Brendan Wallace is a co-founder and Managing Partner at Fifth Wall, where he guides the firm’s strategic vision. Prior to starting Fifth Wall, Brendan co-founded Identified, a workforce optimization data and analytics company that raised $33 million of venture funding and was acquired by Workday (NYSE: WKDY) in 2014. He also co-founded Cabify, the largest ridesharing service in Latin America, and has been an active investor, leading more than 60 angel investments including Bonobos, Dollar Shave Club, Lyft, SpaceX, Clutter, and Philz Coffee. Brendan started his career at Goldman Sachs in the real estate, hospitality, and gaming group before joining The Blackstone Group’s real estate private equity practice. Brendan is from New York City and currently lives in Venice. He graduated from Princeton University, where he received his BA in political science and economics. He received his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.View the profile
Laura is Senior Vice President, Head of Global ESG Strategy atHeitman, a real estate investment manager with ~$44billion in private equity, debt and securities investments across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific. She identifies ESG(Environmental, Social, and Governance)investment opportunities and solutions, and leads the ESGplatform to establish systematic approaches to embed ESG into investment decision-making and management of investments. Heiman’s mission statement is “Investing Today with a Focus on Tomorrow”; ultimately, we seek to improve the world in which we live and work, while delivering the investment outcomes our investors require. We believe integrating ESG considerations provides opportunities to create value, reduce risk, and enhance investment returns. Recently, Laura leads a Heitman partnership with Urban Land Institute (ULI)to publish a report, Climate Risk and Real Estate Investment Decision-Making, which explores current methods for assessing and mitigating climate risk in real estate. The report is based on insights from more than 25 investors and investment managers in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific, as well as existing research. Heitman’s approach to evaluating real estate climate risk is highlighted within the report’s case studies.View the profile
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Heitman's Senior Vice President Head of Global ESG Strategy, Laura Craft is interviewed by Event Co-Chair, Brandan Wallace of Fifth Wall, about their unique ESG philosophy, the role of technology, and how, more than ever, climate risk is factoring into their investments. Craft talks about how big-data is helping Heitman make better investment decisions and stronger returns.
07:55 Finding the balance
14:30 The role of technologies in the future of NetZero buildings
18:45 Climate risks
24:20 Climate tech
Laura, thank you so much for joining and it's a pleasure to talk with you. Where are you coming in from today? Can you just start maybe by just explaining your role at Heitman and how as a company Heitman approaches sustainability? For those of you who aren't aware of Heitman, we're real estate, investment manager. We have roughly 45 billion under management around the world. And we invest in real estate private. So that's loans and listed real estate. So that's listed
reads. So, you know in terms of how we're thinking about sustainability and I'm head of USB for the company. So we think about sustainability that's in the easy part of how the focus on efficiency and we had a process in which we try to bake it back into all of our investment decision making processes. So it's an integrated approach around the further. And let's talk a little about kind of ESG and kind of obviously those are in some ways orthogonal Concepts to one another pending on how you look at them. When you look for example at
the real estate industry. Obviously the single most contributed industry right to climate change. The greenhouse gas the most consumptive energy most consumptive energy with respect to energy and then that's obviously critical and Mariah Focus for this gum. Has been coupled with which clearly it is important for every company in the NJ government. How do you think about prioritizing the between those
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