BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) has appointed Alex Bernhardt as global head of sustainability research within its sustainability centre.
In his new role, Mr Bernhardt will be responsible for BNPP AM’s sustainability research agenda and ESG scoring platform, and manage its team of ESG analysts. He will also work closely with the quantitative research group, which plays an important role in developing BNPP AM’s sustainability research agenda.
The new hire joins the firm from Marsh McLennan, where he was director of innovations, helping clients to address issues such as climate resilience, diversity and sustainable infrastructure financing.
Previously, he was principal and US responsible investment leader at Mercer, providing advice to institutional investors managing sustainability challenges in their portfolios. He has also worked for reinsurance broker Guy Carpenter, where he devised bespoke risk transfer solutions for insurance brokers.
Mr Bernhardt will report to Jane Ambachtsheer, global head of sustainability.
Ms Ambachtsheer said: “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.”