Elena Manola-Bonthond, PhD, MBA, CAIA, is Chief Investment Officer of the Pension Fund of CERN. She is responsible for investment of over CHF 4 billion in assets across public and private markets using a risk driven investment approach. Prior to joining the CERN Pension Fund in 2011, Elena worked in CERN's engineering sector where she was responsible for safety and risk management systems of the Large Hardon Collider (LHC). Elena started her career as a research physicist at CERN, specializing in Higgs research and in neutrino physics.
Elena is a member of the Pension Fund Committee of the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) and also serves on the Investment Committee of UNESCO as an external member. Elena is a Trustee of the Standards Board for Alternative Investments.
Elena earned a PhD in Particle Physics from the University of Savoie, France, for a research conducted at CERN. Elena holds a MBA from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and a dipl.ing. degree in physics from the University of Zagreb, Croatia.