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Abdulla Zaid

Abdulla Zaid

Vice President, MSCI Research

Abdulla Zaid’s research focuses on ESG and climate investment solutions in private capital funds. He previously worked as an economist in the forestry-products markets at Fastmarkets. Abdulla also provided economic-policy assessments to a number of think tanks and consultancies in Washington and Europe. He received a master’s degree in development economics and policy from the University of Manchester and a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from St. Lawrence University. Abdulla holds the CFA® certificate in ESG investing.

Research and Insights

Articles by Abdulla Zaid

    Pulling Back the Curtain on Emissions Reporting in Private Markets

    5 mins read Blog | Feb 5, 2024 | Abdulla Zaid

    With private investments set to play a major role in the transition toward net-zero, we assess the state of emissions reporting in private markets relative to public markets and identify the reporting disparities across asset classes, regions and sectors. 

    Emissions Exclusion in Private Equity: How Is Tracking Error Taking It?

    5 mins read Blog | Nov 29, 2023 | Abdulla Zaid

    When it comes to climate investing in private equity, there’s more to negative screening than simple sector-wide exclusions. Our analysis underscores the value that incorporating carbon-based solutions can have on carbon footprint at the portfolio level. 

    From Greenhouses to Greenbacks: Does Negative Screening Impact the Returns of Private-Capital Portfolios?

    8 mins read Blog | Aug 10, 2023 | Abdulla Zaid

    Approximately 26% of the financed emissions in private-equity and -debt funds are concentrated in the top 5% most carbon-intensive funds. How did excluding up to 20% of the most carbon-intensive funds affect returns? 

    Climate-Transition Risk Part 3: Are Private-Asset Managers Ready?

    7 mins read Blog | Apr 13, 2023 | Abdulla Zaid

    We use climate-transition risk estimates to compare exposure across asset classes and regions of the private-asset universe. 

    Lost and (Not) Found: Carbon Migration Out of US Public Markets

    6 mins read Blog | Dec 8, 2022 | Abdulla Zaid, Nell Ng

    While public markets are witnessing growing climate-related regulatory proposals and voluntary commitments, climate disclosures in private markets remain limited. We examine whether carbon emissions are migrating out of U.S. public markets.While public markets are witnessing growing climate-related regulatory proposals and voluntary commitments, climate disclosures in private markets remain limited. We examine whether carbon emissions are migrating out of U.S. public markets.

    Climate-Transition Risk and Private Capital: An Upstream Approach

    6 mins read Blog | Nov 15, 2022 | Abdulla Zaid

    We examine the climate-transition risks from fossil-fuel combustion for set of private U.S. companies, employing the upstream approach. 

    Climate-Transition Risk and Private Capital: An Introduction

    4 mins read Blog | Nov 15, 2022 | Abdulla Zaid

    Using climate-transition risk models — both upstream and downstream —investors can work to put a climate price tag on private assets and compare exposures across asset classes and regions. 

    Private Assets Can’t Hide from SEC’s Proposed Climate Rule

    5 mins read Blog | Aug 8, 2022 | Abdulla Zaid, Rumi Mahmood, Umar Ashfaq

    The SEC’s climate-disclosure proposal also may affect U.S.-listed GPs’ portfolios. In reality, the rule may represent the camel’s nose under the tent as the SEC indirectly brings climate transparency to some private companies.

    Understanding Private Capital’s Exposure to Carbon-Intensive Sectors

    5 mins read Blog | Apr 7, 2022 | Rumi Mahmood, Abdulla Zaid

    Understanding private capital’s exposure to the energy, materials and utilities sectors, and their related industries, across asset classes, may be critical in supporting more-informed risk management and engagement decisions.

    New Frontiers in Carbon Footprinting: Private-Equity and -Debt Funds

    5 mins read Blog | Nov 29, 2021 | Rumi Mahmood, Abdulla Zaid

    Private-capital funds, which can quickly make large investments in specific targets, are potentially powerful agents in the fight against climate change. But where do private-equity and -debt funds stand in terms of their estimated carbon-emission intensities?