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PRI in Person

PRI in Person is the leading global conference on responsible investment. The event, which takes place in a different location each year, brings together PRI signatories and other investment professionals to learn, network and collaborate in person over several days. Attracting a diverse audience, it offers something to attendees at all stages of the responsible investment journey, giving them an opportunity to discuss topical issues and share experiences from their own organisation and reason with peers from around the world.

In 2018 the conference will return to the USA for the first time in 8 years, taking place in San Francisco alongside Governor Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit.  We anticipate that places at this year’s event will sell out very quickly, so signatories are encouraged to register early: please complete this form to be notified when registration opens in late 2017.

PRI in Person 2017

Close to 1000 delegates gathered together in Berlin for PRI in Person 2017, where topics on the agenda included climate action, the Sustainable Development Goals, responsible investment regulation and the business case for active ownership. There was a strong focus on opportunity and action, and signatories were challenged to commit 1% of AUM to low carbon investments by 2020. Access photos and media coverage report from the event.

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Opening remarks and Signatory General meeting

Martin Skancke, Chair, PRI and Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director, PRI


Making a sustainable financial system a reality

Janet Cowell, Former North Carolina State Treasurer, Christian Thimann, Chair of UNEP FI, Chair of the High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, Senior Adviser to the AXA Chairman and Director of the AXA Research Fund. Moderated by Jonathan Rogers, Founder, Ostinato Associates


Responsible investment regulation: its growth and its critics

Niall Bohan, Head of Unit, Capital Markets Union, European Commission, Amy Borrus, Deputy Director, Council of Institutional Investors, Nathan Fabian, Director of Policy & Research, PRI
Amane Fujimoto, Deputy Director, Corporate Accounting and Disclosure Division, Financial Services Agency (Japan)
Curtis Ravenel, Global Head, Sustainable Business & Finance, Bloomberg, Jen Sisson, Senior Investor Engagement Manager, Financial Reporting Council (UK)
Moderated by Will Martindale, Head of Policy, PRI


Building a sustainable economy: the role of financial markets

Per Bolund, Swedish Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs and Deputy Finance Minister
Moderated by Martin Skancke, Chair, PRI


Facts, fakes and freedom: building trust in a changing world order

Alexandra Borchardt, Director of Strategic Development, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford


Social cohesion and inclusive growth: the investment risks and opportunities

​Helga Birgden, Partner, Mercer
Jason Mitchell, Sustainability Strategist, Man Group, David Wood, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Director of the Initiative for Responsible Investment, Harvard Kennedy School. Moderated by Georg Kell, Chairman, Arabesque Partners


The case for the SDGs: Why should investors care, and what can they do?

Bertille Knuckey, Head of Sustainable & Responsible Investment, Sycomore, Jose Meijer, Vice Chair of the Board, ABP,
Anne Simpson, Investment Director of Sustainable Investments, CalPERS, Alexandra West, Portfolio Head, Strategy & Innovation, Cbus.
Moderated by Kris Douma, Director of Investment Practices & Engagement, PRI


C-suites and sea levels: an executive view of sustainability

Nicolas Moreau, Head of Deutsche Asset Management and Member of the Deutsche Bank Management Board


Integrating ESG for long term, sustainable returns

Eva Halvarsson, Chief Executive Officer, Second Swedish National Pension Fund (AP2), Hiro Mizuno, CIO and Managing Director, GPIF, Steffen Hoerter​, Global Head of ESG, Allianz Global Investors, Michael Schmidt, Managing Director, Deka Investment, Tycho Sneyers, Managing Partner, LGT Capital Partners. Moderated by Helene Winch, Senior Responsible Investment Specialist, HSBC Global Asset Management


Keynote address

​Christiana Figueres, Convenor, Mission 2020


Is shareholder engagement adding value?

Jean-Pascal Gond, Professor of Corporate Social Responsibility, Cass Business School, Xi Li​, Associate Professor of Accounting, London School of Economics.
Moderated by Valeria Piani, Associate Director, ESG Engagements, PRI


Global climate opportunities: what have we learned from recent initiatives, and what is next?

ean Boissinot, Director, Financial Stability, Direction Générale du Trésor, Joël Prohin, Head of Portfolio Management, Caisse des Dépôts, Garry Weaven​, Chair, IFM Investors, ​Joachim Wuermeling​​, Member of the Executive Board, Deutsche Bundesbank. Moderated by Sagarika Chatterjee, Associate Director of Policy & Research, PRI


Climate Action 100+: Call to action

Robert Fowler​, CIO, HESTA, Stephanie Maier​, Director, Responsible Investment, HSBC Global Asset Management, ​Priya Mathur​, Member of the Board of Administration, CalPERSOn behalf of AIGCC, Ceres, IGCC, IIGCC, and PRI


Closing remarks

Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director, PRI


During the PRI’s tenth anniversary year, PRI in Person 2016 took place in Singapore on 6 to 8 September. We brought the world’s leading responsible investment event to Asia for the first time since 2008. 

During the PRI’s tenth anniversary year, PRI in Person 2016 took place in Singapore on 6 to 8 September. We brought the world’s leading responsible investment event to Asia for the first time since 2008. 

Why Asia and why Singapore?

The PRI is working to strengthen its capacity and expertise in this crucial region, where responsible investment continues to be in the early stages of development.

Singapore is a global financial centre at the leading edge of sustainability. The city has established a series of long-term goals to reconcile rapid economic development and environmental sustainability. Marina Bay Sands has been formally recognised for its eco-friendly initiatives and efforts towards sustainability and efficiency.

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Shaping the future of responsible investment

Martin Skancke, Chair, PRI


The 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, COP21 and private finance

Elliott Harris, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the UNEP NY Office


Investing in a sustainable world

David Blood, Managing Partner & Co-founder, Generation Investment Management


The responsible investment landscape in Asia

Kevin Gibson, CIO, Eastspring Investments, ONG Boon Hwee, Chief Executive, Stewardship Asia, Kerrie Waring, Chief Executive, ICGN, Pierre Veyres, CEO of BNP Paribas Singapore and Regional Head for Southeast Asia, Yeo Lian Sim, Special Adviser, SGX


China's efforts in establishing a green financial system

Dr Ma Jun, Chief Economist, Research Bureau, People's Bank of China


The year of green finance – investor opportunities

Priya Mathur, Board Member, CalPERS, Nick Robins, Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, UNEP Inquiry, Frederic Samama, Deputy Global Head of Institutional & Sovereign Clients, Amundi, Preeti Sinha, Senior President & Global Convenor, YES Institute


Investing for the long-term: perspectives from institutional investors

Angelien Kemna, CFRO, APG Group
Amanda McCluskey, Investor, Stewart Investors, Hiromichi Mizuno, Executive MD and CIO, GPIF, Paul Smith, President and CEO, CFA Institute


What is next for Asian boards?

Zheng Baomin, Deputy Director General, Sinopec, Pru Bennett, Head of Investment Stewardship APAC, BlackRock, Bandid Nijathaworn, President & CEO, Thai Institute of Directors, Selvarany Rasiah, Chief Regulatory Officer, Bursa Malaysia


A blueprint for responsible investment

Angela Emslie, Chair, HESTA, Colin Melvin, CEO, Hermes Fund Managers, Fiona Reynolds, MD, PRI


Building a financial system fit for the 21st century

Vicki Bakhshi, Head, Governance and Sustainable Investment, BMO Global Asset Management, Georg Kell, Vice Chairman, Arabesque Partners, Nick Robins, Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, UNEP Inquiry


Addressing climate-related risks to financial stability: the FSB Task Force

Anthony Hobley, Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Tracker, Mark Lewis, MD and Head of European Utilities and Climate Change Research, Barclays, and Member, FSB Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, Martin Skancke, Chair, PRI, Helen Wildsmith, Stewardship Director on Climate Change, CCLA and Strategic Advisor, CDP, Yeo Lian Sim, Special Adviser, SGX and Vice Chair, FSB Task Force


Keynote session with Loh Boon Chye, CEO of SGX

Moderated by the Conference MC, Ali Moore, International Broadcast Journalist


Human rights in the seafood supply chain - what is the way forward?

Valentina Gurney, Associate Program Director, Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, Andy Hall, International Affairs Advisor, Migrant Worker Rights Network, Darian McBain, Group Director of Sustainable Development, Thai Union


Roadmap for ESG and credit ratings

Brian Cahill, Managing Director, Moody's Investors Services, Promod Dass, Deputy CEO, RAM Rating Services Berhad, Mike Wilkins, Managing Director, S&P Global Ratings

Other Media

PRI in Person 2016 in Singapore brought together the responsible investment community to promote regional understanding of responsible investing as a risk management tool and opportunity, to explore emerging global themes and to discuss topics of interest to Asian investors and those investing in Asia. Access photos  and media coverage report from the event. A special edition of top1000funds focusing on the PRI is also available here. Please click here to access videos and minutes for the 2016 Signatory General Meeting (SGM).


PRI in Person 2015 drew in a diverse, global audience and attracted significant media attention. It was also the largest responsible investment conference ever held. As one speaker said: “Having 1,000 people attend a responsible investment conference 10 years ago was unthinkable, five years ago unimaginable and today it is reality”.

The comprehensive programme included a series of inspiring keynote addresses from within and outside the industry. The conference kicked off with the official Market Open Ceremony at the London Stock Exchange and the launch of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges’ Model Guidance. Throughout days two and three, delegates were able to participate in a series of interactive plenaries and roundtables as well as a range of practical breakout sessions addressing active ownership, ESG integration within each asset class, the latest academic research and a dedicated stream for trustees and asset owners.

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Martin Skancke, Chair, PRI


PRI Report on Progress 2015

Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director, PRI


Keynote: The macro-economic outlook – navigating uncertainty

Douglas M. Hodge, Chief Executive, PIMCO


Keynote Address: Investing for the long-term

Elroy Dimson, Chairman of the Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management, Cambridge Judge Business School, Emeritus Professor of Finance, London Business School


PRI Chair Address

Martin Skancke, Chair, PRI


Keynote Address: Building a market that works for investors

Brad Katsuyama, President and CEO, IEX


The future of impact investing

A conversation with: Sir Ronald Cohen, Chair of the Global Social Impact Investment Steering Group and Yvonne Bakkum, Managing Director, FMO Investment Management led by Priya Mathur, Board member, CalPERS


Does sustainable investing have an image problem and does it matter?

Rory Sutherland, Vice-Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather UK


More than 600 attendees congregated in Montreal at PRI in Person 2014 to discuss their most pressing challenges in integrating environmental, social and governance criteria into investment decision-making.

The agenda covered topics including fossil fuel divestment, tax responsibility, green bonds, fracking, human rights and executive remuneration.

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The End of the New Normal

Keynote: James Galbraith, University of Texas


Each, Every, and Altogether: Specialisation, Diversification and the Conundrum of Responsibility

Keynote: Spencer Glendon, Wellington Management


Strengthening ties joint initiatives between the UN and the PRI

Gavin Power, UN Global Compact, Charles Anderson, UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, Fiona Reynolds, PRI


This house believes that the principle agent problems are getting worse, not better

Debate: For the house: Mathew Kiernan, Inflection Point Capital, Emma Hunt, Towers Watson, Against the house: Vicki Bakhshi, F&C Asset Management, Colin Melvin, Hermes EOS


Towards Paris 2015

Keynote: Christiana Figueres,  Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)


How do responsible investors view energy

Moderator: Tim Coulter, Bloomberg News, Panellists: Philippe Defosses, ERAPF, Mats Anderson, Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund, Christine Torklep Meisingset, Storebrand, Jagdeep Bachher, University of California Board of Regents


Quebec’s economic and financial outlook

Carlos Leitao, Government of Quebec


How do investors define their investment beliefs

Moderator: Martin Skancke, PRI, Panellists: Else Bos, PGGM, Ken Mehlman, KKR, Priya Mathur, CalPERS, Adrian Orr, New Zealand Superannuation Fund


Held in Cape Town, PRI in Person 2013 brought the conference to Africa for the first time.

Africa is home to six of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies and is projected to account for one-fifth of the world’s population by 2050. Perhaps nowhere else is the role of the global investment community in driving social transformation and economic development the subject of so much debate.

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What did you gain from attending PRI in Person?


What will you take away from this conference?




Keynote: South African Ministry of Finance


Time to push the reset button


Doing business in Africa


How do we bring about long-termism in the financial sector?


Southern Africa – An economic overview


The responsible capitalism debate – the role of values in value


Gini out of the bottle: what is the cost of financial inequality?


Aligning interests along the investment chain


Conference wrap-up


Farewell speech by James Gifford