RI People & Appointments, March 7: Dr. Aled Jones to head new Global Sustainability Institute

RI’s regular Monday review of people moves and appointments.

Dr. Aled Jones has been named as the inaugural Director of the new Global Sustainability Institute at the UK’s Anglia Ruskin University. Jones, who also chairs a working group on climate finance within the Capital Markets Climate Initiative on behalf of the UK government, was previously the Deputy Director at the University of Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership. Link

EIRIS Executive Director Peter Webster, CERES President Mindy Lubber, International Corporate Governance Network Chair Christy Wood and FTSE CEO Mark Makepeace have all been named among the 100 most influential people in business ethics by the Ethisphere Institute. Former BP CEO Tony topped the ranking for “People We Won’t Miss”.

Nicholas Moakes, head of public markets at the £13bn (€15.1bn) Wellcome Trust charitable foundation, has joined the board of Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust PLC as a non-executive director. Sarah Arkle, vice chairman of Threadneedle Asset Management, also joins the trust as a non-exec.

Bridges Ventures, the sustainable growth investor, has appointed Alistair Tillen as Investment Director. He was formerly co-founder and CEO of Simply Switch, a price comparison and switching service. Website

Craig Bonthron has joined Scottish Widows Investment Partnership as investment manager to help it develop and manage its range of ethical and environmental products. Bonthron, who was formerly Portfolio Manager for the Global Water fund at Kleinwort Benson Investors, will work with Johnny Russell, the investment director responsible for SWIP’s environmental and ethical funds. Announcement

Alexander S. Friedman, the former chief financial officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has been named Chief Investment Officer of UBS Wealth Management. He will report to UBS Wealth Management CEO Jürg Zeltner.

MSCI has named Kurt Winkelmann as head of risk & analytical research. He will head the firm’s research agenda and oversee more than 60 researchers. He was previously a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs Asset Management where he established and led the Global Investment Strategies team. Link

Ewen Macpherson has retired as chairman of the £115.9m BlackRock New Energy Investment Trust Company. He has been succeeded as chairman and as Chairman of the Investment and Valuation Committee by Dr John Roberts. Announcement

Stan Buell, president of Canada’s Small Investor Protection Association, has joined the board of directors at FAIR Canada, the Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights. Buell also sits on the Ontario Securities Commission’s Investor Advisory Panel. Release

Philanthropist Steven Rockefeller has stepped down from his role as Co-chair of the Earth Charter International Council, a body set up to promote the transition to sustainable and ethical living. Former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers has become Honorary Co-chair. Link*Paul Bishop has joined* leading UK responsible investor Railpen as Head of Investment Management. He joins from insurer Royal Liver Group where he was Chief Investment Officer. It also named two new Client Investment Services Managers: Katrina Mackay and David Owen who join from Lane Clark & Peacock and Aon Hewitt respectively. Announcement

CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, has confirmed the appointment of Larry Jensen to the new role of Chief Risk Officer. Jensen, Interim Chief Risk Officer since October 2010, will serve as an independent adviser and consultant to the Board’s Ad Hoc Risk Committee.

Six new members have been appointed to the Board of the UN Global Compact. They are: Monica De Greiff, CEO Grupo Energía de Bogotá; Björn Hägglund director of Alfa Laval; Pierre Sane, President, Imagine Africa International; Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director-General, IUCN; Philip Jennings, General Secretary, UNI Global Union and Jean-Guy Carrier, Secretary-General, International Chamber of Commerce. Announcement

Muhammad Yunus, the Nobel prize-winning economist seen as the pioneer of microfinance, has been removed from his post of managing director at the Grameen Bank he founded by the Bangladesh central bank. Reuters ascribed the move to Bangladesh politics.

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment is advertising a vacancy for a Manager of Investor Engagements with the UN Global Compact. The role is based in New York and “is an ideal springboard for a career in the intersection between business, investment and society”. The deadline for applications is March 14. UN PRI jobs site

The Calvert Foundation, the US not-for-profit social investment organisation, is advertising seven job vacancies. They include Senior Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager, International Investments and Portfolio Associate, Risk Management. The roles are based in Bethesda, Maryland. Link

Credit Suisse has advertised a job vacancy for a Real Estate Sustainability Expert. The role reports to the Head of Business Development, Real Estate Asset Management Switzerland. Applications through Credit Suisse’s careers portal.

Environmental law organisation ClientEarth is seeking a new member for its communications team, to be based in either Brussels or London. The deadline for applications is March 16.

The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is looking to hire an Adoption Manager to support the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) team. The role will report to the Program Director for IRIS. Link

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