We are pleased to share our recent pre-recorded webinar, discussing how COP26 has achieved progress and the implications for policymakers and investors.

In this webinar, Ian Simm, Founder & CEO, and Chris Dodwell, Head of Policy & Advocacy, at Impax draw on their on-the-ground experiences to discuss the following key themes:

  • COP26 sets the foundations for a transition to a net-zero economy
  • Major sectors of the economy are set for significant disruption (“a new industrial revolution?”)

Highlights (14 mins)

Full length (40 mins)

Ian Simm

Founder & CEO

Ian Simm is the Founder and Chief Executive of Impax Asset Management Group plc, one of the world’s leading investment managers dedicated to investing in the transition to a more sustainable economy. Prior to Impax, Ian was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company advising clients on environmental strategy.

Outside Impax, Ian is a member of the UK government’s Net Zero Innovation Board, which provides strategic oversight of public sector funding of energy innovation programmes, and is a board member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, the European membership body for investor collaboration on addressing climate change. He is also a commissioner with the Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of leaders developing transition roadmaps to achieve net-zero emissions. Between 2013 and 2018, he was a board member of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s leading funding agency for environmental science. He supports charities in the clean energy, healthcare and a range of scientific and environmental sectors. 

Ian has a first-class honours degree in physics from Cambridge University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Harvard University. In the last century he initiated and led an expedition to complete the first summer crossing of the Sahara Desert by tandem bicycle.

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Chris Dodwell

Head of Policy and Advocacy

Chris is a climate change and environmental policy expert with over 25 years’ public and private sector experience. He is responsible for managing Impax’s engagement in the development of policy issues and providing insights on policy to the firm’s investment teams.

Before joining Impax in 2019 Chris worked at Ricardo Energy & Environment for eight years as Director of Climate Change, Clean Growth and Strategic Partnerships. Here he was responsible for overseeing key projects in the aforementioned areas as well as building relationships with clients in the public and financial services sectors. Prior to this he worked for 10 years at the heart of the UK Government’s work on climate change, including leading the UK’s implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System and heading the UK Delegation to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Chris began his career as a solicitor at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer where he worked on a variety of civil, criminal and public law litigation relating to the impact of pollution on the environment and human health.

Chris graduated with a BA Hons in Classics from the University of Cambridge in 1990 and later went on to achieve a Master of Laws in Environmental Law from University College London in 2002.

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Emma Hunt

Client Service Director, EMEA and Asia-Pacific

Emma joined Impax in September 2020 and is responsible for supporting the work of the Client Service teams across European and Asia-Pacific markets.

Emma has been supporting institutional and retail clients with their sustainable investment needs for over 25 years. Prior to joining Impax, she held senior positions in a range of firms including St James’ Place Wealth Management, Federated Hermes, Willis Towers Watson and Mercer.

Throughout her career she has been at the forefront of developments in sustainable investment, ESG, stewardship, carbon analytics and impact, applying this knowledge to a wide range of projects.

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