Updates on ESG in real estate: responsible investments, sustainable finance, and ESG disclosure requirements

19 Aug 2022 @ Sydney and Web Access

ANREV Debt and Sustainability Committees are pleased to let you know the ybrid event on the 19th of August in Sydney and online was successfully held.

At this session,  Australian and international industry experts will share with us the latest updates on ESG matters in the real estate industry. Presentation and discussions covered responsible investments, sustainable finance, and ESG disclosure requirements. Join us in person in Sydney or online anywhere in the world.



Friday, 19 August 2022


07:00 - 09:00 (AEST, UTC+10)


Charter Hall Offices, Level 19, 1 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000


Free of charge for ANREV members
AUD80 for non-members in person | HKD300 for non-members virtual

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Charles Haase
Chief Executive

Charles Haase becomes Chief Executive of ANREV in June 2022. Before joining ANREV, Haase was responsible for global client relationship management with Aetos Japan, LLC. Prior to that he was with Tokyu Fudosan Holdings Corporation in Tokyo, working on overseas investments for Tokyu Land Corporation and on inbound investment for Tokyu Livable, Inc. Before coming to Tokyo, Haase was a real estate investment officer with the California State Teachers' Retirement System, and served on the economics faculty at San Francisco State University.

Haase has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Davis.

Grace Tam
Director | Investments

Grace Tam is a Director in the Investment team at the Clean Energy Finance, where she specialises in debt markets, assessing debt investment opportunities across green bonds and structured debt transactions. Grace has over 18 years of experience in the banking and finance industry, having held roles in a broad range of organisations including Moody’s Investors Service and Macquarie Bank. Grace has a Bachelor of Economics and Asian Studies from the Australian National University and completed an honours degree in Econometrics at Monash University.

Ruben Langbroek
Head of Asia Pacific

Ruben Langbroek is Head of Asia Pacific for GRESB. Mission-driven and investor-led, GRESB is the environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark for real assets. GRESB works in collaboration with the industry to provide standardized and validated ESG data to the capital markets. More than 150 institutional investors, with over USD 50 trillion in AUM, use GRESB data to monitor their investments, engage with their managers, and make decisions that lead to a more sustainable real asset industry.

Ruben is responsible for the strategic growth of GRESB in Asia Pacific, by strengthening and further developing GRESB’s relationship with institutional investors, investment managers, asset operators, and industry associations.
Ruben has extensive experience in the real asset investment sector and has been working in the Asia Pacific region for the last decade. He previously worked at a European property fund manager and at a global real estate consultancy in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and in Singapore. Ruben holds master’s degrees in Building Engineering and in Real Estate Investments.

LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ruben-langbroek-sydney/

Romy Grace
Associate Director - Distribution, ESG Strategy and Integration
MaxCap Group

Romy is Associate Director of Distribution and leads ESG strategy and integration at MaxCap Group. MaxCap is an Australian commercial real estate Investment Manager established in 2007 with over $7.0bn in funds under management and advice. MaxCap has originated more than $15bn of CRE debt over 530 loans. In 2021, Apollo Global Management acquired a 50% stake in MaxCap Group.

Romy is a member of MaxCap’s ESG Advisory Committee and sits on a number of industry ESG & Sustainable Finance working groups. Romy joined MaxCap in February 2020, with over 10 years experience in funds management, impact investment and corporate law, having commenced her career at Arnold Bloch Leibler.  Romy holds a Bachelor of Arts/Laws (Hons) from Monash University.

Jon Waite
Responsible Investment Manager
APG Asset Management Asia

Jon is a Responsible Investment Manager at APG Asset Management and leads the management and integration of ESG matters for all of APG’s private market investments in the Asia Pacific region. 

He joined APG in February 2020, prior to which he held several senior roles across a range of real estate companies such luxury hotel companies, global consultancies, and universities, where he was responsible for managing large and complex construction projects or leading regional sustainability change programs across Asia. 

In 2019 he completed a Masters (MSt) from the University of Cambridge in Sustainability Leadership, which included a dissertation on the perceptions of climate change risk for Hong Kong based asset managers. He also has a Masters (MEng) degree in Mechanical Engineering from Loughborough University and is a Chartered Engineer.

Kathryn Thurston
Executive Director & Director of Debt ESG
PGIM Real Estate

Kathy Thurston is an executive director at PGIM Real Estate and the director of Debt ESG. Kathy is responsible for developing and implementing environmental, social and governance strategy for real estate debt globally while working in coordination with the Debt Executive Council, debt portfolio management teams, third-party investors, and Agency ESG relationships with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and FHA. She is an active member of PGIM Real Estate’s Inclusion & Leadership Network.

Previously, Kathy was portfolio manager for PGIM Real Estate’s U.S. investment strategies focused on core plus and high-yield debt investments on behalf of institutional investors. In that role, she was responsible for the fund’s capital market and asset management strategies, oversight of fund performance, and day-to-day fund operations.

Earlier, Kathy was head of Institutional Real Estate for The PrivateBank, subsequently acquired by CIBC. In her role she was responsible for bridge and corporate lending to pension fund advisors, private equity funds, and real estate finance companies.

In addition to business development and portfolio management activities, during her tenure, Kathy was integral in the development of new debt products and new market expansion strategies. Kathy also held a position on the Bank’s Leadership Committee.

Kathy has a master of business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She has held several board and committee positions with ULI, NAIOP and CREW Network and has served as a Girls Who Invest mentor.

Martijn Hoogerwerf
Head of Sustainable Finance APAC
ING Bank

Martijn Hoogerwerf was appointed head of Sustainable Finance in March 2022. Based in Singapore, Martijn joined ING’s Sustainable Finance APAC team in 2019 with over 10 years of experience in the sustainable finance markets, where he took on a variety of climate-related investment and advisory roles during this period.

Prior to this, Martijn spent eight years in Fortis’ Transportation & Logistics and the Strategic Development teams (now merged with ABN Amro) and focused on expanding its wholesale banking activities in Asia. He moved to Hong Kong in 2006 as part of his tenure with Fortis.

Martijn brings a unique blend of commercial banking knowledge, sustainability expertise, and APAC experience. He has been instrumental in ensuring Sustainable Finance is front and center in client facing functions, securing leading mandates, and driving the growth of ING’s Sustainable Finance activities in APAC.

Martijn holds an MBA from IESE Business School in Barcelona/Spain and an MSc in Chemical Engineering from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Andrew Cole
Group Head of ESG
Charter Hall

Andrew has 20 years’ experience in both Corporate and Government sustainability strategy and policy.
Andrew is Chair of the Property Council of Australia’s National Sustainability Roundtable, Chair of the Green Building Council of Australia’s Industry Advisory Group and Deputy Chair of the City of Sydney’s Better Buildings Partnership and is recognised for his contribution to the future of the sector and industry. Andrew joined Charter Hall as Group Head of ESG in 2021, prior to this Andrew was with Lendlease for 14 years and was appointed to his most recent role General Manager Sustainability for Lendlease Funds Management Australia in August 2018.
In his role, Andrew is responsible for the Group’s sustainability strategy and reporting, community partnerships and will work closely with the EXCO team to integrate the Group’s environmental, social and governance outcomes across the business.

Amélie Delaunay
Director of Research and Professional Standards

Amélie Delaunay is the Director of Research and Professional Standards for ANREV. She is responsible for the development and implementation of ANREV’s Research, Performance Measurement and Professional Standards programmes in Asia Pacific, including market information and performance indices, global surveys and promotion of best practices for the industry.
Amélie has more than 19 years of experience in the real estate industry and a strong real estate consulting background initially with Ernst & Young. She has been based in Asia for more than 15 years.
Educated at the Sorbonne in Paris, where she was awarded a post graduate degree in Urban Geography, Town Planning and Real Estate, Amélie also has an Advanced Master's Degree in Urban and Real Estate Management from ESSEC Business School in Paris. Amélie is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Caitlin Uren
Head of ESG – Capital Markets

Caitlin Uren, leads the ESG and Repositioning team for JLL’s Capital Markets business. Leading transactional strategies underpinned by sustainable and value add investment and advising investors on both risks and opportunities in response to growing ESG regulation. Caitlin has 13 years’ experience spanning real estate sectors across the United Kingdom and Australia, working across both valuation and capital transactions. Caitlin recently returned from JLL UK to lead this new capital markets business in Australia and bringing best practice following 6 years in the ESG advanced UK markets.  

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