Rebecca Mikula-Wright takes the reins at IGCC

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Australasia’s Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) is to be put under the same management as the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change (AIGCC). Both bodies will now be led by Rebecca Mikula-Wright, who has been the CEO of the AIGCC for almost five years. The bodies will remain separate, but will share a governance structure, with Mikula-Wright acting as the CEO of both. IGCC’s former CEO, Emma Herd, stepped down earlier this year after six years. 

Swedish private equity firm EQT has appointed Bahare Haghshenas as Global Head of Sustainable Transformation, and Sophie Walker as Head of Sustainability for the EQT Private Capital business line. Haghshena will assume overall responsibility for sustainability and lead the efforts at EQT. She comes most recently from a position as Deloitte Partner and Executive Director of Acacia, Deloitte’s Sustainable Innovation Hub. Walker most recently sat on the JLL UK Board as Head of Sustainability.

Sustainable real estate body GRESB has announced a number of new hires, including CEO, Sebastien Roussotte, Chief Commercial Officer, Guido Wagenaar, and CFO, Roel de Weerd. They join Roxana Isaiu who heads ESG & Benchmarks at GRESB and Rick Walters, who has moved into a new role as Chief of Standards and Innovation. New CEO Roussote, who has held senior roles at Thomson Reuters, Sophis, Finastra and Style Analytics, replaces GRESB co-founder and former CEO, Sander Paul van Tongeren. 

Australian superannuation fund Hostplus is seeking a Head of Sustainable Investments to lead its Investment Strategy department on responsible investment practices, ESG integration, climate change policy, active ownership and portfolio management for “responsible investment-based options”.  The role will involve heading up engagement on corporate governance with investee companies, managers and advisors, and managing the proxy voting policy. The vacancy can be seen here.  

Kate Jones has been named the new chair of the UK’s Pension Protection Fund. Jones has been a non-executive member of the fund’s Board since 2016 and will replace Arnold Wagner who will be stepping down from the role at the end of his five-year term.

Robeco's Active Ownership team is recruiting for an Engagement Specialist to support the team with social and governance engagement.

The Global Returns Project, an initiative working with financial institutions to fund not-for-profit climate solutions has appointed Sai Tampi, HSBC’s Global Head of Funds, ETFs and Manager Selection, and Chris Rapley CBE, Professor of Climate Science at University College London, to its advisory board. Mike Jennings, Senior Investment Consultant for TT International, has become a trustee. 

Ruediger Senft, the former Head of Sustainability at Commerzbank, has become a Sustainable Banking Expert for the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative, known as UNEPFI. Senft spent 15 years at Commerzbank, his final two as its sustainability lead, and will now oversee the feedback and review process for signatories of the UN Principles for Responsible Banking (UN PRB), helping them to implement the principles.