Thematic index and research provider ROBO Global has hired Axel Belorde as head of business development for EMEA and Asia from Palantir.

Reporting to Richard Lightbound, CEO for EMEA and Asia, Belorde (pictured) will be responsible for building relationships with clients and promoting the company’s research, advisory and index services across the EMEA and Asia regions.

Belorde joins from Palantir Technologies, where he spent two years developing commercial partnerships as part of the company's business development team.

Previously, he worked in investment management roles at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) for four years.

Part of his focus was on the firm’s thematic ETF offering which utilise all three of the ROBO Global benchmarks available in Europe.

Prior to LGIM, Belorde spent two years as an associate at BlackRock and another two years as an analyst at Liongate Capital Management.

Commenting on the hire, Lightbound said: “Axel has extensive experience working in collaboration with professional investors and we are delighted to now be able to benefit from his expertise within our team to help us further our mission of providing investment solutions capturing the growth and return potential of robotics, AI and healthcare tech innovations.”

Belorde added: “I am excited to help ROBO Global deliver successful investment strategies and help foster greater collaboration with the wider investor community across public equities and private markets.”