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Sacha sits on the board of LGIM. In September 2016 he was recognised in the Financial Times as one of ‘the 30 most influential people in the City of London’, crediting him as one the leading architects of 2012’s “shareholder spring”. At LGIM Sacha has responsibility for investment stewardship, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, collaborating with other investors as well as governments and regulators. He regularly speaks at major global industry events on topics such as diversity, climate change and shareholder rights. Sacha was previously a senior UK equity manager at Gartmore where he co-managed a range of UK equity hedge, retail and institutional funds. He was voted the top-rated Pan European fund manager in the Thomson Reuters Extel awards (known as the “City Oscars”) in 2010. He started his career at Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). Sacha holds a BA (Econ) from Manchester University and is a Fellow of ICSA. Sacha is a founding member and still on the board of the UK Investor Forum.
Based in Tokyo, Aina is responsible for stewardship in Japan. Working with colleagues in London and Chicago, she engages directly with companies, regulators and other investors on a range of issues, including climate change, board governance and diversity. Prior to joining LGIM in 2019, she was a sustainability consultant at a professional services firm. Don't be alarmed if you see her rushing from the office with a wooden sword and staff; it's very likely that she's heading to the Aikido dojo.
Alexander joined the team in September 2019 to focus on strengthening LGIM’s public policy engagements across jurisdictions. Prior to this, Alexander spent three years leading international government and institutional relations for a firm that uses alternative finance to invest in sustainable projects in emerging markets. Before that, he spent five years negotiating investments in emerging markets with the European Commission and international climate change funds at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He also spent time advising middle and low-income governments on alternative finance and jointly establishing a nuclear energy safeguards organisation. Alexander holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Southampton.
Catherine joined LGIM in 2015 to help drive forward ESG integration into mainstream fund research and to strengthen sustainability engagements. Prior to this, Catherine spent four years working with governments in Africa and Asia on the sustainable policy, planning and management of the extractives sector, and five years in sell-side equity research. A keen linguist and sportsperson, she bemuses her colleagues with a love of Capoeira and British Military Fitness.
Clare engages with companies, investors, and other market participants in striving for corporate governance best practice in North America. In this capacity, Clare sits on the Investor Stewardship Group Framework’s Governance Committee. She also Chairs the 30% Club Investor Group in the UK and sits on several internal committees focused on diversity. With 20 years’ ESG experience, you could consider ESG to be her life, but Clare is also a committed runner and has a passion for fashion.
Senior Analyst, Corporate Governance and Public Policy
David is focused on LGIM’s UK and European corporate governance activity including voting, engagement and client reporting. He also monitors public policy, responding to government and industry consultations in order to position LGIM as thought leaders. A disciplined athlete, he devotes many hours a week to boxing and weightlifting.
Iancu joined LGIM in 2017 as a Sustainability Analyst. He brings an understanding of climate change to our company engagements and a passion for clear reasoning to our communications. He has worked for a leading environmental think-tank as well as the Cabinet Office, and has degrees in philosophy and public policy. An enthusiastic guitar player, he takes advantage of London’s music and art scene, though he will not be touring in 2018.
Marion is a corporate governance analyst involved with LGIM’s engagement and voting activities in the UK and Europe. Marion joined LGIM in 2016 from Manifest Information Services, a proxy voting agency where she held the title of Corporate Governance Research Analyst. Her role involved the analysis of governance and remuneration structures of listed companies on a global scale and the provision of voting guidelines to investors prior to general meetings.
Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy
Meryam is responsible for engaging on sustainability themes globally and development of responsible investment product solutions. She leads on the project to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects into the fundamental research of mainstream funds and to carry out sector/theme specific engagements on key sustainability topics, such as climate change, water and corporate tax policy. Meryam has over 12 years of investment experience in asset management companies.
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