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Appointments - April 18, 2012

Mr. Jean-Paul Villain of the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority joins EDHEC-Risk Institute's International Advisory Board

Mr. Jean-Paul Villain, Director of the Strategy Unit
at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority


EDHEC-Risk Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Jean-Paul Villain, Director of the Strategy Unit at the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), to its international advisory board.

Mr. Villain has worked for ADIA for a total of twenty five years. After joining in 1982 from Banque Paribas, where he was the Head of Investments in the asset management department, he worked as Regional Manager for Europe before being appointed Senior Fund Manager for all financial assets. He returned to Paribas in 1987 to become 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 and a member of the sovereign fund’s strategy committee. He also sits on the investment committee of the Abu Dhabi Benefits and Retirement Fund. In 2007, he was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honour.

EDHEC-Risk Institute’s international advisory board brings together some forty senior representatives from regulatory bodies, leading pension funds, professional organisations and business partners. Its role is to validate the relevance and goals of the research programme proposals presented by the Institute’s management and to evaluate research outcomes for their potential impact on industry practices. Board members also advise on the objectives and contents of projects deriving from the expertise of the Institute, thereby ensuring that graduate and executive programmes remain at the forefront of developments in the marketplace.