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    Eurosif Appoints New Executive Director

    Stockholm (NordSIP) – Announcing the imminent departure of Eurosif’s Executive Director, Victor van Hoorn in May this year, it was obvious that the board had a busy summer ahead. The search for a worthy replacement to guide the organisation into the next phase of its strategic growth and development is finally over. On 5 September, Eurosif revealed the name of the person who will shortly be taking over the reins, Aleksandra Palinska. As Executive Director, she is expected to lead the implementation of the organisation’s long-term strategy to help shape and accelerate the development and implementation of the EU Sustainable Finance Agenda.

    “The Board is delighted to welcome Aleksandra to our organisation in this pivotal moment for sustainable finance in Europe,” comments Will Oulton, Chair of Eurosif. “Her expertise and knowledge of the European regulatory and policy agenda will enable her to successfully lead Eurosif and deliver our long-term strategy while acting as a bridge between EU policymakers, investors and Europe’s Sustainable Investment Forums and Associations. The Eurosif board and I look forward to working with Aleksandra.”

    No wonder they are excited to get Palinska onboard. Her extensive experience in sustainable finance, corporate governance and capital markets regulation is impressive. She joins from a position as Senior Research and Advocacy officer at Finance Watch, a Brussels-based NGO. Previously, she worked for EFAMA, the European Fund and Asset Management Association, Accountancy Europe and EuropeanIssuers. Palinska has also been acting as a sherpa on the European Commission’s Platform on Sustainable Finance.

    The new Executive Director seems equally eager to take on the role. “I am excited to be joining Eurosif at this critical time when the EU sustainable finance rules are being finalized,” shares Palinska in the press release. “I look forward to working closely with the Board and members of Eurosif and leading a talented team supporting the efficient development and implementation of sustainable finance across the EU,” she adds.

    Palinska is quite clear on the enormous work ahead as well as on her priorities going forward. “An appropriate calibration and efficient implementation of sustainable finance rules is essential in the transition to a sustainable economy,” she says. “Constructive dialogue and close cooperation between the financial industry, EU and national regulators and supervisors are now of paramount importance. This is also the time to take stock of how different pieces of the sustainable finance puzzle fit together and consider whether adjustments are needed. Thanks to the trust the Eurosif Board bestowed on me, I will have the pleasure to actively participate in this process and steer the organisation into its next phase of growth,” concludes Palinska.

    Image courtesy of Eurosif
    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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