Stockholm (NordSIP) – Non-profit think tank Anthropocene Fixed Income Institute (AFII), the research organisation dedicated to empowering fixed income investors to drive the climate transition, has been growing steadily since it was launched in July 2020. AFFI’s founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ulf Erlandsson, has by now managed to assemble a truly impressive team of specialists based in Stockholm and London. Upon joining the organisation as Executive Director in 2021, Justine Leigh-Bell revealed her ambition to build AFII “into a global leader in this space, ensuring we can offer fixed income investors and the market overall practical solutions, and the support needed to drive positive impacts on climate.”
On 9 May, AFII announced another top recruitment. Catherine Greene has been appointed Chief Impact Officer. She is set to lead the research organisation’s impact strategy, which implies identifying and tracking the engagement of the fixed income investment community with AFII’s research and portfolio management tools. Through performance measurement and reporting, Greene and her colleagues hope to be able to demonstrate that the USD 130 trillion fixed income market can have a powerful, positive impact on climate outcomes.
Greene, who is a CFA charter holder, has over 20 years of experience in the financial industry, predominantly in hedge funds and private equity asset allocation while at Prudential M&G, a family office, and International Asset Management. She also boasts solid academic credentials, with a PhD in Philosophy from the London School of Economics (LSE), where she will continue to be active as a Research Associate. Greene joins most recently from a position as a Strategic Adviser at Principia Advisory, an organisational ethics firm.
The newly appointed Chief Impact Officer seems clear on the task she is taking on. “AFII is delivering uniquely powerful research and insights that provide asset owners and managers with the ability to transition their fixed income portfolios to net zero,” says Greene. “My aim is to ensure that AFII’s impact is clearly measured and transparent, both to encourage investors to engage with our mission and ensure that our backers can see the results of their generosity,” she adds.
“AFII’s mission is to provide fixed income investors with the insights and tools they need to align their portfolios with ambitious climate targets,” comments Leigh-Bell. “Drawing on her experience of financial institutions and stakeholders, Catherine will enable us to convincingly demonstrate the impact of our work.”