People and Appointments: UN’s green finance arm seeks unpaid intern for six months

The latest ESG movers and shakers

The UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative is looking for an intern to support its Positive Impact Programme. Under the programme, the UN body has worked with the French Government, Banco Itaú, BNP Paribas, ING, Société Générale and Westpac, to launch the Positive Impact Principles. Now, it wants an intern to spend six months “unpaid and full time” to assist the UN department in implementing its work programme. 

Asset manager River and Mercantile has hired Roger Lewis as its Group Head of ESG. Lewis has previously worked at Aviva Investors, Legal & General Investment Management and JP Morgan. 

NN Investment Partners has announced three senior appointments to its Sustainable and Impact Equity team. Paul Schofield has been appointed Head of Sustainable and Impact Equity, leaving his role as Lead Portfolio Manager of the Sustainable Equity range at Allianz Global Investors. Jeremy Kent, also joining from AllianzGI, where he was Senior Portfolio Manager for Global Sustainable Equity Strategies, has been appointed Senior Portfolio Manager for NNIP’s Sustainable Equity funds. Pieter van Diepen is leaving his role as Investment Director within the global equities team at Aberdeen Standard Investments to become the Head of the Sustainable and Equity Analyst team. He has been joined by three new analysts: Giovanna Petti (Environmental Solutions & Materials), Dirk-Jan Dirksen (Digital Transformation) and Jeff Meys (Consumer Trends).

Asset management consultancy Alpha FMC has hired Troy Mortimer as the Director of its ESG and Responsible Investment Practice. Mortimer was most recently Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment at KPMG.

Mathieu Elshout has been poached from PGGM Investments by Investment Manager PATRIZIA. Elshout, who was previously Senior Director Real Estate EMEA, will fill the newly created position of Head of Sustainability and Impact Investing. He has been in the real estate investment industry for 20 years, including 12 at PGGM.

Investment firm Engine No. 1 has formally nominated four candidates to Exxon’s Board of Directors, who it claims are “sufficiently independent from the current Board to ensure a clean break from a strategy and mindset that have led to years of value destruction and poorly positioned the Company for the future.”  The candidates are: Gregory Goff, former CEO of petroleum refining and marketing company Andeavor; Kaisa Kietala, an expert in upstream oil and gas exploration and crude oil trading, and ex-Executive Vice President of Renewable Products at refining company Neste; Alexander Karsner, former US Assistant Secretary of Energy and Senior Strategist at Alphabet’s innovation lab ‘X’; and Anders Runevad, former CEO of Vestas Wind Systems.

The Board of Swiss Sustainable Finance has nominated Patrick Odier for President of the association, replacing Jean-Daniel Gerber who will step down from the role after serving the maximum term of six years. Odier has been Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bank Lombard Odier & Co. since 2014 and from 2009 to 2016 was Chairman of the Swiss Bankers Association.

Russell Picot has been appointed to the board of trustees of UK pension scheme USS. Picot was Group Chief Accounting Officer at HSBC, and Director of HSBC ‘s UK Pension Scheme Trustee. He is also a Special Advisor on the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. Kirsten English and Michael Merton will be stepping down from the board at the end of January.

Daniel Nielsen has joined Morningstar as head of Product Management for ESG Indexes. He leaves Great Lakes Advisors where he was Managing Director. Before that, he was Director of Socially Responsible Investing at Christian Brothers Investment Services.

The European Securities and Markets Authority has appointed Montserrat Martínez Parera, Vice-Chair of Spanish financial regulator Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores, to chair its Coordination Network on Sustainable Finance. 

Mining firm Rio Tinto has promoted Managing Director of Pacific Operations Aluminium, Kellie Parker, to a new role as Chief Executive Australia, where she will seek to rebuild trust in the company, which found itself at the centre of a national scandal last year when it blew up a 46,000 year-old Aboriginal heritage site.

Samu Slotte has been promoted from Head of Sustainable Finance to Global Head of Sustainable Finance at Danske Bank. He has been at the bank for seven years.

Impax Environmental Markets has appointed Simon Fraser as non-executive director. Fraser holds a number of roles including Chair of the Murray International Trust, and TS Lombard. He was previously non-executive director of Barclays Bank.

Emily Wasley has been named Board President of the American Society of Adaptation Professionals. Wasley is Corporate Climate Resilience Practice leader at professional services consultancy WSP USA. 

Women of the World Endowment has appointed Keitha Pansy as Managing Director. Pansy has spent over a decade at BlackRock and was most recently Chief of Staff for the Global Head of the Institutional Client Business.

Investment firm Eurazeo has established a new team dedicated to renewables and other infrastructure it claims will support the transition to a low-carbon economy in Europe. Lauren Chatelin, Martin Sichelkow and Melissa Cohen will all leave the Marguerite Fund to form the team, which will sit within the real assets unit of Eurazeo.