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Appointments - April 24, 2009

The EDHEC Risk and Asset Management Research Centre's international advisory board welcomes two new members


The EDHEC Risk and Asset Management Research Centre is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to its international advisory board:

  • Mr. Nicolas Sobczak, Chief Investment Officer of the Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites (FRR), the French Pension Reserve Fund

    The FRR is an institution dedicated to ensuring the long-term viability of the French pension system. Set up in the early 2000's, the FRR is a public agency, operating under the dual auspices of the French Minister in charge of Social Security and the French Minister in charge of the Economy and Budget. At December 31, 2008, total assets amounted to 27.7 billion euros.

    Mr. Sobczak (41) has been CIO of the FRR since August 2007. Prior to that, he was an executive director of Goldman Sachs Paris. As a senior European economist, he was part of the US investment bank's highly-regarded economic team, and was responsible for the macroeconomic analysis of the Euro zone and its interaction with financial markets. Mr. Sobczak began his career as an economist for the French Ministry of Finance, where he was involved in various aspects of economic forecasting and modeling for policy purposes. He also spent a year on assignment at the IMF in Washington D.C. as a staff member of its European Department.

    Mr. Sobczak is a graduate of France's Ecole Polytechnique and ENSAE.

  • Mr. Ton van Welie, Chief Executive Officer of ORTEC Finance

    As CEO of ORTEC Finance since 2006, Mr. van Welie oversees the daily operations of the leading, global provider of solutions for holistic risk/return management for pension funds, insurance companies, asset managers and real estate managers.

    He has been with ORTEC for over fifteen years, fulfilling several different functions throughout the organisation. After working on several asset management projects, he developed the housing corporations business for ORTEC Finance. Following his appointment as the Head of the Housing Corporation division he moved to manage the operations of ORTEC Finance on a larger scale including the comprehensive organisational restructuring with the target of improved client focus as well as expansion strategy outside Holland.

    Mr. van Welie graduated from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam with an MSc in Econometrics. He has maintained strong links with academia teaching as a guest lecturer, and has published in various professional journals.

The 35 members of the EDHEC Risk and Asset Management Research Centre international advisory board, which brings together high-level representatives from regulatory bodies, leading pension funds, professional organisations and business partners, are responsible for validating the relevance and goals of the research programme proposals presented by the centre's management and for evaluating research outcomes with respect to their potential impact on industry practices. The board also advises on the objectives and contents of projects deriving from the expertise of the research centre thereby ensuring that graduate and executive programmes remain at the forefront of developments in the marketplace.

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