Lombard Odier Investment Managers further bolsters its sustainability research capabilities


Lombard Odier Investment Managers (“LOIM”) is pleased to announce the strengthening of its Sustainable Investment Research, Strategy and Stewardship team with the appointments of four sustainability experts, as part of an ongoing strategic drive to expand the firm’s sustainability offering and research capabilities. These four new hires join the team led by Dr. Christopher Kaminker, who was appointed as Head of Sustainable Investment Research, Strategy & Stewardship for LOIM in July 2019.

Kristina Church, ACA, has joined LOIM as Senior Investment Strategist for sustainable investment from Barclays Capital, where she was Global Head of Future Mobility Thematic research. Kristina has been a sell-side equity analyst for the last 13 years (and qualified accountant before that), focusing for many years on the Automotive sector, and for the last ten years heading the European Automotive Equity Research team at Barclays Capital. She has produced research across micro-mobility, electrification and future powertrains, autonomous driving, Smart Cities and emerging market automotive trends. Kristina previously held roles at Citigroup and Deloitte and is a graduate of St John’s College, Oxford University.

In her role at LOIM, Kristina will focus on research and investment strategy for sustainability across all asset classes and will produce a regular outlook for clients.

Dr. Thomas Höhne-Sparborth has joined LOIM as Senior Sustainability Analyst, from Roskill Consulting Group, where he was Director of Economics & Analytics. Thomas holds a doctoral degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he studied spillover effects on economic development. Thomas brings over ten years’ experience analysing the impact of sustainability challenges on supply chains and the global economy, with a particular focus on trends related to automotive electrification, energy storage and the circular economy – topics on which he has been a regular speaker at international conferences and that continue to attract increasing interest.

At LOIM, Thomas will focus on the financial and macroeconomic analysis of sustainability challenges and their implications for business models and risk – return dynamics across all industries and geographies.

Ruairidh Cumming has joined as Quantitative Analyst from Cabot Financial, where he was responsible for developing bespoke pricing models using machine learning tools to inform analysis and build advanced predictive models. Ruairidh has a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trinity College, Cambridge University. He will be responsible for applying the latest data science techniques to enhance the research and analysis capabilities of the team.

Laura García Vélez has joined as a Quantitative Analyst. An environmental engineer with a masters in geo-information science and earth observation, she joins from The World Wildlife Fund where she used innovative data science approaches in order to identify potential emerging human threats in the protected areas network, and to provide advice for the planning and monitoring of different climate change and environmental initiatives.

Hubert Keller, CEO of LOIM, said: “The speed, scale and urgency of the transition to a sustainable economic model is unparalleled. Sustainability challenges are already fundamentally reshaping risk and return dynamics across all sectors and asset classes. Investors have trillions of dollars at stake in this revolution and, at LOIM, we believe it is central to our fiduciary duty as asset managers to help our clients position their portfolios for the transition.

“Furthermore, given the lack of consistent, credible data on many of the sustainability challenges companies face, we believe traditional ESG approaches cannot fully capture the risks or harness the opportunities of the transition. In our view, positioning a portfolio for transition, requires forward-looking, judgemental analysis across all sectors to ensure the portfolio behaves as expected as the transition unfolds, and accelerates. Deepening our expertise around sustainable investment is therefore central to our ability to deliver on clients’ long-term objectives, and our strategic development at LOIM.”

Dr. Christopher Kaminker, Head of Sustainable Investment Research, Strategy & Stewardship, said: “We are delighted to welcome Kristina, Thomas, Ruairidh and Laura to the team. They bring industry-leading expertise to our research capability and will significantly strengthen our ability to identify investment opportunities, generating actionable intelligence to refine risk-return considerations across asset classes. This will also ensure we continue to offer cutting-edge sustainable investment strategies to our clients.

Dr. Kaminker continued: “The broad combination of expertise these four hires bring to the team will be vital in addressing the complex and interdisciplinary nature of sustainability challenges and opportunities. Kristina’s knowledge and command of the investment-relevant dynamics in the mobility space, which is a cross-cutting issue, will reinforce our ability to analyse other key sustainability challenges. Thomas is also an expert in this domain with an in-depth understanding of how automotive electrification, for example, interacts with energy; mining; innovation; services; trade; pollution and resource productivity.

“Ruairidh and Laura’s expertise in data science, forecasting and macroeconomic analysis will further strengthen our sustainability insights and solutions, in turn helping our clients navigate the challenges and opportunities presented by the global transition to a more sustainable economic model.”