Franck Silvent & Helena Charrier / Director of Finance, Strategy and Holdings, Caisse des Dépôts Group & Responsible Investment Project Director, Caisse des Dépôts Group

Last updated on profile page : December 2nd, 2015


Born in 1972, Franck Silvent is a graduate from Sciences Po Paris (formerly Institut d’études politiques de Paris) and the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA), France's elite school for public officers.

He started his career as a Finance Inspector at Ministry of Economy and Finance (1998-2002). In 2002 he joined Caisse des Dépôts as Deputy Director of Strategy, Finance, Management Control and Accounting. In 2005 he was appointed Finance, Strategy and Development Director and Member of the Board of Directors of Compagnie des Alpes, before becoming Deputy Delegate Director the company.

He came back to Caisse des Dépôts in 2013 as Group Strategy, Sustainable Development and Studies Director, also becoming a Member of the Caisse des Dépôts Management Committees. He is now the Director of Finance, Strategy and Holdings of the Caisse des Dépôts Group.

Helena Charrier has been Responsible Investment (RI) project director for the Caisse des Dépôts Group since 2012, in charge of developing and implementing its RI strategy. She has been part of the Group’s strategy team since 2009. Previously, she has worked as RI analyst at AXA Investment Managers and Oddo Securities in London and Paris. She is deputy board member of the French Sustainable Investment Forum, member of the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment’s Policy Steering Committee, and recipient of Responsible Investors’ 2015 Large Fund Best Reporting Award and CDC’s 2013 Sustainable Innovation Awards.

She graduated from Sciences Po Paris (Masters in Finance and Strategy), ESSEC Business School (Masters in Management, majoring in social entrepreneurship) and studied economics at Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts.

By Franck Silvent & Helena Charrier on ParisTech Review

"With the growing risks of assets becoming stranded by responses to climate change, it might seem necessary to ask whether not adjusting your investment strategy is wise, let alone affordable." These words were spoken by a person well-versed in economic diplomacy, with an unmistakably British sense of understatement: last September, Prince Charles was making these declarations on climate change in front of the financial community (including Ban Ki Moon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Gore...). This issue is the focal point of regular inquiries within the financial community itself. What risks and assets are we talking about? This issue deserves some in-depth explanation, beyond the media aspects.
« With the growing risks of assets becoming stranded by responses to climate change, it might seem necessary to ask whether not adjusting your investment strategy is wise, let alone affordable. » On retrouve ici tout le sens britannique de l'euphémisme, dans la bouche d'un personnage rompu à la diplomatie économique. Ces propos ont en effet été tenus en septembre dernier par le Prince Charles, se faisant le relais d'une vague d'interpellations de la communauté financière sur la thématique climatique (Ban Ki Moon, Leonardo Di Caprio, Al Gore…), et d'une interrogation désormais régulière au sein de la communauté financière elle-même. De quels risques et quels actifs s'agit-il? Au-delà de l’aspect médiatique, le fond du sujet mérite quelques explications.

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