United Arab Emirates
Since 1976, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has been prudently investing funds on behalf of the Government of Abu Dhabi with a focus on long-term value creation.
ADIA’s mission is to sustain the long-term prosperity of Abu Dhabi by prudently growing capital through a disciplined investment process and committed people who reflect ADIA’s cultural values.
ADIA manages a diversified global investment portfolio across more than two dozen asset classes and sub-categories. We invest directly in global financial markets, alongside trusted partners and through a network of carefully selected external managers.
With a long tradition of prudent investing, ADIA’s decisions are based solely on its economic objectives of delivering sustained long-term financial returns.
ADIA has a disciplined investment process that aims to generate stable returns over the long term within established risk parameters.
The Strategy Unit plays a central role in the investment process, with responsibility for developing, maintaining and periodically reviewing ADIA’s policy portfolio mix of more than two dozen asset classes and sub-categories. It also identifies medium-term tactical opportunities for generating returns in excess of those achieved by the long-term policy portfolio while maintaining ADIA’s target risk profile. In accordance with ADIA’s prudent governance structure, the Strategy Unit’s recommendations are evaluated by the Strategy Committee, before being submitted to the Investment Committee and ultimately the Managing Director. Once approved, funds are allocated to the respective investment departments, which are responsible for implementation in line with their mandates, benchmarks and guidelines.
Relationship with the Government of Abu Dhabi and Source of Funds
ADIA is a public institution established by the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi in 1976 as an independent investment institution.
ADIA carries out its investment activities independently and without reference to the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
ADIA has no visibility on either the spending requirements of the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi or the activities of other Abu Dhabi-owned investment entities. ADIA’s assets are not classified as international reserves.
Under the UAE Constitution, the natural resources and wealth of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi are the public property of Abu Dhabi. The Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi provides ADIA with funds that are allocated for investment and surplus to its budgetary requirements and its other funding commitments.
ADIA is required to invest and reinvest these funds and make available to the Government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, as needed, the financial resources to secure and maintain the future prosperity of the Emirate. In practice, such withdrawals have occurred infrequently.
ADIA has robust governance standards with clearly defined roles and responsibilities that ensure accountability.
Management of ADIA is vested in ADIA’s Board of Directors, which comprises a Chairman, a Managing Director and Board members who are appointed by a decree of the Ruler of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
The Board has primary responsibility for the discharge of ADIA’s activities and meets periodically for the establishment and review of ADIA’s overall strategy but does not involve itself in investment or operational decisions.
ADIA’s Managing Director has sole responsibility for the implementation of ADIA’s strategy and administering its affairs, including all decisions related to investments. Investment decisions are based solely on economic objectives in order to deliver sustained long-term financial returns.
In keeping with our prudent culture, risk management is embedded in all of ADIA’s investment and related activities, from asset allocation to investments in individual asset classes and ultimately to trade execution.
ADIA’s risk management framework is holistic in nature, having been designed to comprehensively identify and analyse all types of risks across asset classes and ensure that any potential issues are managed efficiently and effectively.
The Managing Director has ultimate responsibility for ADIA’s risk management, with assistance and advice from several committees and departments, including the Investment Services Department, Strategy Unit, Evaluation and Follow-Up Division, Internal Audit Department, and Legal Division.
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United Arab Emirates