Since 2017, Claire Smith has developed and launched plant-based and animal-friendly investment strategies that can be adopted across large to small-cap and unlisted securities portfolios, down to emerging deep tech start-ups in novel foods and materials innovation. In the recording Claire provides insights into:
- The plant-based trend and what it means for investor portfolio's
- Current and future investment opportunities in the future of food and materials
- Taking a portfolio-wide approach to remove the investment risk of industries that are damaging to animals, people and the planet
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Managing Partner at Beyond Investing
Claire is the founder of humane investment platform Beyond Investing. She is a vegan and environmentalist with 34 years’ experience in finance and investment at top-tier banks and investment houses, including UBS and Albourne Partners.Based in Switzerland, Claire is the founder of Beyond Cruelty Foundation, formed to campaign for zero animal exploitation and to fund safe havens for animals, which will also receive a portion of profits of companies under the Beyond Investing umbrella.Together with IT strategist Dhanesh Kothar, Claire co-founded the Beyond Animal integrated digital platform, which aims to accelerate the growth of the global vegan economy. Beyond Investing creates investment programs designed for animal advocates and climate-conscious investors in both public listed equity markets and venture capital. Beyond Investing is the architect of the US Vegan Climate Index, a stock index which screens out all animal exploitation and fossil fuel from a US market benchmark, and the sponsor of the US Vegan Climate Exchange Traded Fund (ETF). Beyond Investing affiliate Beyond Impact focuses on early stage and growth companies that provide vegan, plant-based and cruelty-free products and services. Claire founded 100 Women in Finance in Geneva in 2007 and oversaw its growth in Switzerland through till 2014, as a member of the London Board, organizing over 100 events, including seven galas which raised well over $1 million for charity.
CEO and Founder at Allocator
Before founding Allocator, Ryan was on the investment team at Stenham Advisors, a $4bn fund of hedge funds. At Stenham, he completed due diligence on macro & equity funds around the world, led investments of totalling over $300m, and developed a range of quantitative risk analytics tools. Ryan graduated from the London School of Economics with a BSc (Hons) in Management Science specializing in Finance.