The Role of Asset Managers in Creating Sustainable Growth

The Role of Asset Managers in Creating Sustainable Growth
Wednesday 24 April, 18:30 for 19:00

Asset managers play a crucial role in promoting sustainable growth by influencing investment decisions, corporate behaviour, and market practices. Sustainable growth is a long-term approach that seeks to balance economic, social, and environmental considerations.

We will cover the following questions amongst others:

• How do asset managers integrate ESG factors in their investment decision making?
• What are the specific challenges when addressing impact investing?
• Does your company have an ESG stewardship code?
• How do innovation and collaboration support sustainable growth?

Jon Coker is one of the Founding Partners of Eka Ventures. Eka is an early-stage venture capital firm that invests in technology companies building a healthy, inclusive and sustainable economy. At Eka Jon led investments in Hived, Hylo, UseAgain, OXcan, Runna, Isla & Axle. Prior to this, Jon spent 11 years at MMC Ventures, ultimately as one of the two Managing Partners. At MMC he led investments in 16 companies including Interactive Investor (1bn) Gousto (1bn), Bloom&Wild (500m), Mubi, Cloudsense, Peak and Total Mobile. Jon has an Engineering degree and technology has been a constant thread in his education and career.

James Pitt (MBA 94D) is a Partner of Lexington Partners, one of the world’s largest managers of private equity secondary and co-investment funds, where he is responsible for the firm’s international direct investments. He has worked in the private equity sector since 2000, prior to which he was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley in London and New York, and a strategy consultant at Arthur D. Little. Previously, he served as a warfare and ship’s diving officer in the Royal Navy from 1984-89.

Daniella Woolf is the founder of Danesmead ESG which works with investment managers globally, implementing ESG and responsible investment practices, and aligning with regulations and industry standards. Danesmead ESG specialises in alternative investment strategies including long/short equity and credit, structured credit, infrastructure, and private equity and debt. Previously, Daniella worked at Arrowgrass Capital, where she was a member of the Investor Relations team focusing on ODD and ESG.

Rekha Toora (MBA 11D) is Senior Vice President, EMEA Hotels Capital Markets, part of the JLL European hotels and capital markets team focusing on advising investors on hospitality transactions Europe-wide, with a focus on the UK. Passionate about sustainability, particularly the built environment and green finance, Rekha is a regular panellist and speaker on sustainability in real estate and hotel capital markets. She is a member of the global sustainability committee at JLL and Chair of the Capital Markets Committee of the Energy and Environment Alliance, a hospitality-focused not-for-profit organisation.

Moderator: Gaby Glasener-Cipollone (MBA 93D)

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INDEVOR April 2024 Newsletter

1. INSEAD Alumni Business & Sustainability Summit 2024: Accelerating the Race to Net Zero – May 30th 3-7 pm. CET, Paris/SF/Virtual

Venue: Station F (Central Room)/SF Hub/Hybrid, 5 Parvis Alan Turing Paris  75013
Attendees:  300 alumni (100 in-person – 20 spots left; 200 virtual – 100 spots left, including at SF Hub)

Join fireside chat keynote Côme Perpère, Chief Sustainability Officer, Microsoft France, MBA11J, INDEVOR Global Club president Katie Smith Milway MBA93D, NAA France Sustainability Lead, Solenn Marquette, MBA09D, INDEVOR GC NAA Liaison Patricia Sennequier MBA04J and Global TechAlumni Club president Vikas Pandurkar at  Station F for our May 30th summit, sponsored by Loyal VC.


For N. American alums: 

SF Hub will pipe in summit session: AI & Sustainability: Opportunities and Risks at 8 a.m. breakfast event May 30th, with panelist Sid Chaturvedi of Microsoft US present to lead discussion.  Register here

20 Spots for Pre-Summit Workshop on “Sustainability Leadership” at Station F Felicite building/Jardin Charcot (adjacent) May 30th, 12h -14h30

Dr. Andrea Claussen, NAA Germany, medical doctor, leadership coach and founder of I Am Wilderness will offer this leadership workshop pro-bono to first 20 summit participants to email [email protected]  with “pre-summit” in subject line.

2. Check out our YouTube recording of the International Director Network’s April 10 webinar on ESG X Governance: the materiality of board leadership.

3. Attend the next sustainability events in your geographies, including: 

April 24th 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. in London, sponsored by NAA UK
Location: Artefact, Rex Building, 1st Floor, 62-64 Queen Street, London EC4R 1EB.

May 6th Amsterdam, 18h30 – 21h15 sponsored by NAA The Netherlands with the Energy Global Club and Health Care Global Club

The Future of Electric Vehicles hosted at EVBox’s Amsterdam office:
Kabelweg 47
1014 BA Amsterdam

  • Remco Samuels, CEO EVBox, Chairman of ChargeUp Europe
  • Anja van Niersen, CEO Milence, ex-CEO of Allego
  • Arjan Keizer, Global Head of Industrial & FMCG at Shell Fleet Solutions
  • Sacha Muller, candidate for Volt Europa for the European Parliamentary elections, ex-McKinsey

4. Become INDEVOR Global Impact Network’s Inaugural Communications Volunteer 

INDEVOR is seeking a communications volunteer join our team and lead our branding and website refresh, working with president Katie Smith Milway on strategy and web administrator Nicole Harari on implementation. This includes content management and links to related INSEAD alumni organisations like CIC and INDEVOR student club. The role will also work with our club president on our bimonthly newsletter and social media messaging.

Commitment: 2 hours per week. Experience in writing, editing and website content creation desirable. This is a core volunteer role, which may convert in time to Executive Committee member.  If interested, please send your CV and expression of experience and interest to INDEVOR Global Club Secretary [email protected].

5.  Kudos to new steps on INSEAD’s Climate Journey

As part of the Europe Campus Reimagination project geothermal well drilling began in March at Fontainebleau. This sustainable energy source will take care of 86% of the new MIM building’s heating and cooling needs. It is another important step for delivering on the school’s greenhouse gas reduction pledge.

Record. available! ESG x Governance: Materiality of Leadership


Our April 10th webinar, co-hosted by INSEAD IDN and INDEVOR, explored how ESG factors intertwine with corporate governance. Led by Dr. Pamela Ravasio, it featured INSEAD professor emeritus Ludo VAN DER HEYDEN, Singapore ESG expert Jessica Cheam, US expert Kiku Loomis, and board consultant Frederik Otto. They emphasized the urgent need for boards to embrace sustainability issues summed up in Otto’s CHANGE framework for boards (Climate, Human Rights, AI, Nature, Geopolitics and Equality) Discussions pointed out the challenges of imbuing (vs. siloing) these priorities and shifting boards’s focus from 20th C shareholder value creation to 21st C stakeholder value creation. The latter necessarily includes communities affected by a given business and calls for public-private collaboration to address externalities captured in CHANGE. Please find attached 4 relevant articles that have been hand picked by the speakers: