ALTERNATIVES
Adesuwa Okunbo Rhodes
Aruwa Capital Management
Founder & Managing Partner
Lagos, Nigeria
Adesuwa is the Founder of Aruwa Capital Management, a pioneering early stage private equity fund investing in rapidly growing businesses,for women and by women, in West Africa. She is an experienced investor passionate about the economic advancement of women globally.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Alicia Thomas
Macfarlanes
Partner, Tax and Reward
London, UK
Alicia advises on a broad range of tax and structuring matters but has a particular focus on advising in relation to the formation and structuring of private investment funds and investment management businesses, including family-owned investment management businesses and investment platforms.
IMPACT
Amarachi Seery
Janus Henderson
Sustainability Analyst
London, UK
ALTERNATIVES
Andra Ofosu
Aspect Capital
Director, U.S. Sales
New York, NY USA
Andra is a Director in the US Sales team at Aspect Capital, a firm she joined in 2020. Her career spans 15 years on the sell side and buy side, beginning at Lehman Brothers in London. She is the founder of Black Hedge Fund Professionals Network, an organisation dedicated to supporting the careers of black and brown professionals in the hedge fund industry.
ALTERNATIVES
Anita Foster Washington
Avivar Capital
Senior Analyst
Los Angeles, CA USA
Anita Foster Washington is a Senior Analyst at Avivar Capital, a U.S.-based Registered Investment Advisor focused exclusively on assisting foundations, institutional investors and families in the design and execution of impact investing and values-aligned portfolios for financial, social, and environmental return. Anita is responsible for client portfolio monitoring of over $170 million in assets as well as conducting due diligence on debt and equity deals including diverse and first-time fund managers and founders.
TRADITIONAL
Bolanle Johnson
Brewin Dolphin
Head of 1LOD Operational Risk
London, UK
Bolanle is responsible for the implementation and embedding of her organisation’s Operational Risk Framework, and a continuing risk-aware culture across the 1LOD.
ALTERNATIVES
Chloé Kelley
PIMCO
Senior Vice President, Account Manager
New York, NY USA
Chloé Renee Kelley is a Senior Vice President in Account Management at PIMCO where she advises state and local pension plans across the United States and chairs the Client Management team’s I&D Council. Ms. Kelley is an active volunteer in her community and serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Georgia Foundation.
TRADITIONAL
Christine Meredith
Legal & General Investment Management
Performance Team Manager
London, UK
Christine is currently an Investment Performance Manager and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion people Networks/Committees at LGIM. She has a passion for developing others, learning and making a difference within her community; which she has proactively done within her career to date.
TRADITIONAL
Ella Mbaeri
Morgan Stanley At Work
UK Head of Compliance
London, UK
Ella Mbaeri is the UK Head of Compliance for Morgan Stanley at Work, a subsidiary of New York-headquartered Morgan Stanley which provides web-based, share plan administration services and software to corporations. She joined the business in 2018 after previously working in the legal and compliance departments of an industry regulator and several financial firms; and in her current role, Ella is responsible for drafting internal compliance policies and providing regulatory guidance and training.
IMPACT
Erin Harkless Moore
Pivotal Ventures
Director, Investments
Washington DC, USA
Sitting at the intersection of impact investing and traditional finance, Erin drives capital to entrepreneurs and investment managers that have often been ignored or overlooked by others in the asset management industry. Erin leads the fund and direct investment program for Pivotal Ventures, where she is responsible for identifying, investing and overseeing a diverse portfolio of fund and direct investments that drive breakthrough innovations and advance women’s power and influence.
IMPACT
Evelyne Dioh Simpa
WIC Capital
Managing Partner
Senegal
Evelyne Dioh SIMPA is the Managing Director of WIC Capital, the first investment fund in West Africa that exclusively targets women-led small and growing businesses. The Fund’s mission is to unleash the full potential of women-led businesses in Africa through adapted funding, tailored technical assistance and business networks, providing a platform for collaboration between local private and public sector actors to shape the gender-lens investing landscape in the region
TRADITIONAL
Hannah Smith
State Street Global Advisors
Vice President, UK Institutional Sales
London, UK
Hannah is part of the UK Institutional Sales Team for the SPDR ETF business. She is responsible for UK Pension Fund clients, leading business development and strategy for the segment. Hannah is also focused on growing SPDR’s wider UK institutional client base including asset managers, insurers and hedge funds. She is responsible for the UK’s largest client with assets under management of $37.6 billion.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Jennifer Kent
Latham & Watkins LLP
Senior Associate
Washington DC, USA
Jennifer is a senior associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where she represents private equity sponsors and company borrowers in secured lending and other financing matters, including complex cross-border transactions. Outside of her day-to-day practice, Jennifer devotes substantial time to training and mentoring junior lawyers and working to advance diversity, inclusion and equity in the legal profession.
ALTERNATIVES
Juliette Adams
Cap10 Partners LLP
Fund Controller
London, UK
Juliette Adams has primary responsibility for managing the Fund accounting and administration, valuations , investor reporting and treasury. She also works alongside the investment team on all deal execution, tax structuring and portfolio management.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Kikun Alo
Clifford Chance
Senior Associate
London, UK
Kikun is a Senior Associate in the Regulatory Practice at Clifford Chance in London, specialised in advising financial institutions, investors and other market participants on matters related to financial markets regulation, asset management, digital assets, fintech and payment services and mergers and acquisitions in the financial sector. Separately, she advises on matters related to special educational needs and civil law on a pro-bono basis.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Linzi Thomas
Latham & Watkins
Partner
London, UK
Linzi Thomas advises clients on complex cross-border private equity and M&A transactions. Ms. Thomas draws on a decade of experience acting for large private equity houses on their most significant deals.
ALTERNATIVES
Lise Birikundavyi
BKR Capital (Formerly Black Innovation Capital)
Managing Partner
Toronto, Canada
Lise is the Managing Partner at BKR Capital, the first black woman at the helm of a VC fund in Canada. Lise is a firm believer in using the forces of capital markets as a basis to support impactful innovation and inclusive wealth creation.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Lívia Felix
Entrepreneur
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto
Allen & Overy LLP
Partner
London, UK
MaameYaa is a partner of Allen & Overy. On a daily basis she advises institutional investors on all aspect of asset management. MaameYaa is also the head of the Institutional Investor Forum which aim to provide support to women in the Institutional Investor space.
TRADITIONAL
Mandy Adogla-Popovic
Jupiter Asset Management
Senior Legal Counsel
London, UK
Mandy Adogla-Popovic: Senior Legal Counsel at Jupiter Asset Management Limited, charged with providing legal and regulatory support on all aspects of Jupiter Asset Management’s global business which currently has c.£60bn assets under management.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Mayowa Kuyoro
McKinsey & Company
Partner, Head of Africa Fintech Practice
Lagos, Nigeria
Mayowa is a Partner at McKinsey and Company. She’s a leader in its financial institutions practice and heads the fintech practice for Africa.
TRADITIONAL
Melanie Habwe Dickson
BlackRock
Vice President, iShares Business Strategy
San Francisco, CA USA
Melanie Habwe Dickson is a lawyer and spent her first three years at BlackRock building out and scaling the firm’s Global Anti-Bribery and Anti-Corruption Compliance program. Currently, Melanie is a business strategist for BlackRock’s ETF & Index Investing (iShares) platform, through which she develops and drives key business initiatives; helps establish business priorities; and identifies and implements growth opportunities.
ALTERNATIVES
Mutsa Mutembwa
Cairngorm Capital
Investment Manager
London, UK
Mutsa Mutembwa is an Investment Manager at Cairngorm Capital. She is primarily responsible for identifying and analysing investment opportunities, monitoring of portfolio companies, and deal execution for mid-market, entrepreneur-led companies across sectors, including industrial, building materials, aging in place and consumer businesses. Mutsa believes in building strong relationships with the CEOs and management teams of the companies she works with to help them execute on their growth strategies. She currently serves on the Board of Whyte Bikes.
ALTERNATIVES
Ndidi Ezenwa
Juven
General Counsel
London, UK
Ndidi is the General Counsel at private investment firm Juven, which is the spin-out of Goldman Sachs’ Africa investing business. As the CEO’s first hire, Ndidi oversaw the set-up of Juven’s corporate structure, the spin-out process from Goldman Sachs and helped build the foundations of its operations. She is responsible for all legal aspects of new investments, divestments and portfolio management.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Olajumoke Bamigboye, CFA
Peris Wealth
Director
London, UK
Olajumoke is a Director at Peris Wealth where she provides Private Wealth and Portfolio Management services to Ultra/High Net Individuals and Family Offices across EMEA. She has over 15 years of experience in the Investment Banking & Finance industry.
ALTERNATIVES
Dr. Olamide Orekunrin
Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company
Founder
Lagos, Nigeria
Ola is an entrepreneur and investor that runs the Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company which is focused on investing in early stage companies in the healthtech and fintech space as well as healthcare infrastructure. The value of companies in their technology portfolio is $450m. She is currently raising her 4th Venture Capital fund as well as developing a pipeline of healthcare infrastructure projects worth over $200m.
IMPACT
Oyin Oduya
Wellington Management
Impact Measurement and Management Practice Leader
London, UK
Oyin Oduya leads the Impact Measurement & Management Practice. She is a member of our Sustainable Investment Research Team, partnering with investors to enhance and create frameworks that enable rigorous analysis of the environmental and social impact of our investments across multiple asset classes.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Rukayyat Kolawole
PACEUP Invest GmbH
Founder
Mannheim, Germany
Ms. Kolawole is the founder and CEO of PaceUP Invest GmbH in Germany and PaceUP Invest SAS in France: a Fintech start-up whose mission is empowering women and underrepresented communities financially and helping with wealth-building irrespective of their income towards attaining a responsible and sustainable future for themselves and their generation.
ALTERNATIVES
Sebolelo Gebhardt
Jacobs Holding AG
General Counsel
Zurich, CH
Sebolelo is an investment lawyer currently working as General Counsel at Jacobs Holding AG, a large cap family-backed investment firm based in Zurich, her role primarily entails executing M&A deals globally. Sebolelo is an English qualified Solicitor and an advisory board member at the Mamo Group, a family-owned real estate investment group based in Johannesburg as well as Persistent Energy Capital – a Zurich based venture capital firm.
ALTERNATIVES
Sélia Mamadou-Bankole
African Development Bank
Senior Legal Counsel
Abidjan, Cote d'ivoire
Sélia is currently Senior Legal Counsel at the African Development Bank Group, Africa leading development finance institution. She advises on the legal, regulatory and strategic aspects of private sector and non-sovereign operations (private equity, venture capital, capital markets, asset management as well as project and corporate finance).
TRADITIONAL
Selma Hassabu
Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Lawyer
London, UK
As an in-house lawyer, Selma supports the Institutional business, as well as wider strategic business initiatives and projects across Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Outside of that she also co-lead our women’s network and serve as a trustee of the Columbia Threadneedle Foundation, where she has been able to launch some impactful initiatives both internally and for their charity partners to support their D&I pillars.
ALTERNATIVES
Shana C. Johnson
GCM Grosvenor
Executive Director
New York, NY USA
Shana leads the Client Reporting team for the Private Equity, Infrastructure, and Real Estate strategies. Her team is responsible for client servicing, communications, and reporting
TRADITIONAL
Shannon Nelson
BlackRock
Vice President, BlackRock Investment Stewardship
New York, NY USA
Shannon engages with corporate boards and executives of US & Canadian technology companies to promote corporate governance standards and resilient business models that are consistent with the long-term profitability our clients rely on to meet their financial goals. Whether engaging with tech leaders, building community amongst Black professionals, or serving on the board of a local arts-education non-profit, Shannon strives to connect authentically, lead courageously, and spark joy by empowering others.
IMPACT
Simone Andrews
APG Asset Management
Responsible Investment and Governance Manager
New York, NY USA
Simone Andrews is currently a Responsible Investment and Governance Manager for APG asset management. She provides timely analysis and engagement on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) trends in the capital markets and private credit.  Simone has close to a decade of experience in responsible investing and developing equitable climate solutions.
IMPACT
Tade Fayomi
JP Morgan Asset & Wealth Management
Vice President - Sustainable Investing Marketing Strategy
London, UK
Tade drives the development and execution of strategic roadmaps for Sustainable Investments globally, across Asset Management and Private Banking. Prior to JP Morgan, Tade worked at BCG and Goldman Sachs Asset Management, and received her MBA from INSEAD. She is also the founder of Power Women Project, a career coaching and networking platform for women within financial services.
IMPACT
Tenisha Elliott
BMO Global Asset Management
Senior Associate
London, UK
Tenisha joined the Responsible Investment team in 2013 and is a research and engagement analyst focusing on emerging market corporate governance and the analysis of environmental and social risks for companies within retail and service sectors.
IMPACT
Thembeka Stemela Dagbo
M&G Investments
Fund Manager
London, UK
Thembeka is the Fund Manager of M&G's Diversity & Inclusion Fund, a global fund investing in companies demonstrating high levels of gender or ethnic diversity and those with solutions driving social equality. She is also the Deputy Fund Manager of M&G's Positive Impact Fund. Prior to this she was an Equity Research VP at Credit Suisse, covering the UK and Nordic Insurers.
IMPACT
TinaShé Tande
BlackRock
Vice President, iShares UK Institutional Sales
London, UK
TinaShé Tande, CFA, is part of the UK Institutional Sales team for BlackRock’s ETF and Index Investing business. In this role, TinaShé is responsible for working with corporate and local government pension funds and insurance companies to improve their indexing outcomes.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Valerie Etienne
Covington & Burling LLP
Associate
New York, NY USA
Valerie is an M&A Associate in Covington’s New York office. Her practice covers a broad range of transactional and corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, divestitures, joint ventures, and other transactional matters.
TRADITIONAL
Yvonne Yeboah
Kempen Capital Management
Portfolio Manager
London, UK
Yvonne is a Portfolio Manager, Co-Chair of the Encircle Mentoring Circles and Member of the Kharis Careers Network.
Black women shaping the future of asset management
First-of-its-kind list honors 40 rising Black women who are inspiring change through their leadership
The BWAM 40 Under 40 List recognises inspiring and innovative professionals under the age of 40 who have shown leadership and demonstrated strong achievements in their careers. Many also have a proven dedication to giving back and uplifting their community.

The awards list is split into four categories – Traditional Investment, Alternative Investment, Impact Investment and Professional Services. Ten women have been recognised in each category.
AlternativesProfessional ServicesImpactTraditionalAll
Meet Our 40 under 40
Adesuwa
Okunbo Rhodes
Alicia
Thomas
Amarachi
Seery
Andra
Ofosu
Anita
Foster Washington
Bolanle
Johnson
Chloé
Kelley
Christine
Meredith
Ella
Mbaeri
Erin
Harkless Moore
Evelyne
Dioh Simpa
Hannah
Smith
Jennifer
Kent
Juliette
Adams
Kikun
Alo
Linzi
Thomas
Lise
Birikundavyi
Lívia
Felix
MaameYaa
Kwafo-Akoto
Mandy
Adogla-Popovic
Mayowa
Kuyoro
Melanie
Habwe Dickson
Mutsa
Mutembwa
Ndidi
Ezenwa
Olajumoke
Bamigboye
Dr. Ola
Orekunrin
Oyin
Oduya
Rukayyat
Kolawole
Sebolelo
Gebhardt
Sélia
Mamadou-Bankole
Selma
Hassabu
Shana
Johnson
Shannon
Nelson
Simone
Andrews
Tade
Fayomi
Tenisha
Elliott
Thembeka
Stemela Dagbo
TinaShé
Tande
Valerie
Etienne
Yvonne
Yeboah
View All
"Congratulations to this year’s 40 Under 40 award winners. BWAM is committed to shining a light on Black women from across the global investment industry who are visionaries and achieving great success in their careers. By sharing the stories of 40 remarkable women under 40, we want to increase their profile and inspire more women to pursue investment careers."

Jacqueline Taiwo, CEO of BWAM
Launched in 2019, Black Women in Asset Management is a nonprofit association with over 800 members globally. BWAM’s members are aligned around a common goal to support the retention and advancement of Black women working in the asset management field. Our mission is to champion the positive impact of the talented Black women in asset management and provide the tools that will enable them to thrive.
BWAM hosts events on career management, leadership skills and provides opportunities for members to network, connect and cultivate new relationships. We also run the BWAM Leadership Accelerator which is a 6-month leadership development course to accelerate the careers of mid-senior level Black women. BWAM is financially supported by investment firms and professional service firms, whom we partner with to enhance strategic initiatives to recruit, retain and advance Black women.