Nordic Chambers Business Forum 2019: Investing in Sustainability
The Nordic Chambers Business Forum returns to London on the 28 October, this year hosted at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). For over six years the Forum has brought together senior business people to celebrate Anglo-Nordic business, share expertise and discuss timely topics.
The Nordic Chambers Business Forum is an annual event organised by Nordic Chambers of Commerce in the UK. For over six years it has brought together senior business people to celebrate Anglo-Nordic business. The aim of this event is to inspire professionals through fantastic collaboration opportunities created by joining the extended networks of the Nordic Chambers of Commerce in the UK. This is combined with hearing from prominent business executives and other influential people who share their expertise from various fields.
This year, the focus will be on Investing in Sustainability. Understanding mega trends is key to developing new business. That goes also for climate change and the wider Sustainable Development Goals where the Nordic countries are seen by many as leading. But looking ahead, what are the strategic opportunities in sustainability for companies across technology, services, finance etc. – and for investors in both advanced and emerging economies?
Please note: This is a non-commercial event. The organisers are all not for profit organisations, and the fees charged to participants will contribute towards the costs incurred in connection with the organisation of the event.
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18.00: Arrival & registration
18.30: Welcome by Gunnar Larsen, Managing Director, Danish-UK Association
18.35: Introduction & overview of ‘Sustainable Investment’ by Jens Lundsgaard, Board member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
18.45: Opening speech by Jürgen Rigterink, First Vice President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
18.55: Panel Discussion: Investing in Sustainability across sectors
- Mikael Geday, Group Executive Vice President, CFO, Corporate Affairs and Facility Management, Grundfos
- Mikko Marttala, CFO, KPA Unicon
- Lars Andersen Resare Head of Environment and CSR for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)
- Alex Ryland, Senior Vice President, DNB’s Division for Ocean Space and Sustainability investments globally
- Gunnar Sigurdsson, Kvika Securities – asset management and specialised banking
- Sarah Duncan, Marketing and Business Development Consultant and author of The Ethical Business Book
- Andrew Mitchell CMG, HM Trade Commissioner for Europe, Department for International Trade (DIT)
- Moderator: Jens Lundsgaard, Board member of EBRD
19.45: Joint Q&A & Summary by moderator
20.00: Networking with drinks and canapés
21.00: End of programme
Moderator: Jens Lundsgaard, Member of the Board of Directors, EBRD
Jens Lundsgaard is a board member of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and founder of Lundsgaard Economics & Strategy. Previously he was an economist at the OECD and served as Deputy Permanent Secretary in Denmark’s Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.
Speaker: Jürgen Rigterink, First Vice President and Head of Client Services Group, EBRD
Jürgen Rigterink oversees the Client Services Group which is comprised of the Banking and Policy & Partnerships departments. He has overall responsibility for implementation of Banking and Policy objectives, ensuring that EBRD investments, policy engagement and advisory services deliver the maximum transition impact in EBRD’s countries of operations.
He chairs the Operations Committee which reviews all investment proposals (both debt and equity) before consideration by the Board of Directors and oversees the formulation of the Bank’s strategy to effectively and efficiently promote the transition of the countries of operations where the EBRD invests.
Before he came to the EBRD in 2018, Mr Rigterink was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Management Board of FMO, the Dutch Development Bank.
Before his time at FMO, he worked in the private sector at ABN AMRO where he ran the company’s activities in Kazakhstan and held a number of senior positions including Sector Head of Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.
Panellist: Mikael Geday, Group Executive Vice President, CFO, Corporate Affairs and Facility Management, Grundfos Group
Mikael Geday was born in 1968. He started his professional career from an educational background as Master of Laws 1989 and PhD from the University of Aarhus in 1996. He added to that a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in 1997. Before joining Grundfos, he has worked as an independent advisor (2011-2014), as CFO for the business areas Thermal Power/Wind Power at Ørsted (2007-2010), and for the Rockwool Group (1997-2007). He is originally trained as a lawyer with the law firm Kromann Reumert.
April 2014 Mikael was appointed Group Executive Vice President, CFO with responsibility for Corporate Affairs, Finance, IS, and Facility Management.
Panellist: Andrew Mitchell CMG, HM Trade Commissioner for Europe, Department for International Trade (DIT)
Andrew Mitchell was appointed Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC) for Europe in July 2018.
Prior to this he was director in a British-based creative and communications agency with international clients among Olympic bid cities and major Games hosts.
Andrew has 25 years’ experience in leading organisations in the public and private sector.
He has previously held senior positions in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).
Panellist: Sarah Duncan, Author, Business Development Consultant, Founder of Sleeping Lion
Sarah is a marketing/business development consultant and author of The Ethical Business Book.
She has been in business for over 30 years and set up her own consultancy, Sleeping Lion, in 2005. She has watched with interest as sustainability has crept up the business agenda – driven collectively by more ethically conscious employees and customers. She now provides consultancy and workshops on ethical business behaviour.
Panellist: Alex Ryland, Senior Vice President, DNB’s Division for Ocean Space and Sustainability investments globally
Alex Ryland is a commercial banker with over 20yrs banking experience, of which the past 11 yrs with DNB in both London and Singapore. He is currently the Head of Ocean Industries, CEMEA, running a team of bankers across three offices in London, Aberdeen and Athens. Ocean Industries covers Oil & Gas, Oilfield Services, Seafood, Offshore and Shipping. ESG has been an increasingly important part of his day to day business across a wide geography of clients who trade around the globe.
Panellist: Gunnar Sigurdsson, CEO of Kvika UK
Gunnar Sigurdsson is the CEO of Kvika UK, a specialized bank focusing on asset management and investment services where he manages the bank’s day-to-day operations.Gunnar has a long-standing career in international banking and private equity sectors, with a strong focus on retail and the UK market.He has originated, funded, led and structured investments in many of the leading retailers on the UK high street, ranging from Iceland Foods to iconic toy store operator Hamleys.
Panellist: Lars Andersen Resare Head of Environment and CSR for Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)
Lars Andersen Resare is the current Head of Environment & CSR. Lars has worked within the field of sustainability and communications in the aviation industry for over ten years. In his long career at SAS he has held the positions of Senior Manager Corporate Communications, Head of Public Affairs and Director of Crisis Communication and Environment & Public Affairs. Lars aims to being part of a more sustainable future and participating with his expertise and knowledge in the development towards zero emissions.
Panellist: Mikko Marttala, CFO, KPA UniconMikko Marttala is an experienced Financial professional in the renewable energy space. He currently works as a CFO of Finnish cleantech company KPA Unicon, where he is responsible of company’s Finance and project development functions globally and is based in London. Most recent closed projects have been for Biomass and Waste to energy projects in Balkans and Sub-Saharan Africa, and a joint venture with a Nordic infrastructure fund to finance energy transition of energy intensive industries to renewable energy in Nordics.Prior to Joining KPA he worked at Nordea Bank and was responsible for developing export and project finance transactions in CEE region for Nordic corporates.
We are expecting ca 100 guests; all Nordic Chambers are inviting their respective networks and the event is open for all interested. In previous years, the audience has consisted of senior executives and business leaders from various sectors, entrepreneurs and trend setters of Nordic/UK/global businesses.