Ageing Societies 2020

The role of investment funds in challenging economic times and an era of increased longevity.

16 October 2020 — 1:00PM TO 5:00PM

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One in nine people in the world is 60 or older and this is expected to rise to one in five people by 2050.

Increased longevity is an indicator of successful economic development; however, an ageing population presents social and economic challenges that have become increasingly apparent in many industrialized nations around the globe. The implications of greater longevity are profound and demand a response from policymakers and financial institutions that adequately recognises the extent of the shift to longer working lives, with measures designed to meet the financial needs of ageing societies.

The COVID 19 health crisis, with the devastating impact on many sectors of the global economy, exacerbated the already challenging situation with the retirement adequacy in many countries.

This conference will address critical questions for investors and investment managers as developed economies adapt to meet the post-COVID 19 recovery of retirement assets, financial challenges of greater longevity and societal ageing to help people live longer, healthier lives.

In partnership with ICI Global

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This conference is part of the Chatham House LIVE series and will be hosted online and on the record.

The LIVE series will bring together international audiences and enable participants to connect with peers from across the globe. Over the course of each LIVE conference, participants will be able to engage in high-level panel discussions and conversations between policy makers, business leaders and international experts. Other interactive features will include polling and live analysis of results, in addition to live question and answer sessions between participants and speakers.




Friday 16 October (all times are BST)

Welcome and Chair’s opening remarks


Retirement in the 21st Century

This opening discussion will focus on the realities of retirement in the 21st century and how increased life expectancies have changed the equation for working lives and retirement planning in developed economies. With millions of retirees living well into their 80s, 90s and beyond, how can people plan for and finance longer lives? The session also will address the impact of COVID 19 on retirement planning.

Paul Schott Stevens, President and CEO, ICI

Pablo Antolin, Principal Economist, Head of the Private Pensions Unit and Deputy Head of the Insurance, Private Pension and Financial Markets Division, OECD


Short break


The Role of Investment Funds in Meeting Long-Term Savings Needs

This panel will address the impact of COVID 19 and also demographics on retirement planning and the investment management industry.  What is the role of investment funds in helping savers with the post-COVID 19 recovery and growth of their savings?  What role can, and should, the industry play in financing the long-term needs of economies undergoing shifts towards older, non-working populations? How can it achieve growth during the challenging economic times whilst adapting to the needs of ageing societies and delivering appropriate outcomes to retirement savers?

Liam Kennedy, Editor, Investment & Pensions Europe

Mats Langensjö, Managing Partner, Secoria AB
Sorca Kelly Scholte, Head of Pensions Solutions & Advisory EMEA, JP Morgan Asset Management
Andrew Evans, CEO, Smart Pension
Miranda Seath, Head of Market Insight, The Investment Association


Short break


Factoring Sustainability into Long-Term Investment

This discussion will address the new EU rules on sustainability, the COVID 19 impact on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues and the investment industry’s adaptability to the quickly-changing ESG landscape.

Elizabeth Gillam, Head, EU Government Relations and Public Policy, Invesco

Fiona Reynolds, CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment
Julie Moret, Head of ESG, Franklin Templeton Investments
Andrea Beltramello, Member of Cabinet of European Commission Executive Vice-president Vladis Dombrovskis


Short break


Innovating to Foster Retirement Preparedness

This discussion will assess how technology and behavioural economics can be used to encourage better provision for retirement planning and how, together, they can help people make decisions in a complex and changing retirement savings landscape.

Patrice Berge-Vincent, Managing Director, ICI Global

Robert Higginbotham, Head of Global Distribution, T Rowe Price
Patrick Bowes, Director of Investor Relations, Prudential
Daniela Silcock, Head of Policy and Research, Pensions Policy Institute


Close of conference