People & Appointments: Herren Lee joins whistleblower law firm KKC

The latest ESG movers and shakers: US SIF appoints Maria Lettini as new CEO; Aviva Investors hires Nick Molho as head of climate policy.

Former SEC commissioner Allison Herren Lee has joined Washington DC law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto. She was nominated to the SEC by former US president Donald Trump and served as commissioner from July 2019 until the end of her term in July 2022. President Biden appointed Lee as acting chair of the SEC between January and April 2021. KKC specialises in anti-corruption and whistleblower law.

US SIF has named Maria Lettini as CEO. She will begin her tenure in May, succeeding Lisa Woll who has held the role for more than 16 years. Woll announced her intention to step down in September and left the organisation in February. US SIF managing director Bryan McGannon will serve as acting CEO in the interim. Lettini will leave the FAIRR Initiative after more than six years as executive director. She will continue in her roles as a member of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and the Intentional Endowments Network.

Aviva Investors has appointed Nick Molho as head of climate policy in a newly created role. Molho will take up his new role in June, following more than eight years as executive director at Aldersgate Group. He also formerly worked as head of climate energy and policy at WWF UK.

Janine Guillot, special adviser to International Sustainability Standards Board chair Emmanuel Faber, has announced she will step down at the end of this month. She took on the role in February 2022 to help ensure the success of the ISSB and support the transition of the Value Reporting Foundation into the IFRS Foundation.

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative is receiving applications for the Turner Fellowship Programme which aims to accelerate conservation impact through cross-disciplinary collaboration. The fellowship is open to experts from sectors including economics, law, finance and public policy, with interests that closely align with CCI strategic priorities. Elree Winnett Seelig, global head of ESG for Citi’s Markets business, held the fellowship last year. It will start in October 2023 and last between three and 12 months, with part of the time spent with CCI in Cambridge. Applications close on 26 April.

Church of England Pensions Board’s chief responsible investment officer Adam Matthews has become a member of the International Energy Agency’s new financial board. Matthews, who also chairs the Transition Pathway Initiative, said he has raised priorities including a need for national and regional pathways for emerging markets, clarity around oil and gas, and mineral dependencies.

Andreas Hoepner has been promoted to head of data science hub on the European Commission’s second Platform on Sustainable Finance. Hoepner is a full professor of operational risk, banking and finance at the Smurfit Graduate Business School of University College Dublin. He has been a member of the EU platform since 2018.

Shahbano Soomro has been appointed as deputy head of policy and advocacy at Impax Asset Management. She joins from McKinsey & Company, where she was engagement manager.

M&G is recruiting a head of ESG risk to lead topics including climate change, net zero, stewardship, governance and ESG regulation reporting for investors.