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Sasja Beslik

Senior Executive

Zurich, Switzerland

$800/day

SUMMARY ➢ Experienced senior executive manager specializing in ESG Investments & Sustainable Finance, since 2004 ➢ Successfully helped transform the identity of Nordics largest bank (and 2 nd largest company out of all sectors) ➢ Originated Nordics most successful ESG product series (STARS) ➢ Extensive experience bringing ESG from risk to opportunity-focused, creating commercial strategies for integration of ESG issues into asset management, working with CIOs and hiring investor teams to execute ESG strategies ➢ Institutional (IC) & Private Banking (PB) client acquisition track-record: extensive network of major Nordic asset owners, including at CEO level ➢ Extensive knowledge of international investor community – ESG and mainstream ➢ Skilled in professional communication and marketing presentations ➢ Awarded “Young Global Leader 2011” by World Economic Forum in Davos ➢ Previously Board member, Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) and Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) ➢ Member of Global UNPRI Steering committee on Water issues and Shale Gas ➢ Awarded Serafimer-order-stripe medal by H.R.H King Carl Gustaf of Sweden 2013 for “extraordinary efforts in the field of finance and sustainability” ➢ ”Banker of the Year” in Sweden, 2017 ➢ International financial social-media leader with >200,000 Twitter followers

Domain experience

Relevant Total Experience: 20 years

Seniority Level: Senior

Sector Experience: 

Banks Chemicals Commercial and Professional Services Diversified Financials Metals and Mining Oil, Gas and Consumable Fuels Paper and Forest Products Real Estate Management and Development

Skills

Skilled in: Corporate Strategy, Portfolio Services & Add-on M&A, Corporate Governance & ESG

Technical Skills: Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Bloomberg, Microsoft Office

Languages: English, Swedish

Work Experience

Bank J. Safra Sarasin Ltd

Managing Director, Head of Sustainable Finance Development

01/10/2019

 

- 01/08/2021

Nordea

Head of Sustainable Finance at Nordea Wealth Management / Senior Executive

01/08/2016

 

- 01/06/2019

Nordea Asset Management

Head of Responsible Investments and Identity / Senior Executive

01/01/2013

 

- 01/07/2016

Responsible for international commercial and operational development of Responsible Investments strategy for Nordea Asset Management. Product development, ESG analysis development, engagement and stewardship practices. Have constructed and implemented full scale ESG integration in all investment processes. Developed ad launched distinct investment concept, i.e. Nordea Stars with multiple products and investment strategies awarded internationally for their performance. Responsible for development of international brand positioning for Nordea Asset Management within selected markets. Developed digital offering & profiling of asset management value proposition. Responsible for Tier 1 client interference regarding all investments from Sustainability/ ESG angle. Responsible for all international multi stakeholder-relationships with transnational organisations like EU, UN, as well as other branch related organisations. Member of Country Senior Executive management. As an internationally acknowledged leader I have been interviewed numberless times in major financial newspapers and TV-channels as an expert in the area of RI. I participate as an expert speaker on various Scandinavian and International conferences.

Nordea Investment Funds Sweden

CEO

01/01/2011

 

- 01/01/2013

Chief Executive Officer for biggest Nordic Fund Company. Legal, operational, commercial, people and strategic responsibility. Responsibility for development of business offering and performance development / improvements on Swedish Fund market. Responsible for all board related issues as well as for all marketing, communication and media relations.

Nordea

Head of Responsible Investments & Corporate Governance

01/01/2009

 

- 01/01/2011

Responsible for management of RIG activities for all Nordea RI products and integration of relevant ESG issues in to Nordea Asset Management Products. Worked on various aspects related to development of Nordea RI platform. Manage development of people and team. Significant part of my job was and is related to sales support and marketing activities. I have participated in high level sales activities and processes with institutional and retail client segments.

ABN AMRO Bank N.V.

Deputy CEO / Head of Stewardship & Engagement

01/01/2004

 

- 01/01/2009

Deputy CEO for Banco Investment funds. Responsible for management of RI analysis and engagement activities for all Banco RI products and ABN AMRO Asset Management international products. I have worked on various aspects related to development of ABN AMRO Asset Management (AAAM) RI platform that has been launched globally during 2005. The main part of the work managed on the behalf of AAAM was to engage selected AAAM holdings on their performance related to management of environmental and social issues in their business operations as well as to integrate our RI activities in the business lines operating within AAAM.

Hifab

Senior Consultant & CSR Director

01/01/2002

 

- 01/01/2004

Before joining AAAM in 2004 I worked as a CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) specialist for and with companies in oil & gas, mining and various other industries. As a Senior Consultant I was responsible for continuous development of client relationships and quality assurance of projects delivered to our clients. This included significant hands-on fieldwork in various countries and industries I've worked in, e.g. Russia, China, India, Vietnam, Nigeria, Angola, Georgia, Zambia. Most of the work was focused on development of relevant sustainability and CSR strategies and hands on implementation. The core of my professional specialty was related to SIA (Social Impact Assessment) for business and public sector organizations. I was always working very close to the business side of operations, e.g. trying to make responsibilities taken by companies to pay off. This includes identifying business opportunities related to CSR or Sustainability work done – and developing strategies to capitalize on opportunities identified.

BP

Country Head SIA (Social Impact Assessment)

01/01/2000

 

- 01/01/2004

Between 2000 and 2004 I worked as an SIA (Social Impact Assessment) Country Head for BP (British Petroleum) in Georgia (BTC pipeline) where I’ve managed team of 30 people. I was responsible for development or execution of Social Impact Assessment in Georgia. Core responsibilities were related to close local community liaison in order to identify key social impacts caused by pipeline construction and pipeline operations. This work also involved a “local community embedded” working framework, e.g. I’ve spent many months living in Georgian villages with locals. Close cooperation with World Bank experts (co-financing project) and IMF experts.

Freelancer

Journalist, War correspondent

01/01/1998

 

- 01/01/2000

Writing for Red Cross, Unicef, Dagens Nyheter and more.

Education

Stockholm University

01/01/1995

 

- 09/12/2021

BA in Economics and Journalism

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