Shine a light
2 FEBRUARY – 11 FEBRUARY
Four sessions over two weeks
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In times of crisis, we all need experts to help us illuminate the path.
Thank you to all our speakers for sharing their insights during our 2021 Digital Summit.
We are pleased to share our Summit Snapshots with you below, highlighting the key takeaways discussed over the four sessions, along with panel discussion recordings and relevant materials that may be of interest.
The global pandemic of 2020 has forced society to change. We take a look at what these changes are and the impact they will have in a post-pandemic environment on retirement and the next generation.
Michelle Seitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Russell Investments
Host: David Rae, Head of Strategic Client Solutions, Russell Investments
We look ahead at how financial markets will evolve after a period of great disarray, shining a light on the new dawn that financial markets are entering.
Host: Van Luu, Head of Currency, Russell Investments
Q&A with guest speaker: Roger Bootle
Chairman of Capital Economics
The less spoken about 'S' of ESG includes items such as health and safety, human rights, labour rights and equality, all of which were flung into the spotlight in 2020 as the global pandemic hit and the world was thrown into forced lockdown. How has the asset management industry evolved and what are the challenges in assessing 'S'?
Host: Jihan Diolosa, Head of Responsible Investing EMEA, Russell Investments
Q&A with guest speaker: Adele Blakebrough MBE
Chief Executive Officer, Social Business Trust
2020 ESG manager survey: Turning up the volume
Have ESG factors increased or decreased in importance? Our survey of active managers assesses the integration of ESG considerations in investment processes.Read blog
Environment, social and governance risks are financial risks
We believe integrating ESG factors into an investment practice is value-adding. Here’s why.Read blog
The world’s energy diet is changing with a greater emphasis on the process of electrifying society. This is presenting a wealth of opportunities in the private markets sector - how can investors capitalise on this?
Host: Julian Brown, Head of Consultant and Trustee Relations, Russell Investments
Q&A with guest speaker: Will Whitehorn
President, UKspace and Chair, Good Energy PLC
Private markets: Diversifying for the future
Amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, we believe that investing in private markets may offer a raft of opportunities and play an increasing role in diversification.Read blog
Accessing energy transition opportunities in private markets
We explore how private markets can provide a robust channel for targeting positive impact on environmental and social causes, including climate change.Read blog
Related article by Will Whitehorn
Why Virgin Orbit & SpaceX’s successful satellite launches take us one step closer to saving capitalism and humankind
Your host for each session
Head of UK Institutional & Middle East, Russell Investments
Jim joined Russell Investments in 2011 and is based in London as Managing Director responsible for the U.K. Institutional, Middle East & Africa businesses. Jim is responsible for all business development, leading teams in London and Dubai and overseeing the day-to-day relationships with clients. He is also a member of the EMEA Executive Committee. Jim has over 26 years’ experience in financial markets serving a range of different institutions, including pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, insurance companies and private banks and was instrumental in driving business growth in the Middle East, founding the Dubai office.
Tuesday 2 February
Post-pandemic society changes and the impact on financial security
Thimon De Jong
Futurist in Business, Society and Technology
Thimon is an expert in changing human behaviour, societal and cultural trends and the effects they have for businesses and nations. He looks beyond the gimmicks of what the future might hold and considers how it will actually affect our lives, our jobs and our customers. He is an experienced trend specialist and consultant who puts societal changes and the dynamic behaviour of people in a strategic business perspective.
Head of Strategic Client Solutions, Russell Investments
David Rae is Head of Strategic Client Solutions with Russell Investments. Based in London, he leads the team responsible for developing investors’ portfolio strategies in light of their specific circumstances. David works with pension fund, insurance, and other clients across EMEA to build portfolio solutions to manage risks, including liability hedging, and generate the required level of returns.
Head of EMEA, Russell Investments
Joe is Head of EMEA for Russell Investments. Based in London, he is responsible for leading and developing all aspects of the firm’s business in the UK, Ireland, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Nordics, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Middle East. Russell Investments’ core offerings include multi-asset solutions, asset allocation, manager selection, transition management, overlay services, and an array of funds and products.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Russell Investments
Michelle is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Russell Investments. She is passionate about solving clients’ needs and about purpose-driven leadership. With more than 30 years of experience in asset management, Michelle previously spent 22 years with William Blair, 16 of which were on the firm’s executive committee and as head of William Blair Investment Management (WBIM), which had more than $70 billion in AUM under her leadership. Prior to leading WBIM, Michelle led the firm’s private wealth management business. Her previous experience also includes senior portfolio management roles with WBIM, Concord Investment Company and NationsBank.
Thursday 4 February
A new dawn for financial markets
Chairman of Capital Economics
Roger is a former HSBC Chief Economist and winner of the Wolfson Prize for his and his team's study on how a country would leave the Euro. Speaking without hyperbole, Roger weighs up the arguments for ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ outcomes, explores how trading relationships might work and considers the concerns of key industries and the implications for Scotland. He also looks at the potential impact of technology and AI on business, policy making and the wider economy.
Head of Currency, Russell Investments
Van Luu is Director and Head of Currency, Customised Portfolio Solutions. Based in London, he leads all portfolio management, research and client advice on currency for Russell Investments. Prior to assuming his current responsibilities, Van was Head of Currency and Fixed Income Strategy.
Global Head of Investment Strategy, Russell Investments
Andrew Pease is the Global Head of Investment Strategy for Russell Investments. He is responsible for the cycle, value and sentiment framework that guides the tactical positioning of Russell Investments’ actively managed funds. Andrew oversees Russell Investments’ global team of investment strategists in Seattle, London and Sydney. He is based in London and joined the firm in 2006.
Head of Multi-Asset, EMEA, Russell Investments
Alain Zeitouni is Director and Senior Portfolio Manager on the Multi-Asset team. In September 2020, his role expanded to leading the EMEA Multi-Asset team where he co-manages the EURO Fund, as well as the Multi-Asset Growth Strategy risk-rated retail fund range. He also manages custom mandates for clients located in Continental Europe and Asia and is a founding member of the Investment Division’s Risk On/Risk Off subject matter expert team.
Chief Investment Officer, Nationwide Pension Fund
Mark leads the implementation of the asset allocation and liability management strategies set by the Trustees. Mark is responsible for the performance of a £6.5 bn asset portfolio; with investment manager selection and monitoring across liquid assets (equities, liability hedging, credit) and a particular focus on illiquid investment (infrastructure, real estate, distressed, opportunistic and buyout equity funds, real estate debt and private credit) as well as the Fund’s directly owned property investments. Previous experience includes leading the implementation of both covered bond and RMBS funding programmes, synthetic CDO and student loan securitisations, structuring social housing, commercial and PFI financing.
Robert Haynes Brown
Global Chief Investment Officer, Univest Company
Robert has worked in the investment industry for 39 years and currently is the Global Chief Investment Officer of Univest Company (Unilever) with overarching responsibility for the investment activities of Univest Company. He provides leadership oversight of the Univest funds and is Chair of Univest Strategic Investment Committee and the FCP Investment Committee. In addition, he is Chair of the Scheme Investment & Funding Committee for Reed Elsevier UK’s Pension Scheme, Chair of the British Heart Foundation’s Investment Committee and a Non-executive director at Circulor Ltd. He is also Chair of the Advisory Panel of INQUIRE and a member of the ESMA FISC Consultative Working Group. In the non-finance arena, he is Chairman of the Governors of Ardingly College. Prior to this he spent 16 years with Willis Towers Watson as a managing director advising some of its largest clients and as Chairman of its Global Investment Committee. Before that he spent seven years at First Quadrant where he was involved in managing equity market neutral and GTAA strategies and latterly headed its European operations. Prior to that he spent eleven years at NatWest Investment Management (now Gartmore) where he was a director in charge of their structured equities group. Robert is a graduate of the University of London and holds BSc and MSc degrees in economics.
Tuesday 9 February
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) – Spotlight on ‘S’
Adele Blakebrough MBE
Chief Executive Officer, Social Business Trust
Adele is CEO and Co-Founder of Social Business Trust, a charity which supports high-potential social enterprises and charities to grow and become more sustainable. She has helped companies such as Sony, Coca-Cola, and O2 to implement corporate social responsibility strategies. She strongly believes that big businesses can learn lessons from the third sector, as well as charities learning from the corporate world.
Head of Responsible Investing EMEA, Russell Investments
Jihan is the Head of Responsible Investing in EMEA and chairs Russell Investments’ Global Responsible Investing Steering Group. She has 20 years of industry experience and helps clients achieve their ESG goals, whilst also integrating Russell Investments’ approach to ESG across the investment process, and also at a firm-wide level to help ensure our corporate governance and sustainability efforts are reflected in our business strategy.
Global Head of Equity Research, Russell Investments
Joe became the Global Head of Equity Research in 2016. Based in London, he is responsible for leading the team that performs equity manager research in support of Russell Investments’ client base. Joe continues to be active as a senior research analyst with specific research and rank ownership responsibilities in Global equity.
Executive director, FRR - Fonds de réserve pour les retraites
Olivier Rousseau is executive director at Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR), France’s pension reserve fund, where he also chairs the asset manager selection committee. He is also chairman of Investment board of the newly created Pension Agency of Georgia (Tblissi). Before joining FRR in 2011, he was attached to the French Embassy in Sweden as an economic advisor, a position he took up after two years on the board of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London. Olivier Rousseau began his career at the French Treasury, eventually joining BNP Paribas where he spent 11 years working in international banking and finance in Paris, Tokyo, London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sydney offices. He graduated from the French National School of Administration (ENA) in 1986. He also holds a degree in political sciences and master degrees in law and economics from the University of Aix-en-Provence.
Thursday 11 February
Accessing electrification opportunities in private markets
President, UKspace and Chair, Good Energy PLC
As Richard Branson’s right-hand man, Will took the space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic, from a vague dream to a project with real spacecraft and its own spaceport. Now involved in businesses from communication to tech to cutting-edge transport systems, including as a long-term non-exec with online estate agents Purplebricks, Will also considers brand, disruption and innovation in a world of fast-changing technology and increasing customer expectations.
Head of Consultant and Trustee Relations, Russell Investments
Julian is the Head of the Consultant and Trustee Relations team at Russell Investments. With over 20 years of industry experience he joined the EMEA Institutional Group to lead the relationships with intermediaries, and is responsible for driving the delivery of Russell Investments’ services to our investment consultants and professional trustees partners in the institutional market.
Private Markets Research, Russell Investments
Leigh Hazelton is a Private Markets Research Analyst based in our London office. He is part of a global team responsible for manager selection across EMEA, North America and Asia Pac regions. The team is very focused on impact investing, a topic of high interest among institutional investors. Leigh joined Russell Investments in 2018 from a multi-family office where he was responsible for acquisition of real estate and private equity investments into leisure businesses.
Managing Director, Mediobanca
Theo Delia-Russell is Managing Director of Mediobanca, where he is Deputy Head Private Banking Division and member of the Private Banking Management Committee at Mediobanca.
He is also the Head of Products & Services and Head of Mediobanca Insurance Distribution.
He achieved this role thanks to well-established and international experience and complex portfolio management in the most important European banking and investment groups.
His experience passes through academic teaching, as Professor of Private Banking at Catholic University of Milan, scientific publications, which makes him one of the most important experts in Private Banking and Asset Management in Italy, according to AIPB Associazione Italiana Private Banking.
Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Brookfield’s Renewable Group
Ruth Kent is a Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer in Brookfield’s Renewable Group. In this role, she directly oversees renewable power operations and the execution of commercial strategies.
Ms. Kent joined Brookfield in 2014 as the Head of Power Marketing and Trading for Brookfield’s renewable power business in Europe, followed by Chief Financial Officer, Europe, covering funding, financial and reporting activities. Most recently, she was the Chief Executive Officer of TerraForm Global, overseeing the integration of that business into Brookfield’s global renewable power portfolio. Ms. Kent has over 20 years’ experience working in the automotive, financial services and power sectors.
Ms. Kent holds an MBA from Henley Management College and is a qualified accountant.
Managing Director, GI Partners
Mark Prybutok is a Managing Director at GI Partners, and co-Head of the GI Data Infrastructure Fund platform, which manages $1.8 billion in investor commitments. GI Data Infrastructure invests in businesses providing essential services in data centers, data transport, wireless access, and tech-enabled infrastructure.
Mark has been an infrastructure private equity investor for 13 years, leading investments totaling over $2.7 billion of equity in that time. Prior to joining GI, Mark was a Partner at Alinda Capital Partners, where he led the firm’s telecom infrastructure strategy.
Mark started his career as an investment banker at Citigroup, focusing on project finance and structured commodity derivatives. He holds a J.D. and an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, and a B.A. from Penn State University.