In 2021 annual global energy investment approximated $1.9 trillion but how much is moving to sustainable investment due to ESG goals of corporations? Clean energy investment over the next 30 years to achieve net-zero is estimated at 130 trillion dollars. Will the cost of transition slow down the progress? Do ESG goals play an increasing role in investment decisions as companies evaluate their climate change initiatives and produce results, or not? How does private partnership finance goals support achieving some of these goals or is public policy and regulation required to push forward on meeting 2050 net-zero ambitions.

Our panel of industry experts will discuss opportunities and challenges in meeting these goals, how government policy initiatives may play a role and share how ESG investments are key (or not) for their company. Our speakers will provide their outlook on what to expect in sustainable investing; what are the drivers from an investment perspective and additionally provide a critical perspective from hands-on project experience.

Please join us for a virtual session via Zoom Webinar from 12:00 until 1:30 PM EDT. Additional details will be provided to registered attendees prior to the session.


Adam Phillips

Adam Phillips is the Head of ESG Research for the Americas at Citi, where he works closely with fixed income and equity research teams worldwide. Before joining Citigroup, he led sustainable investments at the Office of the Representative of the Secretary – General at the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, where he spearheaded ESG integration, research, and thought leadership. He has held various asset management positions over his twenty – year career, focusing on asset allocation, portfolio structuring, investment research, and trade execution. Adam is on the adjunct faculty at New York University, where he lectures on sustainable finance and serves as the Co – Chair of the Sustainable Investing Thought Leadership Group at the CFA Society of New York. Adam holds a Master’s in International Finance and Economics from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Economics and Finance from Georgia State University.

Mary Macpherson

Mary Macpherson is a Vice President with Vision Ridge Partners, an alternative asset management firm focused on sustainable real assets. Vision Ridge manages $2.5bn across three vintages of private market funds and associated co-investments. Mary joined Vision Ridge in summer 2019 and focuses on investments in energy and agriculture. Prior to joining Vision Ridge, Mary spent 4 years with Equilibrium Capital Group where she led underwriting and due diligence for a real asset fund focused on organic waste, wastewater, and waste-to-energy facilities. Previously, Mary spent 8 years as a public finance investment banker. Mary holds a master’s degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.

Mario De La Ossa

Mario De La Ossa is President of WasteFuel, a waste to fuels company that counts Maersk and NetJets as key investors. Mario founded MDO Energy Insight, focusing on renewable fuels commercial optimization, private markets due diligence, and analytics consulting. Before MDO Energy Insight, he was a Managing Director at Silverpeak leading commercial activities, refinery economics and logistics for North Atlantic Refining LP. Mario has a broad range of leadership experience in the energy business ranging from feedstocks barge scheduler, desk trader, complex derivatives trader, trading desk head, and head of market analysis for oil majors and trading houses. Mario also brings software management and sustainability analytics expertise as a former global oil product manager for Bloomberg and as a director for Descartes Labs.Prior to entering the private sector, he served as a U.S. Naval Officer. Mario holds a BS degree from the U.S. Naval Academy and an MA from Norwich University.


Louise Burke

Louise Burke is President, Energy Forum Advisory Board and is currently working for Argus Media on strategic business initiatives for the company. Prior to this, Ms. Burke was Executive Director of the Energy Forum, and president of J.C. Energy, an energy consulting firm. She has worked extensively in the energy sector analyzing pricing and markets for Mobil Oil Canada, Alberta Energy Company and Petroleos DeVenezuela. In addition, as Vice-President, Marketing for the New York Mercantile Exchange she supervised major energy and metals futures and options product launches and was closely involved in the successful growth of energy commodity markets. Ms Burke has also been affiliated with the SIPA energy program at Columbia University, New York as an instructor in the area of petroleum markets trading since 2008. Ms. Burke holds a BA honors economics degree from the University of Alberta and an MBA from New York University.


12:00 - 1:30 PM: Panel Discussion and Q&A


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