ESG Asia Deep Dive

29th September 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm HKT

Join Neudata as we explore the most commonly discussed questions around ESG in Asia.

ESG in Asia

In partnership with Morgan Stanley as Diamond sponsor. This event is exclusive to Neudata and Morgan Stanley clients.

Pressure from international and domestic investors for ethical business practices is driving an upsurge in ESG adoption by Asian companies. At the same time, government policy is effecting change — China’s president recently committed to taking the world’s second-largest economy on a pathway toward decarbonisation. Initiatives like these are expected to grow across the Asia-Pacific region.

Join Neudata on 29th September as we show investors how they can better integrate ESG factors into their equity, corporate bond, and sovereign debt portfolios.


The latest insights and trends in ESG

  • 2:00pm HKT
    Welcome & introduction
  • 2:05pm HKT
    Corporate Governance: What’s Happening in China

    Ying Zeng, ZD Proxy

  • 2:25pm HKT
    Natural Language Processing for ESG and SDG scoring, analytics and investment strategies

    Sylvain Forte, SESAMm

  • 2:35pm HKT
    ESG Investment and Disclosure – What’s the latest trend?

    Tim Chan, Morgan Stanley

  • 3:05pm HKT
    Asia ESG Basket Solutions

    Yohei Iwao, Morgan Stanley

  • 3:10pm HKT
    How serious is China about decarbonisation?

    Shan Guo,

  • 3:35pm HKT
    ESG through Machine Learning


  • 3:45pm HKT
    China ESG Datasets – An Introduction

    Helena Yu, Neudata

  • 4:00pm HKT


  • Sylvain Forté


    Co-founder and CEO
    Sylvain is the co-founder and CEO of SESAMm, an innovative fintech company specializing in big data and artificial intelligence for investment.
    Its team builds analytics and investment signals by analyzing billions of web articles and messages using natural language processing and machine learning.
    Holding a double degree in engineering made in France and Germany, Sylvain's passion for artificial intelligence and finance led him to create SESAMm in 2014.
    The company has offices in Paris, New York, Tokyo, and Tunis and works with major hedge funds, banks, and asset management clients around the world for both fundamental and quantitative use cases.
  • Helena Yu


    Head of Asia Research

    Helena is the Head of Asia Research at Neudata. She covers APAC alternative data suppliers with a particular focus on China. Prior to Neudata, Helena worked as sales operation manager at UBS Evidence Lab and alternative data product manager at 86 Research and Helena has also worked at Pacific Epoch as Co-Head of Research and senior TMT analyst.

    Helena holds a Master's degree in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics.

  • Ying Zeng

    ZD Proxy


    Ms. Zeng is a founding partner of ZD Proxy Shareholder Services, China’s first and most trusted proxy advisory firm dedicated to providing institutional investors with independent, informative and insightful governance advice and voting recommendations. She specializes in matters related to shareholder engagement, protection of minority shareholders, and securities litigation.

    Ms. Zeng has rich experience in corporate governance, fraud and abuse laws and advised clients on best practices for compliance during her seven years of practice as an attorney both in China and in the U.S. Before joining ZD Proxy, she practiced in a leading U.S. firm based in Philadelphia, specialized in corporate governance and regulatory compliance. She has been recognized as “Best Lawyers: One to Watch” in the area of Corporate Governance and Compliance Law by the oldest peer review publication in the U.S. legal profession. Ms. Zeng has been admitted to practice law in China, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

  • Tim Chan

    Morgan Stanley

    Vice President

    Tim Chan is a vice president at Morgan Stanley who joined the firm in 2020 and is a member of the global sustainability research team, leading the ESG research in Asia Pacific. His team ranked #1 in the Institutional Investor All-Asia Research Poll in 2021. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Tim was a senior ESG analyst at Manulife Investment Management where he led the ESG integration, research and engagement efforts in North Asia. Previously, he worked as an advisory manager at Ernst & Young within their climate change and sustainability services team. Tim holds a bachelor of science in molecular biotechnology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and a master of science in environmental management from the University of Hong Kong. He is also a CFA charterholder, a chartered environmentalist and an EFFAS certified ESG analyst.

  • Shan Guo

    Plenum China Research


    Guo Shan is a Partner at Plenum China Research, a Beijing-based independent research firm dedicated to help foreign investors gain a more accurate understanding of China's politics, policies, and economy. Shan focuses on analyzing the impact of policies on China’s industries and firms in general. Shan worked for Rhodium Group from 2016-2019, where she developed an expertise on industrial policies and state-owned enterprises. Before Rhodium, Shan worked at Deloitte and advised clients on cross-border transactions and their tax implications. Shan has an MPA from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

  • Yohei Iwao

    Morgan Stanley

    Director, Asia Quants Derivatives Strategy Group


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