Join us to explore how the growing incorporation of environmentally friendly investment policies, the advent of new technologies and business processes and funding for green initiatives is changing how Corporate America approaches sustainability. And ultimately, how environmentally focused strategies can yield superior investment returns and operating profits.
Our expert panel will discuss what’s happening in high impact industries (energy generation, the automotive sectors and transportation) and review the shifting views within the investment community and highlight the metrics investors focus on with respect to ESG impact. As well, they will spotlight ongoing innovation within companies – large and small – to take advantage of this accelerating shift to Going Green.
The distinguished speakers for this webinar include:
Steven Berkenfeld relatively recently retired from a long career in Investment Banking to focus entirely on impact and sustainability. He is now the founder and principal of Ecotopia Consulting and is primarily engaged in helping early stage, mission driven companies in the development of their business plan and growth strategy with the aim of improving their financeability, enhancing their market adoption and commercialization, and maximizing their impact. In addition, Steven serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Brightcore Energy, currently sits on the Board of Directors of Svante Inc. and Preserve, and serves as an advisory board member to a number of other impact focused companies.
Kent Lucas operates at the center of Technology, Mobility and Investing. Currently, Kent is general partner at non sibi ventures, an early stage venture capital fund that invests in exceptional underrepresented founders. He is also a venture partner at Next Gear Ventures, an Israeli-based venture fund that invests in early stage mobility companies, and is founding partner of 30X LLC, a global technology advisory firm with a focus on innovation, disruption and venture in the mobility, smart cities, clean and industrial tech verticals.
Wayne Seaton is responsible for the strategic growth of Sustainalytics in the global fixed income markets, specifically for sovereign, sub-sovereign (including U.S. municipal), and corporate asset classes. In this role he integrates Environmental, Social and Governance metrics and methodologies for both issuers and investors. Prior to joining Sustainalytics, he was Managing Partner and founder of Sustainable Public Infrastructure Partners, LLC, an advisory/consulting firm in ESG and sustainable market sectors.
Moderator: Kenneth Allen has over 25 years of experience in investment banking, business strategy and project management. Kenneth is the founder of Azurest Partners, a financial advisory firm. His prior experience includes senior roles at Lehman Brothers and JP Morgan. At Lehman Brothers, Kenneth was an investment banker focusing on clients in the business services, IT professional services and technology sectors. He also served in the Corporate Strategy group at Lehman Brothers and has served as a CAO in Lehman's Mortgage Capital division. Kenneth is also an Impact Capital Forum Board member.
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