Advocacy Talking Points 7 April 2022
APAC ESG Investment Strategy: Identifying APAC's ESG Trend-setters
Watch the recorded webinar on 2022 ESG trends to watch and trend-setters in the APAC region, with a zoom-in on climate change, biodiversity and supply chains.
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In this seminar jointly hosted with MSCI, we looked at how this year's top 10 global ESG themes, including Scope 3 emissions in the supply chain, decarbonization, biodiversity and the rapid evolution of ESG ratings and reporting, are playing out on the ground in the APAC region.
Investment in renewables, transparency in the supply chain, and measures to promote biodiversity create very different ESG risks and opportunities in different APAC markets, leading to major challenges for regional investors. Speakers also identified companies which are considered as ESG trend-setters in the region for 2022 and beyond, as well as how this performance affects both portfolio construction and stock selection for the APAC investment universe.
- Mary Leung, CFA, head, advocacy, Asia Pacific, CFA Institute
- Chitra Hepburn, managing director and head of ESG, APAC, MSCI
- Miranda Carr, executive director, ESG research, APAC, MSCI
Mary is the Head, Advocacy, Asia Pacific at CFA Institute. She leads the team that is responsible for building market integrity in APAC by developing and advocating capital markets policy positions that raises investor protection and fosters sustainable industry growth. She also oversees the promotion and development of Asia-Pacific Research Exchange (ARX), a research hub through which we engage with societies, members, governments, regulators, academia and other industry stakeholders 6o advance the wider CFA Institute mission.
Mary has over 20 years of experience in the global financial industry, having worked in corporate finance, wealth management advisory, and fund management. She joined Coutts & Co, where she was director of Business Development and Management for North Asia. Prior to that she was executive director at UBS AG, where she led the Corporate Advisory Group in Hong Kong. With experience in both the buy- and sell-sides, Mary has a strong understanding of the drivers and dynamics of different investor groups, including institutional investors, corporates, family offices, asset owners, and high-net-worth individuals.
Mary graduated from Peterhouse, Cambridge with a degree in Engineering. She is a CFA charterholder and speaks English, Putonghua, and Cantonese.
Based in Singapore, Chitra is MSCI’s Head of APAC ESG. She is responsible for the company’s ESG research division across the region.
Before joining MSCI, Chitra specialised in corporate development focusing on cleantech investments in China. She also spent 15 years working in the investment banking sector, where her roles included project-finance management for the green energy sector.
Chitra has lived and worked in 10 countries across Asia Pacific, as well as Europe, and holds a master’s degree in environmental economics from the London School of Economics.
Miranda Carr joined MSCI in January 2021 as Head of APAC Thematic ESG Research to focus on the key issues and developments in ESG in the main Asian markets, including China. She is also developing ESG integration frameworks for key APAC clients.
Prior to joining MSCI, Miranda was Senior ESG Analyst at Haitong International, one of China’s largest securities companies, where she worked from 2015-20 and launched their ‘ESG in Asia’ research product, which developed corporate governance and ESG investment frameworks for the Chinese and Asian markets. Before that, she spent 8 years analysing Chinese government policy and investment strategy as Head of Research for an independent research company, NSBO, in London/Beijing.
In 2003, she obtained an MSc from Bayes Business School (formerly CASS Business School), where she focused on Socially Responsible Investment.