Global advisory, broking and solutions company Willis Towers Watson announced today the appointment of Monique Mathys-Graaff to the newly created position of Senior Sustainable Investment Strategist.

In her new role, Mathys-Graaff will focus on integrating sustainability into the company’s investment process and embedding sustainable investment thinking into client portfolios, working alongside Willis Towers Watson’s investment and client teams.

The appointment follow the recent announcement by Willis Towers Watson earlier this year of new sustainable investing targets, aiming to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, with at least a 50% reduction by 2030, in its fully discretionary delegated investment portfolios. The company has $166 billion in assets under management globally across its delegated investment business.

Mark Calnan, Head of Investments, EMEA, Willis Towers Watson, said:

“Sustainability is the central theme in investment markets today and will only grow in prominence in years to come. Asset owners are grappling with how to deal with the challenges and opportunities and we make no secret of the fact that we want to be a market leader in sustainable investment. So we’re very excited to welcome Monique and her expertise in implementing sustainable strategies. She will work closely with clients to further embed sustainable investment practices into portfolios.”

Mathys-Graaff joins Willis Towers Watson from Impact Management Project, where she served as Senior Advisor and Head Public Markets, working with a diverse set of institutional investors who are driving systemic change in sustainability. She has held a variety of sustainability and investment strategy-focused roles, including Head: Investment Project Development at Public Investment Corporation, Head of Economics at Chamber of Mines South Africa, and Investment Strategist at Standard Bank Group.

Mathys-Graaff said:

“Willis Towers Watson has leading capability and breadth of expertise in sustainable investment, through its work on climate, diversity and broader social responsibility. I am excited to be working with such a well-established and respected team to implement sustainability practices into our clients’ governance and investment decision-making, as their needs and requirements increase further.”