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Why all Skills are Relevant for a Successful Career in Finance and Tools to Improve Diversity in the Investing World with Alexandra McGuigan
Alexandra McGuigan is the Global Development Director for 100 Women in Finance, formerly known as 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a global industry association for professionals who work in the alternative investment and broader finance industry. You can hear Alexandra speak about the commendable and very ambitious mission of the organization, and also about her own work with fund managers in the industry to help advance those goals.
A sales and marketing strategist with a specialisation in alternative investments, Alexandra has successfully helped international fund managers navigate and develop a presence in the APAC region, raising over $2.5 billion AUM from institutional investors. Based in Singapore, but a native Australian, Alexandra priorly held senior roles at Tribeca Investment Partners, SHED Enterprises, and Investec, where she was responsible for developing and implementing sales and marketing strategy for products and new business opportunities. Alexandra started her career in Asset Management at BNY Mellon Asset Management. She is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and a CAIA Singapore Chapter Executive.
I very much enjoyed speaking with Alexandra about 100 Women in Finance, the institutional investing landscape in Australia. Alexandra shared valuable insights on how to draw on all skills you have, such as communication and acting, to build a successful career in finance, and why learning what you do not want to do is just as important if not more than learning what you do want to do.
Keys to a Successful Career in Finance and Lessons Learned from Global Financial Crises with Pilar Junco
Pilar Junco is a Managing Partner and the Chief Strategy and Client Officer at Altamar, a leading global asset manager based in Europe and the largest one in Spain. Before joining Altamar and relocating to her native Spain in 2019, Pilar spent 13 years with Blackstone in London where most recently she was a Senior Managing Director and Head of the EMEA and APAC Private Wealth Management and Retail business. Earlier in her career Pilar worked at the Financial Times, JP Morgan and the Boston Consulting Group.
In our conversation Pilar shares how being perseverant, hard-working, and proactive opens new learning and advancement opportunities at each step of your career. Pilar shares several valuable insights, including two major lessons learned that are bound to occur in the aftermath of a major crisis affecting the industry.
The Journey in between being a Macroeconomist, Hotelier, and Writer with Oana Aristide
Oana Aristide, a macroeconomist by background who started her career at the Romanian Central Bank where she also worked with the office of the Romanian Prime Minister. She has worked as Chief Economist at Dun & Bradstreet in London before leaving it all to manage a boutique eco-hotel on the island of Syros in Greece. As if the refurbishment project of turning a heritage villa into a hotel would not have been challenging enough, the global pandemic delayed the formal opening of Hotel Aristide by one season to the 2021 summer season.
Oana is also a published author, with her debut novel (Under the Blue) being published by Serpents Tail in March 2021. A page-turning climate dystopian novel, Under the Blue is a literally thriller about a pandemic and the rise of AI.
In our conversation we follow Oana’s journey from a Romanian emigrant growing up in Sweden, to being a macroeconomist in Romania and London, to being a hotelier and a published novelist. We talk about what it means to lead the refurbishment project behind Hotel Aristide during a global pandemic, which is incidentally one of the main themes of Oana’s first book.
University Endowment Investing and Mentorship in Finance Careers with Lois Cox
Lois Cox is the Chief Investment Officer of the KSU Foundation, where she leads the investment team of the endowment pool of her Alma Mater the Kansas State University. Lois has spent over 30 years in investment management working with endowment, insurance, pension, and family office investors. In our conversation, Lois shares insights into endowment portfolio management and fund manager selection. We also talk about mentorship, why it’s helpful and more importantly how to get access to mentorship-like guidance.
Private Equity and Venture Capital Fund-of-Funds Investing with Lai-Song Man
Lai-Song Man is a senior investment professional at CAM Alternatives, a partner-led investment management firm focused on alternative assets and headquartered in Cologne, Germany. With over €4.5bn assets under management and a team of 40, CAM Alternatives offers a range of products from comingled funds to bespoke solutions. Lai-Song gives an insight into the firm’s investment philosophy and speaks about how both emerging and established fund investments are evaluated. We also talk about personal and professional lessons learned and Lai-Song provides some excellent reading recommendations.
Impact Investing and Global Multi Asset Portfolio Management Insights from Alifia Doriwala
Alifia Doriwala is a Managing Director and Partner at RockCreek, a leading global investment management firm that applies data-driven technology and innovation to investing. Alifia is a member of the firm’s Investment Committee, co-CIO on multi asset class portfolios and is involved in portfolio management, asset allocation and investment decisions across alternative and traditional asset classes. An active investor, she sources, directs, and manages relationships with top-quartile public and private investments on behalf of endowments, foundations, and pension funds. Building on a life-long interest in advancing mission-oriented work, Alifia integrates impact, ESG, and diverse investment opportunities across various portfolios managed by RockCreek.
A key topic in our conversation is impact investing and Alifia shares valuable insights on working with institutional investors and on measuring impact across the portfolio. We also discuss the importance of internships as means to deep your toes into unknown waters, maybe such as finance and institutional investing.