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Eric Rice

March 24, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Eric Rice

Eric Rice, Managing Director, is Head of Impact Investing. He works as a portfolio manager and is the architect of the world’s first diversified public-markets impact investing strategy, Global Impact. Global Impact is an alpha-oriented strategy that invests in companies whose goods and services help address the world’s great problems as defined by the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Eric also collaborates with other investors at BlackRock to help germinate additional impact and sustainable investing strategies.

Eric joined BlackRock from Wellington Management in 2019, where he had been an investor for over 20 years. Previously, he worked as a World Bank country economist and a diplomat in Rwanda with the US Department of State.

Eric earned a PhD in economics from Harvard University and a AB degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco, CA.

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Flora Cameron Watt

March 24, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Flora Cameron Watt

Flora Cameron Watt is an impact analyst for the Impact Investing strategy with Blackrock’s Fundamental Active Equity group. Flora focuses on Impact analysis, the Impact universe,  and the Impact Team’s engagement strategy, working alongside the impact investment analysts, to engage with companies. 

Flora joined Blackrock through the Blackrock’s Graduate scheme in London, England. She worked on the European Equity Team and the Nutrition Team, covering multiple sectors including business services, food delivery and Infant Milk formula. Flora also completed an Industrial Placement year in Blackrock’s Fundamental Equity Team during her third year of university. 

Flora graduated from the University of Bath, where she earned a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Politics and International Relations. Flora is a keen runner and coxswain, competing at Henley Royal Regatta for her university and coaching others in  the sport. Her philanthropic work is mostly focused on the inclusivity of education and is currently training for her first marathon.

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Max Zamor

March 24, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Max Zamor

Max Zamor is a product strategist for the Fundamental Equity Impact Investing Team, covering the Global, US and International Impact strategies. He is responsible for driving commercial success for US-based Impact strategies by planning strategic direction, aligning with distribution partners, and representing the teams’ investment capabilities to external & internal clients. Mr. Zamor was previously a product strategist within BlackRock’s Systematic Active Equity (SAE) group where he was responsible for supporting the growth of SAE’s investment platform. 

Prior to his role in SAE, Mr. Zamor worked in Strategy and Planning as an Assistant Vice President at PNC’s Asset Management Group. There, he collaborated cross functionally with different teams and senior leaders to drive the strategic initiatives of the $11 Billion business segment. Mr. Zamor also worked as a Venture Associate with Investors’ Circle, an early-stage impact investing network. He was responsible for developing an enhanced and dynamic client reporting system while focusing on building a robust growth strategy for the firm. Mr. Zamor was also a Summer Associate at JP Morgan’s Global Wealth Management group and started his professional career as a New York City Mathematics Teacher for four years.

Mr. Zamor holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a master’s degree in Mathematics Education from CUNY Hunter College. Mr. Zamor also holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. 

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Daniel Concessi

March 18, 2021 |by secon2017 | Comments Off on Daniel Concessi
Daniel Concessi' Bio
Daniel Concessi is a research analyst for the Impact Investing strategy within BlackRock’s Fundamental Active Equity group. Danny covers multiple sectors within the Impact strategy, including healthcare, software, telecommunications, and financial services.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Danny was a research associate at Wellington Management, where he worked as an equity analyst on the firm’s flagship Global Impact equity strategy, and as a sector specialist covering financial services. Before Wellington, Danny spent the first two years of his career in New York City at Morgan Stanley conducting credit analysis to support the underwriting of leveraged loans.

Danny graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in finance and accounting and a minor in economics in 2016. Outside of his career, Danny is active in community and philanthropic work, including running Boston Marathons to raise awareness and cancer research funding for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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William McSweeney

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William McSweeney' Bio
William McSweeney is a research analyst and member of the Global Impact team within the Fundamental Equity division of BlackRock’s Portfolio Management Group. William
joined the Global Impact fund in 2020 and covers multiple sectors, including financial and education technology.

Prior to joining the Global Impact team, William was a research associate responsible for covering the energy industry for BlackRock’s Value and Income team. William’s
passion for impact investing came from his focus on the transition to clean energy and the electric vehicles industry.

William graduated Cum Laude from Hofstra University, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in finance and minored in economics.

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Quyen Tran

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Quyen Tran' Bio
Quyen Tran is the Director of Impact Investing for BlackRock. Her research creates BlackRock’s framework for advancing impact investing, including the development of BlackRock’s criteria for impact investing across asset classes. Quyen’s research includes making the case for impact in public equities, the case for alpha generation, the role impact plays in a total portfolio’s asset strategy, and best practices in impact measurement. She partners with academia and industry practitioners to develop thought leadership in the impact ecosystem. Quyen is a member of Harvard Business School’s Alumni for Impact Initiative, serves on the Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) working group for impact in public equities, and is a Board Advisor for Bentley University’s Sustainable Investment Group.

Prior to joining BlackRock, Quyen worked as the sustainable investment strategist for Wellington Management. She guided the development of the firm’s flagship impact strategy in public equities and the strategy to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Previously, Quyen worked as a senior investment consultant at Cambridge Associates where she advised endowments and foundations on investment strategy and she headed the training program for analysts globally. At Fidelity Investments, Quyen was a director of investment analytics covering global equities.

Quyen earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and her BA, cum laude, in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College. She studied abroad at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. On a volunteer basis, she taught English as a classroom teacher in Vietnam and worked for the advancement of grade-school children in the US.

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