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Keeping talent in the pipeline

An essential component of enhancing diversity is retaining and developing what is already in the profession. Unquestionably, there is more work to do in this area.

This section of the website looks at the experience of a cross section of diverse industry members, as well as providing resources for individuals at this stage in their careers.

These initial "Days in the Lives" are of female professionals.We welcome male examples as well, please email us with your version at [email protected].

A day in the life of

Alexia Ackermann

Alexia Ackermann

My alarm goes off…

At 7.00am. I usually start the day by briefly checking the news and my emails. It allows me to start putting things in motion while I get ready and commute to the office. As our business and our clients are global, our activity never sleeps!

I’m responsible for…

Monitoring the activities of our thousands of clients on a daily basis. As well as managing our London-based team, I also have responsibility for a number of global topics as deputy head of the team worldwide. Our job is to help the sales force tailor the most suitable offering to clients, which can range from translating their investment strategies into appropriate trading limits internally to optimizing the collateral they can use with us, or simply clarifying how certain markets work and how they can best trade on them.   

As financial intermediaries between the global markets infrastructure and our asset management clients, we play an essential role ensuring the smooth and lawful functioning of the markets as well as allowing our clients access to the systems and tools to achieve their investment objectives and deliver value to the ultimate beneficiaries (pensions, savings accounts, etc.)

I got my job…

This year, I have been working at Societe Generale for 12 years, where I have been given the opportunity to hold a number of different roles. I’ve spent the last six years in the Prime Services division, first as chief operating officer and then heading the client relationship management group, where I have acquired a good knowledge of our client base and product range.

I see my new risk management role as the bridge between the two, and a key role in protecting our clients as well as our firm. This latter point is of course imperative at an institutional level, but also for our clients who, when selecting a prime broker, want to know they can trust an institution to manage their own risks in a prudent and responsible manner.

My typical day…

Is usually spent in meetings. Because risk management is a key component of many decisions in a financial institution, most meetings are about reviewing the activity of a client or a group of clients, working out how to structure new products in an optimal way and ensuring that we can meet our clients’ needs in a fast and efficient manner.

I usually try to be back home around 7pm to spend an hour with my sons before they go to bed. Two to three times a week I will work or be on conference calls with the US team for another 2 hours in the evening.

The worst part of my job…

Is finding time. For example, to read and process the hundreds of emails I receive every day. Working in a global role at an international firm means that I have to keep up with a lot of things that happen both externally and internally.

The best part of my job…

Is every time we, as a team, reach a challenging goal. The most important resource in our financial services is people, and being able to nurture talents and see them achieve something that seemed complex or even impossible to do, is the most rewarding part of what I do.

After work…

I try to keep in touch with friends and industry connections outside of the office. I regularly attend industry interest groups. I also participate in a number of senior women dinners in the City during the year. It is a great way to share our views of the market and best practices across our firms, as well as being able to discuss the challenges that we face as working mothers in senior roles in finance or elsewhere.

My Plan B: fiction writer

As long as I can remember I have written short stories for myself (spy stories, crime stories, sci-fi, chronicles, etc.). If I have a lot of time on my hands one day, I would love to try to turn one of them into a real book. Reading has always been my way of relaxing my mind and I would enjoy giving this back to the world. 

Alia ElGazzar

Alia ElGazzar

My alarm goes off…

At 6:00am…..I reach out for my Ipad. I read the FT, BBC, Bloomberg and skim my emails in no particular order. I am in the gym or running along the river by 7am.

I’m responsible for…

An acquisitions role at Aermont Capital LLP (formerly named PW Real Assets LLP).

I got the job…

After spending seven years at Morgan Stanley and more than four years at Blackstone focusing on real estate acquisitions across Europe.

Having joined Morgan Stanley as an analyst in the investment banking division, I moved to the securitization team on the proprietary desk focusing on multiple asset backed securities. With a particular interest in real estate, I moved to Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Fund and subsequently moved to Blackstone.

Most recently, I have joined Aermont Capital.

My typical day…

My main task revolves around investing in real estate assets and real estate related businesses across Europe.

I screen investments to identify what is most compelling. Subsequently, alongside my team, we analyze market trends and build conviction around our thesis. This requires me to spend significant time covering the market and thoroughly reading about global macro-trends to find compelling investing opportunities.

My most memorable work moment…

There are too many memorable moments. Being responsible for closing some of the largest European transactions in Blackstone will be an everlasting memory. However, I am continuously trying to build new memories with evolving and changing goal posts.

The worst part of my job…

I never give up and don’t usually know when to stop.

The best part of my job…

It’s always thrilling to have an idea come to fruition and exit investments when the thesis has been proven right.

After work…

I see friends or spend time reading or watching movies. I will try to meditate or fit in a yoga class.

My Plan B:

Journalist or anchorwoman covering the Middle East but really there is no Plan B….

Anjulie Rusius

Anjulie Rusius

My alarm goes off…

And I hit snooze. A lot. I still somehow manage to make it to my desk for 8am most days though! What’s great about my morning is that I have a 40 minute train commute – and I always get a seat – which is the perfect opportunity to catch up on emails and what’s happened in financial markets overnight.

I’m responsible for…

Keeping up to date with what’s happening in G10 countries, generating investment ideas and suggesting bond and currency trades for our retail bond portfolios.

Employed by an asset management company, I’m working as a junior fund manager, which means that I am in training to become a lead or deputy bond portfolio manager. I have an area of the market that I concentrate on and I share my ideas with the fund managers in my team who may execute these views in their portfolios.

I got the job…

After being promoted from a fund manager assistant role in the same team. I spent two and half years working on 16 retail bonds funds, for a team of 10 fund managers. The role was half compliance focused (making sure the fund managers were complying with their portfolio mandates) and half investment focused (assisting with research, blog writing etc).

When the fund managers saw that I was becoming increasingly drawn to the investment side of the role, I was promoted to my current role as junior fund manager. Before that, I worked in counterparty credit risk and studied economics at Cambridge uni.

My typical day…

Consists of catching up on emails, monitoring portfolio positioning and keeping up what’s happening in the global bond and currency markets. I’ll often attend research meetings, speak to economists and strategists and read lots of investment research; the end goal being to form opinions and to make investment recommendations.

My most memorable work moment…

Is being sat in the front row of an IMF conference in Washington DC. For me, Central Bankers are my celebrities, and I’m a bit of a groupie. At the conference, I got to hear from a panel of speakers including Mark Carney, Wolfgang Schäuble and Christine Lagarde. I was in economic geek heaven.

The worst part of my job…

Is that I can never read all of the investment emails that I receive. The stream of information and research is endless, but decisions need to be made, sometimes quite quickly. It can also be frustrating that the amount of work you put in, is not directly proportional to what you get out.

For example, you might do lots of work, only for your research to convince you that now is not the right time to put on a trade. Market responses can also be completely irrational at times and move against your investment view – but the silver lining means that this can result in a further compelling investment opportunity. It’s either a case of holding your nerve, or capitulating– both can be challenging.

The best part of my job…

Is that I’m employed do something that I would be doing even if it wasn’t my job; namely keeping up to date with global economics/politics and having an opinion.

I work with a fantastic team of people who have been doing this a long time and who are only too happy to share their opinions and wisdom. I’m fortunate enough to be continually learning, every single day, from some of the most successful people in the industry.

After work…

I use my train journey to do some more reading, both work and non-work related. When I’m not reading, I like to catch up (ahem, drink lots of wine) with my fantastic friends (who are all ridiculously accomplished, inspiring people) and set the world to rights with my incredibly supportive best friend: my husband James.

My Plan B:

An independent book shop owner (although my husband recently reminded me that this plan didn’t end up so well for Meg Ryan in “You’ve Got Mail”), complete with cosy reading areas and a homemade cake counter.

Honor Solomon

Honor Solomon

My alarm goes off and I go to the gym...

Is something I doubt I will be able to say for at least the next 10 years! My day undoubtedly starts with one of my 3 young children crawling into our bed. After feeding and changing my baby, while my husband readies our 2 others for school, I tend to check my emails and the news.

I’m responsible for…

The Retail team at LGIM. We manage £23bn in clients' (Wealth and Financial advisors) assets.

I got the job…

After spending 15 years at Merrill Lynch and then BlackRock. I joined LGIM, 3 years ago. The opportunity to build a business has been one of the most exciting and daunting experiences of my life. I love it!

My typical day…

There is no such thing as a typical day, but no day goes past without meeting with my team and colleagues from across the business, speaking to Clients or getting involved in our EMEA strategy as I’m on a number of boards and committees.

My most memorable work moment…

There are so many. Two standout ones were when I was made a Managing Director at BlackRock and secondly when my LGIM team rose to being ranked 3rd in the UK market, having been outside the top 20.

The worst part of my job…

The intensity it requires. There are such exciting opportunities in our business, it is difficult to switch off mentally from these.

The best part of my job…

The diversity of my role. I love the breadth and scope of it, every hour is different. From setting the strategy, to managing my team, to pitching to Clients. I love being stretched and my role never disappoints.

After work…

I become a cook, maid and chauffeur! I want to be the best wife and mum I can be. It is a case of "quality time" rather than "quantity of time" though.

My Plan B:

Is what I do today! Plan A, had been to be a doctor. There will be no Plan C, I love Plan B too much.

Lilly Wollman

Lilly Wollman

My alarm goes off…

Don’t need an alarm. I have a toddler, who is far more reliable than a piece of electronics.

I’m responsible for…

Early stage equity investments in high growth companies developing sustainable solutions and leading the transition to a low-carbon economy.  At Generation Investment Management, we back fast-growing companies driving significant advances in smart mobility, next generation energy, industrial and enterprise efficiency, food and agriculture, sustainable consumption and the built environment.  I truly believe we are in the midst of a technology-led revolution in energy.

I got my job…

I’ve always gotten hired by first figuring out exactly where I wanted to work, and then pleading my case to the company.  It’s compelling for firms to find candidates who can articulate exactly why they want to work with you.

I’ve made a few bold changes in my career.  I recently transitioned from being a distressed investor to a growth equity investor – now I have to be much more positive about the world! Convincing firms that you are able to evolve can be difficult – most people want to hire a known entity – but I think flexibility in mindset and repositioning will become increasingly important skills in tomorrow’s world of AI and job disruptions.

My typical day…

According to the WSJ, my career is already doomed by sunrise, as all successful people rise at 4am to achieve peak productivity (consuming gluten-free granola from the back seat of their chauffeured car while making a flurry of international phone calls to check in with the Far East)…

Conversely, my days are thankfully spiced with variety, sometimes more internally focused (analysis and research of companies, presentations on business models and sector roadmaps) and other times running around meeting companies, other investors, and travelling.  I try to spend one hour in the morning and one hour each evening with my toddler son.  On days when I have to work late, or have a dinner, I have my nanny bring my son in for a coffee with me at the office to substitute for my lost evening hour.  Generation is pretty unique in ensuring that flexibility for family/extra-office activities is not a woman’s thing.

My biggest work lesson learned…

I find that I am substantially happier when I can laugh with colleagues.  The most important determinate of happiness in a job is working with great people.

The worst part of my job…

In finance, you get paid to learn about so many different things (I love this).  The downside is that sometimes you feel like a Jack of All Trades, expert in none.

The best part of my job…

Monday (again, I have a toddler…).  In seriousness, the best part of my career is the platform to learn about so many different things, especially large trends which are shaping the future of the world we inhabit, and working closely with entrepreneurs to help them execute on their vision.  I recently attended Singularity University’s exec program (their graduate study program is surely the best business school out there right now…), and was amazed that I am focused everyday on the big technology evolutions the program elucidates (AI, automation, 3d printing, autonomous cars, AR/VR, etc).

After work…

I have a reverse schedule to most…I enjoy socialising during the week and spending time with my family on the weekend.  During the week you can often find me at the bar at Cecconi’s (my second home) or at my local, the Anglesea Arms.  I enjoy ballet at the ROH, concerts at Wigmore Hall, and dinner parties at friends’ places.   I’ve been thrilled recently to organise TED-style salons at home where my friends showcase their own talents and learnings to a smaller group.  On Tuesday nights, I am in German class, so that my husband and son don’t have a secret language!   I love food and do a lot of BBQing on my first baby, the Big Green Egg.  I’m also now squarely in the middle age bracket – learning to play bridge!  Often on the weekend, we are travelling (skiing is a huge passion, and I love golf), so it’s great to see friends during the week.

What I’m reading…

My latest craze is the Apollo missions…I’ve been reading anything I can on these incredible feats of engineering and courage, interlaced with a great deal of solitude.  I am also obsessed with the Sapiens version of world history…although the one question answered particularly badly in the book is why women are subservient in so many cultures across space and time.

What I’m listening to…

I’ve recently become addicted to “Talks at Google”…they bring in fantastic speakers on a whole host of subjects and put them all on youtube.  Christopher Hitchens is hilarious.

Maxime Carmingnac

Maxime Carmingnac

My alarm goes off…

At 6:30am so that I have time to see my kids before going to work. I don’t spend too much time wondering how to dress up, as the more I think about it the worst it gets.

I’m responsible for…

Managing the UK business of Carmignac, an asset management family business set up by my father 27 years ago headquartered in Paris.

I got the job…

After starting in investment banking at Morgan Stanley and in consulting at McKinsey, I was given the responsibility of investing client money buying or selling the shares, which I did for six years at Carmignac and at a hedge fund in New York. Four years ago I took on the job of managing the expansion of Carmignac in the UK.

My typical day…

The main job is managing and building up an investment team skilled at looking after the retirement savings of our million clients. It's a big responsibility and even more important because savers need to make sure that their wealth grows faster than inflation. At Carmignac we are well known for our risk management especially in the 2002 and 2008 stock markets plunges, when our main fund didn’t fall.

I have set up the “Carmignac Lab” to bring on new talent. We test fund managers for one year in realistic conditions and only then do they get to manage our clients money.

As the Managing Director of the UK business, I am responsible for 30 people. For instance the Carmignac digital team is based in London. It's job is to make us better at serving clients, investing well and running our business efficiently.

I try to avoid being on too many internal committees they are very time consuming. Fortunately at Carmignac we are small (260 employees) with an entrepreneurial mindset.

I am involved in promoting diversity. Legendary investor Warren Buffett said that his success was because he competed against only half of the population. Currently, only 7% of fund managers are female. Why constrict any industry in this way?

My most memorable work moment…

For me I hope the best is yet to come! I always want things to get better. I hope I can help build a bigger Carmignac that is serving more clients to build their retirement savings, and using digitalization to do so more efficiently while keeping our family and entrepreneurship values.

The worst part of my job…

As a member of a family business and the manager of the UK business I don’t really want to switch off. This could be a problem and not only for me!

The best part of my job…

It always thrills me to meet long standing clients for whom Carmignac has made a difference. I remember an Italian who told me that she bought a summer family house for her kids and grandkids thanks to the money she made investing with us in the long run.

After work…

I rush home by tube, literally running to meet my husband and kids. I have two three year olds and a one year old and we have intense conversations even though they are not board members yet! My husband works in finance as well so we tend to talk about work although he would prefer me to focus on my cooking skills. We are big fans of the UK and have friends here from all over the world.

My Plan B:

When I was at school I was horse show jumping fan. I was part of the French Junior Team. I have been missing horse ridding every day since I stopped. I started running marathons but I preferred it when the horse was doing all the work running. I still have dreams where I am flying high but definitely not the time today. Maybe for my own retirement

Nas Noorizadeh

Nas Noorizadeh

My alarm goes off…

At 6:00am. When possible, I try to start off my day with some exercise. It helps me clear my mind for the day ahead, and I can never rely on myself to train at the end of a work day as I’ll often have a networking or social commitment to get to. I am lucky as my sellside days taught me how to be a ‘morning person’… whether my colleagues would agree, I’m not so sure!

I’m responsible for…

Helping BlackRock clients in the diversification of their asset allocation through investing in alternatives, specifically into hedge funds. In my day-to-day role, I focus on the sourcing, diligence and the investment of our client assets into hedge funds.

I got the job…

I started my career at UBS Investment Bank, where I spent five years working in the London office. My first manager was a very inspirational woman, who moved on from UBS to run a hedge fund, and ultimately ended up being a client that I covered in my role as an equity salesperson at UBS.

Our relationship had progressed over time to one of mentorship, and she was in fact the person who introduced me to my current team at BlackRock, BlackRock Alternative Advisors. I often relay this story to the interns and graduates that work with us, in order to teach them the value of maintaining a strong network, from the very beginning of their career.

My typical day…

Where possible, my day will start and end with a networking commitment. My role focuses heavily on the self sourcing of potential hedge fund investments, many of which are emerging managers, yet to launch their own businesses.

Identifying hedge fund managers, early in their life cycle has been a core focus of our team for the last 21 years, and has enabled us to build a unique portfolio of risks for our client base, so it’s something I place a lot of importance on.

The main part of my day will include a combination of client and investment responsibilities. As an Assistant Portfolio Manager, I spend time working on the creation and the ongoing monitoring of underlying portfolios for our clients. This involves the majority of my time being spent on bottom up, analytical work on existing and potential investments and an understanding of top down drivers impacting financial markets. Being a part of BlackRock helps tremendously, as I can leverage the expertise that resides globally across 30 countries and every asset class.

Aside from the day job, I take an active role in mentoring and managing the junior talent in our team as they seek to build their careers. Having started my career as an intern at UBS in 2006 and experienced some challenging periods in our industry, I enjoy imparting any wisdom I’ve picked up along the way.

My most memorable work moment…

Representing BlackRock on a marketing trip to South Africa, much to the envy of my colleagues. I had to participate in some panel discussions to a wide audience, which was daunting at first as I was amongst a sea of men, but ended up being incredibly exhilarating!

The worst part of my job…

Not being able to switch off as much as I wish I could. With colleagues across Seattle, New York, Hong Kong and Tokyo, there is always an email waiting in your inbox…

The best part of my job…

I never stop learning. I am lucky to have the opportunity to speak to people far smarter, and more experienced than me on a daily basis. This is a really important driver to get me out of bed in the morning.

After work…

Outside of the work commitments I try to see my boyfriend, friends and family as much as possible. I have a huge passion for cooking, and learned a great deal of this from my mother so I am often at my happiest in the kitchen experimenting with a new recipe!

My Plan B:

My dream has always been to be involved in the food industry in some way. For now it’s a pipe dream, but it’s certainly something I often think about, and where I think I could use my Iranian heritage in a creative manner.

Nathalie Casali-Deacon

Nathalie Casali-Deacon

My alarm goes off…

At 6am so I can see my children briefly before work - my husband looks after them until their nanny arrives. On most days I will try to fit in some form of physical activity either at lunchtime or after work. I have a home office at the back of my garden from which I work once a week.

I’m responsible for…

Searching for, analysing and pitching investment ideas to portfolio managers at Schroders. I focus on European utilities and consumer stocks.

I got the job…

After 11 years at JPMorgan, where I started in 2005 having graduated from Sciences-Po in Paris and the LSE. I started off working in M&A, which I thankfully managed to escape after two years with an internal move to equity research. After 9 years and 2 kids as a sell side analyst, I happily made the transition to asset management.

My most memorable work moment…

Is probably from my days as a sell side analyst. A French hedge fund portfolio manager whom I had never spoken to started our introductory meeting by asking "so how does it feel to be a woman working in finance, getting paid 40% less than men and having to do all the work at home?" with a self-satisfied grin.

He then proceeded to explain why he thought the investment idea I had come in to pitch was rubbish and dismissed me after 15 minutes. It was some consolation that he was ultimately proved very wrong and I right!

The worst part of my job…

Is also the best. The number of companies that can be researched and the amount of information that is available are endless, which can be frustrating. I am forever learning, but have to live with making investment calls on the basis of incomplete information, because there will never be enough time to research everything to the last detail - no matter how tempting.

What I am reading...

Mostly fiction. I have just picked up L'Assomoir by Zola, which I last read as a teenager studying for my A levels in France.

My Plan B:

There is more than one (painting, politics, setting up an investment business where 50% of the front office staff is female).

Paulina Arent

Paulina Arent

My alarm goes off…

At 7:00am – enough time for a quick shower and review of the morning’s headlines and overnight emails before I make my way to work. My office is a short tube ride away near Baker Street, and I spend my commute listening to podcasts or an audiobook (as seats are rare!).

I’m responsible for…

I’m a senior associate at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s (“CPPIB”) External Portfolio Management (“EPM”) Group. We are responsible for managing a portfolio of externally managed hedge funds and have investments with nearly 60 top global asset managers across equities, credit, interest rates, currencies and commodities.

Analysts and associates rotate through strategies over time and I currently help manage the commodity and activist portfolios, and assist with equity co-investments as they come up.

I got the job…

I got my start in investment banking in Canada, advising Canadian corporates on strategic and capital raising decisions. I moved to CPPIB because I wanted to gain experience on the buy side with one of the world’s largest and fastest growing institutional investors. Working in EPM was particularly appealing because I get to work directly with some of the world’s brightest investors across a broad array of strategies... meaning I had a lot to learn!

My typical day…

Involves meeting with lots of different people. As a senior associate I have three primary responsibilities:

  1. monitor our existing hedge fund investments
  2. help source and analyze new investment opportunities and
  3.  assist in developing the group’s long term strategy.

All three require interaction with both external hedge fund managers and our internal investment teams so I get to work with a wide range of people. It is also critical for me to stay on top of financial markets, so I regularly review financial news and research. I also spend a lot of time preparing for meetings. Before an investment makes it into the portfolio we discuss its risk and merits as a team and it serves as an opportunity for anyone to ask questions or raise issues with an investment. It’s important for us all to have ownership over the portfolio and to be well informed.

My job also involves some travel, primarily to North America and across Europe, mainly to where our investments are located. I also travel back to Canada a few times a year to reconnect with the team in our head office.

My most memorable work moment…

When the first investment I worked on from start to finish got approved! It was a great feeling to get to allocate capital to a business you really believe in.

The worst part of my job…

I never like to see the portfolio lose money. The CPPIB invests on behalf of 19 million Canadians and helps provide financial security in retirement, so it can be especially painful to witness a downturn. However in those moments, it’s helpful to keep a long term perspective in mind.

As a result of adopting a long horizon view, we’re able to look at investments over a more extended time frame vs. those considered by most other investors. Our long horizon also means that, while we look at our performance day-to-day, the true picture of our performance emerges over a much longer period of time.

The best part of my job…

Definitely the people I get to work with! My job also allows me to work with a wide variety of external investors across a broad range of strategies, which is quite unique in asset management. I’ve learned that there is a true variety of ways to think about the world and investing in particular. It’s great to be able to explore a variety of perspectives on a daily basis.

After work…

Depends on when work ends! It is not your typical 9-to-5 job and the hours can vary with what I am working on or what is happening in the market.

I try to get to the gym a few times a week after work but it doesn’t always work out. Outside of that, I try to have dinner at home with my boyfriend as often as possible and catch up on some TV (HBO’s Game of Thrones is a current favourite!).

It’s also important to carve out time to catch up with friends, usually over a glass of wine or trying out a new restaurant. I usually try get to bed by 11:30pm.

My Plan B:

I was a ski instructor in high school – I would love to spend more time on the slopes. Failing that I think it is important to encourage more diversity within asset management. It is truly an industry that can further benefit from a broad range of experiences and backgrounds.

Stephanie Wu

Stephanie Wu

My alarm goes off…

At 6:40am. Over the first cup of coffee, I update myself on market developments and company specific news in Asia where the trading day is already nearing its close. I deal with urgent overnight emails and then move on to the biggest challenge of the day: preparing a healthy breakfast for the family and getting everyone out of the house on time.

I’m responsible for…

As a senior portfolio manager, I look after the Asian equity investments in our Global Emerging Markets equity strategies.

I got the job…

I spent more than 10 years managing Asian equity funds before joining the newly formed Global Emerging Markets team at HSBC Asset Management in London. This lies more than ten years back – how time flies.

My typical day…

I usually reach the office by 8:30am and start the day by engaging with companies in Asia and/or our locally based analysts and fund managers – all with the aim of identifying great investment opportunities for our clients and continuously testing the validity of our investment decisions.

Good investment decisions are informed by rigorous financial analysis, a solid understanding of the industry and market they operate in and, of course, the market discount mechanism. Some days I spend most of my time researching a specific company or industry development. Others are spent analysing macro trends and policies. Sometimes I let price action dictate my day. The beauty of the job is in the diversity.

My most memorable work moment…

New fund launches are always very exciting but, on a day-to-day basis, it is most fulfilling to unearth a new investment opportunity and watch the company develop over time. All the hard work is rewarded when the investment performance comes through.

The worst part of my job…

The clock change in October! The time difference between the UK and Korea expands to 9 hours and most other Asian markets are then 8 hours ahead of us. This creates a huge challenge for live interactions which is so vital to our business.

After work…

I dash home for some fun family time before the kids go to bed. Then unwind over a glass of red and a book (novels, books on parenting, diversity, sustainability, anything that matters). I try to make time to meet friends and get some exercise. Sadly, I do not have enough energy left for much else.

My Plan B:

After more than 20 years of travelling to Asia with a narrow focus on companies, stock markets and economic development, it would be fascinating to gain a deeper understanding of the history, religion and art of some of these countries countries. Studying for a degree in Asian Arts at SOAS would be my plan B.

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