DNCA Finance – an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers -recently created a Responsible Investment department, led by Léa Dunand-Chatellet. According to the company, and after the signing of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI) in 2017, this move clearly reflects DNCA Finance’s aim to take its responsible investment approach a step further.
She is tasked with setting up a Responsible and Sustainable Investment team as part of the broader portfolio management team, with the aim of providing in-house research for all fund managers, particularly for the SRI fund range, which will be available from September 2018.
“I am delighted to join this vibrant team and gain greater insight into the portfolio managers’ renowned expertise, as we work together to develop an exacting and pragmatic approach. We will aim to deliver high value-added extra-financial research, making it impactful for our portfolios and driving their performances” said Léa Dunand-Chatellet.
Eric Franc stated “We are very proud and pleased to welcome Léa to our team – responsible investment is one of DNCA Finance’s key strategic goals going forward”.
Léa Dunand-Chatellet, 35 years old, is a graduate of the École Normale Supérieure (ENS), with an agregation in economy and management (university highest-level competitive examination for teachers’ recruitment), and is also a member of various committees on the Paris financial market. She teaches courses on responsible investment in some of France’s major business schools and coauthored a key publication in 2014 “SRI and Responsible Investment” (published by Ellipse).
Léa started her career in 2005 at Oddo Securities’ extra-financial research department, and then became portfolio manager and Head of ESG research at Sycomore Asset Management in 2010. She spent five years at the company, setting up and managing a range of SRI funds with AUM of €700m, achieving a top AAA ranking from Citywire. Working within the investment management industry, she developed a pioneering extra-financial model that includes sustainable development issues in the fund management approach. In 2015, she joined Mirova as Equity CIO, managing a team of ten equity portfolio managers, with AUM of €3.5bn.