6 December 2023 – How impact funds in the private and public markets perform compared with traditional investments

The GIIN and Pensions for Purpose.

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Pensions for Purpose was delighted to host its last Global Impact Forum online all-stakeholder event of 2023 during COP28.

We were joined by Christian Rosenholm from the GIIN and David Brown of Pensions for Purpose, who recently led our impact fund performance research. Together, they presented the findings on how impact funds in the private and public markets perform compared with traditional investments, as well as how an impact perspective can be used to feed into investment strategy.

Our questions considered the evidence to prove impact is entirely compatible with fiduciary duty and achieving market-rate returns. How can we integrate impact across investment portfolios?

Additionally, with COP28 expected to demand more ambition from governments to work faster to address climate finance, we were joined by Lindee Wong (Director, Climate & Biodiversity) at Tikehau Capital for an update on the latest developments from Dubai. How can asset owners play their part in investing in private assets to support this urgent need for climate finance and is the investment thesis for taking climate action supported by the Pensions for Purpose Impact Lens performance research findings?

The presentations was followed by reflections from Tikehau Capital before we moved into breakout rooms to discuss what these findings mean for investors, and how they can use the research to integrate social and environmental impact into their investment discussions, policies and processes.

Who was this event for?

Anyone involved in the governance of pension funds or other asset pools at a Trustee Board or executive level, either as a decision-maker or as a practitioner.


David Brown, Director and Training Lead, Pensions for Purpose; Independent Professional Trustee

David Brown
David has worked in the pension and financial services industry for over 35 years with UK and international experience. As well as being Director and Training Lead at Pensions for Purpose he is an accredited professional pension Trustee. His Trustee appointments include schemes with FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 sponsors and with the Smart Pension Master Trust. He has broad investment, risk management and operational experience across both defined benefit and defined contribution schemes.

David has a particular interest in ESG and climate change, and holds the CFA certificate in ESG Investing. He is also a Fellow of the Pensions Management Institute.

David's prior experience includes senior management roles with Tesco, where he was UK and ROI Head of Pensions and Payroll Manager, professional service firms including Deloitte and KPMG, and Fidelity Investments in the US.

Charlotte O'Leary, Lead, Global Impact Forum, Pensions for Purpose

Charlotte O'LearyAs CEO and an executive director of Pensions for Purpose, Charlotte oversees the running of the business, develops the growth and innovation strategy and looks for opportunities to build partnerships to achieve Pensions for Purpose's mission.

Charlotte is also a member of the Impact Investing Institute's Pensions Expert Panel, an ambassador for the Transparency Taskforce and a founder of 10 Billion World, an end-to-end sustainability project management business aimed at businesses and organisations setting net-zero and carbon reduction targets.

Through her roles, Charlotte has built a knowledge and passion for sustainable investing. She has demonstrated this in co-authoring a paper with the Society for Pension Professionals on social impact investing and speaking on topics such as fee and service transparency at PLSA and Transparency Taskforce events. Charlotte played a critical role in developing the Impact Investing Institute's Impact Investing Principles for Pensions and led the launch of Pensions for Purpose's Global Impact Forum (formally the Impact Investing Adopters Forum).

Christian Rosenholm, Director, Institutional Engagement, Global Impact Investing Network

Christian Rosenholm

Serves as Director, Institutional Engagement at the GIIN, Global Impact Investing Network. In this role Christian focuses on furthering relationships with institutional asset owners to develop ways to systematically integrate impact within investment strategies and approaches and to help identify opportunities to advance impact investing within the institutional asset owner community.

Before joining the GIIN, Christian Rosenholm was the senior advisor at the Danish Sovereign Wealth fund, EIFO, where he developed a new ESG and Impact management system, shaped sustainability policies and strategy.

Before this Christian Rosenholm was as a senior professional at IFC (International finance Corporation), where he was the focal point in developing IFC’s impact assessment approach for Private Equity fund investments, supervised the global impact evaluation program and was one of the original key architects in the development and launch of the Operating Principles for Impact Management.

Breakout room hosts

Simon Males, Executive Director and Head of UK Institutional Business, Tikehau Capital 

Simon Male

Simon Males is Executive Director and Head of UK Institutional Business at Tikehau Capital, the €38.8bn global alternative asset management group. Simon has over three decades of experience working within the UK institutional market, including leadership roles at global asset management firms such as Legal & General Investment Management, PGIM, Pictet Asset Management and F&C (BMO).

More recently, he founded Carrick Roads Capital Limited, an institutional consulting and capital-raising firm. Simon is a member of the Board of AIMSE Europe and has previously been a member of its Advisory Council since 2013. He is also a serving Trustee and Board Director of two UK Charities (North London Hospice and The Pemberton-Barnes Trust) and has previously served as a Trustee of a £130m UK Defined Benefit corporate pension plan. Simon holds an MBA from London Metropolitan University and several Professional Qualifications, including the IMC.

Lindee Wong, Director of Climate & Biodiversity , Tikehau Capital

Lindee Wong
Lindee Wong joined Tikehau Capital in 2022 as a Director of Climate & Biodiversity  support the implementation of the Group’s climate and biodiversity strategy across the Group’s business lines.

Prior to joining Tikehau Capital, Lindee worked at Allianz Trade in Paris as an Environmental Business Manager. Before that, she worked as a Principal Consultant Climate Change at ERM, Paris. 

Global Impact Forum

The Global Impact Forum is an industry-wide member forum hosted by Pensions for Purpose to facilitate meaningful industry discussions on how to embed social and environmental impacts at a strategic level, including in governance discussions, to encourage the flow of capital towards investments that have a positive impact.

Pensions for Purpose

Pensions for Purpose exists as a bridge between asset managers, pension funds and their professional advisers, to encourage the flow of capital towards impact investment. Our aim is to empower pension funds to seek positive impact opportunities and mitigate negative impact risks. For membership information, please email our Membership Manager.

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