"The application of philosophy to practically any field is underappreciated"

Career path: Philosophy graduate Philip Ripman from Storebrand Asset Management made a quite unusual career change when he went from being a sustainability analyst to become a portfolio manager. Today, he is back in a hybrid role, where he identifies companies that contribute to solving the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He tells his story to AMWatch.

Philip Ripman | Photo: PR / Storebrand

Which career path did you imagine for yourself when you were younger?

"I think I was pretty set on a career within the Foreign Office or the United Nations. I wrote my master’s thesis on China’s evolving role within the UN Security Council, and on their views and participation in peacekeeping operations – which today seems like a pretty far cry from the world of finance.

However, my interest in and understanding of how the world works, with politics being a major part of that, has been extremely helpful in my career. I still have a focus on the intersection between politics, business and civil society – and how this this can affect the funds that I manage."

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