Beyond Ratings’ Scientific Committee Holds Today its Inaugural Meeting

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Press Release – December 4th, 2018

Beyond Ratings’ Scientific Committee Holds Today its Inaugural Meeting

Beyond Ratings welcomes the first inaugural meeting of the Scientific Committee, a group of leading, independent experts who are guiding the development of our transformational rating methodologies of sovereigns, PFIs (Policy-driven Financial Institutions), as well as regional and local governments. The Scientific Committee is comprised of the three following members: John Chambers, Marie Cavanaugh, and Dominique Biedermann.

This arrival takes place after Beyond Ratings’ recent launch of the first financial rating agency whose analysis systematically integrates ESG factors affecting credit risk. The Scientific Committee has played a critical role by providing guidance for the methodology which is set to receive accreditation from ESMA (European Securities and Markets Authority) in 2019.

On his appointment as Chairman of the Scientific Committee, John Chambers comments: “My colleagues and I are delighted to join Beyond Ratings, a market leader in ESG analysis. Medium-term, we see ESG as equally important as classic macroeconomic variables for assessing the true return on investment.”

Rodolphe Bocquet, Co-founder and CEO of Beyond Ratings underlines that: “The arrival of the Scientific Committee allows us to accelerate the deployment of our rating offer to sovereigns, policy-driven financial institutions, as well as regional and local governments. It illustrates the attraction of the emergence of a positive finance. It is part of our ambitions to bring together a very high level of expertise at the crossroads of financial and non-financial fields”.

John Chambers, former Chairman of the Sovereign Ratings Committee at S&P Global

After 24 years at S&P -- including the last 11 years as chairman of the sovereign and MLI rating committee -- John joins Beyond Ratings as its Review Officer and the Chairman of BR’s Scientific Committee. He reviews and approves analytical methodology for sovereign, regional and local governments, and policy-based financial institutions for Beyond Ratings. At S&P, John chaired the committee that set and changed ratings on 130 sovereign governments, 26 multilateral lending institutions and financial supranationals, and several dozen national development banks, export credit agencies, and other government related enterprises. He has also led analytical teams on missions to 60 countries.

He has spoken at conferences hosted by the IMF, World Bank, Federal Reserve, Bank of England, FDIC, OECD, Brazilian Treasury, Federation of Korean Industries, InterAmerican Development Bank, Corporacion Andina de Fomento, AfriEximbank, and most recently at the United Way Worldwide. He has appeared on Morning Joe, Charlie Rose, CNBC, Bloomberg, ABC. He has been quoted by the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Washington Post. He was formerly a reviewer for the CFA Institute and a Visiting Scholar at the IMF.

Dominique Biedermann, Co-Founder of the Ethos Foundation

Dominique Biedermann earned his PhD in economics from the University of Geneva. He was co-founder of the Ethos Foundation in 1997, a Swiss organization dedicated to socially responsible investment, currently comprising more than 200 pension funds. He was successively CEO and chairman of the board of Ethos until June 2018. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Federation of Migros Cooperatives (the largest Swiss retail company) since 2012 and is chairman of the Committee of ethics of the University of Geneva.

Marie Cavanaugh, former Managing Director at S&P Global

With over 30 years of experience at S&P Global (Managing Director from 2003), Marie was instrumental in developing the political and economic analysis underpinning the sovereign credit rating criteria. Initially, she focused on regional and local government ratings, but then contributed to all aspects of sovereign analysis and outreach, including the integration of sovereign and country risk in non-sovereign credit ratings. Marie holds a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

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