Mirova appoints Anne-Claire Roux as Head of the Mirova Forward Endowment Fund
Paris, 18 May 2021 – Mirova, the Natixis Investment Managers affiliate dedicated to sustainable investment, announces the appointment of Anne-Claire Roux as Executive Director of the Mirova Forward Endowment Fund, which was created at the end of 2020.
Her role, under the governance of the Board of Directors and in close collaboration with a number of departments and Mirova's Executive Committee, will include:
- To manage, develop and sustain the endowment fund by making it an effective tool aligned with Mirova's mission;
- Propose, manage and implement the projects that will be selected for the fund's emblematic actions;
- Set up the organization and tools necessary to deploy the fund;
- Communicate the fund's ambitions, strategy and achievements;
- Create partnerships with other stakeholders and foundations to support the development of impact finance.
Anne-Claire Roux will report to Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova.
Anne Claire has more than 10 years of experience in sustainable finance. She began her career in 2010 at the Ministry of Defence (France), as part of the Delegation for Strategic Affairs on security issues related to environmental challenges in Russia, then held the position of Head of Sustainable Finance and Bilateral Relations with Russia at Paris Europlace (2011-2017). Since 2017, she has been Director and then CEO of Finance for Tomorrow1. Anne-Claire is a graduate of the EHESS (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales2). She also has a master's degree in Political Science and a bachelor's degree in History from the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
Philippe Zaouati, CEO of Mirova, comments: “I am very pleased that Anne-Claire is joining us to manage Mirova Forward, a new tool we plan to use to support the development of impact finance. This endowment fund is fully aligned with Mirova's mission, and will enable us to create a ‘laboratory’ where we can try out new ideas and ‘experiment’ in the public interest. I had the pleasure of working with Anne-Claire on the creation of Finance for Tomorrow, which she made a success, and I greatly look forward to this new collaboration."
About the Mirova Forward Endowment Fund
As part of its status as a mission-based company, Mirova is committed to making positive impact research a systematic objective of its investment strategies. The Mirova Forward Endowment Fund, launched in December 2020, aims to go even further in this process, playing a laboratory role to accelerate the development of impact investment. It supports, both in France and outside France, the development of impact investment by making direct contributions to research, training, incubation, communication and solidarity initiatives with committed actors. It works particularly in sectors in which Mirova is a recognised investor, such as ecological transition, energy insecurity, gender equality, forest and ocean conservation, agro-ecology and the social and solidarity economy.
The endowment fund is managed by a board of directors made up of Mirova's employees, and an advisory investment board made up of external experts. It will be financed by an initial endowment made by Mirova, which will renew itself in line with the company's results.