RI People & Appointments, July 8: Church of England, Global Steering Group, Minerva, IIGCC, Swiss Life, Engaged Tracking, SUSI Partners

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Anna McDonald has been named Secretary to the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group (EIAG). She joins from Barclays where she headed Corporate Banking in the Eastern region, leading engagement particularly on sustainable investing and green banking. The appointment follows the appointment of Stephen Barrie as Deputy Director of Ethics and Engagement to the Church of England Pensions Board in January this year. He had been acting Secretary of the EIAG after previous holder Adam Matthews was named Director of Ethics and Engagement of the Church of England Pensions Board in 2018.

Carlota Garcia-Manas has left her position as a Senior Investment Stewardship Analyst with the Church Commissioners to take up an ESG related role at Royal London Asset Management. She is a Governance specialist and has been tasked to develop an “ambitious engagement strategy” together with RLAM’s Head of RI, Ashley Hamilton Claxton.

Maria Laura Tinelli, the former head of global networks at the Principles for Responsible Investment who now runs her own consulting firm called Acrux Partners, has joined the trustee board of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment. Also joining as a trustee is Elias Masilela, the former CEO of South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation (PIC).

Sasja Beslik has left the board of environmental shareholder group the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIIGCC) after his recent departure from Nordea. Directors are drawn from IIGCC’s member organisations and Beslik will be replaced by Nordea Life & Pensions Chief Investment Officer Erik Kleväng Callert in the interim before the next board elections. The appointment to the board of Grégoire Haenni, CIO of the Geneva public pension fund, was reported by RI last month.

Sam Gill has “taken a step back” from the daily operations of Engaged Tracking, the corporate carbon risk consultancy and data provider he co-founded. The group retains former UK Climate Change Minister Chris Huhne as an advisor. Gill is now focusing on running the interDependence Agency, a non-profit which has developed a blueprint to finance and scale-up the carbon transition.

Environmental journalist Andrew Revkin is the new Head of Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

Sapna Shah has been promoted to Managing Director at the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) from her previous position as Strategy Director. She previously oversaw GIIN’s Network Membership in addition to a working group on sustainable agriculture investing in sub-Saharan Africa.

Professor Paul Leinster has been appointed to chair the Board of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), the largest professional organisation of environment practitioners in the United Kingdom.

Paul Polman, the former Unilever CEO, has formed a “for-benefit corporation and foundation” called IMAGINE with Unilever’s former Chief Sustainability Officer Jeff Seabright and ex-EY executive Valerie Keller.David Crum has been named Managing Director – Asset Owner Solutions at Minerva Analytics, the UK-based governance firm that recently sold a stake to Germany-based index firm Solactive. His remit includes building market awareness of Minerva’s stewardship, ESG and “shareholder voting tools in the post Shareholder’s Rights Directive II world”. He is a former Chief Pensions Officer (Investments) at the Strathclyde Pension Fund in Glasgow. He set up his own firm called 330 Consulting after leaving Aon Hewitt where he was a public sector investment consultant.

Nelufer Ansari has been promoted to Head of ESG at Swiss Life Asset Managers from her previous post as Head of Strategic & Special Tasks. She was previously at BEOS AG, a German real estate investment manager which was acquired by Swiss Life in 2018.

Mark Tulay, co-founder and Senior Director of the Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) under the CEO-led coalition Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP), has stepped down from the organisation after four years to establish corporate consultancy Sustainability Risk Advisors. Tulay’s successor at the CECP – founded by actor and activist Paul Newman – is Nandika Madgavkar, who recently joined from Metlife.

Daniel Allen has stepped down as CEO of US investment platform Aliier after more than seven years in the position, although he will continue to run its ESG investing groups. According to a LinkedIn post, he is seeking Board and Advisory roles and fractional work for firms considering international business development.

Katia Coudray has reportedly been named Head of Impact Investing at Swiss private banking group Reyl & Cie after recently stepping down as Chief Executive of Geneva-based Syz Asset Management after three years. With this appointment, Reyl is expected to announce a range of impact-based products in the upcoming months.

Julie Bishop, Australia’s former Foreign Affairs Minister, has joined the board of global impact firm Palladium in her first non-executive role after exiting politics.

Roman Binder has been named Chief Operating Officer of Swiss sustainable infrastructure investment specialists SUSI Partners. He joins from UBS, and was formerly Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer at pioneering sustainable boutique Sustainable Asset Management Group (SAM), which was later acquired by Dutch asset manager Robeco.

Marco van der Ree has been recruited as the Chief Development Officer for sustainability reporting standards provider, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). He will be responsible for the organisation’s fundraising and overseeing donor outreach. Van der Ree joins from EIT Climate-KIC.

Marc Janson has been appointed as investor relations manager at Triodos Investment Management.

CalSTRS is seeking an Investment Officer for its Corporate Governance Division to support ESG portfolio analysis, proxy voting and securities litigation.

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is seeking a Lead Investment Consultant to support the creation of the Africa Tree Fund, an impact investment vehicle to slow deforestation and increase tree planting in sub-Saharan Africa.