Sandpiper has beefed up its Energy, Environment and ESG practice team based in Singapore with four new appointments. Natalia Hausjah (pictured second from left) has joined as a senior account manager following APAC sustainability leadership positions with firms such as The Barton Partnership, Neste, and Sintesa Group. She has nine years of experience in sustainability advisory, ESG market research, communications and marketing roles in Singapore, Australia and Indonesia.
Reena Mavjee (pictured left) has also come on board as senior account manager. Prior to Sandpiper, Mavjee was an advisor to ESG and climate data platform, Equilibrium World. She also has experience with investor relations, financial communications, and equity research and analyst roles, both as a consultant and in-house for Credit Agricole, Investec Securities, and Mergermarket in London. Mavjee is certified in ESG Investing through the CFA Society UK.
Joining Hausjah and Mavjee are Jill Tan (pictured second from right) and Samuel Tan (pictured right), who have both been appointed senior account executives. Jill Tan joins from the Singapore Environment Council where she worked in the communications team.
Prior to this, she worked for the Singapore Chemical Industry Council (SCIC) where she oversaw the implementation of stakeholder engagement across the plastics value chain to support Singapore’s transition towards a circular economy for plastics. Samuel Tan also has experience in communications consultancy, where he has focused on sustainability communications, specifically in relation to the food, agricultural and nutrition sectors.
The newly assembled team will report to practice leads COO, Kelly Johnston and director, Genevieve Chow, and work closely with other specialist team members based in Singapore, Australia, China, Hong Kong, and New Zealand, including director, ESG and Sustainability, Julia Walker.
According to Sandpiper, ESG and sustainability are becoming more fundamental to reputation management, and the industry is seeing enormous growth in demand for services in these areas. Its Energy, Environment and ESG practice works with international and regional organisational brands across a range of sectors including energy, financial, food and agriculture, healthcare, and technology. It also provides specialist advisory in ESG and sustainability strategy and integrated communications.
Chow said: “The confluence of wide-ranging environmental, governance, social, and inclusion issues has thrust sustainability to the top of corporate agendas. Organisations need impactful strategies and programmes that allow them to demonstrate actions and commitment to achieving sustainability goals to all stakeholders."
Meanwhile, Johnston added that topics such as climate change and decarbonisation are simply too big for any company or industry to ignore, and that includes our own industry. "We already see that communicators have the passion and enthusiasm to make a difference around sustainability challenges and armed with the right knowledge, tools, and support they can be game-changers in any organisation," she said.
Emma Smith, CEO, Sandpiper, said that the agency is proud to be an early leader in this area in Asia Pacific, and is committed to continuing to invest in specialist talent to help its clients build meaningful ESG and sustainability-focused programmes tailored for the region.
Earlier this year the agency branched out its healthcare advisory services by launching Sandpiper Health, merging its existing Asia Pacific health practice and the health arm of its recently acquired China-based consultancy, North Head.
The combined entity will provide a full range of consultancy services including corporate communications, patient advocacy, public affairs and policy development, as well as internal communications and social and digital strategies.
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