Investment giant BlackRock has made a series of appointments to its BlackRock Sustainable Investing (BSI) team, according to an internal memo seen by ESG Today, including the hiring of Lombard Odier’s Head of Sustainable Investment Research & Strategy as Deputy Head of BSI.
According to the memo, Kaminker’s new role will focus on research-driven product innovation in areas including energy transition, biodiversity, and climate resilience, across all global regions.
Kaminker joined Lombard Odier in 2019, where he helped lead the development of the firm’s sustainable investment offerings and research capabilities. Prior to joining Lombard Odier, Kaminker was Head of Sustainable Finance Research at Nordic financial group SEB, and he also served as lead economist and policy advisor for sustainable finance at the OECD.
BlackRock has also hired natural resource economics and energy systems experts Emily McGlynn and Benjamin Attia to the BIS team to focus on building BSI’s data, analytics, and research capabilities.
The new hires mark a continuation of the buildout by BlackRock of its BIS team, including a series of appointments last month for a new Client Solutions pillar for its Sustainable Investing EMEA group. According to today’s memo by BlackRock Vice Chairman Philipp Hildebrand, and Global Head of Sustainable Investing Paul Bodnar, “these important additions to BlackRock’s capabilities reflect the investment we are making in sustainability and transition investing research to help clients achieve their investment objectives.”