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Prime Consulting Hedge Fund ESG Forum

March 4, 2021

Virtual Event



We are pleased to announce the Credit Suisse Prime Consulting Hedge Fund ESG Forum will take place virtually on March 4, 2021.

The virtual Hedge Fund ESG Forum will bring together leading investment, legal & regulatory and consulting professionals to share insight into this rapidly evolving area of investment management.

We look forward to your participation and demonstrating Credit Suisse’s leading role globally in this focus area. 


Speaker Bios

Wiltrud Heiss

Senior ESG Strategist, Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance, Credit Suisse

Wiltrud Heiss is a Director of Credit Suisse in Zurich. She is working as a Senior ESG-Strategist in the Global ESG Competence Center being part of the Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance department within the newly created Sustainability, Research & Investment Solutions (SRI) division headed by Lydie Hudson. The Global ESG Competence Center defines the Sustainability Investing Framework for the bank, assuming responsibility for market interest in more sustainable investments, targeting a bank wide ESG integration into research and investment processes and responding to regulatory requirements, in particular from the European regulator. Mrs. Heiss headed the regulatory implementation team for new derivative regulations in her prior role at Credit Suisse. Before working for Credit Suisse, she was Co-founder and Managing Partner of a private equity firm for four years, concentrating on distressed SMEs. Her deep financial markets and product understanding comes from nearly twenty years working for the Investment Banks Deutsche Bank, Frankfurt, and Citigroup Inc., London, as head of Corporate Multi Product teams, Insurance, Pensions and Structured Solutions Teams and on mandates for special transactions with M&A for various clients including hedge funds.

Mrs. Heiss holds a BA (Hons.) in European Business Administration from ESB Business School of Reutlingen University, Germany and Middlesex University, London. She recently accomplished a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Humanitarian Action at CERAH, a JV of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies and the University of Geneva.

Jonathan Jenkins

Head of Equity Sales and Prime Distribution, Asia Pacific. Credit Suisse

Jonathan Jenkins is Head of Equity Sales and Prime Distribution for Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong. He is a Managing Director within APAC Markets and joined Credit Suisse in 2007. He was formally CEO of Credit Suisse Securities (Singapore) Ltd, Head of South Asia Equity Sales and Head of Hong Kong Equity Sales. 

Mr. Jenkins has covered institutional clients in Asian equities since 1996 based in London, Jakarta, Singapore, Hong Kong and San Francisco. He holds a degree from the University of Cambridge.

Phineas Glover

Head of ESG Research Asia, Credit Suisse

Phineas joined Credit Suisse in April 2018 as Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) research in Australia, and was recently appointed to lead ESG research for the APAC region. He was previously Head of ESG research at Macquarie Bank and his career has spanned investment research, fund management and ESG specialisms. Phineas co-founded the UK Investor Forum, a membership organisation now representing institutions with c. £14 trillion global AuM. He previously headed up collective shareholder engagement on behalf of fund managers at the ABI, worked on the buy-side as an equity analyst at The Co-operative Asset Management and had spells as a senior adviser to EY. Phineas holds a BA from Brunel University in business management and economics and an MSc from Birkbeck College, University of London in business strategy, economics and the environment.

Jasmine Pong

Head of Equities, Singapore, Credit Suisse 

Jasmine Pong is a Director at Credit Suisse and Head of Equities, Singapore. She joined Credit Suisse in 2011 and manages the Singapore equity product and business lines as well as the Regional sales team. Under her leadership, Credit Suisse has received top rankings with major clients and achieved consistent high rankings in McLagan and II Surveys. She sits on the Credit Suisse Singapore Women’s Network Committee, APAC Mentoring Committee and Global ESG Committee.

Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Jasmine was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley where her career spanned over 13 years. She was responsible for the Singapore equity product in addition to being a Regional Salesperson. She started her career in Equities in 1994 as a Research analyst at Kay Hian James Capel, covering Singapore Industrials, Food & Beverage and Property sectors. She also spent 2 years as an equities salesperson there before joining Morgan Stanley.

Jasmine worked at Price Waterhouse, London from 1990- 1993 where she trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), before transferring to Price Waterhouse Singapore.  She graduated with BSc Economics (Hon) from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1990.

Aaron Weiss

Managing Director, Compliance and Regulatory Consulting, Duff & Phelps

Aaron is a Managing Director within Duff & Phelps’ Compliance and Regulatory Consulting (CRC) division in Hong Kong and Singapore, where Aaron works closely with financial institutions, assisting them in meeting their regulatory, compliance and investor stakeholder requirements and expectations.

Working with regulated entities across Asia Pacific, Aaron’s expertise includes Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, US and other APAC clients where he specializes in rules and regulations relating to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, US Securities and Exchange Commission, US National Futures Association as well as the Singapore Monetary Authority of Singapore, among others.

Aaron has previous experience with multiple in-house roles within Asia and the United States, with a focus on regulatory requirements and regulated activities, mock audits, operational due diligence on behalf of US and global institutional investors (State Pensions, Endowments, SWFs), licensing, internal compliance policies and procedures as well as regulatory inspections and enforcement actions.

Lucian Firth

Partner, Simmons & Simmons LLP

Lucian provides specialist advice to asset managers in relation to investment funds, including structuring hedge funds and managed accounts, and in relation to derivatives regulation, prime brokerage, and other trading agreements.

Lucian is also an expert in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and sustainable finance.

Lucian is a member of the core team dedicated to start-up hedge fund work in London. The team is behind Simmons & Simmons LaunchPlus - the firm’s online resource for start-up hedge fund managers.

Lucian is a regular speaker in Simmons & Simmons Hedge Funds Vista webinar series.

He is also a member of the firm’s Brexit team.

Grace Chong

Of Counsel (Regulatory), Simmons & Simmons JWS

Grace has over a decade of experience in advising banks and asset managers on regulatory and fintech matters in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Singapore and Hong Kong. She has broad experience of advising on various regulatory topics, including in relation to licensing and conduct of business requirements, environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, implementation of AI, cross-border marketing, derivatives reporting, and senior management accountability. A former in-house counsel at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, she regularly interacts with key regulators, is closely involved in regional regulatory reform initiatives and has led discussions with regulators on behalf of the financial services industry. 

Grace is a strong advocate for digital innovation, investments and critical infrastructural transformation. She is a payments specialist and has advised digital assets exchanges and brokers, stored value facilities, merchant acquirers, and other trade finance and e-commerce companies in relation to licensing and payments services regulations in Asia. Grace sits on the board of Singapore's key blockchain association, ACCESS, and is part of the AML Working Group of GDF. 

Grace leads the firm's regulatory fintech initiatives in Asia, and is a certified cybersecurity (GLEG) and data privacy (CIPP/A/E, CIPM) professional and has spearheaded multijurisdictional projects relating to privacy compliance, data transfers, data retention and cybersecurity readiness. She is an IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy, and sits on the IAPP Women Leading Privacy Board where she is the key representative for Asia. 

Grace brings a strategic outlook from an in-house perspective having worked as counsel in the Global Internal Investigations Group in the Hong Kong headquarters of a global financial institution. She is a member of the Anti-Money Laundering Committee of the Law Society of Singapore, and is part of the Derivatives Reporting Working Group in AIMA.

Samantha Chan

Prime Consulting, APAC, Credit Suisse

Samantha is a Prime Consultant for Credit Suisse. She advises established and emerging hedge funds on their business needs as they build an institutional platform to attract and retain global investors. Prior to joining the bank in 2019, Samantha served as a senior relationship manager for Bloomberg since 2010. She managed accounts across Tier 1 Banks, Hedge Funds and Family Offices to deliver bespoke desktop and enterprise solutions. She executed successful sales strategies to grow revenue base and managed a team on the help desk. Samantha holds a Bsc Management degree from University of Warwick.

Alex Wise

Head of Australia, Castle Hall Diligence

Alex heads Castle Hall’s business in Australia and lead’s the firm’s activities in the broader Asia Pacific region. Alex has almost 20 years’ experience in the investment management industry and prior to that worked in a leading London law firm. Alex was joined Atlas Capital, a UK based fund of funds, in 2002, becoming Group Legal Counsel in 2005, before moving to found Orchard Harbour, a specialist in Asia-Pacific hedge funds, in 2007. Alex joined Select Asset Management as COO in 2012, and thereafter lead business strategy within OneVue, upon OneVue’s acquisition of Select in 2014. Alex is a qualified Solicitor and a Barrister in England & Wales having completed the Bar at the College of Law in London. Alex is also an executive committee member of AIMA’s Australian chapter and a member of AIMA’s ESG Global Working Group.

Nicolas Gauthey

Senior Strategist, Alternative Solutions, AXA Investment Managers

Nicolas joined AXA Investment Managers in December 2005 as a Senior Strategy Analyst and has worked on Hedge Funds and Impact Investing strategies. Prior to joining AXA Investment managers, he has worked as European Leisure and Service Equity Analyst with Credit Lyonnais Securities Europe in New York and London. He was awarded the AGEFI Grand Prix for best sector analyst in 2001. He then joined Exane in Paris as Hedge Fund Equity Sales within a desk dedicated to Hedge Fund managers. Nicolas holds a Masters Degree from NEOMA Business School and a CAIA certificate.

Ramesh Karthigesu

Founder & CIO, Kaizen Capital Partners

Ramesh Karthigesu has 18 years of investment experience, which include 13 in Asia as a Portfolio Manager. Prior to founding Kaizen, Ramesh worked as the Portfolio Manager for the Pan Asia Fund at Marshall Wace Asset Management from 2013 until 2019 based in Hong Kong. Before this, he was a portfolio manager at UBS O'Connor and Ellerston Capital, also based in Hong Kong. Ramesh started his career in equity research at JP Morgan, Australia. Ramesh has a Masters in Advanced Finance from the University of New South Wales and a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from the University of Auckland. 

Kieran Murphy

Head of Prime Consulting, Asia Pacific, Credit Suisse

Kieran Murphy is Head of Prime Consulting for Asia Pacific at Credit Suisse, based in Hong Kong. In this role, he advises established and emerging hedge funds on their business needs as they build an institutional platform to attract and retain global investors. Mr. Murphy joined Credit Suisse in 2018 and previously held a similar role with a U.S. headquartered bank. Prior to moving from Singapore to Hong Kong in 2013, he held investor-side positions in Singapore and London, where he was responsible for Operational Due Diligence. 

ESG Vendors

Bloomberg LP

Karen Ho, Hong Kong Buyside Workflow Specialist

Bloomberg’s ecosystem of sustainable finance solutions offers data-driven insights to help business, finance and policy professionals evaluate assets and report on material environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in today’s economy. Our solutions are powered by Bloomberg’s reliable ESG data, enhanced by a broad range of scores, analytics, in-depth research and news, and customizable indices.

In this session, we will introduce to you the most popular new features from Bloomberg:

  • Bloomberg's proprietary ESG Scores are data-driven and fully transparent, allowing users to examine both the scoring methodology and the company-reported data underlying each score.
  • Bloomberg's new Carbon Estimates Data for better portfolio carbon footprint reporting for future SFC's reporting requirement on Climate related risk
  • 3rd Party ESG Scores on Bloomberg

Covalence SA

Antoine Mach, Managing Partner

Founded in 2001 in Geneva, Covalence helps investors integrate Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) factors while controlling greenwashing with its multi-source, AI-powered scoring system and data feeds covering more than 9000 listed companies. Covalence offers investment solutions, ESG ratings and data, and portfolio advisory. Their dynamic, granular, news-based data informs on ESG practices (GRI-inspired criteria), impact (SDGs) and materiality (SASB), providing signals relevant to factor investing. It also supports thematic investment strategies such as the Cadmos Peace Investment Fund initiated by the PeaceNexus Foundation. 


Michele Leung, Executive Director, Client Coverage

With over 40 years of experience in objectively measuring and modelling ESG performance, MSCI has been at the forefront of providing data, research and other tools to help enable ESG and climate integration across the entire investment process. MSCI ESG Research is the first ESG provider to assess companies based on industry materiality, dating back to 1999. It is also the first ESG ratings provider to measure and embed companies’ ESG risk exposure.  In this session, below will be highlighted:

  • MSCI ESG Ratings provide an assessment of the long-term resilience of companies to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. They are objective rules based, with an average 45% of data coming from alternative data sources, utilizing AI tech to extract and verify unstructured data.
  • MSCI’s Climate Solutions provide access to a wide range of tools and data designed to address a variety of needs including measuring and reporting on climate risk exposure, factoring climate change research into risk management processes and engaging companies and external stakeholders.

NorthPeak Advisory

William Bryant, Head of Advisory

NorthPeak Advisory was founded in 2020 as a boutique advisory firm with the mission to help asset managers navigate the rapidly evolving ESG space and support them in the creation of impactful, long-term strategies for sustainable investing practices and responsible business management. NorthPeak Advisory offers clients a bespoke service covering an assessment of current ESG practices, supporting responsible investment policy creation and enhancement, tailored training and ongoing support covering all areas of responsible investment. NorthPeak Advisory supports fund managers with the practices, procedures and policies at both the fund manager and the investment strategy level.


Dominic Godman, Partner

Arabesque is a leading provider of technology solutions for sustainable finance.  The Arabesque Group is comprised of three businesses, Arabesque Asset Management, Arabesque S-Ray, and Arabesque AI, that work together in helping to shape the industry of sustainability through ESG investment propositions, market-leading data assets, and AI investment technology.  Established in 2013, the group’s mission is to enable clients and other stakeholders to implement sustainability in their investments and financial decision-making.

KKS Advisors

Tamara Close, Managing Director and Head of ESG Integration

Established in 2013, KKS Advisors is a leading, independent, global advisory firm working with investors, asset managers, hedge funds, foundations, corporations and NGOs. Co-founded by George Serafeim, the Charles M. Williams Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, we combine academic insights with strategy expertise and years of experience in sustainable business development to deliver solutions that foster systemic change. With offices in Boston, London, Montreal, and Athens our vision is to reshape markets, creating a world where business and investment decisions are made for the long term, take environmental, social and governance factors into account, and maximize the power of capital to achieve positive impact.

Sample ESG offerings include:

  • ESG integration current state assessment vs industry best practices, target state functional model design, and implementation plans for ESG integration at the firm and investment team levels
  • ESG materiality and risk methodologies for the identification and assessment of material ESG issues within investment portfolios/funds
  • ESG data provider assessments and the creation of proprietary ESG scoring frameworks
  • Customised research/thought leadership/whitepaper development
  • Development of ESG/Responsible Investing policies and monitoring frameworks


Chris Terzis, Director, Client Relations

Sustainalytics, a Morningstar Company, is a leading ESG research, ratings and data firm that supports investors around the world with the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. For more than 25 years, the firm has been at the forefront of developing high-quality, innovative solutions to meet the evolving needs of global investors. Today, Sustainalytics works with hundreds of the world’s leading asset managers and pension funds who incorporate ESG and corporate governance information and assessments into their investment processes. Sustainalytics also works with hundreds of companies and their financial intermediaries to help them consider sustainability in policies, practices and capital projects. With 17 offices globally, Sustainalytics has more than 800 staff members, including more than 300 analysts with varied multidisciplinary expertise across more than 40 industry groups. For more information, visit

If you have any questions, please contact:

Samantha Chan
Phone: +852-2101-6108