Aviva investors appoints new head for sustainable outcomes and Aviva Stewardship funds

by | May 19, 2022

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), has appointed Sam Tripuraneni as Head of Sustainable Outcomes, a pivotal hire as the firm deploys its capital, scale and influence in support of the sustainable transition.

In this role, Sam will oversee the firm’s Stewardship and Sustainable Outcomes franchises, encompassing the climate transition, social transition and natural capital transition suite of products. He will lead on enhancing the existing sustainable funds’ philosophy and processes, related data and quantitative research models, and the quantification and delivery of sustainability impacts.

Sam will also be responsible for overseeing ESG thematic research and how this is integrated across liquid market asset classes, as well as play a key role in the development of new sustainability and impact strategies.

Based in London, he reports to Mirza Baig, Global Head of ESG Investments, and manages a team of eight sustainability specialists.

Sam comes to Aviva Investors after seven years at BlackRock, most recently as a director in its sustainable investing team, where he worked closely with investment and client business teams to develop investment solutions to meet environmental, social and financial objectives. Prior to that, he was a relationship manager in the UK defined contribution sales team.

Before joining the financial services industry, Sam served as a captain in the British Army. He holds a BA in Ancient History from the University of Nottingham and studied History of International Relations at the London School of Economics.

Mirza Baig, Global Head of ESG Investments at Aviva Investors, said:

“I am pleased to welcome Sam to Aviva Investors in this strategic role for the business. His experience and expertise stood out through the recruitment process, and I am confident he will help build on our solutions to meet the financial, social and environmental objectives that matter increasingly to our clients and wider society.”

Sam Tripuraneni, Head of Sustainable Outcomes at Aviva Investors, said:

“I was attracted to Aviva Investors because of its strong heritage in responsible investment and its commitment to providing innovative, market-leading solutions to meet the sustainability ambitions of clients.

The world is experiencing multiple social and environmental crises, such as catastrophic levels of biodiversity loss, increasing social inequality and temperature rise that threaten to fundamentally destabilise our economies and societies. I am genuinely excited about how my role at Aviva Investors can contribute towards the investment industry’s response to tackling this triple sustainability challenge.”

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