PRI-NUS Asia-Pacific RI Forum


The Principles for Responsible Investment, National University of Singapore (NUS) and CFA Singapore, have the pleasure to invite you to this year’s Asia-Pacific Forum: Investing for sustainable and long-term returns in the Asia-Pacific Region

Time & Location

20 November 2013 from 13.30

NUSS – The Graduate Club Guild House, Cluny and Dalvey Hall, National University of Singapore 9 Kent Drive, Singapore, 119241

The Forum will be a stimulating international gathering of RI specialists and those interested in the future of responsible investment in the Asia-Pacific region.

The aims of the event are:

  • To bring academics and practitioners together in a networking event which showcases some of the latest research in responsible investment.
  • To hear from eminent global and regional speakers
  • To benefit from RI research and strategies which can have a positive impact your business


  • Signatories, PRI members and speakers (complimentary)
  • NUS Academic, PhD students, invited guests (complimentary)
  • CFA Singapore Members – S$30 inclusive of GST
  • General Public – S$50 inclusive of GST

Register here


*DRAFT PROGRAM – SUBJECT TO CHANGE – updated 31 Oct 2013

13.30 – 14.15 Registration (45 min)
14.15 – 14.20

Welcome from NUS

Prof Swee Sum Lam

14.20 – 14.35

Welcome from PRI

Dr James Gifford

14.35 – 15.20

Keynote Presentation:

Prof Peter Clarkson (University of Queensland)

Financial and capital market implications of a firm’s environmental performance (in the Asia Pacific Context)

Practitioner Commentary – Mr, Lutfey Siddiqi, Board Member, CFA Singapore

Chair: Dr James Gifford

15.20 – 15.40

Signatory presentation:

Mr Sashi Reddy, Portfolio Manager, First State Stewart

The challenges and opportunities for responsible investment in an increasingly global world

Chair: Dr James Gifford

15.30 – 16.10

Academic paper presentation:

Dr Weina Zhang, National University of Singapore

The Mispriced Greys: mispricing in the socially ambiguous stocks

Practitioner Commentary: Ms Jungho Park, Analyst, Sustainalytics

Chair: Ms Anna Young

16.10 – 16.30

Afternoon tea (20min)

16.30 – 17.00

Academic paper presentation:

Prof Wu Jing, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Economic returns to residential green building investment: the developers’ perspective

Practitioner Commentary: 

Mr Ben McCarron, Managing Director, Asia Research and Engagement

Chair: Ms Anna Young

17.00 – 17.20

Practitioner presentation: 

Ms Lauren Smart, Executive Director, Trucost

The greening of higher education’s academic agenda: teaching and research on corporate sustainability and natural capital

Chair: Dr Robert Harding

17.20 – 17.40

Practitioner presentation:

Mr Matthew Kasdin, General Counsel, Impact Investment Exchange Asia

Impact investment in the Asian context

Chair: Dr Robert Harding

17.40 – 18.15

Structured roundtable discussion for all attendees:

Future research directions, collaboration opportunities and growing the regional network

Chairs: Dr James Gifford, Dr Robert Harding and Ms Anna Young

18.15 – 18.30 Short break (15min)
18.30 – 20:30

Dinner hosted by NUS

20.30 Close