Lombard Odier expands sustainable research squad

The fund group has made four appointments to tackle sustainability challenges


Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) has made four new hires to its sustainable investment research, strategy and stewardship team as it seeks to strengthen its sustainability research capabilities.

Kristina Church (pictured) has been appointed senior investment strategist for sustainable investment and joins from Barclays Capital, where she was global head of future mobility thematic research.

In her new role at LOIM, Church will focus on research and investment strategy for sustainability across all asset classes and will produce a regular outlook for clients.

The company has appointed Dr Thomas Höhne-Sparborth from Roskill Consulting Group, where he was director of economics and analytics.

In his new role as senior sustainability analyst, he will focus on the financial and macroeconomic analysis of sustainability challenges and their implications for business models and risk-return dynamics across industries and geographies.

Ruairidh Cumming has joined as a quantitative analyst, having previously been at Cabot Financial, and will be responsible for applying the latest data science techniques to enhance the research and analysis capabilities of the team.

LOIM has also hired Laura García Vélez as a quantitative analyst, who is an environmental engineer and joins from The World Wildlife Fund.

The four new hires will join the team which is led by Dr Christopher Kaminker, who was appointed as head of sustainable investment research, strategy and stewardship for LOIM in July 2019.

Kaminker said: “The broad combination of expertise these four hires bring to the team will be vital in addressing the complex and interdisciplinary nature of sustainability challenges and opportunities.”

LOIM chief executive Hubert Keller added: “The speed, scale and urgency of the transition to a sustainable economic model is unparalleled. Sustainability challenges are already fundamentally reshaping risk and return dynamics across all sectors and asset classes.

“Investors have trillions of dollars at stake in this revolution and, at LOIM, we believe it is central to our fiduciary duty as asset managers to help our clients position their portfolios for the transition.”

He said that given the lack of credible and consistent data, “traditional ESG approaches cannot fully capture the risks or harness the opportunities of the transition”.


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