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ALEX BERNHARDT

Principal & Head of Responsible Investment, US, Mercer Investments

Alex Bernhardt, US Responsible Investment (RI) Leader for Mercer Investments, is a noted expert in sustainable finance. In his role as US RI leader Alex regularly leads ESG integration exercises with the boards and investment committees of institutional investors of all types and sizes while driving innovation in environmental and social risk management. Alex was a lead contributor to Mercer’s Investing in a Time of Climate Change research and has since (co)-led related consulting arrangements with institutional investors across North America managing over $800B in assets.  

Prior to joining Mercer, Alex was a Senior Vice President at Guy Carpenter, another Marsh & McLennan operating company, where he founded and ran the firm's GC Micro Risk Solutions® division focused on designing and developing index-based micro(re)insurance programs for development banks, microfinance institutions and insurers. Additionally, he supported the firm's broader growth efforts advising public and private risk bearing entities on a variety of issues with a focus on disaster risk management, energy liability and credit risk. In this capacity Alex co-led the Flood Insurance Risk Study, an in-depth year-long project for the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) focused on researching the global capacity for catastrophic flood reinsurance, options for flood insurance privatization in the US and the NFIP's capital adequacy.

He received a BA from the University of Puget Sound, is a board member for Earth Economics and is often quoted in financial industry press. Alex was also ranked as one of the top 20 most influential individual consultants globally in the Sustainable and Responsible Investing category by the Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) Survey 2017.