BNP Paribas Asset Management (BNPP AM) announced today a series of new appointments and promotions within its Sustainability Centre to accelerate and strengthen its sustainable investment offering.

BNPP AM’s Sustainability Centre provides investment teams with industry and sector research, ESG data, and analysis, and supports the integration of sustainability considerations across the organization, including adapting to regulatory requirements and developing sustainability-themes investment strategies to meet investor requirements.

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The new appointments and promotions focus on stewardship, sustainability research, and three strategic themes, including Accelerating the Energy Transition, Protecting the Environment, and Achieving Equality & Inclusive Growth. They include Rachel Crossley as Head of Stewardship – Europe, Malika Takhtayeva as Sustainable Fixed Income Lead – EMEA, Thibaud Clisson as Climate Change Lead, Robert-Alexandre Poujade as Biodiversity Lead, and Delphine Riou as Inclusive Growth Lead.

Crossley, who is based in London, brings more than 25 years of experience with sustainability and stewardship to the role. Prior to her new position, she worked closely with organizations including the Access to Nutrition Initiative, and the Climate Group.

Takhtayeva, who is based in London, most recently served as FIG/ESG/Sustainable Finance Credit Analyst at Moody’s Investors service. Prior to that, she served as Emerging Markets Credit Analyst at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and the Fixed Income Debt Capital Markets Ratings advisory team at ABN AMRO.

Clisson, who is based in Paris, joined BNPP AM in 2009 and has been serving as Senior ESG Analyst, responsible for the utilities, materials, and energy sectors, developing BNPP AM’s approach to measuring carbon risk, and integrating ESG considerations within private markets. Prior to BNPP AM, he served as a Business Analyst at Gaz de France.

Poujade and Riou, both based in Paris, joined BNPP AM in 2015 and 2017, respectively, and have both been serving as ESG analysts. Poujade’s previous role focused on natural capital, ocean economies, and biodiversity. Riou covers the industrial and automobile sectors and helped drive the development of BNPP AM’s Inclusive Growth Model. Prior to her current role, Riou held ESG analyst positions at Covéa Finance and Natixis.

Jane Ambachtsheer, Global Head of Sustainability at BNPP AM, said:

“With everyone’s attention on COP 26, the focus on sustainable investing continues to gain momentum, and pressure is growing from all stakeholders to actively contribute to a zero carbon, more inclusive economy.  The Sustainability Centre is at the heart of BNPP AM’s drive to improve the quality of, and access, to ESG  data amid a more challenging regulatory environment in which sustainability is growing in importance and coming under mounting scrutiny.  These latest appointments further strengthen our sustainability capabilities in order to deliver our ambitious roadmap, accelerate our capabilities within thematic investing and maintain our leadership position as the sustainable investor for a changing world.”