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18th Annual Capital Challenge

Investment Ideas for a World in Crisis

Investors faced a tough 2022, hit by rising interest rates, high inflation, geopolitical tensions and volatile markets – will 2023 bring more of the same? Or will markets finally calm? Which themes, asset classes and investment strategies will help investors best navigate the year ahead?

To find out, book your place for the ETF event of the year, hosted by CISI and HANetf, the 18th anniversary of this annual conference. 

The conference will deliver an abundance of thought leadership for the growing ETF market, with speakers including professional fund managers, independent analysts and journalists. 

This year we will cover:

  • Can you invest in gold and still be ESG-friendly? 
  • Will the crypto-winter end or will it turn into a permanent frost? 
  • Can the travel industry continue to bounce back? 
  • How is digital finance reshaping the global economy? 
  • Is tech investing a luxury of easier times?
  • Can nuclear energy unlock a carbon-free future?


January 20th, 2023 8am GMT 30 Finsbury Square, London EC2A 1AG

Accredited for 4 CPD Hours



Time Topic Speakers
8.00 – 8.30 Coffee and pastries
8.30 – 8.35

Opening remarks

George Littlejohn | Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments (CISI)

8.35 – 8.45

Introduction to Thematic Investing

David Stevenson | Financial Times

8.45 – 9.15

Journalist Panel

Jamie Gordon | ETF Stream
Sam Volkering | Southbank Research
Beverly Chandler | ETF Express

Outlook for the Year: Which Themes or Asset Classes?


Digital Infrastructure: The Connectivity Theme

Chris Versace, Mark Abssy | Tematica Research

9.20 – 9.45

Panel Discussion

Daniel Ruell, Steve Jones, Inga Doak | The Royal Mint
Eric Strand | AuAg Funds

Gold: A Green Safe-Haven Asset?

Chair: Tom Bailey

9.45 – 9.55

The Energy Crisis: Why Nuclear Energy is Back

John Ciampaglia | Sprott

9.55 - 10.05

Beyond Tesla: A Different Approach to Electric Vehicles

Konrad Sippel | Solactive


Energy Infrastructure: An Inflation Hedge

Stacey Morris | VettaFi

10.15 – 10.30

Coffee break


Medical Cannabis: Drivers in 2023

 Greg Taylor, Nawan Butt | Purpose Investments

10.35 – 10.55

Investing in Carbon Allowances: What, Why and How?

Billal Ismail | Spark Change


Global Airlines: Outlook for 2023

Frank Holmes | US Global Investors

11.00 – 11.15

Using ETCs and ETFs to Invest in Crypto

Tim Bevan | Founder & Co-CEO ETC Group

11.15 – 11.45

Panel Discussion

Kevin Carter | EMQQ
Anthony Ginsberg | GinsGlobal Index Funds
Konrad Sippel | Solactive
Tim Bevan | Founder & Co-CEO ETC Group

Tech: A Luxury of Easier Times?

11.45 – 12.00

The Future of Finance: Investing in Digitization

David LaVelle | Grayscale


Panel Discussion

Billal Ismail | Spark Change
Shaila Khan Leekha | iClima
Nick Mersch | Purpose Investments
Steve Derkash | EQM Indexes

Sustainable Solutions: Clean Energy, Carbon Allowances and Carbon Offsets

Anthony Ginsberg

CEO of GinsGlobal Index Funds


Beverly Chandler

Managing Editor at ETF Express

Billal Ismail

Head of Sales at SparkChange


Tim Bevan

Co-CEO and Founder of ETC Group

Daniel Ruell

Head of Sales - Precious Metals D2C, The Royal Mint


David Stevenson

Company Director, ETF Stream

Eric Strand

CEO & Fund Manager, AuAg Funds


Konrad Sippel

Head of Research, Solactive

Sam Volkering

Editor & Investment Director at Southbank Research



With more speakers to be announced soon


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