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People & Appointments: Mamadou-Abou Sarr exits Northern Trust to set up sustainability quant manager

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Mamadou-Abou Sarr has left Northern Trust Asset Management to set up V-Square Quantitative Management, a sustainability-focused quant manager specialising in big data and financial engineering. Sarr previously oversaw Northern Trust AM’s ESG practice as Global Head of ESG, growing sustainably-managed assets to $100bn (‎€93bn), and was most recently Director of Product Development and Sustainable Investing. Prior to Northern Trust, Sarr was a quantitative product specialist at HSBC Global Asset Management, having also held roles at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and Amundi Alternative Investments. He sits on the Listed Equity and Integration advisory committees at the Principles for Responsible Investment.

 Tom Greenberg, Co-Head of the oil & gas group at Credit Suisse, will head up a newly-established sustainability advisory group at the investment bank according to Reuters. The new group will identify “new high-growth clients that are solving global ESG challenges” and advise existing clients on sustainability, Credit Suisse’s investment banking head David Miller said in an internal memo. Greenberg is to remain in his role as oil & gas head. Angelica Nicolaussan, a recent hire from sustainable technology-focused boutique Greentech Capital, will also join the group.

Dan Draper, Invesco’s Global Head of ETFs, has been named incoming CEO of S&P Dow Jones Indices. He replaces long-standing chief Alexander Matturri, who spearheaded the 2011 merger between S&P Indices and Dow Jones Indexes, and the more recent acquisition of environmental and carbon data provider Trucost. Draper is to take up the role in June and will report to S&P Global President and CEO Douglas Peterson.

Separately, Mona Naqvi is now Senior Director & Head of ESG Product Strategy, North America for S&P Dow Jones Indices according to LinkedIn. In her previous role as Senior Director for ESG Product Management, Naqvi was global spokesperson for the firm’s ESG product line.

Linda Coady, a former WWF Canada Vice-President, has been named Executive Director of Pembina Institute, a Canadian clean energy and environmental policy think tank. Coady, who was most recently Chief Sustainability Officer at energy pipeline company Enbridge, previously headed a Canadian government advisory committee on providing economic participation in the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion to local indigenous communities.

Rochelle Giugni has been promoted to Director of Client Management & Business Development at EOS, the engagement and stewardship arm of newly-merged $877bn (€810bn) asset manager Federated Hermes. Giugni joined the client management and business development team as a Manager in 2015.

Cecilia Thorn has resigned as CEO of European actuarial body the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE) – after less than a year in the role – to work as a sustainable finance lobbyist. Thorn is the former Head of International Relations for UK accounting watchdog the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), and joined AAE in October. She has now taken up a position as a Special Advisor at Brussels lobbying firm Stenström Consulting, focused on “sustainable finance, financial and professional services”.

David Fischer has joined PwC in Munich as a Manager focusing on “low-carbon strategy, climate risk and scenario analysis”. Fischer – who previously led the development of PwC Germany’s climate risk integration and carbon analytics capabilities – was most recently an Energy and Environment Policy Analyst within the Clean Energy Transition Programme (CETP) at the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Emily Chew is stepping down as Global Head of ESG Research & Integration at Manulife Investment Management to take up an undisclosed role at a New York-based asset manager later this year. Peter Mennie, Manulife’s London-based Global Head of Investment Risk & Quantitative Analytics and Europe COO will now lead on the firm’s sustainable investing agenda.

Martina Nyqvist has been appointed to lead the Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum) – a sustainable finance research hub at the Stockholm School of Economics – as Executive Director. An associate professor in Economics, she takes over from Mette Morsing who is relocating to New York to join the United Nations as Head of Principles for Responsible Management Education. Morsing will remain a Visiting Professor at Misum and SSE.

Natalia Rajewska is now a Sustainable Finance Associate at ING, having joined the Dutch group’s sustainable finance team last year as an analyst from Aviva Investors. She remains based in ING’s Singapore office.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), a prominent provider of sustainability reporting standards, is seeking experienced applicants for vacancies in its decision making and advisory bodies. They are the organisation’s Board of Directors, Stakeholder Council, Global Sustainability Standards Board and Independent Appointments Committee. All positions are voluntary and the deadline for nominations is May 10.