RI People & Appointments, May 28: UN seeks consultant for insurance industry/plastic pollution project

The latest ESG movers and shakers

UN Environment plans to hire a short-term consultant to work through the Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (PSI) on a project with the insurance industry on plastic pollution, marine plastic litter and microplastics. The application period is very short due to “administrative and project time constraints”; the deadline to apply is Friday, May 31. The project is “focused on the risks of plastic pollution to the insurance industry as risk managers, insurers and investors”.

Sweden’s former Minister for Finance Anders Borg has been appointed as an advisor to East Capital, the asset manager with $3.5bn under management which specialises in emerging and frontier markets and which incorporates ESG-related risks and opportunities in its investment process.

Jenny Waits has left the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) where she oversaw the network’s US policy work. She now works for KPMG as a Government Affairs Manager. Waits was previously Senior Legislative Officer in the US Department of Labor’s Office of Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs focusing on retirement and veterans’ employment policy.

Ana María Martínez-Pina Garcia has been appointed Chair of the Coordination Network on Sustainability (CNS), a network coordinating regulatory approaches on sustainability, recently established by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). Martínez-Pina Garcia is the current Vice Chair of Spanish regulator Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV) and leads one of two main workstreams on Sustainable Finance at the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

John Ditchfield has been hired by UK wealth manager Helm Godfrey to develop its responsible investment capabilities. Ditchfield is co-chair of the Ethical Investment Association (EIA), an RI network for financial advisors, and is a former director of UKSIF.

David Rule has been appointed to the new role of Executive Director of Supervision at UK audit regulator the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). He is currently on secondment from the Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA), where he is Executive Director, Insurance Supervision.

Patrick Groenendijk has joined Dutch pensions asset manager PGGM as Head of Fiduciary Advice where he will advise healthcare pension provider PFZW. He was previously Head of Strategy at Shell Asset Management Company and is a committee member for the European Pension Fund Investment Forum (EPFIF).Urban Hansson Brusewitz and Christina Lindenius have been named as chairs of Swedish buffer funds AP1 and AP3, respectively, by the government. Hansson Brusewitz is a civil servant while Lindenius is CEO of Insurance Sweden, the Swedish insurance federation. Lin Lerpold, Peter Englund and Per Frennberg have been appointed Vice Chairs of AP2, AP3 and AP7 respectively. The full appointments are available here.

Kimberly Buncle has left her role as Head of ESG Research and Engagement at Wells Fargo, where she was formerly an analyst for two years. Buncle was recruited by Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a UK-based ESG consultancy.

Frederique Pierre-Pierre, a non-executive director at UK local authority pension pool Brunel, has resigned for health reasons. She chaired the Strategic Investment Committee and was a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. She previously held executive positions at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank.

Michael Pratten has been appointed as a director of UK local authority pensions pool London CIV according to a filing with Companies House. Pratten, formerly Chief Investment Officer at Coal Pension Trustees Services, is CIO of reinsurer Canopius.

Radoslav Georgiev has been named as a member of SASB’s Standards Advisory Group, based in the Netherlands, according to a LinkedIn post. He was previously the ESG Disclosure Lead at ING and a manager at ESG research house Sustainalytics prior to that.

Claire Perry, the UK’s Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, is taking a temporary leave of absence due to family illness. Universities minister Chris Skidmore is to take over her responsibilities in the interim.

Alain Pitous has joined French SRI manager OFI Asset Management as Head of Responsible Finance from independent firm Talence Gestion where he spent five years. Pitous is a former Managing Director of Société Générale.

Tony Adams has been named Head of Sustainable Investment Research at Australian research providers Lonsec where he oversees assessment of managers’ ethical, ESG and impact capabilities. He was most recently Head of Global Fixed Interest and Credit at Colonial First State Global Asset Management, where he developed the firm’s global credit capability and oversaw the implementation of ESG across portfolios.

Conservation International, the US environmental body, is advertising for a Director of Oceans Policy.