September 6, 2019 / News

Osmosis IM appoints environmental specialist

By Joe McGrath, ESG Clarity

Tom Steffen joins as a quantitative environmental researcher as Osmosis looks to underscore its sustainability credentials

Osmosis IM appoints environmental specialist

Osmosis Investment Management has strengthened its environmental research team with the appointment of Dr Tom Steffen.

Dr Steffen, a former visiting researcher at the Financial Conduct Authority, joins Osmosis as a quantitative environmental researcher and will be tasked with bolstering the efficacy of Osmosis’ proprietary investment database, the Model of Resource Efficiency (MoRE).

The model identifies companies across thirty-three economic sectors that display strong sustainability efficiency metrics and consume less resource than their sector peers.

Prior to joining Osmosis, Dr Steffen was a postdoctoral fellow in sustainable finance at the University of Geneva, where he conducted data-driven research on responsible investment strategies and portfolio ESG footprints.

He holds a joint Ph.D. in financial market microstructure from the University of Edinburgh and Macquarie University, completing an MSc in carbon finance and a BSc in Business Administration.

London-based Osmosis, which has $1.5bn in client assets, said the new appointment is part of a larger firm expansion which has seen personnel numbers almost double over a two-year period.

“Tom’s appointment is very exciting. Competition for talent in this area is fierce and we’re delighted he has chosen to pursue his career with Osmosis,” Ben Dear, chief executive officer of Osmosis Investment Management, said.

“Tom’s academic insights will not only advance the effectiveness of our model but will also contribute to our thought leadership and active engagement in the sustainable finance space,” Dear added.