AIA Singapore’s Chunyen Liu: Diversity on the Buyside Should Come from the Top

The buyside industry evokes a reputation of both prestiege and enigma. Long held as a competitive and demanding career reserved for elites, the buyside is also known to be predominantly male, irrespective of regions across the world.

Chunyen Liu, chief investment officer at AIA Singapore, is one of the few female leaders on the buyside. With 15 years of experience in the field, Liu has been a veteran in the life insurance industry, and an avid champion of diversity and women representation on the buyside.

In our first instalment of the Buyside Power Women series, we ask Liu about her journey becoming a CIO despite initial self-doubt; what can top decision makers do to attract and retain female talent; and why positive institutional changes should start at the top.

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What is ESG and why does it matter?

ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) has become a major issue of interest in the modern corporate world. Usually associated with things like climate change, pollution and resource scarcity, in reality, ESG covers a much wider spectrum of socio-economic issues like employability practices, diversity, social and cultural ethics, data security and sustainability. In this post, we will deep dive into the meaning of ESG and its value to organisations.

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New Initiatives Around Standardisation and Automation in Capital Markets

To consider the essential role of data standardisation and automation in capital markets and generally in financial markets, we need to look at one area. Automating data-driven workflows in isolation within your own organisation only gets you so far. Significant progress is being made around standardisation is in the open sourcing of data platforms, allowing for data interoperability across organisations.

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Buyside Power Women: Why Are There So Few Female Voices?

When talking about the buyside, words such as “competitive”, “demanding”, “elite” often come up. The nature of the industry also makes it all the more mysterious as it is a job that works behind the scenes for institutional investors such as hedge funds, pension funds, or mutual funds with research strategies and analysis usually kept private. Not to mention the job often requires entry level workers to work over 100-hour weeks in their early years.

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