People & Appointments: Peter Sandahl to head up Nordea’s climate and environment team

The latest ESG movers and shakers: Credit Suisse appoints head of sustainability research; Moody's hires senior director of climate strategy.

Peter Sandahl has been promoted to deputy head of group sustainability at Nordea and tasked with leading the group’s new climate and environment team. He will step into the role on 13 March. Sandahl has worked at Nordea for more than 13 years and currently serves as head of sustainability at Nordea Life and Pensions. Sandahl is also a member of the asset owner advisory committee at the Principles for Responsible Investment, the steering committee at the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials, the expert advisory group at the Science Based Targets initiative, the sectoral pathways task force at GFANZ, and the global scientific and investor committee at Carbon Risk Real Estate Monitor, as well as a board member at Swesif.

Nisha Long has been appointed as head of sustainability research, asset management, at Credit Suisse. She joins from Citywire, where she spent more than 16 years and most recently held the role of head of ESG and cross-border investment research. She will continue in her role as ESG advisory board member at The Superbia Group.

Viola Lutz has been hired as senior director of climate strategy at Moody’s Analytics. She was previously executive director and head of climate solutions at ISS ESG, where she spent five years. Lutz is also an ESG lecturer at the European Business School in Paris and at the University of Zurich.

FSD Africa has appointed Nigel Topping as senior climate adviser to strengthen its approach to addressing the impact of climate change in Africa. He was most recently the UN climate change high-level champion for COP26. He will continue in his roles as advisory board member at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the environment and non-executive director at the UK Infrastructure Bank.

The Principles for Responsible Investment is recruiting a head of stewardship for nature and a UK policy analyst. The head of stewardship is a new role in the organisation. The candidate will oversee the PRI’s stewardship initiatives related to nature, resilient natural systems, and environmental issues. The priority will be to lead the PRI’s stewardship initiative on nature, which is due to be launched this year. The policy analyst will be responsible for developing draft policy positions consistent with the implementation of the PRI’s mission statement and six principles. Applications for both positions will close on 29 January.

Aurélien Girault has been appointed as ESG and CSR project manager at BNP Paribas CIB. He was previously a mission head of sustainable finance for the French ministry of ecological transition for four years.

The New America Alliance, an organisation that aims to increase capital access for women- and minority-owned firms, has named Anyori Hernandez as president and CEO. He will replace Solange Brooks, who served as CEO of the NAA for the past three years. Hernandez will leave his role as director and head of emerging markets at the New York State Common Retirement Fund.

Federated Hermes has hired Ross Teverson to lead its Asia and global emerging markets team. He was previously head of strategy for global emerging market equities at Jupiter Fund Management for seven years. Teverson also spent 14 years in the global emerging markets team at Standard Life Investments.

The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is recruiting a senior policy officer for the green finance team. The candidate will support the delivery of the UK’s second green finance strategy. Applications will close on 5 February.

Osmosis Investment Management has appointed Richard Pace as managing director, head of American distribution. He was previously managing director and chief marketing officer at Columbus Circle Investors.

Silke Stremlau is leaving Hannoversche Kassen after five years as a board member and one year as head of corporate development. She will be replaced in mid-2023 by Jana Wunderlich, who currently works as head of investments at the company. Stremlau is also co-chair of the German government’s sustainable finance advisory council.

Rik Recourt has been promoted to senior associate of agribusiness, food and water at Dutch development bank FMO. He has worked at the bank for more than three years and was previously senior associate of the Dutch fund for climate development.