Last updated: 11:31 / Tuesday, 6 April 2021
Three pillars

Allianz GI Reshapes its Global Sustainable Investment Team under the Leadership of Matt Christensen

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  • The asset manager is expanding the team with the hires of Thomas Roulland and Julien Bertrand
  • Roulland will head the Sustainability Methodologies & Analytics team and will be joined by Bertrand as an ESG analyst for methodologies and analytics
  • Antje Stobbe has been promoted Head of Stewardship and will lead Allianz GI’s engagement and proxy voting activities globally

Allianz Global Investors has announced the expansion and restructuring of its global Sustainable Investment team under the leadership of Matt Christensen, Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing, to enhance its commitment to sustainability. In this sense, they are hiring Thomas Roulland and Julien Bertrand.

The asset manager has decided to create three pillars for this new structure which will help ensure they continue "to push the boundaries of sustainability for its clients", they highlighted in a press release. First, a newly created Sustainability Methodologies & Analytics team will innovate with state-of-the-art technology and ESG data, including Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Processing, in order to support research, develop new methodologies across asset classes and develop client-oriented solutions. The team will also oversee Allianz GI’s ESG integration efforts, ESG scoring method and develop the firm’s data set for the climate strategy.

“We have strong ambitions with regard to carbon reduction, and the new team will be instrumental in transforming the pathway set out by the Net Zero Initiatives into operational targets for investors and comprehensive reporting to our clients", Christensen commented.

Roulland will head the Sustainability Methodologies & Analytics team and will be joined by Bertrand as an ESG analyst for methodologies and analytics. Both join from Axa IM, where Roulland was Head of Responsible Investment Solutions, Models & Tools, and Bertrand worked as an ESG analyst recently.

The asset manager has revealed that the second area is a new Sustainability Research & Stewardship team. It will manage the thematic research and engagement strategy under the leadership of Mark Wade, who was previously Co-Director of Research Credit.

Isabel Reuss will continue to head the Sustainability Research team, which will also develop a thematic approach along the topics of Climate, Planetary Boundaries and Inclusive Capitalism. Antje Stobbe, member of the Sustainability Research team since 2019, has been promoted Head of Stewardship and will lead Allianz GI’s engagement and proxy voting activities globally. They will both co-lead the “Climate Engagement with Outcome”. This approach aims to engage with companies on the climate transition pathway towards a low carbon economy.

Finally, a newly created Sustainable Investment Office will be responsible for shaping AllianzGI’s overall sustainable investment strategy and policies, sustainable product strategy and the coordination of cross-functional sustainability topics across the firm. The team will play a critical role in providing improved knowledge to clients and other stakeholders on AllianzGI’s sustainable investment capabilities. It will be headed by Nina Hodzic, who was Director ESG Integration and Solutions since 2019 and has been promoted to the new role.

Christensen believes that this structure brings a new focus on ESG data and technology, a refreshed research setup and a dedicated sustainable investment office that will help accelerate their drive to embed sustainability across the firm. "The team set-up will provide us with the platform we need to ensure that we are in a position to shape -not follow- the market in the years ahead on critical issues like climate change and social inequalities", he added.

 

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