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CDP hires Donald Chan as Asia Pacific boss

Chan joins the carbon disclosure non-profit from Temasek, and is based in Singapore. ASEAN and ANZ director Pratima Divgi is moving to a role in Canada.

CDP, a non-profit that measures the carbon exposure of companies and governments, has hired a manager to oversee the Asia Pacific region.

Donald Chan takes on the role of APAC managing director, and is the first executive to run the whole region for CDP. CDP also has regional offices in Japan and India.

Chan joins from Temasek, where he was operating partner, and involved in setting up new ventures for the state investment firm, including Climate Impact X, Singapore’s new global carbon exchange and marketplace. Previously, he held roles at mobile operator Circles.Life, where he led international expansion, and the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Singapore’s central bank and regulator.

Formerly known as Carbon Disclosure Project, CDP is a key player in the decarbonisation movement. It is a founding partner of the Science-Based Targets Initiative, which aligns companies with the Paris Agreement on climate change. As of October, more than 13,000 companies disclosed climate, water and deforestation data through CDP, an increase of 37 per cent on last year.

Chan’s appointment comes as Pratima Divgi, CDP’s director for Southeast Asia (ASEAN), Australia, New Zealand (ANZ) and Hong Kong relocates to Canada and a role for the non-profit’s North America team. Divgi joined CDP in 2019 from Aberdeen Standard Investments, where she was an investment manager.

CDP is currently searching for a replacement director for ASEAN and ANZ, who can be based in either Singapore or Hong Kong.

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