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World Oceans Day: Allianz Global Investors and Sea Shepherd discuss the tides of change

This webcast will be held in the English language; however, we are offering simultaneous translation into French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Start Date:08/06/2021

Start Time:10:00 AM CEST

Duration:120 minutes

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Speakers

Alex Cornelissen

Captain & CEO Sea Shepherd

Captain Cornelissen has participated in more than 25 Sea Shepherd campaigns, including five trips down to the Antarctic to stop the Japanese whale poachers. He first joined Sea Shepherd in 2002 as Chief Cook on the Farley Mowat, at that time the organization’s flagship vessel. What was supposed to be a sabbatical turned into a life changing experience. On his first day on board the Farley Mowat, he dove into the waters of the Galapagos Marine Reserve to save a turtle from a long lline. Even though such an initiation seems hard to beat, he has since had many inspirational moments. Saving 15 dolphins from the nets in Taiji in 2003. Saving seals in Canada in 2005 and 2008, campaigns that are by far the bloodiest and most brutal to witness. Freeing wildlife from long lines over the years and seeing Japan loose the court case at the international Court of Justice in the Hague.

For nearly two decades he served as a member of the Sea Shepherd crew on a number of ships in Sea Shepherd’s fleet, working his way up to the bridge to become the First Officer under Captain Paul Watson and appointed Captain in 2006.

He served nonstop on board the ships until the end of 2007 when he started working as the Director of Operations in the Galapagos Islands. Here he remained for seven years, running an effective campaign to stop poaching in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. In January 2014, Captain Cornelissen became the CEO of Sea Shepherd Global and is now responsible for all the movements of the vessels in Sea Shepherd’s Global fleet. In 2020 he also became the CEO for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA and now directs the movements of all 11 Sea Shepherd ships worldwide. Even though his focus shifted from the ships to the general management of the Global movement, he still participates in campaigns when time allows it.

His mission is to make sure that Sea Shepherd continues to grow and allow Neptune’s Navy to expand. Captain Cornelissen gives presentations around the world to highlight the important work of the Sea Shepherd movement and to inspire others to join the fight.

He is proud to be able to fight side by side with the most inspiring and passionate people he knows.

Matt Christensen

Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing

Mr. Christensen is Global Head of Sustainable and Impact Investing and a managing director with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2020. In this newly created role, he is responsible for accelerating the growth of Impact Investing as part of the company’s growing private markets platform; he leads continued integration of ESG factors across AllianzGI’s existing range of public markets products, including stewardship activities; and supports the development of new SRI products. In addition, he has investment oversight for the company’s impact investments. Mr. Christensen joined AllianzGI from AXA Investment Management, where he had been Global Head of Impact and Responsible Investment since 2011. Prior to this, he was the Founding Executive Director of the think-tank Eurosif (European Sustainable Investment Forum), where he worked for nine years. Mr. Christensen started his career in 1997 as a strategy consultant at Braxton Associates/Deloitte Consulting. He then served as Director of Business Development at Motley Fool, a multimedia financial services company from 1999-2001.
Mr. Christensen holds a BA in International Relations from Colgate University, an MBA in Entrepreneurial Management from University of Pennsylvania –The Wharton School, and an MA in International Political Economy from University of Pennsylvania – The Lauder Institute. He has held Board positions with various impact funds, including a listed private equity fund on the London Stock Exchange and as Vice President of one of the largest microfinance funds.

Andreas Fruschki

Head of Thematic Equity

Andreas Fruschki is Head of Thematic Equity. He is responsible for research focused on global themes and also oversees various thematic funds for Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2005. As PM, he manages the Allianz Global Thematica and AllianzGI Water strategies. Previously, he headed the European Equity Research Department of AllianzGI. He has 15 years of investment-industry experience.

Andreas has an M.B.A., focused on investment management, from the University of Western Sydney. He also has a law degree from Humboldt University, Berlin, and passed his judicial bar exam in 2004. Mr. Fruschki is a CFA charterholder.

Natasha Latich

Head of Global Banks

As Head of Global Banks, Natasha has responsibility for Allianz Global Investors’ relationships and business development with global financial intermediaries. She and her team work not only work with Global Banks on helping them identify opportunities in sustainable and impact investing but also on developing and rolling out ESG training sessions.
Natasha joined Allianz in 2008 and has worked out of the firm’s Munich, Singapore and New York offices. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan and MBA from ESMT Berlin. Since 2009, Natasha has been a member of the BMW Foundation’s Responsible Leaders network which inspires leaders worldwide to work towards a peaceful, just and sustainable future.

Robbie Miles

Portfolio Manager

Mr. Miles is a co-lead portfolio manager, and a vice president with Allianz Global Investors, which he joined in 2014. He co-manages the Food Security strategy; and is a member of the Global Thematic team where he researches and develops investment themes globally, with a specific focus on themes aligned to SDGs and other societal goals. Mr. Miles was previously an ESG analyst for the company for 6 years in San Francisco and London. He has 10 years of investment industry experience. Before joining Allianz Global Investors, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC. Mr. Miles received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Environment & Business from the University of Leeds. He is a CFA charterholder.
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