Dr. rer. oec. Axel Hesse is Founder and Shareholder of
SD-M® GmbH.

Dr Hesse has 24 years of experience with sustainable investments. Since 2001, he has published numerous studies on the sustainable investments of institutional investors and on the sustainable indicators that are relevant to financial performance.


  • 1990-1992: Bank apprenticeship at Commerzbank Hanover
  • 1992-1993: Alternative service at Deutsche Umwelthilfe
  • 1993-1998: Studies in business administration with a focus on sustainable management, asset management and accounting/controlling. Thesis dealt with environmental funds and environmental project finance
  • 1995: Work for the “Global Care Fund” of the London-based insurer NPI together with Tessa Tennant (CDP, ASrIA), Anne-Maree O'Connor (NZ SuperFund) and Mark Campanale (Carbon Tracker)
  • 1999-2001: Member of an executive advisory board for sustainable asset management at HypoVereinsbank (HVB Group) in Munich. At this time the bank launched the world’s first investment product linked to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index
  • 2006: PhD in sustainable banking from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management 
  • 2009-2016: Member of the jury for the portfolio institutionell Award “Best Sustainable Investor”
  • 2001-2012: Scientifist and consultant for sustainable institutional investments under the SD-M® trademark
  • 2012: Launch of SD-M® GmbH
  • 2013: Launch of SD-KPIntegration® database and
    iSTOXX SD-KPIndex® family 
  • 2015: Part-time specialist sustainable investments at NORD/LB Asset Management regarding SD-KPInventory® and
  • July 2016-March 2019: ESG integration at Metzler Asset Management
  • 2012-today shareholder of SD-M® GmbH 
  • References


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