Managing ESG Narrative and Investor Expectations

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Day two of on-line panel discussions hosted during "ESG Week: Challenges and Opportunities in the Mining Sector" with investors and key advisers as awareness and understanding of ESG risks in the minerals exploration and mining industry increases among the investment community. We discuss what responsible investors are looking for, their role at developing ESG programs as a critical component of company strategies and business planning, and how long term investment goals are shaping the new horizons.


Rebecca Gudgeon, Hudson Sandler, Partner, Head of 'HS Sustain'

Growing up, my dream was to be a writer. However, when I was old enough to understand the precarious financial nature of this career choice, I decided to think again and follow a route that would allow me to write, engage with the media and exercise my skill for forensic analysis. And after 25 years in the communications industry, supporting leading UK and global brands, I can honestly say that I made the right choice. I have developed a specialism in creating strategies that help companies rebuild their reputations following significant challenges or widespread criticism of an entire industry sector. I have extensive experience of managing short-term crises and work across a broad range of industry sectors including financial services, healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, defence, mining and manufacturing. Over the years, I have seen the problems companies face change significantly and now work extensively on issues involving sustainability, supply chain risks, human rights, corporate governance and taxation. The work can be complex and challenging but it’s never dull. And, whether it’s a submission to a government select committee or public inquiry, a statement around high-profile litigation or an annual sustainability report, I have plenty of opportunity to write on a daily basis.


Alexandra Gundobina, EN+ Group, Manager, Sustainable Development, Associations Relations

Ben Cleary, Tribeca Global Natural Resources Fund, Portfolio Manager

Ben Cleary is the Portfolio Manager of the Tribeca Global Nature Resources Fund and a Director of Tribeca Investment Partners. Ben has had an extensive career in the natural resources sector having worked in a number of specialist, director level roles at Macquarie Bank, RBC and RBS in Europe and Asia. In 2015, Ben founded Tribeca Global Natural Resources within Tribeca Investment Partners and has grown the team into one of Australia’s largest dedicated natural resources investment groups at a time where a number of investment management firms have exited the sector. In 2016, the Tribeca Global Natural Resources Fund that Ben manages was ranked as the top performing hedge fund globally by Preqin in 2016. The Tribeca Global Natural Resources team have been instrumental in corner-stoning more than $5bn of announced transactions in Australasia, Europe and North America since Ben founded the business. Ben’s team has been heavily involved in structuring a number of equity and credit transactions which has seen Tribeca become a preferred capital partner with both companies, banks and advisors. Ben is based in Singapore and is the Chief Executive Officer for Tribeca Investment Partners Asia. Ben holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Queensland, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance from FINSIA and is a member of the Australian Institute of the Company Directors

Iancu Daramus, Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), Senior Sustainability Analyst

Iancu covers the extractives industries and supports the development of low-carbon investments as part of the stewardship team at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). Iancu joined LGIM in 2017 after working several years in communications and investor outreach for the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a leading think-tank investigating climate risk in energy markets. He graduated from the London School of Economics and holds degrees in philosophy and public policy.

Ayuna Nechaeva, London Stock Exchange Group, Head of Europe, Primary Markets, Chair of Eurasia Market Advisory Group at TheCityUK

Ayuna Nechaeva runs London Stock Exchange’s Primary Markets deal origination team across all of Europe, including Ireland, Russia and the CIS. In the course of over 10 years at LSEG, Ayuna has worked on dozens of high-profile IPOs and listings across all sectors. Ayuna’s team manages a portfolio of over 200 listed issuers with a total market value close to $1 trillion. In September 2019, Ayuna was elected Co-Chair of LSEG’s Women Inspired Network UK Chapter. In June 2020, she was appointed as Chair of TheCityUK’s Eurasia Market Advisory Group. Ayuna was featured in Management Today’s 35 under 35 Women in Management in 2017. In 2018, she was shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Award in Business category.Ayuna holds a Master’s in International Business from Grenoble Graduate School of Business and MA in Linguistics & Intercultural Communications from the Moscow State University.