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With Environmental, Social and Governance considerations at the very top of today’s business agenda, compliance with emerging ESG standards will be a critical differentiator for commercial viability and long-term business success. Our expert panel will discuss the global relevance of ESG, assess the impact of emerging global ESG standards, and highlight how regulation is driving change across financial services and the real economy.



- Steffen Hoerter, Head of ESG at Munich Re Investment Partners
- Ioannis Ioannou, Professor at London Business School
- Karsten Loeffler, Head of The Sustainable Finance Committee of the German Federal Government
- Mehrzad Mahdavi, Executive Director, Financial Data Professional Institute
- Jennifer Wu, Global Head of Sustainable Investing, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

The panel discussion will be led by Capco Partner Olaf Clemens, and Harald Glander, Partner at international law firm Simmons & Simmons, and will be followed by an interactive audience Q&A session.


How do differing levels of maturity and a lack of global standards impact ESG practices across different markets? How are supranational bodies and regulators around the world aligning around best practices, behaviours, and metrics to drive meaningful change? How are financial services, and other key industries such as energy, leading the charge on ESG initiatives, and what can they learn from one another? Where do opportunities for collaboration lie?

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Steffen Hörter
Dr. Steffen Hörter was appointed Head of ESG at Munich Re Investment Partners (MRI) in March 2021. MRI is an ESG-driven systematic investment management specialist of Munich Re. The company collaborates with Munich Re Markets to serve clients from the global life and pension industry to design and implement attractive and sustainable savings and retirement products. Previously, Dr. Hörter spent five years as Global Head of ESG Integration & Solutions at Allianz Global Investors. There he was responsible for worldwide ESG integration into Allianz GI’s investment strategies, ESG portfolio implementation advisory for institutional clients and ESG thought leadership.
From 2018 to 2020, Steffen was a member of the EU Technical Expert Group Sustainable Finance, Brussels, advising the EU Commission on EU Climate Transition and Paris Aligned Benchmarks as well as on the Benchmarks’ ESG disclosure. Between 2020 and 2021 he was also a member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Investment Advisory Group.
Dr. Hörter is a lecturer of sustainable investing in insurance companies at EBS Business School Oestrich-Winkel. He studied at the Universities of Regensburg, Edinburgh (UK) and at the Catholic University of Eichstätt, where he received his PhD from the WFI Chair of Finance and Banking.

Ioannis Ioannou
Ioannis is a Professor, an Advisor and a keynote speaker on sustainability leadership and corporate responsibility. He is considered a leading authority on how companies strategically integrate ESG factors into their processes and structures and how the investment community perceives, evaluates, and reacts to such corporate attempts to integrate ESG.
Prof. Ioannou graduated magna cum laude from Yale University, majoring in Economics and Mathematics and holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University and the Harvard Business School.
He is currently Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School and regularly publishes in top-tier peer-reviewed academic journals. He is by far the most highly cited strategy scholar of his graduating cohort. Moreover, among his numerous advisory roles, Prof. Ioannou is a member of the ESG Advisory Board of the DWS Group, a member of the World Economic Forum Experts Network specialising in sustainable development, and a member of the Advisory Board of AXS Investments Institute for Sustainable Investing.

Karsten Löffler
Karsten Löffler is Managing Director of the Green and Sustainable Finance Cluster Germany (GSFCG), a private-public collaboration to foster sustainable finance in Germany. In addition, he heads the UNEP Collaborating Centre for Climate & Sustainable Energy Finance at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. He is a member of the EU Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance, working on the EU Taxonomy, and he chairs the Sustainable Finance Committee to the German Federal Government. Previously, Karsten worked for Allianz Group for 28 years.
Karsten is a certified international investment analyst and member of the German Science Platform Sustainability 2030. Representing Allianz, he was inter alia chairing UN Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) climate change advisory group, was on the management board of ClimateWise, member of the Geneva Association’s extreme events and climate risk working group, and advisor to the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance.
Following an apprenticeship as a bank clerk at Dresdner Bank, Karsten studied at the Georg-August University in Göttingen.

Mehrzad Mahdavi
Mehrzad Mahdavi is a technology entrepreneur with focus on breakthrough digital transformation for the fintech, energy, and industrials sectors. He is a recognized expert and frequent keynote speaker on the application of AI, data science, IoT, and Cloud computing in multiple industry sectors. Mehrzad has served in executive management roles at Fortune 500 companies as well as startups. He is currently the executive director of the Financial Data Professionals Institute (FDPI), providing chartered designation for the financial professionals working in the fast-growing fields of AI and data science. Mehrzad is a trusted advisor for Fortune 500 firms in the field of digital transformation.
Mehrzad holds a PhD in Nuclear Science and Technology from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Jennifer Wu
Jennifer Wu has been the Global Head of Sustainable Investing at JP Morgan Asset Management since February 2019. In this position she coordinates efforts of continued ESG integration, research and thought leadership, investment stewardship, and development of innovative strategies. She also leads the Sustainable Investing Leadership Team (SILT), a global team of senior leaders focused on sharing best practices for sustainable investing across asset classes.
Prior to JP Morgan Asset Management Jennifer was part of BlackRock´s Sustainable Investing Team where she led the creation of innovative investment solutions by combining bespoke sustainability related insights with BlackRock's technology and risk analytics to deliver both purpose and performance to clients' portfolios across asset classes. Jennifer started her career in venture capital and private equity focusing on technology and renewable energy as a research analyst and subsequently a portfolio manager.
Jennifer received her Master of Science in Economics from the University of Edinburgh in the UK as a Chevening Scholar and her Bachelor of Science in Finance from the National Cheng-Chi University in Taiwan. She enjoys trail running and has completed 5 marathons and multiple long-distance mountain races.

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