With the current high inflation and the risks that inflation may remain higher in the next decade than it has been since the early 1980s, pension funds should be actively considering exposure to asset classes that can provide higher returns with higher inflation. During this session, SilverStreet Capital used case studies to show how targeted investment in agricultural value chains can create an attractive return with a strong correlation to inflation and with substantial positive social, environmental and climate impact.
Julia Wakeling Bird discussed how investment to create sustainable, ethical and positively impactful businesses in emerging markets can unlock attractive opportunities and how this can form part of an ESG climate strategy.
This was followed by a roundtable discussion with Q&A and shared insights, moderated by Karen Shackleton of Pensions for Purpose.
Who was this event for?
This event was open to asset owners such as pension fund trustees, consultants, in-house executives and advisers.
Julia Wakeling Bird, Head of Impact and ESG, SilverStreet Capital
Julia joined SilverStreet in 2015. She oversees the management of environmental, social and governance aspects across the Funds as well as all impact assessment and reporting. She is a member of SilverStreet’s Investment Committee.
Prior to SilverStreet, Julia was an ESG consultant working primarily on agricultural projects across Africa including in Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sao Tome, Tanzania, Madagascar, Mozambique, Malawi and South Africa. Before this she managed research projects for the University of Cape Town. These projects explored savanna tree-grass dynamics and the boundaries between biomes.
Julia holds a Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Zoology, a Bachelor of Science Honours in Plant Ecology and Systematics, and a Master of Science in Plant Ecology (distinction) from the University of Cape Town. She is a keen and experienced mountain climber.
The Paris Alignment Forum
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