Events 26 April 2017

Impact investing conference: Addressing climate change and social development

General Information

Event date :

26 April 2017

Event location :

Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce - 7 r. Alcide de Gasperi - Kirchberg, L-2981 Luxembourg

Time :

08:00 - 19:00

Organizer :


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Contributing to fight the effects of climate change is a matter of concern of an increasing number of investors.


  • How can impact investing support climate change mitigation and adaptation measures?
  • What role can impact investing play in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
  • How can impact investing grow?


View the full list of speakers here.


  • 8.00 – 9.00: Registration & breakfast
  • 9.00 – 9.10: Welcome and overview of the agenda
    • Corinne Molitor and Christian Hertz
    • Chairpersons of the ALFI Responsible Investing Technical Committee
  • 09.10-09.25: Keynote speech: The rise of the Meaningful Economy
    • Meaning used to reside in the domain of what an individual did ‘in their spare time’. It is now and increasingly a driver of economic choices.  In short, Meaning is a new currency. This creates a new framework for decision-making for Impact Investors as it affects where and how value is created in the economic system.
    • Mark Drewell will explain the driving forces that are leading to the rise of the Meaningful Economy, explore how it is creating new behaviours amongst customers, employees, employers and investors and examine its significance for individuals, organisations and society at large - Mark Drewell, Senior Partner, ForeSight Group
  • 09.25-10.15: Mainstreaming Impact Investments: opportunities and challenges
    • A panel composed of ‘mainstream’ asset managers and specialised asset managers discuss common concerns, challenges and opportunities of impact investing. As ‘mainstream asset managers’, when and how do embark on the project of building an impact investing platform? What are the reasons to put forward to convince your stakeholders? For specialised impact investing asset managers, how do you compare to, compete with or complement ‘the mainstream’ players?
      - Moderator: Germain Birgen, Directeur, Banque de Luxembourg
      - Panellists:
      Edda Schröder, Founder and Managing Director, Invest in Visions
      Isabelle Cabie, Global Head of Responsible Development, Candriam Luxembourg
      Guy delle Piane, Managing Partner, Audaces Impact
      Stephan Langen, Senior Manager Investment Funds, ASN Bank
  • 10.15-10.30: Out of the box – How I became an Impact Investor
    • Waterpreneurs is a trans-boundary accelerator supporting the scaling-up of impact investments financing the growth of local water entrepreneurs who contribute to the realisation of the human right to water and sanitation (SDG 6). Waterpreneurs has a holistic and systemic approach and focuses on work in the field to generate impact in the communities - Nicolas Lorne, Director and co-Founder, Waterpreneurs
  • 10.30 - 10.55: Refreshment break
  • 10.50-11.10: Introductory speech: Combining positive environmental impact with high returns
    • Jochen Wermuth, Managing Partner, Wermuth Asset Management
  • 11.10-12.00: Writing the success story of Climate Finance
    • To finance both climate change mitigation projects and projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, capital flows need to be considerably scaled up and improved. Panellists analyse how to mobilise investments for climate finance and the role of asset managers in this endeavour. Which financing tool to choose? Which investments work best? And how to measure tangible climate impact?
      - Moderator: Martin Berg, Investment Officer, Climate Change & Environment, New Products & Special Transactions, European Investment Bank
      - Panellists:
      Jochen Wermuth, Managing Partner, Wermuth Asset Management 
      Maurice Bauer, Secretary General, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
      Claude Turmes, Member of the European Parliament
      Louise Hedberg, Head of Corporate Goveranance & Sustainability, East Capital
  • 12.00 - 12.10: Introductory speech
    • T100: Launch – Insights from the Frontier of Impact Investing, which makes public for the first time the aggregated portfolios of more than 50 investors, ranging in size from less than $2 million to more than $100 million, successfully targeting and achieving both impact and financial returns across the same asset classes available to traditional investors - Alison Fort, Managing Director, Toniic EMEA
  • 12.10 - 13.00: Investing in impact – who’s out there?
    • Panellist wonder who the investors in impact actually are... HNWI, young millenials, institutional investors? As an investor, how do you select products and how do you influence the strategy of your invested projects? In terms of impact measurement and reporting, what do you want? Which SDG would you like to finance first?
      - Moderator: Uli Grabenwarter, Deputy Director, Equity Investments, European Investment Fund
      - Panellists:
      Alison Fort, Acting CEO and Managing Director, Toniic
      Benjamin Firmenich, Partner, Impact Finance Management
      Guillaume Bonnel, Head of Impact Investing, Lombard Odier
      Jean-Philippe de Schrevel, Founder and Managing Partner, Bamboo Capital Partners
  • 13.00 - 14.00: Fairtrade Walking lunch
  • 14.00 – 14.20: Out of the box - The courage to dream, impact and profit
    • 30 years of successful impact investments as case studies and what it takes to profit while investing with conscience. Arvind Narula, Owner & CEO, Urmatt Ltd
  • 14.20 – 15.05: Sustainable Development Goals: impact investments with a view of addressing the world’s most challenging problems
    • Health, gender, education, social housing, ..., impact investing has a role to play in supporting development and in building inclusive economies. The SDGs provide a framework for the work to be done. But how to go about it? What to prioritise? What is the role of capital markets? Discussants will analyse the work to be done
      - Moderator: Manuel Tonnar, Deputy Director for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
      - Panellists:
      Christina Juhasz, WWB Asset ManagementConstanze Kreiss, Senior Project Manager, KfW Germany
      Richard Cook, Chief Operating Officer, Social Stock Exchange
      Vincent Oswald, Member of the Board of Directors, European Impact Investing Platform
  • 15.05 –15.50: Measurement, rating, screening: Tools to make impact investing sustainable
    • Transparency, accountability and reporting are cornerstone to ensure the enduring growth of the impact investing industry.
    • An evaluation of the pros and cons of standardising impact investing and the importance of ‘speaking the same language’ within and outside of a specialised community.
      - Moderator: Annemarie Arens, General Manager, LuxFLAG
      - Panellists:
      Ronald van Genderen, Manager Research Analyst, Morningstar
      Huub van der Riet, Lead portfolio Manager Impact Investing, NN Investment Partners
      Jean-Florent Helfre, Head of Business Development FBS, Trucost
      Rodolphe Bocquet, Co-founder and CEO, Beyond Ratings
  • 15.50 – 16.15: Coffee break
  • 16.15-16.30: Impact Investment for Sustainability: The case for Investment in UNSDG 5 (Women’s empowerment) & 7 (Renewable energy)
    • Every Nation and business must focus on ‘Impact investing’ in priority UN SDGs which have the potential to ‘impact’ its economic growth in a significant way whilst reducing the impacts of climate change.
    • The Women go beyond case and the economic benefits of going 100% renewable energy are explored as potential impact investments for all nations and businesses
    • Ravi Fernando, Chairman/CEO, Global Strategic Corporate Sustainability (Pvt) Ltd., Executive in Residence, INSEAD Social Innovation Centre, INSEAD France
  • 16.30-17.15: Stories from the field : offering Innovative financial services with tangible impact
    • One of the beauties of impact investing is its diversity. And its impact, of course! A closing discussion round with real-life examples of what is driving impact investing community.
      - Moderator: Patrick Goodman, Partner, Innpact S.à r.l.
      - Panellists:
      Albert Frendo, Chief Credit Business, Development Officer, Bank of Valletta p.l.c
      Peter Heijen, CEO, Lend a Hand
      Tim Nuy, Deputy CEO, MyBucks
      George Petty, Founder, Venture South International
  • 17.15 - 19.00 Closing drink


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