When it comes to sustainability, can the private markets act as change agents? How can private markets play a major role in integrating sustainability into operations to drive progress across climate and sustainability?
As we kick off the new year, join us for an exciting discussion with leading PE ESG experts below to discuss the following topics including but not limited to:
- ESG’s role in the current fundraising environment
- Regulatory developments and the impact of growing consolidation of ESG frameworks and standards
- Development of best-in-class ESG / sustainability programs at the portfolio company level
- Defining the PE value creation playbook: linking financial impact to sustainability
- Defining decarbonization pathways at the portfolio company level and assessing climate risk and resilience
- Integrating technology and data analytics to improve reporting / communication and measuring impact
- Crisis in corporate governance? Establishing best practices across portfolio companies
- Sustainable finance trends: outlook for 2024
5:00 pm Check-In; Event from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
FOR SECURITY REASONS, NO WALK-INS ARE PERMITTED
Pre-registration is required and will close at Noon on Tuesday, January 30th, 2023.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
Partner and Head of ESG at Simpson Thacher Bartlett LLP
Leah Malone is a Partner in Simpson Thacher’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and Sustainability Practice. She advises clients on ESG and sustainability matters from conception through strategic implementation, oversight and reporting. Her work covers matters relating to initial public offerings, ongoing SEC disclosure requirements, voluntary ESG-related disclosures for both public and private companies, sustainable finance debt offerings and credit facilities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity fund formation and capital-raising, and litigation in areas related to ESG and sustainability.
Head of Sustainability at Kohlberg & Company
Sanaz Raczynski is a Managing Director and Kohlberg’s Head of Sustainability. She is an active participant on Kohlberg’s investment team, reporting to Kohlberg’s Chief Investment Officer. She sets the sustainability strategy and drives the implementation of ESG best practices at Kohlberg. Sanaz also acts as a sustainability strategist and a resource for Kohlberg portfolio companies. Sanaz is an active contributor to industry-wide initiatives designed to promote the adoption of ESG best practices within the private equity industry. Prior to joining Kohlberg, Sanaz was a managing director and head of sustainability for Nuveen Real Assets and Private Markets.
Global Head of ESG, AEA Investors
Heidi is the Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (“ESG”) at AEA. In her role, Heidi oversees the creation and implementation of ESG policies and procedures across AEA’s portfolio companies as well as at the management company level. Before joining AEA, Heidi was global head of ESG at Edelman, a global public relations consultancy firm, where she worked with boards and senior executives to design, execute, and communicate their ESG strategies with investors and other stakeholders, including employees, regulators, and non-governmental and civil society organizations.
Prior to her role at Edelman, Heidi was the ESG director for the Society for Corporate Governance, where she developed new programs and managed thought leadership and engagement on emerging ESG trends for board of directors, business leaders, and corporate governance professionals.
Nidhi Chadda, MBA 2007
Founder and CEO Enzo Advisors LLC
Nidhi Chadda is a generalist growth investor and advisor across public and private markets. She is the CEO of Enzo Advisors, a female and minority-led sustainability consulting practice she founded that focuses on helping private, small and mid-cap companies build best-in-class sustainable business models and works closely with institutional investors to integrate ESG policies and frameworks across their investment processes. Enzo Advisors is at the nexus of finance, strategy and technology, taking a holistic qualitative and quantitative approach advising corporate and investor clients on how to integrate sustainability initiatives to mitigate risk and unlock value creation. Prior to launching Enzo Advisors, Nidhi was a portfolio manager at RBC Global Asset Management where she spearheaded the initiative to drive ESG integration across investment processes for her team managing $3 billion in assets under management in aggregate across 3 funds. Nidhi also serves on several advisory boards and investment committees at angel associations and venture funds. Nidhi has hosted numerous webinars related to ESG – related topics and has been featured across a number of media engagements including CNBC, the Women in Asset Management Summit, ESG Clarity magazine, Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), ESG Today, and Venture Capital Journal. Nidhi is also an instructor for the Southern Gas Association where she teaches courses on ESG / sustainability, decarbonization and the pathway to net zero, emerging climate technologies, and climate risk modeling.
Nidhi has 20+ years of experience as an investment banker, strategic consultant, and investor. She earned her MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.