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Elion House, Tatsuo Masuda, presents on the economic and financial impact of COVID- 19. He is a Panel Member, World Federation of Scientists and Strategic Committee Member, Elion House.
sustainable investment in environmental technologies for a green and
resilient recovery. There are clear connections between COVID-19 and the climate crisis.
Climate change increases the likelihood of COVID-type pandemics – through
changes in the habitats of disease vectors, for example, increased
inter-species contact resulting from deforestation.
World Bank estimates that 40-60
million people will be driven into extreme poverty in 2020. Similarly, climate
change will generate events that escalate and proliferate, from multiple
breadbasket failures to climate-induced conflicts and refugee crises. COVID-19
is in many ways unprecedented, but climate change threatens to produce shocks
of greater magnitude that play out over longer timeframes IPCC special
report, Global Warming of 1.5°C, 2018
Elion House CTO/CIO, Benjamin Khoo, made a keynote speech on the impact of climate-related risks and intensifying regulations on global investment portfolios.
The 3 day conference in Hong Kong was attended by global banks, investors, corporates and regulators. Climate change was voted by attendees as one of the top 3 major risks facing organisations alongside cyber attacks and geo-politics.
Elion House, Benjamin Khoo, on the Debt and Infrastructure Financing Panel talks about how Clean Technology Infrastructure innovation can generate superior low-risk yields for institutional investors in the current ultra-low yield environment.
The bespoke real economy asset class is positioned to meet the surging demand by global investors for environment, social and governance (ESG) compliant assets which can generate sustainable and long-term returns.
Rana Karadsheh-Haddad, Country Manager Singapore, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Brian Tang, Managing Director, Asia Capital Markets Institute
Benjamin Khoo, Managing Director, Regenerative Energy & Infrastructure – Elion House
The forum heard from a cross-section of governments, investors, issuers and regulators as they discuss the current issues impacting raising debt and the most lucrative sectors in the Southeast Asian market.
Elion House, Tatsuo Masuda’s article features on one of Japan’s major media companies, Asahi newspaper, calling for The Energy Decarbonisation Revolution highlighting the critical role of next generation technologies in achieving this vision.
Deutsche Bank is pleased to be hosting its first Deutsche Bank Alternatives Day, bringing investors and fund managers together with regulators and industry specialists to discuss key trends in alternative investments.
Focusing on Hedge Funds and Private Equity Funds in Asia, Deutsche Bank Alternatives Day is designed to provide insight on how recent market volatility will affect Hedge Funds and PE Funds, explore how managers are dealing with onerous regulations and risk controls, and consider whether Asia is still a region where Hedge Funds and PE Funds can thrive.
Elion House, CIO, Benjamin Khoo, will speak on Infrastructure Private Equity in Asia and related risk, regulation and returns in the asset class.
CTO/ CIO, Benjamin Khoo, moderates a panel of institutional investors including Swiss Re, Peak Re, and IFC’s Asia Chief Investment Officer who estimates clean energy to be a $20 trillion opportunity.
The panel highlighted a global trend by institutional investors who control around $90 trillion to decarbonise their portfolios away from fossil fuel investments into sustainable investments that meet environmental, social, governance (EST) criteria.
The panel also noted the impact on static portfolio management by disruptive technologies and a need to rethink concepts of finance and business in order to keep up with the pace of technological progress. Many institutional investors and corporations around the world have set up flexible venture capital funds focused on investing in new technologies. Benjamin spoke on how to structure low-risk ESG-compliant cleantech infrastructure assets enabled by emerging clean energy technologies (baseload vs. intermittent power). (Learn more)
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CTI/CIO, Benjamin Khoo, speaks alongside Invesco and BSR at the AsianInvestor Insurance Forum 2017 sponsored by Invesco at the Four Seasons in Hong Kong.
“Over the last 25 years bridging cleantech development and financial engineering, I have noticed a convergence of science and of human consciousness. As new technologies continue to disrupt the world, it is time to rethink concepts of technology, business, and finance, using them as tools to tackle the most pressing problems facing the world. Cleantech infrastructure enabled by new clean energy technologies is a new asset class that is ESG-compliant and can provide investors with low-risk and superior returns over the long-term”.
Invesco & AsianInvestor:
“Investing according to ESG principles involves the consideration of environmental, social and governance
issues when selecting companies and countries in which to invest.”
“In the past, ESG issues typically resulted in the exclusion
of certain industrial sectors (in armaments, tobacco and
alcohol companies, for example) or certain countries from
investment portfolios. While such ‘exclusion’ techniques are
still widely used, the incorporation of ESG considerations in
investment decisions is now done in a variety of ways.”
“One indicator of the increasing awareness of ESG issues
is the growing number of institutional investors that are
signatories to the United Nations–supported Principles for
Responsible Investment (UN PRI). Invesco became a UN
PRI signatory in 2013. According to PRI, the assets under
management of its signatories have grown from less than
US$7 trillion at PRI’s launch in 2006 to US$62 trillion as of April
2016 (Figure 2), more than three quarters of the global asset
management industry’s assets.”
“As signatories, institutional investors have a duty to act in
the best long-term interests of their beneficiaries. In that
fiduciary role, signatories believe that ESG issues can affect
the performance of investment portfolios and recognise
that applying six key ESG principles may better align
investors with broader objectives of society. The six key
• to incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and
• to be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into
ownership policies and practices;
• to seek appropriate disclosure of ESG issues;
• to promote acceptance and implementation of the
principles in the industry;
• to work together to enhance effectiveness in
implementing the principles and
• to report on activities and progress towards implementing
CIO, Benjamin Khoo, was invited back to speak on the infrastructure panel in Singapore on how cleantech infrastructure funds are becoming a significant asset class for institutional investors driven by record negative interest rates, the Paris Agreement, and a growing demand for new assets with a low correlation to other assets and the economy.
With the Paris Agreement now in force, he talked about portfolio de-carbonisation and a superior yield offering in cleantech infrastructure with sustainable low-risk cash flows, and how to protect your investment portfolio over the long run via strategic allocations towards ESG-compliant infrastructure or real economy assets.
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