Last updated: 08:28 / Wednesday, 21 April 2021
Previously in Marsh McLennan

BNP Paribas AM Appoints Alex Bernhardt as Global Head of Sustainability Research

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  • In his new role, he will be responsible for BNP Paribas AM’s Sustainability research agenda and ESG scoring platform
  • Bernhardt has joined on April 21st and will report to Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head of Sustainability.
  • He joins from Marsh McLennan, where he was Director of Innovations, helping clients to address systemic issues including climate resilience

BNP Paribas Asset Management has announced the appointment of Alex Bernhardt as Global Head of Sustainability Research within its Sustainability Centre. Bernhardt has joined on April 21st and will report to Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head of Sustainability.

In his new role, he will be responsible for BNP Paribas AM’s Sustainability research agenda and ESG scoring platform. Bernhardt will manage the team of ESG analysts. and will work closely with the Quantitative Research Group, which plays an increasingly important role in developing and delivering the asset manager's sustainability research agenda.

BNP Paribas AM has highlighted Bernhardt's acknowledged role within sustainable finance, as he has received multiple awards for his work within insurance and investment across topics including climate risk management, disaster resilience and impact investing.

He joins from Marsh McLennan, where he was Director of Innovations, helping clients to address systemic issues including climate resilience, the catastrophe protection gap, diversity and sustainable infrastructure financing. Previously, he was Principal and US Responsible Investment Leader at Mercer, helping institutional investors to manage sustainability challenges in their portfolios, particularly related to climate change.

Bernhardt also worked at reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter where he devised bespoke risk transfer solutions for insurance brokers. He holds a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington.

“Alex will play an important role in driving our research agenda, thought leadership and thematic fund development. His extensive experience in sustainable investment and climate risk management will bring new insights to support our investment teams in generating long term sustainable returns for our clients", has commented Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head of Sustainability.

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