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This Week’s People Moves: BTPS Creates New Roles to Deliver 2035 Net Zero Strategy

ESG Investor’s weekly round-up of new hires in the sustainable investing sector, including BT Pension Scheme, Global Impact Investing Network, Fulcrum Asset Management, S&P Global Sustainable1 and JLL.

UK-based BT Pension Scheme Management (BTPSM) has created two new roles within its funding and fiduciary services team to help implement its 2035 net zero strategy. Terence Nahar joins as Head of Investment Research and Emma Douglas as Senior Stewardship Analyst. Nahar will lead BTPSM’s investment research team, focusing on top-down investment strategy, quantitative analytics and portfolio design. He previously designed and managed investment portfolios at Abrdn and Royal London Asset Management. He has also worked at Goldman Sachs and McKinsey & Co where he advised pension funds and insurers. Douglas was previously at Lane Clarke and Peacock where she helped clients integrate ESG factors and stewardship considerations into their investment decision making. Working with Victoria Barron, BTPSM’s Head of Sustainable Investment, she will be responsible for supporting the scheme’s stewardship activities as part of its responsible investment strategy.

The Global Impact Investing Network has appointed to its board Roopa Kudva, Managing Partner at Omidyar Network India, an investment firm focused on social impact, where she is responsible for overall strategy, investments, operations and portfolio development.  Before joining Omidyar Network India in 2015, Kudva spent 23 years with CRISIL where, as CEO, she led the credit ratings agency’s transformation into a diversified global analytical company, with a presence in 150 Indian cities and research centres in Argentina, Poland and China. Kudva’s experience also includes serving as an independent director on boards of leading Indian companies such as Infosys, Nestle India and Tata AIA Life Insurance Company. “In addition to her experience as a leading impact investor, Roopa brings an impressive background in corporate governance, regulatory and government affairs, and data analytics,” said Amit Bouri, CEO and Co-Founder of the GIIN.

Samriddhi Sharma has joined London-based Fulcrum Asset Management as a Responsible Investment Associate. She joins from EY, where she was a Senior Consultant in sustainable finance. She will support the ESG efforts of the firm, which has £4.4 billion in AUM, including its reporting and regulatory commitments and help to integrate ESG into Fulcrum’s investment process. Sharma will report to Matt Roberts, a Fulcrum Partner and Chair of the firm’s Responsible Investment Committee.

S&P Global Sustainable1 has appointed Fred Samama Head of Strategic Development. He brings the sustainability intelligence subsidiary of S&P Global 20 years of experience in the ESG environment, during which he has pioneered low-carbon indices and co-authored papers including “The Green Swan. Central Banking and Financial Stability in the Age of Climate Change”. In his new role, he will lead engagement with S&P Global clients, including corporates, investors and governments, on future climate and ESG needs. Samama will also drive the development and implementation of solutions to support clients in their transitions to net zero and sustainability.

London-based professional services firm JLL has appointed Alexandra Ingram Head of Sustainability for Capital Markets EMEA. In this newly created role, she will embed ESG across JLL’s capital markets teams. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ingram joined JLL’s Hong Kong-based Asia Pacific capital markets team in 2013 and has since worked in numerous locations including Shanghai, Tokyo and now Europe. Since joining the International Capital Markets Offices team in 2017, she has centred on the European Office and Life Sciences Market.

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