M. Nicolas J. Firzli
M. Nicolas J. Firzli is the Director-General of the World Pensions Council (WPC), the international association of Chairmen and CIOs of public and private retirement schemes, social security funds and pension trustees organisations. He is a graduate of Canada’s McGill University (Statistics & Financial Economics), an alumnus of the HEC School of Management (MBA) and the University of Paris Law School (LL.M. Civil & Corporate Law, summa cum laude) and conducted research at the University of Louvain (UCL) Doctoral School of Economics and Management. Mr. Firzli is Co-Chair of the World Pensions & Investments Forum (WPI), General Coordinator of the Asset Owners Summit (AOS) organized in collaboration with the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China and regional and national pension associations from Australia, the UK and the Americas, and Co-Chair of the Central & Eastern European Pension Forum (CEE+ Summit) organized jointly with the Bucharest Stock Exchange (BSE) and the National Association of Romanian Pension Institutions. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the World Bank Global Infrastructure Facility (GIF), a collaborative supranational initiative led by the World Bank Group, seeking to encourage long-term private capital allocation and multilateral co-investment into modern infrastructure assets in developing economies and frontier jurisdictions – in Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has advised and worked with public and private pension funds, insurers, social security institutions, government agencies (at both federal and state/municipal levels), central banks, reserve funds, supranational and labor organizations in more than 30 different jurisdictions in the past 18 years, and served as judge & reviewer for various national and international rankings/awards including the South African Pension Officers Association “Imbasa Yegolide” (Golden Trophy) awards. Mr. Firzli is a regular contributor to different think-tanks and media outlets, including Asia Insurance Review, the OECD/EIR Conference on Long-Term Investments, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN SDSN), Dow Jones Financial News, Euromoney magazine, the Journal of Indexes/ETF.com, Morningstar, the CFA Society New York (CFANY), Professional Pensions magazine, the Reuters newswire, Revista Dos Fundos de Pensão (Brazil), Al-Hayat (Saudi Arabia/GCC), The National (Abu Dhabi), Le Parisien (France), PrevInforma (Italy) and various TV networks – notably RTÉ (Ireland), TRT (Turkey) and CNBC.
The systematic integration of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment strategies, and investment decision making across asset classes, has been gaining traction globally. Asset owners around the world were early adopters of sustainable...