As we transition to a low-carbon future, what kind of companies and sectors are set to benefit, and how appealing are they to investors? For investors, how much does climate change and climate risk matter and how can they hedge effectively? What are the benefits of investing in decarbonisation, and what challenges do investors face going forward? Join us for 45 minutes of insightful discussion as our speakers pick apart the above questions, and much more.
About the speakers
Portfolio Manager, Ninety One
Deirdre is co-portfolio manager for the Global Environment Strategy in the Natural Resources team at Ninety One.
Prior to joining the team in 2018, she was a Partner, Portfolio Manager and Head of Research at Ecofin. Before joining Ecofin, Deirdre was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where she headed their European Renewable Energy coverage effort and built an investment banking and principal investing franchise. She has long had a passion for sustainable investing and has worked on a voluntary basis in the microfinance sector both in the US and in Pakistan.
She is a member of the advisory board of Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to increase the percentage of the world’s investable capital run by women. She is also a member of the advisory board of the Shell Foundation’s Energy Company of the Future project, as well as the advisory board for Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment. Deirdre earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and her BA from University College Dublin.
Head of Investment Services, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Wealth Management
Garth is the Head of Investment Services, Asia Pacific for BNP Paribas Wealth Management, responsible for the regional investment services platform.
Before taking on his current position, Garth was Head of Managed Assets, Asia, leading the regional Discretionary Portfolio Management (DPM) and Contractual Advisory teams. Garth has been based in Singapore since 2012, when he joined as Head of DPM, Asia.
He was previously Head of DPM and Head of Investment Advisory, Wealth Management in London. Prior to this he was Head of DPM, Wealth Management in The Netherlands, where he was responsible for discretionary investments for HNW, UHNW and institutional clients, as well as a range of asset management funds for both retail and institutional investors. He has significant asset management and wealth management investment experience across multiple asset classes.
Garth holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Actuarial Science, is a CFA charter holder, and holds an Executive MBA from INSEAD, where he graduated with distinction. He also holds a Master’s degree in Comparative East-West Philosophy from the University of Hawaii.
Charlene Cong, CFA (Moderator)
Senior Reporter, Head of Investments Coverage, Asian Private Banker
Charlene is an experienced, multi-lingual journalist covering global financial markets from both top-down and bottom-up perspectives. With an in-depth understanding of different asset classes and investment solutions, she is responsible for the coverage of capital markets, funds and structured products for the region’s private wealth management industry.
Charlene has an established track record of generating exclusive and impactful financial features and has been a contributor to various functions, hosting and moderating panels with C-suite leaders of the investment community.
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