Real Estate Group: ESG in Real Estate
Wednesday 6 October
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are top of mind for the real estate sector. In this event we discuss the role of regulation in helping to steer capital towards sustainable investments, how green finance can act as an enabler, and how investors are considering sustainability in their investment decisions.
Hotels produce the highest carbon emissions of all asset classes so we will also have an expert view on the steps hotel chains and investors are taking to build a more sustainable world. Please join our panel event to see how different stakeholders are behaving and the challenges and opportunities they have ahead of them.
Robert Adamczyk is a senior ESG Advisor at EBRD and sector co-ordinator for Power and Heavy industry and focal point for ESG and PR3. He is member of the EC Platform for Sustainable Finance and TNFD. Robert has extensive experience of environmental issues in real estate, industry and power sector. He holds a degree from Kings College London and an MSc from Imperial College London. Prior to joining the EBRD, he was a Director and Head of the Environment Division of Atkins Europe. Robert is an active member of IEMA and member of RICS.
Alex Hadzhiivanov has a background in engineering, construction and development, civil and environmental engineering and financial services. Since 2008 he has been working on green and sustainability investments, financed by the bank across the EBRD region including direct lending projects in property and tourism, residential developments, agribusiness, logistics centres and transport and infrastructure. As a Green Economy Specialist at the EBRD’s Environmental and Sustainability Department, Alex participates in development of Bank’s green finance methodologies, including for climate and for environmental finance.
Steffen Walvius, Head of Sustainability and ESG Services at JLL, has over ten years of international experience in the construction, energy and real estate sectors. He has helped many investors, developers, owners, and managers improve corporate ESG, portfolio sustainability, and advice on green buildings. Prior to being a sustainability consultant, he worked as a structural engineer at ABT. His experience working for Schlumberger, the world’s largest petroleum service company, has motivated him to dedicate his energy towards the sustainable development of the real estate sector. Steffen graduated with a BSc in civil-structural engineering from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands and a MSc in Sustainable Energy System Management from the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain.
Richard Williamson is the COO of Considerate Group, a data-driven sustainability consultancy with offices in Munich, London and New York, that helps hospitality businesses integrate ESG into their business strategies, through the considered application of technology (Con-Serve, fluttr) as well as sector insight. Considerate Group creates bespoke methodologies for the successful integration of sustainability strategies for hotels and tourism companies around the world. Its focus is very much on driving the financial benefits of investment in sustainability, alongside a solid ESG strategy, data transparency and achieving a positive impact for the sector of a whole.
Moderator Rekha Toora (MBA 11D) is a Senior Vice President at JLL in the hotels and capital markets team, covering UK and EMEA markets. Rekha advises hotel investors on their acquisition and divestment strategies and covers the entire capital stack including equity and debt. Prior to JLL, Rekha was Chief Investment Officer of Qbic hotels, a sustainable hotel chain owned by Cerberus Capital Management where she was responsible for implementing and delivering a pan-European acquisition strategy. Rekha has a diverse multi-sector real estate skillset covering both debt and equity, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and has an MBA from INSEAD.
– Refunds will be available until 29 September.
– Should the event be cancelled, full refunds will be made.
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