Marie Freier is Global Head of Cross Asset ESG Research at Barclays. Marie leads the integration of ESG into Barclays research products, driving collaboration and a coherent and consistent approach across regions and asset classes. Marie and her team of dedicated ESG subject matter experts support analysts globally in assessing how ESG attributes affect financial risks and valuations across sectors, companies and countries, ultimately driving security pricing. She is heavily involved in driving the ESG agenda across Barclays and beyond with a focus on research and education, serving on working groups and initiatives including the European Risk Management Council’s Sustainability Think Tank. She has a particular interest in enabling transition and improver investing, and in bringing everyone along on the ESG journey. Marie joined Barclays from Sanford C. Bernstein, where she served as Head of European Product Management and, most recently, as both co-Head of European Sales and Global Head of ESG. She holds an M.A. in Mental Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh.
Charlotte Edwards is a member of the ESG Research team, based in London. She focuses on the ESG-labelled securities market and ESG strategy research which considers how investors approach ESG and the impact this is having on portfolio construction and valuations, leveraging her previous experience in the Credit Strategy Research team. Charlotte has also been instrumental in developing Barclays’ approach to integrating ESG into fundamental research across regions. Prior to joining Barclays in 2017, she spent nearly four years at HSBC, where she worked primarily in the Credit Strategy team as a European Credit and Global Green Bond strategist. Charlotte graduated with a degree in Economics from Bath University and is a CFA charter holder.