People & Appointments: New roles for Mizuno, Zaouati and McLuckie

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Hiro Mizuno, the former CIO of Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund, has been appointed Special Envoy on Innovative Finance and Sustainable Investments by UN Secretary-General António Guterres. Mizuno, an outspoken figure in green and social investment and a Founding Member of the Climate Finance Leadership Initiative, will work alongside ex- Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, who is the UN’s Special Envoy on Climate Action and Finance.

The CEO of sustainable investment house Mirova, Philippe Zaouati, has become a Member of the Board of Directors at WWF-France. He will continue to head Mirova, and will retain his roles as President of think tank Osons le Progrès, and lecturer at Sciences Po.

Outgoing US President Donald Trump has named Elad Roisman as Acting Chairman of the US Securities and Exchange Commission following Jay Clayton’s departure last month. A Commissioner since 2018, Roisman previously served as Chief Counsel for the US Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. Dalia Blass will stand down as the SEC’s Director of the Investment Management Division this month, after more than three years in post. She will be replaced temporarily by the unit’s Associate Director, Sarah ten Siethoff. 

Uli Grabenwarter, the Deputy Director of Equity Investments at the European Investment Fund, Keren Raz, Senior Responsible Investment & Governance Specialist for Private Markets at APG, and Serge Younes, the Head of Sustainability at Investindustrial, have been appointed to the Private Equity Advisory Committee of the Principles for Responsible Investment. Tammy Bodnar, Principle of Sustainable Investing at Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board, and James Holley, Bridgepoint’s Head of ESG, are stepping down.

The former Director of health and welfare-sector pension scheme Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn, Peter Borgdorff, has become the Chairman of pensioner-focused pressure group ANBO. Borgdorff left the fund this month.

Matthew McLuckie has joined green investment and advisory firm Posaidon Capital as a Managing Partner. He moves from think tank Planet Tracker – the sister body to Carbon Tracker – where he was Director of Research and Investor Relations since October 2018. 

Helen Dean, the CEO of UK pension fund Nest, has been awarded a CBE for services to Pension Saving. Dean has overseen Nest’s growth into the largest pension provider by membership in the country, with assets under management of £15bn.