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2014 ICGN Annual Amsterdam

The 2014 ICGN Annual Conference took place on 16-18 June in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Entitled ‘Expectations of investors and companies in the face of 21st century challenges’
Kindly hosted by Eumedion

Endorsed by the Ministry of Economic Affairs


Sunday 15 June

ICGN Academic Meeting at Nyenrode Business University

Monday 16 June - Beurs van Berlage

The Impact of Audit Reform in Europe on Audit Committees and Investors
  • Elizabeth Murrall, Director Corportate Governance and Reporting, Investment Management Association, UK 
  • Angeli van Buren, Manager Performance & Risk Control at PGGM a.i. Investments and Chairman of the Eumedion Reporting and Audit Committee, The Netherlands
  • Frank Curtiss, Head of Corporate Governance, RPMI Railpen Investments, UK
  • Christian Strenger, Company Director and Government Adviser, DWS Investment GmbH, Germany
  • Elizabeth Murrall, Director Corporate Governance and Reporting, Investment Management Association and Chairman, UK
  • Moderator: Cindy Fornelli, Executive Director, Center for Audit Quality, USA
Conflicts of interests in controlled companies: an emerging market perspective
  • Lamia El Bouanani, Director, Institute of Directors, Morrocco 
  • Stefanus Handoyo, Operations Officer, Corporate Governance, International Financial Corporation, Indonesia
  • Moderator: John Jarrett, Executive Director, Chairmen’s Forum, USA
ICGN Committee Meetings

Legal Redress: Shareholder Duty or Dilemma?
  • Clive Zietman, Stewarts Law
  • Nicholas Diamand, Lieff Cabraser Heimann and Bernstein LLP
  • Bram Hendricks, Senior Corporate Governance Officer, ING Investment Management
  • Noah Wortman, Goal Group 
The Financial Reporting Lab - facilitating market-driven reporting 
  • Sue Harding, Director of the Financial Reporting Lab 
Annual General Meeting

Opening Remarks
  • Erik Breen, ICGN, Chairman
  • Peter Borgdorff, Chairman, Eumedion, The Netherlands
Opening Keynote
ICGN Scholarships presented by Philip Armstrong, Head Global Corporate Governance Forum, IFC, USA 

Welcome Reception
Annual Conference, Tuesday 17 June - Beurs van Berlage

Early-bird Debate: European Commission’s Shareholder Rights Directive: practical impact of amendments.  
  • Rients Abma, Executive Director, Eumedion, The Netherlands 
  • Susannah Haan, Secretary General, EuropeanIssuers, Belgium
  • Elizabeth Murrall, Director Corporate Governance and Reporting, InvestmentManagement Association and Chairman, UK
  • Peter Swabey, Head of Policy and Research, ICSA, UK
  • Moderator: Peter Montagnon, Associate Director, Institute of Business Ethics, UK
Conference welcome
  • ICGN Chairman
Plenary 1: Regulatory reform: capital market efficiency for the long 
Plenary 2: Can better disclosure bring about long term stability and growth? 
  • John Burton, Company Secretary, Glencore plc, Switzerland
  • Jeffrey Collins, Senior Counsel for International Policy, Chevron, USA
  • Karin Dohm, Managing Director, Head of Group External Reporting, Chief Accounting Officer, Deutsche Bank, Germany
  • Michelle Edkins, Managing Director, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, BlackRock, USA
  • Moderator: Bob Eccles, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School, USA
Plenary 3: Banking oversight and investor responsibility 
Lunch Panel 1: Towards a common disclosure framework. 
  • Paul Druckman, CEO, The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC)
  • Bob Eccles, Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School, USA
  • Ernst Ligteringen, Chief Executive, Global Reporting Initiative, The Netherlands 
  • Alan Teixeira, IASB, Technical Director, UK
  • Moderator: Claudia Kruse, Managing Director Sustainability & Governance, APG, The Netherlands
Voting – Engagement – Litigation: Which Strategy is Most Effective For Promoting Good Corporate Governance?
  • Anatoli van der Krans, Senior Advisor, Responsible Investment & Governance MN Services, The Netherlands
  • Jeremy Lieberman, Partner, Pomerantz LLP, USA
  • Daniel Summerfield, Co-Head of Responsible Investment, USS, UK
  • Moderator: Karlijn van Lierop, Senior Advisor Responsible Investment, MN Service, The Netherlands                                       
Plenary 4: Governance research providers: accountability and transparency
Plenary 5: Company and investor dialogue: engagement policies and strategies for effective communication
  • Kris Douma, Chairman, Eumedion’s Investment Committee, The Netherlands 
  • David Frick, Member of the Executive Board, Nestlé, Switzerland  
  • Alison Schneider, Senior Manager, Responsible Investment, AIMCO, Canada
  • Geof Stapledon, Vice President Governance, BHP Billiton, UK 
  • Moderator: ModeratorJudith Fox, National Director, Policy & Publishing, Governance Institute of Australia
Prysmain Group: company and investor engagamenet in action 
  • Luca Caserta, General Counsel, Prysmain Group, Italy
  • Michelle Edkins, Corporate Governance and Responsible Investment, BlackRock, USA
Conference Drinks

Wednesday 18 June - Hotel Grand Krasnapolsky 

Plenary 6: Active ownership: new terms and territories of engagement 
Break out sessions:

1: Shareholder identification, voting chain and vote confirmation 
2: Business ethics, creative tax planning and role of shareholders 
3: Investor governance: behaviour, ethics and performance 
  • Peter Borgdorff, Managing Director of Pensioenfunds Zorg en Welzijn, The Netherlands
  • Guy Jubb, Global Head of Governance & Stewardship, Standard Life Investments, UK
  • Lucy Tusa, Senior Consultant, Mercer, UK
  • Moderator: Keith Johnson, Chairman, Reinhart Institutional Investor Services, USA
4: Corporate governance of controlled companies  
  • Tayfun Bayazit, Director, Chairman of Corporate Governance Committee, Member of Audit Committee and Member of Nominating Committee, TAV Havalimanlari Holdings A.S, Turkey
  • Alexnader Branis, Chief Investment Advisor, Prosperity Capital Managment, Chairman, Russia's Investor Protection Association, Russia
  • Nawshir H. Mirza, Non Executive Independent Director, Chairman of Remuneration Committee, Member of Executive Committee and Member of Nominations Committee, The Tata Power Company Limited, India
  • Shouky Oren, CEO of Kardan N.V., the Netherlands
  • Moderator: Prof. DrMelsa Ararat, Director, Sabanci University Corporate Governance Forum, Turkey
Plenary 7: Challenges transitioning to a low carbon economy 
ICGN Award presented by Peter Butler, Founder Partner Emeritus, Governance for Owners, UK

Closing Keynote 
  • Jeroen Hooijer, Head of Unit - Corporate Governance, Social Responsibility, Internal Market and Services Directorate GeneralEuropean Commission, Belgium 
Introduction to 2015 ICGN events   

Auditor, Audit Committee & Investor Dialogue