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Intentionality Matters!

The integration of material sustainability factors into investment portfolios needs to be intentional and not accidental to achieve targeted impacts. This webinar will explore how the growing demand for integrating ESG considerations into investments must be reconciled with the deluge of data, and the call for tangible metrics which makes a compelling case for quantitative finance because capacity and speed and tools to target a specific set of ESG signals.

Learn how artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) are among the disciplines and techniques that have become available to ESG quant researchers and practitioners to sustain the exponential growth of data with the goal of aligning investors’ values with investment processes, and potentially creating a dual positive impact. Discover different approaches used by investors to achieve long-term goals with impact investing.
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Mamadou-Abou Sarr, Founder & President, V-Square Quantitative Management
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