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LOIM reinforces sustainability expertise with strategic senior hire

LOIM reinforces sustainability expertise with strategic senior hire


Dr. Marc Palahi joins holistiQ in London as Chief Nature Officer


Lombard Odier Investment Managers (“LOIM”) today announces the appointment of Dr. Marc Palahi as Chief Nature Officer, as part of the firm’s continued drive to bolster its sustainability expertise and capabilities through the addition of industry-leading talent.

Marc is a strategically important hire, following the recent launch of holistiQ Investment Partners (“holistiQ”), a dedicated sustainable investment platform within LOIM that will invest in critical themes of the environmental transition with a dedicated pillar on nature-based solutions.

Marc is an internationally recognised expert on forests, circular bioeconomy and global change with over two decades of experience in leading scientific initiatives, including the directorship of the European Forest Institute.

In his new role, Marc is responsible for further developing the nature strategy within holistiQ’s sustainable investment platform. In addition to enhancing the platform’s nature-focused investment offering, Marc will integrate Nature centrally across holistiQ’s sustainability research activities, which provide intelligence and connectivity across all LOIM’s core businesses.

Furthermore, Marc’s extensive knowledge and experience will be leveraged to create new tools and investment solutions that support the phase-out of carbon-intensive economic activity in favour of nature-based models, ultimately driving investment that contributes towards nature restoration, while further positioning holistiQ as a global leader in the distribution of nature-positive strategies.

Marc joins from the European Forest Institute, where he worked since 2007 and where he was the Director since 2015. In this role, Marc was responsible for driving the Institute’s development as a pan-European science-policy platform and working to connect knowledge to action at the interface of science, policy and business. Marc holds a PhD in forestry and economics and has authored and contributed to over 40 scientific publications over the course of his career.

Jean-Pascal Porcherot, Co-Head of LOIM and Managing Partner of Lombard Odier, said: “The world continues to face unprecedented challenges in building a more sustainable economic future, encompassing climate change, biodiversity loss, socio-economic inequalities as well as resource security and scarcity. The role nature has to play in addressing these issues is increasingly clear, and we must ensure that a just transition includes positive nature outcomes. Marc’s extensive academic experience across Nature, forests and the emerging circular bioeconomy industries will be instrumental as holistiQ develops leading nature-based investment products that seek environmental outcomes and compelling returns1 for clients.”

Dr. Marc Palahi, Chief Nature Officer at holistiQ commented: “For the last twenty years I have been working to better understand the large societal challenges we are facing as well as the potential solutions that Nature, science and technology can offer to address them. It is paramount that in the next decade we need to facilitate an unprecedented economic transformation if we want to place our world on a sustainable path. The good news is that we have the knowledge to do it but need to deploy capital at the right scale in the right solutions. My ambition is to contribute to Lombard Odier´s long-term sustainable commitment by placing Nature and nature-based solutions at the centre of the global investment agenda.”

Marc joined LOIM on 1st June 2023 and is based in London. In addition to his role within holistiQ, Marc will continue to lead the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance, established by His Majesty The King (formerly the Prince of Wales), on a secondment basis.


About Lombard Odier IM

At Lombard Odier Investment Managers, we are rethinkers with one goal in mind. To provide our clients with outstanding investment solutions that meet their needs for the long term and evolve to thrive in the challenging world in which we all live. 

We are focused investment specialists, seeking out investment opportunities that lie on less trodden paths, where our diverse and talented team can add genuine, persistent, value to our clients. We constantly rethink what we know and do, innovating to create new strategies and develop new ways of investing. 

We believe that the next economic revolution has already begun, and that sustainability will be a major driver of returns for the foreseeable future and beyond. For those with the skills to adapt to this new reality, sustainability would create new sources of alpha, open up new investment opportunities and lead to enhanced return and reduced portfolio risk.

Our team of sustainability experts combine sophisticated data sources, academic rigour, and technical innovation to create leading-edge, science-based tools that provide unique insights that are available to all our investment professionals. 

These unique insights are reflected directly in our growing range of dedicated sustainable investment strategies that are aligned to this core belief, that our economic model must move from being Wasteful, Idle, Lopsided and Dirty to become Circular, Lean, Inclusive and Clean. We call this The CLIC® Economy.

With more than 180 investment professionals, we are a global business with a network of 13 offices across Europe, Asia and North America and have assets under management of 63 billion CHF (as of 31 December 2022).


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