Newest Class of Finance Leaders Named to Aspen Institute Fellowship

June 5, 2018

Accomplished leaders from across the globe to apply finance for the good of society.

Contact: Jennifer Simpson
Managing Director
Finance Leaders Fellowship
(202) 736-3584 |

Washington, DCJune 5, 2018 – The Aspen Institute today named the 2018 Class of its Finance Leaders Fellowship — 22 senior leaders who will participate in a two-year Fellowship and chart the course for the global finance industry’s future in a way that builds a more prosperous and just world for all.

Fellows across classes represent various sectors within the industry from around the world including FinTech, banking, asset management, debt and equity investing, commercial real estate, operational finance, pensions, endowments, and regulation, among others.

“We welcome our new Fellows on this journey to becoming significant leaders in society through their roles in the finance industry. We hope to inspire them to leverage their platforms, passions, and our growing community of Fellows to create positive, lasting impact,” said Jennifer Simpson, managing director of the Aspen Finance Leaders Fellowship.

Launching its inaugural class in 2016, the Fellowship was co-founded by Henry Crown Fellow Ranji Nagaswami, CEO of Hirtle Callaghan and Christopher Varelas, Founding Partner of Riverwood Capital with founding sponsorship from CFA Institute and other generous individual donors.

The Finance Leaders Fellows will gather at four seminars over the course of two years to explore their own leadership, core values, desired legacies, and vision for the global finance industry. Each Fellow commits to taking action by launching a leadership venture that will have a positive impact on the finance sector and society. The Finance Leaders Fellows join more than 2,700 other entrepreneurial leaders from over 50 countries to become members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN).

The members of the 2018 Class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship are:

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Amanda White, Director of Institutional Content, Conexus Financial, Sydney, Australia

Andrew Marsh, President & Chief Executive Officer, Richardson GMP Limited, Toronto, Canada

Benjamin Gigot, Senior Vice President and Head of Research, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montreal, Canada

Clay Grubb, Chief Executive Officer, Grubb Properties, Charlotte, NC

Ellis Carr, President & Chief Executive Officer, Capital Impact Partners, Arlington, Virginia

En Lee, Partner, Head Asia Pacific, LGT Impact, Singapore

Farah Foustok, Chief Executive Officer, Lazard Gulf Limited, Dubai, UAE

Ibukunoluwa Oyedeji, Country Head of Securities, Wealth and Asset Management, Nigeria, Ecobank, Lagos, Nigeria

Jen Easterly, Managing Director, Global Head of the Cybersecurity Fusion Center, Morgan Stanley, New York, NY

Kofi Bruce, Kofi Bruce, Vice President, Corporate Controller, General Mills, Golden Valley, MN

Michael Lindauer, Managing Director, Global Co-Head of Private Equity, Allianz Capital Partners GmbH, Munich, Germany

Neeti Bhalla Johnson, Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, President and Chief Investment Officer, Liberty Mutual Investments, Boston, MA

Paul Riseborough, Chief Commercial Officer, Metro Bank, London, UK

Rakhi Kumar, Senior Managing Director and Head of ESG Investments and Asset Stewardship, State Street Global Advisors, Boston, MA

Rob Krolik, CFO, Board Member, and Advisor, RK Consulting, Palo Alto, CA

Rodrigo Gomez Alarcon, Managing Partner, Capital Indigo, Mexico City, Mexico

Serena Tan, Executive Director, Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Siobhan MacDermott, Global Cybersecurity Public Policy Executive, Bank of America, Washington, D.C.

Solita Marcelli, Managing Director and Global Head of Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities, J.P. Morgan Global Wealth Management, New York, NY

Sunny Sun, Chief Growth Officer, Yum China Holding Company, Shanghai, China

Thomas Liu, Chief Operating Officer, Vision Credit Limited, Shanghai, China

Zion Baker, Chief Financial Officer, Head of Finance Division, Mercantile Discount Bank, Ramat Hasharon, Israel

The Aspen Global Leadership Network is a growing, worldwide community of more than 2,700 high-integrity, entrepreneurial leaders from over 50 countries who share a commitment to enlightened leadership and to using their creativity, energy and resources to tackle the foremost societal challenges of our times. Fellows are chosen to be part of one of 14 geographic or sector-specific initiatives around the world – each modeled after the Aspen Institute’s flagship Henry Crown Fellowship Program. For more information, visit

The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit

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