11 June 2024 - Positive impact through global equities: investing in health innovation to drive social impact

Online roundtable with Vontobel.

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Today, half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services. With population and average global life expectancy rising, health expenditures will likely need to outpace global (GDP) growth. Providing access to quality health services at affordable prices is therefore one of the most pressing social challenges. 

Guest speaker Joanna Frontczak, Social Impact Analyst at Vontobel demonstrated how innovative companies can effectively help to address such challenges and deliver a double-dividend for investors – attractive financial returns and a positive social impact. 

Who should attend?

This event was open to asset owners such as pension fund trustees, in-house executives and independent advisers, professional trustees, government representatives and consultants. 

Speaker biography

Joanna Frontczak, Social Impact Analyst, Vontobel

Joanna Frontczak

Joanna joined Vontobel in September 2021 as an investment analyst within  the Impact Equity team. She is responsible for researching companies that make positive contributions to the United Nations sustainable development goals with a focus on the social impact pillars; Good health and well-being; Sustainable food and agriculture; Responsible consumption and equal opportunities. 
Before joining Vontobel, Joanna worked from 2018 to 2021 at DWS in London, generating investment ideas for European and Global Equity portfolios with a focus on ESG and social investing. Joanna started her investment career in 2014, as an Equity Analyst at PGIM in London 
Joanna holds a master's degree in accounting and finance from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance


Karen Shackleton, Chair & Founder, Pensions for Purpose 
Karen Shackleton

Karen has worked in the finance sector for over 30 years. As well as being Founder of Pensions for Purpose, she is Chair of the Strategic Investment Board for the Ministry of Justice and a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Board of Resonance Ltd, a social impact investment company. She sits on the Advisory Council of the Impact Investing Institute. 
Karen also provides independent investment advice to the London Boroughs of Islington, Camden and Hounslow through Apex Group. She was the Chief Executive/Managing Director of AllenbridgeEpic Investment Advisers from 2010 to 2013. Prior to that, she had ten years’ experience as a fund manager and director for County NatWest and BZW Investment Management (now BlackRock). 

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