There is one month left to register your attendance for the InvestmentEurope 's before their presentation and dinner takes place on 2 October at the Palazzo Parigi Hotel in Milan.
The Women In Investment Awards Italy seek to reward and honour the achievements of women across all parts of the investment industry in this country, while they also help shape the discussion around how we can improve diversity within the sector.
The categories include an award for Analyst of the Year, Fund Manager of the Year, Fund Selector of the Year, Investment Woman of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Most Inspiring Returner, Role Model of the Year, Team Leader of the Year, Young Investment Woman of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement Award. This latest recognition will be announced on the night.
Initiatives like WIIA are fundamental to accomplish this goal, by showing that there are no gender nor age barriers preventing women from achieving dominant roles in our sector.”
Antonella Di Chio, deputy head of NPL Strategy at Algebris Investments, has been shortlisted in the category of Young Investment Woman of the Year.
Commenting on her nomination Di Chio said: "I feel honoured to be a shortlisted candidate for the Young Investment Woman of the Year Award in its first Italian edition.
"Despite the proven benefits of diversity on companies' performance, the financial industry is still "an old boys' club", with just less than 5% of investment funds run by female managers, according to Morningstar. For investment management roles in particular, the issue lays at the very beginning of the professional path, given that only a few girls aim for a career in the field after university. This is partly due to an ancient prejudice - subtly instilled since we were kids - that women are less talented at scientific subjects than men are.
"Schools, universities and companies should focus their efforts in encouraging and supporting female talent since the earliest stages of the career funnel in the financial sector - a necessary condition to achieve parity in our industry.Initiatives like WIIA are fundamental to accomplish this goal, by showing that there are no gender nor age barriers preventing women from achieving dominant roles in our sector."
However, Di Chio recognises Algebris' progresses on the gender diversity issue. According to her, women working at the firm account for around 40% of global staff (up to 50% in the Italian office), and parity is respected at all levels of seniority, with four out of eight heads of division roles held by women.
She continued: "This is the result of a constant search for the best talents, regardless one's age, culture and gender. Ultimately, real parity simply means meritocracy, which is key to foster competitive advantage, innovation, and economic advancement."
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Awards partners include:
- Aviva Investors
- BNY Mellon
- Natixis Investment Managers
- Association of Professional Fund Investors
- Investment Week
- The British Chamber of Commerce for Italy
- Forum per la Finanza Sostenibile
- Business Green
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