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MSCI Global Private Assets Conference

Join us for the MSCI Global Private Assets Conference on Thursday, October 21 where we’ll focus on acclimatizing your portfolio to the new normal. From climate change to technological disruption, eroding coastlines to data lakes… how will investors manage risk and capture opportunity in a post-pandemic world?

This half day virtual event will showcase the latest research and insights into private assets investing alongside perspectives from senior industry participants. 

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Oct 21 2021

Virtual Platform


Time

APAC 
9:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. HKT Hong Kong

EMEA / US
6:00 a.m. PDT San Francisco
9:00 a.m. EDT New York
2:00 p.m. BST London
3:00 p.m. CEST Paris

Location

Virtual Platform


Agenda

Oct 21 2021 - APAC
TIME DETAILS
9:00 a.m. HKT

OPENING REMARKS

APAC 9:10 a.m. HKT

THE SEARCH FOR TRANSPARENCY IN THE ASIA PACIFIC MARKET
As investors look to allocate more capital to the Asia-Pacific region, transparency becomes fundamentally more important. New data sources are revealing important insights. Is now a good time to invest in Asia-Pacific real estate and infrastructure?  Which markets and sectors hold the best cash flow growth prospects in a post-pandemic recovery? How should investors think about risk? What lessons can be learned from the Australia market on transparency?  

Moderator: Varun Malik, Head of APAC Real Estate Coverage, MSCI 
Bryan Reid, Real Estate Solutions Research, MSCI 
Sigrid Zialcita, CEO, APREA 

9:50 a.m. HKT

CLIMATE TRANSITION RISK AND THE PATH TO NET-ZERO FOR ASIA-PACIFIC REAL ESTATE
Climate transition risk varies dramatically across the Asia-Pacific property market with Japan potentially facing one of the largest valuation hits on the journey to net-zero carbon emissions. What new investment frameworks are leading investors adopting to prepare for emerging risk factors and changing climate regulations? How can new measures like Climate Value-at Risk help investors build more sustainable property portfolios? 

Moderator: Ben Wyburd, Real Estate Client Consultant, MSCI
Esther An, Chief Sustainability Officer, City Developments Ltd
Brendan Baker, ESG Solutions Research, MSCI 
Rory Martin, Head of Sustainability, Frasers Property Australia
Chris Nunn, Head of Platform Operations and ESG Investing, AMP Capital Real Estate

Oct 21 - EMEA / US
TIME DETAILS
2:00 p.m. BST

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

René Veerman, Head of Real Estate, MSCI

2:10 p.m. BST

KEYNOTE ON CLIMATE CHANGE: THE TIME TO ACT IS EVER-MORE CRITICAL
Global climate change and its alarming impacts are already upon us. At the same time, momentum is building for action. Taking a fresh look, what possibilities emerge with the transition to a more sustainable world? In this session, author, environmentalist and strategist Gabrielle Walker reframes the narrative from the nightmare of apocalypse to a positive vision of the world we are trying to build. 

Gabrielle Walker, Founder and Director, Valence Solutions

3:00 p.m. BST

FROM TALK TO ACTION: HOW INDUSTRY LEADERS ARE DRIVING PROGRESS TO NET-ZERO
Private asset investors have a pivotal role to play in allocating capital in the race to net-zero to ensure global temperatures stay well under 2°C. Hear how investors are aligning their portfolios with a low-carbon economy, from incorporating climate metrics into financial measures to identifying sustainable investment opportunities and successfully engaging companies and external stakeholders. What targets are being set for portfolios to address climate concerns and how is progress being measured? What more can investors do to build portfolios for a 1.5°C degree world?

Moderator: Ken O'Brien, Executive Director, MSCI
Remy Briand, Head of ESG, MSCI
David DeVos, Global Head of ESG, LaSalle Investment Management

4:00 p.m. BST

HOW DATA AND TECHNOLOGY ARE DISRUPTING THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY
The explosion in data and new disruptive technologies are reshaping real estate investing. From walk scores to mobile phone signal patterns, unconventional metrics powered by machine learning are enabling early adopters to improve measurement of investment returns and risk. What non-traditional data sources are on the horizon? How can investors stay ahead of digitization trends and integrate the latest advances into their investment process.

Moderator: Will Robson, Global Head of Real Estate Solutions Research, MSCI
Nathalie Charles, Deputy CEO, BNP Paribas
Dean Hopkins, COO, Oxford Properties
Chuck Leitner, CEO, CBRE Global Investors

4:45 p.m. BST

PRIVATE ASSET INVESTING: GREATER SIGNIFICANCE BRINGS GREATER SCRUTINY
Investors continue to increase their allocations to private assets; something they have done for many years as they’ve sought enhanced returns, diversification, income, and inflation protection. Yet these investments come with significant challenges such as liquidity and transparency. With private assets now comprising such a significant slice of institutional portfolios, is the asset class capable of providing the answers to the increasingly sophisticated question being asked of it?  In this session leading investors will describe how they allocate capital to private assets and make sure they are getting the exposures they are looking for in the face of such challenges.

  • Where are the most attractive opportunities – private equity, debt, infrastructure or real estate? 
  • What frameworks do investors use to evaluate allocations and investments? 
  • Have capital flows gotten ahead of the data and transparency needed for evaluating investments?
  • What does this mean for managers who have expanded from real estate into private assets?
  • How are climate considerations impacting asset allocations and performance?
  • What does the future hold for private asset investing? 
  • Is the investment case of private vs public assets still as compelling as it once was?

Moderator: Jay McNamara, President of Burgiss
Anne Breen, Head of Real Estate Investment Strategy, abrdn
Steve Moseley, Deputy CIO, Head of Private Markets & Alternative Investments, Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

 

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Event Speakers

Esther An

Chief Sustainability Officer | City Developments Ltd

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Brendan Baker

ESG Client Coverage | MSCI

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Anne Breen

Head of Real Estate Investment Strategy | abrdn

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Remy Briand

Head of ESG | MSCI

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Nathalie Charles

Deputy CEO | BNP Paribas

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David DeVos

Global Head of ESG | LaSalle Investment Management

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Dean Hopkins

COO | Oxford Properties

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Chuck Leitner

CEO | CBRE Global Investors

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Varun Malik

Executive Director and Head of APAC Real Estate Client Coverae | MSCI

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Rory Martin

Head of Sustainablity | Frasers Property Australia

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Jay McNamara

President, Global head of Client Coverage | Burgiss

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Steve Moseley

Deputy CIO, Head of Private Markets & Alternative Investments | Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation

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Chris Nunn

Head of Platform Operations and ESG Investing | AMP Capital Real Estate

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Ken O'Brien

Executive Director, Client Services | MSCI

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Bryan Reid

Executive Director, Real Estate Solutions Research | MSCI

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Will Robson

Global Head of Real Estate Solutions Research | MSCI

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Dr. Gabrielle Walker

Valance Solutions | Founder and Director

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René Veerman

Head of Real Estate Product and Client Coverage | MSCI

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Ben Wyburd

Vice President | MSCI

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Sigrid Zialcita

CEO | Asia Pacific Real Assets Association

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