Time is running out for the world to act on climate change and global warming. Erratic weather behaviour and the resultant natural disasters are causing havoc across the world. We need a complete shift in our approach to environmental issues. Nowhere is the need greater than in the corporate sector. While rapid economic growth is necessary, it shouldn’t result in irreparable ecological damage.

Through KWAP Inspire: Environmental Conference 2018, we intend to bring about a synthesis between the business world, government and environmental activists that will result in the promotion of environment-friendly business practices. This conference is supposed to be a grand beginning towards achieving our goal of sustainable development that will ensure a better environment for the future generations.


Topic Highlights

State of the Climate: Environmental Issues
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Key Roles of Financial Institutions in Environmental Stewardships
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Innovative Approaches to Green Finance
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How Asset Owners are Managing E&S Risks and Opportunities
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Issues Pertaining to Fossil Fuels, as well as Food and Production Supply Chain
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The Role of Blockchain in Promoting Sustainable Development
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Beyond Drought
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Feeding Asia
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08:30 - 09:00
Welcome Remarks image
09:00 - 09:15
Welcome Remarks
Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad
CEO, KWAP; Chairman, Institutional Investor Council Malaysia
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09:15 - 09:30
Opening Remarks
Datuk Siti Zauyah binti Md. Desa,
Deputy Secretary General (Policy), Treasury; Board Member of KWAP
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09:30 - 10:30
State of the climate: Witnessing the impacts of climate change first hand

Climate change poses a number of unique environmental threats over the coming decades: Sea level rise, increased flooding and droughts, declining crop yields and food insecurity, reduced fisheries production and population displacement, among others. As one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and environmental leaders, Robert Swan has witnessed the impacts of climate change first hand. This session will articulate the urgent need for a coordinated response by government, corporations, and financial institutions to collectively tackle these issues. In his own words, “The greatest danger to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.”



Robert Swan
Record Breaking Polar Explorer, Environmental Campaigner
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10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break & Press Conference
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11:00 - 12:00
The Key Role for Financial Institutions in Environmental Stewardship

The global finance system enables all types of economic activity – activity which can have a significant impact on our planet. As key financial sector actors increasingly recognise that environmental degradation has serious long term economic and financial implications, they are also beginning to see the tremendous investment opportunities in solutions including green technologies and climate-smart energy. This session explores what FIs are doing now to realign financial flows with environmentally beneficial outcomes, whether this is enough to preserve our planet’s rich biodiversity and key ecosystem services, and what more needs to be done.



Priya Gopalan
Director of Environmental & Social Risk, UBS AG
Jeanne Stampe
Head, Asia Sustainable Finance, WWF
Nor Shahrizan Sulaiman
Deputy CEO, Maybank Islamic Berhad
Tony Hay
Publisher and Co-Founder, Response Global Media (moderator)
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12:00 - 12:15
Special Presentation

Business Leadership on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)

SDGs are universal, transcend borders and apply across the workplace, marketplace and community. What steps must businesses take to ensure their organisations are contributing to the 2030 Global Goals? Learn more about the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact that CEO’s should sign up to, to start playing their part in championing the SDG goals. 

Rashvin Pal Singh
President, UN Global Compact Malaysia and CEO of Biji-biji Initiative
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12:15 - 13:15
Lunch Break & Networking
The Local Context: Exploring environmental challenges and solutions in Malaysia image
13:15 - 14:15
The Local Context: Exploring environmental challenges and solutions in Malaysia

Malaysia’s dense tropical rainforests, mangroves, and coral reefs are home to a diverse array of flora and fauna; In fact, the nation is recognized as one of just 12 mega-diverse countries globally, given the high density of its many unique species. Yet Malaysia’s ecosystems are at risk – from deforestation, overfishing, and habitat destruction.

During this session, leaders from Malaysia’s environmental ministry and non-profit sector will highlight some of the most pressing environmental issues facing the country, and what is being done to address these challenges.




I.S. Shanmugaraj
Executive Director, Malaysian Nature Society
Dr. Faizal Parish
Director, Global Environment Centre
Anne Lasimbang
Founder & Executive Director, PACOS Trust
Dr. Henry Chan
Conservation Director, WWF Malaysia (moderator)
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14:15 - 15:15
Stranded assets: a critical look beyond fossil fuels

The transition to a low-carbon future will not only leave carbon-intensive energy assets stranded but will also have significant impacts on the value of real estate, agriculture, and infrastructure. This session explores how corporates are “future-proofing” their business strategies, and where and on what they will be spending their CapEx. It will also focus on the use of scenario analysis (per TCFD recommendations) to assess climate-related risks in this regard.




Jeremy Saw
General Counsel, InfraCo Asia
Peter Dickson
Partner/Technical Director of Glennmont Partners
Dato’ Dr. Ir. Hj. Mohd. Abdul Karim Abdullah
Group Managing Director / Group Chief Executive Officer, Serba Dinamik Holdings Berhad
Gemma James
Senior Manager, Environmental Issues, PRI (moderator)
Samantha Bramley
Environmental, Social & Human Rights Specialist, Standard Chartered Plc.
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15:15 - 15:45
Coffee Break & Networking
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15:45 - 16:45
Innovative approaches to green finance

There is a great deal of innovation happening in the development of  unique financial instruments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. This session brings together leaders developing innovative products in the region to discuss the range and diversity of products under development.



Datuk Dr. Mohd Daud Bakar
Founder and Executive Chairman of Amanie Group
Felipe Gordillo
SRI Senior Analyst, BNP Paribas AM
Mohamed Rozani Osman
Financial Sector Specialist, The World Bank
Satya Tripathi
Senior Adviser, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, UN Environment (moderator)
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16:45 - 17:00
End of Day 1 Conference

MC Closing and logistical information about Gala Dinner

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19:30 - 22:30
Gala Dinner

Let’s Save the Last Pristine Continent
2041 will be a pivotal year for our planet. That year will mark the end of a 50-year agreement to keep Antarctica, the Earth’s last pristine continent, free of exploitation. Explorer Robert Swan — the first person to walk both the North and South Poles — is on a mission to ensure that we extend that treaty. With passion and vigour, he pleads with us to choose the preservation of the Antarctic for our own survival.

Robert Swan
Record Breaking Polar Explorer, Environmental Campaigner
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Opening Remarks image
09:00 - 09:15
Opening Remarks
Nik Amlizan Mohamed
Chief Investment Officer, KWAP
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09:15 - 10:00
Financial Institutions as key drivers of the Paris Agreement

In order to meet the ambitious goals set forth by the Paris Agreement, Financial Institutions will need to play a significant role, aligning their portfolios, products and services with the “well below 2°C” target. In this session, Eric Usher, Head of the UNEP Finance Initiative will discuss the actions that financial institutions have taken thus far, and must take going ahead to ensure that we succeed in meeting these goals.

Eric Usher
Head, UNEP Finance Initiative
Trends in Asset Owner investment strategies: How asset owners aremanaging E&S risks and opportunities image
10:00 - 11:00
Trends in Asset Owner investment strategies: How asset owners aremanaging E&S risks and opportunities

Asian asset owners are increasingly making explicit references to ESG in the development and execution of their investment strategies. Leading asset owners share on how their analyses of material E&S issues are shaping their investment strategies, and how these are flowing through to expectations in their investment mandates.



Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad
CEO, KWAP; Chairman, Institutional Investor Council Malaysia
Ahmad Zulqarnain Onn
Deputy Managing Director, Khazanah
Alex Ng
Chief Investment Officer, Asia Pacific, BNP Paribas Asset Management (moderator)
Elaine Ng
Executive Director, Client Coverage for Asia, MSCI
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11:00 - 11:30
Coffee Break & Networking
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11:30 - 12:30
Promoting and Harmonising Disclosure on ESG for Responsible Investment

In order for investors to Identify, assess and monitor environmentally and socially responsible business activity, corporate ESG disclosures must be sufficient, meaningful and comparable, both within and between national financial markets. This session explores what stock exchanges and other finance sector stakeholders in the region are doing to facilitate this goal, e.g. through listing and sustainability reporting requirements and the adoption of internationally-recognised frameworks, e.g. the Taskforce on Climate-Related Disclosures (TCFD), and the challenges they face.




Paul Chandler
Head of Environmental Issues, PRI
Emilia Tee
Director, Sustainability, Bursa Malaysia
Andrew WK Chan
Sustainability & Climate Change Leader, PwC’s South East Asian Consulting Service
David Marsh
Chairman and Co-founder, OMFIF (moderator)
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12:30 - 12:45
Special Presentation

Finding Nemo’s Lost Home

The importance of coral reefs, what is going wrong and what we can do about it. Coral reefs provide ecosystem services that are worth according to one estimate, RM 50 billion per year in Malaysia. What can the investment community do to help to preserve those services for future generations?

Julian Hyde
General Manager, Reef Check Malaysia
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12:45 - 13:45
Lunch Break & Networking
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13:45 - 14:15
Special Presentation

The mouse and the elephant by Nadya Hutagalung

Breaking the notions of Big and small, powerful or weak. United Nations Environment Programme Ambassador, Nadya Hutagalung shares stories of how listening with empathy can empower every individual to make impact in their world.

Nadya Hutagalung
Eco-Activist, TV Personality
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14:15 - 15:15
Feeding Asia

In light of population growth projections, anticipated climate change impacts, growing water risks, and changing regional demographics, producing enough food to feed the region will be a significant challenge by 2050. This session explores the challenges and opportunities associated with:

Meat Production: Is the meat and dairy industry fueling a global health epidemic and deforestation? How to meet the growing demand for meat without relying on forest conversion, antibiotics and hormones?

Seafood: How to keep up with growing demand for seafood while avoiding overfishing and unsustainable aquaculture (deforestation, ecological impacts)?

Agriculture: Soya, Palm Oil, Coffee, etc. – What innovations are required to ensure that production doesn’t come at the cost of deforestation and water pollution?



Emily Kunen
Global Responsible Sourcing Leader, Palm oil & Seafood, Nestlé
Audrey Cheung
Vice-President, Quality Systems and Supply Chain Management, McDonald’s China
Noor Izlin Andrina Ismail
Manager, Social Performance - Sustainability and Quality, Sime Darby Plantations
Dr. Keith Lee
Sustainable Finance Engagement Manager, WWF (moderator)
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15:15 - 15:45
Coffee Break & Networking
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15:45 - 16:15
Special Presentation

2 Degree Investing Initiative: International Efforts on 2 Degree Portfolio Alignment

Stanislas Dupre
Founder & CEO 2° Investing Initiative (moderator)
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16:15 - 17:15
Averting the Tragedy of the Horizon: Climate risk and portfolio alignment in Asia

Global commitments under the Paris Agreement necessitate that financial capital be reallocated to companies best aligned with a 2-degree warming scenario. Yet significant expansion in coal power plant capacity is planned in Asia. This session explores how investors are decarbonising their portfolios and engaging with investee companies over their exposure to climate risk. Will it be enough?



Frédéric Samama
Co-Head Institutional Clients Coverage, Amundi
Anubhuti Gupta
Pan Asia Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Rosenberg Equities, AXA Investment Managers
Rizal Mohamed Ali
Vice President, Responsible Investment, KWAP
Ramnath Iyer
Research Analyst, Principal Global Equities, CIMB Principal
Stanislas Dupre
Founder & CEO 2° Investing Initiative (moderator)
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17:15 - 17:30
Closing Remarks
Dato’ Wan Kamaruzaman Wan Ahmad
CEO, KWAP; Chairman, Institutional Investor Council Malaysia
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End of Day 2 & Conference
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This conference is aimed at creating greater awareness in the corporate sector about environmental issues and encouraging new thinking and innovation which will result in environment-friendly practices being taken up. Therefore, all those people who have a stake in ensuring that the world of business becomes eco-friendly while not losing any of its dynamism and core strengths should be interested in taking part in the event and helping in the conception and popularization of a roadmap for achieving this noble goal.

Local and international delegates comprising of:

Global Investors

They exercise great influence on major corporations and therefore can encourage them to take up green technologies and follow environment-friendly policies that will decrease their carbon footprint.

Finance Industry Professionals

If we are to promote newer methods in commerce and industry that work towards the protection and rejuvenation of the environment, they have to be provided financial support and hence the role of the finance industry professionals becomes crucial.


Unless the regulators do their job properly and provide the surveillance that is needed to ensure compliance with environment protection norms, all the measures and rules conceptualised for this purpose will remain limited to the paper. Hence, they are at forefront of this mission.

Assets Owners

Asset owners are also of great importance in achieving our goal as they too exercise great influence on companies and can insure that their assets are utilized for projects and programs which are environmentally-responsive.

Non-Governmental Organisations

NGOs have been leading the fight for environmental protection over the years and their support and advice is extremely useful for sectors of industry in reconfiguring their approach to ecological problems.

Public Listed Companies

Public listed companies have to join hands with not just government agencies but also NGOs to carve out a strategy which will take them towards a newer way of doing business favouring sustainable development.

Assets Managers

Similar to asset owners, managers too need to be aware of the environmental issues and provide financial advice to companies for promoting business policies which do not denigrate the environment.

Government Bodies

For any country to bring about fundamental changes in any sector of the economy, it needs the leadership of the government and its various organizations. Government bodies that deal with the industry have an especially important part to play in promoting eco-sensitivity.

Corporate Heads and Managers

Change begins at the top in most cases pertaining to the corporate world and therefore the captains of the industry have to take the charge and make sure that their corporations become more environmentally-conscious and proactive towards the goal of achieving a greener economy.


The conference is part of the Sustainable Investment Week 2018, a collaborative effort between the Securities Commission Malaysia, KWAP, and Khazanah Nasional Berhad.


Hosted by:
Upcoming Environmental Conferences in Malaysia

Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) [KWAP] or the Retirement Fund (Incorporated) was established on 1st March 2007 under the Retirement Fund Act 2007(Act 662).

KWAP manages contributions from the federal government and relevant agencies to obtain optimum returns on its investments through sound management and investment of the Fund in equity, fixed income securities, money market instruments, and other forms of investments as permitted under the Retirement Fund Act 2007 (Act 662). The Fund shall be applied towards assisting the Federal Government in financing its pension duties.

In 2015, KWAP was officially appointed as an agent of the Federal Government for the purpose of pension payment, gratuity, or other benefits granted under any written law from the Consolidated Fund as agreed between the Federal Government and KWAP.

Knowledge Advisor:
Environment Conference Malaysia

WWF strives to build a future in which people live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. As the interdependence between the social, economic and environmental agendas is being increasingly recognized, the need to transition to an approach that decouples human and economic development from environmental degradation has become clear.

To support this transition, WWF has identified the finance sector as a key driver with which we must engage to successfully deliver on our long-term conservation mission. By integrating Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) analyses into their lending and investment practices, FIs can not only reduce the potential risks to their portfolios, but can also support their portfolio companies in transitioning to more sustainable business models. WWF works with banks, investors, regulators and stock exchanges to integrate ESG into mainstream finance and redirect capital flows to support the global sustainable development agenda.

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The venue for KWAP Inspire: Environmental Conference 2018 would be the dazzling Grand Hyatt in Kuala Lumpur. Located in the most spectacular part of the city filled with skyscrapers and prominent landmarks, the hotel is a magnificent specimen of modernist architecture and has itself become a major attraction of the city.

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If you have any enquiries or require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us at +603-2174 8089 / +603-2174 8635/+603-2174 8643 or email us at info@kwapinspire.com.my

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