Sudip Hazra Takes the Helm as Director at First Sentier MUFG Sustainable Investment Institute

July 9, 2023
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Key Takeaways

  • First Sentier Investors appoints Sudip Hazra as the Director of the First Sentier MUFG Sustainable Investment Institute.
  • Hazra brings extensive sustainable research experience, including his award-winning stint as the Director of ESG Research at Invesco.
  • The Institute provides independent research on sustainable investment-related topics and trends, jointly supported by FSI and Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation.
  • Hazra’s new role will focus on delivering practical research to assist investors in capital allocation decisions and company engagement programs.

About First Sentier Investors

Managing over US$148.1 billion in assets as of March 2023, First Sentier Investors is a leading global investment manager, catering to institutional investors, pension funds, wholesale distributors, investment platforms, financial advisers, and their clients worldwide.

Acquired by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation in 2019, the firm operates as a standalone global investment management business with offices across Europe, the Americas, and Asia Pacific. FSI is a globally Certified B Corporation and a signatory to the UK Stewardship Code, focusing on delivering sustainable investment success through responsible investment principles.

A New Director at the Helm

First Sentier Investors recently announced the appointment of Sudip Hazra as the Director of the First Sentier MUFG Sustainable Investment Institute. Established in 2021, the Institute provides independent research on sustainable investment trends and impacts, supported jointly by FSI and its shareholder, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG).

Kate Turner, FSI’s Global Head of Responsible Investment, affirmed Hazra’s significance in the role, saying, “Sudip will be instrumental in delivering a research program designed to enhance awareness and understanding among the investment community on a wide range of investment-oriented sustainability topics.”

Elevating Sustainable Research

Hazra, based in London, brings extensive sustainable research experience to his new role. Previously, he was the Director of ESG Research for Invesco, where he led the implementation of a global net zero investment research framework and developed compliance processes for Articles 8 and 9 of the EU Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation.

At Invesco, his team won ‘Best ESG Research’ at the ESG Investing Awards 2023. Hazra also served as Head of ESG Research and Responsible Investment at Kepler Cheuvreux, where he received the Farsight Award for best ESG oriented research.

Hazra shared his excitement for his new role, stating, “I look forward to working with the team to deliver research that has practical application and can assist investors in their capital allocation decisions and company engagement programs.”

Enhancing Sustainable Investment Practices

With Hazra’s appointment, FSI aims to deepen its understanding and response to complex sustainability issues. His in-depth research capabilities and experience in implementing ESG-focused strategies will assist the Institute in elevating sustainable investment practices and delivering better outcomes for clients and broader society.

For more information about the Institute, visit firstsentier-mufg-sustainability.com

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