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Alain Kerneis

Director – Independent

Alain became a Director of Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited and of USS Investment Management Limited on 24 January 2022. He’s also a member of the Investment Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

Alain is an investment and governance specialist with over 20 years of experience in managing portfolios on behalf of pension schemes, and in mitigating market, operational and regulatory risks. Since his transition from an executive career, Alain has built a diverse portfolio of non-executive director and investment advisory roles in the pension, private wealth and retail markets.

He is non-executive director and Chairman of the Board of a family office. He is non-executive director and Chairman of the fund governance committee at T Bailey Fund Services, a firm that acts as an Authorised Fund Manager in the UK retail fund market. Alain was also an advisor to the in-house investment team of the National Grid UK Pension Schemes (2019-2021).

Prior to his board career, Alain was co-Head of Investments for BlackRock’s Client Portfolio Solutions and responsible for the oversight and the performance of £75bn of client assets in EMEA. Before his time at BlackRock, Alain spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs in various senior roles in asset management and investment research.

Alain grew up in rural Brittany before moving to Paris to train as a scientist. He was awarded a doctorate at AgroParisTech in 1994 for his work on the modelling of drinking water quality in distribution networks.