Wim Van Hyfte
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Wim Van Hyfte

Global Head of Responsible ESG Research & Investments, Member of the Executive Committee

Wim Van Hyfte, Ph.D, has been Global Head of ESG Investments and Research at Candriam since 2016. He is responsible for research on environmental, social and governance issues, the implications for and the integration into portfolio and risk management across assets. 

Before, he was senior fund manager-quantitative analyst at Candriam conducting empirical research on asset pricing, the quantitative modeling of alpha/risk, the integration of ESG factors and portfolio optimization. He co-managed over $5 billion in global ESG quant equity funds and segregated accounts for nearly 10 years. He joined Candriam in 2006 after having worked in the academic world for over 8 years. 

He lectures on Sustainable Finance at business schools and universities. He was Visiting Professor at ULB Solvay School of Economics and Management from 2012 until 2020 teaching on Asset Pricing in an advance master in quantitative finance. From 2006 until 2012, he was Visiting Professor at Vlerick Business School teaching on portfolio management in an MBA program. From 2000 until 2001, he was consultant for a Belgian pension fund and a venture capital fund. 

He holds a PhD in Financial Economics, an MBA in Finance and a Master’s degree in Applied Economics. His academic research covers both empirical and corporate finance with a focus on asset pricing, risk modeling and portfolio management. His work has been presented at international academic conferences and published in peer-reviewed international academic journals. 

Discover the latest articles by Wim Van Hyfte, PhD

ESG, SRI, Kroum Sourov, Sovereign Sustainability, Research Paper, Wim Van Hyfte

Sustainability in the age of the grey swan

Grey swan is an event that is possible and known, potentially extremely significant but considered not very likely to happen.
Q&A, Wim Van Hyfte, Paulo Salazar

Can emerging markets be sustainable?

We need innovative methodologies to apply the ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance) approach to emerging markets, as Wim Van Hyfte, Ph.D., Global Head of Responsible Investments and Research, Paulo Salazar, Head of Emerging Markets Equities, and Lamine Saidi, Senior Fund Manager, explain.
ESG, SRI, Wim Van Hyfte

Weapons manufacturing is not sustainable. No ifs or buts.

For many years, and with the gradual rise of ESG investing, investors have been excluding the defence sector from their investments due to the adverse nature of armaments which have often served to infringe human rights and led to devastating effects on human lives and the overall  well-being of society.
Research Paper, Sovereign Sustainability, Kroum Sourov, ESG, SRI, Wim Van Hyfte

The New Sovereign Sustainability Model

Pricing Sovereign Sustainability: A community already exists within finance which is committed to adding value for investors, while collectively changing the world. Both we and the next generation deserve nothing less.

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