Panel Discussion Two
ESG: A Balancing Act for The Future of Sustainable Business
The pandemic has afforded business the opportunity to take a look at the concept of sustainable growth whilst at the same time raising people’s awareness of the importance of effective environmental management and the need for better social and corporate governance. However, as a country blessed by abundant and cheap natural resources, convincing the Russian business community of the need to implement ESG measures that come with a price tag is not always straightforward. This panel will look at what approaches Russian and British companies are adopting to implement ESG principles whilst pursuing their business aims. What can be considered best practice and what we can learn from each other.
Russian Green Building Council (RuGBC)
Chair of the Russian Green Building Council (RuGBC) – Russia’s leading association for sustainability in the real estate industry. Guy is responsible for international relations and marketing at RuGBC.
Projects include assisting leading Russian developers and real estate owners to find the right strategy to decarbonise their new and existing building stock – creating local champions and building strong cases for the market that “green buildings” are the only way forward.
Guy leads initiatives to bring “Proptech” tools to Russia such as BREEAM, the world’s leading rating green tool, Well Building Standard – the standard for healthy buildings and “One Planet Living” – the development tool for sustainable communities. Guy is a member of many industry working groups and a plays an active role as jury member and consultant in numerous cutting-edge real estate projects.
David Campbell (TBC)
President, BP Russia
In January 2013, David Campbell was appointed Head of the Group Chief Executive’s Office in BP corporate headquarters in London. In this role, he was responsible for supporting the Chief Executive in the planning and execution of his duties.
David was appointed President, BP Russia reporting directly to the Group Chief Executive and based in Moscow, effective from 31 March 2014. In this role Campbell is accountable for the leadership and integration of BP’s activities and investments in the Russian Federation including its 19.75% shareholding in Rosneft and several joint venture businesses in oil and gas production, exploration and technology development.
The International Fund for Technological Development
Graduated from the energy department of Bauman Moscow Higher Technical School, honoured inventor of Russia (2009).
Responsible for the selection of projects in the Agency, responsible for interaction with public development institutions, technology parks, foundations.
Has successful experience with incubators and accelerators leading engineering schools of Russia (MIPT, Moscow State Technical University, Moscow State University, MIIT, MEI, etc.), the US (GeorgiaTech, MIT, Berkeley, Columbia, NYU POLY, FAU, and others), Israel (Technion) and Europe (University of Technology of Lausanne, Stockholm University of Technology, etc.), development institutions in Russia (RUSNANO, Russian Venture Company, Skolkovo), USA (NYSEDRA / NY, DOE).
Vadim is actively involved in projects for the reconstruction of engineering competencies and practices of commercialization of innovative technologies in Russia, in cooperation with the committees and commissions of the RSPP (Working Group Skolkovo, on Innovation Board), Chamber of Commerce of the Russian Federation, Commission of Engineering of the Government and the President of the Russian Federation.
Marketing & Communications Director O1 Properties
Elena has over 13 years’ background in marketing & communications primary in financial and real estate companies. During her career, she has managed various projects including marketing communications, media relations, reputation management, branding, event management, CSR. Currently, she leads marketing and communications in O1 Properties group (commercial and residential real estate, flexible offices, facility management). MBA degree (marketing & sales) from WU Executive Academy (Vienna).
Partner, Head of Operational Risk and Sustainability
KPMG in the CIS
Igor has been working in the field of Operational Risk and Sustainability for more than 10 years, implementing comprehensive corporate development projects for government authorities and large Russian and foreign companies in various industries such as Metals & Mining, Oil & Gas, and Chemicals. Igor supports KPMG clients in their commitment to develop sustainable, safe, reliable,
resource and energy efficient operations with reliance on strong corporate governance and risk management culture, for sustainable value creation for all stakeholders. His experience includes advisory and assurance projects aiming for clients’ business operations improvement, mitigating risks and identifying new opportunities. This includes implementation of corporate governance and corporate development projects, implementation of comprehensive transformation programs, strengthening of risk management systems, and sustainability strategy development and implementation.