Robeco expands its Sustainable Investment Research team in Zurich with four new appointments

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Robeco has announced the appointment of four new members to its Sustainable Investment (SI) Research team. Rachel Whittaker rejoins the firm, and will head the team on 1 September 2021. The SI research team will be further strengthened by researchers Giulia Schettino, Ally Wong, and Federico Silvano. All of the new joiners will be based in Zurich – a clear commitment to Robeco’s 90 people strong organization in Switzerland and owed to the heritage of SI Research conducted in Zurich.

Ms. Whittaker is a seasoned SI professional with over 20 years of industry experience. She joins Robeco from UBS where she was an SI strategist in the CIO Office of the global wealth management arm. Having already worked for Robeco from 2015 to 2017, her new role as head of SI Research will see Ms. Whittaker lead a growing international team of research analysts. Her and her team’s responsibilities include identifying the impact ESG has on business fundamentals, increasing and broadening SI sector knowledge and further developing the SDG framework for mapping and measuring SDG contributions across all investment portfolios. Ms. Whittaker will be a thought leader and ambassador of SI expertise, ensuring Robeco’s investment teams’ access to extensive sustainability know-how, which is an integral part of the investment process.

Researchers Ms. Schettino and Ms. Wong, who both join from UBS, will be covering Robeco’s TMT FiRe (technology, media and telecom, financials and real estate) SI Research cluster and heavy industries cluster respectively. Mr. Silvano, who comes from Allianz Global Investors, will also join the heavy industries SI Research cluster as a researcher.

Robeco’s SI Center of Expertise brings together its investment professionals focused on sustainable investing. The center consists of four pillars: SI Thought Leadership, SI Client Portfolio Management, SI Research, and Active Ownership. The team is headed by Carola van Lamoen.

Carola van Lamoen, Head of Sustainable Investing: “Robeco has a leading position in SI and SI Research is a key component in our investment process. That leading position enables us to attract world-class experts, and we are excited that with these professionals on board we will be broadening and diversifying the team, further strengthening our research capabilities and contributing to better-informed investment decisions for our clients.”

David Hrdina, Chair of the Executive Committee, Robeco Switzerland: “The Robeco organization in Switzerland has been focusing exclusively on SI for over 25 years and is known for its pioneering work. More than two decades of SI Research have equipped us with an unmatched expertise to define and apply material ESG information, measuring SDG contributions and many other impact metrics. I warmly welcome back Rachel and am confident that she and the bolstered team will create value for all the investment teams globally, benefitting our clients and their financial and sustainability goals.”


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About Robeco

Robeco is a pure-play international asset manager founded in 1929 with headquarters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and 17 offices worldwide. A global leader in sustainable investing since 1995, its unique integration of sustainable as well as fundamental and quantitative research enables the company to offer institutional and private investors an extensive selection of active investment strategies, for a broad range of asset classes. As of 31 December 2020, Robeco had EUR 176 billion in assets under management, of which EUR 160 billion is committed to ESG integration. Robeco is a subsidiary of ORIX Corporation Europe N.V. More information is available at www.robeco.com.

Robeco Switzerland Ltd is a FINMA-licensed asset manager for collective investment schemes. At our Zurich offices, we employ around 90 people in the Investments, Sustainable Investment Research, Corporate Services and Sales Switzerland departments. The Swiss location is a pioneer in sustainable investing, based on a commitment shaped by a long-standing cooperation with Swiss market leader Sustainable Asset Management (RobecoSAM), which was founded in 1995 and acquired by Robeco in 2006.

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