Global wealth and asset manager Lombard Odier Investment Managers (LOIM) announced today the appointment of Dr. Lorenzo Bernasconi to the newly created role of Head of Climate and Environmental Solutions. In his new position, Bernasconi will help develope develop LOIM’s range of products and solutions in the climate and nature-based solutions space.

Dr. Christopher Kaminker, Group Head of Sustainable Investment Research and Strategy at Lombard Odier said:

“Lorenzo brings a rare blend of knowledge and experience that will support us immensely as we continue to expand our climate and natural capital offering across asset classes. Globally, investor appetite for natural climate solutions is surging and this is good news as 50% of our global economy depends on natural capital, and nature has the potential to deliver over a third of emissions reductions to 2030, if it is harnessed appropriately.”

Prior to joining LOIM, Bernasconi managed the UN SDG-focused “Zero Gap” portfolio at the Rockfeller Foundation in New York, where he served as Managing Director, Innovative Finance. He is the founding Board Chair of Emergent Forest Finance Accelerator, a nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing capital for tropical forest conservation efforts, and he serves as a Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. He has also held roles at UBS Investment bank and at Boston Consulting Group in New York and Paris.

Hubert Keller, Co-Senior Managing Partner of Lombard Odier, said:

“The climate and nature positive transitions that the world’s economy will go through is possibly the largest untapped investment opportunity around. As investors, we are determined to provide scalable and mainstream opportunities for our clients to position capital to benefit from these transitions.

“At Lombard Odier, we are committed to hiring industry-leading talent to strengthen our offering for investors and companies seeking to green their existing portfolios and businesses, as well as fund green investments. Lorenzo’s appointment is a true reflection of our investment convictions in sustainability and I am delighted to welcome him on board.”