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Bame  Talent Webinar 22

​We have an extraordinary panel who will provide a roadmap to both attract and realise the power and potential of BAME talent.

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About this Event
The Empower For Change initiative:

This is the second of a three-part series of events that Altus Partners are hosting in 2020 (covering Gender Diversity, BAME Talent and Mental Health), with this webinar focused on empowering the message of diversity and inclusion within the workplace. At Altus Partners we are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion, and I am delighted to say alongside the above event, our Head of D&I – Arfan Akhtar is also an ambassador of the Diversity Project a cross-company initiative championing a more inclusive culture within the Investment profession.

What is the purpose of the event?

While we all appreciate the need to hire a diverse workforce, it is also critical to retain one. This webinar will centre on how we retain exceptional talent by better understanding the differences and needs of a racially diverse workforce; All of the evidence demonstrates the clear benefits that materialise from wider racial diversity in building companies that deliver stronger financial returns as well as positive social impact.

We will address how to create the right culture and company infrastructure to enable success from every individual within the firm regardless of their heritage.

You will leave with:

Simple ideas which can bring about positive change in your organisation

How to integrate shared thinking from the top down

A more detailed understanding of what the industry and your competitors are doing to create and retain racial diverse workforces within their organisations


Inspired by the work of various steering committees (Diversity Project, #Talkaboutblack, AAAIM, BVCA, Level 20), Altus Partners is committed to improving diversity and inclusion in the private equity and venture capital industry through the Empower for Change programme, and is committed to partnering with clients to address blocks that exist.

Our exceptional speakers are:
Nicole Downer – Managing Partner and Head of Investor Relations, MV Credit

Nicole is a Managing Partner and Head of Investor Relations. She joined in 2005 and is a member of the MV Credit Manager Board. Prior to MV Credit, Nicole was a Managing Director at Deutsche Bank where she ran the Structured Securitisation Team. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Science degree (First Class) in Banking and International Finance from City University in London.​

Rachel Green – Associate Director, Aviva Investors

Rachel joined Aviva Investors in October 2014 to further externalize their institutional business across the UK and Ireland. In this role, she is responsible for delivering investment solutions to meet investors’ specific objectives using a range of traditional and alternative asset classes. She has led the growth of the asset manager’s distribution efforts into Irish institutional investors, successfully capital raising newly launched Alternative Income products. She joined from global reinsurer, Munich Re where she was responsible for delivering longevity swap solutions for large UK DB pension schemes. Prior to this, she held positions at Russell Investments and RSM Tenon, with a focus on risk management. She graduated from University of Westminster with a BA (Hons) in Business Management and is currently undertaking the CAIA qualification.

Rachel is an Ambassador of the Diversity Project, an industry initiative to increase diversity in asset management, and is a co-founder of #TalkAboutBlack, the Ethnicity workstream focussed on increasing black leadership within the industry.

In recognition of her commitment to creating a more inclusive culture, she was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in June 2020, for her work on promoting ethnic diversity and minority representation within the front office positions. She is a recipient of WeAreTheCity’s Rising Stars 2019 award and was featured in Investment Week’s Rising Stars of 2020: Driving industry change. In 2018, Rachel was one of twelve future leaders chosen to sit on Aviva Group’s shadow board, the Evolution Council to provide a fresh perspective on a wide range of topics from strategy, to culture and digitalisation.

Tingting Peng – Head of Investor Relations & Business Development, ESO Capital

Tingting is currently the Head of Investor Relations & Business Development at ESO Capital, a London-based investment firm. Prior to joining ESO, she was Principal and Chief Operating Officer at Real Asset Partners, a boutique advisory firm in London where she was responsible for raising capital from family offices and institutional investors across Asia and the US for real estate direct and fund investments. Previously, Tingting was based in Hong Kong where she worked in real estate development and investment across Asia and the US. She began her career as an investment banker in Morgan Stanley’s M&A team in Hong Kong and was subsequently a hedge fund analyst at Fortress Investment Group.

A long-time advocate of diversity and inclusion, Tingting is a member of the Young Leaders Circle at the Milken Institute and a recipient of the 2019 Emerging Leader Award from the Association of Asian American Investment Managers in the US. She is fluent in Mandarin and English and has a BSc from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MBA from London Business School. Tingting has been a certified yoga teacher for over 11 years and is passionate about the integration of wellness into all aspects of one’s life.

Lydia Ofori – CEO, Victoria Lion Partners

Lydia, CFA, CAIA is Chief Executive Officer at Victoria Lion Partners where she leads the firm and selects managers for the investor community. Most of her day to day activities are cantered around discussing manager clients and strategies with viable professional investors. Lydia has more than 18yrs industry experience, is a frequent speaker at industry events and was named Finalist for the Investment Week Investment Woman of the Year Award (Small to Medium Business) 2019

Lydia is a CFA charterholder and a CAIA charterholder. She has completed Executive Education at Columbia Business School, New York. She holds a Masters (MSc) in Financial Management and an honours degree in Business Studies from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen Scotland.

Ed Chamberlain - Managing Director, Altus Partners

Ed is the founder of Altus Partners. Ed graduated with a BA Hons in Architecture before starting his career in Search in 2002. He was a founding member of Investigo (a Virgin fast-track business), which grew from a team of 4 to, over 250 people, before its sale. He helped establish another search firm in 2006 – One Search – before identifying a gap in the market and setting up Altus Partners in 2009.