Environmental, Social and Governance considerations (ESG) play an increasingly important role in investment and risk management decisions. Our panel of buy-side, sell-side and rating agency experts will share their unique perspectives on how ESG is likely to influence the behavior of financial market participants in 2020 and beyond.
Andre Bertolotti, CFA, Head of Global Sustainable Research and Data, BlackRock
Andre Bertolotti, CFA, is a head of Global Sustainable Research and Data with BlackRock Sustainable Investing (BSI). He is responsible for establishing and providing leadership to the global team in creating a platform ESG research capability and supporting sustainable investment solutions across the firm.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2018, Andre was Director of Research at Quotient Investors, developing and managing sustainable investment strategies. His work in quantitative research and product development spanned roles with the Industrial Bank of Japan, DLIBJ, Innovest and Barra in San Francisco, New York and London.
Andre holds an MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley a Masters in Engineering from UC Berkeley and a BS from Virginia Tech.
R Scott Forston, Head of Global Regulatory Compliance, S&P Global Ratings
Scott Forston is Head of Global Regulatory Compliance at S&P Global Ratings. His responsibilities include regulatory reporting and filings, regulatory coordination across regions, and remediation of regulatory issues. He is a member of the Global Remediation Governance Council.
Prior to his current role, he was Senior Vice President of Compliance Risk at HSBC where he implemented the Compliance Risk Program. Scott's experience in financial services, includes positions at Bank of America, American Express, and HSBC. He has implemented Enterprise Risk Assessment and Regulatory Compliance Programs. He has worked closely with Boards of Directors and Audit, Risk and Compliance Committees to ensure proper governance and oversight. He has extensive regulatory experience liaising with regulatory agencies around the world to facilitate examinations, reporting and remediation efforts.
Scott is as a lecturer at Columbia University, teaching Enterprise Risk Management in the Master of Science Degree Program. Previously, he served as a Director on the Board of Trustees for the Global Association of Risk Professionals and as a member of the Federal Reserve's Faster Payments Task Force.
Scott holds an MA from Harvard University, an MBA from Pepperdine University, a BA from Brigham Young University, and is a Certified Financial Risk Manager.
Jamie Martin, Executive Director, Global Sustainable Finance Group, Morgan Stanley
Jamie Martin is an Executive Director in Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance group, responsible for delivering sustainable investing products and solutions to the firm's institutional and wealth management clients. In this role, Jamie collaborates across the firm’s Institutional Securities, Investment Management and Wealth Management divisions to drive adoption of sustainable investing strategies seeking to achieve competitive financial returns alongside measurable positive environmental and/or social impact. He is a former representative on the Executive Committee of The Green Bond Principles and B Lab’s Multinational and Public Markets Advisory Council. Jamie started his career at Citigroup, working in the firm’s Global Investment Research division. He graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. and received an M.B.A. after studying at HEC Paris and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Manju Seal, Head of Sustainable Finance, Advisory, BMO Capital Markets
Manju Seal leads advisory with corporate and institutional clients for incorporating ESG criteria in investments and financing while charting a path towards improved sustainability. She spearheads thought leadership around sustainable finance for BMO. She was the Project Lead for establishing BMO's Sustainability Bond Programme (2019) and co-authored Canada's first Sustainable Financing Framework (2019). Her expertise in Green/Social Bonds or Sustainability-Linked Loans makes her privy to engage with issuers and investors on the client side and offer them thought-provoking insights on sustainable investing. She is a host of BMO Sustainability Leaders Podcast Series, member of BMO's Sustainability Council, CSA's Green and Transition Finance Tech Committee and ICMA's Climate Transition Finance Working Group.
Manju has 20+ years of professional experience ranging in institutional asset management, investment banking, social impact organizations and board leadership. She started her investment banking career at Goldman Sachs (FICC & GSAM) and has spent 14+ years in the financial industry with an emphasis in client advisory, risk management and debt capital market solutions. Since 2008, Manju has provided transformative leadership, financial management, and corporate governance for organizations focused on social/environmental impact, including poverty alleviation and gender equality. A polymath, she has master's degrees in business administration, mathematics and ethnomusicology. Manju's unique combination of buy-side and sell-side experience along with demonstrated leadership in ESG and triple-bottom line approaches, brings distinctive and valuable perspective to clients.
Daniel Shurey, Vice President, Sustainable Finance Americas, ING Capital LLC
Daniel is Vice President on the Sustainable Finance Americas team at ING Capital LLC. In this role, Daniel promotes sustainable transactions and helps execute green bonds and KPI-linked loan products within the region. ING Capital was the lead Sustainability Coordinating Agent for the Johnson Controls Inc Sustainability-Linked financing, the Xylem transaction and several other 'firsts' in the US market.
Daniel has extensive experience in sustainable finance and renewable energy research, data and analysis. Prior to joining ING, Daniel worked for Bloomberg L.P. in London and New York, where he led global insights on sustainable finance for Bloomberg NEF. He has served on several sustainability related working groups and is a frequent contributor to news articles, panels and presentations on the subject.
Daniel holds a BSc degree in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Bristol in the UK and is conversational in Italian.
Michael Ferguson, Director, Sustainable Finance Group, S&P Global Ratings
Michael Ferguson is a Director in the Sustainable Finance group at S&P Global Ratings in New York City. He recently has been involved in the development of our ESG Evaluation tool, and is responsible for the inclusion of ESG risks into our credit ratings. He also supports our Green Evaluation efforts. Much of his thought leadership research revolves around environmental regulation and energy policy.
Michael joined S&P Global Ratings in December 2011 and was in the Energy Infrastructure practice as a credit analyst for approximately seven years. Previously, he worked as a forensic accounting consultant with FTI Consulting in Washington, DC. He worked on a wide array of cases, ranging from stock option backdating and revenue recognition to embezzlement and ponzi schemes. Michael also worked in the Financial Services Assurance practice at Ernst & Young LLP; he audited hedge funds, insurers, and banks, as well as government agencies.
Michael is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Certified Financial Analyst Institute, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. He has contributed several articles on indicators of fraud to the Journal of Accountancy and Fraud Magazine.
Michael graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2005 with a bachelor of business administration degree in Finance and a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science. He also received an International Business Certificate. He received a master of science degree in Accountancy from the University of Virginia in 2006 and a master of business administration degree from Duke University in 2011. Michael is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Public Accountant (DC and VA), a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, and a Certified Fraud Examiner.
Thank you to Columbia University School of Professional Studies for being the sponsor of this program.