This session examined what the world will look with an energy system dominated by wind and solar and specifically examine the implications on energy system pricing, access and risks for consumers and investors. 

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Speaker

Alex joined Octopus in 2015 as the co-head of Octopus Renewables to help develop the energy strategy, originate and structure investments in new areas and to widen investor relationships. Brierley manages Octopus Renewable’s private institutional funds which serve a number of large pension and insurance company investors.

Prior to joining Octopus, he was director in the energy and environmental infrastructure team at EY LLP where he provided a wide range of corporate and project finance services to leading players in the renewable energy industry. Brierley is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, qualifying in 2003.

Richard Howard is Aurora’s research director and is responsible for managing and developing Aurora’s suite of market intelligence services across European power markets, renewables, flexible and distributed energy, and global commodities.

Before joining Aurora he was a director and head of energy and environment at policy exchange, where he authored a number of influential reports on energy and environmental policy and regulation. Prior to that he was the chief economist at The Crown Estate.

Richard has a first class Degree in Economics and an MSc in Environmental Policy.

Investor Response

Michael Cappucci is the senior vice president for compliance and sustainable investing of Harvard Management Company (HMC). He joined HMC in 2012.
Michael helps to manage HMC’s sustainable investment program, where he focuses on integrating ESG factors in HMC’s private fund investments. He is also part of the compliance group that supports HMC’s investment activities. In this capacity, he has extensive expertise in the structuring and implementation of various investment strategies, including private fund investments, separately managed accounts, complex derivatives, and listed equity.
He has written on the topics of sustainable investing, regulatory reform, and teamwork, and his article on ESG integration has been featured in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Responsible Investor, and the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance. He is a member of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment Hedge Fund Advisory Committee and Private Equity Advisory Committee.
Prior to joining HMC, Michael served in the Fidelity Investments legal department, and as an associate in the private funds group at Ropes & Gray LLP. Michael holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in philosophy from Tufts University.

Before joining Aurora he was a director and head of energy and environment at policy exchange, where he authored a number of influential reports on energy and environmental policy and regulation. Prior to that he was the chief economist at The Crown Estate.

Richard has a first class Degree in Economics and an MSc in Environmental Policy.

Moderator

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 established in 2005, and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

The company hosts more than 20 conferences and events globally each year and publishes three digital publications, including the global website and strategy newsletter for global institutional investors Top1000Funds.com, Professional Planner for financial planners, accountants and private bankers in Australia and Investment Magazine for Australian superfunds and institutional investors. One of the company’s signature events is the bi-annual Fiduciary Investors Symposium attended by global asset owners and hosted in the Americas and Europe.

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. In 2021 was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to the community through charitable initiatives.

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