EDHEC-Risk adds to its Advisory Board

The EDHEC-Risk Institute has added six new members to its international advisory board.

The role of the 42-strong board is to validate the relevance and goals of research proposals presented by the centre’s management and to evaluate how research outcomes may impact on industry practices.

The six new members are:
Ashvin B. Chhabra, Chief Investment Officer, Institute for Advanced Study
Joseph John Jelincic, Member of the Board of Administration and Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS)
Timo Löyttyniemi, Managing Director, The State Pension Fund (Finland)
Joseph Masri, Head of Risk Management, Qatar Investment Authority
Olivier Rousseau, Executive Director, Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (The French pension reserve fund)
Jean-Paul Villain, Director, Strategy Unit, Managing Director’s Office, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Details of each new appointee follow:

Ashvin B. Chhabra, Chief Investment Officer, Institute for Advanced Study

The Chief Investment Officer of the Institute for Advanced Study since 2007. Prior to that, he was Managing Director and Head of Wealth Management Strategies and Analytics in the Global Wealth Management Group at Merrill Lynch, as well as Chair of their Strategic Asset Allocation Committee. He has over 20 years of experience in investment research and financial modelling and holds a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Yale University.

Joseph John Jelincic, Member of the Board of Administration and Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee, CalPERS

A Member of the Board of Administration and Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee, California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). He is also the past president of the California State Employees Association (CSEA). He has worked in the stock, fixed income and real estate units, set up the CalPERS futures unit and ran the stock trading desk. He has also worked in the corporate governance unit. Jelincic has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Mary’s College of California in Moraga, an MBA in finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

Timo Löyttyniemi, Managing Director, The State Pension Fund (Finland)

The Managing Director in the State Pension Fund (VER). The Fund has €11bn under management and is a buffer fund managing pension assets for the state employees. Löyttyniemi joined in 2003. Before joining he held various positions in investment banking, including Director for Merita Corporate Finance and Head of Capital Markets for Mandatum & Co Ltd. He has a Ph.D. in economics, is a member of the Management Board of Edita Oyj and INREV and was a member of The Finnish Corporate Governance working group.

Joseph Masri, Head of Risk Management, Qatar Investment Authority

Dr Masri is the Head of Risk Management at Qatar Investment Authority (QIA). He is responsible for all aspects of Risk Management and Performance Measurement at QIA. Prior to joining QIA, he was responsible for Investment Risk Management at the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. He also held the position of Global Head of Investment Risk Management with Barclays Global Investors. With over 20 years of financial experience, Masri previously held senior positions at ABN AMRO Inc., JP Morgan Chase & Co. and Union Bank of Switzerland. He holds PhD and Master’s degrees in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University along with a Diplôme d’Ingénieur from École Centrale de Paris.

Olivier Rousseau, Executive Director, Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (The French pension reserve fund)

Rousseau has been the Executive Director of the FRR since November 2011. He has a multidisciplinary background, having held positions within the banking sector – with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and BNP Paribas – as well as within the French civil service, the French embassy in Sweden and the Ministry of Finance (Office of the Treasurer). He is an alumnus of the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), Paris, and holds a Master’s Degree in Law and a Master’s Degree in Economic Science from the University of Aix-Marseille. He was previously a lecturer of macroeconomic methods and of quantitative techniques at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Aix-en-Provence and at Sciences-Po, Paris.

Jean-Paul Villain, Director, Strategy Unit, Managing Director’s Office, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)

Villain joined the ADIA in 1982 as Regional Manager for Europe before being appointed Senior Fund Manager for all financial assets. In 1987, he became the first Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of newly created Paribas Asset Management. In September 1992, he joined ADIA again as Regional Manager for European Assets before being promoted in 1995 to Advisor and later Senior Advisor for Investment Strategy. He is currently Director of the Strategy Unit that is part of the Managing Director’s Office. Villain is a member of ADIA’s Strategy Committee and Chair of ADIA’s Compensation Working Group. He has been a board member of the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank since 2004 (Member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee). He is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Abu Dhabi Benefits and Retirement Fund (the pension fund for the citizens of Abu Dhabi) since 2003. Villain is Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France and a Governor of the British Community School in Abu Dhabi (BSAK). In April 2007, the President of the French Republic made him Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. He was educated in Paris in Politics, Economics and Sciences (Applied Maths).

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