MILLTRUST INTERNATIONAL LLP
Mr Alexander Kalis is the Managing Partner at Milltrust International LLP, which he co-founded in December 2010.
As a passionate leader in the fight against climate change and in channelling private sector capital into profitable environmental focused projects, solutions-driven startup businesses, and impact funds, Mr Kalis spearheaded Milltrust’s sustainable impact investment business which has become the company’s core focus under the single mantra of ‘sustainable prosperity’.
Today, Mr Kalis serves as Head of Investments and Head of Sustainability at Milltrust International, and chairs the Investment Advisory Committee of The Climate Impact Asia Fund, a pioneering long-only environmental impact equity fund which he launched in exclusive partnership with WWF-Hong Kong. The fund was awarded the Environmental Finance 2020 Impact Award for Impact Initiative of the Year: Asia.
Leveraging his multi-disciplinary experience, Mr Kalis has been appointed as an Independent Expert at Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest public-private partnership, supported EIT (European Institute of Innovation and Technology) addressing climate change mitigation and adaptation, evaluating innovation and entrepreneurship project proposals and monitoring the progress, outcome and impact of these programmes.
Mr Kalis is also the Portfolio Manager of the British Innovation Fund, whose strategy consists of investing in UK-wide university science and technology spin-outs, start-up venture-capital/early-stage companies which have commercialised pioneering and protected IP emanating from world-class university research in the realms of healthcare, medical technology, life sciences, biotech, food-tech, sustainable protein, and agri-tech. Investments have included Attomarker, Roslin Technologies, PragmatIC, Oxford Sciences Innovation, and Vaccitech, a spin-out company from the University of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, one of the oldest and most renowned vaccine research centres in the world, and now the leading company behind the race to discover an effective vaccine against COVID-19.
Mr Kalis is also the Portfolio Manager of the Australia and New Zealand Buy & Lease Farmland Funds which focus on purchasing sustainable farmland (real assets) and leasing the farms to pre-identified, recognised regional and international operators, generating a range of agricultural produce across various crops, beef and dairy.
Mr Kalis is the co-Portfolio Manager of the top-performing Milltrust Global Emerging Markets Fund and strategy, a unique multi‐specialist fund that combines the selection of locally‐based leading long-only (ESG) listed equity investment teams from across the developing world for each underlying country strategy, with active asset allocation between the different regional investment teams through Milltrust’s proprietary asset allocation models, favouring the regions in the developing world that provide the most favourable investment environment. The fund has won numerous awards including #2 Best Emerging Markets Fund for the year 2019 by Barclayhedge.
Mr Kalis is a seasoned investment and business professional with an award-winning track record managing institutional capital including two decades at top-tier asset management firms including Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management and Santander Asset Management.
Prior to co-founding Milltrust, he was Founder & Managing Partner at Think Alternative Advisors LLP, an Emerging Markets research and advisory firm acquired by Milltrust International Group in 2010.
He is a frequent commentator at industry conferences and in the financial media. He speaks fluent English, French and Dutch, and holds a Master’s degree in Management from the University Catholique de Louvain in Belgium.