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13 November

Workshop 1 - With Mercer

Harnessing the power of global capital to target local climate challenges



Institutional investors are under pressure to address climate loss, damage and transition.  Reflecting investor actions and needs, this workshop will debate and discuss client actions, opportunities and challenges to investing for net zero pathways, including analysis of allocation to emerging and frontier markets. The workshop will focus on the role financial institutions play a role in supporting derisking and deepening capital markets, and the need to support sustainable development and social needs as part of a just transition.


The just transition will be discussed in the light of the fact that between 2020 and 2050, over half of the global population growth is expected to occur on the African continent, reaching a projected total of 2.5 billion people on the continent, compared to 1.3 billion today. At the same time, African consumers have broadly grown wealthier.  This panel event, hosted by Mercer, brought together experts from major investment firms, with institutions that address sustainable development goals and impact, to discuss how the flow of capital from developed markets can use sustainability and impact to support developing economies to become more resilient. 


Rich Nuzum Moderator

Executive Director, Investments and Global Chief Investment Strategist, Mercer

Helga Birgden

Global Chair, Sustainable Investment, Mercer

Rick Lacaille

Senior Advisor, State Street 

Gertraude Wollanksy

Senior Advisor on Climate Issues, The Austrian Ministry for Climate Action

Heidi Finskas

Vice President Corporate Responsibility, KLP

Erin Leonard

Head of Sustainability,

HSBC Asset Management

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