Aniket Shah is currently the Head of the Financing for Sustainable Development Initiative at the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN). In this role, Aniket advises national governments, global financial institutions (public and private) and non-profit organizations on how to finance the sustainable development agenda. In this capacity, he led a global advisory initiative to the Government of Ethiopia on the Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa in July 2015. He is currently leading various research projects on the following topics: development of municipal bond markets, the One Belt, One Road Initiative and how to finance the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa. Aniket works closely with the Office of UN Secretary General and Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute. He has been seconded from Investec Asset Management for 2015 for this position.
From 2011-2015, Aniket served as an investment professional and strategist at Investec Asset Management, an international investment management firm based in South Africa and the United Kingdom. As an investment professional, Aniket led the thematic investment process within Investec’s Global Multi-Asset platform, which managed over $8 billion of assets under management. In addition, Aniket was the lead investment analyst for the Emerging Market Multi-Asset product, a fund-of-funds for global emerging market asset allocation. As an investment strategist, Aniket advised the some of the world’s largest institutional investors, from both the public and private sectors, on how to develop long-term portfolio investment strategies with a focus on emerging markets and the Africa opportunity set. He is a founder of the firm’s Investment Institute, a product-agnostic thought leadership platform, and serves on its Leadership Committee.
From 2009-2011, Aniket worked at The Earth Institute at Columbia University where he served as a Program Manager and Special Assistant to the Director. At the Earth Institute, Aniket directed the International Policy Advisory Group (IPAG), a collaborative engagement with the Asian Development Bank advising the G20 on global economic policy. He also served as a lead researcher for various publications on economic and financial development. Prior to this role, Aniket was an investment banker at Goldman Sachs & Co, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions in the Financial Services Group.
Aniket has published books, reports and articles on a variety of topics pertaining to sustainable development and financial markets. He is the lead-author of the report titled Africa and the United States – A Defining Relationship of the 21st Century, acollaborative study between Investec Asset Management and the US Chamber of Commerce. He is the co-editor of Learning from the World: New Ideas to Redevelop America (Palgrave Macmillan). Aniket is a frequent contributor to Institutional Investor’s Global Market Thought Leadership series, where he writes on asset allocation topics for investors globally.
Aniket is an honors graduate of Yale University, where he collaborated closely with former Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo and UN Deputy Secretary General Mark Malloch Brown. Since 2006, Aniket has been a member of the Board of Directors of Amnesty International USA, and currently serves as Treasurer of the organization.