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Making ESG investing more sustainable

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Bringing diversity in themes, geography and strategy to asset owners

Asset owners and managers in Asia Pacific and globally are searching for new markets, themes and strategies to navigate the far-reaching re-pricing of assets in portfolios.

For many institutions, ESG funds continue to be the focus of attention. While the pace of flows has slowed since the height of the pandemic, the momentum behind sustainability within and across portfolios is irreversible.

Yet as interest deepens and the opportunity-set widens, investors face new challenges: how to effectively screen, select and then monitor ESG allocations? And is that alone sufficient to be a “responsible investor” ?

On the other hand, new offerings from asset managers are under the spotlight as global regulatory expectations and market standards come into sharper focus.

At the same time, asset managers in Asia Pacific are looking further afield to grow their asset base – requiring a better understanding of the requirements that US/European investors want and need for their portfolios going forward.

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  • Guest speaker
    Sharmila Kassam Head, asset owner solutions @ Nasdaq

    Shar Kassam, is a Vice President at Nasdaq and the Head of Nasdaq Asset Owner Solutions where she is responsible for helping institutional investors achieve their investment objectives. Shar previously served as Deputy CIO at Texas ERS where she managed the investment program and team. Her core responsibilities included conducting due diligence for manager recommendations in public equity, private equity, and hedge funds, including those that were part of pension plan’s emerging manager program.

  • Guest speaker
    Jonathan Taylor, CFA Investment consultant, APAC international wealth @ Aon

    Jonathan works in the Asia Pacific International Wealth team as an Investment Consultant, with a focus on responsible investment matters. He directly supports multi-national corporate pension plan decision makers and other asset owners on a variety of investment and governance related matters. Prior to his current role, Jonathan worked in Aon’s UK investment consulting team and has been a member of the Responsible Investment team for over 5 years.

  • Guest speaker
    Andrew Crooke Strategy & content director @ AsianInvestor

    Andrew is Strategy & Content Director for Haymarket Media Groups’s financial publications in Asia:AsianInvestor,FinanceAsia, andCorporateTreasurer. As a business journalist and editor for over 20 years, Andrew has far-reaching experience across the financial services industry. For the past 17 years, he has run online content, publications, events and bespoke projects across Asia Pacific & the Middle East – both for large publishing houses as well as family-run, entrepreneurial firms.


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