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Presenters

Gina Miller:

Co-Founder, SCM Direct

Gina Miller: Co-Founder, SCM Direct

Gina Miller is a prominent businesswoman, a passionate philanthropist and responsible capitalist who has campaigned in the areas of investment and pension reform, political transparency and scrutiny, modern day slavery, social justice and the charity sector.

Bloomberg described Gina as an ‘Establishment Wrecking Ball’ but her drive for transparency, scrutiny and integrity is about reform, not wrecking. Her expertise and areas of work cover investments, charities, democracy and political processes; as well as social justice. As a passionate believer in responsible capitalism, Miller believes we all have a civic duty to be actively engaged in challenging contemporary issues facing businesses, politics and wider society.

Post financial crisis, Gina Miller and her husband Alan founded SCM Direct as a modern disruptive digital wealth management company centered on 100% transparency, low cost and investing with ethics. In 2012 Miller launched a transparency initiative, the True and Fair Campaign, calling for an end to rip offs and dubious practices in the UK investment and pension industry, as well as a Code of Ethics. Miller’s work through this campaign has resulted in contributions to three EU Directives which have resulted in over 500m consumers across Europe benefitting from enhanced consumer protection from 2018.

Through her philanthropic work, Miller supports dynamic small community charities and works with donors on smarter giving so that their donations achieve maximum impact. She has also been a strident voice calling for reform as well as calling out poor practices, lack of transparency, lack of safeguarding and financial scrutiny in the Third Sector.

In 2016, Gina Miller successfully challenged the Government over its authority to implement Brexit, winning in both the High Court and Supreme Court. In 2018 Gina continues a ‘democracy and legality’ watching brief of the UK Government’s activities, including challenging the legality of the £1 billion payment to Northern Ireland for the 10 DUP votes, and the power grab within the EU Withdrawal Bill.

As an ambassador for the Desmond Tutu foundation, Gina was a featured speaker at the third annual ‘Desmond Tutu International Peace Summit’ in London in April, 2018. The summit explored topics including international peace and security, South Africa in this year of Nelson Mandela’s Centenary, rebuilding Syria and the Oslo Agreement, 25 years on. Miller is also a regular contributor to topical news programmes and in recent months has appeared on Radio 4’s Any Questions and BBC Question Time, BBC Newsnight, Sky News, CNBC, Bloomberg TV and BBC World Service.

Gina’s revolutionary new book Rise was launched at the Edinburgh Festival in August 2018. It is an extraordinary account of what it means to stand up for justice, and for yourself, no matter the cost.

Kwasi Affum:

Vice President of Regulatory Impact Assessment, Barclays Investment Bank

Kwasi Affum: Vice President of Regulatory Impact Assessment, Barclays Investment Bank

Kwasi is Vice President of Regulatory Impact Assessment for Barclays Investment Bank, a Director of Viable Enterprise. He is also a founding member of the SlowMoneyClub, and board member for charities and local community projects.

Career-wise, over the last decade Kwasi has gained distinctive experience at several Tier 1 Investment Banks. By working in a diverse range of roles across operations and technology, he has developed a range of skills. These range from implementing technology changes, to writing policies and procedures relating to global financial regulations and performing an analysis.

He currently performs a strategic regulatory role which involves accessing the impact of upcoming regulations on commercial activities. The unique position gives him an insightful view of what regulations are coming further down the line.

Natasha Braginsky Mounier:

Global ESG Investment Director, Capital Group

Natasha Braginsky Mounier: Global ESG Investment Director, Capital Group

Natasha Braginsky Mounier is a global ESG investment director at Capital Group. She has 25 years of investment experience and has been with Capital Group for 16 years. Earlier in her career at Capital, she was an equity investment analyst with research responsibility in EMEA equities, as well as sector coverage of Nordic telecoms and European family investment firms. Prior to joining Capital, she was a corporate finance associate in New York at J.P. Morgan and the Blackstone Group and a portfolio manager at Credit Agricole Asset Management in Paris. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Natasha is based in London.

Greg Wallace:

ESG team for hire: Pure ESG funds management

Greg Wallace: ESG team for hire: Pure ESG funds management

 

Helen Pradas-Page:

Head of ESG & Responsible Investment, Acre Resources

Helen Pradas-Page: Head of ESG & Responsible Investment, Acre Resources

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