Jean-Paul Villain

Director, Strategy Unit, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority

Degrees in Politics, Economics and Sciences (Applied Mathematics), Paris. Former Assistant Professor of Finance, Paris-University. 1971, joined Banque Paribas, various positions, including: Portfolio Manager; Head of Investments, Asset Management Department. 1982, joined Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) as Regional Manager for Europe; then Senior Fund Manager for all financial assets. 1987, returned to Paribas as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Paribas Asset Management. 1992, returned to ADIA as Regional Manager for European Assets; 1995, Adviser, then Senior Adviser for Investment Strategy; currently, Director, Strategy Unit, Managing Director's Office, Member, Strategy Committee and Member, Investment Committee, Abu Dhabi Benefits and Retirement Fund (the pension fund for the citizens of Abu Dhabi). Recipient of the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (2007) and Officer of the British Empire (OBE) 2014.