Senior investment director, Asian equities, abrdn
David Smith, senior investment director at abrdn, leads ESG research and integration across Asia. He heads the Asia Responsible Investing pod, which manages the Asian Sustainable Development Equity Strategy. He is also responsible for leading engagement with board members and management of abrdn investee companies in Asia. David is a CFA Charterholder. CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.
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The Asian Sustainable Development Equity Strategy aims to achieve long term growth by investing in companies in Asia Pacific (excluding Japan) countries, which in our view, will make a positive societal contribution through their alignment achieving the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
For investors, this also offers potential for alpha generation, given the size of the addressable market in the region; portfolio diversification with a wide range of growth themes; and tailwinds that can drive the pace of development. The strategy aims to outperform the MSCI AC Asia Pacific ex Japan Index (USD) benchmark before charges.
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