Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Roundtable - Unlocking Value Through ESG Investing

The ESG Roundtable themed, ‘Unlocking value through ESG Investing’ was hosted on 4 November 2021 by CFA Society Nigeria as a stimulus to advocate and promote awareness in Africa for environmental and sustainable issues alongside the traditional governance issues.

ESG factors are becoming of increasing importance to institutional investors and as investment professionals, we must equip ourselves with the right tools to navigate this new terrain.

The session featured a line up an outstanding list of local and international speakers who are experts in various aspects of ESG investing.

Keynote Speech on 'The importance of ESG Considerations in Private Equity Investment in Nigeria' By Okey Enelamah, CFA - Chairman, African Capital Alliance; (Former Minister of Trade, Industries, and Investment)

Guest Speaker on 'Promoting Sustainable Investment Principles in Nigerian Capital Market - What has been done? What’s the journey ahead?' By Lamido Yuguda, CFA - Director-General, Securities and Exchange Commission

First Roundtable Discussion – 'ESG Considerations in Investing across Emerging Markets: The perspective of International Investors'

Panelists :
1. Elie Aloko - Lead, Business Development, AFC Capital Partners
2. Guy Alexander - ESGI Director, CDC Group plc
3. Arun Kelshiker, CFA, CAIA - Member, Advisory Board | Cambridge Sustainable Investment Partners
4. Manish Shakdwipee, PhD - Head, Climate Change- ESG Research | MSCI

Panel Moderator – Tokunboh Ishmael, CFA - Co-Founder and Managing Partner Alithea Capital

Guest Speaker on 'ESG Considerations in Bank Lending: The Role of the CBN in promoting Sustainable and Impact Investing' By Mrs. Aishah Ahmad, CFA - Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria

Guest Speaker on 'A Call to Action: CFA Institute’s Role in Promoting the ESG Agenda' By Marg Franklin, CFA - President and Chief Executive Officer, CFA Institute

Second Roundtable Discussion – 'ESG-focused Investing: Opportunities and Challenges in Nigeria'

1. Uche Orji - Managing Director/CEO, Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority
2. Temi Popoola, CFA - Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria Exchange Limited [NGX]
3. Rukaiya El-Rufai - Partner, Sustainability and Climate Change & Public Sector RAS, PwC Nigeria
4. Solape Hammond - Special Adviser to the Governor on SDGs and Investments
5. Gregory Ovie Jobome, PhD - Executive Director, Risk Management [Chief Risk Officer] | Access Bank plc

Panel Moderator – Dave Uduanu, CFA - Chief Exécutive Officer, Sigma Pensions Limited

Guest Speaker on 'Introduction to ESG Certification' By Klaus Paesler, CFA - Senior Director, Institutional Relations, EMEA, CFA Institute
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