The Future of Finance is Female

Diversification is the cornerstone of sound investment management, and yet diversity remains largely absent from the investment industry. Women investment professionals hold a mere 11% of C-suite positions according to the CFA Institute Gender Diversity in Investment Management study. In most financial firms, women are a minority of employees and that’s bad for customers because women make excellent investors. Despite diversity making headlines across industries globally, the Indian financial sector remains stubbornly impervious. Research indicates that gender diverse companies deliver better returns with lower volatility for investors. Efforts to reduce gender inequality in…

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From mums to millennials, 10 female writers on why travel is best done alone

Travel has taught me that most people are kind and trustworthy’ CREDIT: GETTY Ten female writers reflect on how their many and varied journeys around the planet have enriched them. ‘Becoming a mother of three hasn’t changed my rhythm’ Michelle Jana Chan My first ever memory is standing on the forecourt of Kai Tak, Hong Kong’s legendary old airport where the approach was between towering apartment blocks and passengers could watch locals hanging their laundry as the plane turned on to finals. I was probably three years old. I remember looking up…

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St Andrews University recruits Oxford’s Professor Sally Mapstone as its second-ever female chancellor

One of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world has announced it is to take on its second female principal. St Andrews University in Fife, Scotland, looks set to receive Oxford University’s Professor Sally Mapstone who will take on the role of principal and vice-chancellor in September. Professor Mapstone, who is the current pro-vice-chancellor of education and professor of older Scots literature, was educated at Wadham and St Cross Colleges at Oxford. Professor Louise Richardson, current vice-chancellor at Oxford and former principal of St Andrews, was among the first to congratulate…

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