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Future Leaders Forum 2019

Date: Wednesday 26th June
Time: 4.30pm – 7.30pm, refreshments will be served
Venue: Investec Asset Management, 25 Basinghall Street, EC2V 5HA

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an inspiring session about the future of our industry - and your part in shaping it.

Please RSVP to, confirming any dietary requirements.



16:30 – 17:00 Introduction to the Future Leaders Forum and Opening Address
Industry themes and setting the context for the evening ahead
17:00 – 17:45 The Implications of the China-US Trade Dispute
(Panel consisting of portfolio managers, asset allocators and academics)
According to many observers, tensions between China and the US pose the biggest current threat to the global economy. The so-called trade war has periodically shown signs of abating, but to date have yet to reach a conclusive end. It is just as likely that the China-US trade war will merge into a “tech war” as it is that they will reach an agreement. How do investors prepare for this?
17:45 – 18:15 Deconstructing Decarbonisation: Understanding climate risk
Systemic climate risk in portfolios is greater than we initially thought, but how can asset owners respond? This session will discuss carbon footprinting and explain why a basic carbon footprint can significantly underestimate climate risk. Rather than focusing on divestment, we believe that there is an opportunity to invest positively in companies reducing carbon emissions.
18:30 – 19:00 Organisational culture: Why is it important?
This session will explore the topic of organisational culture. We will look at what we mean by organisational culture, why it matters for future industry leaders and provide you with some practical tips and insights on how you might define, measure and understand it for your clients and the organisation you work in.
19:00 – 19:15 Interview with 2016 Tusk Conservation Awards nominee Dr Olivier Nsengimana – followed by Q&A
Olivier grew up in post-genocide Rwanda and feels that all Rwandans have a role to play in rebuilding their country. He trained as a vet, originally working with gorillas and is currently on a one-man mission to save the grey crowned crane in Rwanda after realising its plight – there are only between 300 and 500 remaining in Rwanda. He “decided it was my time to do something about it” and make his own unique contribution to his country.
19:15 – 20:00 Networking drinks