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    Swesif Welcomes New Board Members

    Stockholm (NordSIP) – Swesif, Sweden’s Sustainable Investment Forum, held its Annual General Meeting on 23 March, summarising another active and successful year. There was some reshuffling in the ranks of the board, although the forum’s Chair and Vice-Chair, alongside four more of the board members, will keep working for another year, ensuring continuity.

    During the next mandate period, the board of Swesif is set to benefit from the sustainability expertise and vast network of four new members: Cecilia Cisana from Sustainalytics, Jennie Arhén from Tundra Fonder, Peter Sandahl from Nordea Life & Pension and Fredrik von Platen from SEB. They will join forces with the board’s remaining members: Susanne Bolin Gärtner from Danske Bank (Chair), Rebecka Elkert from Carnegie Investment Bank (Vice Chair), Anna Strömberg, from Carnegie Fonder (Treasurer), Anette Carmelius from AMF Fonder, Lil Larås Lindgren from AP3, and Lingyi Lu from Söderberg & Partner.

    The new board members will have some big shoes to fill as they will be replacing a quartet of sustainability experts who have contributed significantly to Swesif’s continued success. The members exiting the board are Åsa Moberg from Mistra, Emma Henningsson from AP7, Julian Beer from SEB, and Tobias Lindbergh form Handelsbanken.

    According to the press release, two of Swesif’s Nomination Committee members, Johan Elmquist from Coeli and Peter Lööw from Alecta, will also be handing over their responsibilities.

    During 2021, Swesif’s members have been busy working on several important projects, including revamping the proprietary fund classification framework, the Sustainability Profile (Hållbarhetsprofilen), examining the specific sustainability issues faced by fixed income managers, discussing ways to integrate sustainability in investment analysis, and looking into some of the sustainability aspects related to water.

    The forum has organised 14 well-attended webinars throughout 2021, and many others are already in the pipeline. A significant development mentioned at the AGM was the new partnerships with Eurosif, the European Sustainable Investment Forum.

    “It was noticeable during 2021 that our members appreciate Swesif’s activities,” comments Bolin Gärtner. “We have had an active board, showing lots of initiative. The working groups, consisting of board members and committed members, have shown that we can drive projects even on difficult issues. During the year, we have also launched an important European partnership with Eurosif. Going forward, this cooperation will provide members with insights on priority sustainability issues. I am delighted to be able to take the association one step further with a strong new board,” concludes the Chair, Bolin Gärtner.

     

    Julia Axelsson, CAIA
    Julia Axelsson, CAIA
    Julia has accumulated experience in asset management for more than 20 years in Stockholm and Beijing, in portfolio management, asset allocation, fund selection and risk management. In December 2020, she completed a program in Sustainability Studies at the University of Linköping. Julia speaks Mandarin, Bulgarian, Hindi, Russian, Swedish, Urdu and English. She holds a Master in Indology from Sofia University and has completed studies in Economics at both Stockholm University and Stockholm School of Economics.

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