Matt Christensen leaves Eurosif for global RI head position at fund manager

Giuseppe van der Helm to take over interim duties.

Matt Christensen, Executive Director of the Paris-based European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif) is leaving to join AXA Investment Managers as Global Head of Responsible Investment. Christensen, who has led Eurosif since 2002, will leave at the beginning of April. He will be based in AXA IM’s Paris headquarters in La Defénse. He replaces Melissa McDonald at AXA, who left at the end of last year to join HSBC Global Asset Management as Business Manager – Equities and Responsible Investment. McDonald had been in the AXA role since July 2009, when she took over from Raj Thamotheram, who is currently an advisor for responsible investment at AXA IM. The Eurosif Board says it is working with a specialist recruitment agency to appoint Christensen’s successor as Executive Director. Giuseppe van der Helm, Eurosif’s President will take over operational responsibilities at Eurosif until it finds a replacement.
Van der Helm said: “2011 marks the 10-year anniversary of Eurosif’s founding with the aim to develop a European voice for sustainable and responsible investment (SRI).Matt has led Eurosif from practically the beginning and, during his tenure, the organisation has grown to over 85 supporting Member Affiliates and there are now 11 national Sustainable Investment Forums (SIFs) across Europe. Matt’s drive, commitment and strategic thinking has helped make Eurosif widely recognised today for its strong European public policy programme, leading research on ESG trends, and sophisticated communications platform. I am sure I speak for the entire board when I thank Matt wholeheartedly for his efforts and wish him continued success in the future”. Christensen is a frequent speaker at international events on sustainable finance matters and a member of the European Commission Coordination Committee exploring the evolution of ESG/sustainability in investment and corporate reporting. Prior to Eurosif, he was European Director at The Motley Fool, a publisher of information on personal finance and investing. Prior to that, he advised FTSE 100 clients as a strategy consultant with Braxton Associates/Deloitte Consulting. He is a Non-Executive Director to several investment funds.