Sustainable Investing & Climate Risk
Driving best practices in sustainable investing and environmental risk management to achieve improved market confidence, brand reputation and higher shareholder value.
Key discussion areas include:
Understanding and measuring climate risk opportunities
Technology and climate risk related challenges
EU taxonomy, proxy voting and shareholder engagement
Leadership, partnership and engagement management within emerging risks
How to implement sustainable finance strategies and invest in a sustainable portfolio
Effective communication and marketing on our sustainable efforts
Long term strategies for pension funds
Global head of responsible investment
Aegon Asset Management
Brunno Maradei is the Global Head of Responsible Investment at Aegon Asset Management. Prior to this role he was a Senior Investment Officer at the European Investment Bank, working mostly on structured finance for infrastructure projects in Africa.
Brunno has worked in the finance industry for over 20 years, starting in Morgan Stanley’s risk management practice in London and subsequently moving to JPMorgan. Brunno spent over three years in the leadership team at EIRIS, a leading ESG research house in London, and over eight years in the World Bank Group in Washington, where he developed sustainable investment products for emerging markets and structured blended finance for renewable energy projects in Africa.
Brunno also spent two years advising the European Commission on blended finance for development impact. Brunno is a CFA charterholder, holds an MBA from London Business School and a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics.
Alice Legrix de la Salle
COO and Head of agricultural partnerships
Alice Legrix de la Salle is Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agricultural Partnerships at AXA Climate. AXA Climate protects communities and businesses from those climate risks, both present and future. Their solutions go beyond insurance, with an offer that combines parametric insurance (index-based and automated), assistance, and resilience. Prior to joining AXA Climate, Alice was a manager in a French consulting firm. She graduated from Mines ParisTech.
Managing director, head of ESG thematic research
Michael joined DWS in 2015 with responsibility for the division’s ESG thematic research. His work supports all areas of DWS’s asset management business across all asset classes, geographies and client segments. Prior to his current role, Michael was Global Head of Commodities Research in the Corporate Banking & Securities division of Deutsche Bank.
In 2013, the Commodities Research team was ranked #2 in the EMEA Institutional Investor Equity and Fixed Income Research team survey. Before this, Michael was the Deputy Head of FX Research at Deutsche Morgan Grenfell. In 2000, the FX Research team was ranked #1 in the Euromoney FX Research survey.
Michael began his career as a Research analyst covering Global Macro & Rates research at Morgan Grenfell. Michael holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Bristol and an M.Sc. in Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science.
Director,head of sustainable investing for iShares in the EMEA
GARP Risk Institute
Jo Paisley is Co-President of the GARP Risk Institute (GRI), the thought leadership arm of GARP. Set up in early 2018, the Institute works across all risk disciplines, with Jo’s focus to date on climate risk management and scenario analysis, stress testing and operational resilience. Her career began at the Bank of England where she worked in a variety of roles, across macroeconomics, statistics, supervision and risk. Her last role was as a Director of the Supervisory Risk Specialists Division within the Prudential Regulation Authority, where she was heavily involved in the design and execution of the UK’s first concurrent stress test in 2014. She left the Bank in 2015 and joined HSBC as their Global Head of Stress Testing. She has also worked as an independent stress testing consultant, advising firms on how to get the most value out of stress testing.
Head of policy
Ben Nelmes leads UKSIF’s public policy work, focusing on how to put sustainability at the heart of the UK financial system. Before joining UKSIF, Ben worked as an adviser to a senior politician, focusing on the environment, sustainability and exiting the EU. He also worked in the House of Lords, for a think tank, and for an MEP. Ben has a degree in philosophy from King’s College London.
Head of ESG Client Strategies EMEA
Maria Lombardo is the European Head of ESG Client Strategies at Invesco. Maria has more than 25 years’ experience, serving as a manager director in investment banking and equity capital markets. In recent years Maria followed her passion for sustainability and became an expert in responsible investing and sustainable finance. Maria joined Invesco in 2018 from CDP, the environmental disclosure not-for-profit organisation, where she was global coordinator of their investor initiative group.
Maria spent most of her earlier career as an investment analyst in corporate finance and private equity, with Lazard in Milan and then British Development Finance Institution CDC Group in London. Maria worked on investment projects in Africa, South America and India, extensively travelling around the poorest countries in the world, assessing investment opportunities. She was involved in agribusiness and infrastructural investments in Ecuador, Ivory Coast, India and Uganda among others, dealing with various types of investments from loans to private equities.
From the late nineties, Maria progressed into capital markets in sales and relationship management for emerging market equities, with prominent European investment banks UBS, Sberbank and Unicredit, where she was a Managing Director, heading the emerging market equity group.
Maria graduated from Bocconi University in Milan and holds a certificate in Responsible Investing at the Cambridge Institute of Sustainability Leadership and a CEMS MBA at UCLL in Brussels and Bocconi. She is a board of director at the London Women’s Forum, an investor members organisation promoting women’s careers in finance.
Head of specialist equity & responsible investing
NN Investment Partners
Jeroen Bos, CFA, CAIA is Head of Specialised Equity & Responsible Investing at NN Investment Partners (NN IP) and part of its Management Team Investments. His portfolio of responsibilities includes a variety of Global and Regional Sustainable & Impact Equity Funds, as well as a range of Global & European Equity funds.
Jeroen is also a member of NN IP's ESG Board and has been instrumental in the development of ESG integration at NNIP in the last decade. In recent years, the focus on combining ESG data with new technologies (NLP, ML) to create new and improved insights has gained momentum at NNIP. His previous roles at NN IP included Head of Global Equity Research as well as Senior Portfolio Manager on several Global Equity & Thematic Funds.
Before joining NN IP, Jeroen was a Director at UBS in New York in the Technology Equity Research Team. Prior to UBS, he was a Vice President at JP Morgan in London and a Senior Equity Analyst at MeesPierson/Fortis in Amsterdam. Jeroen is also a Board Member of CFA Society VBA Netherlands as well as a Board Member of the Work with Nature Foundation, a non-profit organization protecting Costa Rica’s rainforest.