Exclusive: New Zealand Super’s CEO Adrian Orr Takes Charge of the International Forum of SWFs

November 10, 2015 by Loch Adamson

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On a cloudy, humid September morning in Milan, a handful of sharp-suited Middle Eastern security guards and uniformed Italian carabinieri stood watch outside the five-star Hotel Principe di Savoia. Inside, representatives of 28 of the largest sovereign wealth funds in the world gathered in the hotel’s baroque ballroom for the 7th annual meeting of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds, an influential association of the largest state-owned asset managers. Taking the podium to open the conference’s public session, Adrian Orr, the CEO of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund — and newly elected chair of the International Forum, or IFSWF, as it is known — acknowledged the history of the organization’s formation nearly a decade ago in the face of political mistrust and suspicion during the run-up to the financial crisis. Since then, however, the political narrative around sovereign wealth funds has changed dramatically, as these funds have…

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