The Impact Of Academic Collaboration On The Decision Making of Sovereign Wealth Funds: Dr. Ana Nacvalovaite In Citiesabc Podcast Interview

Hilton Supra, Vice Chairman of Ztudium Group, interviews Ana Nacvalovaite, Research Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford in the latest episode of citiesabc YouTube podcast to discuss the Environment Social Governance aspect of Sovereign Wealth Investments in different parts of the world from her academic perspective. The interview is live now on citiesabc & openbusinesscouncil YouTube channel.

The Impact Of Academic Collaboration On The Decision Making of Sovereign Wealth Funds: Dr. Ana Nacvalovaite In Citiesabc Podcast Interview

Sovereign Wealth Funds, with their immense financial resources, have a unique opportunity to shape the global investment landscape through ESG initiatives. These funds are often tasked with safeguarding and growing a nation’s wealth for future generations. As such, they are increasingly recognizing that responsible and sustainable investing aligns with their long-term objectives. Speaking from her academic research and experience about a holistic view of ESG investments by Sovereign Wealth funds, Dr. Ana said:

ESG is itself ingrained in cooperative and employee-owned businesses, because it’s the community that comes together and really wants to look after its own people and their future generations, as well as the environmental angle.”

SWFs from countries such as Norway, the United Arab Emirates, and Singapore have been at the forefront of this shift, demonstrating that responsible investing can be both profitable and ethical.

“It is all about inclusive innovation and building bridges and relationships. If you bring governments and businesses to the same platforms, it could help adopt an inclusive approach that involves developing products and services focussed on ensuring that ESG is at the heart of communities and profit”, she said.

About Dr. Ana Nacvalovaite

Dr. Ana Nacvalovaite is a renowned name in the field of sustainable finance and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) practices. She is a Research Fellow at Oxford University, Kellogg College Centre for Mutual & Co-owned Business, where she focuses on promoting social and environmental sustainability through engagement with sovereign wealth funds.

Dr. Ana is an MSt in International Human Rights Law (2011) and DPhil on Regulation of Sovereign Wealth Funds (2018). One of her key roles is serving as an expert advisor to the British Standards Institution on the Committee of Experts on Sustainable Finance, contributing to the development of a ‘Sustainable Finance Framework.’ She was involved in drafting and reviewing International Standards on Green Instruments, promoting a ‘just transition’ and advocating for sustainable finance to support the ‘S’ in ESG.

During her doctoral research at Oxford University. Ana explored ethical business and investment practices with a specific focus on the regulation, sustainability, and transparency of sovereign wealth funds’ investments.

Beyond academia, Dr. Ana actively engages with business leaders, governments, and international organisations to foster inclusivity and diversity within corporate processes. She guides investors and businesses in aligning their portfolios with environmental and social objectives.

About Hilton Supra

Hilton Supra is a business and financial industry veteran and thought leader. Hilton has more than 30 years of Finance, Investment, Banking, and Asset Management experience in international markets namely London, Europe, Africa, and Asia. This while having a passion for growing businesses, fashion, and new technologies, especially fintech and blockchain where he has been deeply involved since these technologies’ inception. Now, Hilton is co-leading the fashion directory fashionabc as well as technology startup Ztudium, a builder of 4IR platforms (using blockchain, AI and IoT data analytics).

From Quantitative Asset Management, Capital Markets, Trading software, Hedge Funds, and Private Equity, Hilton has worked for Morgan Grenfell, Deutsche Bank, AXA Investment Management, EIM Fund of Hedge Funds (responsible for $2.4bn of $13bn), and Cheyne Capital.

Hilton is a graduate in Engineering from Oxford Brookes University and a Master’s in Finance at London Business School. Hilton has always been on the leading edge of innovation and technology in banking, derivative trading, quantitative asset management, hedge funds, and since 2015 the application of FinTech, AI, and blockchain to enterprise solutions.

Hilton Supra is a partner and board member at ztudium, and the co-founder and one of the leading personalities driving techabc, and platforms.

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