2022 Categories      

Advocate of the Year

A woman working in asset/wealth management who has gone out of her way to support the cause of getting more women and diverse groups of people into the industry in the last 2-years. As well as examining the initiatives the candidates has pioneered to inspire women and diverse talent to succeed in asset/wealth management, judges will also assess their leadership and the initiative’s impact on, and integration with, the business.

Ally of the Year  

A senior figure who has gone out of their way to improve the diversity levels within financial services, within the organisation and/or in the wider community. Successful nominations must provide case studies or examples of how the candidate has gone out of their way, or strategically prioritised, getting more diversity of talent into the industry/organisation and supporting them in their careers.  

Back Office Leader of the Year

A woman who has played a role within the sphere of systematic investing either at an asset management or a rating agency/fund research company. This individual can either be involved in a publicly available fund such as a mutual fund, or an institutional portfolio. Portfolio performance statistics can be included but judges will also be looking for evidence of challenges faced and overcome by the nominees. 

Bond Manager of the Year

This category is open to a woman who is either a portfolio manager or plays an active role through research/analysis in APAC domestic bond markets; global and sovereign bond; or specialist fixed income. This individual can either be involved in a publicly available fund such as a mutual fund, or an institutional portfolio. Portfolio performance statistics can be included but judges will also be looking for evidence of challenges faced and overcome by the nominees. 

Chief Investment Officer of the Year 

This award is for in-house CIOs that have broken down barriers to advancement in the company and/or wider financial sector, that have delivered for their clients, and they have paved the way for diversity in leadership. The award is based on the achievements made in the past 2-years.

DEI Recruit and Advancement Initiatives of the Year

This award will be presented to a project or initiative that has had demonstrable success in improving the recruitment, onboarding, development and/or progression of underrepresented talent. This could include internships, training initiative, new company policies or recruitment process. Judges will assess commitment to the cause, impact on the organisation and ultimate results of the initiative. Submissions should include the name of the initiative or project. 

Diversity Lead of the Year

This award is open to the VP of Diversity, Chief Diversity Officer, Heads and Directors of Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in the asset/wealth management industry. This person has demonstrated success in addressing inequalities and improving outcomes, ensuring a culture where all employees can thrive. This nominee is a role model and innovative leader in actively supporting employees; has introduced organisational change that can be measured in terms of staff engagement, retention, satisfaction, and wellbeing. This person is a great influencer and inspires and motivates others to improve the business for all. 

Emerging Market Equities Leader of the Year

A woman who is either a portfolio manager or plays an active role through research/analysis in Emerging Market Equities. This individual can either be involved in a publicly available fund such as a mutual fund, or an institutional portfolio. Portfolio performance statistics can be included but judges will also be looking for evidence of challenges faced and overcome by the nominees. 

Employer of the Year

This award category is open to asset management & wealth management companies which have demonstrated internal and external initiatives, policies and practices specifically developed to increase diversity, equity and inclusion of the firm or its clients. women and diverse talent. The efforts recognized will have demonstrated results showing a transformation of the organizational makeup or culture of the firm or its client base through the inclusion of women and diverse groups.

ESG Investment Manager of the Year

This award is open to those women who can demonstrate that their investment decisions have been consistently made in an ethical and responsible way, while achieving healthy returns for their clients. Things to include in the submission are their definition of ESG and how that impacts their fund selection. As ESG is an evolving process, submissions relating to the growing role of ESG within an organisation are also welcomed.  

Global Equities Leader of the Year

A woman who is either a portfolio manager or plays an active role through research/analysis in Global Equities. This individual can either be involved in a publicly available fund such as a mutual fund, or an institutional portfolio. Portfolio performance statistics can be included but judges will also be looking for evidence of challenges faced and overcome by the nominees. 

Index Leader of the Year

A woman who has played a role within the sphere of index investing either at an index provider, an exchange or within a passive manager. This individual can either be involved in a publicly available fund such as a mutual fund, or an institutional portfolio. Portfolio performance statistics can be included but judges will also be looking for evidence of challenges faced and overcome by the nominees. 

Investment Consultant of the Year

This award is for independent investment consultants that have launched their own funds. Submissions must include reasons for branching out, examples of achievements thus far, challenges and how these have been overcome, and evidence of inclusive work, management, funds and clients.  

Next Generation Leader of the Year

An emerging leader in the asset/wealth management industry who is in the early stages of their career but shows exceptional growth in contributions to the profession. This individual already has demonstrated leadership qualities and is expected to be a driving force to building diversity and an inclusive culture in the asset/wealth management profession. These individuals should have worked for less than 10 years in their financial services career.

Outstanding Contribution of the Year

An industry professional supporting asset/wealth management professionals, who has increased diversity in the profession and demonstrated outstanding leadership. Judges will consider management, team development, business achievement, commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in the sector, and work done within the wider community. These individuals should have effected change through creative and specific solutions and have a demonstrated history of supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in the industry for over 10 years.

Outstanding Diversity Network of the Year

This award recognises an employee network that strives to ensure the views of its community are heard and acted on to change the system. This network has influence and inspires and motivates its stakeholders to improve the work environment and ways of working for its members. It must be able to demonstrate a change in a way or working, process, or outcomes for an impacted group

Private Equity Manager of the Year

A woman who is either a portfolio manager or plays an active role through research/analysis in APAC Listed Equities. This individual can either be involved in a publicly available fund such as a mutual fund, or an institutional portfolio. Portfolio performance statistics can be included but judges will also be looking for evidence of challenges faced and overcome by the nominees. 

Social Mobility Project of the Year

This award will be presented to the individual or organisation that has made an outstanding contribution to addressing social-economic inequalities. The award recognises projects/initiatives that encourage social mobility and sustainable community involvement from all backgrounds. 

Woman of the Year

A role model who has demonstrated a high degree of excellence, innovation and leadership in the last 5-years, and shone a light on the great things women in asset management can achieve. In their submission, nominees should not only demonstrate outstanding business- and asset management focussed achievements, but also give examples on how they have actively sought to bring more diversity to the asset management industry.