Head of ESG, Associate Director, Investment Research
Achin Bhati joined Acuity Knowledge Partners (Acuity) in January 2022 as Head of ESG Research. He has more than 15 years of experience in credit and investment research, including 8 years of experience in ESG research. He leads Acuity’s ESG research delivery franchise across its global delivery locations. Previously, Achin worked with MSCI as Vice President and ESG Research Production Controller for global coverage of publicly traded equities and fixed income issuers. Achin has led large global research teams, successfully delivering on expansion targets relating to global coverage of securities. He has extensive experience in ESG research across products, in diverse roles covering hands-on research, developing rating frameworks, strategic planning for coverage growth, production planning for targeted coverage, quality assurance and delivery. Achin is well-versed in the ESG ratings framework and ESG assessment of fixed income issuers and is an ESG specialist for the BFSI, IT, retail, real estate and utilities sectors. During his tenure of more than 8 years with MSCI, Achin was instrumental in setting up onshore and offshore ESG research teams from scratch. He has also pioneered research and delivery of ESG data on social impact metrics and sustainable finance products such as green bonds. Achin has led cross-functional teams to drive strategic initiatives of transforming ESG research operations.
He also worked with CRISIL (an S&P subsidiary) at its Centre of Excellence, where he published incisive analytical studies and developed credit ratings criteria for a variety of issuers and structured finance instruments. Prior to CRISIL, Achin was a credit analyst with Natixis SA, focusing on large Indian banks and corporates, and worked on landmark corporate finance and wholesale banking deals. Achin is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Master’s in Finance, Taxation and Accounting.