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RI People & Appointments, May 9: GRESB, Network for Sustainable Financial Markets, Robeco, Natural Capital

The latest ESG movers and shakers

Sara Anzinger, formerly the Managing Director of Real Estate Debt & Fixed Income of GRESB, has started an independent consultancy dedicated to the integration of ESG in commercial real estate finance. “It’s a unique opportunity to develop customized, strategic solutions for real estate lenders. Financiers are becoming more aware of the risk management benefits associated with ESG considerations and investors are increasingly seeking financing solutions that support market and portfolio transformation,” Anzinger says. Her company, S.K. Anzinger, will advise GRESB on its real estate debt business during its search for a Managing Director Real Estate Debt & ESG.

The Network for Sustainable Financial Markets has launched a Real Assets Working Group, under co-chairs Stuart Kay, Director, KPMG AZSA Sustainability, Japan and Gordon Noble, Managing Director of Inflection Point Capital Management, Australia. The group will utilize the existing brand and market equity of Network for Sustainable Financial Markets (SFM) and its current platform of activities to provide further enhancement to its reach and impact in the market.

Christiana Figueres, outgoing Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), has been awarded the Joan Bavaria Award for Building Sustainability into the Capital Markets. The announcement was made at the 2016 Ceres Conference in Boston. The award is given by Ceres and Trillium Asset Management each year in honour of Joan Bavaria, a pioneer of social investing who founded Ceres and Trillium Asset Management.
Rachel Kyte, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy for All, is joining the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC). ETC, which is chaired by Adair Turner, the former head of the UK’s Financial Services Authority, aims to identify pathways for a change in the world’s energy system to limit global temperature rises to below 2 degrees. Its commissioners include former US Vice President Al Gore and Nicholas Stern, professor at the London School of Economics who wrote the seminal Stern Review on the economics of climate change. A full list of commissioners is here.

Arleta Majoch joins MSCI ESG Research in London as Associate in the ESG Client Coverage team. She is completing her PhD in finance at ICMA Centre, Henley Business School. She holds an MA in International Business from St Andrews University and has five years of ESG experience in various roles with the Principles for Responsible Investment, Economist Intelligence Unit and most recently Aberdeen Asset Management.

David Thorburn, former chief executive of Glasgow–based Clydesdale Bank, has been appointed to the global governance council at EY, according to the Scotsman. Thorburn, who also sits on the board of Bank of England’s Prudential Regulation Authority, stepped down from Clydesdale at the start of this year as it was divested by former parent National Australia Bank.Hans Rademaker has left his role as Chief Investment Officer at Dutch asset manager Robeco. Hester Borrie, Head of Global Distribution and Marketing, has also left. They both served on the firm’s management board for over six years. “They both have made an important contribution to the company’s current success and solid basis,” said Bert Bruggink, Chairman of the Supervisory Board. “I wish them the very best for the future.”

Doug MacNair, Technical Director at consulting firm Environmental Resources Management (ERM), has been seconded to the Natural Capital Coalition, which promotes ‘a world where business conserves and enhances natural capital’, as Technical Manager. The Coalition launched a draft of the Natural Capital Protocol at the World Forum on Natural Capital in November 2015.

Oliver Röder has been recruited by Austria’s Erste Asset Management (EAM) as its new Head of Germany. Röder joins from State Street Global Advisors, where he was in charge of institutional sales for Germany and Austria. Röder will continue to develop EAM’s fund business in Germany and in doing so, report to EAM Chief Executive Christian Schön in Vienna. EAM is Austria’s market leader for sustainable funds, with €6bn under management. Link

Erik Solheim, the former Norwegian government minister, has been confirmed as the next Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. In addition to his five-year tenure as Minister for Environment, Solheim was Norway’s Minister for International Development from 2005 to 2012. His predecessor, Achim Steiner, held the role for a combined 10 years after two terms and an additional two-year mandate.

David Martin has joined CamberView, the US-based investor engagement and advisory firm, as a Principal. He joins from Willis Towers Watson, where he was an Executive Compensation Consultant, prior to which he was Vice President of Business Development and Research at the Society of Corporate Secretaries and Governance Professionals. Link

Morten Hemmingsen has taken over as CIO at Pensam, the €19bn Danish worker pension fund, moving up after almost five years as head of equities and fixed income at the institution, according to IPE.com. He succeeds Benny Buchardt Andersen, who becomes group director in a shakeup that also sees Torsen Fels take over as chief executive, following the retirement of long-serving boss Helen Kobæk in July.

A Project Manager is being sought by the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), the 120-member European investor group. The role will support IIGCC’s membership and programmes through co-ordinating meetings, events, publications and other projects. The deadline for applications is May 30. Link