ESG USA

October 18-19, 2022 | New York City

SEC GUIDANCE

Developing an implementation roadmap for SEC guidance and advances in requirements

NET ZERO

Setting short term targets to build towards an agile long term net zero target strategy

GLOBAL REGULATION

Reviewing global regulatory requirements and managing disparities in approaches

ECONOMIC REALITIES

Identifying costs and economic realities of ESG to gain management buy in and establish an ESG value proposition

CLIMATE RSK

Addressing the climate crisis and adapting portfolios and investment decisions to further drive change

FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

The future of sustainability linked instruments and financing opportunities for change

CLIMATE STRESS TESTING

Developing climate stress testing and forecasting capabilities to accurately assess climate impacts on the organization

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION

Incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion targets internally and externally within a broader ESG framework

CLIMATE CHANGE | BIODIVERSITY  | DATA | GREENWASHING | CLIMATE
TREATIES | COP26

OWNERSHIP AND ACCOUNTABILITY | DATA | ETHICAL SUPPLY CHAIN | SOCIAL | REPUTATION | GEOPOLITICAL

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James Norman
Managing Director: Sustainability & Impact
Goldman Sachs Asset Management

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Sarah Chapman
Global Chief Sustainability Officer
Manulife

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Markus Lammer
COO, Ultra High Net Worth Business,
Credit Suisse

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Christel Saab
Unit Chief, Environmental and Social Risk Management
Inter-American Development Bank

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Eivind Lorgen
Chair Emeritus – Investor Advisory Group
SASB Standards

Sarah Bratton Hughes

Sarah Bratton Hughes
SVP, Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing
American Century Investments

Deniz Senturk

Deniz Senturk
Chief Risk Officer, Treasury Risk and Head of Integrated Analytics
State Street

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Kevin Clarke
Executive Director, Group Regulatory and Governance
UBS

Fanny Charrier

Fanny Charrier
Director -Sustainable Finance Coordinator – Corporate & Leveraged Finance
Credit Agricole and Investment Bank

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Jennifer Grzech
Director, Responsible Investing
Nuveen

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8:00 Registration and breakfast

8:50 Chair’s opening remarks

SEC GUIDANCE

9:00 Developing an implementation roadmap for SEC guidance and advances in requirements

Session details 

  • Guidance for publicly traded financial institutions
  • Requirements for specific disclosures relating to climate
  • Reviewing requirements across suppliers and vendors
  • Developing a roadmap to comply with disclosure requirements
    • Multiyear planning to determine future targets
  • Legal challenges
  • Breaking down stage 1, 2 and 3 internally
  • Implications of reporting requirements
  • Interpretations of the rules and implications

GLOBAL REGULATION

9:35 Reviewing global regulatory requirements and managing disparities in approaches

Session details 

  • Reviewing requirements and reporting metrics from UK and EU
  • Future state of regulation
  • Developing consistent reporting standards
  • Exposure to European SFDR
    • Impact to evaluation of securities and exposures
  • Grouping of IFRS and FASB
    • Reviewing exposure draft
  • ISSB alignment with SEC disclosure requirements
  • Aligning operations with Paris agreement

Kevin Clarke, Executive Director, Group Regulatory and Governance, UBS

10:10 Morning refreshment break and networking

CLIMATE RISK

10:40 Developing standard reporting frameworks and understanding downstream impacts of climate risk

Session details 

    • Impact down to collateral level
    • Future of regulatory frameworks and expectations
    • Scoring collateral for climate change
    • Climate change and social justice
    • Increased investing in decarbonization technology and assets
    • Incorporating benefits to third world
    • Building social justice into ESG frameworks
    • Impact of climate change on third world countries

Christel Saab, Unit Chief, Environmental and Social Risk Management, Inter-American Development Bank

CLIMATE RISK – PANEL DISCUSSION

11:15 Addressing the climate crisis and adapting portfolios and investment decisions to further drive change

Session details 

  • Using capital in a way that is credible and meaningful
  • Transitioning to a low carbon economy
  • Challenges and opportunities of the climate crisis
  • Transparency over decision making
  • Optimizing portfolios for carbon exposure
  • Developing infrastructure for change
  • Agility to respond to change and accelerate commitments
  • Impact of geopolitical risks on timelines
  • Social considerations when transitioning
    • Impact to jobs and lower income areas and groups

James Norman, Managing Director, Sustainability and Impact, Goldman Sachs
Sarah Chapman, Global Chief Sustainability Officer, Manulife

12:00 Lunch break and networking

CLIMATE STRESS TESTING

1:00 Developing climate stress testing and forecasting capabilities to accurately assess climate impacts on the organization

Session details 

  • Leveraging scenarios for a meaningful analysis
  • Developing models to replicate losses
    • Collecting data around losses
  • Understanding impact of climate events on books
    • Calibrating with long term goals
  • Designing scenarios and practically implementing stress tests
  • Data, governance, and methodology preparedness
  • Adjusting methodologies to convert data into impact.

Chandra Sekhar Khandrika, Head of Internal Audit – Model Risk Management (Audit Director), Citigroup

FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

1:35 The future of sustainability linked instruments and financing opportunities for change

Session details 

    • Impacts of market downturn on availability
    • Incentivizing sustainability
    • Driving innovation in a market friendly environment
    • Managing funding needs with sustainability goals
    • Reviewing technologies to enable innovation
      • Balancing cost of regulation
    • Financing opportunities for eco infrastructure.
    • Financing the energy transition

Clinton van der Spuy, Managing Director, Head of Risk Management Financial Markets Americas, Head of Climate Risk Working Group, Former Rabobank

GREENWASHING – PANEL DISCUSSION

2:10 Understanding data requirements and assurance to mitigate greenwashing risks

Session details 

    • Effective tone at the top
    • Identifying investment opportunities
    • Identifying true value
    • Differentiating organizations making great strides
    • Creating value across industries
    • Engaging stakeholders to accelerate change
    • Regulatory requirements to enhance transparency
    • Decision making on unreliable data

Ekaterina Grigoryeva, Environment and Social Development Specialist (Global Lead, Financial Sector), The World Bank
Aaron Franklin, Executive Director, Head of Sustainable Finance, Sumitomo Mitsu Banking Corporation

2:55 Afternoon refreshment break and networking

BIODIVERSITY

3:25 Developing an agenda to manage biodiversity challenges and adapting investment decisioning

Session details 

      • Biodiversity and natural capital
      • TNFD developments
      • Developments in subterranean biodiversity and natural capital
        • Impact to investment decision making
      • Developing natural capital protocol for institutions.

Sarah Bratton Hughes, SVP, Head of ESG and Sustainable Investing, American Century Investments

NET ZERO – PANEL DISCUSSION

4:00 Setting short term targets to build towards an agile long term net zero target strategy

Session details 

      • Setting a decarbonization pathway
      • Adoption of net zero pathways across the industry
      • Aligning capital expenditures with targets
      • Updating compensation schemes to incentivize meeting targets
      • Techniques to put a price to carbon
      • Reducing carbon to meet Paris Agreement
      • Reviewing technology driving decarbonization
      • Retrofitting industries with technology.

Candice Dial, Director of ESG Investments, Rockefeller Capital Management
Ivan Frishberg, Chief Sustainability Officer, Amalgamated Bank
Nora Lovell Marchant,Vice President, Sustainability, AMEX GBT

GEOPOLITICAL RISK

4:45 Adjusting ESG strategy and frameworks to better reflect changes in a hostile environment

Session details

  • Managing response of organizations and reputation risk
  • Impact of Russia war and resulting sanctions on ESG agendas
  • Incorporating geopolitical circumstances into frameworks
  • Future of country ratings within ESG
  • Adjusting ESG strategy and frameworks to reflect changes
  • Evolution of political alignments and evolving threats
  • Continuing momentum in a hostile economic and geopolitical environment

5:10 Chair’s closing remarks
5:10 End of day 1 and networking drinks reception

8:00 Registration and breakfast

8:50 Chair’s opening remarks

PHYSICAL RISK

9:00 Understanding exposure and adopting strategy to mitigate physical risks of climate change

Session details 

      • Converting climate risk into economic and financial impacts
      • Modeling physical risk over time
      • Impact to bank portfolio and lending strategies
      • Repositioning portfolios
      • Adjusting methodologies for frequency of physical risk events
      • Identifying vulnerable assets

Fanny Charrier, Director – Sustainable Finance Coordinator – Corporate & Leveraged Finance, Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank

ESG RATINGS

9:35 Developing standardized metrics for ESG ratings to enhance comparability across the industry

Session details 

      • Qualitative assessment of ratings
      • Best practices to construct ratings
      • Empirical measurement approaches
      • Reviewing recent developments and approaches
      • Metrics to measure efforts
      • Standardizing and aligning efforts across organizations
      • Reviewing varying metrics and approaches.
      • Moving towards a common industry standard

Olga Puntus, SVP, Environmental and Social Risk Management Lead, , Wells Fargo

10:10 Morning refreshment break and networking

DISCLOSURE REQUIREMENTS

10:40 Managing data and system requirements to prepare for disclosure requirements

Session details 

      • Data requirements
        • Collecting data to complete disclosures
        • Leveraging internal and third party resources to collect data
      • Engaging vendors to understand disclosure requirements
        • Managing responsibility to report carbon across supply chain
      • Enhancing disclosures to allow for actionable and informed decision making
      • Capturing and auditing sustainability metrics for disclosure
        • Capturing new figures for utilities, water management, emissions etc….
        • System and data development for implementation

Eivind Lorgen, Chair Emeritus – Investor Advisory Group, SASB Standards

DATA – PANEL DISCUSSION

11:15 Reviewing data management frameworks to develop a holistic program of internal and external data

Session details 

      • Collecting usable data for modeling
      • Limitations with a lack of historical data
      • Treatment of various sources including unstructured data
      • Collecting data to satisfy investor appetite
      • Developing standardized metrics across financial services
      • Reliability of data sources and assurance on numbers
      • Finding consistent data across jurisdictions
      • Understanding disparities across external providers
      • Developing a standardized data framework to compare issuers
      • Data to measure and report climate exposure and emissions.

Deniz Senturk, Chief Risk Officer, Treasury Risk and Head of Integrated Analytics, State Street

SUPPLY CHAIN RISK

12:00 Monitoring supply chain risk and reviewing scope 3 requirements beyond climate

Session details 

      • Measuring risk of supply chains
      • Monitoring labor rights and anti-bribery and corruption
      • Reviewing sanctions impacts across supply chain
      • Monitoring scope three emissions across supply chain globally
      • Incorporating continuous monitoring into controls
      • Managing jurisdictional and cultural disparities
      • Application of Scope 3 to human rights and social considerations

Alessia Falsarone, Managing Director, Portfolio Strategy and Risk DMFI, PineBridge Investments (tbc)

12:35 Lunch break and networking

MODERN SLAVE LABOR

1:35 Monitoring for modern slave labor across supply chain and due diligence best practice

Session details 

      • Expertise to conduct effective due diligence
      • Benchmark on conducting due diligence to identify future issues
        • Identifying future labor conditions
      • Key indicators to prevent modern slave labor
      • Implementation requirements.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION – PANEL DISCUSSION

2:10 Incorporating diversity, equity and inclusion targets internally and externally within a broader ESG framework

Session details 

      • Ensuring diversity in vendor make up
      • Engaging businesses in supplier inventory
        • Diversifying human capital
      • Opportunities to build a more diverse population of suppliers
      • Collecting data on suppliers and potential suppliers to track diversity
      • Practical application to leverage diversity of knowledge as a result of backgrounds
      • Setting diversity targets
      • Reviewing community investment targets and social impact.

Jennifer Grzech, Director, Responsible Investing, Nuveen

INVESTOR INTEREST

2:55 Managing increased acceleration of investor interest in ESG disclosures and transition financing

Session details 

      • Understanding how disclosures are driving investment decisions
      • Increased scrutiny from investors on ESG
      • Challenges around comparability and data
      • Generating positive return portfolios
        • Monitoring sound corporate governance and environmental planning
      • Continued investment in renewable energy
      • Diversifying loan portfolios relating to energy
      • Evaluating changes to risk profile with renewable energy portfolios
      • Tax credit investments to diversify portfolio
      • Investments in infrastructure to transition away from fossil fuels
      • Identifying risk tolerance and appetite for transition projects

Markus Lammer, COO, Ultra High Net Worth Business, Credit Suisse (tbc)

3:30 Afternoon refreshment break and networking

ECONOMIC REALITIES

4:00 Identifying costs and economic realities of ESG to gain management buy in and establish an ESG value proposition

Session details 

      • Opportunities ESG changes represent
      • Viewing ESG beyond a compliance exercise
      • Impact to customers and potential to lose business
      • Establishing goals beyond net zero and understanding financial implications
      • Demonstrating value to management
      • Competing priorities with commercial efforts
      • Integrating ESG into core commercial value proposition
      • Internal capacity to implement ESG.

STAKEHOLDER INTEREST

4:35 Understanding stakeholder expectations to better demonstrate awareness and action on ESG issues

Session details 

      • Banking decisions based on values
      • Developing a mission statement for ESG
      • Identifying what stakeholders are looking for in a company
      • Demonstrating awareness of ESG issues
      • Developing social media strategies
      • Ensuring clarity from the top

5:10 Chair’s closing remarks

5:20 End of Congress

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Barbara-Ann Boehler
Regulatory Compliance Analyst
Aravo Solutions

Biography

Barbara is an attorney and adjunct lecturer with over twenty years of compliance experience. Barbara currently serves as a Product Marketing Director, at Aravo Solutions, Inc. and teaches “Compliance Practice Skills” at both Suffolk University Law School and Boston University Law School. Barbara formerly served as the Director of Programming and Education at Compliance Week, Securities SME at Wolters Kluwer Financial Services, Global Chief Compliance officer for Arete Research, a limited-purpose, FINRA-registered broker/dealer specializing in equity research. Barbara has also held compliance roles at Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan Invest, Standish Mellon Asset Management, and Babson Capital Management. Barbara holds a BA from Suffolk University, a JD from Suffolk University Law School, and an LL.M. from Boston University School of Law.

John Bree
Chief Evangelist & Chief Risk Officer
Supply Wisdom
Biography

John Bree is Chief Evangelist & Chief Risk Officer with Supply Wisdom, the industry-leading patented solution for Real-Time and Continuous Risk Intelligence & Monitoring of Third Parties and Locations. Prior to joining Supply Wisdom, John held senior positions in New York, Tokyo, Singapore and London for Citi and Deutsche Bank covering corporate, investment, commercial and consumer banking internal and vendor operations. John is a member of the Shared Assessments US and UK Steering Committees and Co-Chair of the Financial Industry Vertical Strategy Group. He has authored numerous articles and blogs on Third-Party Risk Management and Governance in the Digital era.

MaryKate Bullen
Director of Sustainability and ESG
Forest Investment Associates
Biography

MaryKate Bullen leads Forest Investment Associate’s (FIA’s) sustainability and ESG programs, working across the business to identify opportunities to preserve and create value for FIA and throughout its clients’ sustainable forestry portfolios. As a Registered Investment Adviser and environmental steward, FIA has helped clients across the world invest in sustainable forestland since 1986. Throughout her career, MaryKate has focused on development and implementation of innovative approaches to sustainable investment in forestry, carbon markets, and conservation across North America, Australasia, Southeast Asia, and South America. MaryKate is an active participant in industry developments for responsible investment in forestry and natural climate solutions, including serving on working groups and advisory roles related to carbon accounting, impact measurement, and private markets responsible investment. She is a current member of the advisory councils of the Women’s Forest Congress and the Social License Platform.

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Fanny Charrier
VP – Sustainable Finance Coordinator – Corporate & Leverage Finance
Credit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank
Biography

Fanny Charrier is a Vice President in Crédit Agricole CIB’s Corporate and Leverage Finance group, primarily covering the loan originations and syndication of the Chicago portfolio including U.S. automotive, healthcare, agricultural, semi-conductor, engineering & construction and telecom sector. In addition, she manages the origination and syndication of sustainable financings within the U.S., liaising with the global sustainable banking team to facilitate the structuring and placement of ESG-related loans & HY instruments including Ford’s US$15.5bn sustainability-linked revolving credit facility that was recently named “2021 North America Loan” by the International Financing Review (“IFR”).

Fanny joined CA-CIB NY in 2012 as part of the Portfolio and Balance Sheet Management team and prior to that worked for Dexia NY in the Project Finance group. She was previously located in Paris, France, where she held various roles in export and structured finance.

Fanny holds a Masters in finance from ESSCA (Ecole Supérieur des Sciences Commerciales d’Angers) and a Masters in project and structured finance from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.

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Michael Cook
Director of ESG and Sustainability
American Express

Biography

Michael Cook is an experienced ESG leader that has worked with leading brands to innovate within their businesses, engage investors and regulators, launch new environmental products and services, improve governance and risk management, and build trust with stakeholders.

Michael is currently the Director of ESG and Sustainability at American Express where he helps develop and execute the company’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategy. Prior to his work at American Express, Michael guided ESG and sustainability programs as a consultant for companies including Citibank, FedEx, JetBlue, MetLife, Mattel, Medtronic and more.

Hal Corin
Vice President Sustainability | Global Real Estate
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Biography

As Vice President of Sustainability at JPMorgan Chase & Co., Hal Corin oversees development and operations of sustainability, energy efficiency, renewable development and procurement, water conservation, and physical decarbonization ambitions of the firm’s Global Real Estate division.  Hal’s focus is on achieving the firm’s public commitments including a 40% Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions reduction by 2030, 70% electricity sourcing of on-site or grid procured renewables by 2025, a 20% reduction in global water consumption by 2030, among others.

Hal holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Master in Business Administration from Elon University.

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Cristina Dolan
Head of Global Strategic Alliances
RSA

Biography

Cristina Dolan is the co-author of recently published, ‘Transparency in ESG and the Sustainable Economy, Capturing Opportunities through Data’. She currently heads up Global Strategic Alliances at RSA NetWitness and has been an advisor to several cyber risk, FIDO and cybersecurity organizations. In addition to being an MIT Media Lab alumna, engineer and Internet pioneer, she has over two decades of experience building transformational businesses and products form FinTech, InsurTech, Media, Telecom and Healthtech. The European value based healthcare company she co-founded, Additum, has won several awards. She was a co-founder of OneMain.com, which grew to be the 10th largest ISP after a successful IPO (Acquired by Earthlink). Formerly, Ms. Dolan held executive roles at Disney, Hearst, IBM and Oracle. She is a member of Forbes Technology Council and the former Chair of the MIT Enterprise Forum in New York. The award-winning student competition she founded, Dream it. Code it. Win it., was the subject of her TEDx Talk, Just Solve It. She earned a Master’s Degree from the MIT Media Lab and holds a Master of Computer Science and Bachelors of Electrical Engineering with concentrations in Computer Science, Data Communications and Business

Mark Etherington
CTO
Crux

Biography

Mark is the Chief Technology Officer of Crux, overseeing Platform Engineering, Data Engineering, Operations, and Information Technology initiatives. Mark started his career at Logica, a UK software house, and later worked at J.P. Morgan, where he built major systems across the firm as well as headed their distributed computing group globally. Joining Goldman Sachs in the mid 2000’s, Mark led their infrastructure group in EMEA prior to leading the Application Systems Infrastructure group that established virtualization within the firm and led to the development of the Goldman private cloud. Leaving the firm in 2015 to help bring a trading spin-off to market, Mark joined Thomson Reuters through acquisition in 2017. Prior to joining Crux, he was the Global Head of Trading Technology at Refinitiv. Mark lives in New York with his wife Louise, has three children, and loves travel and skiing.

Alessia Falsarone
Managing Director, Portfolio Strategy and Risk DMFI
Pinebridge 

Biography

Alessia Falsarone, SASB FSA, is a Managing Director with PineBridge Investments in New York, a global asset manager focused on high-conviction investing. She is responsible for the alignment of portfolio strategy and investment risk across the developed markets credit platform, including as head of sustainable investing. Prior to PineBridge, she held senior investment roles at AIG, Citigroup and Credit Suisse. Ms. Falsarone is a mentor in the Stanford IGNITE accelerator program and a Member of the Board of 1787fp, a digital platform focused on consumer finance. Ms. Falsarone is an alumna of Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Adam Fleck
Director of Equity Research
Morningstar
Biography

Adam Fleck is the director of equity research, ESG for Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. He leads Morningstar’s environmental, social, and governance equity research efforts, including collaboration with Sustainalytics, along with a team of analysts in Chicago and Amsterdam. Before assuming his current role, Fleck was Morningstar’s regional director of equity research in Australia and New Zealand and director of North American consumer equity research. He joined Morningstar in 2006. Fleck holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated cum laude. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Ivan Frishberg
Chief Sustainability Officer 
Amalgamated Bank

Biography

Ivan Frishberg is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Amalgamated Bank where he leads impact and shareholder engagement programs. As a commercial banker, Ivan has been instrumental in rallying bank sector commitments to combat climate change, including growing the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials (PCAF). Under Ivan’s leadership, Amalgamated has taken a l leadership role within (UNEP FI) in helping to develop guidance for how banks set targets to reduce financed emissions. Ivan is on the Steering Group of the NZBA and a member of and on the Advisory Panel for the Glasgow Finance Alliance for Net Zero.

Ivan also steered the way to make Amalgamated Bank the first U.S. bank to commit to the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and the first bank to set portfolio wide targets under the United Nations guidelines for target setting.

Jennifer Grzech
Director, Responsible Investing
Nuveen

Biography

Jennifer Grzech is a director and member of the responsible investing (RI) team at Nuveen, the investment management arm of TIAA. Nuveen’s responsible investing team oversees the firm’s holistic RI vision and unified framework across Nuveen and TIAA.

 

Jennifer’s responsibilities include developing Nuveen’s strategy of engagement with companies, policy-makers, regulators and industry organizations around important ESG issues and standards.

 

Jennifer received her M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and graduated with her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kentucky.

Frederick Isleib
Director of ESG Research
Manulife Investment Management
Biography

Frederick W. Isleib III, CFA, is Director, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Research and Integration at Manulife Investment Management. He collaborates directly with US-based portfolio managers and investment analysts responsible for some of the firm’s largest equities and fixed income strategies (by AUM) to integrate ESG risks and opportunities into the investment decision-making and risk monitoring process.  In his role, Fred leads ESG engagements with high profile Fortune 500 companies, as well as the broader US investment universe, to foster improved ESG management standards among some of the firm’s most significant holdings. He is also responsible for the generation of the thematic and top down research related to emerging ESG investment issues.

Prior to joining Manulife, Frederick was director of research of clean energy markets at Nexant Inc., where he focused on the US renewable energy markets and the development of distributed energy generation.

Previously, Frederick spent 17 years at Putnam Investments, including seven years as a global fundamental equity research analyst following the financials, technology and industrials sectors. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Boston.

Education: Bentley University, BS in Accounting, 1993; Babson College, MBA, 2001

Bruce M. Kahn, Ph.D.
Climate Solutions Specialist
MSCI

Biography

Bruce is responsible for delivering technical advice to investors on MSCI’s Climate Solutions tools and data sets for investment decision making, risk management, reporting and engagement. His previous work experience includes Climate Change Investment Research, Institutional Portfolio Management and Wealth Management, as well as E&S Risk assessments at firms such as Citibank, Deutsche Bank, Macquarie and SICM. His work has covered various themes including clean tech, real estate, water, and agricultural-based investment strategies as well as ESG/SRI strategies. He also serves as a Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, and previously was a Member of the Board of the US SIF, Board Member and Treasurer of Confluence Philanthropy, and as a trustee and member of the finance committee of the Jesse Smith Noyes Foundation. Bruce earned a PhD in Land Resources from University of Wisconsin, Madison, an MS in Fisheries and Allied Aquacultures from Auburn University, and a BA in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut.

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Jag Lamba
Founder and CEO
Certa

Biography
Jag is the founder and CEO of Certa, a no-code third party lifecycle management platform for procurement, compliance, and ESG. Jag is a Wharton and McKinsey alum. Certa is backed by Techstars and top global VCs.

Eivind Lorgen
Chair
Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) – Investor Advisory Group (IAG)

Biography

Eivind Lorgen is the former CEO & President of Nordea Asset Management (NAM) and the former Head of the Manager Selection. He is a founding member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Investor Advisory Group (IAG) and the current Chair for SASB’s IAG.  Board Chair, Board Member and senior expert advisor to corporate issuers, investment management funds and firms, non-profit organizations including leading business schools.

 

Prior to joining Nordea, he was an Executive Managing Director at Zurich Insurance Group.

 

Eivind is on the Reiman School of Finance Advisory Board for the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver. He holds a BSBA from the University of Denver. His Master’s Diploma is issued by the Norwegian School of Economics. His Executive Management education is from IMD, Switzerland and The London Business School. Eivind is also an Adjunct Professor and has lectured at Daniels College of Business and Columbia Business School.

 

Eivind served 16 months in the Norwegian Royal Air Force and played varsity soccer for University of Denver. He lives in Harlem, Manhattan with his family

Amit Madaan
Managing Director
BlackRock Financial Management Inc
Biography

Amit Madaan, CFA, FRM, is head of modeling and research for sustainable investing within Aladdin Sustainability Lab. He is responsible for building BlackRock analytical capabilities in climate change risk on financial instruments.

Prior to this role, Mr. Madaan was co-head of commercial credit modeling and research. Mr. Madaan was responsible for the design, estimation and monitoring of models for US CRE debt and CMBS.

Mr. Madaan has published extensively including co-authoring “Commercial Mortgage-Backed Securities”, which was published in 2021. Mr. Madaan also co-authored a chapter in the “World Scientific Encyclopedia of Climate Change: Case Studies of Climate Risk, Action, and Opportunity”, which was published in 2021.

Mr. Madaan co-authored BII publication “Getting Physical: Scenario analysis for assessing climate-related risks” paper and has published research articles to Commercial Real Estate Finance World and Pension Real Estate Association magazines.

Mr. Madaan holds B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Madras and MBA from Emory University.

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Naresh Malhotra
Director/Supervisor
Societe Generale Corporate and Investment Banking
Biography

Naresh is a director at Societe Generale (SG) focused on capital markets and investment management activities, and an Adjunct Professor in Finance and Risk Engineering program at NYU. Prior to joining SG, Naresh served as US lead director of traded risk at KPMG. Previously, Naresh worked at Diamond Notch Asset Management, a hedge fund, as a portfolio manager and head of European Credit Trading. In prior roles, he served as head of credit exotics at Commerzbank (London), and as a senior credit derivatives trader at UBS and Merrill Lynch in New York. Naresh has a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, IL), and a BS in Aerospace Engineering from IIT-Kanpur (India). The academic preparation was followed by a research faculty position in Engineering & Applied Math at Caltech (Pasadena, CA).

Sally Michalski
Head of ESG Strategy & Engagement for Alternatives
BlackRock

Biography

Sally Michalski, CFA, Director, is Head of ESG Strategy & Engagement for BlackRock Alternative Investors (BAI). Most recently, Ms. Michalski was Chief of Staff to the Global Head of BAI. She joined BlackRock in 2013 as a member of the Global Institutional Marketing team. Prior to BlackRock, Ms. Michalski worked at PwC as a consultant, advising banking and capital markets clients on risk and regulatory matters. Ms. Michalski earned a BSFS degree in International Economics from Georgetown University.

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Colleen Milazzo
SVP, TPR Software Products
Shared Assessments

Biography

Colleen is the Senior Vice President of Third-Party Risk Software Products at Shared Assessments, where she leads the TPRM software team in the development of the software products/tools for third party risk assurance.

Colleen has over 20 years of experience within the financial services industry and consulting. She has led programs associated with risk management, procurement/contract negotiation, mergers and acquisitions, and business process reengineering. She has regulatory and global experience executing portfolios to meet the corporate strategy.

Recently, Colleen managed the Third-Party Security Risk Assurance team for a bank where she reported to the CSO and ensured all due diligence, continuous monitoring, and privacy requirements were met for the third-party inventory. She also was the Chair for the BITS Third Party Risk Committee with representation from multiple firms addressing the best practices and increased regulatory focus on fourth parties. She also managed the Cyber Delivery Management team executing the projects including third parties.

Lourenco Miranda
Managing Director, Regional Head of ESG Risks
Former Société Générale

Biography

Dr. Lourenco Miranda is the Regional Head of Environmental & Social Risks and Model Risk at Société Générale Corporate Investment Bank. He joined the Bank in New York in February 2016 as Managing Director Head of Capital Planning, Assessment and Review (CCAR) in New York. Prior to that, within his 24 years of financial industry experience, Dr. Miranda has held multiple leadership roles in Risk Management and Finance at internationally active Financial Institutions in multipl regions and more than 70 countries and regulatory jurisdictions in 5 regions. On the academic world, for the past 25 years, Dr. Miranda has held faculty positions in multiple academic centers worldwide in the field of Risk Management and Financial Mathematics and has been in the board of international professional institutions and a regular speaker at major international risk conferences. Currently, he is Adjunct Professor of Risk Management, Stress Testing, Machine Learning and Data Science at Fordham University in NYC. Besides that, Lourenco is a published author of academic and professional articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a reviewer of professional and academic Journals in Risk and Finance. Lourenco holds a PhD in Statistical Physics and Quantitative Financial Risk Modeling.

Lakshmi Murthy
Global Lead– Climate Risk Strategy and ESG Analytics
Credit Suisse

Biography

Lakshmi Murthy is the Global lead for Climate Risk Strategy and ESG Analytics at Credit Suisse.

She is an experienced Financial Services leader with a passion for building scalable data-enabled products to solve business problems using advanced analytics.

Lakshmi has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from India, and an Master’s degree in Business Analytics from NYU Stern School of Business

James Norman
Managing Director, Sustainability and Impact
Goldman Sachs

Biography

James is a managing director within JGoldman Sachs Asset Management

(GSAM) focused on working with clients on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and equity strategy, implementing customized solutions leveraging GSAM’s full suite of ESG and equity capabilities. He joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2019.

Prior to joining the firm, James was a founding partner and president at QS Investors, an equity and asset allocation boutique. At QS Investors, he worked globally with institutional asset owners and large retail platforms on implementing investment solutions to meet their investment needs and managing the equity portfolio management team. Prior to that, James served as a managing director at Deutsche Asset Management in the Quantitative Strategies Group.

James earned an AB in Economics from Vassar College and an MBA in Finance and Management from New York University Stern School of Business with distinction.

Karl Petterson
Chief Sustainability Officer, Americas
Société Générale

Biography

Karl Pettersen is Chief Sustainability Officer for the Americas at Societe Generale, with the mandate of fostering a client-centric sustainability conversation for the Americas, as well as overseeing all aspects sustainability product and target development in the region.

 Prior to his role as CSO, Karl was Head of Ratings Advisory for the Americas at Societe Generale, where he developed deep and long-standing advisory relationships with the bank’s key clients, around communication tactics, financial policies, and the development of novel analytical tools.

 Karl worked at UBS in London from 2005 to 2007, as Head of Emerging Markets Ratings Advisory, where he advised primarily Russian and CIS clients, and supervised ratings advisory for European leveraged finance at UBS.

 From 2000 to 2005, Karl worked at Moody’s in London, where he held a variety of senior analytical roles; Karl was also Vice President – Standards & Criteria, where he was in charge of formulating, writing, and publishing Moody’s corporate finance rating methodologies.

 Karl holds a B.A. in Economics from Yale University.

Olga Puntas
SVP, Environmental and Social Risk Management Lead
Wells Fargo

Biography

As Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management (ESRM) team, I lead Wells Fargo’s efforts to understand customers’ E&S impact and performance, and manages E&S risks across the enterprise. ESRM team also engages with key external stakeholders to understand their perspectives about the industries Wells Fargo supports, and identify solutions to pressing and emerging E&S issues.
The ESRM function provides lines-of-business the clarity and tools they need to make informed decisions when growing relationships in sensitive industries. The ESRM approach also helps the corporation more effectively manage business and reputational risk to Wells Fargo, while at the same time allowing it to deeper understand customers’ operations and long-term viability, and protect people, communities and the environment.
Prior to joining Wells Fargo, I spent 14 years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) conducting global E&S risk management, due diligence, supervision, and audit in the infrastructure, apparel, manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, and health and education sectors. At IFC, I worked in a number of regions, including Europe, Central Asia, Northern Africa, Middle East, Central and Southern Americas. I hold an MS in Environmental Science and Sustainability Management from Columbia University in New York; Masters of Law from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany; and the equivalent of a JD from Belarusian State University in the Republic of Belarus. I am fluent in English, Russian, German, and Spanish. I am a certified yoga teacher and mindfulness practitioner. For fun I travel the world and practice circus arts.

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Phil Redman
ESG Director
Onetrust

Biography

Phil Redman serves as the ESG Director for OneTrust which simplifies the complex task of collecting and reporting on corporate ESG data. In his role, Redman is responsible for the product development and direction of the technology, leading the sales and product engineering team on OneTrust, and day-to-day delivery. He enjoys working with customers and providing features and benefits they now love but didn’t know they needed. Redman brings over 15 years of global, enterprise experience and has led teams on technology product development and strategy at Accenture, Citrix, and was VP and Distinguished Analyst at Gartner. He has a B.A. from Temple University and an M.S. from Boston University on Business Communications.

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Michael Savicki
VP, Risk, Compliance & ESG for the Americas and Chief Privacy Officer
American Express Global Business Travel

Biography

Michael F. Savicki is American Express Global Business Travel’s Vice President for Risk, Compliance & ESG – The Americas and Chief Privacy Officer.  Michael is responsible for all risk and compliance disciplines throughout the Americas region and Privacy Compliance globally.  Prior to joining American Express GBT, he was Senior Attorney – Compliance & Corporate Governance at Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, Secondee Counsel at Deutsche Bank’s Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Group and Senior Litigation Associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP.  He began his legal career as a law clerk at the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is a graduate of Tulane Law School and Connecticut College and a member of the Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York state bars.

Felician Stratmann
Vice President, US Credit Strategy
Morgan Stanley

Biography

Felician (Felix) Stratmann is a Vice President in Morgan Stanley’s Fixed Income Research department, based in New York. He covers US corporate credit, with a focus on investment grade corporate bonds, credit derivatives, and ESG within the broader US credit markets. Felix joined Morgan Stanley in 2014 and worked in the firm’s Global Capital Markets division prior to joining Research. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of South Carolina.

Beth Strobel
Vice President, Growth Strategy
Onspring

Biography

Beth has been in the governance, risk, and compliance space for 15 years, helping enterprises find technology solutions that solve their biggest challenges. She recently helped create an automation and reporting solution for ESG management in Onspring that streamlines processes and serves up real-time data to ESG owners, execs, and Boards. Beth also has hands-on experience working with enterprises to improve their third-party risk management programs, business continuity plans, and regulatory compliance. When she is not living the GRC-lifestyle, she is applying her technical aptitude and business sense in the Women in Security – Kansas City Chapter.

Liesel Van Ast
Deputy Head
UNEP Finance Initiative

Biography

Liesel van Ast is Deputy Head of the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative. She is responsible for financial sector engagement and regional coordination and oversees industry, nature, pollution & circular economy, communications and training workstreams. She also supports the Head of the New York Office at UNEP and UN Assistant Secretary-General to help the UN leverage sustainable finance for the 2030 Agenda.

Before joining UNEP FI in 2016, Liesel was Programme Manager of the Natural Capital Declaration (now the Natural Capital Finance Alliance), a joint initiative of UNEP FI and Global Canopy Programme. She developed a technical work programme with financial institutions to strengthen integration of environmental issues into financial decision-making. From 2007- 2013, Liesel was Research Editor at Trucost, the environmental research provider (now S&P Global Trucost). From 2005-2007 she was a Writer and Online Editor for the leading environmental business journal The ENDS Report. She holds an MSc in Business Strategy, Politics and the Environment; and Certificates in Environmental Management, Investment Management, and Leadership.

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Karl Viertel
General Manager, GRC
Mitratech

Biography

Over the last 15 years, Karl Viertel has solved risk and regulatory challenges for some of the largest organisations in the world. After working in the technology and risk divisions of Accenture and Deloitte, in 2015, Karl co-founded one of the first RegTech companies, Alyne, which was acquired by legal and risk software leader Mitratech in 2021. Today, Karl is the Managing Director for Mitratech’s global GRC business unit.

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Leah Wooldridge
Principal ESG Solution Engineer
Workiva

Biography

Leah Wooldridge is a Principal Solution Engineer for ESG at Workiva. Prior to joining Workiva in October 2021, Leah was an ESG Consultant at MSCI, a global provider of ESG research. At MSCI, Leah worked closely with leading investors around ESG integration into their investment process. Prior to MSCI, Leah spent several years in asset management at Nuveen. Leah has a BSBA in Finance and resides in Michigan today.

Ken Wolckenhaur
VP, Vendor Management
Nordea Bank

Biography

Ken Wolckenhauer is the Head of Vendor Management at Nordea Bank’s New York branch. Leading up to this position, Ken was as a subject matter expert, trainer, solutions provider, and consultant for FIS, the world’s largest global provider dedicated to banking and payments technologies. With FIS, Ken specialized in financial industry regulatory risk and compliance, mostly in the area of anti-money laundering and watchlist compliance. Nordea Bank leveraged Ken’s risk and compliance knowledge to build out the vendor management program for the New York branch, developing a program that would properly manage risk as well as gaining acceptance to the US regulators. The success of the US program is now being used to advise Nordea’s European branches on enhancements to its TPRM program. Ken is a graduate of Bucknell University and is a Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist.

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Leveraging scenario analysis and quantification methods to better identify impact of disruption

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July 11, 2022

The future of sustainability linked instruments and financing opportunities for change

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July 11, 2022

Model risk and model validation of fraud and KYC models having AI and ML as emerging trends

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July 7, 2022

Setting short term targets to build towards an agile long term net zero target strategy

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Using technology to mature KYC processes and reduce false positives

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Model risk and model validation of fraud and KYC models having AI and ML as emerging trends

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June 29, 2022

Interview: Juergen Wienes, Airbus Bank GmbH

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Presentation: Roderick Powell, Ameris Bank

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* Please note that our speakers often have to gain permission from their relevant compliance departments to release their presentations. On rare occasions compliance may not allow presentations to be distributed.

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Yes. As with all of our events, the Center for Financial Professionals will be providing brilliant coffee, breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and smaller bites during the networking breaks.

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There are ample opportunities for networking and interaction throughout the Congress, such as:

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ESG USA Congress 
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