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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – March 28, 2017

Charlie Shaffer Joins Voya Investment Management to be Head of International Distribution

Voya Investment Management hired Charlie Shaffer to be managing director and head of Institutional Distribution. He will be based in New York and report to Shaun Matthews, who is the Senior Managing Director, Head of the Client Group at Voya Investment Management. Shaffer was the Global Head of Distribution at Credit Suisse Asset Management. He moved into the asset management side at Credit Suisse in 2012, from starting on the global transition management team. Shaffer also held roles at Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley.

Nuveen Names Vijay Advani as CEO

Vijay Advani joined on at TIAA Global Asset Management, now known as Nuveen, back in December 2016. Advani is now officially CEO of Nuveen. Nuveen and its investment affiliates, as of December 31, 2016, oversee roughly US$ 900 billion in assets. Previously, Advani was Co-President of Franklin Resources Inc. He started at Franklin Resources back in 1995. Advani was a member of Franklin Templeton’s executive committee.

Mediacorp Hires Former Twitter Executive

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UNICEF and NBIM to Host Meetings on Children’s Human Rights

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a United Nations programme headquartered in New York City, has partnered with Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) to facilitate a series of meetings between companies to discuss issues surrounding children’s human rights.

According to the news release, “the network will facilitate dialogue between leading brands and retailers in the garment and footwear industry to strengthen children’s rights.”

NBIM is invested in many listed companies and have invited them to join a network to tackle these issues. Over the next two years, the organizations plan to hold three workshops as well as quarterly meetings surrounding these issues.

“Over time, we hope and expect that the network will contribute to improved market practices among companies and greater respect for children’s rights,” says Carine Smith Ihenacho, Global Head of Ownership Strategies, in a NBIM press release.

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SouthGobi’s CEO Arrested, CIC Struggles with Investment

The China Investment Corporation (CIC) has long struggled with its investments in coal assets, specifically in globally-listed coal miner SouthGobi Resources Ltd, which operates its flagship coal mine in Mongolia. In November 2009, CIC and SouthGobi Resources inked a convertible debenture deal. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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Qatar Central Bank Deals with MSCI

MSCI, a stock index company whose benchmarks influence investor behavior, has tremendous indirect power impacting the stock markets of smaller economies. In 1988, MSCI released its emerging markets index, a now-widely-used benchmark for many institutional investors wanting access to growth markets. China and South Korea make up the majority of the benchmark, but smaller economies such as Poland, Chile and even Qatar make up other pieces of it.

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