Philippe Zaouati is the CEO of Mirova, * an asset management company subsidiary of Natixis dedicated to Responsible Investment that he was responsible for founding. Mirova currently manages around EUR 5,81 billion, distributed across equities, fixed income, infrastructure and impact investing.
Prior to his tenure at Mirova, Philippe was Deputy CEO of Natixis Asset Management, ** with responsibility for the marketing, communication and development departments. His previous experience includes high-level management roles within the Groupe CDC, La Banque Postale, and the Crédit Agricole.
For nearly a decade, Philippe Zaouati has contributed to the development of responsible finance both in France and across Europe, in particular through his role in various professional associations (AFG, EFAMA) and international organizations (ICGN, IIRC). His first book on the topic, Investir Responsable, en quête de nouvelles valeurs pour la finance, 1 came out in 2009. In 2014, he published Positive Finance2 with Hervé Guez :
“Though many feel that finance is the “enemy,” modern finance is nothing but a symptom of an outdated economic model. Even so, enormous investments are necessary in order to change the existing paradigm, reduce the growing inequality gap, and simultaneously account for environmental constraints. We must therefore re-evaluate the way capital is allocated, and then use the savings to satisfy the needs of a more positive economy”.
Another of his initiatives has been the creation, in partnership with the University of Cambridge, of the Investment Leaders Group (ILG), which brings together top executives from a dozen asset management companies and institutional investors.
Philippe Zaouati is a graduate of the ENSAE (École Nationale de la Statistique et de l’Administration Économique) and an accredited member of the Institut des Actuaires Français (French Society of Actuaries). He is a laureate of the French national Concours Général in History and has published two novels to date, La fumée qui gronde (2011) and Naufrages (2014).