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Towards the SDGs: The Importance of Collaboration

In this Podcast an Investor, speakers with Corporate Responsibility Insider experience, and speakers with civil society critic stakeholder experience, will discuss the new expectations for Companies to work on Supply Chains Environmental and Social, Human Rights issues through industry and corporate peer-to-peer collaborations, for Modern Slavery and other Risk Management, and to deliver SDG8 Decent Work and other SDG Social Impacts. Speakers will brief on emerging new business Human Rights due diligence legislation, how investors should understand that it expects companies to collaborate, why, and how data collection challenges are beginning to be overcome. Discussion will cover Fashion/Apparel, Tech, Consumer Goods and other sectors, as well as issues in China, Africa, and around the world.
Recorded Oct 14 2020 54 mins
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Kate Larsen | Hannah Shoesmith, Federated Hermes | David Schilling, Investor Alliance for Human Rights
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    • The Wealth Creation Pyramid
    • Finding Investment Opportunities in Equity Crowdfunding
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    • Asset Appreciation
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    Presented by Peter Marber, CIO for Emerging Markets at Aperture Investors

    About Peter;

    Peter Marber is the Chief Investment Officer for Emerging Markets at Aperture Investors, leading the New World Opportunities strategy. For over 30 years, Peter has professionally invested billions of dollars for many of the world’s largest companies at firms including Loomis, Sayles & Company, HSBC, and Wasserstein & Co.

    Though a globally-recognized authority on emerging market economies, Peter landed on Wall Street not because of his love for financial markets, but rather due to his fascination with globalization. Peter studies how countries and their markets evolve to develop a deep understanding of emerging market dynamics. He passes along his curiosity, knowledge and passion as a professor at NYU, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and Columbia, as well as through his writings on globalization, emerging markets, and higher education.

    Peter earned his B.A. at Johns Hopkins, his M.I.A. from Columbia, and his Ph.D from The University of Cambridge. He is an avid composer and guitarist and lives in New York City with his family.
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    Tami Kesselman, Founder & Managing Partner, Aligned Investing Global
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    Taught by Tami Kesselman, a pioneer and thought leader in impact investing, known internationally for her ability to identify business model risks often overlooked by others, this session will be an exclusive emerging markets version of one of her most popular Harvard Business School talks which is about to become a 7 week “Mini Impact MBA" online Exec Ed course! Based on her proprietary SMARTimpact™ heuristics diligence framework, the session delves into insights from analysis of more than three decades of for-profit, non-profit, government, and investor business models that seemed successful on the surface but had systemic flaws that should have been flagged from the beginning and ultimately led to underperformance or worse!

    In this 60-minute session, you will have an exclusive opportunity to learn some of the core principles covered in the HBS lecture as Tami teaches you the specific filter questions you need to include to de-risk your investments. She will show you how to find previously unidentified potential unintended consequences as you evaluate deals or structure your own. You will be able to put to these insights to work immediately to improve both financial and impact results. Whether you are an angel investor, VC/PE, entrepreneur, corporate sustainability executive or a foundation program officer, you will come away viewing diligence completely differently as Tami takes you through multiple case examples of good intentions gone wrong!
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    Alison Shimada, Wells Fargo | Jeremy Murden, Matthews Asia | Ryan Ross, BrightTALK
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    This webinar will provide the Institutional investors and financial advisers interested in emerging markets, with:

    An overview on China’s domestic policy in stimulating trade
    An analysis of the 3 veins of the trade war
    How to find opportunity in the market
    Filtering the signal versus the noise
  • Investing in Emerging Markets Without Investing in Emerging Markets Recorded: Jul 6 2021 59 mins
    James Whelan, Investment Manager, Head, Global Macro Fund, VFS Group
    The world is emerging from the Covid fog but the new question is not only “how much is already priced in to markets?” It is also “when things get back to normal who will gain the most?”

    The Emerging Market potential is enormous and the chances to profit are the same. However even if things go right for the Emerging Market economy the usual markets may not follow suit. James finds a way to turn the odds more in the investors favour by assessing what could go right, what could go wrong and what should benefit regardless.

    James will run through each major market’s pros and cons and look at the key funds to watch that will help investors gain the best outcome.
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