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  • Edinburgh Conference 2017

    23 February 2017


    23rd and 24th February 2017 

    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street, Edinburgh EH2 2PQ (map)

    The sustainable investment and finance event for Scotland.

    This is our fourth annual conference to debate and discuss the latest cutting edge issues facing sustainable investment and finance in Scotland, the UK and beyond. 

    This event welcomes both UKSIF members (free) and non-members for a small charge so please share with your networks.


    Full timings and agenda here. 

    Register for the UKSIF Edinburgh Conference 2017


    What’s on?

    Some of the topics we’ll be exploring are: 

    • Investing in the blue economy  - energy, shipping, seafood and plastics
    • The Sustainable Development Goals –  an opportunity or a bandwagon? (sponsored by Oekom)
    • Impact investment - what it is and why its relevant to the mainstream (sponsored by Social Stock Exchange)
    • ESG integration – tips and techniques (workshop sponsored by FTSE Russell)
    • What’s taking them so long? – trustees, fiduciary duty and climate change (sponsored by Standard Life Investments)
    • Says who? – ratings, labels and definitions (sponsored by Kempen Capital Management)
    • Investment consultants - caught in the middle?
    • Tail risk – Can anything ‘Trump’ 2016? (Chaired by our Head Sponsor MSCI)
    • Brexit – what might we expect for Scotland?
    • The economics of obesity- Food industry risk and opportunity
    • ESG Performance – what does the research say? (Keynote by our Head Sponsor MSCI)

    Confirmed speakers include:

    • Michael Adams, President, Ocean Assets Institute
    • Catherine Blampied, Senior Research Officer, Overseas Development Institute
    • Lisa Breitenbruch, Analyst, oekom Research
    • Robert Broadwell, Owner, Broadwell360
    • Jamie Butterworth, Partner, Circularity Capital
    • Tomás Carruthers, Chief Executive, Social Stock Exchange
    • Mike Clark, Founder Director, Ario Advisory
    • John Goodlad, Advisor, Prince of Wales International Sustainability Unit
    • Katie Gordon, Director, CCLA
    • Russell Gunson, Director, IPPR Scotland
    • Alyssa Heath, Senior Policy Manager, PRI
    • Simon Howard, Chief Executive, UKSIF
    • James Hulse, Director, Hindsight Consultancy
    • John Jarrett, Associate Director of ESG, FTSE Russell
    • Simon Jones, Senior Investment Consultant, Hymans Robertson
    • Richard Keery, Investment Manager, Strathclyde Pension Fund
    • Owen Kelly OBE, Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University
    • Richard Kerley, Chair, Centre for Scottish Public Policy
    • Ben Macphereson, Member of Scottish Parliament, Scottish National Party
    • Karen McGrath, Head of Sustainability Kempen Capital Management UK
    • Greig McGuinness, Lead Trustee Representative, Dalriada Trustees
    • Fergus Moffatt, Programme Director and Head of Public Policy
    • Matt Moscardi, Head of Financial Sector Research and Head of Thematic Research, MSCI
    • Scott Murray, Managing Director, Virtuo Wealth Management
    • Julian Parrot, Partner, ethicalfutures
    • Sophie Rahm, Responsible Investment Analyst, Standard Life Investments
    • Julie Raynaud, Senior Analyst Sustainability Research, Kepler Cheuvreux
    • Justin Sloggett, Senior Manager, Listed Equity and Hedge Funds, PRI
    • Natalie Smith, Lawyer, Company and Financial, ClientEarth
    • Georgina Symons-Jones, Manager of Institutional Relations, Sustainalytics
    • Lorraine Tulloch, Programme Lead, Obesity Action Scotland
    • Jon Wright, Investment Adviser, Institutional Business, ClearlySo


    Full timings and agenda here. 

    Register for the UKSIF Edinburgh Conference 2017

    Attendees include:

    • Asset owners
    • Asset managers
    • Service providers
    • Banks
    • Corporates
    • Consultancies
    • Government and Regulation
    • Academia and Civil Society

    ‘Thank you and all your colleagues for organising such a successful and stimulating day, and keeping to your overall timetable! The range of topics and speakers was excellent and the break-out sessions a good idea.’ Attendee 2016.

    Catherine Blampied
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