Han Yik | Head of Institutional Investors
World Economic Forum

Han Yik, Head of Institutional Investors, World Economic Forum

Han Yik is an investor, thought leader and adviser on global long-term investment strategy.
Han is currently the Head of Institutional Investors at the World Economic Forum (WEF). He works with senior leadership of the world's largest investors (with combined assets exceeding $2.5 trillion USD) and with top government officials on issues around long-term investing, and provides strategic guidance on initiatives involving public-private cooperation. He has written articles and reports on topics including innovations in the future of investing and the need for global retirement reform. In addition, he has been a speaker at conferences held by Salesforce, CROSAPF, Asia Risk Congress, SII and the CFA Society and has led private sessions on various topics supporting the mission of “improving the state of the world” at the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos.
Previously, Han was a Senior Institutional Portfolio Strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Between 2008 and 2015, he managed $2.5 billion in multi-asset class portfolios where he consistently outperformed the benchmark. As a quantitative risk expert, he also developed customized liability-driven investment strategies for his clients.
Han began his career in management consulting at Towers Perrin (now known as Willis Towers Watson) and Mercer, where he advised large multinational companies such as Citibank, MasterCard and Pfizer on financial strategy relating to employee benefits and retirement plans, as well as providing analytical support in private equity mergers and acquisitions.
Han earned his B.S. in Applied Mathematics with a concentration in Operations Research from Yale University, where he won the Benjamin F. Barge Prize for Excellence in Mathematics. In his spare time, Han has served as a board member for Materials for the Arts, a local non-profit devoted to creative recycling and reuse of donated materials as arts materials for underserved public schools. Han is also a budding cook and an avid foodie.


Wealth 2.0 Day 1 - 28th November 2018 @ 15:00

The increasing role of quant in a volatile marketplace: Maths vs. emotion

  • In a politically and economically volatile context, what is the role for quant in overcoming the biases that can negatively influence investors?
  • Is it possible to take an entirely data-driven approach to remove emotions from investing?
  • Will the next generation of fund managers actually be data scientists?

Wealth 2.0 Day 1 - 28th November 2018 @ 17:00

Including ESG data for smarter investment decision-making and investor autonomy

  • Trends developing in the use of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors
  • Growth in ESG integration
  • Potential offerings for investors to establish a better understanding of the evolving ESG landscape
  • Risk assessment and client demand: Is it worth quantifying ESG in our portfolio mix?

Wealth 2.0 Day 2 - 29th November 2018 @ 14:30

Diversification in the new age: How can modern technology open doors in your investment strategy?

  • How can VC and crowd equity models disrupt the industry and empower investors to diversify their portfolios?
  • How can data and AI power investment decisions?
  • How does investing in new technologies themselves have the potential for big returns?
last published: 27/Nov/18 11:35 GMT

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