Deirdre CooperCo-Head of Thematic Equity at Ninety One
Deirdre is Co-Head of Thematic Equity within the Multi-Asset team at Ninety One. Deirdre is a leading voice in understanding and committing to sustainable investing, including engagement and integration of ESG into the investment process, in order to address and combat climate change. Ninety One’s Global Environment Strategy, which she co-manages, invests in companies enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy to capture the structural growth driven by decarbonization.
Prior to joining Ninety One in 2018, Deirdre was a Partner, Portfolio Manager and Head of Research at Ecofin. Before joining Ecofin, Deirdre was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where she headed their European Renewable Energy coverage effort and built an investment banking and principal investing franchise.
She has long had a passion for sustainable investing and has worked on a voluntary basis in the microfinance sector both in the US and in Pakistan.
She is a member of the advisory board of Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to increase the percentage of the world’s investable capital run by women, as well as the advisory board for Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment.
She was also a member of the advisory board of the Shell Foundation’s Energy Company of the Future project. Deirdre earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and her BA from University College Dublin.