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FII regional summit “Inclusive ESG for Emerging Markets”

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INTRODUCTION

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing has become one of the most important forces in global business today, with ESG assets slated to reach USD $53 trillion by 2025, comprising a third of global AUM. While new frameworks and rating mechanisms continue to proliferate, there are still many outstanding questions about how to effectively implement ESG in emerging markets each with their own specific economic, social, and cultural dynamics. As global businesses and investors seek to urgently align sustainability with financial performance focused on new economic and environmental priorities, there are many competing perspectives on how to approach these issues.

A PLAN OF ACTION

During this critical time, the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute has set out to develop a more direct, robust road map for the future of ESG, particularly in emerging markets. To support this important work, the Institute will convene a community of Global Heads of Sustainability, ESG, and Stewardship; CEOs; government officials; social innovators; thought leaders; and other experts to engage in vital conversations that will shape the future of the global ESG agenda, and support investors with the tools and knowledge to drive sustainable, alpha-generating investment strategies.

A ROADMAP FOR ESG IN EMERGING MARKETS

Leveraging its THINK, XCHANGE, and ACT platforms, the Institute aims to: (1) increase awareness of the shortcomings of current ESG standards and their impact on global sustainability; (2) advocate for an inclusive and equitable application of ESG; and (3) bring together key stakeholders to improve implementation globally. We expect this effort to unite the global community in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and encourage international investment.

AN INFLUENTIAL COMMUNITY OF GLOBAL BUSINESS LEADERS, INVESTORS, INNOVATORS, AND ADVOCATES

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THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF IN-PERSON PLATFORMS TO ENCOURAGE SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT

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A SUMMIT IN TWO PARTS

Part 1:

The Future of ESG

  • The Transition to a Green Economy: Why Focusing on Emerging Markets is Paramount

  • How to Empower Global Next Gen Leaders to Promote ESG Initiatives

  • The Rise of the Real Economy: Where Emerging Markets Fit Into the Broader Economic Context

  • In Search of Alpha: Investor-Tested Strategies for Doing Well by Doing Good

Part 2:

The Future of Sustainability

  • Moving from Divestment to Engagement: Why Exclusion Isn't the Optimal Answer

  • The Road to COP27: Shaping a Sustainable Finance R(evolution)

  • How Technology Innovations are Driving Critical Progress in Sustainability

  • Money and Power: The Race to Net Zero Emissions by 2050

ABOUT FII INSTITUTE

Our DNA

FII Institute is a new global nonprofit foundation with an investment arm and one agenda: Impact on Humanity.

Global, inclusive and built on ESG principles, we foster great minds from around the world and turn ideas into real-world solutions in five critical areas: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Education, Healthcare and Sustainability.

We are in the right place at the right time: when decision makers, investors and an engaged generation of youth come together in aspiration, energized and ready for change. We harness that energy into three pillars: THINK, XCHANGE, ACT.

We empower the world s brightest minds to identify technological solutions to the most pressing issues facing humanity

We build inclusive platforms for international dialogue, knowledge sharing and partnership.

We curate and invest directly in the technologies of the future to secure sustainable real-world solutions.

OUR PURPOSE

Enabling a brighter future for humanity.

OUR VISION

Empowering the world s brightest minds to shape a brighter future for ALL, and with ALL.

OUR MISSION

Curating and enabling ideas to impact humanity sustainably.

THE INSTITUTE'S FOUR MAIN FOCUS AREAS

Healthcare

Leverage new and dynamic technology applications to disrupt the traditional healthcare industry.

Sustainability

Deploy technologies to ensure development meets the needs of the present, while considering the needs of future generations.

Education

Address the most important investment in the future of humanity and a critical area for technological impact.

AI & Robotics

See and hear, identify patterns, predict, and engage all through deep algorithmic learning, amplified by the latest designs in automation and robotics.

THE INSTITUTE'S BOARD OF TRUSTEES

FII Institute is governed by an independent Board of Trustees comprising civic leaders, entrepreneurial pioneers, and noted academicians. These key individuals are entrusted with guiding and empowering the Institute to achieve its mandate through a strong ESG foundation, in service of humanity.

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EVENT PROGRAM

7:30

REGISTRATION OPENS WITH COFFEE AND CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST

8:45

SUMMIT OPENS WITH SEATING AVAILABLE

9:00

A call to action to accelerate ESG principles around the world

OPENING VIDEO

  • Edie Lush, Executive Producer & Co-Host, GlobalGoalsCast

WELCOME REMARKS

  • Richard Attias, CEO, FII Institute

9:10

THE TRANSITION TO A GREEN ECONOMY: HOW CEOS VIEW THE FUTURE OF ESG AND SUSTAINABILITY

Efforts to address climate change and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 are underfunded by a staggering USD $5-7 trillion annually, according to Bloomberg. Given this seismic funding gap, critical priorities represented by the SDGs are not likely to be addressed by governments alone. Leveraging the power of capital markets will be key. Given projections that ESG investor demand is expected to continue growing rapidly — to USD $53 trillion by 2025 — the question is: How can ESG investments specifically advance progress toward the SDGs — and how can global corporations and financial institutions play a key role?

SPEAKERS

  • Noel Quinn, Group Chief Executive, HSBC

  • David Schwimmer, CEO, London Stock Exchange Group

  • Rishi Kapoor, Co-CEO, Investcorp

  • Hywel Ball, UK Chair, UK & Ireland Managing Partner, EY

  • Robert Wilt, CEO, Ma’aden

MODERATOR

  • Eithne Treanor, Founder & CEO, E. Treanor Media

9:45

IN SEARCH OF ALPHA: INVESTOR-TESTED STRATEGIES FOR DOING WELL BY DOING GOOD

New research on the financial returns associated with ESG investments now show as much as a 60% positive correlation and a 90% non-negative correlation. While the short, medium, and long-term returns associated with ESG vary across sector and geography, there is now substantial evidence that that there should be little conflict between doing well and doing good. What strategies are required to optimize financial, environmental, and social returns on investment? How is the investment landscape changing considering these data? And how can both private and public market investors help to amplify the opportunities to build sustainability into the investment frameworks across the financial industry and beyond?

SPEAKERS

  • Cathrine de Coninck-Lopez, Global Head of ESG, Invesco

  • Bertie Whitehead, Managing Director, UK Investment Banking, Goldman Sachs

  • Oliver Phillips, Africa and Middle East Lead, Sustainable Finance, Standard Chartered

MODERATOR

  • Eithne Treanor, Founder & CEO, E. Treanor Media

10:15

MOVING FROM DIVESTMENT TO ENGAGEMENT: WHY EXCLUSION ISN’T THE ANSWER

Historically, large financial institutions — including banks, asset owners and asset managers — have approached ESG investmentsthrough negative screening strategies, such as the exclusion of fossil fuels, nuclear energy, and various “sin” stocks. The avoidance model has penalized emerging markets by reducing investor flows into assets that are critical for community survival. Fortunately, investors are now shifting to a more proactive approach that seeks to influence the way companies integrate ESG for the long-term. In private markets, this issue is often expressed through commitments to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) — but also through the re-engineering of environmental standards or updating governance across various community impacts. How are investors transitioning to the proactive model of ESG investing, and what are the greatest challenges and opportunities for the future?

SPEAKERS

  • Rania Nashar, Head of Compliance & Governance Divisions, Saudi Arabia, Public Investment Fund (PIF)

  • Julia Hoggett, CEO, London Stock Exchange

  • Corinne Neale, Managing Director, Global Head of Data & Platform ESG Applications, BNY Mellon

  • Eugenia Unanyants-Jackson, Global Head of ESG, PGIM

  • Catherine Lenson, Head of Social Impact, Softbank

MODERATOR

  • Edie Lush, Executive Producer & Co Host, GlobalGoalsCast

10:45

PROMOTING NEXT GENERATION SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES: A DIALOGUE WITH YOUNG LEADERS

Across the globe, young generations have experienced cultural, demographic, political, and technological change at hyper-speed. Given the outlook for climate change, food security, global pandemics, and geopolitical conflict, it is unsurprising that so many are mobilizing toward social and economic impact. Armed with advanced technologies that quickly amplify ideas and threats in real time, emerging leaders can catalyze real solutions. Now the question is: How can established organizations, institutions, and investors help the emerging generation of activists advance worthwhile causes through scalable technologies, financial investments, international cooperation, and large-scale shifts in consumer behavior?

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • Akash Shah, Chief Growth Officer, BNY Mellon

OPENING VIDEO MONTAGE

Introduction to Project 17 & AY Young

KEYNOTE SPEAKER & UN YOUTH LEADER INTRODUCTIONS

  • AY Young, United Nations SDG Leader, UN Office of the Secretary-General's Envoy on Youth; Founder, Project 17

TRANSITIONAL VIDEO MONTAGE

Overview of Generation17

UN & OTHER YOUTH SPEAKERS

  • Nisreen Elsaim, Youth Climate Activist & Climate Negotiator, UN's Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change — SUDAN

  • Maximo Mazzocco, Generation 17 Young Leader, United Nations Development Program (UNDP); Founder, Eco House — ARGENTINA

  • Jansen Durham, Co-Founder & CEO, Fixa Rwanda — RWANDA

MODERATOR

  • Akash Shah, Chief Growth Officer, BNY Mellon

11:15

NARROWING THE DELTA: THE SHIFT TO NET ZERO EMISSIONS BY 2050

Even if business leaders and policymakers come anywhere close to meeting their pledges to accelerate decarbonization outlined by COP26, there is still a very large delta between these goals and the climate action necessary to protect cities, regions, and communities around the world. And while the Paris Accord’s goal to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius — compared to preindustrial levels — is necessary and worthwhile, climate change will still unleash transformative shifts in global health, migration, energy, severe weather, and beyond. What are the steps necessary to solve the disparity between policy goals and real-life solutions—and what investments are required to make meaningful change?

SPEAKERS

  • Gillian Lofts, Global Sustainable Finance Lead Partner, Ernst & Young (EY)

  • Melissa McDonald, Managing Director, Global Head of ESG and Climate Indexes, MSCI

  • Bob Maughon, Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

  • Ashraf Al-Ghazzawi, Vice President, Strategy & Market Analysis, Aramco

  • Maha Al-Nuhait, General Manager of Sustainability, STC

MODERATOR

  • Nik Gowing, Founder, International Journalist & Broadcaster, Thinking the Unthinkable

11:45

THE ROAD TO FOSSIL FUEL REDUCTION: WHY NUCLEAR FUSION MAY BE THE KEY TO OUR FUTURE

Fossil fuels — mainly coal, oil, and natural gas — currently provide most energy needs around the globe. But does nuclear fusion have the potential to replace fossil fuels as a low-carbon, sustainable energy source?

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • Sir David Winton Harding, CEO, Winton Group

11:55

NETWORKING LUNCH

DELEGATE WELCOME & KEYNOTE REMARKS

  • Richard Attias, Introduction

  • Rt. Hon. Vincent Keaveny, Lord Mayor, City of London

THE FUTURE OF FOOD

  • Edie Lush, Introduction

  • Chantelle Nicholson, Owner, Apricity

13:00

HOW ASSET MANAGERS AND SOVEREIGN WEALTH FUNDS ARE FINANCING THE FUTURE OF ESG

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

  • H.E. Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Governor, Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund (PIF); Chairman, FII Institute; Chairman, Saudi Aramco

  • Larry Fink, CEO, BlackRock

MODERATOR

  • John Defterios, Professor of Business, NYU Abu Dhabi

13:30

SHOWCASE PRESENTATION

Inclusive ESG Framework and Scoring Methodology

PRESENTERS

  • Doug Johnston, Practice Leader for Sustainability & Climate Change, EY

  • Anthony Berkley, Head of Investment, FII Institute

13:40

INCLUSIVE ESG: WHY FOCUSING ON EMERGING MARKETS IS PARAMOUNT

How do we channel the ESG investment boom towards emerging economies?

Emerging Markets (EMs) are the growth engines for the future (86% of the world’s population and ~58% of global GDP*) but receive only a small proportion of global ESG funds.

There is a significant gap on investments to supply the demand of emerging markets. According to OECD, SDG funding gap in lowincome countries now stands at $4.2T (OECD). This directly impacts advancement towards meeting the Paris Agreement and SDG goals across the globe.

In many cases, this is because the transition to a green economy collides with job, food, and energy security. Current events — including disruptions to global supply chains, production, and labor markets, as well as geopolitical conflicts — are also complicating matters.

Discussion will explore how an Inclusive ESG Scoring Methodology can help drive investment flows to companies in emerging markets that make the biggest difference in affecting positive change.

SPEAKERS

  • Iyad Abdulrahman Al-Garawi, General Manager, Board Affairs & Investor Relations, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC)

  • Marieke Huysentruyt, Associate Professor Strategy and Business Policy, HEC Paris

  • Rick Lacaille, Global Head of ESG, State Street Global Advisors

  • Anna Moore, Sustainability & Strategy Partner, McKinsey

  • Habib Abdur-Rahman, Head of ESG, Investcorp

MODERATOR

  • Doug Johnston, Partner, Climate Change & Sustainability, EY

14:10

INNOVATING OUR WAY OUT: HOW TECHNOLOGY IS DRIVING CRITICAL PROGRESS IN SUSTAINABILITY

New and breakthrough technologies are essential to solving our planet’s climate crisis. From electric vehicles and LED lighting to solar power, predictive AI, machine learning, and carbon capture—technological innovations that address large-scale sustainability challenges are skyrocketing as business leaders and entrepreneurs work to create a global green economy. This is particularly true among mainstream venture capital firms —with new designated funds announced regularly, sky-high startup valuations, and growth-stage investors clamoring to be part of it. What are some of the most promising innovations coming online? What investments are required to help them scale? And what are some of the biggest opportunities and challenges facing founders when pioneering critical technologies for the climate transition?

SPEAKERS

  • Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, Temasek

  • Jimmy Samartzis, CEO, Lanza Jet

  • Hans Kobler, Founder and Managing Partner, Energy Impact Partners

MODERATOR

  • Celine Herweijer, Global Head of Sustainability, HSBC

14:40

HOW A RENOWNED ACADEMIC INSTITUTION IS SINGLE-HANDEDLY CREATING AN ENERGY REVOLUTION

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • Yi Cui, Director, Precourt Institute for Energy, Stanford University

14:50

HOW DISRUPTIONS TO THE REAL ECONOMY ARE CREATING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR EMERGING MARKETS

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

  • Aniket Shah, Global Head of ESG & Sustainability Research/Strategy, Jeffries Finance Group; Practice Professor, Columbia University

15:00

CLOSING TOWN HALL: ON THE ROAD TO COP27

Policy and finance are the two most important levers for influencing sustainable outcomes. Governments must incentivize the transition to a green economy and business leaders must put these policies into action. This also requires private investors to agree to lend to, invest in, and provide insurance for organizations that manage their environmental risks and impacts. As global leaders prepare to convene in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt for COP27, what should be on the policy agenda for government officials, CEOs, environmental activists, and investors so that can move to apply more aggressive climate actions necessary to encourage sustainable investing around the world? How will these new initiatives impact emerging markets specifically? And what can global business and financial leaders do to support these urgent goals?

SPEAKERS

  • H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment of the Arabic Republic of Egypt

  • Sen.Matteo Renzi, Former Prime Minister of Italy

  • Lord Gerry Grimstone of Boscobel, Kt, Minister for Investment, Department for International Trade & Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Government of the United Kingdom

MODERATOR

  • Edie Lush, Executive Producer & Co-Host, GlobalGoalsCast

  • Oli Barrett, Oli Barrett MBE, Serial Co-Founder

LIVE DELEGATE Q&A

15:45

CLOSING REMARKS

  • Richard Attias, CEO, FII Institute

16:00

NETWORKING RECEPTION

FEATURED SPEAKERS


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H.E. Yasir Al-Rumayyan

Governor of PIF, Chairman of FII Institute, Chairman of Saudi Aramco

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H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad

Minister of Environment of Egypt

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Larry Fink

CEO of Blackrock

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Richard Attias

CEO, FII Institute

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Senator Matteo Renzi

Former Prime Minister of Italy

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Noel Quinn

Global CEO of HSBC Holding

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Vincent Keaveny

Lord Mayor of the City of London

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Lord Gerry Grimstone of Boscobel Kt

Minister for Investment, Department for International Trade (DIT) and Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Government of the United Kingdom

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David Harding

Founder & CEO of Winton Group

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Hywel Ball

UK Chairman of Ernst & Young (EY)

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Prof. Yi Cui

Director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University

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David Schwimmer

CEO of the London Stock Exchange Group

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Robert Wilt

CEO of Ma’aden

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Julia Hoggett

CEO, London Stock Exchange

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Rishi Kapoor

Co-CEO, Investcorp

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Hans Kobler

Founder and General Partner, Energy Impact Partners

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Charlotte O’Leary

CEO, Pensions for Purpose

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Jimmy Samartzis

CEO, Lanza Jet

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Akash Shah

Chief Growth Officer, BNY Mellon

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