Morning session

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10:15 – 10:40 | Sustainable returns

The world is transitioning to a more sustainable economy. This process cuts across traditional sectors, meaning that identifying its winners and losers can be a powerful investment tool. Join Jon Forster from Impax Environmental Markets to explore how opportunities in  environmental markets continue to evolve.


Biotech 1 - Showcase 23

10:45 – 11:25 | Opportunities in biotech

In conversation

While biotech stocks have had a difficult couple of years, innovation in the sector continues apace. The meeting of biotech and AI, in particular, creates exciting opportunities for drug discovery. Elisabeth Scott, AIC discusses these opportunities with Marek Poszepczynski from International Biotechnology Trust


ESG - Showcase 23

11:30 – 12:10 | Can you do well by doing good?

Panel session

This panel brings together investment companies from across the ‘ESG’ spectrum – focusing on environmental, social or governance issues. We’ll examine whether it’s possible to combine attractive financial returns with genuine impact, and how to avoid becoming a victim of greenwashing.

Joe Bauernfreund, AVI Global Trust 
Hermina Popa, Schroder BSC Social Impact
Chris Tanner, JLEN Environmental Assets Group

Moderator: Elisabeth Scott, AIC 

Afternoon session

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13:30 – 13:55 | It’s all about the dividends

Gervais Williams of Diverse Income Trust explains why it pays to fish for income beyond the obvious dividend stalwarts



14:00 – 14:40 | Infrastructure - Built to last

Panel session

Infrastructure is everywhere – the transport systems, water and energy networks and essential services that we all rely on. It’s also a major investment company sector, with assets of £15 billion. Our panel explains why it’s worth investors’ attention.  

Chris Morgan, International Public Partnerships 
Edward Hunt, HICL Infrastructure 
Steve Cook, Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income 

Moderator: Nick Britton, AIC 

property - showcase 23

14:45 – 15:25 | Hot property

Panel session

Investment companies are a natural vehicle for property, as they don’t have to sell assets when investors sell their shares. Our panel of property managers looks at the appeal of the asset class and debates whether you should be putting your money into shops, offices or warehouses, in the UK or overseas. 

Laura Elkin, AEW UK REIT
Ian Brown, Tritax Big Box REIT
Richard Kirby, Balanced Commercial Property

Moderator: Nick Britton, AIC