Earlier in 2021, activist investors secured three seats on Exxon Mobil's board of directors in what is viewed as a turning point for shareholder activism and efforts to put more pressure on the corporate world to enhance performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. As the ESG movement continues to gain momentum influencing corporate boardrooms, questions remain on how quickly the energy transition will take hold and what will it mean for the oil and gas industry moving forward. What are the investor expectations for corporate leaders as they incorporate climate risk into business decision making and strategy? What should we expect from the upcoming 2022 proxy season in the post-COP26 environment?
Please join us for an expert panel with leaders from shareholder advisory at Federated Hermes, activist NGO Ceres and shareholder representatives. Details on speakers to follow.
This event will be a virtual session via Zoom from 12:00 until 1:30 PM EST. Additional details will be provided to registered attendees prior to the session.
Diana Glassman is Director of Engagement, EOS at Federated Hermes. She covers engagement in North America, with a particular focus on the energy and financial services sectors. Diana brings extensive experience in defining strategy, realigning companies and leading change. Prior to joining Hermes, she was a strategy consultant advising senior leaders of publicly traded companies, investors, private equity firms and government entities primarily in energy and infrastructure. In her head of environmental affairs role for the TD Bank Group’s US operations, she successfully engaged 28,000 employees across 1,300 sites and integrated sustainability into culture to create distinct brand and financial value. Diana’s other previous roles include head of Americas for Credit Suisse’s Environmental Business Group and director at PWC. Her thought leadership has focused on ESG financial metrics, responsible oil and gas, the water-energy nexus and employee engagement. Diana is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. Her academic background includes Harvard Business School (MBA), Harvard Kennedy School (MPA, International Development) and Yale (BS, Biology).
Andrew Logan is senior director of the oil and gas industry program at Ceres. Since joining Ceres in 2002, Andrew has worked with investors to engage the oil and gas sector on key sustainability issues including climate change, carbon asset risk, biodiversity and water. Andrew has a background in corporate strategy from his work with Bain & Company, a leading management consultancy. While with Bain, Andrew developed high-level strategy for companies in the finance, e-commerce, manufacturing, retail and media sectors. Prior to joining Ceres, Andrew directed U.S. PIRG's corporate campaign to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College.
Nathan Strik spent over 18 years at Fidelity Investments. Mr. Strik’s investment experience at Fidelity included 16 years that were extensively involved in the energy sector. As Energy Sector Leader for over a decade, Mr. Strik directed Fidelity’s energy team across multiple global offices. He was also a Portfolio Manager for equity funds with mandates in US Energy, Global Energy, North American Natural Resources, and North American Midstream. At Fidelity Mr. Strik was significantly involved in ESG initiatives pertaining to energy, including establishing a framework for the sector as well as engaging with companies about ESG performance and improvements. Mr. Strik also had experience at Fidelity as an Equity Research Analyst covering North American E&P, Global Integrated Oils, and Energy Services. Prior to Fidelity, Mr. Strik worked for the Boston Consulting Group. Mr. Strik graduated from Northwestern University with his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering and M.S. in Industrial Engineering. He also received his M.B.A from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Antoine Halff is chief analyst and founding partner of Kayrros, a leader in the use of satellite imagery combined with other large data sets to create global insights. He is also adjunct senior research scholar at Columbia University's Center on Global Energy Policy.
Earlier, he served as chief oil analyst of the International Energy Agency in Paris, lead industry economist at the U.S. Energy Information Administration, head of commodities research at Newedge, and director of the Global Energy practice at Eurasia Group, among others. President Bill Clinton called his book, Energy Poverty: Global Challenges and Local Solutions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), co-edited with Jon Rozhon and Benjamin Sovacool, "a must-read for anyone serious about creating meaningful solutions to end poverty."
Mr. Halff holds an advanced degree from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, and a Masters from Université Paris VII.
12:00 - 1:30 PM: Presentation and Discussion
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