9:55-10:00 AM

Welcome Remarks

10:00-11:00 AM

ESG Investing: A Viable Investment Strategy for the Long-term?

Sources of Capital

Can ESG investing be a market solution for society’s most pressing challenges? Global Sustainable Funds exceeded $1 trillion, for the first time, in Q2 and $1.2 trillion in Q3 in 2020. As European and American funds embed ESG into their portfolios, what are the consideration factors for investors beyond a company’s financial performance? Join us for a conversation on the risks and returns of ESG investing compared to the overall market. Panelists will provide valuable insights into ESG measurement tools, how investors are deploying capital to drive impact in environmental, social, and governance challenges, and the outperformance of ESG portfolios during extremely volatile markets.

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Olivia Albrecht ’10BUS

Olivia Albrecht ’10BUS
Executive Vice President, Head of ESG Business Strategy at PIMCO

Olivia Albrecht is an executive vice president in the Newport Beach office and the head of PIMCO's ESG (environmental, social, and governance) business strategy. Previously, she led the firm's global fixed income business strategy. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2011, she worked in private equity at Cerberus Capital Management in Frankfurt, Germany. She has also held positions at Lockheed Martin, Mubadala Development Corporation in Abu Dhabi, and the US Department of Defense. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, along with a master's degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and an undergraduate degree from Princeton University. Olivia was a member of the Big Brothers, Big Sisters Orange County Board of Directors from 2012 to 2014.

Executive Vice President, Head of ESG Business Strategy at PIMCO

Navindu Katugampola

Navindu Katugampola
Head of Sustainable Investing, Fixed Income and Liquidity at Morgan Stanley

Navindu Katugampola is the head of sustainable investing for Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s (MSIM) Fixed Income and Liquidity teams. He joined the firm in 2004 and has 17 years of industry experience. Navindu was previously the head of Green & Sustainability Bond Origination for Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets group. In this role, he helped issuers raise over $80Bn in green, social, and sustainability bonds and led landmark transactions, and served on both the executive committee and the advisory council of the Green and Social Bond Principles. Navindu was also previously the head of Sovereign, Supranational and Agency Debt Origination for Morgan Stanley. In addition to his MSIM role, Navindu works with MS EMEA Firm Management on cross-divisional sustainable finance initiatives, product innovation, and policy and regulatory engagement.

Head of Sustainable Investing, Fixed Income and Liquidity at Morgan Stanley

Sam Mindlin ’21BUS

Sam Mindlin ’21BUS
MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School

Bio coming soon!

MBA Candidate at Columbia Business School

John Paluska ’21BUS

John Paluska ’21BUS
Vice President, ESG Securitized Products at Bank of America; EMBA Candidate at Columbia Business School

Bio coming soon!

Vice President, ESG Securitized Products at Bank of America; EMBA Candidate at Columbia Business School

Mark Zurack

Mark Zurack
Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business at Columbia Business School

Mark A. Zurack teaches capital markets and investments, equity derivatives and equity markets, and products at Columbia Business School, and also teaches at Cornell University as an adjunct professor. Mark is currently on the board of directors of the Binghamton University Foundation and also serves on the boards of the Alzheimer's Association, Teach For America, Upper West Success Academy, ETC, Southampton Bath and Tennis, and the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise. Prior to coming to Columbia, Professor Zurack worked at Goldman Sachs for 18 years. He joined GS in 1983 and started the equity derivatives research group. He later assumed a broader leadership role in equity derivatives, co-managing the product in both North America and Asia and leading the effort to cross-market equity derivatives products to high-net-worth individuals. He became a partner in 1994 and a managing director in 1996. Between 1998 and 2001, Professor Zurack served on the board of directors at the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He received his CFA in 1983, his MBA from Cornell in 1980, and his BS from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1978. Areas of interest: capital markets, sales and trading issues, portfolio construction, risk management, and quantitative research.

Senior Lecturer in Discipline in Business at Columbia Business School

11:00-11:30 AM

Coffee Break

11:30 AM-12:30 PM

Creating a More Ethical and Sustainable Agricultural System

Uses of Capital

Agriculture is one of the oldest, and arguably the most important, industries. While our modern global agricultural system is capable of creating immense amounts of food to feed an ever-growing world population, in many ways it falls short. Poor distribution and misaligned incentives lead to both food waste and food insecurity. The shift in monoculture is destroying biodiversity of crops, making our system fragile to fungi and disease. And last, but not least, the agricultural system is accountable for roughly one-quarter of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. This panel will bring together entrepreneurs and experts to discuss how we are rising to meet these challenges to move towards a more ethical and sustainable agricultural system.

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Kaushik Kappagantulu ’17BUS

Kaushik Kappagantulu ’17BUS
Co-founder and CEO of Kheyti

Kaushik has spent the last 11 years building scalable social enterprises serving India's rural poor. He is the co-founder and CEO of Kheyti, an organization helping smallholder farmers battle climate change through its “Greenhouse-in-a-Box”, a low-cost greenhouse bundled with end-to-end services that protect crops from environmental risks and grows seven times more food using 90 percent less water. Kheyti works with partners to offer farmers financing, input linkage, training, and market linkage services, creating a seamless path towards steady incomes of $100/month.

Before Kheyti, Kaushik spent five years as a leadership team member of B-ABLE, and as their first employee, he helped the company scale from its training center to 200 centers across 14 states training more than 70,000 school dropouts yearly. He is a graduate of ITT Kharagpur and has an MBA from Columbia Business School. Kaushik is an Acumen India Fellow 2014 and a DRK Foundation Entrepreneur.

Co-founder and CEO of Kheyti

Sara Tjossem

Sara Tjossem
Senior Lecturer at Columbia University | SIPA

Sara Tjossem is senior lecturer at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), where she teaches environmental policy and history and is associate director of curriculum for the Masters Program on Environmental Science and Policy. As a historian of science, she researches the interplay of ecology and society, particularly the development of environmental policy and sustainability. She has written two books on the development and organization of scientific cooperation: Fostering Internationalism through Marine Science (2017) and The Journey to PICES: Scientific Cooperation in the North Pacific (2005).

Senior Lecturer at Columbia University | SIPA

Scott T. Weathers

Scott T. Weathers
Senior Policy Specialist at The Good Food Institute

Scott leads The Good Food Institute's (GFI) state-level political strategy, working to level the playing field for cultivated and plant-based meat, dairy, and eggs. He came to GFI from Compassion in World Farming-USA, where he was a strategic partnerships manager, establishing CIWF’s first-ever program focused on plant-based proteins. Scott’s work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Vox, NowThis, Civil Eats, and more. He holds a master of science from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Senior Policy Specialist at The Good Food Institute

12:30 PM

Closing Remarks

12:30 PM

Networking Lounge Opens