E in ESG is well understood among investors, but what is the construct of an environmental strategy, and how to measure impact to the environment from those investment decisions? Can we finally dispel the myth that investing for the environment comes at the expense of diminished or uncompetitive returns? In this session, we will scrutinize the world largest environmental investment fund* and dissect the interplay between scientific model and stock selection in finding solutions to today’s environmental challenges, and positive returns for investors.
*Source: Morningstar, Sector Equity Ecology, Offshore Fund category as of May 2020.
About the speakers
Head of ESG Research, APAC, Credit Suisse
Phineas joined Credit Suisse in April 2018 as Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research in Australia, and was recently appointed to lead ESG research for the APAC region.
He was previously Head of ESG research at Macquarie Bank and his career has spanned investment research, fund management and ESG specialisms. Phineas previously co-founded the UK Investor Forum, a membership organisation now representing institutions with c. £14 trillion global AuM. He previously headed up collective shareholder engagement on behalf of fund managers at the ABI, worked on the buy-side as an equity analyst at The Co-operative Asset Management and had spells as a senior adviser to EY. Phineas holds a BA from Brunel University in business management and economics and an MSc from Birkbeck College, University of London in business strategy, economics and the environment.
Dr. Stephen Freedman
Senior Product Specialist, Thematic Equities, Pictet Asset Management
Stephen joined Pictet Asset Management in 2019, before that he was the Head of Sustainable Investing Solutions at UBS Asset Management Americas, based in New York. Prior to that he served in various investment strategy roles, including Head of Thematic Investing Strategy and Head of Tactical Asset Allocation. He started his career with UBS in Zurich in 1998 as an Economist and Public Policy Analyst. Since 2018, he has been teaching environmental finance at New York University.
Stephen holds a PhD and a Master in economics from the University of St. Gallen. He is a CFA charterholder and earned the FRM designation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Sebastian Enberg (Moderator)
Editor, Asian Private Banker
Sebastian Enberg is the Editor of Asian Private Banker. His background is in international politics, and Chinese foreign policy and security.
Sebastian graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a Master of Strategic Studies majoring in Strategic Intelligence, and more recently, from the City University of Hong Kong with a Master of Arts. In 2012, Sebastian was awarded the university’s Top Scholar Prize for his cohort.
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