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#TalkAboutBlack presents: An Insight into Asset Management

Date: 5th November 2019
Location: Mansion House, Walbrook, London EC4N 8BH


A full day event which provided the opportunity to meet, ask questions and develop contacts within asset management.


Penultimate and final year university students and recent graduates.


At this impactful, practical and immersive experience you:

  • Took part in a variety of workshops (CV review, interview experience and assessment centre practice)
  • Heard from CEOs, industry experts and the personal experiences of black fund managers and distribution representatives.

Bring your curiosity, ambition and leave with an understanding of:

  • Investment and distribution roles available at sponsoring investment managers
  • Skills required for success in these roles
  • The practical tips for success at the recruitment stage
  • Opportunity to build long lasting networks


The ultimate aim was to raise awareness of the asset management industry and on the wide variety of roles available. There has been a drive to increase diversity in the industry to enable:

  • Greater diversity of thought leading to better decision making and performance
  • Institutions being more representative of the customers and communities they serve
  • New perspectives to successfully navigate the changing economic, geopolitical and demographic landscape
  • Asset managers to contribute to society and reduce inequalities


Places were limited so attendance to the event is selective. Applications are now closed as the event was on the 27 September 2019.


09:00Arrival and Registration

Tea, Coffee & Networking over Careers Fair


Justin Onuekwusi, Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds, Legal & General Investment Management Rachel Green, Associate Director, Institutional Sales, Aviva Investors

10:05Keynote Address: Opportunities in the City

Peter Estelin, Lord Mayor of the City of London Corporation

10:20An Introduction to Asset Management
Sponsored by SchrodersJennifer Kuntuala, Fund Manager Assistant, Schroders
10:45CEO Panel: Diversity and Opportunity in asset management
Sponsored by BlackRockLuke Ellis, Chief Executive, Man Group
Michelle Scrimgeour, Chief Executive, Legal & General Investment Management
Dik van Lomwel, Head of EMEA and Latin America, Neuberger Berman
Euan Munro, Chief Executive, Aviva Investors
Moderated by Gavin Lewis, BlackRock
11:35Move to Breakout Sessions
11:45Breakout Session Rotations in conjunction with Investment2020

Breakout 1: CV and Interview Training
Sponsored by Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Speaker, Investment2020 Speaker, Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Breakout 2: Success at Assessment Centres
Sponsored by JP Morgan Asset Management
Speaker, Investment2020 Tia Counts, Title, JP Morgan Asset Management

Breakout 3: Effective Communication & Networking
Sponsored by Standard Life Aberdeen
Speaker, Investment2020 Speaker, Standard Life Aberdeen


Buffet Lunch & Networking over Careers Fair

14:00Rapid Fire Q&A Breakout Session Rotations

Breakout 1: Fund Management
Sponsored by Man Group
Cyprian Njamma, Asset Allocation Strategist, SEI Investments
Emidio Sciulli, Partner, Head of AHL Research & Trading, Man Group
Michel Aubenas, Fund Manager, BlackRock
Moderated by Max Lovell, Head of Credit Execution, Man Group

Breakout 2: Sales
Sponsored by Aviva Investors
John Adu, Co-Head of ETF Distribution, JPM Asset Management
Mark Bartley, UK Retail Head of Internal Sales, Invesco Perpetual
Grant Aidoo-Nash, Bond ETF Sales, BlackRock
Moderated by: Rachel Green, Associate Director, Institutional Sales, Aviva Investors

Breakout 3: Recent Graduates
Sponsored by Neuberger Berman
Rydan Giraudy, Multi-Asset Risk Analyst, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Reggie Nelson, Graduate Analyst, Legal & General Investment Management
Joy Isaac, Research Analyst, Man Group
Moderated by: Emmanuel Babade, Portfolio Analyst, Neuberger Berman

15:20Coffee Break

Tea, Coffee & Networking over Careers Fair

15:45The Personal Story of a Fund Manager
Sponsored by Legal & General Investment ManagementRemi Olu-Pitan, Fund Manager, Schroders
Nicolas Janvier, Portfolio Manager, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Justin Onuekwusi, Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds, Legal & General Investment Management
Hywel Franklin, Fund Manager, Mirabaud Asset Management
Moderated by: Colette Comerford, Head of Inclusion & Culture, Legal & General Investment Management
16:45Summary & Closing remarks

Drinks and canapés reception


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