The Team

Pascal Rochat – CEO

Pascal founded Active Niche Funds in 2007.

Pascal co-manages the long-only mutual funds Active Solar and Active Recycling, together with Arnaud Chambaud.

Prior to founding ANF, Pascal was Chief Risk Officer at Energie Ouest Suisse (EOS, now Alpiq) in Lausanne, after he set up the internal audit of EOS. Pascal first worked at Arthur Andersen (then Ernst & Young) in Geneva as auditor and financial and economic consultant.

Pascal holds a Ph.D. in Law of the University of Lausanne and a Postgraduate Management Certificate of HEC Lausanne.

Arnaud Chambaud

Arnaud is in charge of analysing the companies of the solar and recycling sectors.

Arnaud co-manages the mutual funds Active Solar and Active Recycling, together with Pascal Rochat.

Formerly, Arnaud worked as a financial analyst with several companies in Paris: IT Asset Management, Groupe BPCE, banque Volkswagen.

Arnaud holds a Master in Finance of ESLSCA in Paris.

Christian Polloni

Christian manages the quantitative mutual funds Quantis Dynamic Equity and Quantis Low Volatility with the help of Quantis Asset Management SA, a company he launched in 2010 and that acts as advisor for the quantitative funds.

Christian is into quantitative asset management since 2003 and he successively founded two companies: Marcopollo Finance in 2007 and Quantis Asset Management in 2010. Formerly, Christian worked in France for Natexis – Groupe Banques Populaires and for Sovac – Groupe Lazard.

Christian holds a Master in Finance of ESLSCA in Paris.

Nicolas Barile

Nicolas manages the Behaviour European Equities fund with the support of Quanteviour SA, a company he founded in 2004 and that acts as advisor for this fund managed according to the principles of Behavioural Finance.

Nicolas has been active in private banking and institutional asset management since 1995. Previously, he was in charge of the derivatives business for UBS in Lausanne following a post-graduate degree in Investment Banking in London.

Nicolas holds a Master’s degree in Finance from HEC in Lausanne.

Nicolas Scheibler

Nicolas is in charge of trading and IT.

Nicolas started his career as a network engineer at Firstquote before working as an IT project manager at Nestle and SICPA where he was in charge of M&A integration projects.

Nicolas holds a Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Telecommunications of the School of Business and Engineering Vaud (HES-SO).



Philippe Rochat

Philippe is co-founder of Active Niche Funds in 2007.

Philippe is in charge of compliance and risk management.

Since 2004, Philippe is an independent wealth manager, first as founder of Active Asset Management SA and then as partner with VCT Vector Gestion SA (as of 2018). Formerly, Philippe was portfolio manager at Cosba Private Banking in Lausanne and Trading Specialist at Firstquote in Geneva. Philippe first worked at BCV in Lausanne in charge of service to independent wealth managers.

Philippe holds a Federal diploma for Expert in Finance and Investments CFPI.