People and appointments: Danish financial regulator to lose sustainability head

The latest ESG movers and shakers: Bank of Ireland looks for climate forum participants, UKSIF announces new policy committee members.

Theodor Christensen, head of sustainability at the Danish Financial Supervisory Authority (DFSA), has announced he is leaving the regulator at the end of May. Christensen, who has spent the last three years as a deputy director at the regulator’s division for capital markets regulation, previously held numerous policy and civil service roles including at the Danish ministry of finance, UN and Danish embassy in Myanmar. The DFSA said it had not yet made plans for his replacement, while Christensen said he was looking for a new sustainability role.

The Central Bank of Ireland is looking for participants to join its Climate Forum. The forum, which will meet twice a year, is intended to “build a shared approach to the understanding and management of the financial risks and opportunities posed by climate change”, the bank said. It will look to establish working groups to develop industry-specific best practice documents.

Five new members have been elected to the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association’s policy committee. The new joiners are: Tim Lord, head of climate change at Phoenix Group; Maria Nazarova-Doyle, head of pension investments and responsible investments at Scottish Widows; Ashley Dorrington, executive director, group public and regulator affairs at Standard Chartered; Simon Oswald, senior manager, sustainability and climate change at PwC; and Lee Shankland-Gort, head of social sustainable and green finance at Addleshaw Goddard.

Europe’s largest asset manager Amundi has made three new appointments, including Alice Sireyjol as Deputy Head of ESG Development. Sireyjol joins from consultant EY where she worked as a Senior Manager, specialising in climate change and sustainability. Edouard Dubois, Head of Stewardship and Engagement at ISS ESG, also joins Amundi as Head of Proxy Voting within the Paris-based manager’s ESG Research, Engagement and Voting team.  Finally, Hélène Champollion-Morel joins Amundi as Head of Advocacy. Prior to her new role, Champollion-Morel was Head of Communications at Mirova, the affiliate of Natixis Group dedicated to sustainable investing. 

Paul Akehurst has joined Hogan Lovells as its new head of sustainability. Akehurst was most recently regional operations lead for energy and sustainability services at JLL.

Paul Jaffe has joined the Church Commissioners as ESG lead for real assets. Jaffe leaves his role at British Land and was previously a fund management director at LaSalle.

Blackstone is looking to hire a climate specialist based in New York.

Ruben Lubowski has joined Lombard Odier Investment Managers in the newly created role of chief carbon and environmental markets strategist. Lubowski was most recently chief natural resource economist and vice-president for climate and forests at the Environmental Defence Fund, and co-founded the Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator.

Charlotte Johnson has joined the Centre for Sustainable Energy as head of research programmes. She leaves the UCL Energy Institute where she was a senior research fellow.

Marian Macindoe has joined Parnassus Investments as head of ESG stewardship. She was previously head of ESG strategy and engagement at Uber, and has also held ESG and stewardship roles at Charles Schwab, Chevron and Glass Lewis.

Katharina Latif has joined climate consultancy ClimatePartner as the head of the finance and investor relations team in its impact wing. Latif, who had been on sabbatical since February, spent close to 15 years working at Allianz, including as group head of corporate responsibility.