The Agenda is subject to change.

Monday, 26 November 2018


Chair’s Opening Comments

Conference Chair: Rosanna Lockwood, Broadcast Journalist and Presenter


Welcome Remarks

CFA Society France Representative


Session I: Risky Business: Daring to Predict Political Outcomes

  • The past and the future of the political risk consulting industry
  • How to make more accurate forecasts?
  • How to evaluate political risk analysis?

Speaker: John Hulsman, President, John C. Hulsman Enterprises


Session II: Asset Owners in the Changing Investment Landscape

  • The benefits and drawbacks of insourcing asset management
  • What kind of impact are new regulations, such as MiFID II, having on asset owners?
  • How are asset owners incorporating sustainable investment strategies in their portfolios?

Moderator: Gary Baker, CFA, Managing Director, EMEA, CFA Institute

Kati Eriksson, CFA, Head of Investments, Aalto University Endowment

Hamza Khushaim, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, International Investments, Hassana Investment Company

Elena Manola-Bonthond, Chief Investment Officer, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research)


Coffee Break


Session IV: Taking Stock of the European Capital Markets

  • Action plan on sustainable finance
  • Banking Union and Capital Markets Union
  • The impact of Brexit on European capital markets
  • The implementation of MiFID II

Moderator: Josina Kamerling, Head of Regulatory Outreach, EMEA, CFA Institute

Speaker: Ugo Bassi, Director, Financial Market, European Commission, DG Financial Stability, Financial and Capital Markets Union


Transition Break

Workshop Streams

These sessions will run concurrently on Monday from 12:10 to 13:00 and will repeat from 14:10 to 15:00.


Stream 1: Green Bonds for Investors

This workshop will provide tools for investors to analyze green bonds. The participants will learn about

  • trends in the green bonds market,
  • the drivers of investor demand, and
  • technical aspects of evaluating green bonds.

Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative

Doris Kramer, Head of Investment Strategies, Sustainability, KfW


Stream 2: Applications for Machine Learning in the Design of Financial Products

This workshop will demonstrate some best practices for building teams with the skills to incorporate artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) in the development of financial products. The participants will learn

  • when should AI/ML be deployed in financial services,
  • how should data science teams be managed to maximize effectiveness, and
  • how should quant teams partner with IT to deliver investor-focused products.

Speaker: Lee Davidson, CFA, Head of Quantitative Research, Morningstar


Stream 3: Wisdom of the Crowds in Action

This workshop will provide a chance to participate in a live experiment to understand how to improve our group decisions. The participants will learn

  • how to optimize collective intelligence,
  • how to build consensus when there seem to be unsolvable discrepancies, and
  • how to reveal biases that govern our decisions.

Speaker: Mariano Sigman, Neuroscientist, Author, and Professor, Business School of Universidad di Tella




Session V: Preparing Asset Management for the Future

  • Adjusting to robo-advisors
  • The shift from active to passive management
  • Rising interest rates, volatility, and their effects on investment strategies
  • The future transformation of asset management jobs

Moderator: Rebecca Fender, CFA, Head, Future of Finance, CFA Institute

Naïm Abou-Jaoudé, CEO, Candriam Investors Group; Chairman, New York Life Investment Management International

Pascal Blanqué, Group Chief Investment Officer, Amundi

Marie E. Dzanis, Head of EMEA and CEO, Northern Trust Global Investments

Louis-Vincent Gave, Founding Partner and CEO, Gavekal


Session VI: The Value of Everything

  • Distinguishing between value creation and value extraction
  • Where does true value come from?
  • Why is money a poor indicator of value?
  • How to create an economic and social order that promotes value creation

Speaker: Mariana Mazzucato, Chair in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value, University College London (UCL); Founder and Director, The UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Evening Reception

Tuesday, 27 November 2018


Chair’s Opening Comments

Conference Chair: Rosanna Lockwood, Broadcast Journalist and Presenter


Session VII: The Prize—and the Price—of Whistleblowing

  • What does it take to become a whistleblower?
  • How can legislation help protect employees who report wrongdoing?
  • How does whistleblowing affect career opportunities and personal lives?

Moderator: Josina Kamerling, Head of Regulatory Outreach, EMEA, CFA Institute

Speaker: Stephanie Gibaud, Author and UBS Whistleblower


Transition Break

Workshop Streams

These sessions will run concurrently on Tuesday from 09:55 to 10:45 and will repeat from 11:15 to 12:05.


Stream 1: You vs. a Pension Fund: Compare Your ESG Solutions

In this workshop, the participants will create a plan for incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations into the investment process of a pension fund and compare it with the real-life approach the company took. The participants will learn

  • which steps to consider before and during the integration of ESG factors into an existing investment process,
  • pitfalls to avoid, and
  • hurdles to overcome in an organization.

Speaker: Joachim Klement, CFA, Head of Investment Research, Fidante Partners


Stream 2: Data from AI to Z

This workshop will give background on the technological advances that led to currently available artificial intelligence/machine learning (AI/ML) technologies, and it will demonstrate AI solutions used in the financial industry. The participants will learn about

  • the technical breakthroughs that are changing the world of finance and beyond,
  • what artificial intelligence can and cannot do when it comes to data processing, and
  • how machines are changing the jobs of human analysts.

Speaker: Fabian Astic, Managing Director, Analytic and Technology Solutions, Moody’s Investors Service


Stream 3: A Different Kind of Stress Test

The workshop will teach how to identify signs of compromised performance in financial decision making. The participants will learn

  • how to manipulate uncertainty tolerance,
  • how mindset shapes investment strategy, and
  • key strategies for avoiding burnout.

Speaker: Mithu Storoni, Physician, Stress Management Consultant, and Author of Stress-Proof


Transition Break


Session VIII: Globalization in an Increasingly Fractured World

  • Free trade, financial infrastructure, and the consequences of wealth inequality
  • Exploring drivers of populism
  • Is the global economic system broken?

Lajos Bokros, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Central European University; Former Minister of Finance of Hungary; Former Managing Director of the National Bank of Hungary

Bernard Cazeneuve, Lawyer, August Debouzy; Former Prime Minister of France and Minister of the Interior

Mark Malloch‐Brown, Senior Advisor, Eurasia Group; Former Deputy Secretary-General and Chief of Staff, UN

Marko Papic, Chief Geopolitical Strategist and Senior Vice President, BCA Research


Closing Remarks

Speaker: Gary Baker, CFA, Managing Director, EMEA, CFA Institute