RI People & Appointments, July 4: UNPRI Chairman joins advisory board of clean tech finance firm

RI’s regular Monday review of people news

Wolfgang Engshuber, the Chair of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, has joined the advisory board of Paradigm Change Capital Partners LLP. London-based Paradigm Change specialises in raising capital for funds, advising investors on sustainable investment strategies and arranging specialised funding vehicles. Announcement

Daniel Ingram is to manage sustainability policy and implementation across the BT Pension Scheme’s £36bn (€40bn) of assets. He had been working at the fund on a part time secondment from Hermes Equity Ownership Services for the past year.

Bozena Jankowska, Global Head of Sustainability Research at RCM, has been named chair of the UKSIF Analyst Committee. She takes over from Marianne Harper Gow, the Head of ESG Research at Baillie Gifford, who has reached the end of her term. The committee oversees UKSIF’s support for ESG investment analysts within member organisations.

Ceres, the US nonprofit organization that leads a national coalition of investors and environmental groups, has added four new members to its Board of Directors. They are: Carl Pope, chairman of the Sierra Club; Janet Ranganathan, vice president for Science and Research at the World Resources Institute (WRI); Peter Rosenblum, chair of the Business Department and partner at Foley Hoag; and Damon Silvers, director of Policy and Special Counsel at the AFLCIO. 

Erik Breen, the Head of Responsible Investing at Dutch asset manager Robeco, received the ‘Millstein Center Rising Star Governance’ award 2011 at the sixth annual Yale Governance Forum last month. Robeco announcement

Rosalind Copisarow has taken over as managing director at microfinance cooperative society Oikocredit from Tor G. Gull. Copisarow, who founded the first microfinance institution in Poland, is a former senior vice president of international microfinance organization ACCION and CEO of International Development Enterprises UK (IDE). Link*David Watson,* the former Chief Financial Officer of Aviva General Insurance UK and CFO of Morley Fund Management, has joined Hermes Fund Managers as a non-executive director and chairman of the Audit Committee. He succeeds John Biles, who has completed his second three-year term on the board.

Tony Edwards is to take over as Robeco’s Asia-Pacific CEO from September 1. Edwards, who joins from Neuberger Berman, replaces Frances Chang who has retired.

Apparel firm Timberland has named Mark Newton as Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, reporting to Chief Financial Officer Carrie Teffner. He was formerly Executive Director of Global Sustainability at computer firm Dell.
Lord Chris Smith, the former government minister, has been re-appointed as chair of the UK’s Environment Agency for a further three years. Deputy chair Andrew Brown was also reappointed.

John Murray has resigned as a non-executive director of BlackRock New Energy Investment Trust plc. He joined at launch in 2000 and has retired due to his other commitments. Announcement

Cevian Capital, the activist asset manager which recently named Lord Myners as its UK Chairman, has advertised a vacancy for an Investment Analyst. The Swiss-based role will be responsible for identifying, evaluating and actively managing investments, predominantly in German speaking Europe.

The European Federation for Retirement Provision, the Brussels-based pensions lobby group, is looking for an Economic Advisor. The role reports to the EFRP’s Secretary General. Email

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