Devan Valenti

Manager, Asia Pacific, International Well Building Institute

Takes part in

  • ESG in Real Estate SummitView Full Event
  • 11:20 - 12:10

    PANEL DISCUSSION: Regulation and industry standards: What tool, when how and why?

    Increasing regulatory and industry standards are quickly shaping the ESG landscape. Simultaneously, it is increasingly being used to inform investment decisions as asset managers aim to reduce financed emissions and build climate-friendly product offerings. As a result, there is an increased need for verified, investment-grade ESG data. This session will provide an interactive discussion with leading experts who will provide guidance on the   processes required to collect and audit investment-grade ESG data and solutions available to companies to support those processes:

    • What can each rating tool bring to the broader ESG movement? What role(s) can it fill?
    • Using rating to set a forward thinking ESG strategy as opposed to the historic reactive model
    • How does each rating tool address the organisation that owns the assets? Does it look at them?
    Panellists include:
    Elham Monavari Head of Green Star Strategic Delivery, Green Building Council of Australia
    Tim Jones CEO & Founder, Grow Good (B-Corp)
    Laura Hamilton-O’Hara CEO, Living Future Institute of Australia
    Devan Valenti Manager, Asia Pacific, International Well Building Institute
    Monique Alfris Head of Market Transformation, NABERS
    Moderated by:
    Lisa Hinde Head of Sustainability, Colliers
  • Future of Office Space Singapore SummitView Full Event
  • 10:05 - 10:30

    Putting the ‘H’ in ESG: How the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated investor interest in health and wellbeing

    By Devan Valenti Manager, Asia Pacific, International Well Building Institute

    The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted and upended our lives in every way. At the same time, it has influenced how businesses operate and the obligations towards protecting employees. These changes have resulted in a shift in the nature and extent of risks organisations face in the pursuit of business continuity. It is estimated that up to 40% of employees globally have considered seeking employment elsewhere, making human capital management a pain point for all organisations. Given human capital management is an organisations greatest asset (and expense), investors have taken note of these challenges, and are asking pointed questions of organisations about their response to the ‘Great Resignation’. In this keynote, Jack Noonan, Vice President at the International Well Building Institute, discusses how investors have caught onto the fact that human capital management is pivotal to success, and how organisations have had to adapt to these investor requests, and channel their efforts to retain and attract talent.  

    This presentation will cover the following topics:  

    • Why health and wellbeing are increasingly on the radar of investors  
    • The nature of social risks in the context of ESG, and why they’re demanding attention  
    • The key health and wellbeing metrics being used to influence investment decision-making processes  
    • How organisations are responding to investor requests and providing comprehensive data on health and wellbeing metrics
  • 13:30 - 14:20

    Panel discussion: Looking at how ESG is driving greater sustainability across commercial real estate

    Before Covid changed the landscape, ESG and the need for greater sustainability was coming of age. Today, tenants have taken up the baton, making it even more important for developers and landlords to design, build and operate with ESG at the forefront as the push towards Net-Zero gathers pace. 

    • Assessing the impact of ESG on Commercial Real Estate and how it has evolved over the last 24 months?
    • How is technology playing a key role in addressing sustainability issues and enabling commercial buildings to tread more lightly on the planet.
    • Examining the ethical application of technology and what this means in terms of office space.
    • Should we be assessing remote employee locations for work related ESG impact?
    • From construction to faciliites management – what can each player in the CRE ecosystem do better to drive sustainable outcomes?
    • How much of a factor is ESG when tenants are selecting office space?
    Panellists include:
    Esther An Chief Sustainability Officer, CDL
    Michael E. Long Head of Sustainability, Lendlease
    Sunil Kumar Yadav Head, Building Performance and Sustainability (ASEAN), Siemens
    Vinamra Srivastava Chief Sustainability Officer, CapitaLand Investment
    Moderated by:
    Devan Valenti Manager, Asia Pacific, International Well Building Institute

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