Stockholm (NordSIP) – Sasja Beslik is leaving Nordea, according to reports in the Swedish press. The outgoing Head of Group Sustainable Finance is parting ways with the Nordic bank after ten years at Nordea.
“I have developed this field at Nordea and am now moving on to new challenges, linked to the job I have done before. There is great international interest in this field interest and in my work,” Beslik commented in Swedish, according to Dagens Industri (DI).
With fifteen years of experience in investment advisory, prior to his role as Head of Group Sustainable Finance, Beslik worked as Head of Responsible Investment at Nordea Asset Management, CEO of Nordea Funds AB, Global Head of Responsible Investment & Engagement at Banco/ABN AMRO and as a consultant for the World Bank.
According to Nordea, Sasja Beslik is chairman of UNEP Finance Initiative’s Water Work Group and is a member of the steering committee within PRI on shale gas and water issues. He was awarded The Order of the Seraphim by H.R.H King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in 2013 for extraordinary efforts in the field of finance and sustainability.
“Sasja Beslik was born in Bosnia and fled to Sweden more than twenty years ago to avoid being drawn into the war in the former Yugoslavia. At the age of 21, he made his way across Europe. With 20 German marks in his pocket and three T-shirts in a plastic bag, he entered Poland, sailed across the Baltic Sea and arrived in Sweden. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and economics from Stockholm University and worked as a war correspondent for several years writing for the Red Cross, Unicef, Dagens Nyheter and more,” according to his Nordea profile.
“I have been working in this field since 2004 and am one of its pioneers. It has developed incredibly over the past three to four years. I think the next three, four years, will be even more focused on these issues. The financial sector is key to the transition to a sustainable future,” the outgoing Head of Group Sustainable Finance explained in Swedish to DI.
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