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Press Release – Public Investor 100 Rankings Released for 2016



4 October 2016
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SEATTLE, WA. – 4 October 2016 – The Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) has just released its fourth annual Public Investor 100. The list includes the most significant and impactful public investor executives of 2016. The top 100 ranking assembles the most influential people at some of the largest funds, endowments, pensions and central banks around the globe.

1 Alain Carrier Senior Managing Director & Head of International, Head of Europe CPP Investment Board Canada
2 Ted Eliopoulos Chief Investment Officer California Public Employees’ Retirement System United States
3 Mubarak Rashed Al Mansoori Governor Central Bank of the UAE United Arab Emirates
4 Amy Chen Chief Investment Officer Smithsonian Institution United States
5 David F. Swensen Chief Investment Officer Yale Investment Office United States
6 Wendy Norris Head of Infrastructure and Timberland Future Fund Australia
7 David J. Holmgren Chief Investment Officer Hartford HealthCare United States
8 Matt Whineray Chief Investment Officer New Zealand Superannuation Fund New Zealand
9 Robert Tessier Chairman Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec Canada
10 Thomas Richard Arnold Head Americas Real Estate Abu Dhabi Investment Authority United Arab Emirates
11 Agustín Carstens Governor Bank of Mexico Mexico
12 Mark Mansley Chief Investment Officer Environment Agency Pension Fund United Kingdom
13 Allen Breed Senior Real Estate Officer MIT Investment Management Company United States
14 Hisham Hamdan Executive Director, Investments and Head of Khazanah Research & Investment Strategy Khazanah Nasional Berhad Malaysia
15 Stephen Moseley Director of Private Equities and Special Opportunities Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation United States
16 Steve Moise State Investment Officer New Mexico State Investment Council United States
17 Goh Kok Huat Chief Operating Officer, President, Real Estate GIC Private Limited Singapore
18 Yannis Stournaras Governor Bank of Greece Greece
19 George Finnie Investment Manager Strathclyde Pension Fund United Kingdom
20 Guthrie Stewart Senior Vice President, Global Head of Private Investments PSP Investments Canada


This year we attempted to focus our rankings a bit more on individuals who had experience in private markets, specifically real estate and infrastructure. Why? According to SWFI research, real estate and infrastructure as asset classes have steadily grown over the past decade at the expense of fixed income and public equity allocations. Having knowledge in real estate is a serious undertaking that has grown in prominence in institutional portfolios.

This ranking will appear in our October issue of the Sovereign Wealth Quarterly.

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To see the full list, please follow the link: Public Investor 100 – 2016

For more information contact:
Vincent Berretta
Director of Marketing, SWFI
+1 (702) 768 – 0703

Mubadala Invests in No Fly Zone Drone Radar Company



Data Collective led a US$ 15 million Series A round into Salt Lake City-based Fortem Technologies, Inc., a company that works on solutions that can detect, identify and classify drones in real time to maintain airspace safety. Other investors in the round include Boeing, Mubadala Investment Company, Manifest Growth, New Ground Ventures and Signia Venture Partners.

Ibrahim Ajami, Head of Mubadala Ventures said in the press release, ” Mubadala is excited to work with Fortem and its outstanding leadership team to help grow its business to new markets.”

Ajami added, “We strongly believe the TrueView radar is essential to maintain a safe airspace for both the aircraft and the critical infrastructure on the ground.”

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Ireland and China to Open New €150 Milllion Joint Tech Fund



The Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) and CIC Capital Corporation – a sovereign wealth enterprise (SWE) of the China Investment Corporation – announced the formation of a joint €150 million fund targeting high-growth Irish technology firms looking to expand into Chinese markets, as well as a special emphasis on Chinese companies hoping to set up shop in Ireland as a base for their European operations.

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How ESG Considerations Can Drive Voting at the Board Level



The Council of Institutional Investor’s spring conference for 2018 – held this week in Washington D.C. at the Omni Shoreham Hotel – was packed with member-hosted panels, where nearly 400 of the top investment professional, regulators, and corporate governance experts gathered together to share their insights and engage in forward-looking discussions on how to drive a multi-stakeholder approach to responsible investment over the long-term.

Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute (SWFI) had the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions, including one presented by Maryland-based Institutional Shareholder Services that sought to address one of the most pressing challenges facing institutional investors today: How can environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria help drive voting at the board level? Moderated by Georgina Marshall, Head of Global Research at ISS, panelists provided a diverse array of perspectives on how to harness ESG considerations as an effective decision-making tool.

Player-Coach Model

For Bonnie Saynay, Global Head of Responsible Investments at Invesco, fostering an environment conducive to communication with investment teams using a “player-coach” model is critical. Moreover, Saynay warned investors of thinking too broadly on ESG considerations, and to instead focus in on the criteria that is most important to them as an organization, and to then tailor their stewardship practices to match those priorities: “If everything is important, nothing is important,” she said.

Clare Payne, head of corporate governance for North America at Legal & General Investment Management, highlighted the importance of procuring the latest ranking data from a number of different providers, as well as how to develop one’s own internal system for scoring so as to cut through the clutter and provide a contextualized framework for making investment decisions on your own terms.

Remuneration is the name of the game for Robbie Miles, Vice President and ESG analyst at Allianz Global Investors. Amid the ever broadening scope of influence that responsible investment commands, Miles urged attendees to work with their managers on mandates that link compensation to the long-term performance of the fund, as well as long-term holding periods.

Wrapping up the panel was Stu Dalheim, Vice President of Shareholder Advocacy at Calvert Research Management, advocated for diversity at the board level across a number of different metrics – including ethnicity, gender, and professional backgrounds – in order to reflect the reality of their client base, as well as provide an apparatus for robust debate and adaptation in an ever-changing business environment.

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