RI People & Appointments, February 28: AP7 promotes governance head

Christian Ragnartz, chief analyst at Swedish buffer fund AP7, has been named to the new role of head of asset management at the fund. He’ll oversee external management, income management, ethics and corporate governance issues. He sits on Ethix SRI Advisors’ Advisory Council and is a member of the FTSE4Good Policy Committee. Link (Swedish)

UNPRI: Jamie Dettmer, former journalist and head of communications at the Cato Institute, who joined the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) as Director of Communications at the end of 2010, has left the organisation. Dettmer’s responsibilities are currently being looked after by Anastasia Guha, Events and Communications Manager at the PRI.

Finland: Nordea Investment Funds has hired Antti Savilaakso as its Director of Responsible Investments & Governance, Finland. The hire reflects rapid growth in the Finnish RI market including the founding of the Finnish Sustainable Investment Forum (Finsif) six months ago, of which Nordea was one of the founding members. Several Finnish asset owners have also signed up to the UNPRI.
Savilaakso was most recently a Senior Responsible Investment Analyst at Responsible Research in Singapore and before that a Sustainability Analyst at Dexia Asset Management. Link to Finsif

Mike Tyrell, former SRI research analyst at Citi has set up SRI-Connect, a global social media website for SRI research and connection between companies, investors and their respective advisors. Tyrrell is the website editor. Link to SRI-Connect

Bärbel Schomberg, the senior German real estate figure who was most recently Head of Continental Europe at Aberdeen Property Investors, has been appointed to the Sustainability Advisory Board of ECE, the Hamburg-based real estate project developer.

Hrafn Magnússon, Managing Director of the Icelandic Federation of Pension Funds, is to retire after its annual meeting in May. “The Board has therefore decided to advertise the vacant managing job applications,” the federation says.Barrick Gold, the Canadian mining firm that is excluded from the investment universe of investors such as the Norwegian Government Pension Fund, is to appoint an independent director to its board to boost to corporate social responsibility (CSR) commitment. The firm will also establish an external CSR Advisory Board to provide guidance on social and environmental issues. Link

Jigar Shah and Mark Woodall have been named partners at €800m venture capital firm Wellington Partners, focusing on cleantech. Shah is CEO of the Carbon War Room while Woodall co-founded Impax Capital (CORRECTION: not Impax Asset Management) and Climate Change Capital.

Norges Bank Investment Management has advertised four job vacancies: Trader – Fixed Income, London; Senior Real Estate Accountant, London/Oslo; Analysts – Trading and Treasury, London/Oslo; Senior Accountant, Oslo.
Consulting firm Mercer has advertised a vacancy at its Responsible Investment team in Toronto. The individual will “provide research, consulting, and business development support, primarily in Canada”.
The Carbon Ratings Agency, a subsidiary of advisory firm IDEAcarbon, is advertising a vacancy for a Ratings Director. The closing date is March 31.

The Clean Development Mechanism’s Executive Board is seeking experts for its Methodologies Panel, Afforestation and reforestation Working Group, Small-scale Working Group and CDM Accreditation Panel. They will replace outgoing members at the CDM’s 60th meeting.

The UK’s £4.8bn Church Commissioners are recruiting an Investment Accounting Officer. The closing date is March 11 with interviews at the end of the month.

Recently Posted & Current Job Announcements:
Portfolio Manager
Zevin Asset Management, closes Feb 28

Two Experienced Analysts
GES Investment Services, closes Mar 15

Chair of the Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group
Church of England Ethical Investment Advisory Group, closes Mar 16