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ESSEC launches a “Shaping the future of finance” Chair in partnership with AXA IM Alts

ESSEC launches a “Shaping the future of finance” Chair in partnership with AXA IM Alts

 ESSEC Business School is delighted to announce that it has launched the “Shaping the future of finance” Chair(2) in partnership with AXA IM Alts, one of the global leaders in alternative investments and the leading (1) real estate portfolio and asset manager in Europe,

AXA IM Alts’ ambition through this educational partnership is to combine the leading academic expertise of ESSEC Business School with AXA IM Alts’ experience and perspective on the themes that have been identified as the challenges of tomorrow's finance world. Alternative asset management challenges will be addressed with a specific focus on ESG aspects.

The “Shaping the future of Finance“ Chair will be supervised by Sofia Ramos and Francis Declerck, co-Chair Professors at ESSEC. It is a new educational project that will have a transversal view on the forces that are shaping the future of the financial industry. The Chair will give a particular look at sustainable finance issues and responsible leadership that are in the core of ESSEC values and pioneering spirit. In addition, it aims at reinforcing the competitiveness of the best ESSEC Finance track students in the international job market and engaging students on responsible finance and train them as responsible leaders.

The chair will also be used to develop research work; combining research activities at the highest level of excellence with the dissemination of knowledge among students, to help them in preparing for the changes facing the world of finance in the coming decades.

Isabelle Scemama, Global Head of AXA IM Alts and CEO of AXA IM - Real Assets commented: “ESSEC Business School is one of the leading business schools in Europe and has a well-recognized expertise into alternative assets, notably in real estate, an area where AXA IM Alts is a global leader. In a business of people like ours, we know how well-trained, talented, knowledgeable and innovative individuals can make a difference. It is a privilege for us to further expand our involvement in the educational field through this new young talents education program, where we feel we can bring our knowledge and our experience”

Vincenzo Vinzi, Dean and President of ESSEC Business School, added: “A sustainable future is at the heart of our strategy. With this chair, ESSEC joins forces with distinguished partners to build a more resilient and more inclusive financial system"

The Chair is open to applications in October 2020. It is dedicated to the best ESSEC students in finance who must be motivated to contribute to a more resilient financial system fully embracing the sustainable dimension.

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 1 Source: INREV/ANREV Fund Manager Survey – May 2019 – in terms of assets under management

 2 The teaching and research chairs bring ESSEC into close collaboration with companies keen to develop innovative skills in their sector.  Placed under the responsibility of members of the faculty body, each Chair has an objective to produce new knowledge, develop science and management practice confronted with the new challenges of the international environment, and to create a flow of data and market analyses. The Chairs also function collectively through their integration into a center of excellence. For more information visit: https://www.essec.edu/en/pages/faculty-and-research/thought-leadership/corporate-chairs/

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