Singlife with Aviva has appointed Allen Kuo as group deputy chief investment officer. He will strengthen specialist skills within the investment office, providing leadership and guidance as the firm bolsters its asset management capabilities.
Based in Singapore, Kuo will also oversee the implementation of Singlife’s sustainable investment strategy, reaffirming the company’s drive to champion environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates.
Kuo has over two decades of investment and risk management experience across multiple asset classes – specializing in quantitative finance and investment risk – accumulated from senior roles in the United States, China and Hong Kong.
Prior to joining Singlife, Kuo was director and deputy chief risk officer of University of California’s Regents Chief Investment Office, the pension and endowment arm of the institution.
He has held senior positions at ING Investment Management, including as head of investment risk management, and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. He also kickstarted one of the first “green” hedge funds in 2006.
With a PhD and masters in applied physics and mathematics from Columbia University as well as a post doctorate in atmospheric science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kuo also has experience in academia as an assistant professor of business education teaching undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
The Singlife Investment Office was established in January 2022 following the formalization of Singlife with Aviva as a newly merged entity. Its responsibilities include asset allocation, portfolio optimization, manager selection and product solutions.
The team is led by Kim Rosenkilde, group chief investment officer. It also includes: Mike Duncan, senior investment officer; Shae Kuek, investment officer; Mervyn Ng, investment officer; and William Chow, investment officer.
In building a sustainable business through responsible investments, Singlife has co-seeded several sustainable funds since the start of 2022, committing US$50 million to the Altrium Sustainability Fund I, managed by Azalea Investment Management and indirectly owned by Temasek, as well as €100 million to the Copenhagen Infrastructure Green Credit Fund.
To increase the company’s oversight of its sustainability performance, Singlife appointed European sustainability data provider Matter, enabling it to make recommendations on sustainable practices to create long-term ESG value for stakeholders.