AI and machine learning explainability and interpretability as well as machine learning for equity factor return modelling.  He has extensive experience in ESG, climate, and infrastructure investing as well as ESG data.  He holds an MS in Operations Research and a Certificate in Artificial Intelligence from Stanford University, is a CFA Charterholder and Chartered Market Technician, and is AWS Machine Learning Certified.  He also holds a CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

Will Hadfield

Investing editor

Risk.net

Will Hadfield runs the investing team for Risk.net, overseeing coverage of hedge funds, conventional asset managers and insurance companies. He previously covered market structure for Bloomberg News in London, both as a reporter and an editor. He studied History at the University of Durham and is a French speaker.

Net Zero

As the ESG trend continues to grow, more clients want assurance that their portfolios are not contributing to climate change.  As a result, banks, asset managers, and funds will want to consider: 

  • Carbon pollution by company 

  • Carbon pollution by sector 

  • Carbon offsets 

Carbon disclosure

With the growing demand for ESG data in order to become more net-zero, organizations are needed to participate in the climate movement.  It is important for companies to give information on their carbon pollution in three tiers: 

  • Scope 1 – direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 

  • Scope 2 – indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 

  • Scope 3 – indirect greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions within the value chain of a company 

Scope 3 disclosure is the hardest to monitor and we will discuss how to improve all forms of disclosure. 

ESG data

 In addition to carbon disclosure data, there are other aspects of ESG that can inform investors on a company’s impact on the climate and their financial outlook.  This includes data such as: 

  • Board/leadership diversity 

  • Human rights 

  • Water stress levels 

Climate risk modeling

Whether we like it or not, climate change is already here.  What is important at this point is minimizing its impact and determining risk through scenario analysis.  Climate risk modeling will help determine impacts on company balance sheets from paying damages, losses, or reductions in future potential profits.  These are all impacted by growing: 

  • Extreme weather events 

  • Shortages impacting supply chain 

  • Sea level rise/flooding 

Impact Investing

Asset owners and investors are choosing to use their capital for the greater good.  Companies and individual investors can be influential by: 

  • Divesting from heavy polluters 

  • Investing in heavy polluters to influence company decisions from within 

  • Investing in climate solutions

Policy

Europe is much more ahead of other global regions when it comes to imposing climate friendly regulations.  We will seek to explore what other regulations are expected in the future and how to stay compliant. 

150

Senior industry leaders and influencers

50

Expert speakers

20

Hours of content & benchmarking

20 October 2022
2022-10-20 08:00:00 +0100

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In person

Hear from, meet and connect with senior peers. The interactive agenda of discussions and executive boardrooms has been designed by our editorial team and advisory board to facilitate a peer-to-peer dialogue.

Online

Our online event ensures that no-one misses out, gathering the wider risk and capital management community virtually and providing exclusive, convenient content at the click of a button. 

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We've put all our content for ESG & Climate Risk Summit in one easy to access place. 

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