UNGC Executive Director appointed to Board of Arabesque Partners

Georg Kell appointed

September 03, 2015

Georg Kell, founding Executive Director of the UN Global Compact, has been appointed Vice Chairman-designate of Arabesque Partners. He will join the Board of the Anglo-German asset management firm alongside Chairman Dr. Robert G. Eccles.

Georg Kell’s arrival at PRI signatory Arabesque follows the end of a 15-year tenure at the UN Global Compact, one of the PRI’s two founding UN partners and the world’s largest voluntary corporate sustainability initiative with over 8,000 corporate signatories from more than 160 countries.

In a career of more than 25 years at the United Nations, Georg Kell also oversaw the conception and launch of the Global Compact’s sister initiatives on investment, the PRI, and on education, the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), as well as the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative.

Georg Kell said: “I am very pleased to be joining Arabesque as Vice Chairman-designate. This is a company that represents the next generation in asset management, with a business model based on the recognition that long-term financial success, environmental stewardship, social responsibility and good governance go hand in hand. After spending most of my professional career building an ESG framework for companies, joining Arabesque seems the logical next step to help integrate this framework into portfolio management for the benefit of investors, corporations and all stakeholders alike.”

Founder and CEO of Arabesque Partners, Omar Selim, said: “Georg Kell’s appointment as Vice Chairman-designate is a seal of approval and a great honour for Arabesque. Our objective is to make sustainable investing attractive and available to mainstream investors. In Georg we not only have the architect of corporate sustainability but someone who can help us better understand ESG information.”

For more information, see the Arabesque Partners press release.