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Beyond Covid-19: Rebuilding SDG-aligned business and investment

28 January 2021, 8.00am UK and again at 3.00pm UK

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Beyond Covid-19: Rebuilding SDG-aligned business and investment


Recommendations to the United Nations World Investment Forum

Over the past year, The Legal 500 joined with The Blended Capital Group to host a dynamic debate and exploration of how business in different countries across the world have mitigated the seemingly never-ending uncertainty and risks of the Global Pandemic.

Now, the United Nations World Investment Forum has devoted two, two-hour Panel Sessions on Thursday 28 January to the findings of The Legal 500and TBCG process.

Among others, some of the most senior officials in the United Nations, investors such as CalPERS and the New Zealand Sovereign Wealth Fund, and business leaders from Japan to Brazil and many countries in between, will discuss the recommendations made by the Business Beyond-Covid-19 dialogue.

Register now

To register for free for the United Nations sessions on January 28th – each with different speakers – being held at 8.00am-10.00am UKand then again at 3.00pm-5.00pm UK do so here:


Leading legal minds

The online event series was kicked off by Judge Professor Mervyn King of South Africa and Professor Paul Q. Watchman, from the UK where he was a former senior partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer. Both Professors have kindly supported the online series from the start and will help deliver final recommendations to the United Nations World Investment Forum.

Confirmed speakers for 28 January UN events include:

  • Judge Professor Mervyn King – Chair Emeritus GRI/ Founder Good Governance Academy (South Africa)
  • Professor Paul Watchman – Professor of Law, University of Glasgow (UK)
  • Dr James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprise, World Investment Forum, UNCTAD
  • Nardos Bekele-Thomas – UN Resident Co-ordinator, South Africa
  • Anne Simpson, Managing Investment Director, Governance and Sustainability, CalPERS (USA)
  • Archana Hingorani – Founder, Siana Capital, former CEO of IL&FS (India)
  • Matt Whineray – CEO, NZ Superannuation Fund (New Zealand)
  • Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu – CEO, Tony Elumelu Foundation (Nigeria)
  • Kasemsit Pathomsak – Director, Board of Trade Thailand, former Chair of ICC Thailand (Thailand)
  • Yasuo Izumi – Executive Consultant, Oriental Consultants Global (Japan)
  • Martin Rich – co-founder, Future Fit Foundation (UK)
  • John Oliphant – Founding Partner, Third Way Investment Partners (South Africa) and Former CEO/CIO of GEPF SA
  • Ingo Kumic – Panel Respondent – Partner, The Blended Capital Group (Australia)
  • Ertharin Cousin – Former Executive Director, UN World Food Programme, founder, Food Systems for the Future (USA)
  • Luiz Maia – Managing Partner, Brookfields Asset Management (Brazil)
  • Mike Sherry – Founder, Mwezi Co., Ltd (UK/Kenya)
  • Tara Callinan – Board Director, SGS Economics & Planning
  • Pierre Thiam – Senegalese chef and activist, Member SOS SAHEL International Board (Senegal/USA)
  • Sean Flannery – Vice Chair, Corporate Knights, former CIO, State Street Global Advisors (USA
  • Geoff Kendall – co-founder, Future Fit Foundation (UK)
  • Gordon Noble – Partner, The Blended Capital Group Australia