Allianz Global Investors, one of the world’s leading active asset managers, announced today the appointment of Matt Christensen as Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing. In this role, he will accelerate the growth of Impact Investing as part of the company’s growing private markets platform; lead the continued integration of ESG factors across AllianzGI’s existing range of public markets products, including stewardship activities; and support the development of new SRI products.
Dr Steffen Hörter is the Global Head of ESG at Allianz Global Investors which he joined in 2001. He is internationally responsible for the ESG integration strategy at AllianzGI including ESG Policy and Framework, ESG Investment Positioning, ESG Investment Offering/ Product Design and ESG Client Investment Advisory. Dr Hörter has published various whitepapers and thought leader pieces on financial materiality of ESG in Equities, ESG in Corporate Fixed Income, ESG in Sovereign Bonds and ESG in Strategic Asset Allocation.
Between 2010 and 2016 he has been advising institutional investors, in particular pension funds in Europe on investment strategy, risk management and ESG. Prior to joining Allianz Global Investors, Dr Hörter worked as a Management Consultant for banks and risk management at an international consultancy firm. Dr Hörter studied Business Administration in Regensburg, Edinburgh and Ingolstadt/Eichstaett. He holds a doctorate from the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, where he worked as a lecturer at the Department of Finance and Banking at WFI – Ingolstadt School of Management.
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