Neo-colonialism in responsible investment practice

Tuesday 12 October 2021 | 12:30 - 14:00 | Webinar

The field of responsible investment is arguably most developed in Europe. This leads to much of the accepted thought leadership coming from Europe, and these European views being spread throughout the world.

But what if this European-generated view isn’t the right one? What if the developing markets of the world have entirely different needs to the solutions Europe is giving them? What if these well-meaning approaches are actually hindering developing markets in their quest to become full players in a new low carbon world?

David Hickey, CFA, Portfolio Manager at Lothian Pension Fund, talks to representatives of the CFA Societies of Indonesia, Bangladesh, South Africa and Nigeria to ask: is ESG management just another European colonial power grab? And what can we learn from our valued colleagues on the ground in these developing markets?

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Registration: 12:25

Event: 12:30 - 14:00

CPD Points: 1.5


David Hickey, CFA, Portfolio Manager, Lothian Pension Fund

Asif Iqbal, CFA, Asif Iqbal, Joint Director, Bangladesh Bank

Asif Iqbal is a policy professional in central bank with advanced expertise on sustainable finance, climate finance and E&S risk management. He possesses more than 12 years working experience in investment banking, risk management (special focus on BASEL accords) and sustainability (sustainable finance, climate finance and E&S risk management) policy formulation in central bank.

He has in-depth working experience and knowledge on green climate fund (GCF) operational procedures and accreditation process for NIEs and MIEs. He also has extensive expertise and experience on different types of financial instruments for green investment, sustainable finance, climate finance and conventional finance.

He is a national level trainer on sustainable development goals (SDGs) and member of national SDGs working committee of Bangladesh. He has advanced expertise on sustainability reporting (GRI Standard), financial inclusion and financial education.

Delphine Govender, CFA Chief Investment Officer, Perpetua Investment Managers

Delphine is co-founder and chief investment officer of Perpetua Investment Managers. She started the firm in 2012 after having spent close to 11 years at Allan Gray Limited, where she held positions of portfolio manager from 2005 and director from 2006, until her departure in 2012. Delphine has over 23 years direct investment experience. At Perpetua, Delphine is responsible for managing assets across all listed asset classes, including domestic and global equities, domestic and global multi-asset classfixed income. She also champions the firm’s responsible investing approach and activities. Delphine is a CA(SA) and a CFA charterholder.

Delphine plays an active role in the financial industry through direct contribution in developments around regulatory improvements; societal impact of the industry; responsible investing (especially ESG); diversity advancement and inclusion; gender mainstreaming; mentorships and investment thought leadership. She is a board member of CFA Society South Africa as well as an Exco member of YPO Cape Town.

Ebuka Emebinah, CFA,  Financial Services, Sustainable Finance and Fintech

Ebuka is a chartered accountant and has earned the right to

use the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He has more than 15 years combined experience in audit, advisory and management consulting with indigenous boutique firms and with globally renowned practices. He has advised high net-worth individuals, family offices, local and international non-profits and microfinance businesses on asset management and financial inclusion in Nigeria and West Africa. In the course of his work, Ebuka has implemented social advisory projects on agriculture and entrepreneurship in Benue and Kogi States in Nigeria and is a founding member of Social Value, West Africa.

He is currently a Financial Services Consultant with ConsumerCentrix Consulting. Ebuka holds a master of public administration (MPA) from Columbia University where he specialised on central banking and financial markets. Ebuka was an inaugural Mandela Washington fellow receiving his fellowship in the public management track from Syracuse University, New York, USA in 2014. His first degree was in accounting from the University of Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.

Mark Bruny, CFA, Chief Financial Officer, Koinworks, BOD Member, CFA Society Indonesia

Mark Bruny, CFA, is an international executive with a 20+ year career spent working in global banks, international trade relations, and investment companies in Australia, the United States, and Asia. Of his 20 years of international business and government experience, Mark has spent the past 10 years in Indonesia, working on private equity projects whilst also including a stint in Australia's trade commission to Indonesia.

For the past 3 years, Mark has been serving as CFO of Koinworks, Indonesia's largest responsible lending Fintech company and SME Neobank.  

Mark holds an undergraduate degree in business (double major) and a graduate diploma in financial markets & investments from the Securities Institute of Australasia. In addition, Mark is a CFA charterholder, including being a member of the Board of Directors of the CFA Society of Indonesia, along with a board advisor for a few Indonesian startup companies. 

Deslin Naidoo, CFA, Co-Founder and Practice Director: Responsible Finance Initiative, GIBS Business School (Gordon Institute of Business Science)

Deslin Naidoo has left the corporate industry to take a sabbatical and explore the possibilities of the convergence of investments and technology. During this time, he has completed a certification in applied machine learning through Columbia Engineering and has founded Nebula IQ, an investment and fintech start-up, based on the belief that exponential technologies available will allow small businesses to significantly disrupt the current market landscape, democratising information and specifically previously difficult spaces such as savings and investments.

Deslin, has for a long time, been an advocate for responsible investing and responsible consumerism.  His recent collaborative work with the Impact Management Project, a United Nations initiative, led him together with Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser and the Gordon Institute of Business Science, to found the Responsible Finance Initiative. 

Deslin is also a board member of the CFA Society: South Africa and sits on the editorial committee for the FinWeek quarterly publication “Collective Insights”, a leading local financial publication. 

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