​The Race: Unlocking Private Finance and Investment

Date: Thursday, October 20th.

Place: One Vanderbilt Ave, Greenberg Traurig office, 29th Floor, New York City, NY 10017 

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. New York time

Attendees: 50 bankers, philanthropists, investors, Latam project operators. By invitation only.

In an interview with Latin Trade in the Fall of 2021, the late Thomas Lovejoy who, coined the term biodiversity, and who was dedicated a great deal of his scientific life to the environment and the Amazon, told us that imperative at this critical point in its evolution, not only to prevent deforestation, but to ensure a sustainable form of development, a living forest within the Basin as a comprehensive system. In order to make this viable, he also noted the urgency to scale up the financing that may ensure such virtuous future of the Amazon. 

Financing the sustainability of the Amazon Basin calls for the use all possibilities in the finance toolbox as well as innovation. It also requires conducive legal and business environments, in-country and cross-border. And a certain amount of experimentation is unavoidable. In this conference we plan to explore these imperatives, from real-life experience. What obstacles, bottlenecks, opportunities do private and institutional investors encounter as their traditional portfolio construction, risk-management strategies face new expectations inherent to addressing sustainability, decarbonization, nature-based solutions? What prevents capital from flowing into scaling-up proven solutions? How are capital markets prepared to respond to innovative entrepreneurs and projects in the ground? We will hear about the legal challenges and experience, as well as from finance experts and project developers working on accelerating the race towards sustainability. 

🕝 8:30 a.m - 9:00 a.m EST Amazonian breakfast

Amazonian breakfast. A palette of flavors from the Amazon Basin. From Maracujá, Camu-Camu and Cupuaçu, to indigenous coffee. 

🕝 9:00 a.m - 9:05 a.m EST Introduction and context
  • Ricardo Meléndez, Latin Trade.  
  • Alicia Montalvo, Director of Climate Action and Positive Biodiversity, CAF Development Bank of Latin America.
  • Marc Rossell. Co-Chair of the Latin America Practice Group.
🕝 9:05 a.m -9:30 a.m EST Plenary Private financing of the Amazon’s sustainability: why and how.
  • Roberto WaackUma Concertação pela Amazônia. 
  • Juliana Santiago, Managing Director Fund Management and Brazil Lead, Emergent Forest Finance.

  • Jason Marczak, senior director, Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center.

🕝 9:30 a.m - 10:20 a.m EST Concurrent sessions

Subject 1: Finance & Investment: Strategic tools.

Green bonds; blended finance; net-zero and no-net-loss financing; philantropy. Views from the frontline.

  • Chair: Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz, Strategic Advisor Latin Trade
  • Ricardo Levisky, Founder, Levisky Legado
  • Tatiana Alves, Director, Sustainable Finance & Markets, Palladium Brazil Fund Manager, Selva Fund
  • Daniel Contrucci, CEO, Climate Ventures 

Subject 2:  Opportunities: Socio-cultural and institutional development. 

Providing critical public goods beyond state's capabilities: health, education, settlements – a human development agenda for the Amazon; critically scaling-up STEM and business education among people in living forests. Financial education and promotion of efficient payment systems. Bankability of projects.

  • Chair: Jason Marczak, senior director, Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
  • Juan Esteban Orduz, President, Colombian Coffee Federation Inc. 
  • Juliana Santiago, Managing Director Fund Management and Brazil Lead, Emergent Forest Finance.
  • Sandy Lynn, Infrastructure Debt, Allianz.

🕝 10:20 a.m -10:45 a.m EST Amazonian Cocoa, Coffee & Networking break.
🕝 10:30 a.m -10:45 a.m EST Investment round. A showcase of select companies that operate in the Amazon Basin in a financially, ecologically and socially sustainable and efficient manner.
  • Chair: Tatiana Alves, Director, Sustainable Finance & Markets, Palladium Brazil Fund Manager, Selva Fund
  • Investor Pitch – Daniel Contrucci, CEO/ Founder, Amazônia em Casa Floresta em Pé.
  • Investor Pitch Gustavo Nader, CEO/ Founder, Amaz (Organic sparkling tea yerba mate + Amazon adaptogens zero calories & sugar)  click on video
🕝 10:45 a.m - 11:45 a.m EST Concurrent sessions

Subject 1: Finance & Investment: The investment landscape.

 Factoring risk of water and biodiversity depletion into  ROI;  de-risking strategies, leveraging through blended finance.

  • Chair: Roberto Waack, CEO, Uma Concertação pela Amazônia 
  • Georg Kell, Chairman, Arabesque Partners
  • Vanessa Gomes, Assistant Director Sustainable Finance & ESG Americas, S&P  
  • Richard Francis, Director of sovereign ratings, Fitch Ratings

Subject 2: Opportunities: Forests and Water.

Blended financing opportunities/philanthropic/development capital and financial capital. Carbon markets.

  • Chair: Salo Coslovsky, Professor of Urban Planning and Public Service, NYU
  • Juliana Herrmann Executive Director, Loan Syndication, New York

  • Juan Carlos Pinzón, Chairman, Acento Partners.
  • Victoria Galeano, VP Innovation and Sustainability, Acento Partners
  • Lisa Morden, VP Sustainability Latin America, Kimberly-Clark 
🕝 11:45 a.m- 12:25 p.m EST . Plenary Session and Keynote.
  • Danielle Rappaport, Chief Scientist & Innovation Officer and Co-Founder, Amazon Investor Coalition.
  • Satyajit Bose, Associate Director, Program in Sustainability Management, Columbia University. 
🕝 12:25 p.m – 12:30 p.m EST Closing remarks
  • Roberto Waack, CEO, Uma Concertação pela Amazônia
  • Ricardo Meléndez-Ortiz

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