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ESG & Capital Markets Africa 2020 - Virtual Conference

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Livestream Agenda

Debunking myths to better integrate ESG into your investment approach

Tue 6th Oct 2020, 8:00am (Europe/London)

Debunking myths to better integrate ESG into your investment approach

  • What does ESG integration look like? Addressing commonly held misbeliefs and incorrect assumptions
  • Materiality vs. demand vs. regulation: What is driving ESG integration globally
  • What are the trends we are seeing in ESG integration and across the globe?
  • What tools and resources are available to investors looking to start or improve upon ESG integration practices?

Speaker

Director, Martens Impact Advisory and Acting Head of Africa & Middle East,

Deconstructing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): How can we start applying these principles to the African market?

Tue 6th Oct 2020, 8:35am (Europe/London)

Deconstructing the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): How can we start applying these principles to the African market?

  • SDGs 101: What are the SDGs, and why are they important for the progress of Africa’s financing and development needs?
  • What does it mean to be ESG compliant?
  • Putting SDGs into practice: How do a selection of the 17 SDGs (education, sanitation, affordable clean energy and infrastructure) fit into the pipeline of Africa’s future development?

Moderator

Chief Investment Officer

Speakers

Chief Executive Officer

Functional Head of Emerging Markets Corporates

Director, Martens Impact Advisory and Acting Head of Africa & Middle East,

Head: Sustainable Finance Solutions

Implementing Sustainable Finance products: What can African players learn from successful ESG strategies and issuances in other regions?

Tue 6th Oct 2020, 9:25am (Europe/London)

Implementing Sustainable Finance products: What can African players learn from successful ESG strategies and issuances in other regions?

  • Green bonds, sukuks, SDG linked bonds and loans: Understanding the debut issuer journey
  • What were the key challenges they faced, and how did they overcome them?
  • What are the benefits?
  • How are social bonds operating in different jurisdictions? Would a similar structure translate well to the African market?

Moderator

Head of Sustainable Finance & ESG Advisory

Speakers

Deputy CIO, Emerging Markets Debt

Capital Markets and Investor Relations Executive

Fixed Income Product Specialist

Chief Financial Officer

How can credit worthiness within an ESG framework benefit sovereign risk analysis in the long-term?

Tue 6th Oct 2020, 10:30am (Europe/London)

How can credit worthiness within an ESG framework benefit sovereign risk analysis in the long-term?

Speakers

Head of EM Sovereign Credit

Chief Executive Officer

Green vs. Vanilla: Pricing vs. ROI – How do they stack up?

Tue 6th Oct 2020, 11:40am (Europe/London)

Green vs. Vanilla: Pricing vs. ROI – How do they stack up?

  • USD vs. local currency, green vs. vanilla: How does pricing for a USD denominated green transaction compare to vanilla? How does this change when looking at local currency?
  • With green transactions requiring more work than vanilla, how does this translate in terms of ROI? Is the ROI and/or benefit of green worth it?
  • Short term pain to achieve long term gain: Do the long-term investment benefits outweigh (sometimes) frequent upfront costs?
  • Pricing up alternatives for green products: What products other than debt are offered under the “green umbrella”? How do they price in comparison?

Moderator

Co-Chief Executive Officer

Speakers

Africa Markets - Programme Manager

Head of Corporate Funding

Debt Capital Markets

Vice-Minister of Finance for Fiscal Policies & Institutional Reforms

Examining the role of DFIs, IFIs, and ECAs pushing forward Africa’s green project pipeline

Tue 6th Oct 2020, 12:30pm (Europe/London)

Examining the role of DFIs, IFIs, and ECAs pushing forward Africa’s green project pipeline

  • What role are banks and DFIs playing in educating the market on cost-effective ways to issue sustainably?
  • How do DFIs, IFIs and ECAs compare on their ESG mandates? What strategies are they using to push forward the green project pipeline?
  • DFIs as a pillar of ESG financing: What metrics are they using to decide whether to enter a project? What is their stance on transition finance?

Moderator

Founder

Speakers

Senior Director, Head of Treasury & Financial Institutions

Chief Risk Officer

One size does not fit all: How can African corporates begin incorporating ESG principles into their long-term growth strategy?

Tue 6th Oct 2020, 13:20pm (Europe/London)

One size does not fit all: How can African corporates begin incorporating ESG principles into their long-term growth strategy?

  • Where to start when defining a corporate ESG policy? Understanding how Environmental, Social and Governance principles fit into your existing strategy
  • What tools can corporates use to measure whether existing and new transactions match up to their newly-outlined ESG principles?
  • Understanding green finance as a risk mitigator: How to educate shareholders on the benefits of increased transparency in green reporting
  • Learning best practices from success stories: Which African institutions have already made their first steps on the ESG pathway – what best practices can they share?

Moderator

Investor Relations Manager & ESG Officer

Speakers

Head of Corporate Finance

Director, Emerging Markets Corporates

Group Treasurer

Head of Shared Value

Understanding the spectrum of “green”: What assessment and reporting metrics are available to borrowers and issuers? (presentation)

Tue 6th Oct 2020, 14:30pm (Europe/London)

Understanding the spectrum of “green”: What assessment and reporting metrics are available to borrowers and issuers? (presentation)

  • Fifty shades of green: What does the spectrum of green look like?
  • What methods are most effective in tracking how transactions match up to sustainable finance and ESG metrics?
  • Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) reporting: Why reporting on climate risk is becoming more important
  • How to build in TCFD as part of your business’s wider ESG strategy
  • To what extent can ESG assessment and reporting criteria be standardised across the continent?
  • Does standardisation limit access to sustainable finance for high yield African players?

Speaker

Director, ESG Research, Sustainable Finance

Catalysing Investments to achieve the SDGs

Tue 6th Oct 2020, 15:05pm (Europe/London)

Catalysing Investments to achieve the SDGs

  • The Standards provide rigorous decision-making framework that investors can use to allocate capital
  • The Standards fill the gap between high level principles and reporting
  • The Standards provide assurance to investors that outcomes have occurred

Speaker

UNDP SDG Impact Advisor and Senior Advisor, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation

To what extent are “E”, “S” and/or “G” acting as markers to attract more FDI into Africa? What criteria are investors looking at?

Tue 6th Oct 2020, 15:40pm (Europe/London)

To what extent are “E”, “S” and/or “G” acting as markers to attract more FDI into Africa? What criteria are investors looking at?

  • E vs. S. vs G: How much importance are investors placing on each of the three ESG criterion when looking at Africa?
  • What do investors need to see from African borrowers with regards to ESG-compliance to commit to green-based projects?
  • How will investors consider institutions with lower scores and/or nascent ESG frameworks? How does investment appetite vary for green vs. brown?
  • To what extent are African institutions using ESG as a way to attract more FDI into the continent?
  • Understanding impact investing as a tool to increase FDI into Africa: What is the role of impact investing in Africa? And how far along are African funds?
  • What more needs to be done to showcase impact investing as a viable option for institutional investors?

Moderator

Co-Managing Director

Speakers

Director of ESG

Head: Sustainable Finance Solutions

Head of Fixed Income

Associate Vice President, Investments

The cost of “G”: What is the real cost to companies when implementing increased governance to align with SDGs?

Tue 6th Oct 2020, 16:30pm (Europe/London)

The cost of “G”: What is the real cost to companies when implementing increased governance to align with SDGs?

  • How can companies adjust governance structures to ensure they better aligns with SDGs goals?
  • What is the cost of implementing increased governance to align potential green transactions with UN guidelines?
  • How can institutions better manage capital structures to integrate the cost of ESG reporting into a long-term business plan? Where are the additional costs coming from?

Moderator

Senior Director, Sustainable Finance Department

Speakers

Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Investing

Managing Director

Head of Research and Sustainable Fixed Income