SovereigNET Appointed Official Academic Partner of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds

MEDFORD, Mass. – Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University announced today that its interdisciplinary network dedicated to the study of sovereign wealth management, SovereigNet, has been appointed by the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF) as one of its two official academic partners.

“This partnership is an example of the type of practical, real-world learning experiences that are the hallmark of a Fletcher School education here at Tufts University,” said James Stavridis, Dean of The Fletcher School. “We are excited to launch the next phase of our relationship with IFSWF, and look forward to expanding our programming and research on global finance.”

“The Forum has worked informally with The Fletcher School for some time and when it came to establishing official research partners we were keen to continue the relationship,” said Adrian Orr, Chair of the IFSWF. “The School has a fine academic reputation and is a center of excellence for a number of governance and policy issues relevant to IFSWF members. We look forward to a new chapter in our partnership.”

As part of the Institute for Business in the Global Context at The Fletcher School, SovereignNet’s mission is to promote understanding of the influences and impacts of sovereign wealth on the political, economic and financial management of countries and in global capital markets.

SovereigNet serves as a global network for policy research and analysis that brings together leading practitioners and researchers to study the multi-impact role of the state as investor. It effectively bridges the intersection of international political economy and global capital to mitigate political and economic risk, enhance investment analysis and decision-making, and improve institutional governance.

“Our partnership with the IFSWF builds on a solid working relationship and will extend and deepen our research and educational initiatives in global finance and global capital,” said Patrick Schena, Co-Head of SovereigNET.

Established in 2009, the IFSWF is a global network of sovereign wealth funds, which allows members to exchange views on issues of common interest and facilitates an understanding of sovereign wealth funds’ activities.

IFSWF has formalized a limited number of partnerships with world-leading financial and academic partners. Through this process, The Fletcher School was selected as one of IFSWF’s official academic partners and will be working with IFSWF and its members on research topics relevant to institutional governance. The Fletcher School joins Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, as IFSWF’s only other academic partner.

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