JP Morgan bolsters Asia stewardship and ESG teams

The firm has been active in its investment stewardship efforts in Asia and globally.

JP Morgan Asset Management has expanded its stewardship and ESG teams in Asia with two new appointments.

The firm has named Felix Lam as head of investment stewardship for Asia ex-Japan and Robert Harden as a sustainable investing research analyst. Both roles are based in Hong Kong and report to Jennifer Wu, global head of sustainable investing.

Lam will be responsible for advancing JP Morgan AM’s regional stewardship approach by leading corporate engagement, as well as overseeing proxy voting and stewardship reporting, according to a press statement.

He was at CCB International Securities, where he served nearly eight years, including most recently as head of power, energy and materials research. Before that, he was head of materials and China property research at Daiwa Capital Markets.

The firm has been active in its investment stewardship efforts. Last year, it appointed Shizuko Ohmi as head of investment stewardship for Japan, according to the statement. In February, it also published global priorities for its investment-led stewardship approach.

Meanwhile, Harden will focus on applying data science and machine learning techniques towards ESG data and materiality research and China ESG initiatives. His appointment expands the firm’s sustainable investing research and data analysis capabilities, according to the statement.

Harden, who assumes his new role in November, was a data scientist on JP Morgan AM’s trading research team. Since joining the firm in 2011, he held a number of roles managing data analytics.