People & Appointments: Carol Adams to chair GRI’s standards board

The latest ESG movers and shakers: Mafalda Duarte to lead GCF; Sara Bourhime named deputy head of sustainable investment at Mirabaud.

Former Global Reporting Initiative stakeholder council chair Carol Adams has been selected to lead the Global Sustainability Standards Board, the independent body that sets the GRI standards. She will replace Judy Kuszewski, who will complete her second and final term as GSSB chair at the end of March. Adams is an accounting professor at Durham University and advises the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy on sustainability reporting. She is also a member of the Australian Accounting Standards Board’s Sustainability Reporting Advisory Panel, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and chair of their sustainability panel. She recently advised the UNDP on creating SDG Impact Standards, and the UK government’s Implementation Taskforce on Impact Investing.

The Green Climate Fund has named Mafalda Duarte executive director. She succeeds Yannick Glemarec, who led the fund for the past four years. Duarte leaves her role as CEO of Climate Investment Funds, which she has held since 2014. She has also worked at the African Development Bank and the World Bank.

Sara Bourhime has been promoted to deputy head of sustainable and responsible investment at Mirabaud Asset Management. Bourhime has worked at the manager for more than three years, previously as an SRI analyst.

Mirabaud AM has also promoted Ilaria Malacco to sustainable and responsible investment analyst. She previously worked as a sales executive.

Daniel Booth has been appointed by CalPERS as deputy chief investment officer for private markets. He joins from the UK Infrastructure Bank, where he was senior adviser. Booth’s previous roles include three years as chief investment officer at Border to Coast Pensions Partnership.

European Banking Authority senior policy adviser Mira Lamriben has been transferred to Banca d’Italia for a two-year secondment. She formerly worked as a banking economist at Banque de France.

Alison George has been appointed as head of impact and ethics at Australian Ethical Investments. She leaves her role as head of research at shareholder advisory firm Regnan, where she has worked for the past 12 years.

Jon Lukomnik has joined fintech Tumelo as an adviser. Lukomnik, who formerly served two terms as deputy comptroller for the City of New York, will also continue in his roles as managing partner of Sinclair Capital and a fellow at the Sustainable Investing Research Initiative.

Nicoletta Centofanti has been promoted to general manager at the Luxembourg Sustainable Finance Initiative following her appointment as interim general manager last May. She has worked at LSFI for more than two years, previously as sustainability adviser.

EdenTree Investment Management has added two members to its responsible investment advisory panel. Annette Fergusson, director at Threefold Sustainability Advisory Services, and Paul Simpson, co-founder of CDP and strategic adviser at SBTi, have joined the panel to advise on key ESG issues and ensure decisions are aligned with EdenTree’s responsible and sustainable investment criteria.

Financial Reporting Council head of stewardship Claudia Chapman has resumed her role after seven months on secondment to the Financial Conduct Authority as technical specialist in the ESG division and asset management supervision.

Barbara Oldani has joined NatureFinance’s Sustainability-Linked Sovereign Debt Hub as lead of stakeholder engagement. She leaves her role director of the Emerging Markets Investors Alliance after two years.

RBC BlueBay Asset Management has appointed Ian Clarke as senior ESG analyst. He joins from Baringa Partners, where he was most recently climate change consultant.

Energy transition investment banker Stefan Walter has been appointed as principal by boutique investment bank DAI Magister. He joins from UBS, where he was executive director for investment banking for more than three years.