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- Robin Smale, Director, Vivid Economics
- Ladislas Smia, Co-head of Responsible Investment Research, Mirova
- Julia Walker, Head of Government and Industry Affairs, Sustainable Finance and Risk, Refinitiv
- Jean-Guillaume Pelada, Fund Manager, Head of Environmental Strategy, Sycomore AM
Director, Vivid Economics
Robin is an economist who focuses on business and government strategy in resource-based sectors, manufacturing and infrastructure. He specialises in the market-state interface, especially resources management, corporate strategy, investment decisions, financial structures and financial market development, legal, regulatory and institutional reform. Much of his current work is focused on finance related land use and biodiversity, and provision of green infrastructure in and around cities.
Over the last two decades, he has worked with a large number of companies and government departments across a great range of problems. His commercial clients include firms in the following sectors: oil and gas, power, water, waste, chemicals, paper, glass, rail, aviation, shipping, technology, and food. His public clients include national governments, government agencies and regulators, as well as private equity, banks, infrastructure funds, strategic advisory firms, and legal services.
He was a founder member of the UK government’s Natural Capital Committee and acts as an international expert to the China Council. He oversees Vivid Economics’ finance and legal operations.
Co-head of Responsible Investment Research, Mirova
Ladislas Smia is co-head of the Responsible Investment Research department at Mirova, the Responsible Investment division of Natixis Investment Managers. He began his career at PwC as a consultant in sustainable development, where he spent 3 years. In 2010, he joined Natixis Asset Management as an SRI analyst, specializing in investment in Energy and Information & Communication Technologies. Ladislas Smia is a graduate of the engineering school “Les Mines de Nancy”. He is also a graduate of the HEC Paris business school, with a Masters in Sustainable Development.
Head of Government and Industry Affairs, Refinitiv
Julia is currently the Global Head of Government and Industry Affairs focusing on Sustainable Finance and Risk at Refinitiv. She is also Author/ Editor of 'Sustainable Development Goals; Harnessing business to achieve the SDGs through Finance, Technology and Law Reform' published by Wiley Uk, 2019, and contributor to 'The RegTech Book'.
Fund Manager, Head of Environmental Strategy, Sycomore AM
Jean-Guillaume Péladan has been working for 14 years as an engineer in wastewater treatment, then as managing director of waste management business units of Suez. He completed this field experience with a couple of years at the Boston Consulting Group. In 2010, he joined the French Environment and Energy Management Agency, ADEME, as Director of Investments for the Future, in charge of a €3.3bn funding program dedicated to innovation for the green transition. In 2015, he joined Sycomore AM as head of the environmental strategy and launched Sycomore Eco Solutions, the first listed equity fund to get the Greenfin certification in 2016. His work led to the development of the Net Environmental Contribution, an advanced metric, tested and deployed over more than 2,000 issuers and shared on the open-source platform of the NEC initiative since 2019.
Graduated with a Master’s degree of science from Ecole Polytechnique and of engineering from Mines ParisTech, Jean-Guillaume is an environmental expert, a lecturer and a writer. He has been engaged in NGOs, such as The Shift Project and the French Center of Young Entrepreneurs. He is currently board member of the French Sustainable Investment Forum and of the NEC initiative.
The Future of Sustainable Data Alliance
Launched at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2020, The Future of Sustainable Data Alliance was formed to ensure investors and governments have the data they need to meet the requirements of regulators, citizens and market demand for sustainable investments and portfolios.
Together with our partners, we aim to achieve the following goals:
- Articulate future data requirements of investors and governments to accurately integrate ESG data into decision making
- Determine data needs and how to satisfy them for investors wanting to take greater account of SDG related risks and impacts
- Promote new capabilities - highlight the key role that new technology and data sets must play in the transition to sustainable development