Event Details - IAPF Investment Conference Week

When: Note this is a multi day event, starting 23/03/2021 for 10am - 11.15am each day and finishing on 26/03/2021
Where: Online Conference | Event link & further information will be emailed to you upon registration
Cost: IAPF Member - Pension Scheme Representative (Non Practitioner): Free of Charge, Non Members: €250, IAPF Member - Practitioner (Organisations that provide professional services to pension funds): €125, Members: €125,

Sponsored By

Irish Life




The IAPF Investment Conference Week will take place from the 23-26 March. This four day online conference will bring together trustees, Pensions schemes, HR and finance managers, policymakers and service providers to consider and discuss issues facing pension schemes today. See below for the timetable and speakers. You only need to book once to view each day live or view back on demand. You will be sent the link to join each once you have booked on the IAPF website. We look forward to welcoming you then.


This Conference will be allocated 4 CPD hours by the IAPF for on-going trustee training requirements. We received for 1 CPD hour per day from the LIA , the IOB and the IIPM under category 2. Pensions, Pension Trustee Practitioners (PTP) hours and category 3. Savings & Investment. If you have a query relating to the CPD hours, please contact the relevant awarding bodies.

Day 1 - LIA(10828_2021 & IOB(2021-0593)

Day 2 - LIA(10829_2021) & IOB(2021-0592)

Day 3 - LIA(10830_2021) & IOB(2021-0594)

Day 4 - LIA(10868_2021) & IOB(2021-0596)




Tuesday 23 March 



Chair of Day 1

Tom O'Gorman, IAPF Investment Committee



ESG is Becoming the New Normal - Implications for Investors  

Carlo M. Funk, Head of EMEA ESG Investment Strategy, State Street Global Advisors

Although it wasn’t obvious at first sight, the Covid-19 crisis has uncovered the importance of key ESG performance indicators for long-term value creation. In a study conducted by Responsible Investor mid last year, two thirds of participants said that the pandemic could prove a tipping point for ESG. This could be the boost that ESG investing needs to become truly mainstream. For their part, many investors are integrating ESG and climate considerations across their portfolios in response to changing attitudes and regulations. For 2021 there are some stand out points to consider:

  • The significance of ESG criteria has become evident
  • The concept of financial materiality and hence ESG performance becomes front and centre
  • Investors join companies and governments to reach net zero
  • Investors are re-evaluating ESG-related tracking error
  • Stewardship and engagement: engage or divest?



The IORP II Directive & the Second Shareholders’ Rights Directive: Some ESG Considerations

Patrick O'Connor and Cathal Fehily, IAPF Investment Committee

  • The ESG aspects of the IORP II Directive & the requirement to have an ESG policy
  • The Pensions Authority’s publications to date on the IORP II Directive
  • The requirements of the Second Shareholders’ Rights Directive for pension schemes







Wednesday 24 March 



Chair of Day 2

Liam Stack,  Chairperson of the IAPF Investment Committee



Residential Property Investment - a proven asset class internationally, now a compelling investment opportunity domestically 

Duncan Lyster, Head of Residential Property, Irish Life Investment Managers 

Anne Morash, GWL Realty Advisors 

In the last decade investment in the residential sector in Ireland has been professionalised.  The residential investment sector has become a core investment sector.  It has more than held its own with strong rental and capital value performance in recent years and particularly in the world with Covid 19 in 2020.  The sector has displayed its defensive diversification and solid income generative qualities.  Internationally real estate investors look to allocate about 25% of their capital into residential and allocations are typically much lower than that for many Irish Investors. 

  • Performance in a challenging time – 2020
  • What sets residential apart?
  • How does residential score from an ESG perspective?




Financial Markets Overview

Chris Johns, Investment Committee, Acuvest

We will look at what is happening in financial markets and what trustees should be considering. How are equity markets performing, are there risk of bubbles, will bond yields continue to rise and what is the risk of inflation?






Thursday 25 March


Chair of Day 3

Noel Friel, IAPF Investment Committee



Preparing for the End Game – discussing LDI focussed solutions for less mature schemes, and CDI focussed solutions for more mature schemes. 

Patrick O’Sullivan, Senior Solutions Manager, Schroders

Pension schemes are increasingly allocating to LDI programmes in recognition of the need to manage market risks impacting on the funding position of pension promises.  In this talk we will discuss the strategies that pension funds can employ to manage funding risks – LDI focussed solutions for less mature schemes, and CDI focussed solutions for more mature schemes



Life expectancy: the impact of the pandemic and medical advances 

Aisling Kennedy, Independent non-executive director

The impact of the pandemic on mortality rates has been devastating over the course of 2020 and early 2021. You will likely have seen some stark headlines about the reduction in life expectancy (based on 2020 mortality rates). But the impact on future life expectancy is more complex and uncertain and will be overlaid by advances in technology and medicine, as well as wider economic and societal factors.  This presentation will look at the range of potential outcomes over the medium and longer term.






Friday 26 March


Chair of Day 4

Jerry Moriarty, CEO, IAPF



Building Tomorrow’s Office: Safe, Sustainable, Scalable 

Laura Coleman Director of Investor Relations, PineBridge Benson Elliot & Joseph De Leo Managing Partner and Investment Committee Member, PineBridge Benson Elliot

The abrupt move to remote work in 2020, brought on by Covid-19, has disrupted and accelerated the trend for change as companies re-evaluate how they will use the office in the future. PineBridge Benson Elliot, a pan-European real estate private equity specialist, will explore the trends they see in the market, what tenants are looking for and what this signals about the office of the future. Whilst the workplace will remain central to a company’s corporate culture, the ‘future office’ will need to serve a variety of different purposes for companies and workers alike, as new ways of working become the norm.



How to separate the fact from the fiction in your investment manager's story 

Claire Rudd and Maria Beaton, IAPF Investment Committee, with panelists Elma Fox, Trustee Manager and Director, Independent Trustee Limited and Deirdre Cantwell, Trustee, Acumen and Trust

Investments are becoming increasingly complex and so are the presentations from investment managers. Join us for a panel discussion exploring what you want to ask your investment manager and how to interpret the answers you get. If you have any questions you would like to submit please email these to Claire crudd@hri.ie or Maria maria.beaton@accenture.com





 *Timetable is Subject to Change


click on image for biography Tom O'Gorman
IAPF Investment Committee/LGIM
click on image for biography Carlo Maximilian Funk
State Street Global Advisors
click on image for biography Patrick O’Connor
IAPF Investment Committee/Mason Hayes & Curran
click on image for biography Cathal Fehily CFA
IAPF Investment Committee/Aon
click on image for biography Liam Stack
IAPF Investment Committee
click on image for biography Duncan Lyster
Irish Life Investment Managers
click on image for biography Anne Morash
GWL Realty Advisors
click on image for biography Chris Johns
click on image for biography Noel Friel
IAPF Investment Committee/ESB Pensions
click on image for biography Patrick O’Sullivan
click on image for biography Aisling Kennedy
Independent non-executive director
click on image for biography Jerry Moriarty
click on image for biography Laura Coleman
PineBridge Benson Elliot
click on image for biography Joseph De Leo
PineBridge Benson Elliot
click on image for biography Claire Rudd
IAPF Investment Committee/Horse Racing Ireland
click on image for biography Maria Beaton
IAPF Investment Committee/Accenture
click on image for biography Elma Fox
IAPF Benefits Committee / Independent Trustees
click on image for biography Deirdre Cantwell
Acumen & Trust Pension Trustees DAC

See who is already attending

AA Ireland Ltd Retirement Benefits Scheme | Accenture | Acuvest Limited | Aer Lingus | Allied Irish Banks plc | Amundi Ireland Limited | Arthur Cox | AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (Ireland) DAC | Aughinish Alumina Ltd | Aviva Ireland Staff Pension Schemes | Bank of Ireland Group | Brokers Ireland | Cadbury Ireland Pension Trust Company Ltd by Guarantee | Central Bank of Ireland | Clarus Investment Solutions | Coillte CGA | Construction Executive Retirement Savings |Construction Workers' Pension Scheme | Coras Iompair Éireann | Cornmarket Group Financial Services | daa Defined Contribution Retirement Savings Scheme | Dairygold Co-Operative Society Ltd | Davy Global Fund Management (‘DGFM’) | Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection | Doyle Pension & Insurance Management | eircom No. 2 Superannuation Fund | eircom Superannuation Fund | EirGrid | Ervia | ESB Pensions | European Pensions Magazine | FIL Transaction Services Limited | First Active Pension Scheme | General Investment Trust DAC | Glanbia plc | Goodbody | Guinness Ireland Group Pension Scheme | Horse Racing Ireland | IBM Ireland Ltd | ICOS/DEA Pension Trustees Ltd | Independent Trustee Limited | Insight Investment | Intel Ireland Ltd | Invesco Ltd | Irish Life Assurance | Irish Life Corporate Business | Irish Life Investment Managers | Irish Pensions Trust Limited | JP Morgan Asset Management | KBC Bank Ireland | KBI Global Investors Ltd | Kellogg Europe Trading Ltd | Kostal Ireland GmbH | KPMG | Lane Clark & Peacock Ireland Ltd | Legal & General Investment Management | LEO Pharma | Mercer | Microsoft Ireland | National College of Ireland | National Federation of Voluntary Service Providers Supporting People with Intellectual Disability | Pensions Authority | Pfizer Manufacturing Ireland | PGIM FIXED INCOME | Provest Private Clients Limited | Roadstone Pension Trust Ltd | Royal London | RTÉ | Schroders | SEI Master Trust | State Street Global Advisors Ireland | Tesco Ireland Ltd |The Aon Ireland MasterTrust Limited | Transport Infrastructure Ireland | Trustee Principles Limited | Ulster Bank Pension Scheme (ROI) | Utmost Corporate Solutions | Zurich Life Assurance plc |

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