Managing Director, Chief European Strategist
Agnès Belaisch is a Managing Director and Chief European Strategist of the Barings Investment Institute. The Institute explores current macroeconomic and political dynamics, as well as the forces that shape long-term investment and capital decisions. Agnès joined the firm in 2019 and works on a variety of topics ranging from macroeconomic analysis to responsible finance. She has worked in the industry since 1996 and has experience both in the public and private sectors. In particular, she spent 10 years at the IMF in Washington, D.C., advising a variety of governments in Latin America, Europe and Asia. Agnès also worked as an emerging markets fixed income fund manager and strategist in London. When the European debt crisis hit, she helped set up the European Stability Mechanism, the euro-area bailout fund that provided financial support to Ireland, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus. She managed negotiations with Greece and Spain and dealt with debt restructuring, privatization and bank restructuring issues. She became interested in the topic of sustainable finance and wrote a paper published at the London School of Economics on the design of impact investments, a type of investment that aims to deliver a market return while also having a social or environmental impact. Agnès holds a Ph.D. in Economics from New York University.