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Abu Dhabi Investment Authority appoints global head of internal equities

The Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) has appointed Gregory Eckersley as global head of internal equities, effective immediately.

Eckersley will be responsible, alongside senior management, for developing and implementing investment strategy for the internal equities department, as well as overseeing the activities of all internally-managed portfolios. His role will also include oversight of risk management and due diligence processes.

Based in Abu Dhabi, Eckersley will report to Mohamed Darwish Al Khoori, executive director of the internal equities department.

Eckersley joins ADIA after a long career in the financial sector that includes 16 years at AllianceBernstein. From 2006 until his departure in 2011 he was responsible for managing AllianceBernstein’s Global and Large Cap Growth Equity portfolios based in New York, in addition to earlier being responsible for and contributing to group-wide emerging markets research and portfolio management oversight. From 1998 until 2006, he established and led the firm’s South Africa business as chief executive officer and chief investment officer for Alliance Capital Management in Cape Town.

Eckersley began his career holding various portfolio management positions at a number of firms in London, including Cigna International Investment Advisors, Century Asset Management, and Draycott Partners.

Eckersley joins ADIA from 1770 Capital Partners, a fund he launched in 2011 with two colleagues that focuses on the global energy, mining and commodity space.

Al Khoori says: “Gregory is a highly astute investor with a flexible yet disciplined approach. He has a proven track record of managing large teams of investment professionals across multiple markets, and we are very pleased to welcome him to our team.”

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