Event Details


Note this is a multi day event, starting 23/03/2021 for 10am - 11.15am each day and finishing on 26/03/2021


Online Conference | Event link & further information will be emailed to you upon registration


IAPF Member - Pension Scheme Representative (Non Practitioner): Free of Charge
Non Members: €250
IAPF Member - Practitioner (Organisatiosn that provide professional services to pension funds): €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 4 CPD hours from the LIA , the IOB(TBC) 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(TBC)

Day 2 - LIA(10829_2021) & IOB(TBC)

Day 3 - LIA(10830_2021) & IOB(TBC)

Day 4 - TBC



Tuesday 23 March 


Welcome Webinar Chair


ESG is Becoming the New Normal - Implications for Investors  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?

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



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

  • 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

Patrick O'Connor and Cathal Fehily, IAPF Investment Committee






Wednesday 24 March 


Welcome Webinar Chair 


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

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



Financial Markets Review Join Mark Seavers for a review of financial markets where he will cover the monetary and fiscal backdrop, equity market styles and performance and the interaction between equity and bond markets. Mark will also provide an update on company earnings as well as highlight some new, more topical influences such as Bitcoin and Gamestop.

Mark Seavers, Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Manager, Davy Global Fund Management('DGFM')






Thursday 25 March


Welcome Webinar Chair


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

Patrick O’Sullivan, Senior Solutions Manager, Schroders



Life expectancy: the impact of the pandemic and medical advances

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.

Aisling Kennedy, Independent non-executive director






Friday 26 March


Welcome Webinar Chair


PineBridge Investment Presentation 




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

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





 *Timetable is Subject to Change


click on image for biography Carlo Maximilian Funk
State Street Global Advisors
click on image for biography Patrick O’Connor
Mason Hayes & Curran
click on image for biography Duncan Lyster
Irish Life Investment Managers
click on image for biography Mark Seavers
Davy Global Fund Management (‘DGFM’)
click on image for biography Patrick O’Sullivan
click on image for biography Claire Rudd
Horse Racing Ireland
click on image for biography Elma Fox
IAPF Benefits Committee
click on image for biography Deirdre Cantwell
Acumen & Trust Pension Trustees DAC
click on image for biography Aisling Kennedy
Independent non-executive director


Pension Fund Representatives (Non-Practitioner) : Free of Charge

Practitioner: €125.00 per person
(Organisations that provide professional services to pension funds)

Non Member: €250.00 per person

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