Measuring Sovereign Sustainability Commitment

Thursday, October 5, 2023 From 13:30 to 15:00 (CET) Centre International de Conférences Genève - Room E
Emerging Markets & Impact Investing Fintech Innovative Finance

Governments can significantly accelerate progress towards environmental sustainability through policies, but also by promoting public private collaborations and investment. How credibly a government commits is key to the success of companies that operate in the country. How can investors assess government’s commitment to sustainability?


Chris Smith

Global Head of Sustainable Sovereign Finance - Bankers without Boundaries

Chris Smith is currently Managing Director of Bankers without Boundaries, a social enterprise advisory firm powered by former investment bankers, where he is the Global Head of Debt Finance and sits on the Operations and Strategy Board. He has also served on a range of advisory boards during his career.

Robert Simpson

Co-Head of Emerging Markets Hard Currency Debt - Pictet Asset Management

Robert Simpson is co-lead of Hard Currency Emerging Debt strategies and Senior Investment Manager for global emerging market debt portfolios at Pictet Asset Management. Before joining Pictet, he spent 13 years at Insight Investment where he was a Portfolio Manager focusing on hard and local currency emerging market debt portfolios.

Valerie Harrington

Fund Manager - BlueOrchard Finance

Several years of experience as a fund manager in BlueOrchard, in charge of the design, development, and launch of blended finance initiatives as well as management of existing ones, public investors fundraising, and stakeholder management. Previous background in wealth management of UHNW individuals in Latam

Nicolas Jaquier

Investment Specialist in Emerging Markets - Ninety One

Nicolas Jaquier is an investment specialist at Ninety One and has expertise in the assessment of carbon intensity growth and development plans. His key research responsibilities included the coverage of Latin American markets and the development of an ESG process for EMD. Prior to this, he worked for Standard Life Investments as an economist for EMD where he covered Latin American economies and generated investment ideas in the region.

Margareta Drzeniek

Managing Partner - Horizon Group

Margareta led the economics unit of the World Economic Forum and was in charge of the main flagship reports, including The Global Competitiveness Report and the Global Risks Report.