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RI People & Appointments, August 1: UN’s Ruggie joins US law firm

RI’s regular Monday round-up of people news

Harvard Professor John Ruggie, the United Nations’ Special Representative for Business and Human Rights, is to join the Corporate Social Responsibility Practice of US law firm Foley Hoag as a senior advisor next month. Ruggie, who wrote the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, will help multinational companies apply the principles, the firm said. Ruggie remains Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Lindsey Parker has joined Reynders, McVeigh Capital Management, the Boston-based socially progressive investment firm with more than $600m in assets under management, as a portfolio manager. Parker, who sits on the Executive Council Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility, joins from wealth management firm Loring Wolcott & Coolidge. She previously sat on the board of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility. Announcement

Victoria Pickering has been appointed a Director of BP Pension Trustees Ltd., the pension trustee of the BP Pension Fund, a UN Principles for Responsible Investment signatory. Pickering, who takes over from Jim Richardson, retired from BP in April 2011. Link

Jonathan Hooley, a former senior partner of KPMG and chairman of the Channel Islands Stock Exchange, is to join Aqua Resources Fund Ltd. as a director and chairman of the Audit Committee. He replaces Timothy Betley, who has resigned. Aqua is a water investment fund managed by FourWinds Capital Management. Announcement*Elia Tarrega*, managing director of research firm Sustainalytics in Spain, has been named treasurer of SpainSIF. Other board members named at SpainSIF’s annual assembly include board president Ines Garcia Pintos of CECA and secretary Antoni Ballabriga of BBVA.

David Danielson, the co-founder of venture capital firm General Catalyst Partners’ clean energy investment practice, has been named Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the US Department of Energy. Danielson, co-founder of the New England Clean Energy Council, has been a Program Director at the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy since 2009.

John Leggate, the former Group Chief Information Officer of BP who is currently a Venture Partner at VantagePoint Capital, has been appointed a non-executive director of wave energy firm Carnegie Wave Energy Ltd. Leggate is also on the board at renewables technology firms FloDesign Wind Turbines and Solar Century. Carnegie is 25.8% owned by cleantech investor Renewable Energy Holdings Plc. Announcement

The Canadian Foundation for the Advancement of Investor Rights, FAIR Canada, is recruiting for a Deputy Director. “The Deputy Director should be experienced and capable enough to be a candidate for Executive Director of FAIR Canada within 6 months of joining the organization,” the ad, on the non-profit organisation’s web site, says. The deadline for applications is September 2.