Three leaders in financial service and climate science join Global Returns Project

The Global Returns Project, an initiative working with financial institutions to fund not-for-profit climate solutions, has announced new team members bringing significant expertise in the fields of financial services and climate science. 

The new Trustee and Advisory Board members will contribute to the Global Returns Project’s outreach to financial advisers and selection of today’s best climate solutions.

Mike Jennings, Senior Investment Consultant to TT International, has joined the Global Returns Project as a Trustee. Mike’s impressive career of over 30 years has been spent in investment management, as a global equity manager and Chief Investment Officer. He has spent the last 7 years at TT International where he was Investment Director responsible for liaison with sovereign wealth funds and institutional clients around the world. He was responsible for the introduction of ESG integration across all investment strategies at TT and was Chair of the ESG Committee.

Sai K Tampi, Global Head of Funds, ETFs and Manager Selection for the Wealth and Personal Banking Division of HSBC, has joined the Advisory Board in his personal capacity. In his career spanning over 20 years, Sai has held a  number of senior positions in investments, portfolio management and business development at global financial institutions including HSBC, Standard Life Investments and Credit Suisse. Sai’s deep interest in sustainable finance inspired him to join the Advisory Board.

With their investment acumen and deep connections to the financial services community, Mike and Sai will significantly enhance the Global Returns Project’s communications with financial advisers. 

“Mike and Sai bring decades of leadership experience in global wealth management to our team,” says Global Returns Project Trustee Jasper Judd. “We’re delighted to have their support as we work with financial advisors to help their clients support climate not-for-profits. We know that doing so can make a real difference to protecting the planet and thereby reducing the risk that climate and biodiversity threats represent to our investments and our futures.”

Professor Chris Rapley CBE, Professor of Climate Science at University College London, is the third recent addition, joining the Global Returns Project’s Technical Advisory Board. He is a member of the Academia Europaea, the Chair of the European Science Foundation’s European Space Sciences Committee, an Advisory Board member of the UK Government’s Clean Growth Fund and a member of the UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee. His previous posts include Director of the Science Museum, Director of the British Antarctic Survey, Chairman of the London Climate Change Partnership and Executive Director of the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme. Professor Rapley was appointed CBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2003 and was awarded the Edinburgh Science Medal for having made 'a significant contribution to the understanding and wellbeing of humanity' in 2008. This extensive experience gives Professor Rapley a keen understanding of the initiatives we need meaningfully to address our environmental emergencies.  

As a member of the Technical Advisory Board, Professor Rapley will work with Professor Joanna Haigh CBE – former Co-Director of the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London – and Global Returns Project executives to advise on the selection of today’s most effective not-for-profit climate solutions for the Global Returns Project’s portfolio. Clients of financial institutions who elect to work with the Global Returns Project contribute a small proportion of their savings and investments annually to the Project’s portfolio of climate solutions.

Yan Swiderski, another Trustee of the Global Returns Project, adds: “Our portfolio selection process will be incredibly well-served by Chris’s contributions. His vast experience leading some of today’s most well-respected climate initiatives make him an ideal choice to help us develop our portfolio.”