Aegon Asset Management has further strengthened its global responsible investment team with three hires.
Both Rebecca Dreyfus and Stephanie Mooij have joined AAM as senior engagement associates within the global Responsible Business and Public Affairs team.
Dreyfus joins the business from Sustainalytics where latterly she was a client relations manager advising and supporting Nordic clients in developing and implementing ESG integration strategies across asset classes. Prior to that role she was an institutional sales adviser developing and implementing sales strategies in the North American market. Previous roles have also included being a research assistant at the Global Reporting Initiative.
Mooij joins the business after recently finishing a PhD on ESG integration at Oxford University where she explored how asset owners, asset managers as well as companies deal with responsible investment and how aligned these different, but interlinked parties are. In addition, she explored the role and limitations of the ESG rating and ranking industry. Previously she has worked as an equity portfolio analyst at Ownership Capital – a long term equity investor – with responsibilities for ESG and financial analysis of companies in various sectors.
The third hire, Gerrit Ledderhof joins AAM as a responsible investment and public affairs manager from the Canadian Ministry of the Environment in Toronto where he was a project manager and team lead in the Ministry’s Climate Programs Branch with responsibility for the development of climate-oriented policy, analysis and programmes to meet the needs of the provincial government in Ontario. His previous roles have included being a strategy manager at the Carbon Trust in London.
Commenting on the appointments Roelie van Wijk-Russchen (pictured), AAM’s Global Head of Responsible Business and Public Affairs, says: ‘I would like to welcome Gerrit, Rebecca and Stephanie to the team. At Aegon Asset Management we take responsible investment very serious and have been at the forefront of ESG issues for many years. These new appointments mean we now have a team of 12 people across AAM’s global businesses, including Kames Capital and TKP Investments, analysing and assessing a vast array of investment opportunities and ensuring they meet our responsible investing criteria. Our new colleagues will also help us further strengthen our engagement activities, consultative support on responsible investment and public policy consultation to the wider AAM organisation.’