People & Appointments: NBIM, Impax, Qontigo and more

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Norges Bank Investment Management has promoted Christopher Wright to Head of ESG Risk Monitoring. He has worked for the fund since 2011, most recently as the Sustainability Manager for NBIM's direct real estate investments.

Responsible investment stalwart Emma Hunt has joined Impax Asset Management as a Senior Client Director. She joins after a year as Head of Responsible Investment at St Jame's Place. Hunt was also Head of Responsible Investment at Mercer for five years, before moving to a similar role at Willis Towers Watson. She co-led EOS, part of Hermes Investment Management, until 2017. She retains her positions as Non-Executive Director at Carbon Tracker and Executive Committee Member at the Big Exchange. In her new role she will oversee Impax’s segregated mandates, as well as its fund clients and strategic distribution partners. 

Qontigo has named former CEO and co-founder of Beyond Ratings, Rodolphe Bocquet, as its Global Head of ESG. He will lead the data provider’s expansion of indexing and analytics in the ESG space. Bocquet has most recently worked as a sustainability consultant for clients like the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. 

Glass Lewis has appointed BlackRock’s former Vice President for Investment Stewardship, Eric Shostal, to be its Senior Vice President of Research and Engagement where he will supervise global proxy research and develop thinking on ESG policy and shareholder engagement. Glass Lewis has also named Dan Concannon as Chief Commercial Officer. He joins from CFRA Research, where he served as Chief Revenue Officer. 

Jaap van Dam from PGGM has been appointed the new Chairman of EDHEC-Risk Institute’s international advisory board. Van Dam is the Principal Director of Investment Strategy at PGGM, the Dutch pension provider. He will succeed Mark Fawcett, Chief Investment Officer of NEST Corporation at EDHEC. The board consults on proposals from centre’s management, and evaluates research outcomes with respect to their potential impact on industry practices. 

Malaysia’s Finance Minister YB Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz has become a patron of the Malaysian Sustainable Finance Initiative, which seeks to support the country’s financial sector to embrace sustainable finance and ESG.  

Anita McBain will join Citi Research as a Managing Director, Head of EMEA ESG Research. She joins the bank from M&G Investments, where she was Head of Responsible Investment and ESG.

HSBC Global Asset Management has appointed Rachida Mourahib as Head of Fixed Income ESG and Green Research within the Global Credit Research team. Rachida joined HSBC in 2006 as an ESG Analyst and has subsequently worked as an Equity and Credit Analyst, specialising in pharmaceuticals and local authorities. 

Chronos Sustainability, the advisory firm, has welcomed Arisa Kishigami as a Specialist Advisor on Sustainable Investment. Kishigami was Head of ESG for the Asia Pacific region at FTSE Russell.

Professor Jos Delbeke, the former Director-General for Climate Action at the European Commission, has been named the European University Institute’s first European Investment Bank Chair on Climate Change Policy and International Carbon Markets.

 UK Investment Association has appointed Rachel Elwell, CEO of pension pool Border to Coast, and Nicolas Moreau, CEO at HSBC Global Asset Management to its board. The appointments follow the departures of outgoing board Chair Peter Harrison, CEO of Schroders, and Joanna Munro, Global CIO of HSBC Global Asset Management.

Mark Carney, ex- Governor of the Bank of England and UN Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance, is joining PIMCO’s Global Advisory Board. 

Tom Ball will be joining proxy and corporate advisory firm Alliance Advisors as a Senior Vice President of the Proxy Solicitation Group, having been Senior Managing Director at Morrow Sodali.

Jonathan Tudor has joined the Clean Growth Fund as Investment Partner. Tudor joins the venture capital fund, which invests in UK clean technology companies, from Centrica Innovations, where he has been Technology & Strategy Director for the past three years.