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We catalyse corporate change through investor backed engagement.

Energy Transition

Protein Transition

Sustainable Real Estate

Collaborative Engagements

We assemble coalitions of investors, using their influence to bring about change by engaging listed companies, banks and regulators.

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Companies Actively Engaged

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Voted at 4424 Shareholder meetings

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Engagements

Collaborative Engagements

We assemble coalitions of investors, using their influence to bring about change by engaging listed companies, banks and regulators.

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Investor-backed engagement platforms launched, which are the first in Asia

$ 0 trillion+

Assets represented by investors

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Asian-listed companies actively engaged

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Responsible Protein Sourcing in Asia: Baseline Benchmark

May 10, 2022
Asia’s exchange-listed food buyers source meat, dairy, seafood and eggs for everyday home, restaurant, airline and hotel use. Many also export beyond Asia. Until now, they have not been benchmarked...

Responsible Protein Sourcing in Asia: Baseline Benchmark

May 10, 2022

Responsible Protein Sourcing in Asia: Baseline Benchmark

May 10, 2022
March 23, 2022

Banking Asia’s Future: How to Align with National Climate Plans

March 23, 2022

Banking Asia’s Future: How to Align with National Climate Plans

March 23, 2022

Banking Asia’s Future: How to Align with National Climate Plans

May 10, 2021

CG Watch 2020

May 10, 2021

CG Watch 2020

May 10, 2021

CG Watch 2020

January 27, 2021

Green stepping stones: Malaysia’s journey towards tackling climate change

January 27, 2021

Green stepping stones: Malaysia’s journey towards tackling climate change

January 27, 2021

Green stepping stones: Malaysia’s journey towards tackling climate change

Meet The Team

Benjamin

Benjamin McCarron

Managing Director
kate

Kate Blaszak

Director - Protein Transition
kurt

Kurt Metzger

Director - Energy Transition
yvonne

Yvonne Huang

Director - Sustainable Real Estate
helen

Helen Jia

Country Director - China
jane

Jane Li

Head of Operations & Business Planning
joanne

Jo-Anne Wee

Operations Manager
mano

Manorama Singh

Communications Manager
doris

Doris Liew

Senior Analyst
Benjamin Mccaron
Managing Director
Kate Blaszak
Director - Protein Transition
Kurt Metzger
Director - Energy Transition
Yvonne Huang
Director - Sustainable Real Estate
Helen Jia
Country Director - China
Jane Li
Head of Operations & Business Planning
Jo-Anne Wee
Operations Manager
Manorama Singh
Communications Manager
Doris Liew
Senior Analyst
Joyce Khoh
Analyst
Dave Luo Jiaxuan
Analyst
Ho Khinwai
Analyst
Quinnie Li
Real Estate Lead - China

Benjamin Mccaron

Managing Director

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enjamin is a leading expert in sustainable investment and active ownership. A former fund manager, he had his first role in sustainable investment in 2005. He founded ARE in 2013 to address the gap in dialogue between investors and companies on sustainable development challenges and to provide high quality, independent research. He is also a Lead Representative for GRESB. He studied mathematics and philosophy at Oxford and took professional examinations in investment management and research in the UK.

Kate Blaszak

Director - Protein Transition

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ate leads ARE’s Protein Transition work and team across Asia. Kate has extensive expertise in food systems, farm animal health, animal welfare, and alternative proteins. Formerly, she was the Head of Research at a global NGO focused on humane farming and sustainable proteins. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors training programme and the Australian School of Applied Management. Kate has contributed to global strategies across sustainable animal husbandry and food systems, and led corporate and policy engagement, including for the One Health initiative.

Kurt Metzger

Director - Energy Transition

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urt leads ARE’s Energy Transition programme. His deep expertise in sustainable energy started in a US financial institution where he managed a portfolio of renewable energy projects involving hydro, RNG, biomass, geothermal and wind technologies. Based in Singapore for the past 27 years, Kurt was the regional senior risk manager for a US financial institution during the first Asian Financial Crisis. In 2005, he founded GEM advisory where his passion for sustainable energy continued, and his projects ranged from guiding a start-up sustainable fuel company for listing on AIM to the restructuring of one of the largest solar panel manufacturers.

Yvonne Huang

Director - Sustainable Real Estate

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vonne leads ARE’s Sustainable Real Estate work and team across Asia. A seasoned company director with over 25 years of MNC experience, Yvonne was formerly the Director of CapitaLand’s flagship education real estate project. Her mandate was to unlock value and enhance the project valuation of Rochester Commons, a S$550 million mixed-use real estate project, in Singapore. She is passionate about sustainability and holds a certificate of excellence from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. She is also on the Board of Advisors to a zero waste and plastic circularity company which is a partner of Singapore Pavilion in COP27.

Helen Jia

Country Director - China

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elen leads ARE’s Energy Transition work and team in China. She has extensive knowledge and expertise in GHG emission reduction and climate change matters in China. She brings with her more than 20 years of commercial experience working in the energy, industrial and financial sectors. Helen has successfully implemented key projects for a wide network of corporations and government entities.

Jane Li

Head of Operations & Business Planning

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ane is an experienced management and strategy professional with a record of success establishing platforms that connect ecosystem players including start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, corporates, government, etc. Prior to joining ARE, she worked as Community Chief focusing on business community development with a major real estate player in Singapore.

Jo-Anne Wee

Operations Manager

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o-anne is an experienced operations management professional with more than 20 years of connecting the dots between various job functions. Prior to joining ARE, she organised and supported regional business start-ups and expansion. She is very passionate about solving daily operational challenges and creating a delightful employee experience.

Manorama Singh

Communications Manager

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ano is an experienced communications and partnerships professional who has successfully worked with a diverse range of stakeholders. She was formerly Senior Development Partner in a Singapore Government economic agency where she helped local enterprises to internationalise in the region. Mano brings experience in interacting with businesses across industries, delivering authentic and impactful communications, as well as managing partnerships, projects, and programmes.

Doris Liew

Senior Analyst

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oris conducts sustainability, finance, and economic research as well as stakeholder engagement for the Energy Transition programme. Doris formerly led a team of research analysts to study Indonesia’s socio-economic development. She had has engaged senior government officials and business leaders from Singapore and Indonesia to execute national and sub-national projects concerning ASEAN regional economy and trade, digital economy, and governance. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Nanyang Technological University.

Joyce Khoh

Analyst

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oyce provides research and outreach support for Energy Transition and Sustainable Real Estate. She brings with her experience in research and consulting on corporate and sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement, as well as legal work. Joyce has a Bachelor of Law from the University of Bristol. Joyce joined ARE in 2020.

Dave Luo Jiaxuan

Analyst

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ave provides support in research and stakeholder engagement for Sustainable Protein. He graduated from Singapore Management University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Business Management. In his senior and final year, Dave pursued his interest in sustainable finance by working as a research assistant in SMU and later joining ARE as an intern prior to graduation.

Ho Khinwai

Analyst

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hinwai provides support in research and stakeholder engagement for Energy Transition. Prior to joining ARE, he has had experience in equity research and ESG integration at a major Singapore headquartered asset manager. Khinwai has a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) from the National University of Singapore.

Quinnie Li

Real Estate Lead - China

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uinnie is an experienced ESG and sustainability leader in the real estate sector. Her former roles include being a partner of a US engineering consulting firm and General Manager of Greater China for a British building research institute. Her expertise ranges from sustainability reporting, Net-zero building, ESG strategy, to stakeholder engagements with government, industry, and academia to facilitate knowledge, collaborations, and partnerships.

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