Fund of the Month (May'24): Seventh AP Fund (AP7)

1st May, 2024

AP7 is the state alternative to the private investment funds offered within the Swedish premium pension system. The fund has been the best performing State-Owned Investor globally in the past decade, and recently announced plans to increase the allocation to alternative asset classes from 4% up to 20% of the portfolio. We had the pleasure of speaking with its CEO, Mr. Pål Bergström, about the fund’s success, strategy, and future objectives.

Fund of the Month (Apr'24): Aware Super

1st April, 2024

Aware Super is Australia’s third largest profit-for-member industry superannuation fund, with AU$ 175 billion (US$ 114 billion) under management on behalf of 1.2 million members and a brand-new office in London. We had the pleasure of speaking with its CEO, Ms. Deanne Stewart, about the fund’s strategy, future objectives, female leadership and how the industry needs to evolve to meet future retirement needs.

Fund of the Month (Mar'24): Druk Holding & Investment (DHI)

1st March, 2024

With a population of less than a million people, Bhutan is known for its mountains, monasteries, and the thunder dragon (“druk”) featured in its flag. Its Sovereign Wealth Fund, Druk Holding & Investment (DHI), manages some of the country’s national champions and also invests in international securities and digital assets. We had the pleasure of speaking with its CEO, Mr. Ujjwal Deep Dahal, about the fund’s strategy and future objectives.

Fund of the Month (Feb'24): Maharlika Investment Fund (MIF)

1st February, 2024

The maharlika (freedman) were feudal warriors in Luzon, the Philippines, and the term comes from Sanskrit, meaning man of wealth, knowledge, or ability. And this is exactly what Maharlika Investment Fund, the country’s new SWF, intends to do by managing intergenerational financial assets and advancing long-term development goals. We had the pleasure of speaking to its newly appointed CEO, Rafael Consing, about the fund’s background and prospects.

Fund of the Year (Jan'24): Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM)

1st January, 2024

For its 25+ years of global investing and stewardship, for its position as one of the world’s largest and most influential universal asset owners, for its significant activity across asset classes and industries in 2023, and, more broadly, for its leadership among Sovereign Wealth Funds and contribution to the advancement of the industry, Global SWF believes that Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), on behalf of the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), is a worthy recipient of the 2023 Fund of the Year award. We were delighted to present it to Daniel Balthasar and Pedro Furtado Reis, the Co-CIOs of the US$ 1 trillion listed equities portfolio, and to speak with them about the fund’s recent evolution and ambitions.

Fund of the Month (Dec'23): Indonesia Investment Authority (INA)

1st December, 2023

The Indonesia Investment Authority (INA) may be still young, but it is making strides in the SWF world with a rising AuM and a busy investment activity in Indonesia’s most important industries. We had the great pleasure of speaking with the inaugural Chief Risk Officer of the fund, Ms. Marita Alisjahbana, about the fund’s current state of play and future strategy.

Fund of the Month (Nov'23): Public Officials Benefit Association (POBA)

1st November, 2023

Among S. Korean pension funds, the Public Officials Benefit Association (POBA) is known for having modernized its approach to asset allocation and for having boosted AuM and returns in the past few years. We had the great pleasure of speaking with the engineer of such change as the fund’s CIO between 2016 and 2022, Mr. Dong Hun Jang, about the country’s pension system, the fund’s history, and the changes he pushed for during his tenure.

Fund of the Month (Oct'23): Fórum de Fundos Soberanos Brasileiros (FFSB)

1st October, 2023

The most active Latin American country in terms of new SWFs is Brazil, where several cities and states have set up their own savings vehicles, under the umbrella of FFSB. We were delighted to catch up with Dr. Fernanda Feil and Mr. Leandro Ferreira, Co-Directors of the Forum.

Fund of the Month (Sep'23): British Columbia Investment MC (BCI)

1st September, 2023

One of the most active Canadian funds this year so far has been BCI, with several high-profile investments and the expansion of its New York and London offices. In addition, the British Columbia fund was one of the top scorers of our GSR scoreboard, with 96%. We had the great pleasure of speaking with Gordon J. Fyfe, CEO & CIO, about BCI’s latest developments.

Fund of the Month (Aug'23): Fonds Souverain de Djibouti (FSD)

1st August, 2023

Among the newest sovereign wealth funds in Africa, the Fonds Souverain de Djibouti (FSD) can be considered a hidden gem. The fund was established in 2020 to help improve governance and catalyze investments in strategic sectors to build long-term wealth for future generations. We had the great pleasure of speaking with its CEO, Mr. Slim Feriani, about the fund’s history, current status and developments, and future plans.

GSR Scoreboard 2023 Leader: Temasek Holdings

1st July, 2023

The leader of this year’s assessment is Temasek Holdings. For the past three years, the Singaporean State-Owned Investor has consistently ranked among those with best practices globally, and this year it scored 100% of the GSR elements with its website providing more clarity around its organizational structure.

Fund of the Month (Jun'23): Mauritius Investment Corporation (MIC)

1st June, 2023

If we talk about emerging SWFs with a specific focus, we need to talk about MIC, which was established in June 2020 to support and accelerate the economic development of Mauritius, grow national wealth, and build the country’s long-term economic resilience. We had the great pleasure of speaking with CEO Jitendra Bissessur about the fund’s origins and plans.

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