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23 June 2020 08:45




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mallowstreet University Digital Roundtable - Sustainability: from tactical adoption to portfolio transformation

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Sustainable investing has been an enduring trend and investors rebalancing portfolios after the risk asset selloff may consider leaning into sustainable assets. BlackRock sees portfolio rebalancing as an opportunity to substitute some traditional assets with sustainable ones, and asserts that being sustainability-aware enhances the return potential of long-term portfolios designed today. 


This Digital Roundtable will focus on the rising benefits and importance of sustainable investing within Defined Contribution (DC) Plans. Sustainable and retirement investing seem like a natural fit: both have a long-term investment horizon, more corporations are committing to sustainability goals, and a growing share of younger employees are interested in sustainable solutions.


Join Manuela Sperandeo, EMEA Head of Factor, Sustainable and Thematic Index Products at BlackRock and Dominic Byrne, CAIA, Director and Lead Investment Strategist for EMEA Retirement Solutions, as they determine the many ways for ESG criteria to be brought into an investment portfolio, how to define the category, assess it in the context of investment strategy, and implement it in the context of DC portfolios.

This morning session is accredited for CPD points by the Pensions Management Institute (PMI) and is exclusively for pension fund decision makers and their advisors.


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The University Roundtable will take place online via a ‘Zoom’ meeting (a widely used webcast meeting provider). We will provide further information, including an access link and password, to all attendees in advance of the event.

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  • Manuela Sperandeo

    Manuela Sperandeo, Managing Director, is EMEA Head of Smart Beta, Sustainable and Thematic ETFs for EII, responsible for driving the strategy for these product segments across product development, distribution and thought leadership. Prior to that, she was a member of the iShares Product Innovation team where she was responsible for Fixed Income product research. Manuela joined Blackrock in April 2014 from Barclays, where she spent 6 years working across several roles in the Investment Bank and the Wealth and Investment Management divisions. Most recently she was a Director at Barclays Capital Fund Solutions, an asset management business specializing in absolute return and alternative indexation strategies. Prior to that, she was a member of the Product Development team focusing on investment products for Barclays private and retail clients. Prior to Barclays she worked as an investment analyst at Alpstar, a credit hedge fund and as a Structured Derivatives Sales at Credit Suisse. Manuela has been a founding board member of the European chapter of Women in ETFs.

    Manuela earned an Economics Degree, with distinction, from Bocconi University in Milan and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Dominic Byrne

    Dominic Byrne, CAIA, Director and Lead Investment Strategist for EMEA Retirement Solutions, is responsible for developing, assembling and managing investment solutions involving multiple strategies and asset classes.

    Mr Byrne is the lead strategist for multi-asset retirement strategies in EMEA covering diversified growth, factor portfolios and target date investment strategies. As part of this role he is the lead Investment Strategist for BlackRock's Lifetime Asset Allocation platform in EMEA which includes the LifePath complex.

    Mr Byrne has spent over 10 years of his career in product strategy roles where he was responsible for developing active multi-asset products and positioning these products both internally and externally.

    Prior to joining BlackRock in 2007, Mr. Byrne spent three years at American Express Bank, most recently as an investment specialist with the Global Wealth Management group. Mr. Byrne earned a BA degree from the University of Durham in 2003.

    Mr. Byrne earned a BA degree from the University of Durham in 2003.