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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.
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.
Jonathan works in the Asia Pacific International Wealth team as an investment Consultant, with a focus on Responsible Investment matters. Jonathan directly supports multi-national pension plan decision makers on a variety of investment and governance related matters for their company retirement savings plans around the world. His clients are typically prominent institutional asset owners with specific responsible investment objectives. He delivers advice to asset owner clients on a broad range of items, including ESG-related beliefs workshops, ESG integration and Stewardship policy development, ESG data monitoring, climate change consulting, manager selection exercises. Prior to his current role, Jonathan worked in Aon’s UK Investment team for over 5 years. He was also an early member of the Responsible Investment team in the UK. Jonathan holds a 1st Class Honours BSc. degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (Major in Economics) from the University of Warwick.
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.
Haymarket Media Group is a privately held media company headquartered in London.
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