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Mamadou-Abou Sarr, CIFD

Co-founder, President, and CEO, V-Square Quantitative Management

Mamadou-Abou Sarr, CIFD is the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of V-Square Quantitative Management, a subsidiary of Valor Management L.P. Mamadou founded V-Square Quantitative Management in 2020 after an accomplished career in asset management whilst working for global financial services company across the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Africa. His investment firm specializes in financial engineering, development and management of quantitative portfolios and processing of sustainability big data. Industry leader in the field of sustainable investing and financial innovation, Sarr 's previous role was global head of product development and sustainable investing at Northern Trust Asset Management in Chicago, where he was responsible for driving innovation and product development across asset classes. Mamadou spearheaded, developed, and led one of the largest sustainable investing platforms in the industry. 

He has over eighteen years of experience in asset management. Previously, Sarr worked for HSBC Global Asset Management, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Amundi Alternative Investments and Citi in trading, product specialist and business development roles in London, Paris, Abu Dhabi and Dakar.

Sarr is a Certified Investment Fund Director (CIFD) by the CIFD Institute. Sarr received his bachelor's in economics from the Universite Paris-Saclay and holds a master's in International project management from the European School of Management (ESCP), Paris. He has published many articles and papers in professional and academic journals including Pensions & Investments, European Pensions, Environmental Finance, and the Journal of Portfolio Management. 

Sarr has also spoken at more than 150 conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australia and is a guest lecturer on sustainability at University of Chicago, Harvard, Wharton and ESCP Business School. Sarr is actively involved in philanthropic and civic activities. He serves on the boards of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Nature Conservancy Illinois Chapter (TNC), the US SIF (The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment), Rush Health Equity Advisory Council (Rush Hospital) and he is a member of the Investment Committee of Align Impact. He also serves at the ESCP business school Research Center for Energy Management (Member of the Advisory Board); French American Cultural Exchange (FACE - Founding member of FACE in Chicago) and a member of various committees of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). 

In 2014 he was named in the Financial News "Top 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Asset Management" in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. In 2017, Sarr was named a "40 under 40" by Crain's Chicago Business. In 2017 he was also recognized in Top 50 Individuals who contribute the most sustainable & responsible investment industry in the world (IRRI). He is a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago since 2019, a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and an adjunct professor of ESG Investing at the Baumhart Center (Loyola University Chicago). Sarr is a French Foreign Trade Advisor, appointed by decree of the Prime Minister of France.

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