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Due Diligence in the Era of Sustainability
Using data to protect your reputation, business and investments

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are increasingly being integrated into due diligence and compliance processes at financial institutions and corporates across Asia. Whether framing M&A strategies, reviewing supplier partnerships, adjusting portfolio weightings or approving loans, all organizations are using data more intensively to gain deeper insights before making key business decisions. 

Driven by both regulatory and commercial considerations, this trend is here to stay. Regulators expect firms to conduct detailed risk assessments on their business models and partners, and to assess the impacts on stakeholders across the community. Similarly, investors, stakeholders and business partners are increasingly looking to protect their interests and reputations through the use of detailed data-driven assessments and analyses of the firms with which they engage. Whichever driver, the common goal is the same - to achieve long-term sustainable growth.

During this session we explore: 

  • How due diligence practices are evolving for financial institutions and corporates 
  • The key regulatory and commercial drivers for integrating ESG factors in to due diligence practices in different business contexts 
  • Practical considerations around data availability, ESG scoring methodology and tools
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Speaker Details
Rajeev De Mello
Founder, Managing Director, Deep Learning Investments
Chairman, IMAS Development Committee
Rajeev De Mello is the founder and managing director of Deep Learning Investments and chairman of the Investment Management Association of Singapore’s Development Committee. Until recently, he was the Chief Investment Officer of Bank of Singapore. Rajeev has been leading teams and investing in Asia since 2005 at Schroders, Western Asset Management, and Pictet. Earlier, he managed European fixed income for Pictet Asset Management in Geneva. During the 1990s, Rajeev worked as head of fixed income trading for UBS in various locations, including Hong Kong, Zurich, and Geneva. Earlier in his career, he worked as a management consultant for McKinsey. He has an MBA from Georgetown University and a Bachelor in Science in Economics from the London School of Economics. Rajeev is a frequent market commentator on regional and international media.
Munib Madni, CFA
Founding Panvestor & CEO, Panarchy Partners
Munib has been investing for 27 years. He started his career in Sydney, Australia with the likes of Equitilink Investment Management and Aberdeen Asset Management where he  focused on Australian Equities. In 2005, he moved to Singapore with Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM), to broaden his equity focus. He was at MSIM for 14 years and had assignments such as PM Emerging Markets Team, Chief Investment Officer Asia and CO-PM Active International Allocation Strategy. After leaving MSIM in 2018, he founded Panarchy Partners with a strong belief in the philosophy of Panvesting. Munib has been a student throughout his life. He received a Bachelor of Business (First Class Honors), LLB from University of Technology, Sydney. He also obtained his CFA Designation in early 2000. In 2018, he went back to school to sharpen his skills as a Panvestor and in June 2020, he graduated from the National University of Singapore with a MSc Environmental Management (MEM).
Elena Philipova
Global Head ESG Proposition, Refinitiv
Elena is the Global Head ESG Proposition at Refinitiv, formerly the Financial and Risk business of Thomson Reuters. She is responsible for the end-to-end management of the ESG business, products and services. Elena is 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. Other previous roles at Thomson Reuters include Content Specialist Manager, Content Proposition Manager and Head Data Quality. Elena worked as 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.
Chris Hall
Founder & Editor, ESG Investor