This Week’s People Moves: SBTi Appoints First CEO

ESG Investor’s weekly round-up of new hires in the sustainable investing sector, including Science Based Targets initiative, Chronos Sustainability, WTW, Aviva and Actis.

The Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) has appointed its first CEO, Dr Luiz Fernando do Amaral. Based in Brazil, he has more than 15 years of experience including as Director of Global Solutions for Commodities and Finance at the World Resources Institute, Head of Sustainability for South America at Rabobank, and in leadership positions for sustainability initiatives, including the Brazilian National Climate Change Fund. Dr do Amaral will spearhead SBTi’s business strategy to accelerate the adoption of science-based targets across sectors and geographies. He will also lead the ongoing review of the technical governance of the initiative, which is a joint partnership between the CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Investment consultants WTW (formerly Willis Towers Watson) have promoted Kate Hollis to Global Head of Credit, Manager Research in its investments business. In this role she will be responsible for the ratings and performance of all credit products, representing more than US$250 billion of assets across WTW’s client base. Hollis previously led the company’s Traditional Credit research team, having joined WTW in September 2014 as a Manager Researcher in the fixed-income team. Before this she co-managed the fund research team at S&P Capital IQ, had been CEO of an entrepreneurial fund of hedge funds start-up, and held senior sales/trader roles at two market-leading investment banks.

Gemma James has joined UK-based sustainability advisory firm Chronos Sustainability in the newly created role of Senior Manager, Biodiversity and Nature. She will lead the firm’s biodiversity and nature programmes with both investors and with companies. She was previously at the Principles for Responsible Investment where she was responsible for overseeing investor initiatives, research and engagement on environmental themes including plastics, biodiversity and water. “Investors, companies and policy makers can play a significant role in tackling key issues, if they are clear about the actions they can take,” she says.

Insurance, savings and investments group Aviva has appointed of Georgia Stewart, co-founder and CEO of Tumelo, to its independent governance committee (IGC) as a non-independent member. Noting a growing focus on ESG issues within the remit of IGCs, Aviva said the appointment would help it meet the expectations of the Financial Conduct Authority and represent the members of its workplace pension portfolio. In March 2021, Aviva announced a partnership to use the Tumelo platform, which helps individual pension members to see which companies their pension is invested into and to have a voice on their ESF issues. “Georgia’s passion for ESG and member engagement will help the IGC monitor Aviva’s ambitious net zero carbon targets, both from a corporate and an investment perspective,” said Emma Douglas, Director of Workplace Savings & Retirement at Aviva.

Dalmar Sheikh has joined sustainable infrastructure investment company Actis as Global Head of Data Centre Operations. In his previous role at Amazon Web Services (AWS) he was APAC Director and Regional Leader, responsible for the development of the company’s platforms in the region. He also launched AWS’ coverage in South Africa and was the head of AWS infrastructure operations for Japan. Actis says the appointment strengthens its operational expertise in digital infrastructure.

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