Professor Dr. Andreas G. F. Hoepner is Professor of Operational Risk, Banking & Finance at the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and the Lochlann Quinn School of Business of University College Dublin (UCD). Andreas is also heading the ‘Practical Tools’ research group of the Mistra Financial Systems (MFS) research consortium (5 groups, total funding: SEK 58 million ~ about US$ 7 million), which aims to support Scandinavian and global asset owners with evidence-based tools for investment decision making. Before joining UCD in June 2017, Andreas was Associate Professor of Finance at the ICMA Centre of Henley Business School, where he remained subsequently as Visiting Professor of Finance teaching FCA staff on Ethics, Governance & Accountability. He is also Visiting Professor in Financial Data Science at the University of Hamburg, serves as a board member of the Financial Data Science Association (having been its inaugural chair in 2015-16) and educates investment professional in financial data science as Scientific Co-Director of the Certificate in Financial Data Science of the German Investment Association (DVFA). He is serving on independent assessment committees for the Investment & Pensions Europe (IPE) Awards (Categories: Climate Change Risk, ESG, Smart Beta), the Investment Innovation Benchmark (IIB), and the RI Awards. He sits on advisory boards for Bank J. Safra Sarasin (with former PRI chair Engshuber), the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the Deep Data Delivery Standards (www.DeepData.ai), the French Social Investment Forum (FIR) and the Future World Fund (with Lord Stern).
Andreas received his PhD from St. Andrews in June 2010, where he was on faculty from 02/2009 to 09/2013. He is co-founder and chair of two socially motivated enterprises: ReFine Research Project which gives social reporting awards to pension funds and Sociovestix Labs (SVL). Co-founded with Dr. Borth, Drs. Hees and Dr. Rezec, SVL is a spin-off from the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence [DFKI]) which is committed to fostering innovations in support of the Sustainable Development Principles while adhering to the Asilomar AI Principles and the ReFine Principles for Financial Data Science. Prior to taking up his MISTRA role in March 2016, Andreas served over six years as lead academic advisor to the United Nations supported Principles for Responsible Investment and also consulted for organisations including the European Commission, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL).
Dr. Hoepner is the sole inventor of a US patent titled ‘Investment Performance Measurement’ (No. US8751357 B1). He also won several awards including a 2015 PRI/Sycomore Best Quantitative Paper, a 2012 Academy of Management Best Paper Proceeding, a 2010 PRI Academic Research Award, and 2011 and 2012 PRI/FIR Research Grant Awards. He publishes interdisciplinary in journals such as Accounting, Auditing & Accountability; Brain & Behavior; Ecological Economics; Environment & Planning C; European Journal of Finance; Journal of Business Ethics; and Journal of Business Finance & Accounting. He is co-editor of the Cambridge Handbook of Institutional Investment and Fiduciary Duty (foreword by Al Gore) and the Routledge Handbook of Responsible Investment. More generally, Dr. Hoepner’s research earned him, aged 33, an invitation to serve as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2015 for "exceptional contributions to the study of finance, particularly ... responsible investment”.
Besides these academic honours, Dr. Hoepner’s research and views have been covered in mainstream international media (TV, Radio & Print) including BBC (World Business Report, Business Live, Radio 4 today programme, Radio 5 Live, South Live), Financial Times, The New York Times, CNN, Guardian, Deutsche Welle, Die Zeit, Les Echos or Le Monde. He has also presented professionally relevant insights from his research to dozens of asset managers including three quarters of the trillion US$ group (i.e. AGI, Amundi, AXA, BlackRock, BNP Paribas, Capital Group, Deutsche, JP Morgan, LGIM, PIMCO, SSGA, UBS, Vanguard) and many other relevant organisations (e.g. AP1, AP3, AP4, AP7, BigDataFinance.eu, Bloomberg, BVI, CDC, CFA, China Securities Regulatory Commission, Church of England, DVFA FinTech Forum, EFFAS, European Commission, EAPF, FCA, Freshfields, FTSE, German Council for Sustainable Development, IFC, Invesco, IOSCO, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund, MSCI, Northern Trust, OTPP, Pantheon, PKA, PRI, SPDB, Swedish House of Finance, Swiss Finance Institute, S&P Global, UNGC, Unipension, Unisuper, or USS). Selected presentations and interviews of Dr. Hoepner have been translated into Chinese, Danish, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Russian. A detailed record of Dr. Hoepner’s publications and presentations can be found on his CV.