People & Appointments: German central bank seeks biodiversity specialist

The latest ESG movers and shakers: TPG poaches GSAM’s Lebovitz for head of climate business; Mackenzie announces departure from abrdn.

The Bundesbank is recruiting a sustainability specialist to analyse the effects of biodiversity risk on the central bank’s core remit. The successful candidate will also set priorities for the Network for Greening for Financial System (NGFS). The deadline for applications is 3 March.

TPG has poached Goldman Sachs Asset Management’s Scott Lebovitz for its climate business, TPG Rise Climate. He leaves Goldman Sachs AM after 25 years, where he was most recently global co-head and co-CIO of infrastructure investing. Lebovitz joins TPG Rise Climate as head of infrastructure.

Craig Mackenzie announced last week that he has left his role as head of sustainability, multi-asset and investment solutions at Abrdn after more than eight years. Mackenzie, who was also head of strategic asset allocation at the asset manager, has joined the Scottish Land Commission as land commissioner. His responsibilities at Abrdn will be assumed by the wider multi-asset team and central sustainability team. A spokesperson for Abrdn said Mackenzie’s departure was not part of recently announced job cuts at the firm but “part of a strategic review of the multi-asset team”.

Mackenzie was previously head of sustainability at Scottish Widows, and also spent two years as an ESG consultant at Hymans Robertson, having started his career at Friends Provident where he was head of governance and SRI. He will continue as a senior lecturer in sustainable enterprise at the University of Edinburgh, where he founded the Centre for Business and Climate Change.

The Principles for Responsible Investment is recruiting a senior specialist for its stewardship team to manage Climate Action 100+ operations. The successful candidate will be responsible for updating, monitoring and reporting on progress against the CA100+ work plan, as well as ensuring working groups are on track to meet deadlines for key projects. They will also participate in the Staff Working Group by collating initiative-wide updates. The deadline for applications is 25 February.

Jane Wadia has been promoted to head of sustainability, core products and clients at AXA Investment Managers. She has worked at the manager for more than 24 years and was previously head of product specialists and solutions.

The Climate Policy Initiative’s Bella Tonkonogy has started a secondment at the US Treasury’s Climate Hub as senior adviser on international issues. She has worked at the Climate Policy Initiative for more than eight years, and is currently director of the US. She has also held roles at the US Environmental Protection Agency, and at the US Treasury’s office of environment and energy.

The New York Climate Exchange, a climate solutions not-for-profit, is seeking a director of climate finance to accelerate and scale the flow of finance supporting climate action and low-carbon technology deployment in New York City. The deadline for applications is 1 March.

EdenTree Investment Management has appointed Michael Moir as a senior credit analyst in its fixed income team. He joins from Fitch Ratings where he was a senior analyst, having previously worked at the Bank of England for more than five years.

Carlos Bravo Navarro has left Eurosif to join Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, as a sustainable finance manager. He joined Eurosif in 2022 as a sustainable finance junior policy adviser.

Deputy chief of Accountancy Europe Hilde Blomme has been appointed to the first Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) stakeholder advisory council for the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) and International Ethics Standard Board for Accountants (IESBA).