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Lipper Alpha Insight - Fund Manager Chat

Dec 17, 2019

In this #FundManagerChat podcast, Justin Onuekwusi, Fund Manager and Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds at LGIM and Darren Johnson, Chief Operating Officer – Listed Equites, Impax Asset Management outline the #Talkaboutblack initiative within the asset management industry and discuss where it fits within other diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Running Order

Run Time Topic
00:25 Outline the #Talkaboutblack initiative
01:55 Why are there so few black people in the asset management industry?
05:00 How do you go about generating change?
08:00 Where does #Talkaboutblack fit in with other diversity and inclusion initiatives?
10:00 Why is there a reluctance to talk about race?
12:25 How do measure change?
16:25 Is the message getting through?
18:00 What role does the media play in promoting this initiative?
20:00 How can people get involved?

Darren Johnson and Justin Onuekwusi are chatting with Jake Moeller, Head of Lipper UK and Ireland Research at Refinitiv, in London on December 11, 2019.


About Darren Johnson

Darren’s mutual and hedge fund career began in 1999. Darren joined Impax Asset Management in 2007 to launch an Equity Long/Short Fund. Since then Darren has performed senior leadership roles within the firm and is currently Chief Operating Officer – Listed Equites.  In 2019 Darren was appoint Director of Impax Asset Management Irish subsidiary.

Before joining Impax in 2007, Darren was Head of Operations at Talisman Global Asset Management, a family office specialising in investing into Fund of Hedge Funds and Private Equity. Prior to that Darren work in various leadership roles in accounting and global operational at AXA IM, Legal & General, and RAB Capital.

About Justin Onuekwusi

Justin is Head of Retail Multi-Asset Funds at LGIM and a member of the Asset Allocation team which manages over £50 billion for pension schemes and savers throughout the world. He leads on the management of the team's retail and risk-profiled multi-asset funds managing the award-winning Multi-Index Funds.

Justin co-chairs the Legal & General Inclusion Team (LEGIT), which aims to create a culture that supports all of LGIM through networks and events across five key areas: leadership engagement, talent attraction and development, leadership development, marketing and communications and community engagement. Externally, Justin is an adviser to the board of City Hive Ltd, which focuses on driving diversity initiatives throughout the asset management industry.

In addition, he sits on the ethnicity workstream of the industry-wide Diversity Project forming part of the steering committee of the movement #talkaboutblack, which focuses on creating more black senior leaders in the asset management industry and beyond as well as addressing the taboo that surrounds conversations about ethnicity. Justin is a CFA charterholder, featured on the 2019 EMpower Senior Executive Leaders List and is finalist for the 2019 Black British Business Awards (Financial Services)


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