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Creating change through investor-backed engagement

Energy Transition

Protein Transition

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

The Asia Protein Buyers 100

June 10, 2024

The Asia Protein Buyers 100

June 10, 2024

The Asia Protein Buyers 100

June 10, 2024
June 10, 2024

The Asia Protein Buyers 100

June 10, 2024

The Asia Protein Buyers 100

June 10, 2024

The Asia Protein Buyers 100

May 31, 2024

Asia Research & Engagement Bolsters Team and Presence Across Asia

May 31, 2024

Asia Research & Engagement Bolsters Team and Presence Across Asia

May 31, 2024

Asia Research & Engagement Bolsters Team and Presence Across Asia

March 12, 2024

Catalysing Change: China Mengniu’s Journey Towards Responsible Dairy

March 12, 2024

Catalysing Change: China Mengniu’s Journey Towards Responsible Dairy

March 12, 2024

Catalysing Change: China Mengniu’s Journey Towards Responsible Dairy

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
Peter Kiernan
Research Manager – Energy Transition
Jo-Anne Wee
Operations Manager
Manorama Singh
Communications Manager
Ho Khinwai
Senior Analyst - Energy Transition
Dave Luo Jiaxuan
Research Manager - Protein Transition
Paige Okun
Director – Communications
Stella Chang
Corporate Engagement Manager - Protein Transition (China)
Tiffany Qin
Investor Engagement Manager
Chenguang Zhao
Engagement Manager – China
Runjin Yang
Analyst – China
Emily Liu
Analyst – China
Isabelle Teoh
Analyst – Energy Transition
Helen Jia
Country Director – 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 extensive board of trustees, board of director and board of advisor 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 also the Lead Representative of GRESB (Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark) in Asia which specialises in real estate and infrastructure ESG scorecards and ESG ratings.

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.

Peter Kiernan

Research Manager – Energy Transition

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eter has considerable experience in the analysis of energy transition issues, with a focus on developments in climate policy and energy market trends. After initially starting his energy-related career in journalism, Peter was Lead Energy Analyst at The Economist Intelligence Unit. Since 2017, he has focused more on energy transition trends and issues in the Asian region, including analysis of national-level climate and energy policies, climate financing to boost the development of cleaner energy systems, and the emergence of low carbon technologies.

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.

Ho Khinwai

Senior Analyst - Energy Transition

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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.

Dave Luo Jiaxuan

Research Manager - Protein Transition

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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.

Paige Okun

Director – Communications

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aige believes in building brands through storytelling and integrating communications into all aspects of a company's DNA. Her breadth of communications skills ranges from launching corporate technology companies to managing communications and fundraising for regional and global NGOs to writing for regional and global publications. Paige is responsible for vocalising and amplifying ARE’s Theory of Change.

Stella Chang

Corporate Engagement Manager - Protein Transition (China)

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tella’s diverse professional journey spans critical roles in finance and investment, including ESG research, equity analysis, credit rating, and strategy. Formerly Assistant Vice President of ESG methodology at Moody’s, she adapted global ESG models for the Chinese market. She was also a consultant for the Credit Risk and Ratings Advisory Committee at UNPRI. Stella holds a Bachelor of Economics with first-class honours from the Central University of Finance and Economics and a Master's in Finance & Investment from the University of Exeter. Her expertise reflects a dedication to advancing ESG practices and sustainable finance, grounded in a deep understanding of global financial markets.

Tiffany Qin

Investor Engagement Manager

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iffany facilitates investor engagement at ARE, bringing over 15 years of experience in client relationship management. Her background includes diverse roles in both the public sector (with the UK Department for International Trade and Business Finland) and the private sector (within the financial and professional service industry). With a passion for sustainable finance, Tiffany is dedicated to fostering meaningful connections and driving positive change in the investment landscape.

Chenguang Zhao

Engagement Manager – China

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henguang brings a wealth of experience to the team as a seasoned policy and sustainable finance professional. With a background in banking, financial markets, and stakeholder engagement, he actively collaborated with policy stakeholders, financial institutions, and corporations to advance sustainable development in China while aligning with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement. Chenguang's enthusiasm lies in partnering with investors and companies to drive initiatives toward carbon neutrality, reflecting his commitment to addressing climate change through collaborative efforts.

Runjin Yang

Analyst – China

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unjin contributes to ARE's Energy transition work in China by offering research and stakeholder engagement support. He holds a Master of Environmental Engineering from Cranfield University. Before joining ARE, Runjin gained valuable experience in ESG disclosure and rating at China's largest credit rating agency.

Emily Liu

Analyst – China

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mily offers valuable support in research and engagement for Energy Transition initiatives in China. She holds a Master of Finance and Management from The University of Exeter. Prior to joining ARE, Emily served as a senior investment analyst in a private dollar fund, where she honed her skills in primary market investment analysis and communications.

Isabelle Teoh

Analyst – Energy Transition

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sabelle supports the Energy Transition team at ARE through research and stakeholder engagement. She earned her Bachelor of Business Management from Singapore Management University. Isabelle sharpened her skills in strategy and sustainability working with companies across the region.

Helen Jia

Country Director – China

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