ESG is no passing fad, as more investors are convinced that alpha can be found in ESG and regulators continue to introduce rules to lift ESG standards.
He will be based in Singapore, domicile of the Singapore investment vehicle Temasek, which chipped in approximately $2 billion in 2007 for a 2.1% stake in Barclays.
He will report to Barbara-Ann King, Barclays Wealth global head of alternative product development, and locally to Werner Schlossmacher, head of private bank coverage for Barclays Capital in Asia.
KuhnleÆs job will involve both strategy and product delivery across hedge funds, private equity and real estate.
He had previously spent 12 years working at Deutsche Bank in the UK, Germany and Singapore, most recently tackling alternative investment growth in both advisory sales and portfolio structuring.
In its second annual sustainable investment report, the sovereign wealth fund says it invested $1.79bn in ESG bonds. Experts say asset owners next need to consolidate their standards.
Senior executives at the Taiwan financial group and Canadian pension fund believe that companies have to make an ESG transition, and may not have a choice in a few years.
Record low borrowing costs in Australia are feeding demand for the country's real estate, with domestic and global investors raising their allocations into the sector.
Experts have a diversified view on the appeal of private assets across the region, but one thing's for certain - inflows are rising, particularly into China and the US.