Sustainable Finance, Responsible Investments, and ESG related risk


  • Starts:09:00, 16 September 2020
  • Ends:09:45, 16 September 2020
  • Location:Online streaming - link received after registering
  • Contact:Adriana Moreno Gavaldon (Adriana.moreno-gavaldon@bi.no)

SUSTAINABLE FINANCE, RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENTS, AND ESG RELATED RISK; How the emergence of sustainability issues and ESG concerns has changed our business model and our way of thinking about investments and risk. Current Challenges and Future Opportunities

Our world is facing growing challenges such as climate change and social inequality.  In addition to these, we are fighting through a pandemic crisis. As a result, many companies must change their way of thinking and look upon “Sustainable Finance” as a business model with growing importance. Sustainable Finance gives businesses the choice to act in a responsible way and to support positive change in day-to-day business. Sustainable Finance has become a core component of a company’s business and it plays a key role to mobilize the necessary capital to deliver results for the company’s goals. It helps to ensure that investments support a resilient economy and a sustainable recovery from the impacts of the today’s pandemic.

BI Norwegian Business School invites you to listen to our next webinar - livestreaming panel discussion on September 16th, 2020.


Janicke Scheele, Head of Responsible Investments at DNB Asset Management

Janicke graduate from BI Norwegian Business School as a Siviløkonom specializing in Finance. She has, in addition, an MBA in Finance from the NHH Norwegian School of Economics. She is Authorized Financial Analyst and Financial Advisor and has worked in Norwegian and global capital markets since 1989. She has 17 years of experience with analysis, portfolio management, and strategic and tactical asset allocation. After ten years of advising Institutional investors she has led and built up the responsible investment team in DNB Asset Management since 2015. Her primary areas of responsibility are ESG integration and active ownership engagement.

Bente Sverdrup, Head of Sustainability at Gjensidige

Bente is the “Head of sustainability” in Gjensidige group with a formal background as a State Authorised Public Accountant. She has 25 years of experience practicing as an external auditor and was partner in Deloitte for 5 years. She has been “Head of Internal Audit” in Gjensidige for 4,5 years and HR director in Gjensidige for 2,5 years. She is an experienced lecturer and engaged in understanding consequences of climate and nature risk.

Bente is a graduate for NHH Norwegian School of Economics, where she took the degree as State-authorized Public Accountant. Bente had previously taken a 1-year English program at BI Norwegian Business School.

Christian Melby, Investment Team at Summa Equity

Christian Melby is Partner and the Chief Investment Officer at Summa Equity. His focus is to drive overall efforts in sourcing the best possible investment opportunities within Summa’s investment mandate and make sure that the investment processes are ran according to Summa’s standards, methodology and with the necessary quality and effectiveness. In addition, Christian leads the sourcing efforts within Summa’s Tech Enabled Businesses investment theme and have been responsible for several successful investment cases within this area. Prior to joining Summa, he worked several years as Partner at Reiten & Co and Norvestor.”

Christian took a Master in Industrial Economics and Technology Management at NTNU Norwegian University Science and Technology. He is also a graduate from NHH Norwegian School of Economics where we took the degree Certificate for Finance Analytics.

Professor Bruno Gerard, Department of Finance at BI Norwegian Business School

Faculty member of the Department of Finance at BI Norwegian Business School and he is primarily interested in empirical asset pricing and portfolio management, both in an international and a single country context as well as in issues of financial market integration and contagion. His research currently involves topics of risk management and returns at domestic and international business models.

His research has been published at important journals like the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Banking and Finance among others. Pr. Gerard has also taught at the University of Michigan Business School, the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the Marshall School at the University of Southern California (USC) and at Louisiana State University (LSU). He has consulted on asset allocation and volatility issues with several institutions, including European Central Bank and the Norwegian Central Bank. Prior to his academic career, he practiced commercial, security and banking law as a member of the bar of Brussels, Belgium.

Line Asker, Director for Sustainable Finance at Finans Norge

Line Asker is Director of Sustainable Finance in Finance Norway. For the last ten years she has been working in Finance Norway with topics within macroeconomics, financial regulation, ESG-risk and sustainable finance. Prior to this, she has experience from The Norwegian Ministry of Finance, PwC and DNB.”

She is a graduate from NHH Norwegian School of Economics where she got her degree as financial analyst (MBA/CEFA) and economist.