Future of Finance Advisory Council
The advisory council is composed of a diverse group of experts from finance, education, and the media. It provides oversight for the Future of Finance project and offers independent and strategic advice to CFA Institute staff on the project’s areas of focus.
Roger Urwin is global head of investment content and advisory director at Towers Watson. Previously, he was global head of its investment practice and worked at William Mercer and Gartmore Investment Management. Mr. Urwin is the author of a number of papers on asset allocation policy and manager selection and serves on the board of the Institute for Quantitative Investment Research and as advisory director to MSCI. He holds a master's degree in applied statistics from Oxford University and has qualified as a fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.
Elizabeth Corley was CEO of Allianz Global Investors, initially for Europe, then globally, from 2005 to 2016, and continues to act as a senior advisor to the firm. She was previously at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (formerly Mercury Asset Management) and Coopers & Lybrand.
Ms. Corley serves on three company boards as a non-executive director – Pearson plc, BAE Systems plc, and Morgan Stanley Inc. Additionally, she is a trustee of the British Museum where she chairs the Investment Sub-Committee.
She remains actively engaged in the investment management industry, particularly on topics of policy and standards development. Having previously set up and chaired the FICC (Fixed Income, Currency & Commodities) Standards Board and the taskforce for the UK Government on impact investing, she assumed the position of chair of the board for the newly established Impact Investing Institute.
Ms. Corley is a member of the CFA Future of Finance Advisory Council and the AQR Asset Management Institute; a member of the 300 Club and Committee of 200. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and is also a published author of crime thrillers.
In 2016 Ms. Corley received an honorary doctorate from the London Institute of Banking and Finance (formerly IFS University College); in July 2019 she received an honorary fellowship from London Business School. Ms. Corley was made a Dame in 2019 for services to the economy and financial services.
Angelien Kemna is a non-executive director and member of the audit committee at AXA Group. Previously, she was chief finance and risk officer at APG Group and formerly served as CEO of ING Investment Management Europe. Ms. Kemna was also endowed professor of corporate governance at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She serves on the investment board of Railpen, the investment manager of the U.K. Pension fund RPMI, and she has served as vice-chairman of the supervisory committee of AFM, the Dutch financial industry regulator appointed by the Ministry of Finance. Ms. Kemna has held several other positions on the boards of Duisenberg School of Finance, Child and Youth Finance International, and the supervisory board and audit committee of University of Leiden. She holds an MSc degree in operations research and a PhD degree in finance from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Mark Lazberger, CFA, is the former chief executive officer for Colonial First State Global Asset Management and oversaw more than $160 billion in funds and assets under management across equities, debt, infrastructure, and property. Prior to joining CFSGAM, Lazberger was president, international, and executive vice president of State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). Before this, he was head of international businesses, president and CEO of State Street Japan, and a Principal and regional managing director of SSgA's businesses in Japan and Australia. Lazberger has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia, earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and was a member of the Board of Governors of CFA Institute. He is also a director of the Sydney Theatre Company.
Virginie Maisonneuve, CFA, is a consultant specializing in ESG issues. She was formerly chief investment officer at Eastspring Investments, the Asian asset management business of Prudential plc, where she was responsible for all asset classes, was a member of the executive committee and the board. With more than 30 years of global asset management experience, Ms. Maisonnueve has also worked for PIMCO as managing director, chief investment officer of equities. Prior to joining PIMCO, she served as head of global equities, director, and portfolio manager at Schroders.
Ms. Maisonneuve has also worked at a number of major asset management firms, including Clay Finlay, State Street Research, Batterymarch, and Martin Currie. She achieved a strong track record as a long-term investor in managing institutional and retail mandates across global, European, emerging market, and Asian equities, becoming one of the first investors to launch a China equity fund in the United States. While managing funds directly, Ms. Maisonneuve was a top-rated fund manager and was named as one of the top women in finance in Europe from 2008 to 2014. In 2014, she was selected by industry members for Money Management Executive’s inaugural Top Women in Asset Management Awards.
Ms. Maisonneuve served as the chair of the CFA Society UK Gender Diversity network from 2015 to 2016 and as a member of the advisory council of the International Crisis Group. She is also a member of the CFA Institute Future of Finance Advisory Council. Ms. Maisonneuve holds a bachelor’s degree in political economics from the People’s University, Beijing, a master’s degree in Mandarin Chinese from Dauphine University in Paris, and an MBA from the Ecole Superieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquees.
Yu (Ben) Meng is chief investment officer at the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). Previously, he was deputy CIO at the State Administration of Foreign Exchange, and prior to that he was investment director of asset allocation and a portfolio manager in fixed income at CalPERS. Mr. Meng is an associate editor for the Journal of Investment Management, and he has received the Cheit Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Haas School of Business. He holds a master's degree in financial engineering from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of California, Davis.
Hiro Mizuno is executive managing director and chief investment officer of Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund. Previously, he was a partner at Coller Capital, a private equity firm, and he also worked at Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co., Ltd. Mr. Mizuno is a member of PRI’s board and Asset Owner Advisory Committee and co-chair of the Milken Institute’s Global Capital Markets Advisory Council. He is an executive adviser to the Japanese cabinet on health care and medical growth strategy, a member of the Japanese Government Strategic Funds Integrated Advisory Board, and a member of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Japan National University Evaluation Committee. Mr. Mizuno is also an adviser to the Office of the President of the University of Tokyo, a guest professor at the Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine, an adviser to Kyoto University’s Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, and a guest professor at the Kindai University Global Economic Research Center. In addition, he is a senior fellow of the Tel Aviv University Graduate School of Management and a member of the International Executive Committee for the Einstein Legacy Project. Mr. Mizuno was honored with an Outstanding Individual Contribution RI Award for Innovation & Industry Leadership 2017. He has an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
Dr. Ashby Monk is the executive and research director of the Stanford Global Projects Center. He was named by CIO Magazine as one of the most influential academics in the institutional investing world. His current research focus is on the design and governance of institutional investors, with particular specialization on pension and sovereign wealth funds. Outside of Stanford, he is the co-founder and chairman of Long Game Savings. He received his doctorate in Economic Geography at Oxford University and holds a master's in International Economics from the Université de Paris I - Pantheon Sorbonne and a bachelor's in Economics from Princeton University.
Ng Kok Song is chairman and founding partner of Singapore-based Avanda Investment Management. He was chief investment officer of GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation) until 2013. For over 42 years, he was involved in the investment of Singapore’s foreign reserves. Before joining GIC in 1986, Mr. Ng was at the Ministry of Finance (1970-71) and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (1972-1986). The Singapore Government awarded him the Meritorious Service Medal in 2012. He was the founding chairman of the Singapore International Monetary Exchange (SIMEX), now incorporated into the Singapore Exchange. Mr. Ng is also the founding chairman of the Wealth Management Institute, Mr. Ng holds a degree in physics from the National University of Singapore and a degree in management from Stanford University.
Jonathan B. Stein, CFA, is CEO and founder of Betterment. With experience from his career of advising banks and brokers on risk and products, he founded Betterment in 2008. Mr. Stein passed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 7, 24, and 63 exams. He is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Business School.
Alison Tarditi is the chief investment officer of the Australian Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation (CSC), which manages the pension assets of Australian Commonwealth Government civilian employees and members of the Defence forces. Prior to this position, Alison was the director of equity strategy for Citigroup in Australia; the head of research and quantitative asset allocation strategies for BT Asset Management, co-managing TAA products for domestic and international clients for the previous six years; and the head of financial conditions within the Economic Research and Analysis Department of the Reserve Bank of Australia.
Alison has been the chairman of the long-term investing and infrastructure councils for the World Economic Forum (WEF) since 2014 and is currently co-chair of the WEF’s Long-term Investor Council. She has a first-class honours degree and university medal from James Cook University and a master of science from the London School of Economics, both earned under scholarships from the Reserve Bank of Australia.