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People & Appointments: Helena Viñes Fiestas and Günther Thallinger appointed to UN net-zero scrutiny group

The latest ESG movers and shakers: NY State Dept of Financial Services is hiring catastrophe and physical climate specialist, Amanda Blanc appointed WWF ambassador.

Helena Viñes Fiestas, commissioner of the Spanish Financial Markets Authority and rapporteur of the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance, and Günther Thallinger, chair of the Net-Zero Asset Owners Alliance and Allianz board member, are among the members of a new UN high-level expert group set up to scrutinise net-zero pledges.

The group, which aims to develop standards for net-zero pledges by non-state actors including corporates and cities, will be tasked with looking at current target standards, criteria, processes for verification and accounting decarbonisation, as well as setting a roadmap to translate these standards into national and international regulations. Other members include former government ministers, the former CFO of the World Bank, the former governor of the People’s Bank of China and the former prime minister of Mali.

US regulator the New York State Department of Financial Services is hiring for a catastrophe and physical climate specialist, based in New York.

Amanda Blanc, group CEO of Aviva, has been appointed a WWF ambassador. Blanc joins the 24-member group, led by David Attenborough, who “share WWF’s aims and values and are committed to helping people and nature thrive”.

Tiff Macklem, governor of the Bank of Canada, has been appointed chair of the oversight body of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision. Macklen, who succeeds governor of the Bank of France François Villeroy de Galhau, will spend three years in the post.

Dominik Pfoster has joined Swiss cantonal bank BLKB as a sustainable investment specialist. Pfoster, who sits on the board of German sustainable finance association the FNG, left his role as head of responsible investment at Swiss Life in February. Before joining Swiss Life, he spent close to 23 years working at Credit Suisse.

US sustainability non-profit Ceres made three new appointments to its board of directors. New York City Comptroller Brad Lander, CalPERS CEO Marcie Frost and CalSTRS sustainable investment director Kirsty Jenkinson join the board, while Amir Kirkwood, the CEO of Virginia Community Capital, has joined Ceres’ President’s Council.

Enrique Alvarado Hablutzel has joined impact investment boutique Chi Impact Capital as managing partner. Hablutzel was previously a partner at Bamboo Capital Partners and sits on the board of five European impact start-ups.

Camille Wynter has joined UBS Australia as its head of ESG research. Wynter, who has previously held roles at AMP Capital, leaves her role as director, sustainable finance, at Commonwealth Bank. She sat on the

Bethan Quinney has joined the Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute as head of operations and finance. Quinney, who spent close to four years working at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, leaves a similar role at the Vision for a Nation Foundation. The Institute is also hiring a director for APAC credit markets, based in Singapore or the local region.

Joseph Noss left his role leading on climate financial regulation at the G20 Financial Stability Board to join Willis Towers Watson as a senior director in its climate and resilience hub.

Hiroshi Komori has announced he is retiring from his role as senior director, stewardship and ESG at Japan’s GPIF.

Heidi Douglas-Osborn has joined the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) as policy manager. She leaves her role as policy and public affairs executive at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health. UKSIF has also opened elections for its analyst and policy committees, and is seeking six and five candidates, respectively.

Osamu Hamada has left his role as director for corporate governance reform at Japan’s financial services agency. Hamada, who worked on revisions to Japan’s stewardship and corporate governance codes in his time at the regulator, will be returning to work with DT Legal Japan, a member firm of Deloitte Legal, as an attorney.

Kelly Perry has joined CMC Markets as group head of sustainability. Perry, who has previously held roles at ING and the London Stock Exchange Group, leaves her role as head of ESG client solutions at Edison Group.

Vivian Riefberg, Ann Cairns and Peter Nussbaum have been appointed to the board of impact investor Lightrock. Riefberg is a former director at McKinsey and is a faculty member at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and Nussbaum is the former head of Freshfields’ private equity group and heads up the administration of the Prince of Liechtenstein’s assets. The firm has also promoted Ashish Puri and Christopher Steinau to partner.