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Women in Private Markets Summit 2021

The worlds’ leading diversity event focused on alternatives; the Women in Private Markets Summit is returning to London on 1-2 December.

This is an event like no other within alternative assets for networking. Take part in the discussion and make real lasting connections with industry participants. The agenda is designed to facilitate networking opportunities and includes speed-networking, an investor-only workshop, roundtable discussions, think-tanks, mentoring sessions and much more.

Connect with 600+ institutional investors, fund managers and the surrounding industry, the event provides a platform for men and women of all levels to build their network across alternative asset classes.

This year’s Women in Private Markets Summit will once again be co-located with the Women in Private Equity, Women in Infrastructure, Women in Real Estate and Women in Private Debt Forums. All summit attendees will have access to the four forums.

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Day one – 1st December


Registration and coffee

PEI Welcome

Chairperson’s opening remarks
Laurie Mahon, Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets

Keynote Speech: Building a career as a dealmaker in private equity

Cheryl Potter spent two decades at Permira leading the Global Consumer Team and the London office. She also served on the firm’s Executive Committee and the Compensation and Partnership Committee. Whilst the number of women in private markets has grown since Cheryl joined Permira in 1999, there is still a long way to go with only 10% of women working in Senior Investment roles. (Level 20 and BVCA D&I Survey 2021). 

While more women are entering the industry at a junior level, Private Equity still struggles to retain diverse talent. 

This keynote speech will share learnings from a career spent in the deal team, how the industry can attract and retain more women and the role of Level 20. 

Cheryl Potter, Chair, Level 20

LP Allocations to private markets in a changed economy

  • How well have investments performed compared to other strategies since March 2019?
  • Views on the future of fundraising after the changes caused of the past 18 months
  • How are LPs supporting emerging managers and are they concerned about the flight to familiarity?
  • To what extent are LPs making investment decisions based on diversity?

Moderator: Natalie Breen, Global Head of Strategic Growth, Sanne Group
Teia Merring
, Investment Director – Private Equity, USS
Carolin Blank
, Managing Director, Hamilton Lane
Sarah Farrell, Head of Private Equity Europe and Asia, Allstate Investments
Sunaina Sinha
, Managing Partner, Cebile Capital
Tricia Ward, Director, Head of Private Credit, Redington

How industry leaders are walking the talk on diversity

  • Examples of the benefits of diverse teams in fundraising
  • How are firms recruiting and retaining diverse candidates?
  • Changes to working practices since covid-19, returning to the office and the impact on women
  • Advice for those making their way in private markets

Moderator: Aranpreet Randhawa, Partner, Proskauer
Deborah Zurkow
, Global Head of Investments, AllianzGI
Benoit Durteste
, Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer, ICG
Emma Watford
, Partner, Bridgepoint
Phil Peters
, Global Head of Client Solutions Group, Macquarie Asset Management

Coffee & Networking

The continued rise of impact investing in alternatives

  • To what extent are impact strategies within mega funds integrated with ESG?
  • Balancing outcome with fiduciary responsibility
  • How are managers in impact differentiating themselves in their investment approach?
  • Are impact strategies allowing funds to broaden their investor base?

Moderator: Ruth Knox, Partner–ESG & Impact, Kirkland & Ellis
Rikke Kjær Nielsen
, Partner, EQT
Vivian Ngan, Investment Director, Bridgepoint
Joanna Reiss
, Partner and Co-lead of Impact, Private Equity, Apollo Global Management

How has economic disruption impacted appetite for co-investments?

  • Differences across asset classes and lessons learnt: private equity vs real estate or infrastructure?
  • To what extent have co-investments been used to help companies through a crisis?
  • Opportunities created by the past year
  • The blurring lines between secondaries and co-investments

Floortje Brouwers, Senior Vice President, GIC Private Markets
Jackie Peradotto, Principal, HarbourVest Partners
Karin Hyland
, Senior Investment Director, Abrdn
Adriana Ballard
, Private Equity Portfolio Manager, Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS)









Infrastructure chairperson’s opening remarks

Laurie Mahon, Vice-Chair, US Investment Banking, Global Investment Banking, CIBC Capital Markets


13:40Private Equity chairperson’s opening remarks
Alison Hampton, Founder, Alma Verde Advisors
13:40PERE chairperson’s opening remarks

Gila Cohen, Managing Director of Real Estate and Private Equity,MUFG

Private debt chairperson’s opening remarks
Dalit Nuttall
, Principal, West Valley Capital

Are we entering a ‘roaring twenties’ for infrastructure?
Moderator: Amy Mahon, Partner,Simpson Thacher & Bartlett

Gwenola Chambon, CEO – Founding Partner, Vauban Infrastructure
Tara Davies
, Partner, Global Head of Core Infrastructure, and Co-Head of European Infrastructure, KKR
Dr. Angelika Schöchlin
, Partner, Antin Infrastructure Partners
Roopa Murphy
, Partner Infrastructure Debt, Europe, AMP Capital



How well positioned is Private Equity to turn the crisis into an opportunity?

Moderator: Alex Farmer, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Sofia Hasni Ahuja
, Managing Director EQT
Nadia Meier-Kirner
, Partner, Triton Partners
Senior representative,Salesforce


Real estate demand post-pandemic: finding opportunities a dislocated market

Moderator: Gila Cohen, Managing Director of Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG
Joanne McNamara
, EVP Europe and Asia, Oxford Properties
Sabina Kalyan
, Global Head of Real Assets Research, CBRE Global Investors
Sarah Acheson
, Investment Director – Real Estate, Cambridge Associates



How has private debt fared in comparison with other investment strategies in the past few months?
Moderator: Harriet West, Associate, Proskauer

Natalia Tsitoura, Managing Director, Head of European Private Debt, Apollo Management International
Sonia Rocher, Head of Private Debt Research and Execution, BlackRock

Nicole Downer, Managing Partner, MV Credit

Asset Management: How managers have adapted capabilities to manage through disruption
Irina Frolova, Head Asset Management Infrastructure, PGGM
Helen Price, Director, Infrastructure, InfraRed Capital Partners 

Investor perspectives on PE as we enter a new cycle
Moderator: Rebecca Villarreal, Partner,Proskauer
Lorna Robertson
, Head of Funds,Connection Capital
Mirja Lehmler-Brown
, Managing Director, Hayfin
Olivia Kebble
, Investment Professional, Moonfare


Where are opportunities in a fiercely competitive logistics market?
Moderator: Sylvia Slaughter, Senior Director – Fund Management, GLP

Jane Harrison, Real Estate & Customer Experience, Director,Prologis
Ana Estrada
, Managing Director Real Estate Investing, Goldman Sachs Asset Management     
Kari Pitkin
, Head of Business Development Europe, Allianz Real Estate



What role can private credit providers play in helping companies integrate ESG and sustainability?

Moderator: Magdalena Kowalska-Habermeier, Senior Portfolio Manager, NN Investment Partners
Sabrina Fox,
Chief Executive Officer,ELFA
Adriana            Oller, Founder & Partner,Resilience Partners
Kristina Matthews,
Managing Director, Head of Investor Relations & ESG,Brightwood Capital Advisors
Lucie Mixeras
, Associate Director, IFM Investors



Digital infrastructure: finding value in an ultra- competitive market
Kriti Madan
, Vice President, Northleaf Capital Partners
Rohini Pahwa
, Managing Director, Arjun Infrastructure Partners


Outlining the commercial value of ESG integration in PE
Moderator: Alison Hampton, Founder,Alma Verde Advisors
Shami Nissan,
Director, Head of Sustainability, Actis
Laura O’Brian, Investment Director – Private Equity, Cambridge Associates
Hangwi Manavhela, Partner & Head of ESG, Aequalitas Capital Partners


The future of offices in a post-pandemic world
Nisha Raghavan
, Chief Financial Officer, EQT
Bronny Wilson, Regional Head UK and Ireland, Equiem
Vanessa Muscara, Head of Research & Strategy, Europa Capital
Roujin Mansour, Senior Investment Analyst, AustralianSuper

Megan Walters, Global head of research,Allianz Real Estate


Distressed & special situations: how is it performing as we move along the creditcycle?

Daniela Jönsson, Principal, Ares Management
Ivelina Green
, CIO and Founder,Pearlstone Alternative


Coffee & networking

Defining social infrastructure and where private capital fits into the ecosystem
Annette Bannister, Head of European Infrastructure and Project Finance,Metlife Investment Management
Julia Schiffer
, Senior Portfolio Manager,Mercer 

Why growth equity & venture capital are growing rapidly worldwide
Moderator: Lisya Bahar Manoah, Partner, Catalyst Fund
Georgia Watson, Vice President, Growth and Venture Investments, Goldman Sachs

Saachi Oza, Senior Investment Associate,Bregal Milestone
Maggie Vo, Managing General Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Fuel Venture Capital
Shannee Braun
, Vice President, EQT Growth


Why investors are flooding into life sciences

Moderator: Andrea Carpenter, Director, Women Talk Real Estate
Anne Gales
, Partner,Threadmark


View of the world: how different regions are prospering and why Asia-Pacific is in the spotlight


Opportunities in the Energy Transition as the world aims for net-zero

Moderator: Dan McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer, One Search
Patricia Rodrigues
, Member of Investment Committee, GLIL Infrastructure
Ruth Murray, Associate Director, Gresham House
Albena Vassileva
, Executive Director, IFM Investors
Casey Forester
, Director, PE/Infrastructure, Impax Asset Management


How technological innovations can democratise PE investing?

Carine Schneider, President, Astrella
Clare Gaskell
, Partner,Simpson Thacher


Traditional vs alternative lenders: what are their intentions for the real estate market post-pandemic?
Natalie Howard, Head of Real Estate Debt,Schroders Capital
Beatrice Dupont
, Partner, ARA Venn

Daljit Sandhu, COO & Founder, Précis Capital Partners


Exploring the potential of private debt secondaries
Alesia Dawidowicz, Managing Director, Private Debt and Hedge Funds, StepStone Group 

Carmen Alonso, Head of UK & Iberia, Tikehau Capital






Sustainable value creation: How ESG has moved from a cost centre to a value driver in infrastructure
Chantale Pelletier, Global Head of Infrastructure,Schroders


Emerging Managers: what it takes to raise a first-time fund
Moderator: Carmela Mendoza, Senior Reporter, Private Equity International
Michelle Jacobi
, Managing Director, Gatewood Capital Partners
Natalia Sigrist, Partner – Private Equity, Unigestion
Rajaa Mekouar, Founder and CEO, Calista Direct Investors



How sustainability considerations have moved beyond just the environment in real estate

Gilda Perez-Alvarado, Global CEO, JLL Hotels & Hospitality
Christina Djambazca
, Analyst, Real Estate; Product Lead – Transition Risk, GRESB
Sadie Malim
, Head of Special Projects & Legal, Moorfield


Why is interest in asset-backed lending & project finance increasing?

Sophia Damianou, Managing Director, Business Development (EMEA),            Northleaf Capital Partners
Sophie Littler,
Associate Director,LendInvest    

Christine Farquhar, Global Head of the Credit Investment Group, Cambridge Associates
Jemima Atkins, Portfolio Manager,Allianz Global Investors




Sponsorship opportunity: Cocktail reception




Day two: 2nd December

Invitation only think-tanks
These sessions will allow women to speak freely about the issues impacting their office and asset class. It is a closed door, open conversation where attendees can benchmark ideas and share best practices to gain solutions for common concerns.

  • Infrastructure (invitation and LP/GP only)
  • Private Equity led by Danai Musandu, Senior Investor Relations Associate, HPE Growth
  • Private Debt
  • Real Estate led by Gila Cohen, Managing Director of Real Estate and Private Equity, MUFG

Measuring the ‘S’ in ESG

  • Why do we care about S
  • Micro measurement: The GOOD FINANCE framework: Why was there a need for this piece of work? What obstacles are preventing progress?
  • Macro measurement: The importance of addressing the S & G: Growth and Governance Hub at TII
  • Making the research useful and relevant for private markets

Dr. Grace Lordan, Associate Professor/Founding Director of The Inclusion Initiative, London School of Economics
Tina Fordham
, Partner-Head of Global Political Strategy, Avonhurst

Highlights of the PEI LP Insight findings
The PEI Investor Research and Analytics team surveyed over 100 LPs to capture investor sentiment on asset allocation, relationships with GPs, and performance predictions. The study also features insight on gender diversity and inclusion. Investors range from established players with diverse fund portfolios, to those planning to make their first alternatives commitments in 2021

Will fundraising ever be the same again?

  • Learnings from working remotely: will it make fundraising more efficient in the long-term?
  • Stories of completing due diligence remotely
  • How to build new LP relationships without travelling the world
  • Tips for emerging managers

Moderator: Emily Brown, Partner, Ropes & Gray
Daria Litvinova
, Head of Investor Relations, Vauban Infrastructure
Anamica Broetz
, Head of Coverage & IR: Private Equity & Impact Investing, DWS


Secondaries market update

  • To what extent are GP led deals driving growth of the market?
  • Are managers looking to opportunities in Asia?
  • Comparing performance and growth of secondaries in different asset classes
  • Implementing ESG in secondaries

Laura Shen, Partner & Co-Founder, Headway Capital Partners
Sophia Damianou, Managing Director, Business Development (EMEA), Northleaf Capital Partners       

Coffee & networking

How talent experts are helping to change their organisations

  • The importance of getting the buy-in of senior management
  • What innovations have participants brought into their companies and portfolio investments?
  • Recruiting and retaining diverse talent
  • Stories of success and failure within current and previous position

Sue Brown, Managing Director, Real Estate Balance

Network building in private markets hosted by Sanne Group
The room will be split up into roundtables each led by an expert moderator. Delegates will have the opportunity to join two tables each for 30 minutes with the aim to meet likeminded people and discuss a topic of interest;

  • Maria Perez Corral (Rubicon Partners) – Fundraising in a changed world
  • Anne Clarke (ABSTRACT) – Attracting Sponsors & Mentors’
  • Overcoming unconscious bias
  • Kendall Langford (Patron Capital Advisers) – An intro to the world’s first gender-lens property fund
  • ESG across private markets
  • Melissa Li (CIBC Capital Markets) – Finding opportunities in a crowded market
  • Making yourself indispensable to the firm
  • Aspiring to a NED position
  • Renumeration
  • Evie Mulberry (Astia Fund) – A career in venture
  • Marie Measures (Sanne Group) – TOPIC TBC

Close of conference





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