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Research & Innovation Group

RIG focuses on defining and leading global research in CMF. They develop the research agenda in partnership with the department’s other groups. RIG has a strong focus on innovation. It actively pursues unique approaches to the development and application of novel forecasting, analysis and portfolio construction techniques. RIG also focuses on data sourcing and data engineering.

The group works on data discovery as part of its research, identifying valuable new sources of information and incorporating them into investment programs.

Our Team


The team operates from CPP Investments’ Toronto, London, and Hong Kong offices.

Vasant Naik

Managing Director, Head of Research & Innovation Group and Interim Head of Quantitative Strategies & Risk Premia

Heading the Research and Innovation Group, Vasant is responsible for directing and overseeing quantitative research within Capital Markets and Factor Investing (CMF). In collaboration with CMF’s investment teams, Vasant’s team determines and executes on the research agenda for systematic as well discretionary investment strategies we use across global markets.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2019, Vasant was global head of asset allocation and empirical research in the Analytics and Quantitative Research Group at PIMCO, where he led a team responsible for quantitative research to provide asset allocation and portfolio construction advice to investment managers. This included developing systematic investment strategies for various risk factors and asset classes. Before that, Vasant was a managing director at Nomura International and Lehman Brothers, where he led a team of quantitative strategists advising clients on systematic investing in fixed-income markets.

Prior to joining the financial industry, Vasant taught finance at the University of British Columbia, with work published in the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Vasant holds a postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, and a PhD in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley.

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