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Abbie Llewellyn-Waters
Abbie Llewellyn-Waters
I am white British (born and raised in Wales). Educated at University College, London (UCL) – the spiritual home of Jeremy Bentham. UCL particularly...
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Akua Brako-Raja
Akua Brako-Raja
Akua Brako-Raja
I have a pretty mixed background and spent my early childhood in Ghana, Germany and the UK, having settled permanently in the UK from the age of 10...
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Alexandra Faye
Alexandra Faye
Alexandra Faye
I am a Black French-Senegalese, born in Senegal and grew up in the multicultural Paris suburbs from age 6. There is a long tradition of strong working...
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Anna Strillacci
Anna Strillacci
Anna Strillacci
I am Italian, brought up and educated in Luxembourg, where I attended the European School. I spent a gap year in the US to improve my English before...
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Anne Marie Fleurbaaij
Anne Marie Fleurbaaij
Anne Marie Fleurbaaij
I started my career as an auditor with Deloitte & Touche in California where my graduate intake was roughly 50:50 men:women; I took gender diversity...
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Annie Healy
Annie Healy
Annie Healy
I am Irish, raised and educated in London, before joining the management training programme at the John Lewis Partnership where I was to meet my...
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Apiramy Jeyarajah
Apiramy Jeyarajah
Head of Financial Institutions UK
Apiramy Jeyarajah
Head of Financial Institutions UK
Apiramy Jeyarajah is Head of Financial Institutions UK and joined HSBC Global Asset Management in Dec 2013. She joined from RBS Global Banking and...
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Arfan Akhtar
Arfan Akhtar
Arfan Akhtar
I was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne, coming from an ethnic background. After studying at King’s College London, I have built a career in executive...
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Ashok Gupta
Ashok Gupta
Ashok Gupta
I was born in Northern Ireland of Indian parents and grew up as one of the only two coloured males in Armagh during the Troubles. The other was my...
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Avni Thakrar-Neeliah
Avni Thakrar-Neeliah
Avni Thakrar-Neeliah
I am a British Asian woman and have been in the financial services industry for 14 years. I am currently a Senior Product Governance Manager at...
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Camelia Ram
Camelia Ram
Camelia Ram
I help teams build resilience and flexibility by being curious about the world around them to reframe situations and design their future through...
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Caroline Bradshaw
Caroline Bradshaw
Caroline Bradshaw
I was born in Kent (UK), went to an all-girls Grammar school in Kent, then to Durham University where I read Business Finance and achieved a first...
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Caroline Keetch
Caroline Keetch
Managing Director
Caroline Keetch
Managing Director
Caroline has worked in the financial services industry for 15 years. She is Managing Director of Halsey Keetch, a specialist global search firm, based...
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Catherine Shimmin
Catherine Shimmin
Catherine Shimmin
I am a Consultant Relations Director at Invesco. I started my career in 2005 at Lehman Brothers on their Capital Markets programme and spent 12 years...
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Chinmayee Thadakamalla
Chinmayee Thadakamalla
I am British Asian woman (born in India, raised in England). I started my career at J.P Morgan Chase, where I had recognised the shocking ratio of men...
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Chris Ralph
Chris Ralph
Chris Ralph
Chris has worked in the Financial Services Industry for more than 30 years. His experience covers investment banking, fund management and includes his...
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Claire Glennon
Claire Glennon
Head of UK and Ireland Institutional Business Development
Claire Glennon
Head of UK and Ireland Institutional Business Development
I have worked in the asset management industry for over 20 years now, although my degree is in Media Studies. I started my career at M&G Investments...
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Daniel Edmund
Daniel Edmund
Daniel Edmund
Daniel was born in London to St. Lucian parents and, as the son of a Royal Green Jacket, he spent time in Germany before settling in the Wiltshire...
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David Gamble
David Gamble
David Gamble
I am white British and a Northerner .Educated at Leeds University a long time ago when all the economics Lecturers were Marxists. Started my...
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Denise Le Gal
Denise Le Gal
Independent Chair
Denise Le Gal
Independent Chair
I was born in Canada and grew up in a rural farming community where residents were mainly second and third generation immigrants of mixed cultural...
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Dinesha Mendis
Dinesha Mendis
Dinesha Mendis
Dinésha Mendis joined the asset management industry in 2001 and has since acquired a wide range of experience in marketing roles from leading...
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Don Scott
Don Scott
Don Scott
With over 10 years regulatory consulting experience at the Big-4, Don has a breadth of experience and expertise in investment management, wealth...
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Dr. Christine Chow
Dr. Christine Chow
Dr. Christine Chow
Upon returning to the UK in 2000, I did an experiment – I sent out two CVs to executive search firms with the same content, one under my maiden Asian...
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Elena Koycheva
Elena Koycheva
Elena Koycheva
Bulgarian by nationality, I was raised with ambition and passion at heart and have worked hard against adversity and disbelief to succeed and achieve...
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Ellen Clarke
Ellen Clarke
Ellen Clarke
Ellen works at Insight Investment as a Learning and Development Advisor, heavily involved in their graduate programme and training for employees...
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Erin Sarret
Erin Sarret
Erin Sarret
I am a white American now French citizen who grew up in California before moving to Paris in 2001 with my French husband and two small children. My...
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Faith Ward
Faith Ward
Chief Responsible Investment Officer
Faith Ward
Chief Responsible Investment Officer
My career has been dedicated to integrating and reporting on environmental, social and governance risks in finance and investment. I lead engagement...
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George Kershaw
George Kershaw
George Kershaw
George was head of global institutional sales at BZW before moving to head the CSFB investment trust team from 1996 to 2000. He has chaired and sat on...
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Gian Luca Giurlani
Gian Luca Giurlani
Gian Luca Giurlani
I was brought up in South America (Argentina, Uruguay and Peru) by Italian parents. For my university studies, relocated to Italy, where I graduated...
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Guinevere Taylor
Guinevere Taylor
Guinevere Taylor
I am a Northerner at heart who was born in Singapore and spent my early years growing up in my Mother’s home country of Fiji! I believe having this...
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Helen Price
Helen Price
Stewardship Manager
Helen Price
Stewardship Manager
I am white British and grew up near Bristol. I attended a local secondary school and I am the first in my family to attend university. I studied BA...
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Herman Brodie
Herman Brodie
Herman Brodie
I am Black-British, London-born to Jamaican parents. But go back another generation or two and you’ll find some Nigerian in there, some Scottish (yes...
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Honor Solomon
Honor Solomon
Honor Solomon
Honor runs the EMEA Retail business at Legal and General Investment Management (LGIM). She was previously at BlackRock and Merrill Lynch, for 15 years...
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Isabell Moessler
Isabell Moessler
Isabell Moessler
Diversity is in my blood - my Mum is German, my Dad is Austrian, I’m married to an English man, my sister-in law Portuguese and I lived in Germany...
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James Von Simson
James Von Simson
James Von Simson
Having worked in politics in Westminster and Investment Banking in London and Frankfurt, I entered the investment management industry in 2011. I...
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Jane Fuller
Jane Fuller
Jane Fuller
Jane Fuller is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Financial Innovation, an independent think-tank, and author of CSFI reports on investment...
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Jane Welsh
Jane Welsh
Senior investment consultant, Jane Welsh Consulting
Jane Welsh
Senior investment consultant, Jane Welsh Consulting
I am white British (and from Yorkshire), attended a co-ed comprehensive school in Rotherham. I went to Oxford to read Politics, Philosophy and...
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Jayne Styles
Jayne Styles
Jayne Styles
Jayne has a wealth of financial services experience. From 2002 until 2019 she headed up MS Amlin’s investment business, where, as CEO and CIO, she...
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Jenny Fenton
Jenny Fenton
Jenny Fenton
I am white British, born and brought up in Somerset. My parents were diary farmers, and my brother now runs the family farm. I trained as an...
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Joanna Lancaster
Joanna Lancaster
Joanna Lancaster
I started my career at an Investment Bank in the mid 1980s and was given my first job as an experiment to see how a female graduate would fare on a...
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Joe Parkin
Joe Parkin
Head of Banks and Digital Channels
Joe Parkin
Head of Banks and Digital Channels
I was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and spent the early years of my life there before moving to UK. I was educated at an all-boys school in Kent and...
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Kate  Jones
Kate Jones
Kate Jones
I grew up in the Midlands, went to state school and had no obvious connections to financial services or indeed London. After securing an internship...
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Kathryn Graham
Kathryn Graham
Kathryn Graham
Studying maths at university meant I was one of only a few women in the room and working in derivatives once I joined the city did not improve that...
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Laura Brown
Laura Brown
Laura Brown
I am white British (growing up in the middle of the countryside in Warwickshire), and studied English Literature at university with absolutely no idea...
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Lucy Macdonald
Lucy Macdonald
Lucy Macdonald
Lucy is CIO Global Equities for AllianzGI. She joined in 2001 to head up the Global Equity Fund Management team, which manages over £5bn of assets in...
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Mark Freed
Mark Freed
CEO
Mark Freed
CEO
I am English, born in Birmingham I moved to London at the age of 5. I am dyslexic and with little support or understanding from schools I failed...
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Masami Johnstone
Masami Johnstone
Masami Johnstone
I am originally from Tokyo, Japan, married to a Scots man, and have been working in The City in the last 20 years. At Euronext I currently head up...
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Meike Bliebenicht
Meike Bliebenicht
Senior Product Specialist
Meike Bliebenicht
Senior Product Specialist
I am originally from Hamburg, Germany, and moved to London in 2005. In my current role at HSBC Global Asset Management I head up the Product...
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Michael Price
Michael Price
Michael was born in Malaysia to a Malaysian (Bumiputra) mother and English (County Durham) father. He was brought-up overseas in a working class...
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Monica Gogna
Monica Gogna
Monica Gogna
I have avoided the word “diversity” for most of my career, thinking this is not a “bucket” I want to be pigeon-holed with. Surely my career is about...
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Nadia Manzoor
Nadia Manzoor
Nadia Manzoor
Nadia is a Partner of boutique investment management firm, S. W. Mitchell Capital. She leads the Business Development team and is General Counsel to...
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Naomi Haynes
Naomi Haynes
Naomi Haynes
I have over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services, 14 years of which were at Fidelity International. I was a bond trader for 18 years, beginning...
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Natasha Braginsky Mounier
Natasha Braginsky Mounier
Natasha Braginsky Mounier
I am Russian and my primary education was in Kiev, which was then the USSR. My family immigrated to America, I attended a state school and became a...
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Nick Spencer
Nick Spencer
Resource & Environment Actuary
Nick Spencer
Resource & Environment Actuary
I am a passionate believer in the value of diversity, and have been supporting social and diversity initiatives for 30 years. I seek to build better...
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Nicki Williams
Nicki Williams
Nicki Williams
I am white British, originally from Wales although moved to Cornwall in my mid-teens where I attended a typical nineteen-seventies mixed comprehensive...
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Rachel Green
Rachel Green
I grew up on a farm on the Caribbean island of Dominica and came to the UK when I was 17. Growing up, I always felt that there were only three career...
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Rebecca Bilek-Chee
Rebecca Bilek-Chee
Regional Director
Rebecca Bilek-Chee
Regional Director
I am British and of mixed ethnicity (Malaysian Chinese and Austrian Czech). I was privately educated in London, and went on to study Economics at the...
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Rosanna Burcheri
Rosanna Burcheri
Rosanna Burcheri
I am Italian, brought up and educated in Italy at a Scientific High School and then at Bocconi University where I majored in International Economics...
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Sarah Bates
Sarah Bates
Sarah Bates
I am a white middle class girl from Manchester. Arsenal supporter and Islington resident. My mother was a medical librarian and quite radical, and my...
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Sarai Jacob-Whelan
Sarai Jacob-Whelan
Sarai Jacob-Whelan
Growing up, the ethos at home and at school was that girls could do anything. At home, my mother always worked (my parents approached breadwinning and...
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Sean Taylor
Sean Taylor
Sean Taylor
Sean has worked in the financial services industry for 19 years. He currently leads a team of Finance specialists who work closely with private...
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Shehzad H Abbasi
Shehzad H Abbasi
Shehzad H Abbasi
Born in South Yorkshire to Pakistani parents who were civil servants, Shehzad went to Liverpool for his undergraduate degree, and followed a Maîtrise...
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Sherilee Mace
Sherilee Mace
Sherilee Mace
Sherilee joined Insight in November 2011 as an Institutional Business Development Director, educating on diversified assets and providing solutions to...
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Sinead Canavan
Sinead Canavan
Sinead Canavan
I am Irish and educated in my home county of Limerick, Ireland where I graduated from Mary Immaculate in 2014 with a Bachelors in Psychology & Media...
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Sisieta Owen
Sisieta Owen
EMEA Compliance Monitoring Programme, Bloomberg LP
Sisieta Owen
EMEA Compliance Monitoring Programme, Bloomberg LP
I am of Nigerian origin, born in the uk and raised by Nigerian parents alongside my five siblings and as the youngest of six children. My family...
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Stephanie Niven
Stephanie Niven
Stephanie Niven
I am white British, went to a both a comprehensive and grammar state school, then onto Oxford University where I read History. In 2005 I joined...
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Subira Jones
Subira Jones
Subira Jones
I am The Corporate Hippie, my mission is to redefine employee wellbeing and Make Invisible Talent Visible in the Investment & Pensions industry, by...
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Tali Shlomo
Tali Shlomo
Tali Shlomo
I started my career in HR 25 years ago and have for many years embedded the principles of diversity, inclusion and wellbeing in business decisions and...
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Tingting Peng
Tingting Peng
Tingting Peng
I was born in China and was raised just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. I graduated from MIT with a degree in Management Science and a minor in...
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Tory Hyndman
Tory Hyndman
Tory Hyndman
I am White Canadian/British. I was born and raised in Vancouver where I attended an all-girls independent school. I completed my undergraduate degree...
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Upasna Bhadhal
Upasna Bhadhal
Upasna Bhadhal
Upasna has been in the industry for over 12 years and is the founder of Career Collective - a platform that aims to disrupt the gender imbalance...
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Victoria Nye
Victoria Nye
Victoria Nye
30 years in the investment sector shows that you can enjoy a stimulating career and make time for your family. For me this was based on a solid...
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