Mamadou-Abou Sarr, CIFD

Co-Founder, President
Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres)



Mamadou is the co-Founder and President of V-Square Quantitative Management, a subsidiary of Valor Equity Partners. Mamadou co-Founded V-Square in 2020 after an accomplished career in asset management whilst working for global financial services company across the U.S., Europe, Middle East, and Africa.

His investment firm specializes in financial innovation and thematic portfolios (Tech & Society, Structural Macroeconomics Trends).

Industry leader in the field of quantitative finance and innovation, Mamadou’s previous role was global head of product development and sustainable investing at Northern Trust Asset Management in Chicago, where he was responsible for driving innovation and product development across asset classes. Mamadou spearheaded, developed, and led one of the largest sustainable investing platforms in the industry.

He has over twenty years of experience in asset management. Previously, Mamadou worked for HSBC Global Asset Management, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Amundi Alternative Investments and Citi in trading, product specialist and business development roles in London, Paris, Abu Dhabi and Dakar.

Mamadou is a Certified Investment Fund Director (CIFD) by the CIFD Institute. Mamadou received his bachelor’s in economics from the Universite Paris- Saclay and holds a master’s in International project management from the European School of Management (ESCP), Paris. He has published many articles and papers in professional and academic journals including Pensions & Investments, European Pensions, Environmental Finance, and the Journal of Portfolio Management.

Mamadou has also spoken at more than 150 conferences in North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Australia and is a guest lecturer at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and ESCP Business School.

Mamadou is actively involved in philanthropic and civic activities. He serves on the boards of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Nature Conservancy Illinois Chapter (TNC) and the US SIF (The Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment). He is a former board member of the CFA Society Chicago.

In 2014 he was named in the Financial News "Top 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Asset Management" in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. In 2017, Mamadou was named a "40 under 40" by Crain's Chicago Business. In 2017 he was also recognized in Top 50 Individuals who contribute the most sustainable & responsible investment industry in the world (IRRI). He is a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago since 2019, and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Mamadou is a French Foreign Trade Advisor, appointed by decree of the Prime Minister of France. The French government bestowed the award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters (Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres) on Mamadou-Abou Sarr in 2022.

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