3RD NOV ESG Day Ireland's third annual ESG Day, convened by SIF Ireland in association with Irish Life

ESG Day brings together the leading voices in Sustainable Finance to share their ESG journey, how they are using the Taxonomy in their business plans, and how they inform all of their stakeholders of their progress.

Our third ESG day agenda demonstrates the momentum in this area with new voices from Aviation and Technology firms joining the conversation on what is happening at a local, European and global level. In the context of the EU’s renewed sustainable finance strategy, across several events this year’s SIF Ireland ESG Day will highlight Irish progress on the ESG agenda.

Agenda

10:00am - 11:30am

Jerry Moriarty, Stephen Nolan, Panel Response: Fiona Reynolds, Kathy Ryan, Daryl Byrne

Out of Crisis into a new ESG reality: what next for Europe and Ireland

Welcome by Jerry Moriarty, Chairman of SIF Ireland and CEO Irish Association of Pension Funds.

Keynote by Mairead McGuinness, European Commissioner for Financial Services, Financial Stability and the Capital Markets Union

Presentation of findings of Ireland’s third annual Responsible Investment State of Play Report by SIF Ireland.

Panel response:
Fiona Reynolds, CEO UN Principles for Responsible Investment
Kathy Ryan, Head of Responsible Investing Irish Life Investment Managers
Daryl Byrne CEO Euronext Dublin
Moderated by: Stephen Nolan Managing Director, UN FC4S and SIF Ireland Committee Member

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Emma Jane Joyce, Catherine Cahill, and Treasa Ni Chonghaile

How Investors are Changing Corporate Behaviour, 100 Women in Finance NextGen Committee event

Investors are changing corporate behaviour with an increased focus on Environment, Governance and Sustainability (ESG) goals.

• How does an asset owner address ESG along with issues of divestment, engagement and analytics?
• How do portfolio managers address ESG objectives and put them into action?

Gain insights from these perspectives as you consider how to evaluate investments that make a difference.
This discussion builds on last year’s event held during Climate Finance Week 100 Women in Finance strengthens the global finance industry by empowering women to achieve their professional potential at each career stage. The 100 Women in Finance NextGen Groups are a global peer network for professionals in the first decade of their finance careers to develop a strong community of early-career women and a talent pipeline for the finance industry.

Emma Jane Joyce, Investment Director, NTMA,
Catherine Cahill, Senior Portfolio Manager KBIGI &
Treasa Ní Chonghaile, Senior Portfolio Manager KBIGI

2:00pm - 3.30pm

Gerry Cross, Peter Stapleton, Eimear O'Dwyer

The New European Sustainability Disclosure Regulations for Investment Managers – What, When, How for March 2021?

The Masterclass will provide attendees with an in-depth analysis of the legal, regulatory, management, and practical skills needed to understand the SFDR and come into compliance ahead of the deadline.

You will hear from leading experts on some of the challenges posed by these new rules but, more importantly, on the opportunities, it may unlock for your organisation. On the day, the Masterclass materials will be made available to delegates along with access to an info bank of related expert guides.

Keynote by Gerry Cross, Director of Financial Regulation – Policy and Risk; Asset Management and Investment Banking (Interim) Central Bank of Ireland
Peter Stapleton, Head of Funds & Investment Management, Dublin
Eimear O’Dwyer Partner, Maples Group

Masterclass delivered by Maples Group in association with SIF Ireland, the Irish Association of Investment Managers (IAIM), and the Sustainable Finance Skillnet.

3.45pm - 5.15pm

Stephen Nolan, Jason Tu, Christophe Christiaen, Alexandra Mihailescu, Andreas Hoepner, Marianne Haahr

ESG Data – The Rise of Digital Technology

Welcome by Stephen Nolan, SIF Ireland Committee Member

New digital ESG Data is derived from an arsenal of technologies including Big Data based on asset-level information, natural language processing, IoT, satellite imagery and DLT some of which are more mature than others.

These technologies need to play a central role in all aspects of ESG if it is truly going to be a trend that guides financial decision making. Digital ESG data not only holds the potential to offer more and better data for financial decision making but also to further accelerate a shift in the ESG data regime from company self-disclosed data towards a regime relying on multiple data sets including data from self-reporting assets or observed asset impact data using satellites, sensor technologies and IoT.

In this session we want to discuss the types of digital data available today on ESG risks and how these can be linked to standards and frameworks such as TCFD, SASB and the SDGs. We also want to discuss the most important steps asset managers and asset owners can take today and in a few years on their ESG data digitization journey.

Panel Discussion by:

Jason Tu, Co-founder and CEO, Miotech

Christophe Christiaen, Sustainable Finance Lead, Satellite Applications Catapult

Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, RepRisk

Prof. Andreas G. F. Hoepner, Ph.D., Chair in Operational Risk, Banking & Finance as well as VP EDI, College of Business, University College Dublin (UCD)

Moderator: Marianne Haahr, Executive Director, Green Digital Finance Alliance

5:15pm - 5:30pm

Colin Hunt, CEO, AIB Group plc

Sustainable Nation Ireland's Sustainable Finance Person of The Year Award 2020

Presented by AIB CEO Dr Colin Hunt Ireland’s premier, ESG Event Climate Finance Week Ireland 2020 will feature Sustainable Nation Ireland’s third Annual Sustainable Finance Leadership Award.

The coveted award of ‘Sustainable Finance Person of the Year 2020’ will be presented by Sustainable Nation Ireland and Climate Finance Week Ireland sponsors, AIB.

5:30pm

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Speakers

Colin Hunt, CEO, AIB Group plc

In March 2019, Colin Hunt was appointed Chief Executive Officer of AIB and an Executive Director on the AIB Board. He joined AIB in August 2016 as Managing Director, Wholesale, Institutional & Corporate Banking Division. Prior to joining AIB, he was Managing Director at Macquarie Capital where he led the development of its business in Ireland. Previously, he was a Special Policy Adviser at the Departments of Transport and Finance, Research Director and Chief Economist at Goodbody Stockbrokers, Head of Trading Research and Senior Economist at Bank of Ireland Group Treasury and a country risk analyst at NatWest. He has a Phd in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin and degrees in Commerce & Economics from University College, Cork. He served as a Non-Executive Director of Aer Lingus Group plc from 2008 to 2014.

Daryl Byrne, CEO Euronext Dublin

Daryl Byrne joined the Irish Stock Exchange in 2000 and has held a number of senior management roles. Since 2011, as Chief Regulatory Officer, Daryl has led a team of 30, with responsibility for regulation and operations relating to the listing of financial instruments on Euronext Dublin's markets, across multiple asset classes including equity, debt and funds.  He has been responsible for Euronext Dublin's regulatory engagement with issuers and market participants, as well as domestic and EU regulatory authorities. Daryl has been instrumental in the development of Euronext Dublin's global markets for securities. Previously he held the position of Head of Strategy Planning and Brand. He currently participates on the ESMA Corporate Finance Standing Committee Consultative Working Group and the European Corporate Governance Network, and is a former member of the Irish REITs Forum and the Company Law Review Group.

Eimear O'Dwyer, Partner, Maples Group

Eimear is a partner of Maples and Calder's Funds & Investment Management team in the Maples Group's Dublin office. She advises fund promoters on the establishment, ongoing operation and regulation of all types of UCITS and AIFs including distressed situation funds, private debt and credit funds, loan origination, hedge funds, fund of funds, master feeders, managed account platforms and bespoke structures. She also advises on the establishment, ongoing operation and regulation of UCITS management companies and AIFMs and contingency planning for Brexit. In addition, Eimear advises in the ESG and sustainable investment space and works with managers and financial institutions on the implementation of their own internal policies and in preparation for compliance with the EU’s Sustainable Action Plan. Eimear has been ranked by Chambers Global where clients report that "she achieves seemingly impossible deadlines, and is dedicated, committed, very pragmatic and good on the commercial side''.

Fiona Reynolds, CEO, UN PRI

Fiona Reynolds is Managing Director of the PRI, responsible to the board for the PRI’s global operations which includes more than 1350 signatories representing over US$45 trillion in assets under management, across 50 countries. Fiona has more than 20 years’ experience in the pension sector working in particular with the Australian Government and has played a key role in advocating pension policy change on behalf of working Australians. Fiona has a particular interest in retirement outcomes for women. Prior to joining PRI, Fiona spent seven years as the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (“AIST”) an association for Australian asset owners. Fiona has formerly been a Director of AUSfund, Industry Funds Credit Control, Australia for UNHCR and the National Network of Women in Super. In September 2012 she was named by the Australian Financial Review as one of Australia’s top 100 women of influence for her work in public policy. Fiona also serves on the Councils of the International Integrated Reporting.

Jerry Moriarty, Chairman of SIF Ireland and CEO of the Irish Association of Pension Funds

Jerry Moriarty is CEO of the IAPF which represents pension savers in Ireland. Its members are responsible for some €143.3bn in retirement savings and aims to ensure people in Ireland can have pensions that are secure, fair and simple. Jerry is Vice-Chair of PensionsEurope and chairs its DC Committee and Brexit Working Group. He sits on the Committee of the Irish Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum and, in 2018, was appointed to the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority’s Occupational Pensions Stakeholder Group.

He previously worked for the Irish regulator, the Pensions Authority, Sun Life Financial of Canada in the UK and Irish Life in Dublin. In 2014 he was voted Irish Pensions Personality of the Year and in 2016 was named by Pensions Insight as one of the Top 50 People in Pensions.

Kathy Ryan, Head of Responsible Investment, ILIM

Kathy is a senior Sustainable Investment Specialist and highly experienced in the integration of environmental, social and governance factors (ESG) in investment solutions. Kathy joined the fund management team at Irish Life from Aviva Investors, where she was a Senior ESG Product Strategist with responsibility for ESG integration across asset classes. She led on Aviva’s new product development in ESG and the development of an internal ESG proprietary score using AI resources. She developed an ESG and Climate strategy for  Aviva Life and rolled out the ESG integration policy across investment desks. Prior to Aviva, Kathy was Executive Director at an independent sustainable consultancy, Global Green Investments, where she worked with Development Finance Institutions, NGOs, policy makers and Institutional Investors on sustainable fund structuring and climate risk methodologies. . She worked with the Worldbank, where she helped structure fund solutions to attract private capital for utility scale renewable energy projects.   She provided thought leadership on Green Bond development to the European Commission and worked with Carbon Tracker and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), in the development of a climate risk methodology to assess the financial risk of the energy transition in the fossil fuel sector

Peter Stapleton, Partner, Maples

Peter Stapleton heads Maples and Calder's Funds&; Investment Management team in the Maples Group's Dublin office. He regularly advises investors, sponsors, fund managers and investment banks on the establishment, structuring, financing, public and private distribution and ongoing operation of UCITS and AIFs, including hedge funds, funds of funds, master feeders, private equity funds, managed account platforms and bespoke structures. Peter also has significant expertise advising on derivatives, prime brokerage, investment services, MiFID and securities law. His clients include financial institutions carrying out business in Ireland, or transacting with Irish-domiciled counterparties from other jurisdictions. Peter holds several senior positions on industry groups and regularly works with Irish regulatory and governmental bodies on enhancing Ireland’s financial services regime. He is a recognised legal expert in the ESG and sustainable investment space and works with some of the world’s largest managers and financial institutions to implement their internal policies as well as external standards such as UN PRI and the EU’s Sustainable Action Plan.
Peter is widely recognised as a leading lawyer in the financial services arena in Ireland and has been recommended by industry journals including IFLR1000, Legal 500, Chambers Global and Who's Who Legal. Peter has been nominated as one of the outstanding practitioners in investment funds in the Guide to the World's Leading Banking, Finance and Transactional Lawyers. Clients commend him for his " incredible knowledge of the law and regulation in funds and financial services", describing Peter as the AIFMD guru and commenting that when any matter touches Ireland, I think of Peter Stapleton". Clients also praise his ability to analyse complicated regulatory and commercial situations and provide simple and elegant solutions.

Stephen Nolan, Managing Director, UN FC4S

Stephen Nolan is the Managing Director of the UN Environment convened Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S) global network. With a membership base covering Europe, the Gulf, Africa, Asia and North America, the objective of the network is to exchange experience and take common action on shared priorities to accelerate the rapid global growth of green and sustainable finance across the world’s financial centres, supported by
strengthened international connectivity, and a framework for common approaches. A senior business professional who has led and delivered initiatives from start-up to scale across both public and private spheres internationally, Stephen is also a member of the international Advisory Panel member of the Climate Bonds Initiative and the Advisory Board of the International Energy Research Centre.
Stephen is a co-founder of Sustainable Nation Ireland, a non-governmental body working together with Ireland’s public and private sectors to advance the sustainable finance agenda within Ireland. Stephen currently sits on the boards of Haven, an Irish based charity focused on Haiti and the Children’s Cancer Fund. He is a former Irish Government ICT Special Advisor and Advisor to UN Secretary General Annan’s Task Force on ICT.

Gerry Cross, Director of Financial Regulation - Policy and Risk; Asset Management and Investment Banking (Interim), Central Bank of Ireland

Gerry Cross was appointed as Director of Financial Regulation - Policy and Risk in May 2015 and as interim Director of Asset Management and Investment Banking in April 2020. He leads the Central Bank’s work on prudential and markets conduct regulatory policy and its supervisory risk framework (PRISM).

Gerry is a member of the EBA Board of Supervisors and alternate member of the EIOPA Board of Supervisors. He co-chairs EBA’s Standing Committee on Regulation and Policy. Gerry has had an extensive career in the area of financial services regulation. Before joining the Central Bank he worked at the European Commission, the UK Financial Services Authority, Fortis Group, the Institute of International Finance, and the Association for Financial Markets in Europe.

Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon - Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing RepRisk

Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon joined RepRisk in 2013 and is the Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Over her tenure, she has established and led RepRisk’s globally distributed Sales, Partnerships, Client Relationship Management, Sales Operations, and Marketing & Communications teams.

Before joining RepRisk, Alexandra worked on the Global Sustainability Affairs team at Credit Suisse, focusing on environmental and social risk management, green business opportunities, corporate responsibility reporting, and employee engagement. Prior to this, she worked at the US headquarters of Mercedes-Benz, holding positions within brand marketing and business development.

Alexandra holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), in Switzerland, with an exchange semester at the HEC Paris (École des hautes études commerciales de Paris), in France. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (honors), and a Certificate in International Studies from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, USA.

Catherine Cahill, Senior Portfolio Manager KBIGI

Senior Portfolio Manager, KBI Global Investors Catherine is a senior portfolio manager on the KBI Global Investors Natural Resource equity team and is responsible for the development of investment strategy as well as day to day management of the Water strategy.

She joined the Natural Resource team in October 2009 and has been at the firm since 2008 when she joined to manage the firm’s Irish equity portfolios. She has 20 years of investment management experience. Catherine previously worked for various fund management companies including Seneca Capital Management in San Francisco, Goodbody Stockbrokers & Pilot View Capital in Ireland. Catherine holds a BA International Business from Dublin City University and is a registered representative of the Irish Stock Exchange.

Marianne Haahr, Executive Director of the Green Digital Finance Alliance

Marianne is Executive Director of the Green Digital Finance Alliance with the objective to harness the power of fintech to unlock financing for the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. It was founded as a public-private partnership between the UN Environment Program and Ant Financial Services Group and is a partner to the UN SG’s Task Force for Digital Financing of the Sustainable Development Goals. Marianne has been External Advisor on TechVelopment to the Danish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Prior she was Executive Leader at Sustainia leading the development of the Global Opportunity Explorer – a digital platform for sustainable business innovation in partnership with the UN Global Compact and a group of Norwegian businesses and investors.

Emma Jane Joyce, Investment Director, National Treasury Management Agency

Emma Jane is an Investment Director with the NTMA and Senior Investment Manager with the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) where she leads on the design and implementation of the Fund’s unique Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy across the whole Fund, Global and Irish Portfolios, multiple investment structures and asset types and across the life-cycle of investments. She represents the NTMA on a number of sustainability platforms including SIF Ireland and the CDP Ireland Network (past Chair).

Emma Jane has extensive investment experience and has held a variety of investment roles within the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), including responsibility for a number of International Equity Portfolios as part of the National Pension Reserve Fund’s (NPRF) Investment Management Programme.

She also led the development of the ISIF Business Plan and Investment Strategy as part of the transition from NPRF assets to ISIF. Emma Jane joined the NTMA from Mercer Investment Consulting. She is a graduate of both Trinity College Dublin (BA Mod Genetics) and the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business (MSc in Management).

Jason Tu, Co-founder and CEO, Miotech

Jason Tu is the Co-Founder and CEO of MioTech, an artificial intelligence platform that empowers Sustainability and Green Finance. Jason graduated from Stanford University and his career spans across finance industry as well as tech start-ups around the globe. He kicked off his career at Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong, from front to middle and back office.

He has since then worked at a number of start-ups bringing world-class FinTech solutions to Asia, such as WeLab and Robinhood’s China expansion. His start-up, MioTech was founded in 2016 and has achieved great milestones with the backing of ZhenFund, leading VC in China and Horizons Ventures, the investment arm of Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-Shing.

Treasa Ni Chonghaile, Senior Portfolio Manager KBIGI

Treasa is a senior portfolio manager on the KBI Global Investors Natural Resource equity team and is responsible for the development of investment strategy as well as the day to day management of the Energy Solutions strategy. Treasa joined the Natural Resource team in February 2004 as a Portfolio Manager for KBI Global Investors’ Energy Solutions Strategy.

Prior to that, she worked as a Performance Analyst in the Performance Measurement & Risk Analysis Unit, where she started her career in June 1999. Treasa graduated from Dublin City University in 1999 with a BSc (Honours) Degree in Finance, Computing & Enterprise. She holds the Investment Management Certificate, awarded by the UK Society of Investment Professionals.

Christophe Christiaen, Sustainable Finance Lead, Satellite Applications Catapult

Christophe Christiaen is the Sustainable Finance Lead at the Satellite Applications Catapult and worked with the Oxford Sustainable Finance Programme to establish the Spatial Finance Initiative. He is responsible for the Catapult’s sustainable finance activities, engaging with sustainable finance stakeholders and promoting the Spatial Finance opportunity across finance and geospatial communities. Christophe started his career in corporate finance for an FMCG multinational, then joined the European Space Agency as a business analyst before joining the Catapult’s Business Strategy team, working across various innovative geospatial applications.

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