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Reema Kotecha

I am the first generation of my African-Indian family to be born in the UK. Having grown up in Essex, my childhood was spent supporting my working-class parents in their local shop, providing care to my hearing-impaired mother, and attending a state school where I was one of 4 students from an ethnic minority. Going to university in London, at LSE, opened my eyes – I met people from all backgrounds, had access to a new set of possibilities and the world as I knew it became bigger.

Having spent the last 15 years of my career in Asset Management, first as a Management Consultant working with c15 Investment firms and their leadership teams, and then becoming the Asset Management COO at a FTSE100 Insurer at 35, I have increasingly become more alert to the challenges and opportunities that come with diversity, particularly gender and socio-economic diversity in our industry. I have seen and felt what fosters inclusion and what doesn’t, and the direct relationship with business performance as a result.

I feel passionately about enabling a more level playing field in the Investment and Savings industry, and to do that, I recognise unrepresented individuals need enhanced support throughout their careers. I personally have deeply benefitted from teams, mentors and clients who have accepted me for who I am, and I try to do the same for everyone I work with. The times I haven’t had that support have been the most difficult of my career. It’s why I am so pleased to be supporting the Diversity project as an Ambassador, and I look forward to both providing further mentorship, particularly to early careers, and continuing my own learning!

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Partners and Supporters are companies and organisations within the industry, who do not fall within our Member definition but share our goals and values and agree to amplify the work the Diversity Project does.

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Diversity Project Ambassadors are people with a savings and investment background who support the Project’s ambition to accelerate diversity and inclusion in our sector. They advocate inclusion and offer their time and expertise to support the Project’s activities. Please read about the role of an ambassador.