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SWFI – Movers and Shakers – November 5, 2014

Morgan Stanley Appoints Former CIA to Board

Morgan Stanley has hired Jami Miscik to its board of directors. Miscik is president and vice chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc, a strategic consulting firm founded by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Before Kissinger Associates, Miscik had worked for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for 20 years. Griff Sexton has retired from the board of directors at Morgan Stanley.

Evercore Hires 2 for Private Funds Group

Evercore has made two strategic hires in its Private Funds Group for the Hong Kong office. Ian Bell and Manda Chan have been hired. Ian Bell comes from Credit Suisse where he was managing director, covering institutional investors in the Asia-Pacific region. Manda Chan comes from MVision Private Equity Advisors where she worked as an associate. Both will report to Richard Anthony, CEO of the Private Funds Group at Evercore.

Morgan Stanley Hires Hedge Fund Manager for EM Role

Morgan Stanley Investment Management has hired Jens Nystedt to be managing director, portfolio manager and head of sovereign research for the emerging markets debt team. Nystedt was a senior portfolio manager and global strategist at Moore Capital Management, a hedge fund. Before Moore Capital, Nystedt worked at GLG Partners and was chief emerging market economist at Deutsche Bank. Nystedt will report to Michael Kushma, chief investment officer of global fixed income at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

Vanguard Hires Former Chinese SWF Macro Researcher

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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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