Future of ESG Data

17th February 2022 11am - 1pm ET Virtual Webinar

Join Neudata for our first Deep Dive into the series "Future of ESG", as the investment management community discuss areas such as: how to tackle Greenwashing, and other key themes.

In partnership with Morgan Stanley as Diamond sponsor.

This event is exclusive to Neudata and Morgan Stanley Buy-Side clients.

ESG topics continue to be popular with institutional investors, particularly for those looking to understand how ESG data can help them both uncover new investing opportunities and de-risk their portfolios.

The rise in ESG’s popularity has created another concern — greenwashing. Given that ESG reporting often occurs in an unregulated environment, firms are likely to share positive ESG information and hold back on reporting metrics that could be considered as adverse.

Join Neudata on February 17 as we discuss the issues and solutions that have helped reduce some of the bias in models based on self-reported ESG data.


  • 11:00am ET

    Welcome & Introduction

    Dean Murphy, Global Events Director, Neudata

  • 11:05am ET

    Tracking Greenwashing and ESG inconsistencies

    Alina Gregory CFA, Portfolio Manager, Cazenove Capital

  • 11:30am ET

    ESG Controversy and SDG Events on Small Companies – NLP Methodology and Quantitative Results

    Sylvain Forté, CEO, SESAMm

  • 11:40am ET

    Greenwash Mitigation – Alternative Data Solutions

    Julia Asri Meigh, Head of ESG, Neudata

  • 12:00pm ET

    Let’s Talk About Carbon

    A Morgan Stanley Panel with: Sophie Beland, Vice President Equity Division, Kevin Cheshire, Head of EMEA Institutional Commodity Sales & Rob Pulleyn, Head of the Utilities & Clean Energy Research Team

  • 12:30pm ET

    ESG 3.0 – Radical Transparency via Satellite Remote Sensing.

    Mark Kriss, Co-Founder and CEO, Geofinancial Analytics

  • 12:40pm ET

    What is Green?

    Vitali Kalesnik, Research Affiliates & Barney Bruce-Smythe, ESG Analyst, Neudata

  • 1:00pm ET



  • Alina Gregory

    Cazenove Capital

    Portfolio Manager

    Alina is a Portfolio Manager at Cazenove Capital, with specialisms in segregated equities and sustainability.  She joined through the Schroders Graduate Programme in 2014 after reading Economics with French at Durham University.  She holds the Investment Management Certificate and is a CFA charterholder.

  • Sophie Beland

    Morgan Stanley

    Vice President Equity Division

    Sophie Beland is Head of the EMEA Systematic Advisory Sales team, as well as Co-Chair of the Net East Asia Employee Network in EMEA. The Systematic Advisory Sales team is responsible for distributing Morgan Stanley’s Quantitative Assets to institutional clients. Prior to this Sophie was a member of the client business analytics group at Morgan Stanley in the Equity Division.

    Sophie has a B.A. in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

  • Rob Pulleyn

    Morgan Stanley

    Head of the Utilities & Clean Energy Research Team

    Rob Pulleyn joined Morgan Stanley in 2006 and became head of the Utilities & Clean Energy research team in mid-2019, having previously co-headed the European Oil & Gas team. The previous Energy role included lead coverage on Integrated Oil stocks and Oil services. Rob led the #1 ranked Oil Services franchise between 2011 and 2019 and both Oil & Gas & Oil Services were consistently Top-3 ranked over that period. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Rob was a senior watch leader on the 2005-6 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. He holds an MSc ECON in International Politics and BSc Hons in History from Durham University.

  • Kevin Cheshire

    Morgan Stanley

    Head of EMEA Institutional Commodity Sales

    Kevin Cheshire heads our Institutional Sales team for Commodities in EMEA. This covers a range of clients from Asset Allocators and Asset Managers through to Regional Banks and
    Hedge Funds. As well, it covers all underlying commodities including Commodity Indices, Quantitative Investment Strategies and Carbon Emissions.

    Prior to Morgan Stanley, Kevin was in the same Commodity Sales role at Goldman Sachs for 14 years.

  • Vitali Kalesnik

    Research Affiliates

    Partner, Director of Research for Europe

    Vitali Kalesnik is a partner and senior member of the investment team. He leads research and business strategy in the European region. Previously, Vitali led the Equity Research team and continues to perform general equity-related research.

    Articles he has co-authored with others have been recognized with three Graham and Dodd Scroll Awards, a Financial Analysts Journal Readers’ Choice Award, a William F. Sharpe Indexing Achievement Award, a Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Award, and a Graham and Dodd Top Award for "What Is Quality?" His research strengthens and expands Research Affiliates’ products—in particular, RAFI™ Fundamental Index™ strategies—and supports our global tactical asset allocation products.

    Vitali earned his PhD in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was a winner of the UCLA Graduate Division Fellowship for 2001–2005. He speaks fluent English, Russian, and French.

  • 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.
  • Mark Kriss

    Geofinancial Analytics

    Co-Founder and CEO

    Mark Kriss co-founded Geofinancial Analytics in 2017 and serves as its CEO and Product Lead. Leveraging an advanced satellite-powered remote sensing platform, Geofinancial helps fundamental, quantitative and quantimental investment managers innovate and better manage ESG risks in the energy sector.

    Mark is a successful serial tech entrepreneur and impact investor. His prior startups were acquired by Dow Jones (financial analytics) and Cisco (network security). A thought leader on sustainability data and climate risk metrics, he also serves as a charter member of Dimensional Fund Advisors Sustainability Funds Council. The Dimensional Sustainability Funds Council is a group of consultants and wealth managers not affiliated with Dimensional working together with Dimensional to research the best ways to provide sustainability investment solutions to investors.

  • Dean Murphy


    Commercial Director - Data Provider Products

    Dean is responsible for leading, developing and expanding Neudata’s events programme.

    Having spent the last decade creating, building and scaling conference and content businesses within the FinTech and Energy sectors, Dean has worked with some of the most recognisable global brands on B2B events of all sizes. Dean co-founded two conference companies in 2013 and exited through acquisition in early 2020.

    Dean holds a BA Hons degree in Theatre and Performance Studies from Warwick University.

  • Barney Bruce-Smythe


    ESG analyst (London) Research

    Barney joined Neudata in 2021 as an ESG analyst, having previously worked for three years at an executive search firm executing mandates across distribution and investment roles. During this time, he also led the Asset Management Practice’s intelligence gathering and analytics.

    He holds an MA in History from the University of St Andrews.

  • Julia Asri Meigh


    Head of ESG Research
    Julia is a senior analyst at Neudata. She has over four years of experience as an analyst and account manager in consulting and financial services. Prior to Neudata, Julia worked at Macrobond Financial, the Foresight Factory and Gatehouse Advisory Partners. As an analyst, she covered a broad range of topics and sectors, including consumer trends, retail investing and the global macroeconomy.
    Julia holds an MSc in Economy, Risk and Society from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics, Politics and Sociology from the University of Westminster.


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  • Unregulated
  • Greenwashing
  • Social Responsibility
  • Non-toxic
  • Cruelty-free
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