Official institutions

Official Institutions

The Official Institutions Group (OIG) partners with central banks, sovereign wealth funds, finance ministries, future generation funds and multi-lateral organizations, offering the gamut of customized solutions and global investment management, risk management and advisory services.

Capital at risk. All financial investments involve an element of risk. Therefore, the value of the investment and the income from it will vary and the initial investment amount cannot be guaranteed.


Why official institutions partner with BlackRock

Our global specialized account managers build long-term, strategic relationships with official institutions.
Consultative approach
Consultative approach
We provide a complete range of advice and capital market expertise.
We understand our clients’ special concerns and are a fiduciary to them.

Learn more about how official institutions partner with BlackRock

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Meet our team

With representatives in New York, Miami, London, Zurich, Hong Kong and Singapore, BlackRock’s dedicated Official Institutions Group serves as a central point of contact for investment, risk management and advisory services. 

Isabelle Mateos y Lago
Global Head of the Official Institutions Group
Andrew Mackenzie
EMEA Head of the Official Institutions Group
Pablo Arteaga
AMERS Head of the Official Institutions Group
Brent Kao
APAC Head of the Official Institutions Group
Terrence Keeley
Senior Advisor of the Official Institutions Group
Stanley Fischer
Senior Advisor, Official Institutions Group

Common questions from official institution investors

  • BlackRock’s scale is its key competitive advantage - it allows access to a plethora of information and insights that enables unrivaled risk management. Our Aladdin platform combines sophisticated risk analytics with comprehensive portfolio management, trading and operations tools to power informed decision-making and effective risk management.

    In addition to Aladdin, our Risk and Quantitative Analysis group partners with portfolio managers to ensure risk taking is deliberate, diversified and scaled by providing an independent and trusted perspective.

  • As of 31 March 2020, the Official Institutions Group has $466bn in assets under management (AUM) on behalf of 107 clients globally. This includes:

    • 46 Central Banks
    • 25 National Pension Funds
    • 17 Sovereign Wealth Funds
    • 13 Multilateral Development Banks
    • 6 Ministries and Agencies

    In addition to invested assets, our Aladdin platform has $15tr of Official Institution assets, and our Financial Markets Advisory team has completed 102 assignments on behalf of Official Institutions since 2013.

  • BlackRock is strongly committed to assisting official institutions to achieve a higher level of understanding and proficiency with respect to various parts of the capital markets, asset allocation, portfolio management, risk management, and investment technology.

    BlackRock prides itself as a trusted advisor and strategic partner to our clients; sharing best ideas, resources and processes are an essential part of this partnership. The key to our success as a strategic partner is our ability to deliver a value proposition that is relevant and advantageous to our clients’ respective missions.  Knowledge transfer is at the core of this value proposition. 

    As the investment landscape became more challenging, our clients sought ever greater expertise from BlackRock to help navigate through the unprecedented environment; as such we continue to enhance and expand our existing program, with an aim to provide holistic training that exceeds our clients’ needs. Since 2013, BlackRock has offered the BlackRock Educational Academy (“BEA”) to institutional clients and prospective clients. This program offers best-in-class knowledge transfer experiences with diverse and innovative learning opportunities. This highly customised program, which consists of eight week-long educational modules defined by asset classes and strategies, covers a comprehensive range of professional investment and risk management topics.

    Contact us to learn more about the BlackRock Educational Academy.

  • BlackRock’s Official Institution business is distinguished as the industry’s leading partner for sovereign institutions worldwide.

    In 2019, BlackRock was awarded the Innovation in Reserve Management award by Central Banking Publications, in recognition of our achievements in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investments and continued efforts breaking new barriers in this field. Central Banking Publications highlighted several examples supporting our award across Technology, Research, Advisory, Investment Solutions and Implementation.

    Additional accolades from Central Banking Publication have included Asset Manager of the Year in 2018, 2015 and 2014; our BlackRock Solutions business was chosen as Consultancy and Advisory Service Provider of the Year in 2016.

BlackRock’s latest insights for official institution investors

  • Is sustained higher inflation on the cards?

    Jan 26, 2021 | By BlackRock
    The prospect of sustained higher inflation is at the heart of market debates in 2021. Read more about what our experts think is to come, and how it is impacting portfolio positioning.
  • OIG Q4 digest

    Dec 21, 2020 | By BlackRock
    As one of the most challenging years on record comes to a close, we've rounded up the key trends and themes currently shaping the Official Institutions investing landscape - as well as highlighting some of our insights on what we think 2021 holds.
  • Integrating sustainability into capital market assumptions

    Dec 10, 2020
    Ahead of BlackRock’s forthcoming launch of new CMAs that will integrate sustainability for the first time, we gathered BlackRock thought leaders to discuss the framework and importance of incorporating ESG considerations into portfolio construction.
  • OIG Q3 digest

    Oct 5, 2020 | By BlackRock
    Entering the final stretch of a challenging year for investors, we review OI key themes and trends, and discuss what's to come next.
  • Emerging Markets Outlook

    By BlackRock
    Despite initial projections of positive growth, 2020 challenged emerging markets. Our EM asset class experts discuss their current outlooks.
  • Global Economic, Debt and Central Bank Dynamics

    By BlackRock
    Former Vice Chair of the Fed Dr. Stanley Fischer sits down with Terry Keeley to discuss challenges in today's economic environment.
  • Central Banking Profitability and FX Reserve Management

    By Read more
    We explore how FX asset allocation polices and Central Bank profit sharing regimes influence each other.
  • Considering commodities

    By BlackRock
    With lingering uncertainty, portfolio resilience is more important than ever; the current environment presents opportunity to rethink commodities' role in portfolio construction.
  • Q2 Official Institutions Digest

    By BlackRock
    The COVID crisis presents unique challenges for Official Institutions. Explore peer trends, market outlook and key themes.
  • Reserve management in an uncertain world

    By BlackRock
    BlackRock compares our model portfolio to the high-grade government bond portfolio amid unprecedented policy measures.
  • Taking stock of emerging markets

    By BlackRock
    Emerging market portfolio managers discuss opportunities, risks, and current outlook following pandemic outflows.
  • Stay calm, invested and diversified

    By BlackRock
    Market shocks show the impact on asset prices in bursts of volatility. Read about staying calm, invested and diversified.
  • Capital market assumptions

    Our updated CMAs considers 3 factors: near-term shock, market moves and potential impact on medium-term fundamentals.
  • Capital market assumptions webcast

    By BlackRock
    This webcast discusses the evolution of our CMAs and how the March and April experience has affected these.
  • Mid-year global outlook

    We see the COVID-19 shock severely disrupting activity in the near term, but eventually resulting in economic recovery.
  • Navigating credit markets after COVID-19

    By BlackRock
    COVID-19 forced a turn in the credit downgrade cycle. We believe this leads to opportunities and risks for investors.
  • Investing without a parachute

    By BlackRock
    With low and negative yielding government bonds, investors should be rethinking fixed income in portfolio construction.
  • Sustainable investing: resilience and uncertainty

    By BlackRock
    COVID-19 has forced reassessment of our lives. How are others understanding resiliency and preparing for the next crisis?
  • Policy revolution

    Macroeconomic policy has undergone a revolution in just three months. Read why we believe it is a slippery slope.
  • Geopolitical risk dashboard

    We see COVID-19 as accelerating existing trends: geopolitical fragmentation, U.S.-China competition and de-globalization.
  • Investment stewardship

    BlackRock Investment Stewardship's latest quarterly report on our engagements, ESG considerations, and new practices.
  • Weathering shocks

    By BlackRock
    Read how stress testing can help monitor your portfolio resilience through market episodes.

BlackRock Educational Academy

The BlackRock Educational Academy (BEA) is a formal training program for our strategic partner clients. The aim of the BEA is to provide holistic, multi-disciplinary training programs tailored to our client’s needs.

  • Customized Content: We have specifically customized the contents of our program to tackle the unique challenges faced by today’s investment community. For example, in this year’s program, we will help investors find new opportunities and strategies that exploit monetary policy divergence, weak commodity prices, heightened volatility and the promise of Big Data. High potential attendees will participate in a series of classroom trainings, group exercises and case studies as well as selective breakout sessions conducted by industry leading investment experts and strategists from BlackRock. Each module allows for further customization to accommodate your unique interests and concerns. 
  • Breakout Sessions: In addition, we offer selective breakout sessions with customized training content targeted to specific client types. Clients will also be given the opportunity to interact with like-minded institutional investors across the globe throughout the training program, building valuable contact points. No other financial services organization offers a program comparable in scope, scale or practical relevance to its partners. 

    While the ongoing environment has made travel and in-person events increasingly challenging, we would like to emphasize that this obstacle to BEA does not impact our commitment to knowledge transfer – our support for our clients during this time is unwavering. We are continuing to enhance our focus on the live streaming experience for all participants, and now offer a subscription service to help you stay up to date on all live streaming opportunities throughout 2020. This service will also provide the option of receiving on-demand playbacks of our most popular sessions for each module. Please click here to learn more about our upcoming live webcasts, and to view content that is currently available for on-demand playback.

    *Please note BlackRock Educational Academy content is only available in designated domiciles. Please click here to verify that BEA is available in your location.