Programme // Timetable

Day 0ne
2018-09-10
Main Event
Day Two
2018-09-11
Main Event
08:00 - 08:10
Welcome Address

Dr. Renosi Mokate
Chairperson, GEPF

 

Marcelo Giulgale
Director, Financial Advisory and Banking Dept, World Bank Treasury

08:10 - 09:10
10 Years after the Global Financial Crisis

The Global Financial Crisis in 2008 had a profound impact on the developing and developed world. 10 Years on we take stock of how we reacted regionally and globally, noting the lessons learnt and asking the question are we better prepared for such an occurrence in the future.

 

Panelists:

 

Dr Azar Jammine
Director and Chief Economist, Econometrix

Marcelo Giugale
Director, Financial Advisory and Banking Dept, World
Bank Treasury

Chris Holdsworth
Strategist and Head Research, Investec

Mohammed Nalla
Economist, Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

 

Moderator:

 

Bruce Whitfield
Financial Journalist & Radio and television host

09:10 - 09:30
Q & A Session
09:30 - 10:00
Networking break/Refreshments
10:00 - 11:00
Key Note Address

Mr Nhlanhla Nene – Minister of Finance – South Africa

 

Theme: The current economic environment and the challenges it possesses

11:00 - 12:00
Trends in Asset Allocation and Investment Strategy

Trends in asset allocation and investment strategy in the context of the current
macro environment.

 

Panelists:

 

Gabriel Petre
Lead Investment Strategist, World Bank Treasury

Linda Mateza
Head of Investments and Actuarial Services, GEPF

Sholto Dolamo
Executive Head: Research and project development,
Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

Richard Byrugaba
CEO, NSSF Uganda

 

Moderator:

 

Bruce Whitfield
Financial Journalist & Radio and television host

12:00 - 12:20
Q & A Session
12:20 - 13:20
Lunch
13:20 - 14:20
The Role of Members and Civil Society

Is shareholder activism a requirement in ensuring the interests of pension fund
members and society a priority in the minds of those we trust with our funds. Is it
time to legislate to ensure shareholder participation in Pension Funds? Who are
the Pension Fund Trustees of the future?

 

Panelists:

 

Muvhango Lukhaimane
Pension Fund Adjudicator (PFA)

Jan Mahlangu
Retirement- Fund co- ordinator, COSATU

Isaac Ramputa
CEO, Financial Sector Charter Council

Dave Unduanu
Chairman, African Pension Fund Network

 

Moderator:

 

Bruce Whitfield
Financial Journalist & Radio and television host

14:20 - 14:45
Q & A Session
14:45 - 15:45
Investing for Developmental Impact

What are the issues and challenges faced by Pension Funds when investing in Africa in particular the stimulation of infrastructure and developmental programmes? Is there a place for Development Agencies collaborating with Pension Funds?

 

Panelists:

 

David Ashiagbor
Heads of Making Finance Work for Africa (MFW4A), African Development Bank

Daniela Klingebiel
Manager, Reserves Advisory and Management Program, World Bank Treasury

Fulu Makwetla
Principal, Third Way Investment Partners

Aymeric Saha
MD, MiDA

Dr. Daniel Matjila
CEO, Public Investment Corporation (PIC)

 

Moderator:

 

Bruce Whitfield
Financial Journalist & Radio and television host

15:45 - 16:05
Q & A Session
16:05 - 16:20
Recap of The Day

Bruce Whitfield
Financial Journalist & Radio and television host

19:00
Conference Close and GEPF Conference Gala Dinner
08:00 - 08:20
Key Note Address

Dr. Renosi Mokate
Chairperson, Government Employees Pension Fund
 
Topic: Stimulating the South African Economy

08:20 - 09:20
ESG in Fund Management: Investing as if Tomorrow Matters

Integrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and ESG in Pension Fund Investing – Investing as if tomorrow matters:

  • In the world of investment banking and fund management, incentives is key driver but does it come at a cost of ensuring ethical leadership.
  • Is there a place for environmental, social and governance considerations when Pension Funds  invest?
  • Are moral and ethical considerations a factor in the investment world?
  • How are Pension Funds investing in line with the SDGs?
  • How and whether to report on impact of the investment portfolio?

 

Panelists:

 

Adrian Bertrand
Six Capital

Linda Mateza
Head of Investments and Actuarial Services, GEPF

Nicole Martens
Head Africa and Middle East – UNPRI

Fabiana Fedeli
Managing Director and Global Head of Fundamental
Equity, Robeco

 

Moderator:

 

Lerato Mbele-Roberts
Presenter for BBC World News and Africa Business Report

09:20 - 09:45
Q & A Session
09:45 - 10:05
Networking Break/ Refreshments
10:05 - 10:25
Case Study: World Bank Pension

John Gandolfo- Director and Chief Investment Officer
Pension and Endowments Department, World Bank Treasury

 

“The case study will discuss the Staff Retirement Plan and Trust (the “Plan”) of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (“IBRD” or “World Bank”). The Plan is a contributory defined benefit pension plan and serves approximately 26,100 current and deferred beneficiaries. The case study will discuss the Plan’s financial management, including governance and key Plan policies pertaining to funding, asset liability management and risk tolerance, investment management and risk management. It will also discuss the integration of ESG criteria into investment decisions, responsible ownership, and communication and outreach with Plan beneficiaries and stakeholders.”

10:25 - 11:25
Governance

Appropriate governance structures with transparency, well-defined accountabilities, policies and procedures. How is the role of the Board evolving? Framework for the selection and operation of governing bodies. Delegation of decision-making in investment policy making, implementation and monitoring.

 

Panelists:

 

David Nuyoma
Chairman of the Namibian Stock Exchange and CEO of the
Government Institutions Pensions Fund Namibia

Abel Sithole
Principal Executive Officer (PEO), GEPF

Stadi Mngomezulu
Deputy Director General Corporate Services, National Treasury and GEPF Trustee

Moderator:

 

Lerato Mbele-Roberts
Presenter for BBC World News and Africa Business Report

11:25 - 12:00
Q & A Session
12:00 - 13:00
Lunch
13:00 - 14:00
Scenario Gazing- Current and Future Perspectives

Understanding the social, economic, environmental and political environment in South Africa and Africa/Rest of the World and its implications for Pension Funds. Demographic shifts, ageing populations and impact on pension funds. Impact of technology, urbanization and access to information on the way people live, interact and behave economically and what that means for institutional investors.

 

Panelists:

Themba Gamedze
Trustee, Government Employees Pension Fund
(GEPF)

Fiona Stewart
Lead Financial Sector Specialist, World Bank

Dr Thabi Leoka
Economist

 

Moderator:

Lerato Mbele-Roberts
Presenter for BBC World News and Africa Business Report

14:00 - 14:30
Q & A Session
14:30 - 15:00
Recap of the Day and Closing

Lerato Mbele-Roberts
Presenter for BBC World News and Africa Business Report

15:00 - 15:30
Closing Remarks

Mr. Abel Sithole,
Principal Executive Officer, GEPF

15:30
Departure

Conference Closing

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