Beginning Thursday, 26 March 2020 16:00
End Thursday, 26 March 2020 18:00
Location WWF European Policy Office, Rue du Commerce 123, 1000 Bruxelles, Belgium
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3 months on from the European Commission’s Green Deal, what does this actually mean?

A panel discussion addressing:
■ How the regulator formulates the rules,
■ How and by whom these rules may be influenced,
■ The practical implications on businesses.
■ The characteristics that an investor might need to understand when selecting a Sustainable and Responsible Investment.

15:45   Registration
16:00   Session 1: The Influencers
16:55   Break for refreshments
17:05   Session 2: The Implementers
18:00   Drinks Reception

Session 1: The Influencers

Sandrine Dixson - President Club of Rome & Advisory Board Member of Climate KIC
Tom Verheye - Principal Advisor Green Finance & Investment DG Environment

■ Setting the scene with the aims of the Green Deal,
■ EU taxonomy for sustainable finance and what regulators are trying to achieve

Pete Harrison – Executive Director, EU Climate Policy, European Climate Foundation
Sebastien Godinot – Economist, WWF European Policy Office

■ Where do you see the greatest threats?
■ What are the easy wins?
■ Wish list (top 3) from all speakers


Session 2: The Implementers

Facilitator: Ed Read Cutting, Director, The Fry Group (Belgium)

Adam McCarthy – Vice President - Cobalt Institute
■ All that glitters is not gold or environmentally friendly
■ The impact of new rules to clamp down on those who use child labour
■ Environmentally damaging practices and other socially negative actions. 
■ And what do you do with it afterwards

Barry Lynham – Managing Director, Knauf Energy Solutions
■ The rise of the one stop, energy efficiency shop
■ From Linear to the Circular Economy
■ Future proofing of business.

Peter Vierbergen - Senior Investor Relationship Manager Belgium Triodos Investment Management
■ Does regulation stifle innovation and limit investment choice?
■ How do you measure/benchmark ‘Green’?
Louis Stevens:  Head of Sales Sustainable Funds, Liontrust Asset Management (TBC)
■ How to dodge the green wash – is your fund sustainable?
■ Renewable energy as an investment theme

Audience Q&A to the Panel

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Director | The Fry Group Belgium

Ed is a keen advocate not only of Sustainable investing but also demystifying the processes behind it.   Ed has written a range of blogs and he leads The Fry Group global SRI fund selection panel. 

With a degree in Economics, Ed runs the Fry Group Belgium office based in Montgomery who have been helping clients and companies invest sustainably for the last 25 years. 

In addition Ed is Vice President of the British Chamber of Commerce І EU & Belgium and Treasurer of the Brussels Branch of the UK based Institute of Directors (IoD).

Vice President Government & Public Affairs | Cobalt Institute

Dr Adam McCarthy is Vice President Government & Public Affairs at the Cobalt Institute (CI), the Global representative body for the Cobalt value chain.  In this role he responsible for the CI’s governmental and wider external communications, including the industries work on the responsible sourcing of Cobalt.  Prior to joining the CI, Adam worked in the chemical industry and has held Government Relations posts across a range of industries.  He has also worked in the European Institutions.  Adam holds a PhD in Comparative West European Politics from the University of Manchester (UK).

Managing Director | Knauf Energy Solutions

Barry Lynham is Managing Director of Knauf Energy Solutions, where he is focused on the low carbon transformation of the building stock.

Previously, Barry was Group Director for Strategy and Communication at Knauf Insulation, where he led Knauf Insulation’s public affairs, regulatory affairs, sustainability, corporate communications and building science teams as well as being Secretary of the Board of Knauf Insulation.

Barry has in the past also been involved with a number of organisations including as President of Fire Safe Europe and as a Board Member of EURIMA (European Insulation Manufacturers Association), EUASE (the European Alliance to Save Energy) and EuroACE (the European Alliance of Companies for Energy Efficiency in Buildings).

Before joining Knauf Insulation, Barry spent just under a decade working as a public affairs consultant in Brussels. Previous to this, Barry worked at the European Commission in Brussels where he was responsible for drafting legislation on CO2 from cars. Barry holds a degree in English and French law and is married with two children

Head of Sales - Sustainable Funds | Liontrust Asset Management PLC

Louis is responsible for distributing the Liontrust Sustainable Investment proposition in the UK and Europe. Prior to joining Liontrust, Louis was at Alliance Trust Investments (ATI) for 4 years and had been Head of Sales since 2015, focused exclusively on the distribution of SRI funds. His experience includes the launch and development of SRI funds across a range of asset classes, and expanding the ATI offering to both institutional and wholesale clients across Europe.
Louis has an MSc in International Business Studies from the University of Manchester, also studying at the Tecnólogico de Monterrey and Universidad de Pamplona. He holds the CFA Society of the UK Investment Management Certificate.

Economist and Head of the Sustainable finance unit | WWF European Policy Office

Mr Sebastian Godinot has worked in the environmental sector for over 19 years and is currently the economist of WWF European Policy Office and Head of the Sustainable finance unit. His area of expertise lies in public and private finance, budgetary and subsidy issues, and the wider issue of sustainable economy.
He is leading a WWF programme aiming at reforming EU financial policies to integrate sustainability requirements (focusing in particular on the EU Action Plan on sustainable finance). He is part of a project with twelve WWF European national offices engaging with the 100 largest European asset owners and aiming for the alignment of investment portfolios with the climate Paris Agreement.
Mr Godinot holds a postgraduate degree in Environmental Law from the University of Strasbourg, a Master’s degree in Private and Economic Law at Lyon University and holds a diploma in Business Management from Lyon Business School, one of the most renowned French business schools.

Executive Director EU Policy | European Climate Foundation

Pete is the Executive Director for EU Policy, overseeing the ECF’s programmes for sectors including transport, buildings, energy systems and industrial decarbonisation. As such, his main focus is on the policy reforms that will be needed to ensure Europe makes a fair and prosperous transition to an economy that is smart, efficient and mainly powered by renewables. This follows 7 years leading the ECF’s work towards achieving a clean mobility system.

Prior to joining the ECF, Pete was the EU Energy & Environment Correspondent for the international news agency Reuters, responsible for covering all aspects of European energy policy and geopolitics. This followed on from a decade at Reuters and other international news organisations, covering equity, debt and commodity markets. He also serves on a number of corporate advisory boards on sustainability and has published several books and papers on ecology

Investor Relationship Manager | Triodos Investment Management

Peter Vierbergen joined Triodos Investment Management in October 2019; 
His primary responsibility will be managing the relationships with distribution partners and professional investors in Belgium.

Peter Vierbergen has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, more specifically in the Asset Management business where he worked as sales manager for BNP Paribas Asset Management, State Street Global Advisors and Cazenove Capital Management. Furthermore, he has worked as Private Banker for BNP Paribas Fortis bank and was active in the Dealingroom of Citibank as FX Sales trader.

Peter holds a Master ‘Commercial Engineer’ from the University of Antwerp (Belgium).

Co-President | Club of Rome

Sandrine Dixson-Declѐve has 30+ years of European and international policy, business leadership and strategy experience with a particular focus on EU and international climate change, sustainable development, green growth, conventional and sustainable energy solutions and sustainable finance.
She is currently the Co-President of the Club of Rome and divides her time between lecturing, facilitating difficult conversations and advisory work. She holds several advisory positions for the European Commission: Chair, Expert Group on Economic and Societal Impact of Research & Innovation (ESIR); Member, Assembly on Research & Innovation (DGR&I); TEG Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, Chair, Manufacturing & Outreach (DGFISMA). She sits on several Advisory Boards for Climate KIC, the European Aluminium and the IEEP and is a Senior Associate and faculty member of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and a Senior Associate for E3G. In addition, she is an Ambassador, for the Energy Transition Commission (ETC) and a Senior Advisor to Interel and Xynteo. In 2017 Sandrine co-founded the Women Enablers Change Agent Network (WECAN).
Sandrine was recognised by GreenBiz as one of the 30 most influential women across the globe driving change in the low carbon economy and promoting green business. She has spent her career bringing together business leaders, policy makers, academia and NGO’s.  Until recently, Sandrine was Chief Partnership Officer for UN Agency Sustainable Energy for All and prior to that the Director of the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group and the EU office of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (2009-2016). During that period she was also appointed Executive Director of the Green Growth Platform bringing together EU Ministers and CEO’s.
Previous advisory and professional positions include: advising for HRH The Prince of Wales, Members of the European Parliament, European Commission Presidents, Commissioners and officials, Governments in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, international organizations (OPEC, ADB, OECD, UNEP, USAID, UNFCCC, IEA) and business leaders of large international, European and African companies. Sandrine was Vice Chair, European Biofuels Technology Platform 2008-2016; Board member, We Mean Business 2014-2016 and the Advisory Board of the Oil and Gas major Sasol from 2007-2010. Member of The Guardian’s Sustainable Business Advisory Board. She spoke on TEDx: The Sustainable Future series and has published numerous articles, book chapters and given presentations on green growth and competitiveness, innovation, energy solutions, climate change, sustainable development, transport, conventional and alternative fuel quality legislation as well as on trade & environment.

Principal Advisor | European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment

Thomas Verheye is Principal Advisor at the European Commission's Directorate General for the Environment on matters relating to sustainable finance and investment. He advises the Director General and senior managers on strategic directions and actions necessary for promoting greening the financial system and the economy. His prior positions include several other managerial responsibilities at the Commission including for EU policies on air quality, ozone depleting substances and fluorinated gases, innovative financing solutions relating to climate and energy, technology transfer under the UNFCCC, the auto-oil programme, etc. Previous employers include the Bank of New York (VP corporate action at the bank's global custody branch), the International Monetary Fund (Treasurer's department) and Ernst & Young (Audit). He holds a bachelor and master's degree in business economics from the University of Ghent and an MSc in audit and tax from the Vlerick Business School.

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