With thanks to Miriam Heale, Allen & York - www.allen-york.com

The UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has appointed Adrian Bertrand as head of Africa, networks & global outreach. Bertrand will take up the position, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 16 February. He joins PRI after four years as ESG manager for the Government Employees Pension Fund of South Africa (GEPF).

Bertrand, who started his career as a high school English teacher, went on to complete an MBA at the University of Stellenbosch Business School. “My research into corporate governance saw me introduced to the concept of responsible investment for the first time,” he says. He was drawn to the sector by the opportunity to make a “tangible contribution” to investment decision making. “As I was finishing up with the MBA, PRI was looking to appoint a network manager for its growing South African network of signatories,” he says. After 18 months in the PRI role, Bertrand was invited to join GEPF, a PRI founding signatory.

In his new role, Bertrand will be responsible for strategic initiatives such as engaging with and supporting pan-African signatories in the practice and implementation of their ESG risk management. He will also take a lead role in...

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