Rachel Harbers

Born and bred in Australia I have always chased adventure and new experiences, from sea kayaking in Fiji for my Gold Duke of Edinburgh expedition, completing a university social business internship in India or my placement with a Middle East strategy consulting firm.

My high school exchange to Benenden School in Kent introduced me to The City, and inspired me to seek a dynamic and international career path in the City of London.

I studied a Bachelor of Economics at The Women’s College, within the University of Sydney and was awarded ‘The Women’s College Scholarship’ for my skills in academic, sporting and cultural life. After graduating, I began my career in Private Wealth Management at Morgan Stanley in Sydney, and within six months I was asked to step up and lead the International Middle Office team whilst my Manager was on maternity leave. The leadership opportunity allowed me to recognise that I thrive working in a team environment where I lead projects and find solutions.

This drive directed my relocation in October 2018 to London with Morgan Stanley Investment Management. My role as a Transitions Manager gave me a broad understanding of the investment management life cycle and I was delighted that my immediate impact was recognised by being a Finalist in the 2019 Women in Investment Awards ‘Rising Star of the Year’.

My recent move to the International Product team has involved regular contact with colleagues and clients across EMEA, Asia, and US and has been a dynamic forum for relationship management and negotiation skills across large scale projects. I thrive on a collaborative approach to effectively manage stakeholder expectations and shifting deadlines, within our team philosophy of innovation.

An early introduction to community volunteering through The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has led to fundraising for Cancer Research with a 1km ocean swim and sprint triathlon in Australia’s 40 degree summer heat to my current role as Co-Chair of the Future Leaders Shadow Board (FLSB) for Women in Banking & Finance (WIBF). I have led our recent forward strategy for the FLSB, and personally networked to recruit a diverse group of future leaders from across the industry and created an inclusive and collaborative board environment with my Co-Chair. Despite Covid-19, many opportunities abound for mentoring others through WIBF, and I am hoping to run my first charity half-marathon in 2021.

My vision as a WeAreTheCity Rising Star would be to focus on inspiring Future Leaders for the Investment Management industry. Through collaboration between WeAreTheCity and Women in Banking and Finance – I would aim to reach out to the wider community by running educational panel events with girls in high schools across the UK on the multiple roles and career paths available within the industry. It would be full circle – as a schoolgirl from Australia, I learnt of The City and it inspired me on my career pathway. To then represent The City to inspire other young women across diverse backgrounds to be the next generation of Future Leaders would be a rewarding way to pay it forward.