There’s no doubt the number of women working in funds management in Australia remains stubbornly low, research showing women make up just 10 per cent of portfolio managers.
In a recent discussion, Westpac’s Global Investment Services spoke with Platypus Asset Management’s Jelena Stevanovic to share her views on what’s driving the gender imbalance and how it might be redressed.
Listen to Ladan Ocora in conversation with Jelena Stevanovic
Jelena opens up about her pathway into the profession, demystifies a “day in the life” of the job, spells out why it’s important to start with an acknowledgement that lack of diversity is a disadvantage, the important role of mentoring and other practical approaches Platypus has taken to drive both gender equity and the success of the business.
Ladan Ocora joined Westpac Group’s Private Wealth team in 2015 and, as an Investment Director with the bank’s Global Investment Services, she provides investment insights on thematic views and opportunities. Ladan has a PhD from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Economics and started her career in academic roles before relocating to Switzerland for varied consultancy roles with several United Nations agencies including the World Health Organization, the International Organisation for Migration and the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. She spent several years working at Deutsche Bank Private Wealth Management in Geneva, Switzerland before returning to Australia working for boutique financial firms.
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