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Deirdre Cooper
Portfolio Manager at Investec Asset Management


Deirdre is co-portfolio manager for the Global Environment Strategy in the Natural Resources team at Investec Asset Management, soon to Ninety One. Prior to joining the team in 2018, she 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 nonprofit organisation whose mission is to increase the percentage of the world’s investable capital run by women. She is also a member of the advisory board of the Shell Foundation’s Energy Company of the Future project, as well as the advisory board for Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment. Deirdre earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and her BA from University College Dublin.

Agenda Sessions

  • QuickFire Best Ideas - The Afternoon Selection

  • Afternoon portfolio manager closed-door discussions Round 3 - Investors choose another session from the second group of four presented

  • Afternoon portfolio manager closed-door discussions - Round 4

  • What distinguishes an ESG Fund? (Part 2)