Franck Nicolas is Head of Investment & client solutions division of Ostrum Asset Management. He joined Ixis Asset Management in 1999 as a financial engineer, before being appointed director of quantitative engineering & research in 2002. In 2005 he also took in charge of the economic research & strategy department. In 2007, he became Head of the global allocation and ALM department for Ostrum Asset Management. Mr Nicolas began his career in 1991 as an equity portfolio manager with the Compagnie Financière Benjamin & Edmond de Rothschild, a financial holding company, in Geneva. From 1994 to 1998, he was a fixed income portfolio manager with HSBC Midland Bank. Franck Nicolas holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Aix'en-Provence, a PhD in Management from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and an MBA from HEC Business School in Geneva.