Generating Alpha

ESG as a Core Driver of Institutional Portfolio Performance

OCTOBER 30, 2017
TIME WARNER CENTER
10 ON THE PARK
60 COLUMBUS CIRCLE
NEW YORK, NY

AGENDA

The Skytop Strategies team is dedicated to crafting thought provoking
agendas that are diverse, not only in areas of thought and experience,
but in the broad range of attending speakers.

Time Description
8:00-8:30 AM Registration & Networking Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Welcome Remarks
Christopher P. Skroupa, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Skytop Strategies
8:45-9:15 Opening Keynote
ESG Acceptance versus Application: Trends in Institutional Investor Asset Allocation
9:15-9:55 Kickoff — Pension Fund Roundtable
Pension Fund Appetite for ESG-Investments: Financial Valuation, Portfolio Allocations, Engagement and Voting Practices
Moderator:

Yovanka Bylander, Executive Director, ISS
Panelists:
Travis Antoniono, Investment Officer, Corporate Governance, California State Teachers’ Retirement System
Chris Fowle, Associate Director, Americas, UNPRI (Unconfirmed)
Gianna McCarthy, Director, Corporate Governance, NYS Office of the Comptroller
9:55-10:35 Development and Valuation of Human Capital and Corporate Citizenship: How They Factor into ESG Performance
Moderator:

James Maloney, Vice President, Public Affairs, American Investment Council
Panelists:
Geoffrey Burger, CEO & Founder, Portfolio Manager, Culture Capital, LLC
Robert McGarrah, Corporate Sustainability Attorney, Robert E. McGarrah, Jr., Esq.
10:35-10:50 Networking Break
10:50-11:30 Investment Consultant, Investment Advisory Panel
Research on ESG Generated Alpha: Benchmark Selection, Performance Measurement and Risk Assessment
Moderator:

Panelists:
Sylvain Château, Chief Operating Officer & Co-Founder, Beyond Ratings
11:30-12:10 ESG Screening: Best Practices in Building the Investment Case, Building Off of Established Screening Platforms
Moderator:

Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane, Executive Director, Thirty Percent Coalition
Panelists:
Ulrika Hasselgren, Global Head of RI Strategy, ISS
Mark Tulay, Director, Strategic Investor Initiative, CECP
12:10-12:30 From ESG to SDGs: Pensions and Supranationals Shifting the Trillions
Presenter:

M Nicolas J Firzli, Director-General, World Pensions Council
12:30-1:30 Networking Luncheon
1:30-2:10 Company and Institutional Investor Panel
Structuring Valuation Models: Demonstrating Return on Capital Through Green-Related Premiums, ESG-Related Cost Reductions and Risk Mitigation Efforts
Moderator:

Louis Coppola, Co-Founder & Executive Vice President, G&A Institute
Panelists:
Chris Pinney, President and Chief Executive Officer, High Meadows Institute
2:10-2:40 Presentation
Topic TBA
Presenters:

Robert Dornau, Director, Senior Manager Sustainability Services, RobecoSAM
Martina Macpherson, Global Head of Sustainability Indices, Product Management, S&P Dow Jones Indices
2:40-3:20 The Use of Indexes in ESG-Related Performance: Assessing and Managing Risk, Volatility and Other Considerations Facing Institutional Investors
Moderator:

Panelists:
Raman Subramanian, Managing Director and Head of Equity Applied Research for the Americas, MSCI
3:20-4:00 Portfolio Management Panel, Part 1
ESG Investment Process: A Review of Best-of-Breed Portfolio Construction Practices
Moderator:

Panelists:
4:00-4:40 Portfolio Management Panel, Part 2
ESG Investment Process: An Analysis of a Portfolio Performance, Monitoring and Balancing
Moderator:

Panelists:
Bruce Kahn, Portfolio Manager, Sustainable Insight Capital Management
Mariela Vargova, Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Impact Investments, Rockefeller & Co.
4:40-5:00 Networking Break
5:00-5:30 Closing Keynote
Accounting for ESG: Taking Brand Value, Human Capital, and IP Valuation from “Intangibles” Into the Mainstream
Presenter:

David Post, ESG Research and Portfolio Management, SASB
5:30 Summit Wrap-Up
5:35 Networking Reception

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