We are delighted to announce the 2020 speaker line-up for the Institutional ESG Investment Summit

For more information about the available speaking opportunities, please contact Zoi Fletcher at zoifletcher@clearpathanalysis.com

Trevor Harris

Trevor Harris

Head of Financial Risk, Wesleyan Group

An experienced Life Actuary, who has held various Senior Management roles within financial services. Head of Financial Risk at Wesleyan Assurance since 2016, managing and embedding the Risk Management Framework; includes Investment Governance and Sustainability. Previously, 10 years within Wesleyan Group Finance and 19 years at Britannic (now Phoenix Group).

Stephen Beer

Stephen Beer

Chief Investment Officer, Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church Fund

Stephen joined the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church in 1994. He was appointed Chief Investment Officer in November 2015.  He is also a director of Epworth Investment Management Limited (regulated by the FCA), a wholly owned subsidiary of the CFB. The two organisations manage a combined total of approximately £1.4bn, investing with Christian ethics. Stephen is responsible for investment strategy and the ethical investment approach.  He manages the investment team, overseeing the management of all funds and chairs the asset allocation and investment committees.  He has 26 years of ESG investment experience. Stephen is a member of the Methodist Church’s Joint Advisory Committee on the Ethics of Investment and he is also Vice Chair of the Church Investors’ Group.

Sara Benwell

Sara Benwell

Editor, Clear Path Analysis

Ritu Kumar

Ritu Kumar

Director, Environment and Social Responsibility, CDC Group

Nico Aspinall

Nico Aspinall

Chief Investment Officer, The People's Pension, B&CE

Nico is the Chief Investment Officer at B&CE. Previously, he was Head of Defined Contribution (DC) Investment at Willis Towers Watson, and Head of DC for the Barclays staff pension scheme. He also chaired the Resource and Environment Board and is a member of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries Council. Nico is a qualified actuary and has published papers on resource depletion and monetary sustainability – working to ensure climate change and other sustainability issues are understood and acted upon by actuaries where appropriate.  

Nick Samuels

Nick Samuels

Managing Director, Head Manager Research, Redington

Nick joined Redington in September 2015 as a Director in the Manager Research team. Now Head of Manager Research, he leads a talented team who help institutional and wealth management clients around the world allocate to the funds that get them closer to their strategic goals.  Nick is also a voting member of Redington’s Investment Strategy Committee and works directly with several of the firm’s clients in the UK and Europe.  Nick began his investment career in 2000 at Schroders, where he worked on the Asia and Emerging Market equity teams, before moving into manager research roles at investment consultancy Stamford Associates, South African multi-manager Momentum Global Investment Management and US multi-manager SEI Investments.

Michael Marshall

Michael Marshall

Director of Responsible Investment & Engagement, LGPS Central

Michael Marshall is Director of Responsible Investment & Engagement at LGPS Central Limited, an investment management company established to enable nine LGPS clients to pool their assets and reduce costs. LGPS Central’s clients have a collective AUM of £45bn and almost 1 million members. As a member of LGPS Central’s Investment Committee, Michael’s role is to integrate responsible investment techniques into the investment processes for diverse asset classes. He is a member of various advisory committees and working groups, including at the Principles for Responsible Investment, Transition Pathway Initiative, British Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, Green Finance Initiative, LAPF Strategic Investment Forum and Financial Reporting Council. Michael holds the Investment Management Certificate and read Economics at Bristol University.

Mark Gull

Mark Gull

Head of Fixed Income, Pension Insurance Corporation

Maria Nazarova-Doyle

Maria Nazarova-Doyle

Head of Pension Investments, Scottish Widows

At Scottish Widows, Maria is responsible for defining the investment offering across workplace savings, individual and longstanding customer segments and for incorporating sustainability in the investment design. She has previously held senior DC investment roles at Mercer and JLT.  She is a spokesperson on investment matters, a regular contributor to DC industry events and a professional awards judge.

Jerry Gandhi

Jerry Gandhi

Pensions Manager UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric

Jerry has been involved in the pensions industry for more than 40 years.  Having begun his career in third party administration and pensions consultancy he has become a leading figure in the industry as an in-house Group Pensions Director for a number of global businesses. In 1999 he established his own consultancy and over the past 20 years has provided support to many significant businesses/pension schemes on either a contract or consultancy basis. He is currently working on a contract (part time) with Schneider Electric as the Pensions Manager for UK & Ireland completing a number of change projects to improve the pension delivery of the UK & Ireland. He joined 20-20 Trustees in mid-2019, to transfer his exceptional operational, strategic and delivery skills to supporting trustee board, enabling them to attain best practice in pension scheme delivery. His focus is to ensure the highest quality governance, aligning the aims of the scheme with the employer, and to maximise the security of member benefits, leveraging quality external support as needed, to ensure cost efficiency in the process.

Guy Opperman

Guy Opperman

Minister for Pensions and Financial Inclusion, Department for Work and Pensions

Guy Opperman was appointed as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions on 14 June 2017. He served as a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from 17 July 2016 to 14 June 2017. He was elected Conservative MP for Hexham in May 2010. Guy has an Honours Degree in Law from the University of Buckingham and a first class diploma from the University of Lille, France. Guy was called to the Bar in 1989 and spent 20 years as a barrister – 15 years of which were spent predominantly at the criminal bar. Guy is an amateur jockey and rode his first win in 1985.

Dominic Emery

Dominic Emery

VP, Long-Term Planning, BP

Dr Dominic Emery is VP, Group Strategic Planning for BP, responsible for strategy development, long-term planning and policy. Dominic is a geology graduate and has worked for BP since 1986. He has held positions in BP’s Exploration and Production Division, in Asia and the Middle East, and also in the UK North Sea. Dominic has led Gas and Power business development in Europe, as well as running power and utility assets at BP industrial sites. He joined BP Alternative Energy in 2007, ran Emerging Business & Corporate Ventures in 2012 and moved to his current role in 2013. In addition to his BP role, Dominic was the founding CEO of OGCI Climate Investments, a $1bn fund set up by oil and gas companies to invest in technologies and projects to reduce carbon emissions. He is also on the Board of the EITI (Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative) and alternate on the Board of the ETI (UK Energy Technologies Institute).

Dimitri Senik

Dimitri Senik

Member of Investment Committee, PwC Switzerland Pension Fund

Dimitri Senik is a member of the Investment Committee of the Pension Fund of PwC Switzerland. He holds a degree in International Economics, is CFA Charterholder and Chartered Certified Accountant, and looks back on more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry. Dimitri is currently actively involved in the ESG investment integration process at PwC Switzerland Pension Fund.

Diandra Soobiah

Diandra Soobiah

Head of Responsible Investment, Nest

Diandra is responsible for the delivery and implementation of NEST’s Responsible Investment approach which includes factoring in material environmental, social and governance risks and opportunities across all of Nest’s fund choices and fulfilling our role as a responsible steward of our members’ assets which encompasses voting and engaging with companies in order to deliver the best financial outcomes for our members. Diandra is a member of PLSA’s stewardship advisory group, was a member of the social impact implementation taskforce and sits on the climate aware advisory group which oversees the strategy of Nest’s climate aware fund developed with UBS.    

Claire Curtin

Claire Curtin

Head of ESG, Pension Protection Fund

Claire Curtin joined the PPF investment team as Head of ESG in May 2018 to support the PPF’s ambitions to further develop and implement its Responsible Investment strategy. Claire is responsible for contributing to the management of long-term risks, and to the achievement of long-term sustainable investment returns, by aligning the PPF’s investment portfolio with the consideration of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors. Claire has over 19 years of experience within financial services and ESG research, during which she has built a deep technical understanding of ESG issues across a wide range of asset classes. She was awarded the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation in 2007.

Catherine Howarth

Catherine Howarth

Chief Executive Officer, ShareAction

Catherine has been the Chief Executive of ShareAction since 2008. ShareAction coordinates civil society activism to promote responsible investment across Europe. She is also a board member of the Scott Trust, owner of The Guardian, serving on the Scott Trust’s investment committee. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.

Carolyn Saunders

Carolyn Saunders

Partner and Head of Pensions, Pinsent Masons LLP

Caroline Escott

Caroline Escott

Policy Lead, Investment & Stewardship, Pension & Lifetime Savings Association

Bente Sverdrup

Bente Sverdrup

Director of Sustainability, Gjensidige

Bente Sverdrup is Sustainability director in Gjensidige group, and has formal background as an auditor. She has been audit partner in Deloitte and has also experience as director of finance, chief of Internal Audit and HR director for 2,5 years. Through the years she has gained experience in many different industries and areas, s.a. insurance, energy, retail and public sector. She has experience in risk management, internal and external audit, international experience, project management, IFRS, change management, HR processes, competence development, sustainability. She has also experience as a member of Board of Director’s and and Audit Committee.  

Atanas Christev

Atanas Christev

Head of Investment, Direct Line Group

Atanas joined Direct Line Group in 2012 to help establish and run the company’s investment function after its separation form RBS. After graduating from the European Business School in London in 1994 he worked as a fixed income analyst for ABN AMRO Hoare Govett and as a proprietary trader at S-E-Banken. Later he joined Fiduciary Trust (later part of Franklin Templeton) to set up the Euro High Yield Fund which he ran for six years. Prior to joining Direct Line he managed global bond portfolios for the Kuwait Investment Office and Charles Taylor Investment Management.

Ashish Dafria

Ashish Dafria

Chief Investment Officer, Aviva UK

Ashish is the Chief Investment Officer for Aviva UK, managing over £225bn of assets across Life and General Insurance. As CIO, Ashish is responsible for defining the investment strategy and delivering the investment performance. Previously, Ashish led the formation of Aviva Investors’ first global research team and before that was Head of Credit Research for Aviva Investors North America. Prior to joining Aviva, Ashish was a Director with UBS Investment Bank in New York and Chicago, and previously was a Senior Ratings Analyst with Crisil (Indian subsidiary of Standard & Poor’s) in India. Ashish is a CFA charterholder and earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University, where he graduated at the top of his class. Ashish also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Indore, India.

Alistair Clark

Alistair Clark

Managing Director, Environment and Sustainability, EBRD

Adam Ruddle

Adam Ruddle

Senior Investment Manager, LV

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