Xavier is the Global Head of ESG Research since 2007 and also acts as PRI coordinator since 2008. He was appointed SRI analyst at the beginning of February 2003. He joined the HSBC Group in April 1999. Before that, he held various banking and asset management positions within companies like CDC (Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations), Crédit Agricole and Banque Paribas where he started his career in 1989. He is active in many ESG/SRI initiatives like the UNEP FI (United Nations Environmental Program Finance Initiative) where he served as co-chairman of the Asset Management Working Group between 2006 and 2009. In 2005 he contributed to the international experts panel in charge of defining the PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment). He is also involved in the IIGCC (Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change). Xavier holds a Master’s degree from French business school ESLSCA where he specialised in corporate finance. He is a Certified European Financial Analyst since 2005.