The Evolving Landscape of Impact Investing - Implications of COVID-19
The Impact Investing Committee is excited to host a panel discussion focused on the rapidly evolving landscape of Impact Investing. By the end of 2019, the sector had attracted more than $500 billion in private and public investments.
In this conversation, we aim to demystify the lexicon of Impact Investing. The panelists will share their views on the varied definitions in the impact investing space and the role of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors. This Investment discipline incorporates both financial and non-financial goals for clients, encompassing a burgeoning array of choices. Our panel of experts will unpack this rapidly expanding investment genre to give clarity and catalyze broader participation by the investment community.
Many consider 2020 a tipping point for Impact Investing due to the heightened awareness and demand for double/triple bottom line return options. The panelists will provide insights and share stories from the field and present what they expect to see in 2020 and beyond. Finally, in light of the recent global public health crisis, the panel will share their perspectives on the effect of COVID-19 on the Impact Investing space and the role of sustainable investing in such a worldwide crisis.
Executive Director, ESG Client Coverage
Sarah Greenberg is an Executive Director in MSCI’s ESG Client Coverage organization where she manages a team of relationship managers who support the asset management, wealth management, sell side and hedge fund segments across the East Coast. She also manages relationships with strategic asset and wealth management clients leveraging MSCI ESG Research for ESG integration, UNPRI implementation, and ESG product development. Sarah is responsible for educating market participants on ESG investment trends and portfolio implementation options. She serves as the lead ESG client coverage representative on MSCI’s ESG wealth management and retail strategy group.
Prior to her current role, Sarah was the Head of ESG Account Management at RiskMetrics Group, and the Manager of Business Development at Innovest Strategic Value Advisors. She holds a Master of Business Administration from New York University, Stern School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the State University of New York at New Paltz.
Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar
Columbia | SIPA
Keiko Honda is Adjunct Professor and Adjunct Senior Research Scholar of Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she teaches ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) Investing to graduate students.
Until the end of October 2019, Honda was the Chief Executive Officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. MIGA supports cross-border equity investors and lenders by providing coverage against currency inconvertibility and transfer restriction, expropriation, war and civil disturbance, breach of contract, and non-honoring of financial obligations.
Before joining MIGA, Honda was the first woman senior partner in Asia at McKinsey & Company, where she advised financial institutions on corporate finance and strategy and business development for 24 years.
Honda serves as a board member and chair of compensation committee for AGC.
Honda holds a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics from Ochanomizu University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where she was selected as a Fulbright Scholar.
Green Century Funds
Leslie Samuelrich leads Green Century Capital Management, focusing on the firm’s investment strategies, business development, and impact investing program. The Green Century Funds have experienced 570% growth under her leadership. Ms. Samuelrich has more than 25 years of experience in ESG investing, corporate engagement, and environmental and public health advocacy. Her comments have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, the New York Times, Responsible Investor, Barron’s, and many other outlets. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF) and the Advisory Board of the Intentional Endowments Network. She is a guest lecturer on impact investing at The Wharton School and annually presents at dozens of national and regional industry conferences and events. Ms. Samuelrich was honored with the 2019 SRI Service Award, which recognizes an “individual who has demonstrated leadership, innovation, high standards of professional conduct, and accomplishment in collaboration with other SRI industry leaders.” She also was selected as one of the “43 World-Changing Women in Conscious Business” in 2020.
Rachael M. Camargo heads the Discretionary Products and Mutual Funds within the Investment Strategies and Product Solutions team at HSBC Private Bank. She is an institutional and private banking investment executive with roles ranging across product development, client portfolio management, and marketing. At HSBC, Rachael partners closely with the regional and global product specialists to deliver best-in-class discretionary investment opportunities for US and offshore clients. She leads new offerings, communicates timely investment updates, develops the marketing strategy, generates cross-selling opportunities in collaboration with HSBC booking centers globally, and manages the relationships with third party funds offered on the HSBC Private Banking platform. As a sustainability leader, Rachael is the delegated ambassador for the Private Bank Americas at HSBC’s Climate Business Council, Global and US Sustainability Forums. Prior to joining HSBC, she held multiple positions at Voya Investment Management (formerly ING Investment Management) across multi-asset, fixed income, equities and responsible investing. Rachael graduated with an MBA from New York University and a BFA summa cum laude from Carnegie Mellon University. She holds the Series 7 and Series 66 licenses.
5:00 - 5:45 pm
Introduction by Moderator & Panelists
Pre-planned Q&A to panelists
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Special thanks to our panelists for their time and sharing their valuable insights.
Special thanks to Rachael Camargo, Maud Schmitt and Janet Siegenthaler for all their support and effort in organizing this webinar.
This event is organized by the Impact Investing Committee of the FWA of New York, Inc.
About the FWA
Established in 1956, the FWA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit professional organization with a membership of approximately 800 female and male professionals working in the financial services industry or who hold a financial position in another industry. The FWA has a long tradition of encouraging women to seek career opportunities in finance and business through mentorship and networking.
Reservations/Cancellations and payments are required by, Tuesday, May 12, 2020.