Temasek former sustainability chief Robin Hu appointed Asia vice chair and operating partner

Hu's new role marks his fifth year with the Singapore state investment company.

Robin Hu speaking at the Temasek-organised Ecosperity sustainability conference in Singapore in 2019. Image: Temasek
Robin Hu speaking at the Temasek-organised Ecosperity sustainability conference in Singapore in 2019. Image: Temasek

Robin Hu, the former head of sustainability and stewardship for Temasek, has been appointed as the Singapore state investment company’s Asia vice chairman and operating partner.

His new dual role, which is effective from the beginning of this year, will involve building relationships with various Asian nations and understanding their interactions with major players such as the United States, European Union and China. The former South China Morning Post chief executive also said in a LinkedIn post on Thursday that he will be working with businesses and people in the profit and non-profit sectors.

Hu’s sustainability role was filled by Steve Howard, the former chief sustainability officer of retailer IKEA, in December 2020. Hu had then moved into the role of head of international policy and governance, ending a four-year term running the US$300 billion firm’s sustainability arm.

His new role emerges a year after he was appointed chairman of the board at Mandai Nature, an endowment set up by Temasek and Mandai Wildlife Group, formerly known as Wildlife Reserves Singapore, to advance conservation efforts in the region.

Hu’s appointment comes two months after Neo Gim Huay, Temasek’s senior climate strategist, left the company to join World Economic Forum as its head of Centre for Nature and Climate, a new unit designed to accelerate climate action and environmental sustainability.

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