This session looks at the actions of both asset owners and asset managers in reaching net-zero 2050 goals including the short-term plans needed to get there.


Victor Verberk is CIO Fixed Income and Sustainability, Co- Head of the Global Credit team and Lead Portfolio Manager Investment Grade Credits.
Prior to joining Robeco in 2008, Victor was CIO at Holland Capital Management. Before that, he was Head of Fixed Income at MN Services and Portfolio Manager Credits at AXA Investment Managers. He has been active in the industry since 1997.
Victor holds a Master’s in Business Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam and he is a Certified European Financial Analyst.

Faith Ward’s career has been dedicated to integrating and reporting on environmental, social and governance risks in finance and investment. She leads engagement with the fund management industry and is involved in industry-wide initiatives to improve standards in responsible investment, corporate engagement, and fund governance and reporting.

Her current roles include chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change; member of the Ethics Investment Advisory Group for the C of E National Investing Bodies; vice-chair of the Investment Innovation Benchmark Assessment Committee, SASB’s Investor Advisory Group; co-chair of the SASB European and UK Working Group; and member of the Financial Reporting Council Investment Advisory Group. She is a Transition Pathway Initiative founder and its former co-chair. She was also chair of the Reporting & Assessment Advisory Committee for the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI).

Dave Zellner is the chief investment officer for Wespath Benefits and Investments, an agency of The United Methodist Church (UMC), and Wespath Institutional Investments. Wespath manages $28 billion on behalf of 100,000 active and retired clergy and lay employees of the UMC and over 120 UMC-affiliated institutions. Prior to joining Wespath in 1997, he was senior vice president and director of operations with Investment Research Company, then an investment management affiliate of United Asset Management. Previously, he was Director of Equities for the Shell Oil Company Retirement Funds where he managed two internal investment portfolios.

Zellner helped co-author and was one of the original signatories to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment in 2006. He presently is the board chair for FaithInvest, a UK based charity. He received his B.S. in Finance from Louisiana State University and MBA from the University of Houston.


Tate has been an investment industry media publisher and conference producer since 1996. In his media career, Tate has launched and overseen dozens of print and
electronic publications. He is the chief executive and major shareholder of Conexus Financial, which was formed in 2005, and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.
The company stages more than 20 conferences and events each year –
in cities which have included London, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Beijing, Sydney and Melbourne – and publishes three media brands,
including the global website and strategy newsletter for global
institutional investors One of the company’s signature events is the bi-annual Fiduciary Investors Symposium. Conexus Financial’s
events aim to place the responsibilities of investors in wider societal, and political contexts, as well as promote the long-term stability of markets and sustainable
retirement incomes. Tate served for seven years on the board of Australia’s most high profile homeless charity, The Wayside Chapel; and he has underwritten the
welfare of 60,000 people in 28 villages throughout Uganda via The Hunger Project.

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