Cédric Rimaud, CFA – Senior Fixed Income Fund Manager
Cédric Rimaud, CFA, has got 20 years of experience covering global fixed income and emerging markets credits. Cedric has been preparing new facilities in the Asia Pacific region to attract capital flows from institutional investors into green/social projects in low income countries, building on his research at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP): “Finance for Climate Action in Asia Pacific: a Regional Action Agenda to Access Debt Capital Markets”.
Cédric Rimaud has been a Credit Analyst for the last 10 years with two top independent credit research providers. At Spread Research SAS in France, he was a senior credit analyst on the European High Yield markets, covering Retail, Capital Goods and Financial companies. At Gimme Credit LLC, he has been covering corporations from various industry sectors in Latin America, Middle East and Africa, as well as China and South East Asia. In this capacity, he regularly publishes investment recommendations on the corporate bond markets, allowing institutional investors to make strategic investments on the pricing of corporate bonds in these markets. He analyzes corporations, non-bank institutions and other financial institutions with a high capacity to repay loans. Cédric holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School and is currently enrolled in the Executive MBA joint program of INSEAD Singapore and Tsinghua University in Beijing. He’s also a CFA charter holder.
While working for Citigroup global markets in London between 2004 and 2007 as part of their Global Portfolio Optimization group, which was in charge of providing liquidity to the loan portfolio across Emerging Markets, Cédric proposed, designed and brought to market a $1 billion synthetic collateralized loan obligation, with a portfolio of 100 borrowers across all regions. The deal, launched under the name “Spheara”, was marketed as a multi-tranched obligation and was sold through a public roadshow across a large pool of institutional investors.
Since 2018, Cedric has been working as the ASEAN Program Manager for the Climate Bonds Initiative, a non-for-profit, investor-led organization working to promote climate bonds globally and offering a certification to issuers of green bonds that guarantees their compliance with the objectives of the Paris Agreement. He’s a regular contributor to the Business Times in Singapore on the topic of green and social bonds. He’s also working with the ASEAN+3 Bond Market Forum (ABMF), part of the Asian Development Bank, to promote local corporate bonds in South East Asia, Japan, China and Korea. He is currently based in Singapore.
Yossef Zahar – Fund Operations, Credit, Portfolio
Yossef brings more than 17 years of global experience in financial markets, investment and corporate finance, and has served in a variety of senior roles in top-tier financial institutions. Over the past 9 years he has been working in Asia Pacific on impact and climate finance projects. As Senior Finance Advisor to the UN Climate Change Secretariat (UNFCCC) Bangkok, Yossef led the sustainable finance activity in Asia-Pacific, and was responsible for strategic positioning, developing and implementing regional sustainability initiatives in the financial sector, with an emphasis on ASEAN countries. He oversaw the development of innovative regional financial structures, integrating blended finance mechanisms working with financial institutions, global and regional business associations, financial policy makers and regulators, development banks, donors. He further served in different senior advisory roles including as Senior Finance Advisor for USAID-funded project to scale-up of investments in climate-smart agriculture and to corporates and new ventures in Asia Pacific. Prior to this Yossef worked for international financial institutions including: Deutsche Bank / DLJ, London, as an equity research analyst serving institutional clients; Citigroup, responsible for multinationals’ financing and venture lending, a NY based brokerage leading institutional clients’ work and for Lloyds Bank, managing assets and business development activities in Europe and the Middle East.
Yossef holds a Masters’ in Finance from London Business School, where he was a Chevening Leadership Scholar and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics & Management (summa cum laude). He has been a member of Sustainable Finance Geneva since 2007 and founded the London Business School Carbon Network, serving on its board and as its president. Currently, he is associated with Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and has been organizing numerous high-level sustainable finance events, being often a speaker for advancing the green finance agenda in the region.
Laura Altinger, Ph.D. – Climate Finance, Impact and Partnerships
Dr. Laura Altinger has two decades of international climate change and climate finance experience at the United Nations and World Bank, spanning the Asia-Pacific and pan-European regions, and drawing on a wide network of public and private sector stakeholders to promote impactful climate action and sustainable development. Laura’s work has focused on programme management, policy advice, strategic positioning and partnerships. She has overseen large regional and national technical assistance engagements with governments across Asia-Pacific and has managed multiple distributed teams. She has led Ministerial-level events, including at numerous UNFCCC COPs and Asia-Pacific Climate Weeks, has published widely on climate policy and finance and regularly presents at international conferences and workshops.
Laura holds a PhD from London Business School, an M.A. and B.A. (Hons) from the University of Cambridge, an M.Sc. from Bristol and a Graduate Diploma from the College of Law. English and German are her mother tongue, she is fluent in French and Italian, and proficient in Spanish.