People & Appointments: UNEP FI seeks expert to analyse NZBA and PRB targets

The latest ESG movers and shakers: Stark steps down from Climate Change Committee to head Carbon Trust; Joy resigns as CIO of Church Commissioners for England.

The UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is recruiting a climate finance review expert to undertake an “in-depth analysis and review” of the climate targets set by signatories to the Net-Zero Banking Alliance (NZBA) and the Principles for Responsible Banking (PRB). The review will assess alignment with the requirements set out in the NZBA commitment statement, and the guidelines for climate target-setting. The successful candidate will provide regular updates to the two teams about trends, challenges and good practices identified. The deadline is 25 January.

Chris Stark has stepped down as head of the UK Climate Change Committee after six years to join the Carbon Trust as CEO. He replaces Tom Delay, who has resigned from the Carbon Trust after 22 years as chief executive. Delay will continue as a member of the advisory board at Imperial College Business School’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, and as a member of the University of Michigan’s Global CO2 Initiative advisory board.

Tom Joy has resigned as chief investment officer of the Church Commissioners for England after 14 years. He will leave in April to take up a CIO role overseas, according to an announcement. A recruitment process to find Joy’s replacement to start shortly.

Rebeca Coriat, head of stewardship at Lombard Odier Investment Managers, has been appointed to the Global Reporting Initiative’s Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB). Coriat joined Lombard Odier in 2020 from Investec Asset Management, where she was an ESG analyst for three years. She has also worked as a senior associate in governance research at the Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS).

Melanie Paty Nagpal has been promoted to executive director and head of ESG reporting and shareholder engagement at Morgan Stanley. She joined the US group six years ago and was previously head of ESG reporting and shareholder engagement. Nagpal also spent more than two years as a policy officer at the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).

The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) is recruiting a climate global director to oversee overall portfolio operations, performance, planning and reporting. The successful candidate will have a deep understanding of the climate sector, and expertise in data and systems for portfolio performance in climate change, energy transition or the environment.

EthiFinance has appointed Julia Haake as head of ESG ratings. She previously founded Bhumi Consulting, and worked for one year as managing director at Moody’s ESG Solutions. She also spent more than 10 years at ISS, where she was global head of stewardship and engagement. Haake was a member of the AMF’s climate and sustainable finance commission and vice chair of the French SIF’s board. She will continue as a member of Germany’s sustainable finance advisory council.

Lazard Asset Management has recruited Evie Paterson from Impax Asset Management as a portfolio manager in its global sustainable equity investment team. Paterson spent six years at Impax AM, where she was most recently an associate director. Prior to this she worked at Abrdn as a responsible investing analyst.

MSCI has promoted Joel Kwan to head of ESG and climate products for the APAC region. He joined MSCI as an ESG product manager for APAC in 2022 from Moody’s, where he had worked as an ESG specialist for eight years.

UKSIF is seeking eight new members for its policy committee. The role will involve advising on the NGO’s public policy programme, helping to promote industry-leading policy positions with government, regulators and other stakeholders, and shaping the operating environment for members. Successful candidates will be elected for a two-year term, with the opportunity to stand again for one further two-year term. The deadline for applications is 4 February.

TOBAM, the French asset manager, has appointed Philippe Bolopion from Human Rights Watch to expand its human rights expertise. Bolopion spent 12 years at the NGO, most recently as chief of staff. He joins TOBAM as head of its LBRTY strategy and co-head of long-term investing. LBRTY was launched last summer and systematically assesses risks, in particular those associated with a lack of civil liberties and democratic rights.

Flexstone Partners, an affiliated investment manager of Natixis Investment Managers, has appointed Samira Boussem as managing director to oversee its sustainability strategy. She joins from Natixis IM, where she was head of ESG solutions.

Spainsif has promoted Pablo Esteban Sánchez to deputy general. Sánchez, who joined the organisation as a sustainable finance expert in 2022, will continue as an associate sustainable finance professor at Spanish university UNED.

Gina Hanrahan has left her role as head of policy and advocacy at WWF Scotland after 10 years. She was previously a senior climate change and energy policy analyst at the Institute of International and European Affairs. Hanrahan also holds an MSc in nature, society and environmental policy from the University of Oxford.

WWF is hiring for Hanrahan’s position. The successful candidate will lead a team of policy and public affairs experts, develop strategic policy and public affairs plans, and provide accurate monitoring, reporting and evaluation. Applications close on 28 January.

Kali Taylor has been promoted to managing director at Sustainable Finance Geneva (SFG). She joined SFG in 2022 as community manager from the International Institute for Sustainable Development, where she was an SDG policy advisor. She also spent four years as an advisor at the SDG Lab.

Climate Asset Management has hired Sarah Gledhill as chief operating officer. She leaves InfraRed Capital Partners after 17 years, where she was most recently infrastructure managing director, having spent 10 years as head of finance.

The Greenhouse Gas Protocol has nominated Alexander Bassen as inaugural chair of its new independent standards board. Bassen serves as a member of the German Advisory Council of Global Change and the EU’s EFRAG Sustainability Reporting Board, as well as on several advisory committees on sustainable finance. He also sits on the nomination committee of the Accounting Standards Committee of Germany and is a G7 impact taskforce member at the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment. He will continue in his roles as an observer to Germany’s Federal Ministry of Finance’s sustainable finance advisory committee, honorary research associate at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and capital markets professor at the University of Hamburg.

Nikole Gyles has taken on an additional role at CPA Australia, the accounting body, as a member of its ESG Centre of Excellence. She is a managing director at Greenway Avenue Consulting, having previously been a technical director at the Australian Accounting Standards Board for more than eight years.