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Today’s discussion will focus on the significant benefits of diversity and inclusion for asset management firms. We’ll review the potential causes for gender and demographic challenges within quantitative asset management firms and describe a potential model for diversity and inclusion in quantitative finance, with multiple approaches using both systematic and ad-hoc methods. We’ll conclude with potential steps that leaders can take to improve diversity, along with possible enhancements to systematic investment processes.
Ken D’Souza, CFA, is a Portfolio Manager for QMA, working within the Quantitative Equity team. His responsibilities include portfolio management, analysis and research. Prior to joining QMA, Ken was a Quantitative Analyst on the Emerging Markets team at Batterymarch Financial Management where his responsibilities included research and portfolio management. Prior to Batterymarch, he was a research and development engineer and manager at Shaw Industries (Berkshire Hathaway) where he was responsible for modeling nylon molecular rheology. Ken holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, a MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA with High Honors in Finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and has served on the Board of Directors of the CFA society of Boston.