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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