100 Women In Hedge Funds to launch in Malta

Gender disparities at the top of the corporate ladder have prompted several European countries to institute quotas for women on boards of publicly listed companies. Since Norway passed a law in 2003 mandating 40 percent representation of both men and women on the board of publicly listed companies, sixteen European countries have legislated similar reforms. Most recently, Germany passed a law requiring publicly listed companies to have 30 percent of supervisory seats occupied by women as of 2016. Even where no legal requirements are in place, boards are under increasing pressure to appoint female directors. The European Commission (EC) has called on publicly listed companies to voluntarily commit to increasing the presence of women on boards to 30 percent by 2015 and 40 percent by 2020 among non-executive directors by actively recruiting qualified women to replace outgoing male members

Without doubt there has been significant effort and investment in attracting more women to financial services in Malta and in developing more of them into leaders. Many organizations have initiated recruiting, networking, sponsorship and training programs targeted specifically at women. Many of the visible processes have been improved for equal opportunity. Moving financial services firms towards gender balance requires a mix of bolder structural solutions and more profound underlying cultural change. We know that women entrepreneurship plays a key role in creating jobs and driving economic growth. It is firmly believe that creating equal opportunities for women in business is not only a question of gender equality, but also an economic priority. 

Malta has a flourishing investment community when women occupy positions in asset allocation, investment selection, due diligence, research, financial analysis, education and marketing. With this in mind, 100 Women in Hedge Funds launches its newest global hub in Valletta on November 1st 2016.

Amanda Pullinger, CEO of 100WHF will present a brief overview of the global organization, which now has more than 15,000 members worldwide in 21 locations, and give an overview of upcoming events. Participants will help make Malta a forum for women in this community to meet and learn from each other through educational events and other peer to peer opportunities.

As offical hosts, EXANTE Limited are delighted to see 100WHF in Malta as they believe that the success of this organisation is self evident in the profile and public relation it offers to women.

Recently, as Patron of 100 Women in Hedge Funds' philanthropic initiatives, Prince William opened a gala dinner in The UK and praised the organisation for its business acumen and for the funds raised by the organisation for numerous charities.

 

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the 100WHF Board Chair, Anne Popkin and 100WHF CEO, Amanda Pullinger


Patrick J O Brien
Communication Director - EXANTE