Aegon strengthens responsible investment team

Maradei joins the asset management group from the European Investment Bank

Aegon Asset Management has bolstered its global responsible investment team with the appointment of a new global boss responsible for environmental, social and governance activities.

Brunno Maradei (pictured) joined Aegon Asset Management as the company’s global head of ESG yesterday (1 May) and is based in the company’s offices in the Hague, Netherlands. Maradei is flanked by Julius Huttunen who joined the business in mid-April, as a responsible investment manager, based in Chicago.

Both new arrivals will report to Roelie van Wijk-Russchen, the company’s global head of responsible business and public affairs.

“Brunno and Julius bring invaluable knowledge and international experience to the team as we continue to strengthen our responsible investment credentials,” said van Wijk-Russchen in a statement.

“With a team of 14 people across Aegon Asset Management’s global businesses, including Kames Capital and TKP Investments, we believe Aegon Asset Management has the expertise to continue to lead the way on ESG issues, ensuring our clients’ responsible investing criteria are met and their sustainable goals can be supported.”

Maradei joined the business from the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg, where he worked as the senior investment officer overseeing project finance deals outside of the European Union, with a focus on climate-friendly impact investments in Africa.

Huttunen was previously an ESG research analyst for Calvert Research & Management, based in Washington DC. There, he covered corporate issuers. He has some experience working with the Aegon group of businesses, having previously worked as a sustainable investment analyst at Kames Capital.

Aegon’s global responsible investment team is an expert unit offering group businesses input on ESG integration initiatives and product development. It also oversees engagement and research efforts to promote the adoption of sustainable investment practices.