Class Day speakers cover comedy, politics

first_imgThe Class of 2012 will hear from one of popular culture’s rising stars and get a window into the way Washington works when “Saturday Night Live” (SNL) cast member Andy Samberg and Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank speak on Senior Class Day, May 23, in Tercentenary Theatre.“The Senior Class Committee is thrilled to bring both Andy Samberg and Congressman Barney Frank to this year’s Class Day ceremony,” said Matt DaSilva, chair of the Class Day subcommittee of the Senior Class Committee.“Mr. Samberg’s impressive and multifaceted work has entertained the Class of 2012 throughout our time at Harvard,” said DaSilva. “We are excited to hear from one of SNL’s most talented and hilarious cast members. Congressman Frank has been one of the most important voices in Congress for a generation now. The contrast between them will make for a memorable afternoon.”Samberg, the Senior Class Day guest speaker, is in his seventh season as a cast member on NBC’s long-running late-night sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live.” Samberg’s “SNL Digital Shorts” have become YouTube sensations and have garnered hundreds of millions of views. His satirical music videos earned him an Emmy Award for best original music and lyrics in 2007, as well as Emmy nominations in 2009, 2010, and 2011.Along with his Lonely Island partners Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, Samberg teamed up with pop music icons Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj, and Rihanna for the 2011 comedy album “Turtleneck and Chain,” which was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award. The Lonely Island’s first album, “Incredibad,” was the top-selling comedy album of 2009 and 2010. Samberg recently wrapped production on the film “That’s My Boy,” which stars SNL alum Adam Sandler, opening June 15, and “Celeste and Jesse Forever” opposite Rashida Jones, in theaters in August.Frank ’61, the day’s alumni guest speaker in honor of Harvard’s 375th anniversary, has represented the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts since 1980. In 2010, as chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, Frank helped author and pass landmark reform of the nation’s financial system in the wake of the 2008 global credit crisis. The Washington Post called the law ���the most sweeping overhaul of the nation’s financial regulatory system since the Great Depression.”“Congressman Frank’s career in the House of Representatives speaks for itself,” said DaSilva. “His leadership and courage have made him one of America’s most important policymakers, and we are eager to learn from one of Harvard’s most distinguished graduates.”During his 30 years in Congress, Frank has helped to bring commuter rail services to Massachusetts’ south coast, supported the development of affordable rental housing, and worked to strengthen many local organizations and businesses. Frank is also known for his work on behalf of New Bedford’s fishermen.An opportunity for the College’s senior class to come together one final time before graduation, Class Day ceremonies will take place from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on the day before Harvard’s 361st Commencement. In addition to Samberg’s and Frank’s addresses, the afternoon’s festivities will include the Ivy and Harvard orations, a speech by Dean of Harvard College Evelynn M. Hammonds, and an evening concert by the Radcliffe Choral Society, the Harvard Glee Club, and the Harvard University Band. For more information on Commencement, including its schedule, visit the Commencement Office website.last_img read more

Alumnus Donald Hopkins works to end the scourge of guinea worm

first_img Read Full Story A New York Times profile of HSPH alumnus Donald Hopkins, MPH ’70, describes his impressive efforts to battle guinea worm disease and his prior involvement with the eradication of smallpox. Former deputy director and acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1984-87), former assistant professor of tropical public health at HSPH, and currently vice president for health programs at the Carter Center, Hopkins has played a lead role in the guinea worm eradication effort since 1986. At that time there were 3.5 million cases of the disease worldwide; now there are fewer than 600.Another prominent HSPH alumnus—William Foege, MPH ’65, also a former CDC director and a major player in the war on smallpox—told the Times that Hopkins is “one of the most tenacious people you’ll ever find.”Hopkins, who won an HSPH Alumni Award of Merit in 2012, said he doesn’t get discouraged about the long years of fighting diseases. He recalled a man he met in India 25 years ago who said, “ ‘We’re never going to get rid of smallpox here.’ ”“But we did,” Hopkins told time Times. “So I’m sort of immunized against skepticism.”Read the New York Times article and watch a videolast_img read more

Global problem, local solutions

first_img Solitude, beauty, discovery Related ‘Wintering-over’ at the South Pole Last fall, the initiative invited indigenous female leaders from across the region to Harvard. Gunn-Britt Retter, head of the Arctic and Environmental Unit of the Saami Council; Deenaalee Hodgdon, Brown University student and indigenous activist, a Deg Hit’an Athabaskan and Sugpiaq woman from the villages of Anvik and South Naknek, Alaska; and Raina Thiele, a former Obama official who focused on tribal governments and climate and arctic issues and is founder and president of Thiele Strategies. She  was born and raised in Alaska and is Dena’ina Athabascan and Yup’ikas, all met with students and joined Clement in a public forum on how their communities are adapting to climate change.Other events, including a workshop on “Policy and Action on Plastic in the Arctic Ocean,” have brought together a diverse array of participants, from academics to the corporate world, as well as representatives from indigenous peoples and governments from the eight Arctic nations, and observers.The initiative is also laying the groundwork for ongoing ventures. In her course “Policy and Social Innovations for a Changing Arctic,” now in its second year, Logadóttir introduces students to the concerns of the region. “How do we make sure we are responding to these changes in a sustainable way?”In the process, she teaches the class of 15 that the theory must remain connected to the reality of the locality it is meant to serve. Working on project “challenges,” which range from fire and forestry issues to renewable energy, she focuses on the necessity of collaboration. “The students work with mentors from the Arctic on an idea that can help solve one of the Arctic challenges.”Although a trip to Greenland planned for this spring has been moved online, Logadóttir sees this as a positive. “It’s even better now we’re doing it all online,” she said. “We’re meeting with Greenlandic leaders. Students are meeting their peers in Greenland. This is a huge opportunity.” Solving the mystery of the Arctic’s green ice The late Massachusetts congressman Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill once famously declared, “All politics is local.”Much the same could be said about climate activism.Take the Arctic Initiative, a joint project of the Environment and Natural Resources Program and the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, which leans on local expertise for a wide array of potential policy solutions.Such efforts are vital, said Halla Hrund Logadóttir, a fellow in the Environment and Natural Resources Program and a co-founder of the initiative, because of the broad ramifications of climate change on the lives of Arctic peoples, and the world. As polar ice melts ever faster, raising sea levels and changing weather patterns worldwide, “What happens in the Arctic absolutely does not stay in the Arctic,” she said.But even as traditional modes of life are being altered, perhaps irrevocably, new avenues of commerce and exploration are opening up. Once-ice-bound sea-lanes are now navigable, and the Arctic’s vast mineral resources are increasingly accessible, presenting new opportunities and dangers for the fragile ecosystem and the people who live there.“Coming from a small community in Iceland, I knew how difficult it is to try to solve these big questions on your own,” said Logadóttir. “Through the lens of the Arctic Initiative, we are looking at how do we do this right. We are trying, through our research programs and education, to improve knowledge and science and to feature knowledge and science in our decision-making.”Halla Hrund Logadóttir (seated) speaking with Gunn-Britt Retter.As a first step, Henry Lee, who co-leads the initiative with Logadóttir and John P. Holdren, Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy, asked: “How can you leverage local knowledge and advance ideas that are helpful?”While Harvard can share its policy know-how, working with communities on everything from how best to craft strategies and statements to modeling different approaches to problem-solving, local input is vital. Lee, who is also the Jassim M. Jaidah Family Director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program, gave the example of a beautifully engineered sustainable energy project — “a really great windmill” — that looked perfect on paper but failed to consider actual Arctic conditions. “If you try to put it up in Alaska, the wires freeze and the gears freeze,” he said. “You need a different kind of engineering.”Joel Clement, an Arctic Initiative senior fellow, focuses on resilience. An associate with the Stockholm Environment Institute and a senior fellow with the Union of Concerned Scientists, Clement, who served in the Department of the Interior for seven years, is currently working closely with the Sustainable Development Working Group of the Arctic Council, an intergovernmental forum of indigenous peoples, on such issues as food security, health, and community well-being. “We’re doing research at Harvard into how does governance affect resilience and how can we improve investment in resilient practices at the community level,” he said. “We want to make sure that we’re engaging fully with indigenous people in the North.”With such collaboration in mind, the initiative has multiple cooperative projects underway, bringing together Harvard students and indigenous youth around the world and working with groups like the Association of World Reindeer Herders on specific concerns.That association, which is currently largely chaired by the Saami people of Sweden, includes herders from across the region. Despite their shared concerns, however, even within this group issues vary. “The ramifications of climate change on folks who are in Northern Siberia are slightly different from those in Sweden,” said Brittany Janis, project coordinator for the Arctic Initiative. “They have a very deep understanding of their local work and their local needs. Our goal is to give local leaders who already have so much knowledge some more tools and skill sets.” Hydroelectric energy may be more damaging to northern ecosystems than climate change Harvard researchers recount working and living at one of the most remote places on Earth: The South Pole Poison in Arctic and human cost of ‘clean’ energy Life on the ice New model explains blooms of phytoplankton growing under Arctic sea ice last_img read more

Bringing GPU Virtualization to Analytics, AI and HPC

first_imgNVIDIA vComputeServer software is now available with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers, provides GPU virtualization to speed analytics, AI and high-performance computing. There are 2.5 quintillion bytes of data created each day including 16 million text messages! In an effort to serve up that data faster, data center teams are increasingly turning to servers that incorporate GPUs. These accelerators, which complement the capabilities of the CPUs, use parallel processing to churn through large volumes of data at blazingly fast speeds.But there’s a catch here. GPU-accelerated workloads, such as AI training and inferencing, often run on bare metal and may need to be managed separately, limiting utilization and flexibility. And while server virtualization is now standard in the data center, it has not necessarily included the server GPUs — until now.Today, NVIDIA® virtual GPU (vGPU) technology is now available for the most compute-intensive data center workloads, including artificial intelligence, deep learning and high-performance computing. This leap forward is made possible by the launch of the new NVIDIA vComputeServer (vCS) software, which is making its debut at VMworld. Today, you can get vComputeServer from Dell EMC with PowerEdge servers. And if you’re not sure which PowerEdge server best fits your accelerated workload, there’s a new eBook available for you to explore the options.vComputeServer software gives your data center team the option to run GPU workloads in virtualized environments for improved security, utilization and manageability. With vComputeServer, your team can better streamline management of GPU servers while retaining your existing workflows and potentially lowering your overall operational costs.The software is supported on major hypervisor virtualization platforms including VMware. This means your IT team can now use the same management tools for your GPU clusters as you use for the rest of your data center.What’s in vComputeServer?NVIDIA vComputeServer provides features like GPU sharing, so multiple virtual machines can be powered by a single GPU, and GPU aggregation, so multiple GPUs can be allocated to a single virtual machine. This results in increased utilization and affordability.Features of vComputeServer include:Advanced compute features — Error Correcting Code and Dynamic Page Retirement help prevent data corruption for high-accuracy workloads.Live migration — GPU-enabled virtual machines can be migrated with minimal disruption or downtime.Increased security —You can extend the security benefits of server virtualization to GPU clusters.Multi-tenant — You can isolate workloads to securely support multiple users on a single infrastructure.Management and monitoring — Your admin team can use the same hypervisor virtualization tools to manage GPU servers.License per GPU — vComputeServer is an annual subscription license purchased per GPU available with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.Supported GPUs — vComputeServer is supported on NVIDIA V100 or T4 GPUs, as well as Quadro RTX 6000 and RTX 8000, and prior generations of Pascal GPUs including P40 and P100.NVIDIA NGC Adds Support for VMware vSphereTo make this story better, NVIDIA NGC serves as a hub for GPU-optimized software for deep learning, machine learning and HPC. It offers more than 150 containers, pre-trained models, training scripts and workflows to accelerate AI from concept to production. All of these can be deployed on virtualized environments like VMware vSphere with vComputeServer.Check out Dell EMC NGC Ready Systems including the new DSS 8440, the PowerEdge C4140 and R740 servers. These systems have been jointly validated for functionality and deliver optimized performance of AI and machine learning workloads so data scientists and developers can quickly build or scale solutions. Dell EMC’s ProSupport Plus provides single-point-of-contact support for your users and admins with direct access to NVIDIA’s experts for NGC software. That kind of support can help your team reduce risk and improve productivity.Put it all together and you see that your IT team can now use VMware to manage more of your data center applications, including your AI applications running on systems with NVIDIA GPU accelerators.To learn moreThe new vComputeServer software is available with all Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with NVIDIA GPU accelerators. Learn more about NVIDIA vComputeServer in the NVIDIA blog.last_img read more

Sexual assault reported on campus

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) emailed students Friday evening alerting them to a report of sexual assault that occurred early in the morning of Sept. 13.The reported assault took place in a women’s residence hall in the northeast area of campus, and the report was made to a University administrator, the email stated.The email quoted “du Lac: A Guide to Student Life,” Notre Dame’s official policy book, and warned students of the risks of sexual assault as well as the standards of consent.“Sexual assault can happen to anyone,” the email stated. “Anyone initiating any kind of sexual contact with another person must seek consent and not engage in sexual contact unless consent is given.Students should maintain caution and awareness of their surroundings to avoid risks, the email stated.“On college campuses, perpetrators are more likely to assault an acquaintance than a stranger. Being aware of your own safety and watching out for your friends are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of sexual assault.“The perpetrator, not the survivor, is responsible for any instance of sexual assault. Nothing a survivor does or does not do is an excuse for sexual assault.”Student Government will hold a prayer service Monday at the Grotto at 5:15 p.m. in response to the crime alert, student body vice president Matthew Devine said.Tags: crime alert, NDSP, sexual assault, Student governmentlast_img read more

As U.S. wind capacity passes 90-GW milestone amid expectations that surge will persist

first_imgAs U.S. wind capacity passes 90-GW milestone amid expectations that surge will persist FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Intelligence ($):The U.S. wind market made healthy gains in the second quarter of 2018, with new research suggesting new wind energy project installations will surge between now and 2020.Wind installations reached 626 MW in the second quarter, up from 357 MW of capacity installed in the same period in 2017 and 406 MW in the first quarter of 2018, according to a new market report from the American Wind Energy Association, or AWEA. The country’s cumulative installed capacity is now 90,004 MW in 41 states, plus Puerto Rico and Guam.The U.S. project pipeline also saw healthy growth in the second quarter, the domestic wind industry’s biggest trade group and lobbying body reported. At the end of June, there was 18,987 MW of wind capacity under construction and 18,806 MW in advanced development. That combined 37,794 MW is a 46% year-over-year increase and a 13% rise from the first quarter of 2018.“Wind power’s job creating engine just kicked into a higher gear,” AWEA CEO Tom Kiernan said.More ($): AWEA: US wind installations surpass 90 GW in Q2’18last_img read more

Three-year-old missing in NC forest said a bear kept him safe + Seeds sprout on moon

first_imgSeeds were just sprouted on the moon for the first time everThis month, cotton seeds on China’s Chang’e-4 lander became the first plants to ever germinate on the moon. The seeds are part of a biosphere experiment to help prepare for future human settlement on the moon. Photos sent to earth showed the cotton seeds sprouting on January 7. Less than a week later, however, the sprouts had died thanks to freezing lunar nighttime temperatures that reached -62 degrees Fahrenheit. The seeds were kept in a sealed growing chamber and will not contaminate the lunar surface. The experiment also included oilseed rape, potato, Arabidopsis seeds, as well as yeast and fruit flies. If humans are to ever settle on the moon, growing plants will be essential to survival, and scientists say the experiment was a great success. Three-year-old missing in NC forest said a bear kept him safeCasey Hathaway, a North Carolina three-year-old who went missing from his grandmother’s yard, has been found alive after spending two nights in the forest in freezing temperatures. The wind and rain became so bad while Casey was missing that authorities urged volunteers to stay home, and Casey was not dressed for the weather. But when rescuers, who searched the area with helicopters, drones, K-9 units, and divers, heard a crying baby, they found Casey tangled in thorny bushes, cold and wet but otherwise healthy. The boy told rescuers, and later his family, that a friendly bear kept him safe during his ordeal. Bear experts say the story is likely a figment of the boy’s imagination. Regardless, the child escaped with a few scratches, asking rescuers for some water and his mother. Here’s how much exercise you need to make it to age 90A new study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health has identified how much exercise men and women need to have the best shot at living to the age of 90. Researchers from the Netherlands studied data collected from 7,807 people born between 1916 and 1917. The participants completed a lifestyle survey between the ages of 68 and 70 and then researches followed them until they died or hit their 90th birthdays, leaving 5,479 people. The study found that men who completed 90 minutes of physical activity a day were 39 percent more likely to reach 90 than their peers who exercised for less than 30 minutes per day. Each additional 30 minutes of exercise was associated with a 5 percent increase in turning 90. Women who exercised 30 to 60 minutes each day improved their chances of reaching 90 by 21 percent. Moving more than 60 minutes each day did not have a significant impact on longevity in women. In the U.S., the average life expectancy in men is 76 and 81 in women.last_img read more

CUNA monitoring TCPA, arbitration hearings this week

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With both chambers of the U.S. Congress in session this week, CUNA will be tracking a number of hearings, as well as any possibilities for credit union-friendly additions to various appropriations bills.On the appropriations front, CUNA will be watching both chambers this week. The House will consider the National Defense Authorization Act, which already has dozens of amendments filed, and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill.The Senate is expected to consider H.R.2577, an appropriations bill for fiscal year 2017 that combines the transportation and housing funding bill (S. 2844) and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs funding legislation (S. 4974).CUNA expects to send letters for the record for the following hearings this week:Wednesday, 10 a.m. (ET), Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, “The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) at 25: Effects on Consumers and Businesses.” Recent changes to the TCPA have led to CUNA concerns that it will restrict credit unions from being able to contact members with important account information. CUNA requested the hearing; continue reading »last_img read more

An expert jury selects the best small entrepreneurs in tourism. Did you sign up?

first_imgIn addition, a special online platform will be created through the #first time project conceived as a unique place with information about the undiscovered tourist offer of Croatia. An expert jury composed of well-known tourism experts, representatives of state institutions and associations of entrepreneurs and other experts in the domestic tourist offer will select the best small entrepreneurs in tourism in early October, all as part of a new project by Zagrebačka banka #first time. Croatia abounds in beautiful and world-famous tourist destinations, and this project will bring to the forefront the still hidden pearls of the Croatian tourist offer, he said. Kristina Mamić, Director of the Business Communications Department of the CNTB who is also a project partner.   “We invite all owners of catering businesses, family hotels, farms and others engaged in tourism, who think that their idea, location, project or product enriches the tourist offer of Croatia to apply for the competition via the web: An expert jury will select the 15 best entries, two of which will win a major marketing campaign that includes a TV spot, while the rest will be promoted on digital channels. In a very challenging year for the whole economy, this kind of support is especially important and helps the sustainability of domestic tourism. “, she said Iva Barbarić, Marketing Director of Zagrebačka banka. Applications run until September 30, and the best will choose: Iva Barbarić (Zagrebačka banka), Kristina Mamić (HTZ), Ivana Crnić (Ministry of Tourism and Sports), Iva Kaligarić (Señor), Goran Jović (photographer), Sanja Čižmar (505 Conference), Iva Mihalić Krčmar Putoholičari), Hrvoje Bujas (Voice of Entrepreneurs) and David Skoko (chef). The #first time project is a unique opportunity that enables small entrepreneurs to be heard all over Croatia. To apply to win a free national marketing campaign, you can sign up at: “This creatively designed and optimally focused project is appearing in Croatian tourism for the first time. It is important because of three dimensions: it is innovative in approach and socially responsible because it provides concrete support to the most sensitive segment of our tourism sector – small businesses, and encourages the discovery of new destinations in Croatia that tourists are most looking for in new-normal conditions. I am extremely glad to be part of the team of this creative project”, she said Sanja Čižmar, travel consultant and director of 505 consulting. “Autumn and winter are ahead of us, the post-season period, when we focus on shorter weekend trips and I am sure that the registered candidates will delight with their interesting tourist offer and give many of us inspiration and motivation for multi-day trips. Croatia can boast of people who really live tourism and its tourism story that this project, I am sure, will confirm and prove once again that the most creative tourism workers live in one of the leading tourist countries in the Mediterranean, and that is certainly our beautiful”, pointed out Kristina Mamić.  Applications run until September 30th With numerous picturesque destinations, rich cultural and historical heritage, Croatia has a rich and diverse gastronomic offer. He knows best famous chef David Skoko who points out that Croatia is much more than just the sun and the sea in the summer months. “If we have already focused so much energy on the development of tourism, let us show ourselves in the best light, show how many positive personal emotions and unique experiences we can offer to our guests. The #first project provides all micro and small entrepreneurs in tourism with the opportunity to present their specificity and personal offer to a wider audience. In all its beauty, real Croatia is actually full of as yet undiscovered pearls which, with their beauty, personality and uniqueness, can be the trigger for a year-round tourist offer.”, said Skoko. In the first wave of this big national campaign, Zaba will promote places for autumn and winter tourism, and the campaign continues next year, to give additional impetus to tourism ahead of the new season.  Small entrepreneurs with an original tourist offer can apply for this project and thus win a free and comprehensive marketing campaign. Thanks to her, domestic guests will have in one place consolidated information about interesting locations, services and tourist products, which will greatly facilitate their travel planning and discover the charms of Croatia. last_img read more

People moves: PKA’s ESG chief exits; JPMAM’s ETF hiring spree

first_imgJP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) – The US investment giant has made a number of hires to expand its European exchange-traded funds (ETFs) business and its global fixed income division.Philip Annecke is the group’s new head of ETF distribution for Germany and Austria, focusing on institutional clients, having joined from rival provider Invesco Powershares. For Italian clients, Roberta Gastaldello has joined from Amundi to lead ETF distribution from Milan.Tobias Nilsson joins from Wisdom Tree, another rival ETF provider, to head up distribution for the Nordic region from Stockholm. Meanwhile, Madrid-based sales executive Lorena Martinez-Olivares has had her role expanded to support JPMAM’s distribution efforts in Spain.JPMAM has also poached Andrew Moore from Vanguard as an ETF capital markets specialist. He will be based in London along with Antonia Millard, sales executive for the international ETF business, who has transferred from JP Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank.In its fixed income business, JPMAM has hired a number of London-based investment specialists to support its fund management teams with client communication. Karine Mercado joins as lead investment specialist for core fixed income strategies in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). She was previously at German chemical company BASF’s pension schemes where she ran credit portfolios.Rohan Duggal focuses on high yield strategies in EMEA, including distressed debt and leveraged loans. He was previously a senior portfolio specialist at Blue Mountain Capital Partners. Claire Cullen has moved from JPMAM’s global fixed income, currency and commodities team where she was chief finance officer. She specialises global credit strategies in EMEA.In addition, Giles Bedford has been appointed emerging market debt specialist, Liam Moore will support the unconstrained fixed income team, and Wei Chu focuses on insurance bonds.NN IP – Asset manager NN Investment Partners has named Gül Poslu as a director in its institutional clients team for the Netherlands, tasked with further developing the group’s fiduciary services. She is to report to Maureen Schleejen, head of institutional clients for the Netherlands.Poslu joins from Achmea. She has 10 years of experience in both the financial and the commercial sector and has had positions at both asset managers and insurers.Polar Capital – The UK-based investment boutique has hired a four-man investment team from Nordea to boost its emerging markets offering.The team is led by Jorry Rask Nøddekær, head of emerging markets and Asia, and includes fund managers Michael Wang and Jerry Wu, and analyst Peter Andersen. Polar also hired Andy Chen from Laxey Partners as head of research.Chen is based in Singapore, while the rest of the team will relocate to London. Rask Nøddekær said: “Despite the debate surrounding Brexit, London is still the heart of the asset management industry and it feels good to be part of that now.”At Nordea, Rask Nøddekær and his team ran nine funds collectively worth more than $6bn (€5.1bn). The quintet is expected to launch its first product in the third quarter of this year, Polar Capital said. Ossiam – The French smart beta specialist has hired Antonio Celeste as head of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) business development. He joins from Sustainalytics where he worked for seven years, latterly as institutional relations director for Europe and the Middle East.Ossiam CEO Bruno Poulin said Celeste was “deeply experienced” in ESG with “strong quantitative abilities”. He added that the appointment demonstrated “the importance of ESG-based investment to the company”.Goldman Sachs Asset Management – GSAM has hired Peter Thompson to lead its European ETF business. He was a founder of Source ETF, establishing the company as an independent provider before its sale to Invesco in 2016. Prior to that, Peter spent over 10 years in various trading roles in Goldman Sachs’ securities division.Lombard Odier Investment Managers – Marek Siwicki has joined the asset manager as head of consultant relations. Based in London, Siwicki is responsible for increasing Lombard Odier IM’s coverage of the consultant market globally, and helping shape product development for the institutional market.He will report to Jonathan Clenshaw, head of institutional sales Europe at Lombard Odier IM. Siwicki was previously at Western Asset Management, and before that he worked at Man Investments and Gartmore Investment Management. He also spent eight years at Aon Consulting as a senior investment consultant. Independent Trustee Services – Frank Oldham has been hired as a client director with a view to adding to the professional trustee firm’s coverage of larger pension schemes in the south of England. Oldman joins ITS after holding several senior leadership positions as a senior partner at Mercer. He left the global consulting group last year. Morningstar – Morningstar Investment Management Europe has hired Steve Croucher as its chief operating officer (COO) with responsibility for the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. He most recently served as COO at Rockfire Capital. He has also been COO at Border & Cie, Insynergy Investment Management, and Skandia Investment Group.  Barnett Waddingham – The UK actuarial and consultancy firm has promoted four staff to partners. Adam Poulson works with DB pension clients on risk reduction, scheme funding, pension benefit design and accounting disclosures. Barbara Fewkes provides actuarial and consultancy advice to a wide range of UK pension schemes and employers.Jon Palin specialises in longevity advice, working with the Continuous Mortality Investigation – he is responsible for the production of its industry-standard Mortality Projections Model and the new S3 series mortality tables. Liam Mayne advises companies on legacy DB pension plans.In addition, Barnett Waddingham has promoted 25 staff to associates.UK Single Finance Guidance Body – Hector Sants, the former chief executive of the Financial Services Authority – the forerunner of the current UK regulator, the Financial Conduct Authority – has been appointed as the chair of the new Single Financial Guidance Body.Sants – a former European CEO of Credit Suisse – will oversee the new organisation created from combining the UK’s existing guidance bodies, including the Money Advice Service, the Pensions Advisory Service and Pension Wise. PKA, JP Morgan Asset Management, NN Investment Partners, Polar Capital, Ossiam, Goldman Sachs AM, Lombard Odier Investment Managers, ITS, Morningstar, Barnett Waddingham, UK Financial Guidance BodyPKA – Pelle Pedersen, head of responsible investment at the DKK275bn (€37bn) Danish pension fund, is leaving the group at the end of July to establish his own business.Pedersen – who has worked at PKA for five and a half years – said he was planning to set up a new company aiming to close the financing and knowledge gaps for impact startup firms.PKA said it was working to appoint a replacement for Pedersen.last_img read more