IQ-EQ’s Jimmy Leong explores the rising significance of ESG investing with two leading voices in the sector
Following IQ-EQ’s appointment to administer the very first ESG-focused variable capital company (VCC) fund, GoImpact Singapore VCC, Jimmy Leong sat down with GoImpact’s founder Helene Li and investment consultant Sasja Beslik to discuss the surge in interest in ESG investing (particularly in light of COVID-19), the latest trends, opportunities and challenges in this space, and how GoImpact is driving forward the sustainable finance agenda in Asia.
Helene Li is a seasoned finance industry executive and passionate advocate for sustainable finance. After more than 10 years leading on strategic planning and marketing for the Asia-Pacific region at global financial institutions such as J.P. Morgan, Lombard Odier and BNP Paribas, Helene co-founded GoImpact in January 2019 as an action-driven ecosystem to drive forward the sustainable development agenda in Asia. Having worked in the private wealth space for most of her career, she is committed to leveraging the financial power and heart of the ultra-wealthy to make a positive social and environmental impact. She has spearheaded and curated industry recognised next-gen family business programmes and been a regular contributor to impact and entrepreneurship research throughout her career, and is now a top-ranked sustainable finance influencer.
Sasja Beslik, too, is a top-ranked influencer in this space. He is an international financial expert known for promoting sustainable finance across the world, having spent 10 years as head of responsible investments and sustainable finance for Nordea, the largest financial services group in Northern Europe. He joined sustainability-focused Swiss private bank J. Safra Sarasin in 2019, taking up the newly created role of Head of Sustainable Finance Development. He was named ‘Sustainability Leader of the Year by The New Economy magazine in 2017. In 2013, he received the Order of the Seraphim from the King of Sweden for outstanding contributions to Swedish environmental and sustainability theory.