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Black Leaders Mentoring

Cross-industry black leaders mentoring and reverse mentoring programme

Focused on empowering black talent at all levels in investment management, the programme was launched in October 2020 connecting 16 senior black professionals in investment management with industry c-suite leaders.

Working in partnership #talkaboutblack, which is part of the Diversity Project, the programme aims to harness the power of mentoring from industry leaders to create a constructive environment, based on long-term trusted relationships, for senior black professionals to develop, thrive and progress into senior executive roles. The programme also provides reverse mentoring to current executive leaders by allowing them to benefit from and act upon insight into the lived experiences of black people in the industry.

The following 16 individuals have been selected to act as mentors for the pilot:

  • Matthew Beesley
    — CEO, Artemis
  • Caroline Connellan
    — CEO, Abrdn Personal Wealth
  • Cuan Coulter
    — previously Head of State Street Global Advisors EMEA
  • Jonathan DeSimone
    — CEO Designate, Alcentra
  • Philippe D’Orgeval
    — CEO, Amundi
  • Andrew Formica
    — CEO, Jupiter AM
  • Peter Harrison
    — CEO, Schroders
  • Pete Horrell
    — Chair & CEO of Fidelity Holdings (UK) Ltd
  • Tjalling Halbertsma (TJ)
    — Managing Director, Eaton Vance Management International, CEO Eaton Vance International
  • Rick Lacaille
    — EVP & Global CIO, State Street Global Advisors
  • Rachel Lord
    — Senior Managing Director, Head of Asia Pacific, BlackRock
  • Joanna Munro
  • Michelle Scrimgeou
    — CEO, LGIM
  • Keith Skoech
    — Investment Association, Chairman
  • Patrick Thomson
    — CEO EMEA, JP Morgan AM
  • Richard Watts
    — CIO, BMO GAM

The following 16 individuals have been selected to be mentored for the pilot:

  • John Adu
    — Executive Director, Co-Head of ETF Distribution, JP Morgan AM
  • Obe Ejikeme
    — Fund Manager, Quantitative Equity Analyst, Carmignac
  • Hywel Franklin
    — Fund Manager, Head of European Equities, Mirabaud
  • Ovo Gharoro
    — Head of Investment Data Strategy, M&G
  • Marisa Hall
    — Co-Head of Thinking Ahead Institute, Willis Towers Watson
  • Nicolas Janvier
    — Fund Manager, Head of US Equities, EMEA, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
  • Didier Lambert
    — Fund Manager, Managing Director, JP Morgan AM
  • Gavin Lewis
    — Managing Director, Head of UK LGPS, BlackRock
  • Henry Odogwu
    — Managing Director, Head of UK Institutional Sales, iShares &Wealth, BlackRock
  • Remi Olu-Pitan
    — Fund Manager, Global Head of Multi-Asset Income, Schroders
  • Justin Onuekwusi
    — Fund Manager, Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds, LGIM
  • Kassie Siwo-Gasa
    — Head of Digital Marketing, LGIM
  • Rose St. Louis
    — Protection Director, Lloyds Banking Group
  • Jacqueline Taiwo
    — Associate General Counsel, TowerBrook Capital Partners
  • Vannessa Whitehead
    — Risk & Compliance Investments Technical Manager, EMEA, Standard Life Aberdeen
  • Daryl Wright
    — Executive Board Member, Head of Product & Investment Management, Lumyna Investments

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