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A focus on ESG may yield the greatest dividends in African markets where challenges like use of resources, corporate governance and human rights policies can be important performance differentiators. Investments with an ESG tilt are growing, and investors are increasingly looking for ESG data, in developed and emerging markets, to ensure they are mitigating risk and preserving capital.

Join us for our complimentary webinar, where we will discuss the role that African exchanges play in ensuring their listed firms remain globally competitive on an ESG reporting basis, and how investors are using ESG data to show the risk mitigation benefits in using an ESG lens when investing, especially in uncertain times.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Is the focus on ESG investing growing at the same pace in Africa as rest of the world?
  • Attitudes towards ESG principles are often driven by younger generations, does this give Africa an advantage?
  • Are we seeing an upward trend in publicly available data of African companies focused on sustainable leadership?
  • What eco-friendly policies are top of mind for African companies to help drive sustainability and attract conscious investors to Africa?
  • Barriers for adoption like standardisation and data availability are being brought down by collaborative efforts from multiple stakeholders in the industry, is Africa keeping up? 
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Event info

  • Date

    Wednesday, 10 June 2020
  • Time

    10 AM WAT / 11AM SAST /  12PM EAT
  • Duration

    1 Hour

Speakers

Tinuade Awe Executive Director, Regulation - The Nigerian Stock Exchange

Tinuade is the Executive Director, Regulation at The Nigerian Stock Exchange. She has responsibility for the regulation of the two primary stakeholder groups of The Exchange, i.e., the Dealing Members that trade on The Exchange and issuers that have securities listed on The Exchange. Her team is responsible for rule making and interpretation, monitoring, inspections, market surveillance, investigations, regulatory technology, and enforcement.    She is a Trustee of the Investors’ Protection Fund; member of the Board of the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRC); and Non-Executive Director of the Central Securities Clearing System Plc (CSCS). Currently, she chairs the Corporate Governance Committees of the Boards of the FRC and CSCS. She has an LL.B Degree from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife as well as LL.M Degrees from Harvard Law School and The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is admitted to both the Nigerian and New York Bars. She is the recipient of The African Legal Awards 2018, General Counsel of the Year; Law Digest Africa Awards, General Counsel of the Year 2018, and Esq. Nigeria Legal Awards, General Counsel of the Year 2017. Her interests include education, traveling, African art, gender and development. 

Shameela Soobramoney Chief Sustainability Officer - JSE

Shameela is the JSE’s Chief Sustainability Officer and is the current chair of the World Federation of Exchange’s (global) Sustainability Working Group and member of the Strategy Group of the Global Investors for Sustainable Development (GISD) Alliance. She joined the JSE in 2007 and has also served as Senior Manager: Group Strategy where she was responsible for advising the Executive Committee and Board of the JSE Limited on corporate strategy. She sees strategy and sustainability as inextricably linked to each other. Her responsibilities at the JSE include all aspects of sustainability including management of the FTSE JSE Responsible Investment Index series. She represents the JSE on various industry advisory panels* locally and globally related to sustainability, responsible investing and climate change. As a sustainability specialist she has, inter alia, been a key contributor to the JSE’s research into climate change, the potential for a local market to trade in carbon credits and environment-related products, the development of the sustainability segment of the JSE and the Green Bonds framework, impact investing, the JSE’s sustainability, innovation and CSI strategies as well as the annual sustainability investor briefing sessions. She is a trustee of the WWF (South Africa) and served on the board of Directors as a non-executive director until November 2016 and is the board chairperson of the Ubuntu Wilderness Trust. Her previous experience includes senior roles in the banking and insurance industries. Shameela completed the Master’s Programme in Sustainability Leadership (MSt) at the University of Cambridge and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Pretoria, Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS). She is a recipient of the Chevening and Mansion House scholarships and is a member of the Institute of Directors of Southern Africa (IoDSA).    

*Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC) of SA Working group, CRISA, Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative member group, ASEA Sustainability working Group etc. 

Elena Philipova Director, ESG Proposition - Refinitiv

Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, European Commission. 

Elena is Global Head ESG at Refinitiv, based in Zurich, Switzerland. She is responsible for the end-to-end management of the ESG business, products and services at Refinitiv. She is also the Rapporteur for the Benchmarks group of the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance appointed by the European Commission. Previously, Elena was Head of Company Content Management at Thomson Reuters, where she led the Global Investing and Advisory Content Management Team. Elena worked as Head Data Quality and Senior ESG Analyst at ASSET4, the ESG data provider acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2009, and started her career as Research Analyst at Morgan Stanley. Elena holds an MBA and BA in Finance and International business from Stetson University, Florida.   

Franita Neuville Performance Director, Investment & Advisory EMEA - Refinitiv

Franita has 16 years’ experience in financial markets and is responsible for setting Refinitiv strategy for the Research & Portfolio Management and Benchmarks & Indices propositions in Europe, Middle East & Africa to enable the provision of innovative technology platforms to financial institutions. Franita works with clients and partners to co-create innovative, digital content capabilities at the intersection of fintech and platform solutions. The growth of the financial markets in Europe, Middle East & Africa is her passion and as such, Franita partners with Asset Managers, Stockbrokers and key industry influencers such as exchanges and financial industry organizations, to enhance and build financial markets in the region. Prior to joining Refinitiv (back then Thomson Reuters) in May 2016, Franita was the Head of Research Sales at NOAH Capital Markets and previously a Business Development Manager and Investment Consultant for Nedgroup Investments. Franita holds an M.Comm in Economics from the University of Stellenbosch and is a CFA Charterholder. Franita lives in Johannesburg with her husband and 2 year-old son and enjoys traveling and spending time with her loved ones.

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