Appetite for change: Investing in a "smart" food system

Thursday 08 September 2022 | 17:00 - 18:00 | Webinar

This webinar has been organised by CFA UK's ESG working group

The war in Ukraine is having an enormous impact on agriculture and soft commodity supply chains, highlighting the need to improve global food security, especially for those in developing countries or low-income, food-deficit nations.

The urgently needed transition to a “smart” alternative, presents investors with a chance to deliver positive, lasting change to billions of lives – and an opportunity to participate in what is likely to be one of the greatest growth stories in human history.  

Led by experts from Invesco and FAIRR, this webinar will explore how the status quo contributes to many of the biggest threats facing the planet and its inhabitants. Crucially, it will also discuss how the rise of innovations such as agtech (agricultural technology) promises to deliver disruption on a worldwide scale. 


Registration: 16:55

Event: 17:00 - 18:00

CPD Points: 1.00


Henning Stein, Global Head of Thought Leadership and Market Strategy, Invesco

Henning Stein and his team of investment strategists and researchers provide valuable insight and perspectives to the institutional investor and financial advisor global communities.

Throughout his career, Henning has developed a broad network of academic scholars and practitioners from across the insurance and asset management industry. His work is widely recognised for its insightful industry analysis and thought leadership that help clients develop ideas and solutions to address wider financial requirements beyond their immediate manager selection activities.

He has 22 years of experience, including senior executive, business development and consulting roles, across pension funds, platforms, academia, asset management, and insurance working with boards and CEOs. 

James Matthews, CFA, European Small Cap Equities Fund Manager, Invesco

James Matthews, CFA, joined Invesco in January 2018 as a Senior Analyst within the Henley-based European Equities team, before taking on fund management responsibilities at the end of 2020.

James is highly experienced in European and global equity markets, having started as a UK salesperson at Dresdner Kleinwort in 2000 before moving to Morgan Stanley in 2006 as a Pan European salesperson.

In 2009 he joined Unicredit’s European equities division, before moving to Berenberg in 2012 where he focussed on growing the firm’s Global and US equities presence. James is a CFA charterholder and has a BA in French and Italian from the University of Bristol.

Maria Lettini, Executive Director, FAIRR

Maria joined the FAIRR initiative in September 2016 and oversees the creation and execution of FAIRR’s strategy and work plans. Prior to this, Maria has worked for the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), where she managed the PRI’s signatory relations and outreach strategy while raising awareness of material ESG issues amongst the institutional investor community.

Maria has over twenty years of experience in global investment banking, business and finance, and has worked at both J.P. Morgan and Deutsche Bank.

Currently, she serves on the Sustainability Accounting Standard Board (SASB) and the Standards Advisory Group. She is also a member of the Intentional Endowment Network’s (IEN) Steering Committee.

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