BlackRock Appoints Elaine Wu to New Research Role

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Elaine Wu has been appointed managing director, APAC head of research for BlackRock Sustainable Investing (BSI APAC), a newly created role.

Wu will drive the research agenda for BSI APAC and oversee the firm's sustainability research across the region, bringing over 14 years of experience in equity research.

She will be based in Hong Kong and report to Emily Woodland, the head of BSI APAC, as well as collaborate with global sustainability research colleagues across investment platforms.

She will also collaborate closely with APAC investment and business partners to strengthen research and analysis, focusing on the relationship between sustainability and financial materiality.

Wu was most recently the head of Asia ex-Japan ESG and utilities equity research at J.P. Morgan, where she oversaw the firm's ESG research. She formerly worked at Nomura and Lehman Brothers.

Wu said: 

"Sustainable investing is a complex and continuously evolving space, and meaningful insights require discipline and rigour.

"I am keen to incorporate an APAC-based perspective into BlackRock's ongoing work in the space to better respond to regional and global client interest."

Woodland added: 

"Clients are increasingly turning to us to help them connect data, investment strategies, and sustainability insights to build better portfolios, especially in Asia.

"Our ability to do this has long depended on the bedrock of rigorous quantitative and qualitative research, and Elaine's deep capabilities will supercharge our clients' access to the latest research and insights they're asking for to achieve their investment goals."

Source: Financial Standard

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