British Romanian Chamber of Commerce, together with the Romanian Embassy in London is organizing on the 7th of June 2023 a conference on ESG and Sustainable actions from the private sector. The event will be taking place at the Romanian Cultural Institute and will be followed by a networking session.
About the conference:
It is 2023 and climate change has transcended its status as a purely scientific concern and has now become an undeniable reality,
To address the urgent need for climate action and environmental sustainability, it is essential for all actors in the public and private sectors, as well as civil society, to work together in a coordinated manner and develop an action plan.
A successful corporate strategy in today’s world must incorporate sustainability, requiring the integration of ESG standards and proactive climate action. This could involve initiatives aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, diversifying energy supply with renewable resources and CCS technologies, and developing recycling programs.
The transition towards a circular economy and climate neutrality that is both equitable and sustainable will require a joint effort between civil society and businesses, with compliance to policies and conditions imposed by the state. A lot of companies are following this trend and integrate their ESG strategies. Join our conference to find out what they are doing in 2023!
- 12:00-12:30 – Registration of the participants and welcome coffee
- 12.30-12.45 – Opening remarks by the BRCC and the Romanian Embassy
- 12.45-13:45 – Panel discussion and Q & A
- 13:45-14:00 – Closing remarks
- 14.00-15.00 – Networking
Neil McGregor is the managing partner of McGregor & Partners SCA, the law firm in Romania and Bulgaria which is associated with the international firm Stephenson Harwood. He is a British commercial solicitor who has worked in Romania and its neighbouring countries since 1996. He is a member of the Bucharest Bar and is also a registered foreign lawyer in Bulgaria.
He is an experienced, practical and entrepreneurial British commercial lawyer based in the Balkans, with wide experience of identifying risks, effective problem-solving and of helping international clients to do successful business in emerging markets with local teams and business partners.
In addition, Neil has also served as an independent non-executive director of Purcari Wineries Plc since its shares were listed on the Bucharest Stock Exchange in 2018. He chairs the Nomination, remuneration & corporate governance committee of the Purcari board of directors and also sits on the Audit committee.
Having a strategic and solution-oriented approach to risk management, Bogdan works with organisations to integrate ESG & climate-related risks into strategy. By translating sustainability strategies in practice, Bogdan helps large companies to improve their operational resilience and ESG & climate data disclosure in accordance with current regulations and sector best practice. Bogdan has an extensive expertise in management consulting, risk management and sustainability strategy, gained in over 20 years of international practice in the UK, Spain, Austria and Romania, in energy, tourism, insurance and banking sector. He is a member of the Institute for Risk Management (IRM) in London, has an international degree in Risk Management and has completed an MBA program at the International Institute of Management in Paris. He is also vice-president of Climate Change Special Interest Group (SIG) of IRM London an co- published in September 2021 the first IRM climate risk management guide designed to support boards of directors and risk managers in all sectors of activity.
Martin has worked in the risk management profession for over 30 years for some of the leading global insurance and risk consulting firms including Swiss Re; AIG, Enstar Group and within risk consulting practices of Marsh, Aon and Willis.
He is currently Chair of the Institute of Risk Management’s Climate Change Committee. He has also taught Enterprise Risk management at Georgetown University in Doha and in has recently designed a course in collaboration with Cambridge University in ESG risk management.
In 2022 he published his “Climate Change Enterprise Risk Management A practical guide to reaching net zero goals” for a leading global publisher Kogan Page that was endorsed by the Institute of Risk Management.
Emanuela is Founder & CEO of All Street Sevva, a leading provider of generative AI and natural language processing for some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Emanuela has led the development of state of the art AI automation products and services across multiple domains including investment research, sustainability assessment and cognitive process automation. Prior to founding All Street, Emanuela had leadership roles in a number of blue-chip financial institutions including Dimensional Fund Advisors, UniCredit, ABN Amro and Citigroup. She is a Fellow of the Finance Innovation Lab and an Executive Coach supporting positive disrupters, particularly women, in finance. Born and raised in a small village in communist Romania, she actively contributed to the development of the new open society after the revolution. Emanuela holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.
Duncan Sanders – Environmental and Property Professional
Duncan is an environmental and property professional specialising in the re-development of contaminated (brownfield) land with 30 years experience. He has worked for international consulting and contracting firms in Europe, N. America, Middle East and Africa throughout his career.
An Msc qualified and SiLC accredited contaminant hydrogeologist, Duncan has worked on remediation projects for oil companies, developers, contractors and utility companies helping to solve problems relating to chlorinated solvents, metals , hydrocarbons, Japanese knotweed and more recently PFAS.
As Director for England in the ATG Group he manages a team with projects ranging in scale and complexity from oil spills to regional redevelopment. He is also the lead for PFAS remediation within the Group and is currently involved in a number of major projects with this challenging emerging contaminant.
He regularly takes part in expert panels and conferences and recently presented a seminar on Sustainable Remediation at the National Brownfield Institute in Wolverhampton.