DZ BANK Sustainability Day

29 September 2022

DZ BANK AG, Frankfurt

Time to network in person again! Make a note of our DZ BANK Sustainability Day 2022 on 29 September 2022 in Frankfurt am Main. Exchange views with other sustainable finance experts live on site about current trends and drivers in the sustainable capital market. 

We are just a little more than halfway into the year, but 2022 has already shown us that established certainties have to be reassessed. Rarely before has the term “turning point” been used as often as this year in international politics. The same applies to the global sustainability agenda and consequently, also to discussions about ESG. The past has taught us one thing for sure: Negative external shocks widen the sustainability financing gap. This makes it even more imperative to mobilize private capital and allocate it via capital markets into sustainable projects with positive impact. In this context, it is more important than ever to discuss the role of the sustainable finance market in addressing the pressing social and environmental challenges. 

Max Schrems

Data Protection Lawyer, Founder and chairman of noyb


Max Schrems, born 1987 in Salzburg, studied law in Vienna. He was exchange Student in Santa Clara University where he was confronted with Facebook's practices and started legal action against the company. In 2016 EU-US data transfer agreement "Safe Harbor" was invalidated by Court of Justice, as well as "Privacy Shield" in 2020 due to legal actions by Max Schrems. In 2017 he founded the privacy NGO noyb - European Center for Digital Rights which is committed to enforcing data protection laws, especially the GDPR.

Schedule

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Moderator: Manuel Adamini, Expert in climate finance

09:15 - 09:30
Opening Remarks

Souâd Benkredda, Member of the Boards of Managing Directors, DZ BANK AG

09:30 - 10:30
Panel Discussion: Transformation of the Mobility Sector
  • Claudia Hügel, Senior Director Group Strategy & ESG, Deutsche Lufthansa AG
  • Andreas Kusche, Capital Market Communication & Investor Relations ESG, Mercedes-Benz Group AG
  • Daniel Sailer, Head of Sustainable Investment Office, Metzler Asset Management
  • Robert Schneider, Senior Vice President Investor Relations, Deutsche Post DHL Group
  • Robert Allen Strehl, Head of Investor Relations und Sustainable Finance, Deutsche Bahn AG

10:30 - 10:45
Update Sustainable Bond Market

Marcus Pratsch, Head of Sustainable Bonds & Finance, DZ BANK

10:45 - 11:15
Coffee Break
11:15 - 12:15
Panel Discussion: How can the financial sector help to address current and future social challenges
  • Ralf Berninger, Head of Investor Relations & Sustainability, Société de Financement Local (SFIL)
  • Dr. Henrik Pontzen, Head of ESG, Union Investment
  • Anna Stawowy, Funding & Investor Relations, Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB)
  • Bodo Winkler-Viti, Head of Funding & Investor Relations, Berlin Hyp AG

12:15 - 12:45
Speech: Looking beyond the EU-horizon - Taxonomy-developments outside of Europe

Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

12:45 - 13:45
Lunch
13:45 - 14:30
Keynote Speech

Max Schrems, Data Protection Lawyer, Founder and chairman of noyb

14:30 - 15:00
Interview: Sustainable housing finance - Foundation for a green and affordable future

Luca Bertalot, Secretary General, European Mortgage Federation -European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC)

15:00 - 16:00
Panel Discussion: Impact is key - best reporting practices from the Sustainable Bond market
  • Helena Engnér Aili, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Swedish Export Credit Corporation (SEK)
  • Samuel Bretillot, Debt and Borrowing Officer, Région Île-de-France
  • Colleen E. Keenan, Senior Operations Officer (Capital Markets and Investments, Treasury), World Bank
  • Sturla Palsson, Director of Markets, Central Bank of Iceland
  • Aldo Romani, Head of Sustainability Funding, European Investment Bank

16:00 - 16:30
Coffee Break
16:30 - 17:30
Panel Discussion: How stock exchanges can successfully shape and develop the Sustainable Bond market
  • Sylvester Andersen, New Business Development European Markets, NASDAQ
  • Elena Chimonides, Senior Fixed Income Product Specialist, London Stock Exchange
  • Laetitia Hamon, Head of Sustainable Finance, Luxembourg Stock Exchange
  • Carsten Hiller, Head of Sales Continental Europe – FIC Derivatives & Repo Sales l Eurex Repo GmbH, Deutsche Börse Group
  • Silvia Stenitzer, Senior Manager Debt Listings, Vienna Stock Exchange

17:30 - 17:45
Closing Remarks

Marcus Pratsch, Head of Sustainable Bonds & Finance, DZ BANK

17:45 - 20:00
Networking

Speakers

Manuel Adamini
Conference Moderator

As an expert in climate finance, Manuel combines deep insight into climate-related (investment) risks and opportunities with a good overview of global and European politics. He is a frequent speaker and moderator and has contributed to numerous international and Dutch publications. Having an economics and investment management background.

Manuel works as senior responsible investment strategist at an asset management company. Before that, we worked at a London-based not-for-profit organisation, recognised as a global climate finance thought leader. Earlier in his career, he oversaw a Dutch asset manager’s responsible investment activities. He also served as an (alternate) member on the prestigious Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative’s (EITI) International Board, working against corruption in the oil, gas & mining sectors. Manuel started his career with bank-assurance company Fortis, where he initiated a global climate strategy.


Souâd Benkredda
Member of the Board of Managing Directors, DZ BANK AG

Souâd Benkredda joined the Board of Managing Directors of DZ BANK AG in September 2022, where she is responsible for Capital Markets - Institutional Clients and Retail Banking. She was previously Global Head of Strategic Investor Group Sales at Standard Chartered Bank, responsible for servicing an institutional clients segment globally. She started her career in 2001 in the Global Markets division of Deutsche Bank and held various management positions in different markets over the course of 16 years in Frankfurt, Dubai and London. Born in Frankfurt, Souâd Benkredda studied Business Administration in Frankfurt am Main and Paris, graduating with a "Diplom-Betriebswirtin" (MBA) and a "Maîtrise en Sciences de Gestion".

Sylvester Andersen
New Business Development European Markets, NASDAQ

Sylvester joined Nasdaq in Copenhagen in 2006, where he helped developing Nasdaq`s platform in Scandinavia as well as across Europe. Before joining Nasdaq, he was active for international companies such as Novo Nordisk, Bayer and the Royal Danish Embassy in Mexico.

Ralf Berninger
Head of Investor Relations & Sustainability, SFIL

Ralf Berninger is Head of Investor Relations & Sustainability at SFIL.

He holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of Bonn, and started his career as a fixed-income syndicate manager at WestLB. He subsequently held positions as senior Debt Capital Market originator at DZ BANK, Calyon (now Credit Agricole CIB), and as Head of Origination at Dexia Group before joining SFIL in 2013. He is a CFA charter holder.

Luca Bertalot
Secretary General of the European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC)

Luca Bertalot is Secretary General of the European Mortgage Federation - European Covered Bond Council (EMF-ECBC), representing the interests of EU mortgage lenders and the covered bond community. In his capacity as EMF-ECBC Secretary General, Luca is also Consortium Coordinator for the Energy Efficient Mortgages (EEM) Initiative. In addition, Luca is a member of the European Commission’s Sustainable Energy Investment (SEI) Forum’s Advisory Group and the Advisory Board of the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice’s Economics Department.

Luca joined the EMF-ECBC in 2006, becoming Head of the ECBC in 2007 and was appointed Secretary General in 2014. Prior to this, he worked as a financial analyst in Italy and Australia. Luca holds a degree in Economics and Financial Markets from the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. He also studied at the University of Mannheim, Germany, and at the Wharton School - University of Pennsylvania, in the United States.

Samuel Bretillot
Debt and Borrowing Officer, Région Île-de-France

Samuel Bretillot is Debt officer at Région Île-de-France, and particularly in charge of region’s green financing . He holds a Master’s degree in Public policies from the Paris PSL Dauphine University and a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Paris Panthéon Sorbonne University. He joined Région Île-de-France in 2021.

Elena Chimonides
Senior Fixed Income Product Specialist, London Stock Exchange

Elena is a Senior Fixed Income Product Specialist in LSE’s Primary Markets team, with a specific focus on product innovation and development across LSE’s fixed income markets. Since joining the Exchange in July 2016, Elena has worked on a number of initiatives such as the launch of the International Securities Market in 2017 and more recently the expansion of LSE’s green bond segment into the Sustainable Bond Market. Elena has previous experience of debt capital markets origination, an area she worked in for 5 years, and has extensive experience helping companies raise financing through the capital markets in a variety of currencies and structures.

Helena Engnér Aili
Senior Sustainability Analyst, Swedish Export Credit Corporation (SEK)

Helena Engnér Aili works as sustainability analyst at Swedish Export Credit Corporation and particularly with impact reporting of the green and social portfolio. She has a background in financial reporting as well as internal control over financial reporting in the financial sector. Helena joined SEK in 2010 and has previous experience from several Nordic asset management firm as well as a management consultant. Helena has a degree in business administration.

Laetitia Hamon
Head of Sustainable Finance at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Laetitia Hamon has been Head of Sustainable Finance at the Luxembourg Stock Exchange (LuxSE) since July 2020. She is responsible for the exchange’s sustainable finance strategy and related projects, and leads the expert team at LuxSE’s UN-awarded platform for sustainable finance, the Luxembourg Green Exchange (LGX).  

As a pioneer in sustainable finance, Laetitia started her career as an ESG analyst for an extra-financial rating agency in 2008. Passionate about the topic, Laetitia decided to dedicate her career to sustainable finance and has built in-depth expertise on the matter for the past 14 years. After gaining experience from the investment fund industry through different positions at Thomson Reuters and ALFI – the Association of the Luxembourg Fund Industry, she spent 8 years managing and then leading the Sustainable Finance audit and advisory practice at KPMG in Luxembourg.  

Laetitia was part of the World Federation of Exchange (WFE) Women Leaders for 2022, which aims to shine the postlight on some of the talended and gifted women in the capital markets’ industry globally. 

Laetitia has a Master’s degree in International Management from the Institut Supérieur Européen de Gestion (ISEG) and a Master’s degree in Corporate Social Responsibility from Ecole Supérieure des Affaires, Paris XII. 


Carsten Hiller
Head of Fixed Income Derivatives, FX and Repo Sales for Continental Europe at Eurex

Carsten Hiller is Head of Fixed Income Derivatives, FX and Repo Sales for Continental Europe at Eurex. In this role, he is responsible for repo, OTC and listed derivatives for both, trading and clearing, with focus on the further development and growth of Eurex’s fixed income & FX products.

Furthermore Carsten has a leading role within the Eurex Repo Partnership Program and played an active role in the launch of the Eurex ESG related repo products. 

Since January 2022, he has been a member and Vice-Chair of the newly created ICMA Repo & Sustainability Taskforce.

Before taking on his current role in 2018, Carsten had different senior roles in sales and trading at HSBC, Clearstream and Dresdner Bank/Dresdner Kleinwort, with more than 20 years experience in the Securities Financing / Repo industry.

Carsten holds a Master’s degree in Business & Finance from the Frankfurt School of Finance.

Claudia Hügel
Senior Director Group Strategy & ESG, Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Claudia Hügel has been responsible for group-wide sustainability / ESG reporting and rating at Lufthansa Group for 4 years, so she deals currently with the legal requirements such as the non-financial declaration and currently the CSRD and EU taxonomy but also with the strategic aspects of ESG. Therefore Claudia Hügel is the interface in particular towards investor relations and the rating agencies as well as other functional interfaces such as corporate finance, risk management but also corporate governance, procurement and human ressources. Claudia Hügel has been working at Lufthansa in various management positions since 2001. She was responsible for the global sales strategy and sales steering at headquarters, moved for 5 years to Singapore for the operational implementation of the sales strategy in parts of Asia including Oceania. After returning from Asia, Claudia Hügel was responsible for establishing lean management as an approach to agile working processes and the set up of a group-wide process academy. After studying business administration in Munich, Ms. Hügel worked as a project manager at Roland Berger, Global Consultancy.

Colleen Keenan
Senior Financial Officer, Capital Markets and Investments, World Bank Treasury

Colleen Keenan is a senior financial officer in the Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance team at the World Bank Treasury. She is responsible for outreach on the issuance programs of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association. She led the development of IBRD’s Sustainable Development Bond framework and inaugural impact report covering all bond issuance. She works with the socially responsible and impact investing community and other market stakeholders to promote sustainable capital markets and represents the World Bank on the executive committee of the Green, Social, and Sustainability Bond Principles.  

Before joining the World Bank, Colleen worked in microfinance and at international organizations focused on poverty alleviation and advocacy. She also worked at Morgan Stanley Investment Management in New York, where she focused on client services and marketing for institutional international equity and global asset allocation products. She holds an M.A. in Economics and International Development from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Sean Kidney
CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Sean Kidney is CEO of the Climate Bonds Initiative, an international NGO, working to mobilize global capital for climate action. Projects include a green bond definitions and certification scheme with $34 trillion of assets represented on its Board; working with the Chinese central bank on how to grow green bonds in China; market development programs in Brazil, Mexico, ASEAN and Africa; and market tracking services for the green bonds industry. He is a member of the European Commission's Platform on Sustainable Finance, and was a member of its predecessors, the 2017 EU High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance and the EU Technical Expert Group on Sustainable Finance. He is also a member of green finance committees in China, India, Mexico and Kazakhstan. Sean is also a Professor in Practice at SOAS University of London.

Andreas Kusche
Andreas Kusche, Capital Market Communication & Investor Relations ESG, Mercedes-Benz Group AG

Andreas Kusche is Investor Relations Manager and ESG expert at the Mercedes-Benz Group AG. Here he is responsible for capital market communications concerning the ESG factors. He has a degree in engineering management. Andreas Kusche joined the Mercedes-Benz Group AG in 2006 and has worked in his current position since 2019.

Sturla Palsson
Director of Markets, Central Bank of Iceland

Mr. Sturla Palsson joined the Central Bank of Iceland (CBI) in 2001. He took over as Director of Market Operations in 2005. His responsibilities include domestic market operations, foreign reserves management and sovereign debt management as an agent for the Ministry of Finance and Economics.

During his time at the CBI, Sturla has been actively involved in monetary policy implementation, in reorganizing the framework around management of the currency reserves and government debt including the introduction of ESG principles in line with rapidly evolving best practice guidelines.

Dr. Henrik Pontzen
Head of ESG, Union Investment

Dr Henrik Pontzen has been responsible for the ESG department in portfolio management at Union Investment since January 2019.

He previously worked at HSBC in a variety of functions. As Head of the Institutional Client Group, he was responsible for the cross-product and global support of German asset managers. 

Beforehand, Henrik supported insurance companies and asset managers in HSBC’s custodian business as Head of Custody Sales. Prior to that, he was Head of Business Risk Control Management in Germany and seven additional European countries. He began his career as a management consultant in the financial industry for the company Capco.

Marcus Pratsch
Head of Sustainable Bonds & Finance, DZ BANK

Marcus Pratsch has more than 17 years of experience in sustainable finance and is currently working as head of Sustainable Bonds & Finance at DZ BANK AG in Germany. In this role, he worked on numerous successful Sustainable Bond transactions for global issuers. Marcus is also a member of the Advisory Council of the OMFIF Sustainable Policy Institute (OMFIF SPI). He joined the finance industry in 1996 and has worked for several banks in Germany and abroad. He joined DZ BANK in 2006 and developed the bank's sustainable investment research strategy as Head of Sustainable Investment Research. In 2011, he introduced DZ BANK's EESG rating - the bank's own integrated SRI rating and analysis methodology that goes beyond the classical ESG approach by integrating the economic dimension of sustainability. Furthermore, Marcus has successfully advanced the integration of sustainability criteria into the valuation process of various asset classes enabling the bank to extend its portfolio of sustainable products and services around the globe.


Aldo Romani
Head of Sustainability Funding, European Investment Bank

A graduate in monetary and financial economics of Bocconi University, Milan, Aldo started his career at Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt, and subsequently joined EIB, the largest multilateral issuer, as assistant to the Deputy Director General of Finance and then as Deputy Head of Funding, Euro. He began to integrate social responsibility into EIB’s funding strategy in 2007, shaping EIB’s first Climate Awareness Bond, the world’s first green bond. He structured the upgrade of CAB-administration in 2014, coordinated the IFI- and GBP- working groups on green bond impact reporting harmonization in 2015 and 2016, managed KPMG’s first CAB-audit (reasonable assurance) in 2016. In 2017-18, he coordinated the EIB-team that co-authored two White Papers on the Need for a Common Language in Green Finance with the China Green Finance Committee. These documents supported EIB’s proposals on taxonomy and green bond standard in EC’s High-Level and Technical Expert Groups (where Aldo was member of the subgroup on EU Green Bond Standard) as well as within the Green Bond Principles (where Aldo chaired the working group on Green Projects Eligibility in 2018/19). The Sustainability Funding team was created in 2018 following the announcement of the EU Action Plan on Financing Sustainable Growth. In the same year, the team launched EIB’s first Sustainability Awareness Bond, extending the CAB-approach from Climate Change Mitigation to other areas of environmental and social sustainability. Under Aldo’s impulse EIB has been the first issuer (2018) to tune the documentation of its Sustainability Funding instruments to the EU Taxonomy Regulation which entered into force in July 2020.

Daniel Sailer
Head of Sustainable Investment Office, Metzler Asset Management

Daniel Sailer, CESGA, joined Metzler Asset Management in 2019 and heads the Sustainable Investment Office. Mr. Sailer develops, coordinates and ensures the implementation and execution of Metzler Asset Management's holistic ESG strategy. Prior to joining Metzler, he spent nine years at MSCI Inc. in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. From 2014 to 2019, he was responsible for expanding ESG research in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and CEE - most recently in a leadership position. From 2004 to 2010, he worked for Landesbank Baden-Württemberg while studying part-time at the State University Baden-Wuerttemberg Mosbach and the Open University of London. Mr. Sailer holds a master’s degree (German Diplom-Betriebswirt [BA]) and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration.

Robert Schneider
Senior Vice President Investor Relations, Deutsche Post DHL Group

Robert Schneider joined Deutsche Post DHL Group in 2011.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Namur, and started his career at Banque Générale du Luxembourg.

Max Schrems
Data Protection Lawyer, Founder and chairman of noyb

Max Schrems, born 1987 in Salzburg, studied law in Vienna. He was exchange Student in Santa Clara University where he was confronted with Facebook's practices and started legal action against the company. In 2016 EU-US data transfer agreement "Safe Harbor" was invalidated by Court of Justice, as well as "Privacy Shield" in 2020 due to legal actions by Max Schrems. In 2017 he founded the privacy NGO noyb - European Center for Digital Rights which is committed to enforcing data protection laws, especially the GDPR.

Anna Stawowy
Funding & Investor Relations, Deutsche Kreditbank AG (DKB)

Anna Stawowy has been working for Deutsche Kreditbank (DKB) since 2012 in various functions. Until 2018, she worked as a product manager for municipal clients and was responsible for the analysis and co-design of the strategic orientation and further development of the municipal lending business. In the same year, she joined DKB’s Treasury department, where she is responsible for the sustainable refinancing activities and investor relations until now. In this function she played a key role in the development of the Social Bond programme in 2018 and the further progress of DKB’s Green Bond Programme in 2020 which was firstly established in 2015 and complies with the current drafts of the EU GBS and the EU Taxonomy. Anna Stawowy represents DKB in various national and international committees, including the ICMA Green and Social Bond Principles, whose further development DKB actively helps to shape and support.

Silvia Stenitzer
Senior Manager Debt Listings, Vienna Stock Exchange

Silvia Stenitzer joined the Vienna Stock Exchange in 2017 as Senior Manager Debt Listings with 15 years of experience in capital markets and corporate banking. She has been responsible for the launch of the Vienna ESG Segment in 2018 and since that has welcomed numerous green- and social bond issuers at the exchange. In addition to various lectures on Green Finance and Sustainable Investing, she is the author of several press articles and also contributed to the management book series Corporate Social Responsibility. She graduated from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration with a degree in International Business Administration, specializing in International Finance and Innovation & Entrepreneurship.

Robert Allen Strehl
Head of Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance, Deutsche Bahn AG

Robert Allen Strehl has been head of the Investor Relations department of Deutsche Bahn AG since October 1, 2009. Since March 1, 2021 he is Head of Investor Relations and Sustainable Finance.

He started his business career at Deutsche Bahn AG in 2001 as part of the Investor Relations team.

Robert Allen Strehl was born in Berlin in 1976. After graduation from high school, he studied business administration at the Technical University of Berlin graduating with a German business administration degree in 2001, similar to MBA.

Bodo Winkler-Viti
Head of Funding & Investor Relations, Berlin Hyp AG

Bodo is Head of Funding & Investor Relations at Berlin Hyp AG in Berlin and is responsible for the bank’s long term funding, its relations to investors and also to rating agencies. In addition he looks after Berlin Hyp’s activities in Green Bonds, Social Bonds and Sustainability-Linked Bonds.

 

Before joining Berlin Hyp in 2010 he worked as a division manager at the Association of German Pfandbrief Banks (vdp) responsible for Pfandbrief and capital markets issues. Prior to joining the vdp in 2004 Bodo was an asset manager with Deutsche Kreditbank AG where he was in charge of the bank’s fixed income portfolio. After starting his career at GrundkreditBank, Berlin in 1994 he worked as a money market trader at Berliner Volksbank.

Location

DZ BANK AG

Platz der Republik
60325 Frankfurt am Main


  • Please use the entrance north via Erlenstraße.
  • Public parking garage: „Westend“ in Savignystrasse
  • public transport: less than 5 minutes walk from the main station, Tram: Platz der Republik, Tram, Bus: Hohenstaufenstraße

Contact

Should you require any further assistance please contact us:


Marcus Pratsch, Head of Sustainable Bonds & Finance, +49 69 7447-1582, marcus.pratsch@dzbank.de

Johannes Trautwein, ESG Originator, +49 7447-52669, johannes.trautwein@dzbank.de

David Marques Pereira, ESG Originator, +49 7447-52463, david.marques.pereira@dzbank.de

Tim Buchholz, ESG Originator, +49 7447-51132, tim.buchholz@dzbank.de

Bianca Schnieder, ESG Originator, +49 7447-51134, bianca.schnieder@dzbank.de


Samira Schindler, Event Management, +49 69 7447-6010, samira.schindler@dzbank.de