Confirmed speakers 19.9.17
Sam Block ESG Research MSCI
Sam Block leads MSCI's ESG Ratings of the global Materials Sector and is a senior contributor to its methodology development. He has also authored several investment advisory reports on ESG topics such as social license to operate, health and safety, labor and technology in South African mines, and most recently on income inequality.
Prior to joining MSCI in 2009, Sam worked as an engineer at Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering and earned a MS in Environmental Management and Planning from the Whiting Engineering School at Johns Hopkins University.
Ulrika Hasselgren Global Head of Responsible Investment Strategy and ESG Integration Institutional Shareholder Services
Ulrika Hasselgren is Managing Director and Head of Sustainable & Responsible Investment. Prior to joining ISS, Hasselgren was chief executive officer and co-founder of Stockholm-based Ethix SRI Advisors, which was acquired by ISS in September 2015.
She has advised institutional investors in sustainable and responsible investment since 1999. In 2000, she collaborated with Sweden’s national pension fund AP7 in creating its policy for responsible investment, including the development of an innovative screening methodology. With a background in communications and management consulting,
Ulrika spent 12 years with McKinsey & Company and three years with Solving International. She has been a guest lecturer on responsible investment at Stockholm University School of Business since 2002 and a frequent speaker at institutional investor conferences and seminars, globally. Ulrika is a board member of Eurosif.
Heather Lang Director, Advisory Services Sustainalytics
As the European team lead for client servicing at Sustainalytics, Heather provides strategic support to clients in integrating ESG research into their investment processes. Prior to relocating to Amsterdam in 2015, Heather worked at Sustainalytics’ Toronto office since 2004, holding director positions on both the research and institutional relations teams. She sat on the executive committee of the board of directors for Canada’s Responsible Investment Association (RIA) and the steering committee of the Social Investment Research Analyst Network (SIRAN) for many years. Heather represents Sustainalytics at global conferences and speaks regularly on a variety of responsible investment topics.
Heather has an undergraduate degree from McGill University, a master’s degree from Carleton University and a bachelor of education from the University of Toronto.
DR. Renana Peres Marketing Department School of Business Administration The Hebrew University
Dr. Renana Peres is an associate professor of marketing at the Jerusalem School of Business Administration at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She earned her BSc. And MSc in Physics, and is currently dealing with applying mathematical models in social sciences. Her research deals with the growth of brands in a competitive environment, especially from the perspective of social network interactions.
Dr. Peres served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a visiting scholar at NYU. She is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, and International Journal of Research in Marketing.
Dr. Peres is the Founding CEO of Persay Ltd, an Israeli high-tech firm focusing on development and implementation of algorithms for voice –based recognition.