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ACLI Webinar Series: KBRA Presents: ESG & U.S. Life Insurer Investments: The Fork in the Road
Join us November 15h at 1:00 PM-2:00 PM ET to hear a panel of industry leaders discuss how ESG affects the way companies/asset managers invest, how rating agencies view those investments, evolving technologies in the ESG sphere and the broader role of ESG for the investment community and future investing.

Learn insights from market participants as to how the current economic climate and growing considerations of E, S and G are intersecting with life insurers’ investment strategies. The panel will also touch on the ESG pushback that has been surfacing. These various discussion threads should provide for a thought-provoking dialogue on both risks and opportunities.

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Ariane West
Head of Structured Finance and COO @Re2Capital
As the head of Structured Finance and COO at Re2 Capital, a climate risk platform dedicated to bringing to market innovative risk transfer and climate finance products, Ariane focuses on platform development, product and transaction structuring as well as capital markets strategies, and is responsible for commercial execution, operations, reporting and oversight as General Counsel.  Previously, she was the Director of Structured Finance at Nephila Climate.  Ariane trained as a lawyer and began her career at Clifford Chance, where she specialized in structured products and capital markets with a focus on new and innovative financial products, including the first ETFs, multi-asset structured funds, and large securitization vehicles, prior to joining a desk in the Structured Products Trading group (FICC) at Goldman Sachs in New York as a trader. Prior to joining Nephila Climate, she was a partner at a leading offshore law firm.
Deva Mishra
CEO of Prosperity Asset Management @Property Asset Management
Deva Mishra is the CEO of Prosperity Asset Management and the CIO of PLIG and in these roles is responsible for leading Prosperity’s asset management business as well as overseeing the investment programs for its insurance businesses.  Prior to joining, Deva spent 6 years at Global Atlantic Financial Group (GAFG), most recently as its Deputy CIO where he had several different responsibilities, including executing transactions across utility scale & renewable solar, transportation leasing, and SFR real estate.  Prior to his role as Deputy CIO, Deva was GAFG’s Head of Asset Allocation where he built out their pricing model and technology to manage retail sales and reinsurance pricing and helped execute ten reinsurance transactions.  Before GAFG, Deva spent 8 years at Goldman Sachs, most notably as the Head of Structured Products for its Reinsurance Group. Deva began his career at Credit Suisse in its Quantitative Credit Strategy Group.
Bonnie Wongtrakool
Global Head of ESG Investments and Portfolio Manager @Western Assets
Bonnie Wongtrakool is the Global Head of ESG Investments and Portfolio Manager in Western Asset’s Pasadena office, which she joined in 2003. Bonnie leads the Firm’s ESG research, engagement, strategies and portfolios, which express Western Asset’s ESG capabilities across a wide range of fixed-income mandates. Bonnie is a member of the Firm’s US Broad Strategy Committee, which formulates domestic investment themes and strategies. She also chairs the Firm’s ESG Strategic Steering Committee and its ESG Cross Mandate Task Force, and represents the Investment Management Team on the Market and Credit Risk Committee, Global Product Development Committee and DEI Committee. Prior to her ESG leadership role, Bonnie was a Portfolio Manager on the MBS/ ABS Team, where she managed the Firm’s dedicated mortgage funds and was responsible for mortgage allocations across the Firm’s multi-sector portfolios.
Donna Halverstadt
Managing Director, Insurance Group @KBRA
Donna Halverstadt is a Managing Director in the Insurance Group at Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA). Donna leads the KBRA insurance ratings team, merging her industry and capital markets expertise with KBRA’s extensive insurance knowledge. She has over 30 years of experience with financial institutions, primarily insurers. Prior to KBRA, Donna served as a sell-side corporate bond research analyst at Morgan Stanley, Nomura, and Goldman Sachs. Donna spent over 25 years at Goldman Sachs, where she worked in the company’s Research, Investment Banking and Fixed Income divisions. Donna built Goldman Sachs’ efforts for credit research coverage of insurance companies and for a period of time led the London-based European Credit Research team. Prior to credit research, Donna worked in Goldman’s Financial Institutions Group within the Investment Banking Division, working primarily with insurance companies on strategic transactions; and prior to that was in Fixed Income.