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Reconciling S & G with E: What are the key credentials that investors are looking for when assessing investment into Africa?

Broadcast on Jun 15, 2021 from Livestream: ESG & Capital Markets Africa 2021 - Virtual

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  • How are investors weighing up the commodity-rich make-up of Africa’s economies and (infrastructure) needs vs. their own requirements to invest sustainably What weighting is being placed on S and G vs. E in a post-COVID world?
  • What are investors looking for from ‘brown’ companies? Under what conditions could fossil fuel companies (or fossil fuel-dependent sovereigns) qualify as investable for ESG funds? What questions are being asked?
  • Is divestment an option?
  • Green Reporting: What metrics are investors looking for/following? Is there a benchmark?
  • How much of a bearing does an ESG rating impact investment decisions
Africa

Moderator

Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

GFC Media Group

Alex Johnson

Alex Johnson

Chief Executive Officer at GFC Media Group

Alex is Founder and CEO of GFC Media Group. He is responsible for shaping the business strategy as well as overseeing the day-to-day running of the company. Launched in 2009 focusing on capital markets conferences in the GCC, the business today operates across 4 continents and delivers market intelligence and peer-to-peer discussion to over 10,000 senior finance and investment executives per year.

In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, GFC Media Group transitioned its entire business online, having spent 10 years only delivering Live conferences and roundtables.

Prior to starting GFC Media Group, Alex worked in various roles in media, research, and events. He has a degree in Economics and Finance from the University of Durham.

GFC Media Group

Alex Johnson

Speakers

Giulia Pellegrini

Giulia Pellegrini

Deputy CIO, EM Fixed Income

Allianz Global Investors

Giulia Pellegrini

Giulia Pellegrini

Deputy CIO, EM Fixed Income at Allianz Global Investors

Giulia Pellegrini is Deputy CIO for Emerging Markets Debt at Allianz Global Investors, where she focuses on EM sovereign debt strategies and ESG investing. Prior to joining AllianzGI in 2020, she was Head of Sustainable EM Fixed Income Investing at BlackRock since 2015. Ms Pellegrini was previously Chief Economist for Sub-Saharan Africa in J.P. Morgan’s Emerging Market Research team in London and in Johannesburg and an Economist at the World Bank in the Africa Finance and Private Sector Development Department in Washington D.C. She started her career as an Economist in the Policy & Strategy Division of the Debt Management Office of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Abuja. Giulia holds master degrees in Development Economics and in Econometrics from the University of Oxford, St Antony’s College and from Birkbeck College as well as a BSc in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies – University of London.

Allianz Global Investors

Emmanuel Haye

Emmanuel Haye

Deputy Head of the Financial Institutions Debt Group

Proparco

Emmanuel Haye

Emmanuel Haye

Deputy Head of the Financial Institutions Debt Group at Proparco

Mr. Emmanuel Haye serves as deputy head of the Financial Institutions Debt Group, covering Africa and Middle East, at Proparco, in Paris. Mr. Haye previously worked with PROPARCO and AFD in several African countries during 15 years. He started his career as Auditor with Deloitte. Mr. Haye holds a Master in Management Degree from EDHEC business school.

Proparco

Emmanuel Haye

About Proparco

Proparco is the private sector financing arm of Agence Française de Développement Group (AFD Group). It has been promoting sustainable economic, social and environmental development for over 40 years. Proparco provides funding and support to both businesses and financial institutions in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle-East. Its action focuses on the key development sectors: infrastructure, mainly for renewable energies, agribusiness, financial institutions, health and education.

Its operations aim to strengthen the contribution of private players to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the international community in 2015. To this end, Proparco finances companies whose activity contributes to creating jobs and decent incomes, providing essential goods and services and combating climate change. For a World in Common.

For further information: www.proparco.fr and @Proparco

Robert Lewenson

Robert Lewenson

Head of Stewardship

Old Mutual

Robert Lewenson

Robert Lewenson

Head of Stewardship at Old Mutual

Robert joined the Old Mutual Investment Group Responsible Investment team in October 2014, as a Governance and Engagement Manager. He is responsible for proxy voting and engagement, representing Old Mutual Investment Group on various industry bodies and championing responsible investment for the OM group. Robert's legal and corporate governance background enables him to bring his knowledge of law and negotiation skills to the fore in promoting clients' interests. Prior to joining the Responsible Investment team, he was a legal advisor at Old Mutual Investment Group for seven years. Robert has fourteen years of work experience in the legal profession and asset management industry. He holds a BBusSci LLB (UCT) and is an Attorney of the High Court

Old Mutual

Andrew Johnstone

Andrew Johnstone

Chief Executive Officer

Sanlam InfraWorks

Andrew Johnstone

Andrew Johnstone

Chief Executive Officer at Sanlam InfraWorks

Sanlam InfraWorks

Sören Stöber

Sören Stöber

Head of ESG Business Development

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Sören Stöber

Sören Stöber

Head of ESG Business Development at S&P Global Market Intelligence

Sören heads up S&P Global’s ESG business development efforts for Africa, Northern Europe, and Germany. S&P Global Trucost has been assessing risks relating to climate change, natural resource constraints, and broader environmental, social, and governance factors since 2000. Prior to joining S&P Sören held corporate sustainability and ESG reporting positions and worked for the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Energy and Environment.

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