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ESG investing landscape in Asia: challenges and opportunities

ESG investing landscape in Asia: challenges and opportunities

  • Start:20 Aug 2019 12:15 PM
  • End:20 Aug 2019 01:30 PM

The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investment landscape has undergone rapid changes over the years. Increasingly, pension funds and asset managers seek to incorporate ESG factors into financial analysis and investment decision-making. However, many investors face regulatory challenges in ESG markets. How prepared are we for these challenges and opportunities in the ESG investing landscape? And, will the adoption of sustainable investments result in alpha generation?

Eurex and the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) will be hosting a one-hour lunch session, bringing together renowned ESG experts in the industry to discuss the challenges and opportunities in ESG investing and keep you up-to-date with the latest ESG trends and regulatory changes in Asia.

This is a closed group event. An event summary will be available on this web page after the event date. For further queries, please contact Liz Yeo at


20 August 2019, Tuesday
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (local time)




Stefan Ullrich, Director of Sustainable Finance, Paia Consulting


Wong Dan Chi, Global ESG Specialist, Nikko Asset Management

Eva Huang, Managing Director, Head of Global Coverage Group, Greater China, DWS

Madhu Gayer, Director, Regional Head of Investment Analytics & Data Services, APAC, Global Head of Sustainability Analytics, BNP Paribas Securities Services

Mezhgan Qabool, Head of Market Development Asia Pacific, Eurex

Rick Chau, Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific, STOXX

Speaker Profiles 

Stefan Ullrich
Director of Sustainable Finance, Paia Consulting

Stefan Ullrich is a Director at Paia Consulting, Singapore's longest-standing sustainability consultancy, where he focuses on sustainable finance and on developing new collaborative solutions for financing the transition to a low-carbon, resilient and sustainable global economy. His clients are predominantly financial institutions and listed companies, whom he advises on integrating sustainability into their business and investment strategies.

He has more than 18 years of experience in expanding the business of world-leading futures exchanges in Asia across all major asset classes. Stefan has held senior-level positions in Eurex and at NYSE Liffe, before being part of the management team that established Intercontinental Exchange's first Asian derivatives exchange. His last position in the futures space was as ICE Futures Singapore's Head of Precious Metals in 2015.

After leaving ICE, he decided to follow his life-long passion for sustainability. Apart from his work for Paia Consulting, he is currently writing his thesis for a master's degree in Sustainability at Harvard Extension School. Stefan also holds a master's degree in Classical Chinese from Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

Wong Dan Chi
Global ESG Specialist, Nikko Asset Management

Wong Dan Chi (DC) is the Global ESG Specialist at Nikko Asset Management. Based in Singapore, she supports global investment teams across asset classes to enhance ESG capabilities. She has over nine years of experience specialising in ESG, particularly in the Asian region. DC was trained at United Nations University on global change and sustainability by leading practitioners from institutions such as Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and The World Bank. Prior to Nikko AM, DC was Director at Paia Consulting, a specialist sustainability consultancy. 

DC read Accountancy and Environmental Economics for her bachelor's and master’s degrees respectively. She is a Chartered Accountant and completed the Level II Chartered Financial Analyst exam.


Eva Huang
Managing Director, Head of Global Coverage Group, Greater China, DWS

Eva joined DWS in 2015 with more than fifteen years of industry
experience. Prior to joining the firm, she was with BlueBay Hong Kong
Limited for two years as Representative Officer and Head of Sales-Greater
China & Singapore with responsibility of the business development in the
region, including institutional clients, such as SWF, pension funds, insurance
companies, corporations and intermediary clients, such as private banks and
retail banks.

Prior to that, she served as Head of Institutional Sales in Allianz Global
Investors Taiwan Limited for more than eight years being held responsible for
institutional business in Taiwan. She also co-worked with Pension Association
for industry knowledge and market insight sharing.

Masters Degree in Business Administration from National Chenchi University

Madhu Gayer
Regional Head of Investment Analytics & Data Services, APAC, Global Head of Sustainability Analytics, BNP Paribas Securities Services

Madhu is the Head of Investment Analytics & Data Services for APAC, and the Global Head of Sustainability Analytics, BNP Paribas Securities Services and is based in Singapore. In this role, he works with large institutional investors and asset managers in the field of sustainability, investment risk, compliance, and associated investment analytics, providing technical consulting, thought leadership and investment analysis. He leverages a large global group of risk & performance professionals and an industry-leading set of solutions, covering areas such as ESG risk, liquidity risk, stress testing, fixed income attribution, and risk decomposition.

He has previously worked in multiple front office and middle office roles, including portfolio management, risk management and quantitative analytics, in Hong Kong, Australia and Singapore.

He is a leading expert in the field of ESG and sustainability, having developed a comprehensive ESG analytical tool to support institutional investors in their ESG integration journey, leading the ESG Reporting workstream for the global Sustainable Finance Programme in BNP, and authored several papers in the sustainable investments field, working with the UN PRI and with regional stewardship councils.

Madhu is a regular invited speaker at industry conferences throughout the region on risk and portfolio management topics. He is a CIPM Certificate holder from the CFA Institute, a FRM Certificate holder from the GARP, and also holds a Master of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Sydney, Australia. He is a member of the IMAS Risk and Performance Council in Singapore, a member of the CFA Institute GIPS Interpretations global sub-committee, a member of the FSC P-Group in Australia, a member of the UN PRI SDG Asset Allocation global working group and a member of the AIMA Responsible Investments global working group.

Mezhgan Qabool
Head of Market Development Asia Pacific, Eurex

Mezhgan Qabool is a Senior Vice President of Sales and Business Development at Eurex Exchange, one of the world’s leading derivatives exchanges, based in Singapore. 

Mezhgan began her career at Eurex in Singapore where she contributed to the establishment of the Exchange’s branch office, working closely with the market participants and regulators to expand the Exchange’s derivatives offering in the Asia Pacific region.  

Subsequently, Mezhgan spent 4 years in New York spearheading the sales and business development of Eurex products and services in East Coast and Canada region, working closely with the sell-side and buy-side firms, before moving back to Singapore in 2017 as Head of Singapore Branch Office and Head of Asia Equity and Index Sales. 

Prior to Eurex, Mezhgan was with the United Nations Women, Singapore Chapter, where she was involved in projects that focused on the development and advancement of women and children in Southeast Asia.

Mezhgan holds a Bachelor of Law from Queen Mary University of London.

Rick Chau
Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific, STOXX

Rick is Managing Director & Head of Asia Pacific at STOXX, Limited. He is responsible for the firm’s business development efforts in the Asia Pacific region.
Rick was previously at MSCI Hong Kong heading the index hedge fund and broker-dealer client coverage team in Hong Kong & Institutional Investors/Asset Managers in Taiwan. He was also the Head of Stock Exchanges & Regulators for Asia Pacific. Prior to joining MSCI Hong Kong, Rick was at FTSE as Head of Business Development for North Asia.

He has extensive business management expertise related to index products, ETFs, funds, notes and other product structures. Rick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Sydney, Australia.


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