Acadian appoints Director of Responsible Investing
Acadian Asset Management, a specialist in global systematic investing with USD107 billion in assets under management as of 31 January, 2021, has appointed Andy Moniz as Director of Responsible Investing at its London affiliate.
Moniz will be responsible for leading Acadian’s global Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) efforts and will oversee the firm’s ESG strategies, related research initiatives, and active ownership tactics, in addition to serving as the chair for Acadian’s Responsible Investing Committee.
“We are thrilled to have Andy join the team to lead Acadian’s global ESG initiatives and help further shape our responsible investing approach,” says Brendan Bradley, Chief Investment Officer at Acadian. “Andy’s wealth of experience with ESG strategies in quantitative finance and data science will be a tremendous asset as we continue to evolve our research efforts and expand our sustainable solutions in this important space.”
Moniz joins Acadian from Putnam Investments, where he served as Director of Applied Data Science Investments with responsibility for creating systematic ESG stock selection strategies. Prior to Putnam, Moniz served as Managing Director, Chief Data Scientist and Head of Quant Equity Research at Deutsche Bank.
“I’m excited to continue to build upon the firm's robust responsible investing strategy and approach," says Moniz. "Acadian is a thought leader within systematic ESG investing, and I look forward to adding to the firm’s longtime efforts to evaluate and incorporate ESG considerations into its process to improve clients’ investment outcomes over the long term.”
Moniz holds a Ph.D. in Natural Language Processing and Information Retrieval from Erasmus University in the Netherlands, an MSc in Applied Statistics from the University of London, and a BA and MA in Economics from the University of Cambridge. He has two decades of experience in quantitative finance and data science, and his focus over the last decade has been on using unstructured data to create forward-looking ESG signals. Moniz will report to Acadian’s Director of Equity Strategies, Ryan Taliaferro.
Acadian integrates an array of ESG factors into its core investment process. These factors are the products of an extensive, 30-year research program into signals that further its clients' sustainability and investment objectives. Acadian became the first quantitative manager to sign the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in 2009.
Globally, the firm currently manages USD107 billion in assets which integrate ESG throughout the investment process. Acadian incorporates ESG factors across all portfolios it manages, in addition to more specific client-driven ESG implementations, ranging from basic exclusionary screens to carefully engineered portfolio tilts or objectives, which include nearly half of total assets under management.