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Panel Discussion – Investing in Equality & Dignity

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This is the third and the last panel discussion that will happen at IRBF 2018.

When and where is it?

The session will take place at 3:00 PM on 27 February 2018 at Mantra Hall, first floor, The Park Hotel, New Delhi.

What is it about?

The international assets deployed with Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI) strategies are $22.89 trillion (₹1476 trillion). Out of this, presently capital worth $30 billion (₹1,962 billion) is being deployed with SRI strategies in India. Although this is a minor percentage as compared to the global assets, it is a positive sign because there has been approx 130% growth in Indian SRI assets, from $13 billion 5 years ago.

As Indian asset managers are beginning to adopt environment, social and governance (ESG) strategies, companies that seriously act on these factors are likely to benefit the most.

This session will delve into how financial institutions and investors are incorporating ESG factors in their strategies to prevent and provide remedy for corporate violations.

Who are the panelists?

The session will be chaired by Kiran Karnik. You can learn more about the speakers here:

Kiran Karnik

Chairperson, OXFAM India

Kiran Karnik took over as the Chairperson of Oxfam India Board in 2010. He was the President of NASSCOM and the Managing Director of the Discovery Network in India. He served as the Founder-Director of the Consortium for Educational Communication and ISRO. He is on numerous Government committees. Awarded the Padma Shri in 2007, he was recognised as one of the ‘Stars of Asia’ by Business Week in 2004 and ‘Face of the Year’ by Forbes magazine in 2003. In 1998, the International Astronautical Federation awarded him the Frank Malina medal for space education.

Salil Tripathi

Sr. Advisor-Global Issues, Institute of Human Rights and Business (IHRB)

Salil works on human rights themes such as discrimination, protection of human rights defenders, and emerging issues for business and human rights. He is also engaged in researching potential impacts of investments in countries opening up for investment after an extended period of political or economic isolation. He also conducts podcasts with human rights experts and practitioners and writes commentaries. Before IHRB Salil was at Amnesty International (1999-2005) where he conducted research missions to Nigeria and Bosnia, and developed policies and thinking on complicity, privatization, and corruption.

Pavan Rao

Head of Finance (Utilities), Wipro Limited

Pavan N Rao is a Chartered Accountant with experience of over a decade across multiple finance roles. Currently, he is Head of Finance of the Utilities vertical at Wipro Limited. Most recently, he was Head of Investor Relations at Wipro, managing external reporting and investor interactions. Previously, he has been an associate with Corporate Audit Staff, the premier leadership development program and internal audit organization in General Electric Company (GE) performing financial, process & compliance audits across GE’s industrial and financial services businesses across geographies.

Harpreet Kaur

Deputy Director, Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership, Ashoka University

Harpreet Kaur works as Deputy Director of Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership at Ashoka University. Prior to this, she worked as the South Asia Researcher at BHRRC. She is a gender, workplace and human rights professional with over 13 years of experience in developing strategies, research, advocacy and communication while working with non-government organisations, governments, corporates, media & academia across Asia Pacific.

How can you attend?

To attend this panel discussion, register here.