RI People & Appointments, Aug. 12: BBVA, Border to Coast, NNIP, New York Common, MEAG, Lombard Odier, Catholic Super

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Antoni Ballabriga, Global Head of Responsible Business at BBVA, has been appointed Co-Chair of UNEP FI’s Global Steering Committee. Ballabriga is a former president of Spainsif, Spain’s sustainable investment network. The other Co-Chair is Jacki Johnson, Advisor Climate and Sustainability at Insurance Australia Group Limited and Co-Chair of the Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative.

Alex Faulkner has joined UK local authority pension pool Border to Coast as a Responsible Investment Analyst. He was formerly a Reporting and Assessment Officer at the PRI, and an analyst at disclosure body the CDP prior to that.

Melanie Klebeck has named Relationship Manager for Switzerland at the Principles for Responsible Investment. In her previous role as PRI Network Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, she was responsible for liaising with German-speaking PRI signatories.

Sacha Romanovitch, former CEO of accounting firm Grant Thornton UK, will be the CEO of Fair4All Finance, effective September 1. Fair4All Finance was founded in February 2019 as a response to the government’s commitment to allocate dormant assets money to financial inclusion initiatives.

Mark Tulay has been hired by sustainability-focused media and events company GreenBiz Group to support the company’s GreenBiz 20 event and the accompanying GreenFin Summit. Tulay recently stepped down from the CEO-led coalition Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) to establish Sustainability Risk Advisors, a corporate consultancy.

Debanik Basu has been appointed by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) to head its India research team. He joins from an unnamed India-based proxy advisory firm and will supervise ISS research on listed Indian companies. Basu formerly carried out due diligence of M&A and corporate restructuring at Indian securities regulator the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI).

Caoimhe Giblin has been appointed to the board of wind farm investor Greencoat UK. Giblin has a background in the wind energy sector, having previously worked at renewable energy producer SSE Renewables and its parent company Airtricity, in addition to being a member of the Irish Wind Energy Association Council.

The Korea Investment Corporation (KIC), South Korea’s $136.7bn sovereign wealth fund, has appointed Dae-yang Park as Chief Investment Officer, the Korea Economic Daily reports. Park is the current CIO of the Korea Teachers Pension (KTP).Anastasia Titarchuk has been appointed as the Chief Investment Officer of the New York State Common Retirement Fund, having served as the interim CIO since the retirement of Vicki Fuller in July 2018. Titarchuk previously defended the Fund’s decision to not divest from fossil fuels, RI story here .

Scott Cameron is to take over as CEO of Australian super funds Catholic Super and Equip Super ahead of their planned A$26bn (€15.7bn) merger, according to reports. Currently regional director of stock transfer company Computershare in Australia and New Zealand, Cameron will replace Nick Vamvakas at Equip Super and David O’Sullivan at Catholic Super.

Silke Jolowicz has left her role as VP, ESG Product Specialist at ISS where she had oversight of product sales across Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Eastern Europe. She has taken up a role as Senior Specialist for Sustainability at MEAG, the €270bn fund manager owned by Munich Re, where she will support the development of its ESG strategy.

Chris Kaminker and Ebba Lepage have both joined Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) in sustainability-related roles. Ex-SEB climate research chief Kaminker is now LOIM’s Head of Sustainable Investment Research & Strategy, a newly created role. He formerly represented the OECD on sustainable finance matters at the G20 and Financial Stability Board. Lepage joins as Head of Corporate Sustainability.

John Hewson has been appointed as Chair of Goulburn Community Energy Co-op, the builders of a 1.8 MW community owned solar farm in New South Wales. The Liberal politician is a former chair of the Asset Owner Disclosure Project (AODP), the climate disclosure body which is now part of campaign group ShareAction.

Laura Tyson has been appointed as Senior Advisor by Rockefeller Capital Management (RCM). A Distinguished Professor at the Berkeley Haas School of Business and Economic Advisor to two US Presidents, Tyson is an influential academic who pioneered the fields of corporate social responsibility and social entrepreneurship. RCM provides asset management services to family offices and endowments.

The Church of England is seeking a chief executive for its £8.2bn (€8.8bn) investment arm, the Church Commissioners. The role, with a salary of up to £180k, is accountable to the board and Parliament; the closing date for applications is August 30.

The PRI is looking to recruit a Relationship Manager to join its Chicago-based, four-strong US Signatory Relations team. The successful candidate will be responsible for enhancing awareness of responsible investment in the US.

CDP, the environmental data body, is seeking a Campaign Manager to lead on the upcoming 1.5C campaign, which aims to raise corporate ambition to limit global warming to the Paris-agreed target of 1.5 degrees. The successful candidate will report directly to the campaign partners, umbrella organisations Science Based Targets (SBT) and We Mean Business (WMB).