People & Appointments: European Central Bank hires climate scientist

The latest ESG movers and shakers: CBI looking for trustee board chair, UNEP FI hires Hungarian central bank sustainable finance head.

The European Central Bank has hired Andrej Ceglar as a climate scientist to work in its climate change centre, which reports directly to president Christine Lagarde. Ceglar, who has spent the past 10 years working as a postdoctoral researcher in the European Commission’s joint research centre, has a PhD in agrometeorology and climatology from the University of Ljubljana.

The Climate Bonds Initiative is looking for a new chair for its trustee board.

Gábor Gyura has left his role as head of sustainable finance at the Hungarian central bank to become a sustainable finance consultant at UNEP FI. Gyura, also an assistant professor in sustainable finance at Budapest’s University of Technology and Economics, was at the bank for close to nine years in a number of roles, taking up the position of head of sustainable finance in 2019.

Rana Modarres has been appointed impact director in M&G’s Catalyst team. She has left her role as director of investing and social impact at Oxfam GB.

The Science-based Targets initiative is hiring for a chief impact officer.

Salima Kettani has joined ISS Corporate Solutions as sustainable finance business manager, where she will take on responsibility for second-party opinion sales to issuers in Benelux, Africa, the Middle East and Turkey. Kettani, who has previously held roles at Nomura, Natixis and Credit Suisse, joins from Bank of America, where she worked in DCM in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey.

Poppy Allonby is set to join T Rowe Price as head of ESG enablement. She leaves her role as head of global product EMEA and APAC at BlackRock.

Sam Tripuraneni has been appointed head of sustainable outcomes at Aviva Investors. Tripuraneni, who was a captain in the British Army before joining the financial services industry, leaves his role as director in BlackRock’s sustainable investing team after seven years at the firm.

Max Hong has been appointed chief executive at private markets ESG advisory firm Malk Partners. Hong, most recently operating partner at Crosspoint Capital Partners, has held roles at Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey. He replaces Andrew Malk, the firm’s founder, who becomes executive chairman.

Andrew Smith, chief risk officer at Conduit Re, has had his job title changed to chief risk and sustainability officer. Smith will be responsible for leading the company’s climate initiatives and will join its ESG committee.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has become chair of the board of trustees at UN Guiding Principles-focused non-profit Shift. Al Hussein was UN high commissioner for human rights from 2014 to 2018 and played a central role in establishing the International Criminal Court.

Harriet Kater is set to become the new climate spokesperson for the ACCR when Dan Gocher leaves in mid-June. Kater, who spent close to 10 years working for Energetics, and was a renewable energy portfolio manager at Indigenous Business Australia, joined the NGO in February 2021.

Matthew Parlour has joined EdenTree Investment Management as responsible and sustainable specialist. Parlour spent close to 20 years working for Invesco, most recently as a presenter in its market insights team.

Tilia Astell has joined Rathbones as a junior ESG analyst in its stewardship team. She leaves her role as knowledge officer at Accounting for Sustainability, where she worked for four years.