16 July 2020 10.15am – 11.15am Webinar Webinar

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This webinar will include a discussion to gather member feedback on the ESA’s consultation on the proposed Regulatory Technical Standards (RTS) for ESG disclosure.

The regulation to which the RTS relates, the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation “SFDR” was published on 27th November 2019 for sustainability reporting that will apply to organisations regulated under AIFMD, Solvency II, IORP and other EU regulations.  This is hugely significant for the real estate industry. Fund managers within AIFMD will be caught directly. Others may be caught indirectly through having clients that are regulated under the Solvency II and IORP Directives. 

The AREF Public Affairs Committee is preparing a response to the consultation and would welcome the opportunity to discuss points with members.

Confirmed speakers:

  • John Forbes (chair)
  • Paul Mora, Columbia Threadneedle
  • Jess Foulds, The Investment Association
  • Bahar Celik, INREV

Bahar Celik

Analyst, INREV

Bahar Yay Celik is an Analyst in the Professional Standards team at INREV. She is mainly responsible for the professional standards portfolio, including topics such as corporate governance, reporting, due diligence, and ESG best practices.

She was with GRESB before before starting at INREV, where she supported ESG assessments for infrastructure sector. Before that, Bahar worked for a several years as a product developer in a private bank, with a focus on sustainability-oriented products.  

She received a MSc in Environment and Resource Management from Free University Amsterdam and a BSc in Political Science and Public Administration from Middle East Technical University, Ankara Turkey.  

John Forbes

Independent Consultant, John Forbes Consulting

John Forbes is an independent consultant advising real estate investment managers, investors and others in the real estate industry in the rapidly changing areas of product development, governance and regulatory matters for real estate funds.  He has advised on the restructuring of high profile open and closed-ended real estate funds in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, as well as the establishment of new funds. He has advised service providers to the real estate investment management industry on the strategic implications of regulatory and other changes.  Prior to setting up John Forbes Consulting LLP in 2013, he spent over twenty-five years with PwC, where he led the firm's Real Estate Industry Practice in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa across all of the firm's services to the real estate industry.

John is the chairman of the Independent Supervisory Board of the UBS Triton Property Fund, independent chair of the Urban Splash Residential Fund and non executive chairman of Ginkgo Advisor UK Limited.

Jess Foulds

Policy Specialist, Capital Markets, The Investment Association

Jess Foulds is a Policy Specialist in the Investment and Capital Markets team at the Investment Association. She leads the IA’s policy work on sustainability and responsible investment, which she has developed since its inception as a new policy area from the start of 2018. Jess gained an MA in Intelligence and International Security from Kings College, University of London, after graduating from the University of Cambridge where she read Modern and Medieval Languages.

Paul Mora

Columbia Threadneedle

Paul Mora is a Senior Regulatory Developments Analyst at Columbia Threadneedle Investments. He began his career as an academic and previously worked for Legg Mason Asset Management in Singapore.


Thursday 16th July 2020

10.15 Webinar start
11.15 Webinar end

Call details will be sent to attendees ahead of the call

This webinar is FREE and open to all staff from AREF Fund, Affiliate, Associate and Investor member firms (view our list of members here). This event is also open to future generation* staff.