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The Inflection Point Capital Management team



 

Dr Matthew J. Kiernan
Founder and Chief Executive

Dr Kiernan is founder and Chief Executive of Inflection Point Capital Management. In 1992, he had founded Innovest Strategic Value Advisors (“Innovest”), the #1-rated firm in the world in sustainable investment research, where he also served as Chief Executive.

While leading Innovest, Dr Kiernan was instrumental in both the design and implementation of a number of innovative, “sustainability-enhanced” investment products – across a number of different asset classes and geographies. Those products included a number of world “firsts”, including: emerging markets sustainability fund, climate risk-adjusted bond index, “green” listed REIT index. Clients of Innovest included leading international institutional investors, including CalPERS, CalSTRS, APG, USS, PGGM, and the Norwegian Government Pension Fund.

He holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies, and earned a PhD in Strategic Environmental Management from the London School of Economics in 1982. After co-founding a strategy consulting firm which he later sold to KPMG Peat Marwick, Dr Kiernan became a senior partner there. From 1990 to 1992, he was director of the Business Council for Sustainable Development in Geneva, and acted as a senior advisor to Secretary General of the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. He has taught sustainable finance in executive programs at the Wharton School, Columbia, Stanford, London Business School, and Oxford, and is currently a guest faculty member at Cambridge University, in HRH The Prince of Wales’ executive program in sustainability. In 2007, he was given a special executive award by the United Nations Environment Program’s Finance Initiative, for innovations and contributions in the field of carbon finance. He is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Environmental Investing, and of the advisory board of the Responsible Investment Academy in Sydney.

His new book, Investing in a Sustainable World, is distributed internationally by McGraw-Hill.


Investment team

Matthew J. Kiernan 

Andy White

Paul Clements-Hunt

Heather Langsner

David Pitt-Watson 

Gordon Noble

Perrine Dutronc

Jessica Cassey

Desiree Lucchese

Andrew McLean


  

 

Mr Andy White
Senior Advisor, Research

Mr White was previously with Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, where he also served as global Managing Director of Research. In that capacity, he was instrumental in building and leading the research team which was consistently as rated #1 in the world. During his six years at Innovest, he also led in the creation of a number of new investment products and tools, working with such leading asset managers as HSBC, RCM Allianz Dresdner, and Hermes. In addition, he led several ground-breaking advisory assignments, including the one which created the Access to Medicines Index of global pharmaceutical companies. He also was instrumental in creating an industry-leading analytical tool for assessing companies’ performance in implementing the UN Global Compact. Prior to joining Innovest, he served as Managing Director at Core Ratings (a sister company to Fitch) and at PIRC, where he specialized in corporate governance. Earlier in his career, he had worked in industry for two major, publicly-traded companies: Cape PLC in the UK, and BASF AG in Germany. Mr White also serves as an Associate Director at Sustainalytics, one of Inflection Point’s research providers. He holds a Master’s degree in environmental management, with a first degree in business.
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Mr Paul Clements-Hunt
Senior Global Strategy Advisor

Paul Clements-Hunt has been a thought leader in the global sustainable finance and investment industry for more than 25 years in a career spanning business, the United Nations, international policy circles and the media. He has been deeply embedded in global policy discussion around climate change, biodiversity, human rights issues and sustainable business since the early 1990s.

In 2011-2012, Clements-Hunt supported Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown in his work on financial stability and sustainability for UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. From 2000 to 2012, he headed UNEP Finance Initiative, the largest and oldest partnership between the UN and the global financial services and investment industries. During this period he was the original UN backer for the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, launched in 2006 and now supported by 1300 investment institutions representing USD 32 trillion in assets. Clements-Hunt was a UNPRI Board/Advisory Council member for six years. In March 2012 he left the UN to establish The Blended Capital Group, an investment advisory firm that works closely with IPCM.

As an entrepreneur, Clements-Hunt established one of the first environmental strategy and technology consultancies for Southeast Asia while based in Bangkok (1991-1998) and then took the business inside the world's largest testing, inspection and verification group, the Swiss multinational SGS. From 1998 to 2000 he was the Senior Energy and Environment Policy Manager for the Paris-based global business organisation, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). In the mid 1980s he was a UK-based journalist specialising in environmental business issues. He lives near Geneva with his wife and three sons.
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Ms Heather Langsner
Chief Portfolio Strategist

Prior to joining Inflection Point Capital Management, Ms Langsner served as global Managing Director of Research at Innovest. Prior to accepting that leadership and strategic role, she had served as a senior analyst for the Diversified, Specialty and Commodity chemicals sectors, Industrial Conglomerates, Aerospace/Defense and Semiconductors. She has made notable investment recommendations both short and long and drafted a clean-tech oriented nanotechnology index in 2005 which was recognized in an award ceremony held by the Foresight Institute, The Enhanced Analytics Initiative and Citigroup. As Managing Director of Research, Ms Langsner conducted all backtesting and statistical analysis projects on Innovest’s sustainability and financial data, developed new products, and oversaw a team of over fifty analysts. Prior to her work at Innovest, Ms Langsner’s consulting work consisted of two years of technical due diligence for major environmental insurance recovery arbitrations with Lloyds of London, as well as the completion of an industrial ecology protocol commissioned by Dubai Holdings on a multi-industry production center in the United Arab Emirates. Ms Langsner holds a dual MSc in Industrial Engineering and Environmental Science & Policy from Columbia University, and has also completed graduate work in Environmental Chemistry at  Johns Hopkins University. She has been a guest speaker at the National Academy of Sciences and the United Nations, and is a CFA candidate.
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Mr David Pitt-Watson
Senior Strategic Advisor

Mr Pitt-Watson is the former CEO of Hermes Focus Asset Management (HFAM), the largest group of shareholder stewardship and activist funds in Europe. HFAM had over $5 billion in assets under management, which significantly out-performed the market. HFAM has been globally recognized as a leader in the fields of responsible investment, corporate accountability, and shareholder engagement, and has catalyzed significant performance improvements in a number of major European companies. He was also the principal author of the Hermes Principles, an internationally influential code of conduct for superior corporate governance. Prior to joining Hermes, Mr Pitt-Watson’s early career was spent at leading UK private equity firm 3i, and at McKinsey. After that, he was a co-founder of Braxton Associates, which subsequently joined Deloitte, where he served as a partner for twelve years, and led the UK strategy consulting practice. He is a graduate of Queens College at Oxford University, and also holds both MBA and MA degrees from Stanford University. He is also co-author of the influential book The New Capitalists, which was published by Harvard Business School, and has served as a senior, cabinet-level advisor to the UK government on a number of capital markets and corporate governance issues over the last several years.
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Mr Gordon Noble, F Fin BEcB. Econ., Dip. Applied Finance and Investment
Senior Portfolio Analyst and Regional Strategist

Former Senior Analyst with Innovest, where he focused on analyzing both companies and cross-cutting thematic issues in the Asia Pacific region. Mr Noble spent 3 years with Innovest. Previous experience with a leading Australian superannuation fund, the UN Principles for Responsible Investment secretariat, and National Australia Bank. He was also the principal advisor to the newly-created Responsible Investment Academy in Sydney. He holds Bachelor of Economics, Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, Fellow FINSIA (formerly Securities Institute of Australia).
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Mrs Perrine Dutronc
Managing Director

Mrs Dutronc is a Managing Director in the Paris office. Prior to joining IPCM, she led predecessor company Innovest Strategic Value Advisors' development in continental Europe for five years, and became MSCI's Head of ESG Business and Product Management for Europe when MSCI acquired Innovest in 2010 (via its acquisition of RiskMetrics). During those years she was instrumental in establishing Innovest, then MSCI, as the thought leader in ESG research in Europe and the best-positioned house to foster ESG integration across the financial community. She also led pioneering efforts within MSCI ESG Research to develop a fixed income research offering, leading to the development of the first family of ESG fixed income indices in a joint effort by MSCI and Barclays. Mrs Dutronc had previously worked for JP Morgan Chase in Paris for eight years as an auditor, corporate finance analyst and director of external communication before redirecting her career to the field of responsible finance and sustainability by joining Terra Nova Conseil, a pioneer of SRI in France in 2000. While at Terra Nova, she became an expert at applying socially responsible strategies to employee savings plans. She graduated with top honours from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and holds a Master’s degree in organizations’ sociology. She was a Treasurer of the French Social Investment Forum from 2005 to 2008 and a Board member from its creation in 2001 until 2013. Mrs Dutronc is a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

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Ms Jessica Cassey
Senior Analyst

Ms Cassey is a senior analyst in the London office. Prior to joining Inflection Point Capital Management, she worked at the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment, a major collaborative initiative among institutional asset owners and managers which currently has $32 trillion in signatory assets. The focus of her work at the PRI was on assisting major asset owners in integrating ESG considerations and research into their equity strategies and fundamental analysis. Prior to her work at the PRI, Ms Cassey had trained as a private client investment manager at Taylor Young Investment Management, a thematic boutique subsequently acquired by Rathbone Brothers, where she covered the Utilities and Technology sectors. She also completed the IMC and levels I and II of the CFA Program. Other relevant experience includes research analysis for a green venture capital firm and for the European Social Investment Forum in Paris. Ms Cassey holds a BA in Philosophy and Politics from Durham University and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London.
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Ms Desiree Lucchese
Analyst and Operations Coordinator

Ms Lucchese is a sustainability analyst in the London office. Prior to joining IPCM, she worked as an analyst and strategist in both private and public sectors, with a focus on risk & issue management, corporate social responsibility (CSR) and energy efficiency. Ms Lucchese has expertise in environmental systems, behavioural change and green building accreditations. In Australia, she assisted with the setting up of Global Carbon Exchange (GCX), now GCX Africa, and worked on the implementation of energy efficiency technologies including demand and control systems, distributed energy management, solar PV installations and building upgrades.  In 2009, she was board advisor of the Smart Light Sydney Festival, now VIVID Light (Sydney) and iLight Marina Bay (Singapore). Earlier in her career, she worked for IMSA, a Dutch strategic consulting firm advising corporations such as Procter & Gamble, Heineken, Monsanto, Findus and the EU Government. Since January 2010, Ms Lucchese has been an Al Gore Climate Ambassador. Shee holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Plymouth University (UK) and a MSc degree in European Environmental Policy and Regulation from Lancaster University (UK).
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Mr Andrew McLean
Managing Director

Andrew leads IPCM’s business development and marketing efforts in the United States. Prior to joining IPCM, he had worked at the intersection of business and sustainability, with a particular emphasis on communications. He was the creator and host of the successful Eco Capitalist television program, which aired on the CNBC networks in 65 countries, as well as the executive producer of the film “The White Continent: Climate Change and Antarctica”. He is a frequent speaker on sustainability topics, and recently co-hosted the biennial summit of the UN Environment Program’s Finance Initiative. An entrepreneur for over 20 years, Andrew has advised on and participated in over $50 million in start-up capital funding, and has also successfully executed partnerships with larger, Fortune 1000 companies including YUM Brands, COMPUSA, and others. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Washington.
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The Chairman’s Council of Global Advisors
 

Mr Roger Ballentine, USA

President, Green Strategies, Inc.
Former Chairman, President Clinton’s Task Force on Climate Change
Lecturer, energy policy and climate change, Harvard Law School
 

Dr Rob Bauer, Netherlands

Professor of Finance and Investment, University of Maastricht (Netherlands)
Former Head of Research, APG;  Director, European Center for Corporate Engagement
Author of numerous articles on sustainability-enhanced investment – winner of two Moskowitz prizes
  

Ms Melissa Brown, Hong Kong

Former Executive Director, Association for Sustainable & Responsible Investment, Asia (Hong Kong) Former Managing Director & Deputy Head of Asian Equity Research, Citigroup; 
Member, Listing Committee, Hong Kong Stock Exchange
  

Dr Angelo Calvello, USA

Former executive, Man Group and State Street Global Advisors.
Founder, Environmental Alpha strategic consultancy.
Author, Environmental Alpha; founding editor-in-chief, Journal of Environmental Investing
 

Mr Chuck Leavell, USA

Director, Environmental Affairs, The Mother Nature Network
Co-Author: Forever Green: the History and Hope of the American Forest
Sustainable forest plantation owner/operator, Georgia, USA
Keyboard player, The Rolling Stones
 

Mr Doug Miller, Canada

Founder and Executive Chairman, Globescan, a public opinion, stakeholder, and market survey firm which has been tracking public attitudes regarding sustainability issues in over 50 countries worldwide, for two decades

Mr Herman Mulder, Netherlands

Former Executive V.P. and Group Head of Risk Management, ABN AMRO Bank.
Senior Advisor, World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Senior Advisor, UN Global Compact. 
 

Ms Louise O’Halloran, Australia

Executive Director, Responsible Investment Association of Australasia
Co-founder, Responsible Investment Academy 
  

Mr Takejiro Sueyoshi, Japan

Chief sustainability and climate change advisor to Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama.
Special Advisor to the UN PRI and UNEP-FI, Asian Region
  

Mr William Thomas, USA

Counsel, Climate and Environmental Law Group, Skadden Arps
  

Mr Stephen Viederman, USA

Finance Committee, Christopher Reynolds Foundation
Former President of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Lecturer and author of numerous articles on fiduciary duty, sustainable investing, shareowner activity, institutional investing. 
  

Dr Martin Whittaker, Canada

Director, Mission Point Capital Partners
Former Senior Vice President, Swiss Re
Former Managing Director, Innovest Strategic Value Advisors 
 

Dr John Wiebe, Canada

CEO, the Globe Foundation
Former CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation

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The Chairman’s Council of Global Advisors

Roger Ballentine

Rob Bauer

Melissa Brown

Angelo Calvello

Chuck Leavell

Doug Miller

Herman Mulder

Louise O’Halloran

Takejiro Sueyoshi

William Thomas

Stephen Viederman

Martin Whittaker

John Wiebe