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Alexander Bernhardt

Global Head of Sustainability Research, BNP Paribas Asset Management

Alex is a noted expert in sustainable finance. As Global Head of Sustainability Research, Alex is responsible for ESG research and integration across BNPP AM and plays an important role in driving the firm’s overall sustainability research agenda, thought leadership and thematic fund development.

Prior to joining BNPP AM, Alex spent 16 years at Marsh McLennan (NYSE:MMC), a USD 17 billion revenue (2020) professional services conglomerate. His final MMC role was as internal strategy consultant, designing cross-business strategies to address climate resilience, sustainability and the catastrophe protection gap. Between 2015-2020, Alex led Mercer Investment’s Responsible Investment advisory business in North America, where he undertook ESG integration work with the boards and investment committees of institutional investors of all types and sizes. He was a co-lead contributor to Mercer’s Investing in a Time of Climate Change research (papers released in 2015 and 2019) and undertook related consulting assignments for institutional investors across North America with over USD 800 billion of portfolio assets. While at Mercer, Alex served as a member of the firm’s Global Strategic Research Committee and the Sustainability Committee for the firm’s Sustainable Opportunities private market fund-of-funds and (co)authored several research publications on subjects as wide-ranging as turnover in equity markets and infrastructure investment in Africa.

Before joining Mercer, Alex was a Senior Vice President at MMC operating company Guy Carpenter, where he founded and ran the firm's GC Micro Risk Solutions® division focused on designing and developing index-based micro(re)insurance programs for development banks, microfinance institutions and insurers.

Alex received a BA from the University of Puget Sound, and holds several (re)insurance accreditations. Alex is regularly quoted in financial industry press and has been ranked one of the 20 most influential individual consultants globally in the Sustainable and Responsible Investing category by the Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) Survey.

Alex is based in Chicago.

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