Eric Nietsch, CFA
Head of ESG Research and Integration Asia, ESG Team
Asset ManagerManulife Investment Management
Eric is responsible for setting the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) research, integration, and active ownership agenda in Asia. In this role, he conducts proprietary research to identify and manage investment risks and opportunities related to the sustainability strategies of companies in the region. He also works with Asian-based portfolio managers on evaluating ESG exposures at a portfolio level. Eric collaborates with the ESG team on methodologies for product development and represents the firm’s ESG capabilities among the local investment community. He chairs the physical risk and resilience working group of the Asia Investor Group on Climate Change and is a member of the Investment Leaders Group of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
Prior to joining the firm, Eric led the sustainable finance initiatives for Asia-Pacific at S&P Global, where he helped to develop and launch the ESG evaluation framework. He worked closely with analysts across the region to evaluate ESG exposures in corporate and infrastructure entities. Before joining the sustainable finance team, Eric covered various sectors as a credit ratings analyst at Standard & Poor’s in both the United States and Asia and, prior to that, he worked on an equity portfolio at Barclays in New York and on the special situations desk of the boutique investment bank StormHarbour Partners. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the CFA Society of Singapore.
Education: B.A., Psychology, Colgate University
Joined the company: 2019
Began career: 2009