190. Sarah Whitley of Future Asset – Discovering the Future of Asset Management by Nurturing Talent

Sarah Whitley is Chair at Future Asset, an organization which connects girls, teachers and advisors to the diversity of opportunities in asset management.  Based in Edinburgh, she was previously Head of Japanese Equities at Baillie Gifford and currently holds a number of director roles, including as External Director at Rakuten, and Chair at the Edinburgh Festival Endowment Fund.

We start with exploring Sarah’s path into asset management and her educational background, then chart her rise through Baillie Gifford and how the fact that it happened relatively early in her career removed some of the more difficult choices from the occasion. We look at how it felt to be a pioneer in many respects and why the absence of role models and mentors should not necessarily be a barrier to making change.

We move then to her advisory roles and what she seeks to bring to them, and dive into particular detail around Future Asset, its mission and its achievements.

Series 2 of 2023 is kindly sponsored by Beach Point Capital Advisors, an investment manager that believes in investment beyond the traditional.  It specializes in credit investments and employs a flexible, value-oriented, risk-controlled focusing on complex and less well-followed opportunities.

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