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Appointments - September 24, 2012

EDHEC-Risk Institute welcomes six distinguished new members to its international advisory board

EDHEC-Risk Institute is pleased to announce that six new members have joined its international advisory board, which brings together high-level representatives from regulatory bodies, leading pension funds, professional organisations and business partners.

The role of the international advisory board is to validate the relevance and goals of the research programme proposals presented by the centre's management and to evaluate research outcomes with respect to their potential impact on industry practices. The 42 members of the board also advise 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.

The six new members are as follows:

  • 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
The full list of members of the international advisory board may be found here.

About the new members:

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

Dr. Chhabra has been 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 twenty 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, California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS)

Joseph John Jelincic is 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). Mr. Jelincic has had a very wide range of experience within CalPERS. He has worked in the stock, fixed income and real estate units. He set up the CalPERS futures unit and ran the stock trading desk. He has also worked in the corporate governance unit.

Mr. Jelincic has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, an M.B.A. 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)

Timo Löyttyniemi is the Managing Director of the State Pension Fund (VER). The State Pension Fund has 15 billion euros under management and is a buffer fund managing pension assets for government employees. Before joining the Fund, he acted in various positions in the investment banking, corporate finance and asset management industries.

Mr. Löyttyniemi is currently a member of the Management Board of Itella Plc (Finnish Post), Itella Bank Ltd and INREV (Netherlands). He sits on the Finnish Pension Alliance Investment Committee, and is a Member of the Board of two foundations and chairs at Aalto University Investment Committee in Finland. Of lately, he has been a member of a number of capital market working groups. He has recently written a report on state-ownership, and co-authored a book on top management incentives.

Mr. Löyttyniemi holds a D.Sc. in Economics from Aalto University School of Business, where he lectured in the early 1990s.

Joseph Masri, Head of Risk Management, Qatar Investment Authority

Dr. Joseph 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, Dr. Masri 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, Joseph 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)

Olivier Rousseau has been the Executive Director of the French Pension Reserve Fund (Fonds de Réserve pour les Retraites or FRR) since November 2011. Mr. Rousseau has a multidisciplinary background, notably 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).

Olivier Rousseau 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

Jean-Paul Villain joined the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (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.

Jean-Paul 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. Mr. 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. Mr. Jean-Paul Villain was educated in Paris in Politics, Economics and Sciences (Applied Maths).