Eckhard Plinke joined Vontobel Asset Management in autumn 2016 as Head of ESG Research. Previously, he had similar roles at Vescore AG (founded in July 2015), Notenstein LaRoche Privatbank AG (since 2013) and Bank J. Safra Sarasin (since 1999), where he established the assessment methodology and the analysis process for sustainable investments. From 1992 to 1999, he worked as project manager at Prognos AG (Basel), managing consulting projects for public and private clients in a wide range of environmental subjects. In 1992, he worked as consultant for Heinle, Wischer und Partner GmbH (Stuttgart), a planning firm for the healthcare sector. From 1987 to 1991, he worked as research associate at the University of Karlsruhe in the field of energy and environmental strategies.