Jean-Baptiste Wautier and Adam Robbins join Adam Smith’s Panmure House as Executive Fellows
Mobilising the rich intellectual history and global reach of Adam Smith and the Scottish Enlightenment, Panmure House advances critical reflection and action on the world’s pressing issues. As a new enlightenment centre of social and economic debate, we are privileged to welcome Nobel laureates, world leaders, and key figures from the global financial and business community on a regular basis.
To advance our global reach and engage more deeply with key decision-makers in business and finance, we have instated the Panmure House Executive Fellowship. This fellowship allows us to bring established as well as rising leaders from the world of business and finance into our research and thought-leadership activities, with an emphasis on sustainable capitalism. Fellows bring their intellect, experience, and networks to bear on this agenda, from finding practical ways to make corporations and institutional investors more responsive to global challenges, to debating corporate purpose and the challenges of rebuilding trust in democracy.
We are delighted to welcome Jean-Baptiste Wautier and Adam Robbins as our first Panmure House Executive Fellows. Wautier and Robbins bring a wealth of experience and insight. J.B. Wautier was most recently Chief Investment Officer of BC Partners, helping grow the firm to be one of Europe’s leading private equity firms. Adam Robbins was most recently a director at Wafra, an investment platform focused on bringing together large long-term investors.
Jean-Baptiste Wautier has more than 30 years’ experience in the Finance industry, mainly as a leading Private Equity (PE) investor in Europe. He has been with BC Partners since 2005 and was Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for a decade, as well as member of the Management Committee, before he transitioned to a senior advisor role early 2023. Under his leadership, BC Partners grew its assets under management from €8 to €45 billion, established a strong presence in the US, launched two new strategies – Credit and Real Estate – and raised permanent capital from Blackstone. Separately, Jean-Baptiste led or co-led 13 investments across Europe, mainly in the Healthcare and Consumer sectors, and was elected as one of the most influential personalities in Private Equity in 2018/2019. He began his career at Arthur Andersen in 1993 right after graduating from Science Po Paris (MSc), and then joined Morgan Stanley's Investment Bank in London in 1996. He entered the PE industry in 2000, first at IK Partners where he co-founded the French team, and then at BC Partners in early 2005.
Jean-Baptiste has also been actively contributing to many key economic debates in the recent years, including through regular participations to the World Economic Forum in Davos since 2018 or publications for Fondapol, a prominent liberal French think tank. Finally, in addition to his current role at BC Partners, he is now a business angel and supports many entrepreneurs across Europe, while also devoting part of his time to his Alma Mater – Sciences Po Paris – as a visiting lecturer as well as a philanthropist.
Adam Robbins works with sovereign and pension funds on issues of sustainability, economic policy, and building investment partnerships. He has most recently worked as Director at Wafra, with a focus in establishing collaborative partnerships in specialized areas of private alternatives.
Previously, Mr. Robbins was Head of Future Investing Initiatives at the World Economic Forum, where he was responsible for leading the Forum’s projects and research initiatives across the institutional investment landscape, with focuses on corporate governance, long-termism and sustainability. Prior to that, he worked with sovereign and pension funds in various of policy, research, and partnership-building roles at the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds, World Bank and Amundi Asset Management.
Mr. Robbins earned a BA from Colby College and a Master of International Business from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.LinkedIn Profile