Gabrielle Walker, Expert strategist for climate change

Gabrielle Walker

Gabrielle Walker is an expert strategist, speaker and moderator, helping businesses to address global challenges – with a focus on sustainability, new energy and climate change. She works at boardroom-level with a wide range of global companies, is an accomplished moderator of high-level debates, guiding panels involving global CEOs, former heads of state, government ministers, military generals and global humanitarian leaders. She has extensive experience at designing and facilitating innovative “safe-space” conversations between global leaders, from small round tables through to major international meetings. Gabrielle has presented many TV and radio programs for the BBC. She has been Climate Change Editor at Nature and Features Editor at New Scientist and has written very extensively for many international newspapers and magazines, including The Economist, Prospect, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She is author of four books. She has a PhD from Cambridge University and has taught at both Cambridge and Princeton Universities.

09.15 - 09.45

Keynote: Climate change


10.35 - 11.20

Sustainable finance: actions speak louder than words

The European Commission is picking up speed on the implementation of the EU Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth. First concrete regulatory proposals were published in May and have made good progress since. Further items are in the pipeline, with experts appointed to work out the technical details and industry consultations circulating… As sustainable finance is becoming a reality in the EU, asset managers are getting ready to lead the way.


11.20 - 12.05

There is so much we can do: case studies of ESG approaches

The spectrum of ‘sustainable’ investment funds is as large, innovative as diversified. From exclusion to positive impact, what are sustainable investment funds really doing? Are they contributing towards a better world? Asset managers tell their – fascinating – stories from the field.


13.55 - 14.15

Keynote: Economic outlook

How much time do we have left before the next global recession? This session will examine a number of macroeconomic and financial indicators in order to assess the risks around the current economic outlook.


14.15 - 14.45

Active vs passive portfolio management: a battle?

As economies pass from bullish to bearish, how is the approach to portfolio management impacted? In the rivalling active vs passive business models, a downturn might change the equation. Witness advocates of each approach battle it out during this exciting session.


14.45 - 15.25

M&A trends in the management company industry

Luxembourg is currently experiencing unprecedented levels of M&A activity, reshaping the management company landscape. What are the drivers behind these transactions? Is increasing regulation an important M&A trigger? Are the transactions fulfilling their promises? What trend do we expect going forward? Our experts will share their views and past experiences to answers those critical questions for the future of the industry.


15.55 - 16.15

New AML/CFT obligations and their practical consequences for the AM industry

As a diligent manager, AML and CFT requirements are always very high up on the agenda. But what do the recent international, European and local regulatory developments mean in practice? This session will provide useful information on how to develop an appropriate risk-based approach and what elements of the regulations to focus on in particular.


16.15 - 16.35

ESMA's priorities for the asset management community