Oceans Health and Wealth

A time to act - Season Two Episode 07

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Published on July 6, 2021

Oceans Health and Wealth with Casey Clark, CFA, Global Head of ESG Investments & Portfolio Manager, Rockefeller Asset Management and Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer & Global Head Sustainability Strategy Advisory and Finance, Credit Suisse explore practical, profitable, and creative solutions, the SDGs are beginning to be integrated into public budgeting and planning by governments while the financial markets and investment community have also started to embrace the SDGs. The Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse has partnered with Rockefeller Asset Management to launch an impact fund that will finance projects improving ocean health, raising $212m pre-launch.

The businesses claim that the ‘Ocean Engagement Fund’ is the first impact fund of its kind, in that it is solely dedicated to and fully aligned with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14: Life Below Water. The Goal includes targets to address issues such as overfishing, marine pollution and acidification, and to boost conservation and restoration.

At the same time, Small Island Developing States over-reliance on economic sectors such as tourism and fisheries, high-debt-levels, and severe constraints to mobilizing both private and public finance amplify vulnerabilities.

This conversation will foster a unique opportunity to showcase the action that is being done by the UN, Governments and private sector, to speak about how important these partnerships are in these urgent times for the lives of the most vulnerable and for the planet.

Read the blog to learn more!

Panel

Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer & Global Head Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance (SSAF), Credit Suisse

Casey Clark, CFAGlobal Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investments & Portfolio Manager, Rockefeller Asset Management 

Moderated by Lisa Kurbiel, Head of Secretariat, United Nations Joint SDG Fund

Speakers

Panelists

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Marisa Drew

Chief Sustainability Officer & Global Head Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance (SSAF), Credit Suisse

Marisa Drew is responsible for setting the sustainability strategy and ambition for the bank and for creating and facilitating sustainable investments on behalf of Credit Suisse's wealth management, institutional and corporate clients.

Marisa has been with Credit Suisse for 18 years and in the investment banking industry for over 30 years. Prior to this, she was the Co-Head of the Investment Banking and Capital Markets Division, EMEA.

Marisa serves on the advisory boards of numerous leadership, sustainability and civil society organizations, including the Aspen Institute UK, Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy, the FCA’s Markets Practitioner’s Panel and several High Level Working Groups (HLGs) sponsored by WEF and the UN, including serving as co-chair of the HLG for Humanitarian Aid and the Oceans Panel.

Her external activities also include serving on the Board of Sunrise Communications AG and the EMEA Advisory Boards of The Wharton School and charity Room-to-Read.

Casey Clark, CFA

Global Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investments & Portfolio Manager, Rockefeller Asset Management

Mr. Clark leads ESG research & engagement efforts across investment strategies within Rockefeller Asset Management and serves as a Portfolio Manager on thematic equity offerings, including Rockefeller’s Climate Solutions Strategy. In this role, he is responsible for helping to generate alpha and positive outcomes while overseeing a team that specializes across three core ESG-integrated functions: (1) Fundamental research, (2) Quantitative research and (3) Shareholder engagement. Prior to joining Rockefeller in 2019, Mr. Clark worked as Managing Director and Director of Sustainable and Impact Investing at Glenmede, where he helped launch and build Glenmede’s sustainable and impact investing business. He joined Glenmede in 2008 in fixed income portfolio management and transitioned to a macroeconomic research analyst position on the investment strategy team before assuming the Director role in February 2017.

Mr. Clark has authored numerous investment and sustainability-related publications and has been featured in several print and broadcast media segments. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University and retains the Charter Financial Analyst® charterholder designation.