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The dramatic growth of green bond market in 2021 has been matched by the growth of green bond funds. But how do we know the bonds are indeed green or just being greenwashed? In the next Lonsec Sustainability webinar, we will look at what green bonds are, the difference between green issues and green issuers and how to monitor issuers’ commitments to ensure that the money is actually being allocated towards green assets and projects.
Joining Tony Adams, Head of Sustainable Investment Research at Lonsec Research are Katie House, Partner Sustainability, at Affirmative Investment Management and Xuan Sheng Ou Yong (Sheng), Green Bonds & ESG Analyst APAC at BNP Paribas Asset Management. Katie and Sheng are specialists in Climate and Green Bonds and will outline how they assess green and other sustainable bonds and what they look for when building impactful bond portfolios that also generate returns.
There will be a dedicated Q&A session in the webinar.
Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 4:00 pm AEST
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CPD Points will be provided to those who attend the live event
Head of Sustainable Investment Research, Lonsec
Tony joined Lonsec in March 2019 and is responsible for the ESG assessment of funds across all sectors and as well broad oversight of the assessment of sustainable, ethical, ESG and impact capabilities across managers. He is responsible for Lonsec’s sustainability reporting framework (Lonsec’s BEE’s) for funds. Prior to joining Lonsec, Tony has had 30 years’ experience in global fixed interest markets, most recently as Head of Global Fixed Interest and Credit at Colonial First State Global Asset Management, where he developed the firm’s global credit capability and oversaw the implementation of ESG across portfolios.
Partner, Sustainability, at Affirmative Investment Management,
based in London, UK
As a member of AIM’s Sustainability Team, Katie conducts sustainability verification analysis on issuers and bonds that may be eligible for inclusion in AIM’s investable universe. She also supports AIM’s annual impact reporting activities and conducts research on sustainability, impact bonds and broader market trends.Katie joined AIM in Summer 2019. She was previously a Senior Research Analyst at Climate Bonds Initiative. Katie had been at Climate Bonds for over 4 years where she had predominantly worked on the Climate Bonds Standard; a certification scheme and rule set defining what projects and assets are eligible for green bond financing across multiple sectors. While at Climate Bonds, Katie also supported the development of the European Commission’s Sustainable Finance Taxonomy.
Employment & Qualifications
• Partner, Sustainability, Affirmative Investment Management, London, UK: July 2019 – Present • Senior Research Analyst at Climate Bonds Initiative, London, UK: February 2015 – July 2019
• MSc Environmental Technology, Imperial College, London, UK: September 2013 – September 2014
• BSc Geography, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK: September 2009 – June 2012
Xuan Sheng Ou Yong (Sheng)
Green Bonds & ESG Analyst APAC, at BNP Paribas Asset Management
Xuan Sheng Ou Yong is a Green Bonds & ESG Analyst APAC at BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM). He joined the firm in January 2019. Sheng is responsible for the research of green & other thematic bonds that supports the firm’s fixed income strategies. He is also responsible for the ESG research of the Financials sector, looking at how banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions manage their ESG issues.
He represents BNPP AM in the Green Bonds working group of the Hong Kong Green Finance Association, and in the Green Projects Eligibility working group of ICMA’s Green Bond Principles.
Prior to joining BNPP AM, Sheng worked for EcoVadis, a business sustainability rating agency based in Paris, as a Chinese analyst assessing how Chinese companies manage their sustainability risks. After two and a half years in Paris (2014 to 2016), Sheng moved to Hong Kong to set up EcoVadis Hong Kong, leading a team of 8 analysts, and providing support for the other business units in the Hong Kong office (2016 to 2019).
Sheng graduated from Singapore Management University with a Cum Laude in Bachelors in Business Management (Strategic Management) and in Bachelors of Science – Economics. Sheng also passed the CFA Level III examination in December 2020.