Inaugural Conference Convenes International Business and Finance Leaders
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN, March 21, 2016 – Magni Global Asset Management today announced that CEO Kurt Lieberman will be leading a panel discussion about measuring the impact of responsible investment and reporting to stakeholders at the Responsible Finance Summit (RFS) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, being held March 30 – 31. In its inaugural year, the RFS will bring together key stakeholders from the Responsible Investing and Islamic Finance sectors to build connections to support rapid growth and increase the measurable impact of the industry.
“It is an honor to be asked to lead a discussion in this inaugural conference,” said Lieberman. “Since Magni is the global leader in country-level governance research, we believe our unique perspective will be interesting to the conference participants. Our research shows that countries with environments for effective corporate governance have outperformed over time and specific policies contribute to that performance.”
In a recent article for Middle East Global Advisors, Magni explored how six Islamic countries classified as emerging – Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar, Turkey and United Arab Emirates – are performing in relation to other countries. Magni found that over the past year, these six countries improved their environments for corporate governance faster than other major countries in the world.
The article further stated that with additional policy adoptions some of the six Islamic countries could be recognized as leaders among the countries in the emerging markets relatively soon. One of these countries could even overtake Ireland, which is the lowest ranked country in the developed markets. Most importantly, the article identified that the actions required for leadership are consistent with Islamic guidance.
Lieberman will lead the discussion in a session titled, Measuring the Impact of Responsible Investment and Reporting to Stakeholders. Panelists are: Tirad Al-Mahmoud, Group Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank (ADIB); Datuk Darrel Webber, Secretary General, Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO); and Muhd Ramadhan Fitri, Head of Shariah Management, Maybank Islamic
Lieberman previously participating in a roundtable on December 1 sponsored by the RFI Foundation held in conjunction with the World Islamic Banking Conference in Bahrain.
Last year, Magni announced that it had become a signatory of the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investing.
About the Responsible Finance Summit
The Responsible Finance Summit is organized by RFI Foundation and co-organized by ME Global Advisors, two leading institutions spearheading the agenda of sustainable and inclusive economy and connections within the broader responsible finance industry.
This inaugural annual Responsible Finance Summit will bring together key stakeholders from the traditional responsible and Islamic finance sectors to build connections to support rapid growth and increase the measurable impact of the industry. The Summit will play a vital role in enabling representatives from across the responsible finance industry to develop new relationships to build cooperation across sectors with a key focus on building the presence of responsible finance in the emerging markets across the Islamic crescent from Morocco to Indonesia. Please visit www.rf-summit.com for more information or follow @RFIFoundation.
About Magni Global Asset Management
Magni Global Asset Management LLC is a Minnesota based money management firm founded by Dr. Roger Conant, previously the Chief Investment Officer for the St. Paul Companies/Travelers. Magni believes Countries MatterTM when investing internationally and scores countries on their ability to provide an environment conducive to good corporate governance. The firm developed its Sustainable Wealth Creation (SWC) research process based on widely-accepted economic principles. Those principles are disaggregated into 280 Qualitative Sovereign Factors about the legal, regulatory, accounting, and economic infrastructure of a country. Magni has more than a decade of research across the investible countries of the world. For more information, please visit www.magniglobal.com or follow @MagniGlobal.