Sustainability GradFUTURES Learning Cohort: Session 5- Mercator Student Engagement Opportunity at Princeton

Wed, Apr 14, 2021, 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

This new Learning Cohort on Sustainability will offer introductory presentations, case studies, short readings, and discussion where participating graduate students will develop an awareness of the issues at stake, consider their application in real world situations, and explore related research and professional opportunities. We welcome graduate students from all disciplines to participate!

 There are 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out in the United Nations` (UN) 2030 Agenda outlining humanity’s consensus on what constitutes progress. They’re also a yardstick for measuring an organization’s impact on the world. While Siemens’ activities contribute to achieving all 17 SDGs, the company’s impact is greatest on Good Health and Wellbeing (SDG 3), Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG 7), Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (SDG 9), Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), and Climate Action (SDG 13). Climate Action – i.e. the fight against climate change – is one of the best-known SDGs. 

Join Siemens professionals, Princeton alumni, faculty and staff for seven unique sessions focused on the elements of the United Nation’s 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

Mercator Partners’ core investment focus is structural disruption across the asset heavy industries power production, transportation, manufacturing, and primary production. Incumbents in these sectors are some of the largest contributors to environmental degradation and climate change due to not having been held responsible for the external environmental and societal costs associated with their business models. Mercator believes that an increased awareness and focus on sustainability, efficiency, electrification, and decarbonization will drive innovation and competitive economics for alternative green technologies and activities. Mercator seeks to capitalize on this structural change via a long/short global low-net mandate offering our investors exposure to a sustainability focused and transparent investment process and portfolio.

Speaker(s): Scott Hobart, Chief Investment Officer & Martin Fransson, PhD, Head of Primary Research

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Scott brings a history of identifying and capitalizing on structural change in basic industries together with an appreciation for the attributes of developing a differentiated and repeatable investment process.

As CIO, Scott is responsible for the Convergence Fund’s investment strategy, portfolio construction and risk management. Scott has spent the past 10 years as Chief Investment Officer for Red Kite’s low volatility, equity  and alternative trading strategies running some of the largest basic materials and commodities specific investment mandates globally. AUM at peak >600mm USD.

Scott has 16 years portfolio management and investment research experience across Red Kite and Goldman Sachs.



Martin FranssonMartin Fransson, PhD , HEAD OF PRIMARY RESEARCH

Martin runs Mercator’s Primary Research Lab, a standalone research platform focusing on first principles analysis of the key scientific and technological trends impacting asset heavy industries and collaborating with thought leaders in academic and scientific circles.

Martin is a Senior Research Scientist who also has a depth of asset management experience given his 9 years as the Basic Materials analyst for the BlackRock Global Allocation Fund.

With a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Princeton,  prior to working at BlackRock Martin developed and evaluated nanomaterials and nanocatalysts at Headwaters Technology Innovation Group.




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