Its a sunny day in London for day 2 of the Sustainable Emerging Markets conference #sustainable2011 being held at the Renaissance Hotel in Holborn. All the whos who of the Responsible Investing (RI) world is here.

Each guru and aspiring guru is talking, listening and sharing. But where is arguing? Arguing, although a word which usually carries negative connotation, can in actuality often be a very positive insight provider. I am personally new to this field of SRI, RI, or ESG investments.

I would be lying if I said the highly accredited and knowlegeable speakers and delegates present today have not broadened my level of understanding of this ever evolving and growing sphere. However, the missing link is arguing. In other words, the other side of the coin, the guys that dont agree with the business case behind ESG investing, the skeptics that will shoot it down.

The truth is, we have much to learn from these guys as their insight is invaluable to our crusade for a better world. Hopefully, same place and time next year, we will have them sitting at our table, arguing their case, as we win them over with some new found evidence. More ideas for our AfricaSIF Knowledgebase education day 31 August and IMN Africa Cup of Investment Management in Cape Town 1 - 2 September 2011.

VP North Africa

Sustainable Emerging Markets

Tuesday, May 24 to Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Renaissance London Chancery Court Hotel, London, England

Matt Christensen
Executive Director
European Sustainable Investment Forum

Anthony Miller
Economic Affairs Officer
Investment and Enterprise Division
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

Euan Marshall
Global Product Leader, Sustainable Investment

Andrew Howard
Executive Director, Global Investment Research
Goldman Sachs – GS Sustain

Thomas Motsch
Senior Fund Manager SRI
Erste Asset Management

Danyelle Guyatt
Responsible Investment

Alka Banerjee
Vice-President Global Equities
S & P Indices

Joaquim De Lima
Global Head of Quantitative Research for Equities

Alvar Roosimaa
Limestone Investment Management

Dr Geoffrey Williams
OWW Consulting

Stephen Tong
Head of Emerging Markets Equity Portfolio
Vontobel Asset Management, Zurich

Falko Paetzold
Senior Sustainability Analyst
Vontobel Asset Management, Zurich

Lucy Carmody
Executive Director
Responsible Research, Singapore

Helena Viñes Fiestas
Policy Advisor

Naheeda Rashid
Regional Head of Africa, India & Middle East
Hermes Equity Ownership Services

Geoffrey Mazullo
Principal - Emerging Markets ESG
Adjunct Professor, School of Amerikan Law (Poland)

Rein Ojavere
Head of Research
Limestone Investment Management

Martin Pitura
Managing Director
GES Investment Services (Poland)

Peder Michael Pruzan-Jorgensen
Managing Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa

Cyrille Arnould
Head of GEEREF
European Investment Bank

Owen Thorne
Investment Officer
The Merseyside Pension Fund

Frank Curtiss
Head of Corporate Governance
Railpen Investments

Stephan Olajide-Huesler
Senior Investment Director

Stephen Hine
Head of Responsible Investment Development

Valeria Piani
Head of Investor Engagements
Principles for Responsible Investment

Faryda Lindeman
Responsible Investment Offi cer
Mn Services

Lauren Compere
Director of Shareholder Advocacy
Boston Common Asset Management