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The Sovereign Investment Academy

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A unique executive training program on sovereign wealth management and investment

Value Drivers

  • An intensive, comprehensive, 5-day executive education program on sovereign wealth management and long-term investment, endorsed by the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF)
  • Talks by top scholars and renowned experts providing state-of-the-art knowledge and practice
  • Access to the SIA Lab, an interactive online e-learning platform featuring course and research materials, constantly updated with the latest industry and academic developments
  • Participation in the SIA Workshop, a high-profile, closed-door meeting attended by top officials of the main SWFs, academics, financial institutions, and policy makers
  • Networking opportunities
  • Academic supervision of field projects developed at the home institution

Contents and agenda

Monday 9 July 2018 Governance & Investment Principles

  • Welcome and Programme Introduction
  • Sovereign Investment Models and Tools Part 1: Objectives and Governance
  • Sovereign Investment Models and Tools Part 2: Best
  • Practices in Portfolio Management
  • Sovereign Investment Models and Tools Part 3: Investment Management


Tuesday 10 July 2018 Megatrends & Long-Term Investing

  • Navigating Global Demographic Transitions
  • harnessing Megatrends to Create a long-term Investment Strategy
  • The Investment Implications of Climate Change

Dinner with Paolo Scaroni, Vice-President rothschild

Wednesday 11 July 2018 Equity Investment & Risk Management

  • Identifying risk Tolerance & Managing risk Exposure
  • Sovereign Equity Investing with a Double Bottom line
  • Mastering Direct Equity Investments in Private Markets

Dinner with Siobhan MacDermott, Bank of America

Thursday 12 July 2018 Fixed Income & Alternatives

  • Fixed Income in the Post QE Era
  • Hedge Funds & Emerging Alternatives
  • Investing in real Estate: Theory & Practice
  • The Challenges of Infrastructure


Friday 13 July 2018 The New Frontiers of Sovereign Investment

  • Innovation and Technological Disruption
  • Mitigating Political risk in Direct Equity Investments

Sovereign Investment Workshop

The SIL Workshop & Gala Dinner

The SIL Workshop is a landmark event amongst SWF related international gatherings. Now at its 6th edition, it features a presentation of the most recent research results of the SIA, including the report on global SWF investment trends, a keynote speech and panel discussions amongst high-rank officials of international sovereign wealth funds, experts, and policymakers. This closed-door, invitation only event is reserved to a small audience of 100 invitees from the investment and business community, academia and policy sphere. Participants of the Program will be invited to attend the workshop and to the Gala Dinner, the highlight of the workshop’s social program, a rare opportunity to engage in informal, intimate conversation with world-renowned experts and practitioners.

Who should attend


Managers of SWFs trained in economics, finance, law, accounting, who wish to learn the foundational principles of the strategies they apply every day, to acquire advanced, quantitative skills in sovereign asset management, and to explore the most innovative frontiers of long-term investment. Policy-makers, officials from central banks, ministries of finance, and Treasuries from resource-rich, trade surplus countries, who wish to design, establish, or scale-up their national SWF.


Curriculum Vitae SDA Professor of Practice Degree in Economics and Policy, Università Bocconi, Milano 2000 MSc in Environmental Technology, Imperial College London, 2004 Ph.D., Imperial College London, 2010 Academic position and/or Professional activities Director of the Master in Green Manag...
Professor of Management and Head of the Department of Management and Technology. I study firm strategy, particularly technology strategy and the impact of innovation on industry structures. I published on national and international journals. My best known book is Markets for Technology (2001, MIT...
Curriculum Vitae Stefano Gatti is SDA Professor of Banking and Insurance. He is Professor of Practice of Finance at Bocconi University. At SDA Bocconi, he was Director of the Full Time MBA and International Teachers’ Program Director. He also teaches at MISB Bocconi Mumbai. He conducted researc...
Curriculum Vitae SDA Lecturer Degree in Law and International Law, Catholic University of Milano Former Director Master in Real Estate Former Responsable for Finance and Real Estate Business Unit - SDA Bocconi Corporate Finance and Real Estate Department Academic position and/or Professional a...
Francesco Billari is Professor of Demography and Dean of the Faculty at Bocconi University, Milan, he worked at the University of Oxford (Department of Sociology, where he also served as Head of Department) and Nuffield College (where he was a Professorial Fellow), and at the Max Planck Institute...
Curriculum Vitae SDA Fellow Degree in Economics, Università degli Studi di Bologna, Italy, 1992 Ms in Economics, Universitè Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 1995 Doctorate in Economics, Università degli Studi di Siena, Italy, 1996 PhD in Economics, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 2...
He has held numerous judicial roles, including Recorder, Deputy High Court Judge, and Chair of the Competition Appeal Tribunal. For 10 years he was a member of the General Medical Council. He was the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation from 2001-11, and was awarded the CBE for services...
As Head of Strategy in the team serving sovereign institutions globally, Massimiliano analyses the market trends affecting the investment behaviour of central banks, sovereign wealth funds and other state-controlled investment institutions and works closely with the investment teams in providing ...
Angelo Cortese is the Head of Risk Management at FSI. He was the Risk Manager at Fondo Strategico Italiano. He is the Head of equity risk management at CDP and Chief Risk Officer at CDP Equity. Prior to joining CDP he was Director of Financial Institutions Ratings at Standard & Poor’s in Mila...
BA, Oberlin College; MA, Harvard University. Former Economic Consultant, Economic Planning Board and Ministry of Finance, Korea. With Citigroup: 1990-95, Managing Director, International Equity Research; 1995-99, International Asset Management. 1999-2002, Vice-President and Senior Equity Portfoli...


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