RI people moves round-up: March 2010

Recent responsible investment hires.

The ESG research team at Société Générale, the French banking group, has won the 2010 annual Farsight Award for the best sustainable broker research examining investor opportunities in the sustainability field. The award is jointly presented by the UK Universities Superannuation Scheme, Gresham College, and Z/Yen Group.
Marion de Marcillac has joined the Paris office of Eiris, the UK ESG research company Paris after leaving the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif).
Impax Asset Management has named Dean Palin as head of trading. Palin formerly worked at Westpac, Barclays, Fidelity and Lehman Brothers. Natalie Over has also joined the environmental investment firm. She was previously at Osmosis Investments and New Star Asset Management.
Neville White has joined the Ecclesiastical Investment Management team as an SRI Analyst. Neville was previously at CCLA as manager of governance and ethical Investment.The World Bank’s internal pension fund management arm is looking to hire senior portfolio managers covering timberland, infrastructure, real estate and private equity. In addition, the World Bank’s $2.3bn Carbon Finance Unit is seeking a senior carbon finance specialist. The move comes amid what the bank calls a “new phase” in its carbon finance business with the launch of its Carbon Partnership Facility and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility.
Zoe Knight, former senior director of SRI research at Merrill Lynch, who later joined Cheviot Asset Management, has taken up a new position as a consultant at Absolute Strategy Research, a provider of independent investment-strategy research to institutional investors
The Church Investors Group (CIG), which manages £12.6bn for pension funds, charitable trusts and religious orders in the United Kingdom and Ireland has appointed PIRC to provide it with customised research and voting advice as part of a move to maximize investor engagement with the UK’s biggest companies.
James Corah has joined the UK CCLA Ethical and Responsible Investment team. Corah will work with the Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group and act as Secretary to the Church Investors Group.