Sasja Beslik biography

Sasja Beslik (born 24 December 1972) is Head of Sustainable Finance. He is one of Sweden’s foremost experts on finance and sustainability and lives in Stockholm, Sweden.

Career 
Sasja Beslik previously served as Head of Responsible Investment at Nordea Asset Management, CEO of Nordea Funds AB, Global Head of Responsible Investment & Engagement at Banco/ABN AMRO and as a consultant for the World Bank. He has more than 15 years’ experience of advising and working with multinational companies on investment issues in Africa, Asia and former Soviet Union countries. He also has extensive experience of bridging from risk to opportunity within ESG, creating commercial strategies for integration of ESG issues into asset management, fund companies and products. Sasja Beslik is chairman of UNEP Finance Initiative’s Water Work Group and is a member of the steering committee within PRI on shale gas and water issues. He is a board member of EITI (The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative). He was awarded The Order of the Seraphim by H.R.H King Carl Gustaf of Sweden in 2013 for extraordinary efforts in the field of finance and sustainability.

Early life 
Sasja Beslik was born in Bosnia and fled to Sweden more than twenty years ago to avoid being drawn into the war in the former Yugoslavia. At the age of 21, he made his what across Europe. With 20 German marks in his pocket and three T-shirts in a plastic bag, he entered Poland, sailed across the Baltic Sea and arrived in Sweden. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and economics from Stockholm University and worked as a war correspondent for several years writing for the Red Cross, Unicef, Dagens Nyheter and more. 

Quotes

“There is a big question mark on how we’re going to finance what’s needed to counter climate change. One of the biggest challenges isn’t to find the new money but to reshuffle and reallocate or reshape investment strategies.”
Bloomberg Business 

“Our responsibility is to deliver good returns to our customers and we believe that the premise to do so is connected to the way we manage capital based on three parameters: the financial, the environmental and the social aspects in relation to the company.”
Svenska Dagbladet 

“The claim that responsible investment gives lower returns than others is just bullshit.”
Aftenposten