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Our Investment Stewardship team comprises professionals with experience in areas including responsible investment, corporate governance, and public policy. The team is made up of both sector specialists and experts on ESG themes, such as sustainability, and has a global remit with members in the UK, Japan and the US. The team exercises LGIM’s voting rights globally, holding companies to account. In 2020, LGIM cast over 138,600 votes at over 14,000 meetings.
Based in Tokyo, Aina leads LGIM's stewardship efforts in Japan. Working with colleagues in London and Chicago, she engages directly with companies, regulators and other investors on a range of issues, including climate change, biodiversity, board governance, and diversity. Prior to joining LGIM in 2019, she was a sustainability consultant at PwC Japan where she helped build the firm’s corporate sustainability advisory practice.
Aina serves as the Deputy Chair of the Asian Corporate Governance Association (ACGA) Japan Working Group, which comprises 29 members with a combined global AUM of more than US$20 trillion. She also sits on the SASB Standards Advisory Group and represents LGIM at a number of organisations, such as the 30% Club Japan Investor Group and Japan Climate Leaders’ Partnership (JCLP).
She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the USA.
Outside work, she enjoys spending time in nature and at the Aikido dojo.
Alexander joined the team in September 2019 to focus on strengthening LGIM’s public policy engagements across jurisdictions. Prior to this, Alexander spent three years leading international government and institutional relations for a firm that uses alternative finance to invest in sustainable projects in emerging markets. Before that, he spent five years negotiating investments in emerging markets with the European Commission and international climate change funds at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He also spent time advising middle and low-income governments on alternative finance and jointly establishing a nuclear energy safeguards organisation. Alexander holds a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Southampton.
Angeli leads our global approach to remuneration engagement and voting. She joined LGIM in 2005 and has over 20 years of corporate governance experience. She holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Financial Economics, Post Grad. Diploma in Law, Legal Practice Certificate (LPC), Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and is a graduate of ICSA (Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators).
Catherine joined LGIM in 2015 to help drive forward ESG integration into mainstream fund research and to strengthen sustainability engagements. Prior to this, Catherine spent four years working with governments in Africa and Asia on the sustainable policy, planning and management of the extractives sector, and five years in sell-side equity research. A keen linguist and sportsperson, she bemuses her colleagues with a love of Capoeira and British Military Fitness.
Clare is responsible for the team’s stewardship activities for the utilities, technology and media sectors. Clare developed the team’s policy for North America and took a year’s secondment to our LGIMA offices in Chicago in 2016. She communicates with companies, investors and other market participants on various ESG issues, with a specific focus on diversity. Clare chairs the 30% Club UK Investor Group, an influential group of investors that engages with FTSE companies on diversity at board and senior leadership level. She also sits on several internal committees focused on creating a more inclusive and diverse culture. With 20 years’ ESG experience, you could consider ESG to be her life, but Clare is also a committed runner and has a passion for fashion.
Clinton joined the team in 2019. He predominantly focuses on client-related activity, but also contributes to broader investment stewardship initiatives. Clinton joined LGIM from Capital Group where he spent six years managing the Investment Information function for Europe and Asia, which covered equity, fixed income and multi-asset products. He holds a BA from Stellenbosch University, an LLB from University College London, and an LLM in Environmental Law from Queen Mary University of London, where he is also currently completing a PhD in Animal and Environmental Law, focusing on biodiversity and conservation. Additionally, he is studying towards a sustainability qualification from Harvard University. Clinton is a fellow of the Zoological Society of London.
Senior Analyst, Corporate Governance and Public Policy
David is focused on LGIM’s UK and European corporate governance activity including voting, engagement and client reporting. He also monitors public policy, responding to government and industry consultations in order to position LGIM as thought leaders. A disciplined athlete, he devotes many hours a week to boxing and weightlifting.
Iancu joined LGIM in 2017 as a Sustainability Analyst. He brings an understanding of climate change to our company engagements and a passion for clear reasoning to our communications. He has worked for a leading environmental think-tank as well as the Cabinet Office, and has degrees in philosophy and public policy. An enthusiastic guitar player, he takes advantage of London’s music and art scene, though he has no tours currently scheduled.
Maria leads the Stewardship team’s efforts on health as well as being responsible for global engagement and voting activities for holdings within the pharmaceutical, biotech, healthcare, chemicals and tobacco sectors.
Prior to joining LGIM in 2019, Maria was a member of the ESG teams at Newton Investment Management and State Street Global Advisors. She has also headed up the research team at a start-up corporate governance data company, served as an analyst within the IVIS team, part of the Investment Association, UK. She started her ESG career at PIRC, a proxy adviser, in 2007. Maria has an LLB from Queen Mary College, University of London and a Master’s Degree from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
Marion joined LGIM’s Investment Stewardship team in 2016. She is responsible for ESG engagement with LGIM’s investee companies in the transport and travel & leisure sectors globally. Her areas of focus are corporate governance in Europe, ESG disclosures and market-wide ESG transparency issues. Marion also represents LGIM on the 30% Club investor France, which seeks to encourage our investee companies towards greater gender diversity below board level. She holds the Investment Management Certificate (UK CFA institute), an MA in Law from the University of Bristol and a Bachelor of Laws from the Catholic University of Lille, France.
Head of Sustainability and Responsible Investment Strategy
Meryam is responsible for engaging on sustainability themes globally and development of responsible investment product solutions. She leads on the project to integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects into the fundamental research of mainstream funds and to carry out sector/theme specific engagements on key sustainability topics, such as climate change, water and corporate tax policy. Meryam has over 12 years of investment experience in asset management companies.
Sacha sits on the board of LGIM. In September 2016 he was recognised in the Financial Times as one of ‘the 30 most influential people in the City of London’, crediting him as one the leading architects of 2012’s “shareholder spring”. At LGIM Sacha has responsibility for investment stewardship, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) areas, collaborating with other investors as well as governments and regulators. He regularly speaks at major global industry events on topics such as diversity, climate change and shareholder rights. Sacha was previously a senior UK equity manager at Gartmore where he co-managed a range of UK equity hedge, retail and institutional funds. He was voted the top-rated Pan European fund manager in the Thomson Reuters Extel awards (known as the “City Oscars”) in 2010. He started his career at Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS). Sacha holds a BA (Econ) from Manchester University and is a Fellow of ICSA. Sacha is a founding member and still on the board of the UK Investor Forum.
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