The Rise of Sustainable Investing, London

LIFE London

19:00 - 21:00 17 October 2019

LIFE Offices

Please join the LIFE London Committee for a panel discussion on

“The Rise of Sustainable Investing:
From a fringe concern to the mainstream”

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé, Alice Garton and Karim Hajjar
Moderated by Adeline Diab

On Thursday 17th October 2019

At LIFE’s Offices
Central Working Victoria
Eccleston Yards
25 Eccleston Place
London SW1W 9NF

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dina Geha (Chair), Maya AZ Rodriguez, Khaled Fathallah,
Patrick George, Jean-Marc Jabre, Rouane Nahas

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Naïm Abou-Jaoudé is the Chief Executive Officer of Candriam, a $140bn multi-specialist asset manager and a recognized leader in Sustainable Investing. He is also the Chairman of New York Life Investments International, in charge of the global development for New York Life Investments, a $560bn asset manager. Naïm Abou-Jaoudé has spent his entire career in the asset management industry, starting at Transoptions Finance (a Crédit Agricole company) in 1990.
Between 1996 and 1999, he led the investment management of the Equity and Derivatives department at Alfi Gestion and UBS Asset Management.
From 2000 to 2006, he was the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of alternative investments at Dexia Asset Management, Candriam’s predecessor. He was then named Chief Executive Officer of the company in 2007, and member of its parent company’s Executive Committee (Dexia SA).
Naïm Abou-Jaoudé steered the acquisition of the company by New York Life Investments in 2014, and the creation of “CANDRIAM”, which stands for “Conviction AND Responsibility In Asset Management”.
In addition to his role as CEO of Candriam, he was appointed Chairman of New York Life Investments International in September 2015, leading the activities and development of New York Life Investments' business outside the USA.
Candriam has been a pioneer in responsible investment since 1996. Under the leadership of Naïm Abou-Jaoudé, Candriam further developed its social responsibility engagement, as an investor and as a company, constantly pushing the boundaries for the industry. His vision on the future of financial services, and in particular of asset management, is that it should be one of social responsibility and engagement. He strongly believes that economic agents have a major responsibility toward future generations to help build a sustainable tomorrow.
Naïm Abou-Jaoudé is a graduate of the Institute of Political Studies in Paris (IEP-Sciences Po) and holds a master's degree in Economics and Finance from Université Paris II - Panthéon Assas.

Alice Garton is Head of Climate at Europe’s leading environmental law charity, ClientEarth. The programme uses legal advocacy, advice and litigation to accelerate government policies and corporate investment strategies that are consistent with a net zero emissions future. In addition to her role at ClientEarth, Alice is also co-investigator for the Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative at the University of Oxford, Special Advisor to the Climate Bonds Initiative, Positive Investment Cambridge, and on the Advisory Panel of UK based NGO Influence Map. Prior to joining ClientEarth, Alice worked for 15 years as a lawyer in large defence law firms acting for company directors in commercial litigation and insolvency disputes, and then as Senior Legal Counsel at Brookfield in London. Alice graduated with first class honours in both her undergraduate and postgraduate studies. She has a double degree in Law and Politics from Charles Darwin University (in Australia) and a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from University College London.

Karim Hajjar is CFO and Member of the Executive Committee of Solvay S.A. and also holds supervisory responsibilities for North America and for Sustainable Development. In addition, he is member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Prior to that, he held a number of roles in Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants in London, Royal Dutch Shell plc, Tarmac Group (a division of Anglo American plc) and Imperial Tobacco Group Plc.
Karim is a dual British-Lebanese national, a graduate of the City University in London and a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He is married and has four children.


Adeline Diab has 15 years of experience in Sustainable Investing. She established such strategies for leading financial institutions including the World Bank in Washington DC, HSBC Asset Management in Paris, London-based hedge fund GLG Partners as well as Dutch pension fund APG Investments and global Investment bank Barclays Capital.
In her career Adeline has also been actively involved in the public policy debate. She has presented at the UN General Assembly and the World Economic Forum on numerous occasions. She has also been part of several investor-led initiatives including the founding group of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) framework.
Before joining the world of finance, she worked as a foreign affairs analyst on Capitol  Hill in Washington DC. 
Passionate, multi-lingual with strong entrepreneurial skills as well as  a fine understanding of client needs, Adeline seeks to harness capital to drive change.
In her non-for-profit work she has been an advisor to the Zoological Society of London, Human Rights Watch and the English National Opera. She has also been a fervent supporter of social entrepreneurship working closely with impact-driven  incubators  such as Unreasonable Impact.
Adeline holds an MBA in Finance and International Management from HEC Paris and the University of Minnesota. She is French-Lebanese and lives in London.