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Time for nature: Turning biodiversity risk into opportunity

Wednesday, Dec 14 2022 | 8 am EST / 10 pm JST
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Among the many challenges stemming from climate change: natural ecosystems and habitats are being destroyed.

Recognition of the link between business sustainability and a healthy, living planet has motivated businesses to incorporate nature into decision-making. But the private sector needs help – from policymakers, scientists, and communities – to measure impact and devise sustainable solutions.

On Wednesday, December 14, Tak Niinami, CEO, Suntory Holdings, will be joined by Eurasia Group & GZERO Media president Ian Bremmer, experts from Eurasia Group’s climate team, private and public leaders, scientists, and other experts on the world’s nature and biodiversity to address this challenge and chart a path towards reversing nature loss.

Please register to attend this GZERO Media livestream in partnership with Suntory Holdings on Wed, Dec. 14 at 8 am EST / 10 pm JST. All registrants will receive the livestream playback following the event.

The livestream is part of the Sustainability Leaders Council, in partnership with Suntory Holdings, Fubon Financial, Gund Investment LLC, Indorama Ventures, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), Sumitomo Corporation, Taiwan Mobile, Unison Capital, the Asia Business Council, and the International Council on Mining and Metals.

Kathleen is responsible for programs that help Walmart create economic opportunity through jobs and sourcing; enhance the sustainability of food, apparel and general merchandise supply chains; and strengthen the resilience of local communities. Through business initiatives and philanthropy, her teams work with Walmart associates, suppliers, nonprofit organizations and others to drive significant and lasting improvements to economic, social and environmental systems.
Emily McKenzie is the Technical Director at the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). She has worked for 20 years integrating nature in policy, finance, economics and decision-making. Most recently, she led the analytical team that produced the independent, global Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, based at HM Treasury in the UK. Emily previously was seconded to the Capitals Coalition Technical Group where she helped develop the Natural Capital Protocol. Emily worked for a decade in the WWF Global Science team, where she helped establish and lead the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University.
Katie has over 20 years experience in building green businesses and products. A biologist by training, Katie's first role leading sustainable supply chains at Marks & Spencer took her all over the world sourcing sustainable wood, cotton, fish and palm oil to name a few. Katie spent time working with WWF in Jakarta at the other end of the supply chain, advocating for green economic strategies which would enable trees to be more valuable standing than cut down.
Rohitesh “Ro” Dhawan is passionate about the transformative power of mining, particularly in emerging markets where he has spent two-thirds of his life. Ro is a Fellow and faculty member of the Africa Leadership Initiative and a Raisina fellow at the Asian Forum on Global Governance. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment, Concordia and Resolve.
Ingrid Kukuljan has 25 years’ experience in finance and as Head of Impact and Sustainable Investing, she is responsible for the construction and management of the portfolios within the strategy. She joined from PDM Capital where she was a principal and previously had spent a decade at Jupiter Asset Management as Fund Management Director. Ingrid was included in Citywire’s first ever global compilation of the 1,000 top fund managers in the world. Ingrid is a Non-Executive Director of Fair4All Finance, founded with UK dormant asset money to create positive impact by promoting financial inclusion in UK.
Magali started working as a field engineer on offshore oil rigs in Nigeria, beginning a 27-year career in oil and gas. She spent the majority of her career with Schlumberger, holding operational line management positions including CEO, Angola; and Region Head, Europe. She has also held several functional roles, including Vice President, Marketing; Vice President, Shared Services for Europe and Africa; and Vice President, Maintenance.
Ko Barrett is NOAA's Senior Advisor for Climate. In this role, Barrett is responsible for providing strategic advice and direction within NOAA to enable the agency to align, integrate, and extend its capabilities to best provide the climate services needed to address the climate challenge. She represents NOAA’s equities in whole-of-government efforts to transform the economy and achieve U.S. climate goals to reduce emissions and stabilize global temperature by mid-century.
Ian Bremmer is a political scientist who helps business leaders, policy makers, and the general public make sense of the world around them. He is president and founder of Eurasia Group, the world's leading political risk research and consulting firm, and GZERO Media, a company dedicated to providing intelligent and engaging coverage of international affairs. Ian is an independent voice on critical issues around the globe, offering clearheaded insights through speeches, written commentary, and even satirical puppets (really!).
Katie Critchlow
Rohitesh “Ro” Dhawan
Ingrid Kukuljan
Eva Mayerhofer
Magali Anderson
Ko Barrett
Ian Bremmer
Kathleen McLaughlin
Emily McKenzie
Managing Director, Climate & Sustainability, Eurasia Group (moderator)
Eva Mayerhofer is the Lead Biodiversity and Environment Specialist of the European Investment Bank. She leads the EIB’s efforts to support EU and international biodiversity policies, increase the availability of finance to drive natural capital transformation, mainstream biodiversity in Bank operations, and build an understanding in sustainable finance, biodiversity and ecosystem risks as well as biodiversity valuation and accounting. She has over 20 years of experience in environmental impact assessment, natural resource management and biodiversity conservation.
Franck covers geopolitical risk across a range of sustainability issues, with a focus on biodiversity policy, water resources, and environmental litigation. He is particularly interested in analysing the next frontiers in sustainability policy and research for decision makers in the private sector. As a member of Eurasia Group’s Energy, Climate & Resources (ECR) practice, Franck helps clients understand evolving sustainability trends and supports them in the design of solutions that turn political risks into opportunities.
Shari Friedman leads the firm's climate and sustainability coverage, focusing on environmental and social policies and on trends affecting energy companies, industrial production, retail, supply chains, technology companies, agribusiness, and financial institutions. Shari and her team work across regions and sectors to help clients understand evolving policies and how they will affect clients' businesses today and in the future. Shari has been involved with climate and sustainability issues for over 25 years.
Tak Niinami is CEO, Suntory Holdings Limited since October 2014. Mr. Niinami started his career in 1981 at Mitsubishi Corporation. He was appointed President and CEO of Lawson, Inc. in May 2002, and Chairman, Representative Director in May 2014. He serves on the Industrial Competitiveness Council of Japan, as an economic advisor to Prime Minister, and is also a member of the Tax Commission of the Government. He is Vice Chairman of Japan Association of Corporate Executives (JACE), and is also Chairman, Committee on Agricultural Reform of JACE.
Dr. Vian Sharif’s work centres on driving the development of innovative technology solutions to catalyse the shift to more sustainable capital allocations with a focus on the natural environment. She is the founder of ESG nature insights fintech platform NatureAlpha, and heads sustainability at financial investment technology firm FNZ. Her work includes collaborating with academics at Cambridge and Oxford Universities on the development of science-based insights for investor decision-making with a focus on nature risk and impact.
Franck Gbaguidi
Anthony Watanabe
Shari Friedman
Tak Niinami
Vian Sharif
Head of Impact & Sustainable Investing, Federated Hermes
Head of Environment Policy Unit, European Investment Bank
CEO, NatureMetrics
CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals
Senior Advisor for Climate, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
President and Founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media
Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, Holcim Technology
EVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart Inc & President, Walmart Foundation
Technical Director, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures
CEO, Suntory Holdings
Head of Sustainability, FNZ Group
Chief Sustainability Officer, Indorama Ventures
Senior Analyst, Energy, Climate & Resources, Eurasia Group (moderator)
Magali Anderson
Ko Barrett
Ian Bremmer
Katie Critchlow
Rohitesh “Ro” Dhawan
Ingrid Kukuljan
Eva Mayerhofer
Kathleen McLaughlin
Emily McKenzie
Tak Niinami
Vian Sharif
Anthony Watanabe
Shari Friedman
Franck Gbaguidi
Kathleen is responsible for programs that help Walmart create economic opportunity through jobs and sourcing; enhance the sustainability of food, apparel and general merchandise supply chains; and strengthen the resilience of local communities. Through business initiatives and philanthropy, her teams work with Walmart associates, suppliers, nonprofit organizations and others to drive significant and lasting improvements to economic, social and environmental systems.
Emily McKenzie is the Technical Director at the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). She has worked for 20 years integrating nature in policy, finance, economics and decision-making. Most recently, she led the analytical team that produced the independent, global Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, based at HM Treasury in the UK. Emily previously was seconded to the Capitals Coalition Technical Group where she helped develop the Natural Capital Protocol. Emily worked for a decade in the WWF Global Science team, where she helped establish and lead the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University.
Katie has over 20 years experience in building green businesses and products. A biologist by training, Katie's first role leading sustainable supply chains at Marks & Spencer took her all over the world sourcing sustainable wood, cotton, fish and palm oil to name a few. Katie spent time working with WWF in Jakarta at the other end of the supply chain, advocating for green economic strategies which would enable trees to be more valuable standing than cut down.
Rohitesh “Ro” Dhawan is passionate about the transformative power of mining, particularly in emerging markets where he has spent two-thirds of his life. Ro is a Fellow and faculty member of the Africa Leadership Initiative and a Raisina fellow at the Asian Forum on Global Governance. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment, Concordia and Resolve.
Ingrid Kukuljan has 25 years’ experience in finance and as Head of Impact and Sustainable Investing, she is responsible for the construction and management of the portfolios within the strategy. She joined from PDM Capital where she was a principal and previously had spent a decade at Jupiter Asset Management as Fund Management Director. Ingrid was included in Citywire’s first ever global compilation of the 1,000 top fund managers in the world. Ingrid is a Non-Executive Director of Fair4All Finance, founded with UK dormant asset money to create positive impact by promoting financial inclusion in UK.
Magali started working as a field engineer on offshore oil rigs in Nigeria, beginning a 27-year career in oil and gas. She spent the majority of her career with Schlumberger, holding operational line management positions including CEO, Angola; and Region Head, Europe. She has also held several functional roles, including Vice President, Marketing; Vice President, Shared Services for Europe and Africa; and Vice President, Maintenance.
Ko Barrett is NOAA's Senior Advisor for Climate. In this role, Barrett is responsible for providing strategic advice and direction within NOAA to enable the agency to align, integrate, and extend its capabilities to best provide the climate services needed to address the climate challenge. She represents NOAA’s equities in whole-of-government efforts to transform the economy and achieve U.S. climate goals to reduce emissions and stabilize global temperature by mid-century.
Ian Bremmer is a political scientist who helps business leaders, policy makers, and the general public make sense of the world around them. He is president and founder of Eurasia Group, the world's leading political risk research and consulting firm, and GZERO Media, a company dedicated to providing intelligent and engaging coverage of international affairs. Ian is an independent voice on critical issues around the globe, offering clearheaded insights through speeches, written commentary, and even satirical puppets (really!).
Managing Director, Climate & Sustainability, Eurasia Group (moderator)
Eva Mayerhofer is the Lead Biodiversity and Environment Specialist of the European Investment Bank. She leads the EIB’s efforts to support EU and international biodiversity policies, increase the availability of finance to drive natural capital transformation, mainstream biodiversity in Bank operations, and build an understanding in sustainable finance, biodiversity and ecosystem risks as well as biodiversity valuation and accounting. She has over 20 years of experience in environmental impact assessment, natural resource management and biodiversity conservation.
Franck covers geopolitical risk across a range of sustainability issues, with a focus on biodiversity policy, water resources, and environmental litigation. He is particularly interested in analysing the next frontiers in sustainability policy and research for decision makers in the private sector. As a member of Eurasia Group’s Energy, Climate & Resources (ECR) practice, Franck helps clients understand evolving sustainability trends and supports them in the design of solutions that turn political risks into opportunities.
Shari Friedman leads the firm's climate and sustainability coverage, focusing on environmental and social policies and on trends affecting energy companies, industrial production, retail, supply chains, technology companies, agribusiness, and financial institutions. Shari and her team work across regions and sectors to help clients understand evolving policies and how they will affect clients' businesses today and in the future. Shari has been involved with climate and sustainability issues for over 25 years.
Tak Niinami is CEO, Suntory Holdings Limited since October 2014. Mr. Niinami started his career in 1981 at Mitsubishi Corporation. He was appointed President and CEO of Lawson, Inc. in May 2002, and Chairman, Representative Director in May 2014. He serves on the Industrial Competitiveness Council of Japan, as an economic advisor to Prime Minister, and is also a member of the Tax Commission of the Government. He is Vice Chairman of Japan Association of Corporate Executives (JACE), and is also Chairman, Committee on Agricultural Reform of JACE.
Dr. Vian Sharif’s work centres on driving the development of innovative technology solutions to catalyse the shift to more sustainable capital allocations with a focus on the natural environment. She is the founder of ESG nature insights fintech platform NatureAlpha, and heads sustainability at financial investment technology firm FNZ. Her work includes collaborating with academics at Cambridge and Oxford Universities on the development of science-based insights for investor decision-making with a focus on nature risk and impact.
Head of Impact & Sustainable Investing, Federated Hermes
Head of Environment Policy Unit, European Investment Bank
CEO, NatureMetrics
CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals
Senior Advisor for Climate, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
President and Founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media
Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, Holcim Technology
EVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart Inc & President, Walmart Foundation
Technical Director, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures
CEO, Suntory Holdings
Head of Sustainability, FNZ Group
Chief Sustainability Officer, Indorama Ventures
Senior Analyst, Energy, Climate & Resources, Eurasia Group (moderator)

Speakers

Magali Anderson
Chief Sustainability and Innovation Officer, Holcim Technology
Magali started working as a field engineer on offshore oil rigs in Nigeria, beginning a 27-year career in oil and gas. She spent the majority of her career with Schlumberger, holding operational line management positions including CEO, Angola; and Region Head, Europe. She has also held several functional roles, including Vice President, Marketing; Vice President, Shared Services for Europe and Africa; and Vice President, Maintenance.
Ko Barrett
Senior Advisor for Climate, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Ko Barrett is NOAA's Senior Advisor for Climate. In this role, Barrett is responsible for providing strategic advice and direction within NOAA to enable the agency to align, integrate, and extend its capabilities to best provide the climate services needed to address the climate challenge. She represents NOAA’s equities in whole-of-government efforts to transform the economy and achieve U.S. climate goals to reduce emissions and stabilize global temperature by mid-century.
Ian Bremmer
President and Founder of Eurasia Group and GZERO Media
Ian Bremmer is a political scientist who helps business leaders, policy makers, and the general public make sense of the world around them. He is president and founder of Eurasia Group, the world's leading political risk research and consulting firm, and GZERO Media, a company dedicated to providing intelligent and engaging coverage of international affairs. Ian is an independent voice on critical issues around the globe, offering clearheaded insights through speeches, written commentary, and even satirical puppets (really!).
Katie Critchlow
CEO, NatureMetrics
Katie has over 20 years experience in building green businesses and products. A biologist by training, Katie's first role leading sustainable supply chains at Marks & Spencer took her all over the world sourcing sustainable wood, cotton, fish and palm oil to name a few. Katie spent time working with WWF in Jakarta at the other end of the supply chain, advocating for green economic strategies which would enable trees to be more valuable standing than cut down.
Rohitesh “Ro” Dhawan
CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals
Rohitesh “Ro” Dhawan is passionate about the transformative power of mining, particularly in emerging markets where he has spent two-thirds of his life. Ro is a Fellow and faculty member of the Africa Leadership Initiative and a Raisina fellow at the Asian Forum on Global Governance. He serves on the Advisory Boards of the Columbia Centre for Sustainable Investment, Concordia and Resolve.
Ingrid Kukuljan
Head of Impact & Sustainable Investing, Federated Hermes
Ingrid Kukuljan has 25 years’ experience in finance and as Head of Impact and Sustainable Investing, she is responsible for the construction and management of the portfolios within the strategy. She joined from PDM Capital where she was a principal and previously had spent a decade at Jupiter Asset Management as Fund Management Director. Ingrid was included in Citywire’s first ever global compilation of the 1,000 top fund managers in the world. Ingrid is a Non-Executive Director of Fair4All Finance, founded with UK dormant asset money to create positive impact by promoting financial inclusion in UK.
Eva Mayerhofer
Head of Environment Policy Unit, European Investment Bank
Eva Mayerhofer is the Lead Biodiversity and Environment Specialist of the European Investment Bank. She leads the EIB’s efforts to support EU and international biodiversity policies, increase the availability of finance to drive natural capital transformation, mainstream biodiversity in Bank operations, and build an understanding in sustainable finance, biodiversity and ecosystem risks as well as biodiversity valuation and accounting. She has over 20 years of experience in environmental impact assessment, natural resource management and biodiversity conservation.
Kathleen McLaughlin
EVP and Chief Sustainability Officer, Walmart Inc & President, Walmart Foundation
Kathleen is responsible for programs that help Walmart create economic opportunity through jobs and sourcing; enhance the sustainability of food, apparel and general merchandise supply chains; and strengthen the resilience of local communities. Through business initiatives and philanthropy, her teams work with Walmart associates, suppliers, nonprofit organizations and others to drive significant and lasting improvements to economic, social and environmental systems.
Emily McKenzie
Technical Director, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures
Emily McKenzie is the Technical Director at the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD). She has worked for 20 years integrating nature in policy, finance, economics and decision-making. Most recently, she led the analytical team that produced the independent, global Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, based at HM Treasury in the UK. Emily previously was seconded to the Capitals Coalition Technical Group where she helped develop the Natural Capital Protocol. Emily worked for a decade in the WWF Global Science team, where she helped establish and lead the Natural Capital Project at Stanford University.
Tak Niinami
CEO, Suntory Holdings
Tak Niinami is CEO, Suntory Holdings Limited since October 2014. Mr. Niinami started his career in 1981 at Mitsubishi Corporation. He was appointed President and CEO of Lawson, Inc. in May 2002, and Chairman, Representative Director in May 2014. He serves on the Industrial Competitiveness Council of Japan, as an economic advisor to Prime Minister, and is also a member of the Tax Commission of the Government. He is Vice Chairman of Japan Association of Corporate Executives (JACE), and is also Chairman, Committee on Agricultural Reform of JACE.
Vian Sharif
Head of Sustainability, FNZ Group
Dr. Vian Sharif’s work centres on driving the development of innovative technology solutions to catalyse the shift to more sustainable capital allocations with a focus on the natural environment. She is the founder of ESG nature insights fintech platform NatureAlpha, and heads sustainability at financial investment technology firm FNZ. Her work includes collaborating with academics at Cambridge and Oxford Universities on the development of science-based insights for investor decision-making with a focus on nature risk and impact.
Anthony Watanabe
Chief Sustainability Officer, Indorama Ventures
Shari Friedman
Managing Director, Climate & Sustainability, Eurasia Group (moderator)
Shari Friedman leads the firm's climate and sustainability coverage, focusing on environmental and social policies and on trends affecting energy companies, industrial production, retail, supply chains, technology companies, agribusiness, and financial institutions. Shari and her team work across regions and sectors to help clients understand evolving policies and how they will affect clients' businesses today and in the future. Shari has been involved with climate and sustainability issues for over 25 years.
Franck Gbaguidi
Senior Analyst, Energy, Climate & Resources, Eurasia Group (moderator)
Franck covers geopolitical risk across a range of sustainability issues, with a focus on biodiversity policy, water resources, and environmental litigation. He is particularly interested in analysing the next frontiers in sustainability policy and research for decision makers in the private sector. As a member of Eurasia Group’s Energy, Climate & Resources (ECR) practice, Franck helps clients understand evolving sustainability trends and supports them in the design of solutions that turn political risks into opportunities.