Saker Nusseibeh, Pioneer in sustainable investing (Federated Hermes) will give a keynote about ESG investing from a pioneer perspective.
Saker is Chief Executive of the international business of Federated Hermes and is also a member of the Federated Hermes Executive team. He was appointed CEO in November 2011 having joined the firm in June 2009 as CIO. Prior to this, Saker was Global Head of Equities at Fortis Investments, having initially been appointed to the firm as CIO Global Equities in 2005.
Saker is the founder of the 300 Club, a group of leading CIOs and investment professionals who seek to challenge investment orthodoxy. He was an inaugural member of the CFA Institute’s Future of Finance Advisory Council from 2013 until 2019. He is a member of the IIRC Council, the International Finance Corporation, and the FCA-PRA Climate Financial Risk Forum, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, as well as the United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Initiative Steering Committee. He sits on the Banking Standards Board, which was created as a result of a Parliamentary enquiry to restore trust in the UK banking industry, and on the UN Business and Human Security Initiative Advisory Board. Saker also served on UK National Advisory Board and became a founding member of the Impact Investing Institute on Impact Investing. Saker is also on the advisory Board of the National Youth Orchestra.
In 2015, Saker was named CEO of the Year at the Global Investor Investment Excellence Awards and, in 2018, was named CEO of the Year at the Financial News Asset Management Europe Awards. More recently, Saker was named as European Personality of the Year for 2020 at the Funds Europe Awards. Saker was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s 2020 New Year’s Honours list for services to Responsible Business and Finance.
Funds Europe recognised Saker’s “lifelong mission” to bring environmental, social and governance and socially responsible investing into the mainstream. The sponsor presenting the award highlighted that Saker’s “mission to be a leader in green investment really is bearing the fruits that it deserves”.
Funds Europe selects its European Personality of the Year on the basis of the individual’s contribution to the success, growth, development and profile of their organisation, and to the reputation of the investment industry.