About a-team Marketing Services
The knowledge platform for the financial technology industry
The knowledge platform for the financial technology industry

A-Team Insight Webinars Countdown:

Upcoming Webinar: How to manage ESG data for controversy monitoring and portfolio screening

18 October 2022

Date: 18 October 2022
Time: 4:00pm Singapore / 9:00am London / 10:00am CET / 4:00am ET
Duration: 50 minutes

ESG controversy monitoring identifies companies’ posing potential ESG controversies such as toxic waste spills or human rights violations, and portfolio screening helps investors understand companies based on ESG criteria – both these issues are increasingly important as ESG investing continues to gain traction.

This webinar will discuss how to manage ESG data for controversy monitoring and portfolio screening. It will consider best practice approaches to deploying and sustaining ESG controversy monitoring and portfolio screening, review effective solutions, provide a guide to optimal monitoring and screening, and note the benefits of a sound solution.

Register for the webinar to find out about:

  • Approaches to ESG controversy monitoring and portfolio screening
  • Best practice implementation, management and maintenance
  • Useful solutions, services, tools, techniques and resources
  • How to optimise ESG controversy monitoring and screening
  • Benefits of getting it right, penalties of getting it wrong


Justin Kew, Senior ESG Analyst, Balyasny Asset Management

Rachel Segal, Senior ESG Analyst, ESG team lead, Pzena Investment Management

Gaurav Bansal, Director, RCloud Consulting

Alex Merola, Executive Director of Commercial Strategies, ESG & Private Markets, Software Solutions, S&P Global Market Intelligence

Moderator: Sarah Underwood, Editor,
A-Team Group

More about our speakers:

Rachel Segal
Senior ESG Analyst, ESG team lead
Pzena Investment Management

Rachel Segal is Head of ESG for Pzena Investment Management (‘Pzena’) where she has worked since March 2019. At Pzena, her role is to: develop Pzena’s ESG strategy and manage the ESG team; conduct thematic ESG research and engagement; build Pzena’s ESG brand with clients; manage the firm’s relationships with third party ESG organizations; and oversee ESG reporting efforts.

Prior to joining Pzena, Rachel spent time as a sustainability consultant, both internally at BNY Mellon and in client service at PwC. At BNY Mellon, Rachel advised the bank’s various business lines on how to better incorporate ESG into their business practices and products. For example, she co-led an impact investing pilot strategy with the Investment Management division. As a consultant for PwC, Rachel worked with clients across all industries to: set corporate sustainability strategy and environmental finance targets; develop sustainability risk-management best-practices; and lead organization transformation.

Rachel is originally from the UK and graduated with a B.A. in Geography from Emmanuel College at Cambridge University and an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

Gaurav Bansal
RCloud Consulting

Gaurav is the founding partner at RCloud. He is a Transformation expert, specialising in Risk and Regulatory Change. Over the years, he has successfully led and delivered large scale change programmes, managing annual budgets of up to 30 MN dollars, for industry leading organisations such as Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse & Fidelity. He is an expert at designing Target Operating Model for various business functions such as Market Risk, Operational Risk, Finance, Front Office, Trading and Investment Research.

Alex Merola
Executive Director of Commercial Strategies, ESG & Private Markets, Software Solutions
S&P Global Market Intelligence

Mr. Merola is responsible for product development, system integrations and client engagement for the Private Markets. He joined IHS Markit through the acquisition of Ipreo in 2018, where he held the position of Global Head of Solutions Engineering for the Private Markets.

As an accomplished leader with more than 10+ years in the software and financial technology space, Alex has a proven track record of optimizing client experiences through innovative products and technology solutions and brings a wealth of subject matter expertise to the Private Markets. He previously worked for AvePoint Inc. as a senior member of the Financial Services Division.

Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Villanova University.


Interested in hosting your own webinar? Get in touch