Sustainability Conference 2024

Driving real change

 Discover how sustainable investing is helping to deliver solutions in climate and nature, and how impact investing is accelerating that move.


The essential details

Date: Wednesday 22 May 2024 
Registration from 8:45 
Conference day: 9:30 - 5:30 
Networking reception: 5:30 - 7:00 
Location: Convene at 22 Bishopsgate 


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Hear from world leading experts in regulation, standard setting and policy

Join sessions including the view from the top - leaders across climate, nature, sustainability from nexus of investment and policy featuring 

Faith Ward, IIGCC
Nathan Fabian, PRI
Mark Manning, formally FCA and instrumental in the creation of SDR, representing IFRS
Alicia Kedzierski, Head of ESG, FCA 

Pioneering funds share their technical insight

Join breakout sessions from investment professionals constructing, managing and reporting on the pioneering funds in climate, nature and impact. Speakers include:

Fotis Chatzimichalakis, CFA, Impax Asset Management
Morten Rosse, Lombard Odier
Rob Hall, CFA, Federated Hermes


Who will you learn from?

Hear from investment professionals on how to deliver real change through investment practices.  Our conference programme includes investors across a range of strategies and asset classes who will talk openly to an informed audience about their challenges and successes. 

Gain perspectives from market leaders including NGOs and regulators on their views of how the sustainable investing market will develop and what progress will look like over the next year. 


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Dimitri Zenghelis is Special Advisor for the Wealth Economy Project, which he previously co-founded and led, at the Bennett Institute, University of Cambridge and is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. He is also a Partner at consultancy Independent Economics. 

He is a Senior Associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and is Chair of the Responsible Wealth Committee at Capital Generation Partners. He was until recently Head of Policy at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE and Acting Chief Economist for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. Previously, he headed the Stern Review Team at the Office of Climate Change, London, and was a lead author on the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change, commissioned by the then Chancellor Gordon Brown. 

He was also Senior Economic Advisor to Cisco's long-term innovation group and an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House. Before working on climate change, Dimitri was Head of Economic Forecasting at HM Treasury



Faith Ward

Faith Ward, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Brunel Pension Partnership; Chair, Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

Faith is currently Chief Responsible Investment Officer for Brunel Pension Partnership and Chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC). These roles enable her to advocate for better appreciation of systemic risk as well as design solutions that embed such risks, like climate change, into the operations of finance and investment, an industry she has served for over 25 years.

Faith’s other roles include member of the Ethics Investment Advisory Group for the Church of England National Investing Bodies; member of Investor Advisory Group for ISSB (formerly SASBIAG); Member of the UK Green Taxonomy Advisory Group; and Climate Ambassador for the National Federation of Women's Institutes.

Faith is a founder and formerly its co-chair of the Transition Pathway Initiative and currently NED. She was also the chair of the Reporting and Assessment Advisory Committee for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI).



Fotis Chatzimichalakis CFA

Fotis is a co-Portfolio Manager of the Impax Specialists and Climate strategies. Fotis researches stocks globally, focusing on the information technology and industrials sectors.

Fotis originally joined Impax as an intern in 2015, initially working in the listed equities team. He has held his current role since 2021. Prior to joining the firm, he had an internship at Barchester Green Investment.

A CFA Charterholder, Fotis also holds the Investment Management Certificate. He has a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy Systems from the University of Edinburgh.



Mark Manning

Mark Manning is an independent advisor on sustainable finance, working with the IFRS Foundation, Chapter Zero, the Transition Plan Taskforce and the Grantham Research Institute Centre for Economic Transition Expertise at the London School of Economics. His focus areas include sustainability reporting, transition planning, systems change and sustainable investment. During a long career in financial regulation, Mark held various senior policy and research roles in central banking and securities regulation in London and Sydney – with the Bank of England, the Reserve Bank of Australia and the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority – also representing these organisations in international policy committees at the Bank for International Settlements and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO). 



Catherine Macaulay is the Impact Investment Lead at Schroders. She is responsible for developing and implementing our impact management and measurement framework, including product development, portfolio impact management, impact strategy and impact reporting. She chairs Schroders’s Impact Assessment Group (IAG) and is a member of the Big Exchange’s Impact Committee. She joined the firm in March 2020 and is based in London. 
Prior to joining Schroders, Catherine was a Senior Analyst at Greenmantle, a geopolitical and macroeconomic advisory firm. She holds an MA in Politics (PPS) from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in International Development from the London School of Economics. Between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Catherine worked in impact monitoring and evaluation (M&E) for a non-profit organisation in Guatemala. She is a CFA Charterholder. 



Paul Lamacroft

Paul Lamacraft is a Senior Investment Director covering Schroders Capital Private Equity investment activities in Europe. Paul is also the Head of Sustainability & Impact for Private Equity so his responsibilities centre around Sustainability and Impact opportunities. Building on this, he is also Portfolio Manager for the Circular Economy Private Plus Semi-Liquid Fund. Paul also has a particular focus on opportunities in the UK and the Private Equity element of Schroders Investment Trust product range.

Before joining Schroders in 2020, Paul worked for 8 years in private equity and public markets investing with an emphasis on direct venture and growth equity transactions. Prior to this Paul spent over 12 years advising companies in their private equity fundraising and M&A activities, including nearly 5 years at Deutsche Bank. Paul started his career at EY where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Paul is a qualified ACA and holds a BSc in Economics & Accounting from the University of Bristol, UK.



Bianca Hanscombe

Bianca Hanscombe leads the development of Aviva UK Insurance, Wealth and Retirement’s sustainable investment strategy. Her responsibilities cover deepening the integration of sustainability risk management within investment decision making, the delivery of Aviva’s Net Zero investment ambitions and advancing the wider Sustainability agenda across the business. Prior to focusing on Sustainability, Bianca has held diverse leadership positions within the insurance industry.


Claire Dorrian

Claire is responsible for the portfolio of sustainable finance products and services across London Stock Exchange Group’s Capital Markets and Post Trade business divisions.  She is responsible for leading the development of London Stock Exchange’s sustainable finance cross asset class offering which includes equities, green and renewable funds, and fixed income.  Claire is also responsible for developing the range of sustainable finance products and services for Capital Markets and Post Trade clients. She has played an important role in Group-wide sustainable finance initiatives such as the development of model guidance on ESG and climate disclosure, climate reporting training for listed companies and initiatives such as the Green Economy Mark. Claire is a member of an industry Taskforce on the Scaling of Voluntary Carbon Markets, and she led the work on the recent launch of LSEG’s Voluntary Carbon Market. 
Claire’s background is in capital markets largely with a sustainability focus.  She previously worked in the fund management industry for AIB Govett and ANZ.  
Positioned at the heart of global financial markets, LSEG works across the investment and finance chain from issuers to asset owners, and across the financial, banking, trading, and advisory ecosystem. As such LSEG is uniquely positioned to support clients in achieving the transition to a sustainable and net-zero economy and was the first exchange group to commit to net zero emissions.



Nicolas Beneton

Nicolas Bénéton, CFA, is a Senior Client Portfolio Manager at Robeco since 2019., covering sustainable thematic equities.  Nicolas had joined Robeco France in 2015 as a Sustainable Investment Specialist, promoting sustainability products and services to French institutional and wholesale investors. Prior to joining Robeco, he had been a sustainable fund analyst and spent three years as an associate director at Fitch Ratings France at the Fund & Asset Management department. Previously, he spent four years at BNP Paribas in the Investment Report & Engineering as well as Multi-Management teams in Paris. 

Nicolas holds a Master's degree in Finance from Université Paris II Panthéon-Assas. He successfully passed all 3 levels of the CFA program.




Morten Rosse

Morten is the Head of Nature and Climate for holistiQ Investment Partners, the sustainable asset management platform of Lombard Odier Investment Managers powered by partnership with Systemiq. 

Prior to joining holistiQ, Morten was a partner and board member of Systemiq, where he established and led the nature-based solutions practice and established the offices in Indonesia and Brazil.
Morten was part of the leadership that setup and run Partnerships for Forests – the largest incubator of its kind that develops sustainable land use and forestry businesses across the tropical belt. He served as Chief Investment Officer for 8 years. 

He is a co-founder and board member of Forest Plateau a fully integrated coffee and chocolate company. He is further a board member of Revalue Nature, a nature-based carbon developer, and investor in other nature-based solutions start-ups. 

He is an (co)author of several publications by McKinsey Global Institute, Systemiq and the Food and Land Use Alliance. 

Morten is an expert on the topic of aligning nature-based investments and corporate strategies to the transition to a net-zero, nature-positive and socially-just economy.  He has previously spoken on a range of platforms, including: Forum for the Future of Agriculture | Regenerative business models in the tropics, and Tropical Forest Alliance | Prosperous Forests.



Nathan Fabian

Nathan leads Sustainable Systems at the PRI and developed the PRI’s Sustainable Financial System Programme. He was Chair of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance that developed the EU Taxonomy and advises on sustainable finance regulation. He was in the EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and various other expert groups in the EU and UK. These roles are part of twenty years work in sustainable finance in government policy, investment research and ratings on companies, and the development of investment processes and tools. Nathan was educated in International Relations, Business Administration and Ethics & Leadership.


Tim Smith

Tim is the Lead Investment Stewardship Manager for Climate Change in NBIM’s Environmental Initiatives team, part of the firm’s Active Ownership team. Tim joined NBIM from Lazard Asset Management in January 2023, where he was a Research Analyst in the Sustainable Investing and ESG Team, covering Climate Change and the Energy Transition. 



Tushar Kumar

Tushar Kumar is a Partner at Just Climate on the Investment Team. Previously, Tushar worked at Kerogen Capital as a partner on their investment and portfolio management team and was responsible for many of their European energy and energy transition investments, as well as key relationships in the region. Prior to that, he was an executive director in Morgan Stanley’s natural resources investment banking group in London and an associate in J.P. Morgan’s natural resources investment banking group in Hong Kong.

Tushar has a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. He is also a CFA Charterholder.



Alicia Kedzierski is the Head of Department for ESG at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and is responsible for setting the regulatory ESG strategy and leading policy and technical work. This includes embedding ESG across the FCA’s activities. Alicia has led the Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) Policy, the Vote Reporting Group, as well as the FCA's work on Transition Finance, Transition Planning, and other high profile projects. She is also Co-Chair of the IOSCO Assurance Workstream on Sustainable Finance. 

Alicia previously led critical projects for the FCA, including the regulatory response to the Cost of Living Crisis. Her experience spans the UK and working across the Middle East and Africa, including development projects. Previously, Alicia worked at Deloitte, the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Bank of England. Her background is in Law. 



Elena Koycheva CFA

Elena is the Head of ESG Client Experience at BlueBay Asset Management, focusing on effectively articulating the firm’s ESG proposition with investors and working with investment teams to communicate their ESG integration and engagement efforts. Elena is a co-chair of RBC BlueBay’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Forum and a member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee and the Charity Forum.  

She joined BlueBay in 2016 and has previously held roles at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and Candriam Investors Group. Elena’s academic qualifications include Masters degrees in Portfolio Management, Corporate Finance and Banking, Finance and Risk Management. Elena is a CFA charterholder, a CAIA charterholder, a CIPM designation holder and has obtained the IMC Certificate and the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing. 



At IFM, Maria leads the Global Sustainable Investment team, supporting the organisation’s drive towards maximising long-term returns while creating positive and wide-ranging benefits for communities around the world. Prior to joining IFM, Maria spent nearly four years as Head of Responsible Investment and Stewardship at one of the UK’s largest pension providers Scottish Widows. She had previously held senior DC investment consulting roles at Mercer and JLT. She is a spokesperson on responsible investment matters, a regular contributor to pension and sustainable finance industry events, a UK Top Green Voice on LinkedIn and a professional awards judge. She is a member of the UKSIF Board and its Policy Committee and also volunteers on a number of government-led taskforces.



Sofia is a Senior Investment Analyst for Ambienta X and is based in London. She joined Ambienta in 2021

Prior to joining Ambienta, Sofia was a top ranked utilities and renewables equity research analyst with close to 20 years experience, including close to 10 years as Managing Director at Exane BNP Paribas’ and Citi. Sofia started her career as an equity analyst for JPMorgan covering the utilities sector.

She holds a first-class BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and is a CFA® charterholder.

Sofia speaks Greek (native) and English (fluent).


Michael Marks

Michael was appointed Head of Investment Stewardship in April 2021 in addition to being Head of Responsible Investment Integration for Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), having joined LGIM in 2016 as Chief Operating Officer. In this role Michael is responsible for engagement with investee companies globally across all LGIM’s assets under management as well as regulatory and policy engagement regarding ESG matters. He is also responsible for driving LGIM’s broad responsible investment strategic direction spanning all functions within LGIM. Michael is a member of LGIM’s Executive Committee.
Prior to LGIM Michael had a 28 year career at BlackRock (and its predecessor firms), where he was most latterly regional head of the Client Solutions group. Preceding that role Michael had established and led a number of businesses including the Fiduciary Mandate business, the Aladdin risk management and enterprise tools business and the Transition Management group. Michael is a passionate supporter of inclusion, a vocal ally, executive sponsor of Legal & General’s LGBT network and vice chair of Investment 20/20. He graduated from UMIST in 1987 with a degree in Management Science.



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Diandra Soobiah

Diandra Soobiah is Head of Responsible at Nest. She has been at Nest for 14 years and is responsible for the delivery and implementation of Nest’s Responsible Investment approach, ensuring it factors in material environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities. She also makes sure Nest fulfils its role as a responsible steward of members’ assets through voting and engagement in order to deliver the best financial outcomes for members.   Diandra has 21 years of investment experience including at Nedgroup Investments and Russell Investments. She is the co-chair of the 30% Club UK Investor Group and is a founding member of the Asset Owner Diversity Charter and member of the PLSA's Stewardship Advisory Group. 

Diandra holds a BA (Hons) in Business Studies and French from Queen Mary University of London and IMC. 



Julian Kobel

Dr. Julian Kölbel is assistant professor of sustainable finance at the University of St. Gallen, School of Finance and Center for Financial Services Innovation. He is also a research affiliate at MIT Sloan, where he is a co-founder of the Aggregate Confusion Project, and faculty member of the Swiss Finance Institute. His research covers the real-world impact of sustainable investing, analysis of environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics, and investor preferences for sustainability. Julian has studied at ETH Zurich and the University of Oxford. Next to his academic work, he serves on the investment committee of the Swiss pension fund Abendrot.

Who will I meet?

  • Investment professionals actively working in sustainability, climate and impact 
  • NGOs and regulators supporting industry change 
  • Sustainable finance experts 


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