The programme for the Institutional ESG Investment Summit 2021 is currently in production. We look forward to announcing our speaker line-up shortly. If you would like to participate in a keynote presentation or panel debate, please contact Dominique Kistan, Production Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At our Virtual Summit in 2020, we were delighted to welcome the following speakers to our online stage:
Head of Financial Risk, Wesleyan Group
An experienced Life Actuary, who has held various Senior Management roles within financial services. Head of Financial Risk at Wesleyan Assurance since 2016, managing and embedding the Risk Management Framework; includes Investment Governance and Sustainability. Previously, 10 years within Wesleyan Group Finance and 19 years at Britannic (now Phoenix Group).
Director - Specialist on Positive Change, Baillie Gifford
Rosie is a Director and a specialist on Positive Change (a global equity impact strategy). Rosie joined Baillie Gifford in 2013. She previously worked at Martin Currie, Aberdeen Asset Management and Edinburgh Fund Managers. Rosie graduated MA (Hons) in Politics and Economic & Social History from the University of Edinburgh.
Chief Investment Officer, The People’s Pension, B&CE
Nico is the Chief Investment Officer at B&CE. Previously, he was Head of Defined Contribution (DC) Investment at Willis Towers Watson, and Head of DC for the Barclays staff pension scheme. He also chaired the Resource and Environment Board and is a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Council. Nico is a qualified actuary and has published papers on resource depletion and monetary sustainability – working to ensure climate change and other sustainability issues are understood and acted upon by actuaries where appropriate.
Governance and Sustainability Specialist, Baillie Gifford
Marianne joined Baillie Gifford in 2004 and is now a Director, Governance and Sustainability. Prior to joining Baillie Gifford, Marianne worked offshore carrying out environmental and geological survey work. She is also a member of the Social Investment Scotland (SIS) Ventures Investment Committee.
Head of Pension Investments, Investment Strategy & Execution, Scottish Widdows
At Scottish Widows, Maria is responsible for defining the investment offering across workplace savings, individual and longstanding customer segments and for incorporating sustainability in the investment design. She has previously held senior DC investment roles at Mercer and JLT. She is a spokesperson on investment matters, a regular contributor to DC industry events and a professional awards judge.
Director - Responsible Investment , Ruffer
Joined Ruffer in 2014 after working for ten years at EIRIS, a research provider for environmental, social and governance performance, in several positions. Her last role as a Principal Research Analyst at EIRIS mainly focussed on Corporate Governance issues and criteria development. From 1999–2003 she worked at the Moral Theology department at Frankfurt University for the Business Ethics Chair. In 2003 she graduated from Frankfurt University with a MA (distinction) in Theology and a MA (distinction) in Literature.
VP, Long-Term Planning, BP
Dr. Dominic Emery is VP, Group Strategic Planning for BP, responsible for strategy development, long-term planning and policy. Dominic is a geology graduate and has worked for BP since 1986. He has held positions in BP’s Exploration and Production Division, in Asia and the Middle East, and also in the UK North Sea. Dominic has led Gas and Power business development in Europe, as well as running power and utility assets at BP industrial sites. He joined BP Alternative Energy in 2007, ran Emerging Business & Corporate Ventures in 2012 and moved to his current role in 2013. In addition to his BP role, Dominic was the founding CEO of OGCI Climate Investments, a $1bn fund set up by oil and gas companies to invest in technologies and projects to reduce carbon emissions. He is also on the Board of the EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative) and alternate on the Board of the ETI (UK Energy Technologies Institute).
Member of Investment Committee, PwC Switzerland Pension Fund
Dimitri Senik is a member of the Investment Committee of the Pension Fund of PwC Switzerland. He holds a degree in International Economics, is CFA Charterholder and Chartered Certified Accountant, and looks back on more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Dimitri is currently actively involved in the ESG investment integration process at PwC Switzerland Pension Fund.
Chief Executive Officer, Share Action
Catherine has been the Chief Executive of ShareAction since 2008. ShareAction coordinates civil society activism to promote responsible investment across Europe. She is also a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.
Director of Sustainability, Gjensidige
Bente Sverdrup is Sustainability director in Gjensidige group, and has formal background as an auditor. She has been audit partner in Deloitte and has also experience as director of finance, chief of Internal Audit and HR director for 2,5 years. Through the years she has gained experience in many different industries and areas, s.a. insurance, energy, retail and public sector. She has experience in risk management, internal and external audit, international experience, project management, IFRS, change management, HR processes, competence development, sustainability. She has also experience as a member of Board of Director’s and and Audit Committee.
Chief Investment Officer, Aviva UK
Ashish is the Chief Investment Officer for Aviva UK, managing over £225bn of assets across Life and General Insurance. As CIO, Ashish is responsible for defining the investment strategy and delivering the investment performance. Previously, Ashish led the formation of Aviva Investors’ first global research team and before that was Head of Credit Research for Aviva Investors North America. Prior to joining Aviva, Ashish was a Director with UBS Investment Bank in New York and Chicago, and previously was a Senior Ratings Analyst with Crisil (Indian subsidiary of Standard & Poor’s) in India. Ashish is a CFA charterholder and earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he graduated at the top of his class. Ashish also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Indore, India.
Managing Director, Environment and Sustainability, EBRD