Memento Charinga

Memento Charinga | Legal & General Investment Management

Memento Charinga

Memento has responsibility for designing, executing and managing multi-asset solutions for pension schemes.

She has over 8 years of experience of working with DB pension schemes, having joined LGIM in early 2018 from Aon where she was a product specialist within the fiduciary management team. Memento has a Master’s degree in Actuarial Finance from Imperial College London and an honours degree from Heriot Watt University. Alongside her professional role, Memento works to drive positive change in the industry through her volunteer roles, mentoring and work on various committees.

Memento is passionate about creating opportunities for others and access to education, she works tirelessly with organisations in the UK and in Zimbabwe to help fund education and provide basic support for less fortunate students.

Alexandra Faye

Alexandra Faye | Liontrust Asset Management

Alexandra Faye

I am Alex Faye, a multi-cultural and creative investment professional who has often been the only minority in the room during the thirteen years I have been working in financial services.

I have therefore been leveraging my personal experience as well as sales and marketing skills to make the Investment Management industry more inclusive and more responsible.

For the past three years, I have been driving product strategy and innovation for Architas and now Liontrust, working with our clients to bring to market investment funds with a higher purpose. I care about making a difference in people’s lives, especially women and minorities, by empowering them through financial education and inclusion. Building long-term wealth should not be for the privileged few only, especially as access to low-cost and sustainable funds is increasing. As an industry, it is our responsibility to ensure that we use an inclusive language, devoid of jargon and that our values reflect those of the customers that we serve.

When I am not working, I like to enjoy activities that are helping my wellbeing and mental health such as healthy cooking, singing and gardening. I am now the proud parent of 40 plants, all acquired during lockdown!

I hold an MBA from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, the Investment Management Certificate (CFA UK) and the ESG certificate (CFA UK).

Cissy Chan

Cissy Chan | BlackRock

Cissy Chan

Cissy Chan is a quantitative researcher at BlackRock’s Systematic Fixed Income (SFI) team.

She is responsible for driving innovation in research techniques, using machine learning methods and novel data sources to generate new insights for SFI’s hedge fund and long-only portfolios. Her contributions span from building models and signals for alpha generation, to differentiated investment outcomes for real money clients.

Cissy started her career at BlackRock in 2014 after graduating from Imperial College London with a first class honours in Mathematics. Prior to her current role, she has also worked in the Financial Markets Advisory team, where she focused primarily on building non-performing loan valuation and default models for clients in Greece and Italy.

Cissy is also an engaged and devoted member of multiple social and diversity committees within the scope of the Fixed Income and Systematic businesses as well as the wider firm.

Amanda Kemp

Amanda Kemp | Aon

Amanda Kemp

My career in Asset Management spans over 15 years.

I come from a very working-class background. My father is a Lorry Driver and my mother was a cleaner. I went to a local state school and didn't really have any careers advice. A chance conversation led me to apply my first role with Mellon.

During my early career, I spent a lot of time hiding my background. It wasn't until I took a career break in 2013 that I realised when everything was stacked against me I did achieve so much and that I was a role model for my young children. It is my hard work and can-do attitude that is leading me on the path to success. It was my early years that made me who I am, and is something I need to celebrate. To use my platform to educate others. In 2017 I took the decision to reignite my career. Even though returners are now promoted, I found it quite difficult to get past the "no recent experience". So, I changed tact. Rather than focus on my past, I focussed on my future. I asked myself what is it I bring that is so different. The answer is my "to stubborn to fail" attitude, my values and experiences.

I started at Aon in their investment management business late 2017 - I am a valuable member of the team. My attention to detail and problem-solving attitude means that I can tackle complex tasks and find solution to issues. Always thinking outside the box and have delivered some outstanding solutions both for the business and clients.

I'm always willing to get involved, support others and bring my best ideas to the table. To drive the business forward despite the many headwinds and changing requirements.

I will continue to help those from a disadvantaged background, and career returners find their true potential.

Rachel Harbers

Rachel Harbers | Morgan Stanley

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.

Eilidh Anderson

Eilidh Anderson | Kingswood Group

Eilidh Anderson

Eilidh is an Investment Manager at Kingswood Group with 8 years’ experience working in the industry and a particular interest in ESG and impact investing.

She has a background in research and portfolio management including both direct equities and funds. She started her career in 2013 at Charles Stanley and worked her way up through a variety of roles while completing the requisite qualifications.

After noticing the distinct lack of women in investment and executive positions, Eilidh became a member of Charles Stanley’s Innovation Through Inclusion Committee at its foundation in 2016 and worked with members to sign the firm up to the Women in Finance Charter and improve the parental leave policy to name a few. At Kingswood, she is continuing this work as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. In order to increase representation in the wider financial services industry, Eilidh is also a member of the Social Inclusion working group for CFA UK’s Inclusion & Diversity Committee and a member of the Future Leaders Shadow Board at Women in Banking and Finance.

Eilidh was born and raised in Scotland and moved to London in 2014 to pursue her career. She graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 with a Masters of Arts in Psychology. Beyond the office Eilidh enjoys travel, photography, writing and competitive sport. She is a formal national volleyball player having played the sport for 10 years and received a prestigious Blue upon graduation from university in honour of her sporting success. Eilidh was also team captain, EUVC secretary and is a qualified volleyball coach and referee.

Zoe Deady

Zoe Deady | Tilney Smith & Williamson

Zoe Deady

My interest in the financial markets arose during my final two years of university, when I spent my free time as an analyst in the Trinity Student Managed Fund and was actively involved in its women in business initiative.

This newly gained curiosity led me to seek out an internship in my penultimate summer at Investec’s Irish arm. Upon graduating from Trinity College Dublin, I moved to London in 2017, to join Tilney’s Fund of Funds team. As an investment analyst, I supported the portfolio managers with the daily implementation of the funds, whilst supporting the Head of Funds in a marketing and sales capacity.

Less than a year later, I joined the Direct Equities team as an equity analyst. Our responsibilities range from fundamental stock analysis to assisting wealth managers with portfolio construction. The learning curve is steep but rewarding if you're curious and enjoy a challenge. No two days are the same, and I enjoy interacting with a wide range of individuals both interally and externally. Over the past 3 years, I have progressed to become the lead analyst for Consumer Discretionary, Property and Transport sectors, whilst passing my CFA level 1, IMC and ESG investing certificate.

I am passionate on driving change within the industry, believing that the Investment Management sector risks being overlooked for careers by the upcoming generations if it does not pick up the pace on implementing a more inclusive culture. I sit within my firm's wider Diversity and Inclusion committee, on the Race, Religion & Ethnicity working group. Outside of work, I sit on the Women in Banking & Finance's Future Leaders Shadow Board, where I aim to give back, particularly to those who are at the early stages of building a career or are yet to enter the industry.

Abika Martin

Abika Martin | Parmenion Capital Partners

Abika Martin

Abika joined Parmenion as an Investment Manager in March 2019.

Her role involves macro-economic and fund research across all asset classes and analysis of the risk and return inherent in their suite of investment solutions, including the award-winning Ethical models. She sits on the Tactical Asset Allocation committee.

Prior to joining Parmenion, Abika had been an Investment Manager for high net worth individuals, trusts, and charities at Investec Wealth & Investment, before qualifying further as an Independent Financial Adviser. She has a particular interest in Estate planning, and held memberships with SOLLA, STEP and Resolution. This expertise has been invaluable insight for the Parmenion investment team, linking established investment solutions more closely to the advice process and putting client needs at the heart of all they do.

However, a career in Financial Services was never something Abika expected to pursue. She considered her strength to be more literacy than the numeracy, and hoped to become a barrister. Having graduated during the recession, though, she instead ended up at an engineering company. This was perhaps an unlikely environment for a young female Humanities graduate, but one where the real breadth of her skill set became apparent. She developed her approach to thorough analysis, persuasively communicated, to deliver optimal outcomes, and in 2013 discovered Investment Management was the perfect subject matter on which to apply it.

Abika holds the CISI’s CFA-equivalent Chartered Wealth Management qualification, and the CII’s Diploma in Financial Planning, alongside their specialist qualifications in Long Term Care Planning and Equity Release. She has a 2:1 Honours degree in History from the University of Bristol.

Ines Uwiteto

Ines Uwiteto | Seven Investment Management

Ines Uwiteto

Originally from Rwanda and then raised in the UK, I have always valued the importance education.

My desire to ensure that vulnerable communities have access to quality education, information about opportunities and support through mentorship has been an important part of my career.

Whilst I was studying at the London School of Economics, I took part in a one-year after school mentor program that worked with schools in the most deprived areas of London. The following year, over the summer I taught in an orphanage in Tanzania working with students and teachers to improve class structures and fundraising to implement those plans.

I joined HSBC Global Asset Management in 2014 in the Discretionary Wealth Management Team. I managed client relationships, supported the training of new investment specialists and took part in wider team initiatives and experiences. The most memorable in 2017, I climbed Mount Mulanje in Malawi to raise funds for Micro Loan. The charity supports women in Malawi and Zambia in setting up their own self sustainable businesses by providing small loans, ongoing business training and support. The world’s poorest are women and girls and often family responsibilities, local cultures can make the journey to education more challenging, so for me it was important to support an organisation with this focus.

I have always been passionate about sustainability and having joined 7IM it has given me the platform to build upon. I have championed our sustainable investment offering and I am helping to drive our diversity and inclusion agenda. This year we are supporting students from diverse ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds to help them explore and understand the financial industry as well providing mentorship.

Emma Burger

Emma Burger | Bloomberg

Emma Burger

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, I studied Finance and Accounting at the University of Cape Town.

I joined Bloomberg in 2015 within the Data department covering Fundamental Analysis for Sub-Saharan African listed companies, before relocating to London in 2017 to join as a data specialist in the ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) team. My role has been to continue to build a product to promote transparency in corporate responsibility & sustainability, something our founder has always been putting at the forefront of individuals, corporates and government's minds. Being able to work towards making the world a more sustainable place by educating the investment community on how to measure ESG factors brings a new level of excitement and pride to my role and what I can do in this space. In 2019, I became a team leader for the ESG data team, mentoring and developing others to build ESG products.

At the end of 2020, I become a Mental Health First Aider and have taken a more active role in trying to reduce stigma around this topic in the workplace, participating in roundtables and hosting events on this topic. Being more aware of different triggers and how best to be prepared in different stressful circumstances has helped me be a better leader, friend and partner.
I have been involved in multiple mentoring programmes both at Bloomberg and externally, helping coach students and young talent to pursue careers in Fintech, as well as promote sustainability through university social impact events and workshops.

More personally I am an old soul - I love tea, peppermint, chamomile, Rooibos or Redbush as it's called in the UK, cats (I have a kitten called Tilly) and making my own clothes.