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Endowus Satellite Series with Natixis | Riding on Megatrends and Growth: AI, Robotics and Beyond | 8 November, 6PM HKT

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About the Event

The captivating powers of generative artificial intelligence (AI) have taken the world by storm since the initial release of ChatGPT by OpenAI in late 2022. 

Overnight, companies considered AI pioneers, such as Nvidia, have become stock market darlings, with its stock price up 195% year-to-date as of 18 October 2023. Is this hype or a long-term megatrend here to stay for investors to take advantage of?

As our inaugural event of the Endowus Satellite series, we warmly invite you to join an exclusive in-person event, on 8 November 2023 (Wed) from 6-8pm. Endowus CEO, Gregory Van, will be hosting experts from Natixis Investment Managers, a US$1.2 trillion global investment powerhouse, for a fireside chat on the latest trends in AI & robotics, and how investors can think about allocating to these innovative megatrends in their investment portfolios. We will explore the opportunities and any potential risks to consider.

We are pleased to have Karen Kharmandarian as our guest speaker. Karen is the Chairman & CIO of Thematics Asset Management, a Natixis subsidiary dedicated to thematic innovative investment strategies. He has nearly 30 years of experience and is also CIO and co-manager of the Thematics AI & Robotics Strategy and the Thematics Meta Strategy.

Event Information

Date: Wednesday, 8th November 2023

Time: 6pm to 8pm HKT

Venue: The Executive Centre, Level 19, Two Chinachem Central, No. 26 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong

Wine and canapés on the house. Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

For further enquiries, contact

About Natixis

Natixis Investment Managers, with assets under management of USD $1.2 trillion (as of 30/6/2023), is 100% owned by BPCE - one of the largest banking groups in France. Natixis Investment Managers has more than 15 affiliated investment managers in the Americas, Europe and Asia. These affiliated investment managers are supported by a global distribution network. The affiliate investment managers retain full control of their investment decisions, investment philosophies and day-to-day operations.

About Thematics Asset Management

Thematics Asset Management, an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, with EUR 3.5 billion in assets under management (as of 31/8/2023), is founded in 2019 and is based in Paris, France. The management team consists of 2 ESG specialists and 10 investment managers who specialized in global thematic investing, with a high-conviction, long-term approach and an emphasis on integrating ESG.

Thematics AM is a dedicated equity investor in innovative thematic strategies, which include Water, Safety, Artificial Intelligence & Robotics, the Subscription Economy and Wellness. It invests in a collection of markets that have the potential to grow at a rate superior to that of the roader global economy due to the long-term secular growth drivers that underpin them. It integrates ESG principles in its portfolio construction process.

About the Speakers

Karen Kharmandarian, Chairman & CIO, Thematics Asset Management

Karen is a founding partner of Thematics Asset Management, and is the Chairman & CIO of Thematics Asset Management. Karen began his investment career in 1994 with Société Générale as a Bank analyst. In 1996 he joined the Aurel-Leven brokerage firm to set up and lead the Credit and Research department and in 1999 moved to the ‘buy side’ in a similar role with Ixis Asset Management in Paris, where he spent five years. He subsequently joined Pictet Asset Management in 2004 based in Geneva, where he spent 14 years, managing first the High Yield Credit Fund before becoming a Senior Equity Portfolio Manager in the Thematic Equities Team in 2007. He initially co-managed the High Income Infrastructure strategies before setting up and launching the Pictet Robotics Fund in 2015. Karen then moved to the latest project within Pictet Thematics, the Global Thematic Opportunities Fund, a ‘best ideas’ portfolio which leverages the knowledge of each and every Thematic strategy.

He is currently CIO and co-manager of the Thematics AI & Robotics Strategy and the Thematics Meta Strategy.

Karen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Master’s degree in Banking & Finance from the Sorbonne University, as well as a business degree from the Institut d’Études Politiques (Paris).

Gregory Van, CEO, Endowus

Greg is passionate about making investing accessible and at the lowest achievable cost for all investors. As CEO, he is responsible for driving the company’s growth and strategic execution. He started his career in investment banking at UBS, advising and fundraising for private equity and venture capital firms in the Asia Pacific region. Greg then joined Grab in its early days and was part of the pioneer team that launched the firm’s digital payments services across Southeast Asia.

Greg was recently awarded the CEO of the Year for the Singapore market at Asia Asset Management’s Best of the Best Awards 2022. He holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.


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