JP Morgan boosts sustainable investing team in Asia

JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) has appointed Felix Lam as head of investment stewardship for Asia ex-Japan and Robert Harden as a sustainable investing research analyst.

Both roles would be based in Hong Kong and would report to Jennifer Wu, global head of sustainable investing.

Lam would be responsible for advancing JPMAM’s regional stewardship approach by leading corporate engagement as well as overseeing proxy voting and stewardship reporting.

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Lam joined from CCB International Securities, where he served nearly eight years including most recently as head of power, energy and materials research.

Before that, he was head of materials and China property research at Daiwa Capital Markets.

Harden’s role would be focused on applying data science and machine learning techniques towards environmental, social and governance (ESG) data and materiality research and China ESG initiatives.

He was appointed last November and was previously a data scientist on JPMAM’s trading research team. Since joining the firm in 2011, he has held several roles managing data analytics. 

“Felix brings extensive expertise in equity research and ESG engagement, particularly in Greater China companies; he will help us to significantly boost to our investment stewardship efforts,” Wu said.

“Meanwhile, Robert’s addition to the team will accelerate our work in utilizing data science and artificial intelligence, as we believe harnessing data will significantly advance sustainable investing.

“With a dedicated and growing team on the ground in Asia, working closely with our portfolio managers and research analysts across the region who are focused on ESG, as well as partnering with clients to deliver innovative solutions and impacts, we are excited about continuing to strengthen our ongoing commitment to sustainability.”

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