People & Appointments: Sustainalytics launches conflict zones team

The latest ESG movers and shakers: NBIM loses lead ESG policy adviser; PRI to open asset owner board applications.

Sustainalytics is hiring for several roles to fill its newly formed conflict zones team. The service provider is hiring a team manager, an analyst and a senior analyst for the three-person team, which will “provide in-house expertise on issues related to human rights in conflict zones and disputed territories” and support analysts on its ESG and country risk rating, global standards screening and controversies teams.

Among the team’s other key responsibilities is developing an internal framework to help the firm’s research teams “to better understand conflict zones and disputed territories through the lens of ESG, ensuring a consistent approach across our products”.

In other Sustainalytics news, Sylviane Carot has joined the firm as head of APAC ESG alliances and redistribution after leaving her role as executive director for ESG research and equity index sales in South East Asia at MSCI. Carot spent just over 13 years at MSCI.

Séverine Neervoort has moved from her position as lead ESG policy adviser at Norges Bank Investment Management to become global policy director at the International Corporate Governance Network. Neervoort joined NBIM in 2017 from a regulatory affairs role at Deutsche Bank and has also held roles at MHP Communications and PwC.

Sameed Afzal has joined LGPS Central as a senior stewardship analyst. He was previously a responsible business specialist at St James’ Place.

The PRI is set to open applications for its African and Asian asset owner board members on 22 May. If no eligible candidates are received by 16 June then nominations will be opened to all asset owner members regardless of location.

Algebris Investments has hired Antonio Volpin as a senior investment director to help develop its sustainable equity strategy. Volpin spent three decades at McKinsey, becoming a senior partner in 2004 and leading its electric power and natural gas practice from 2008 to 2022.

Solange le Jeune has been promoted to head of sustainability investment equity index product at FTSE Russell. Le Jeune joined the firm in 2021 as sustainable investment director, leaving Candriam, where she was a senior ESG analyst. She has also held sustainability analyst roles at Jupiter Fund Management and Schroders.

NN Group is hiring for an active ownership specialist based in the Hague.

Margaret Schmitt has joined Quilter Cheviot as responsible investment analyst. She has left her role as climate and sustainability consultant at infrastructure consultancy AECOM after four years with the firm.