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Jennifer Youde

Senior Portfolio Manager

Jennifer joined Affirmative Investment Management in 2017.  She brings over 30 years’ experience in asset management. 

During her 19 years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in London, Jennifer was a Managing Director in the Global Fixed Income and Currency Team, serving in a number of leadership roles over that time.  She was Head of UK and European portfolio management, head of the Country team responsible for relative value risk-taking in the government bond markets of G10 countries, and the UK economics and policy analysis leader.

Before joining GSAM, Jennifer spent 13 years at CIN Management, the in-house manager of the British Coal pension funds, one of the largest UK pension schemes.  Her early experience was in UK equities.  She led the expansion of the portfolio into Japanese and South East Asian equities, then took over leadership of CIN’s bond desk, managing a multi-currency portfolio of government bonds, credit and index linked securities.  While at CIN, she was a Board member for Drayton Asia Trust plc, Globe Venture Nominees Ltd, Oriental Development Company Ltd, and ROC Venture Company Ltd (private equity in Taiwan). 

Jennifer contributed to the development of professional training in investment management in London, through service as a member of the Senior Practitioners’ Panel and exam moderating committee for the Securities Institute professional examinations in Fund Management (a UK precursor of CFA).  For IMRO, a forerunner of the FCA, she served for several years as a member of the IMRO Rules Waiver Committee (Examination Exemptions Panel) and the IMRO Training Committee.

During her early career at British Coal, Jennifer was seconded to the Central Policy Review Staff (the “Think Tank”) in the Cabinet Office, Whitehall for two years.  As a member of CPRS, she contributed to policy advice on energy and nationalized industries for the Prime Minister and the Cabinet.

Jennifer was educated at the University of Oxford and London Business School.  She graduated in Engineering Science and Economics at St Hugh’s College in 1976, and followed the Investment Management Programme at LBS in 1987.

Jennifer currently also acts as a Strategic Consultant to Inalytics, a financial technology company specializing in software and services for asset owners and asset managers. 

  Employment & Qualifications

  • Affirmative Investment Management, London, UK.  2017 – Present
  • Strategic Consultant, Inalytics, London UK.  2015 - Present
  • Managing Director, Global Fixed Income & Currency Team, Goldman Sachs Asset Management, London, UK.  1996-2015
  • Senior Director, Marketable Securities Division, CIN Management Ltd, London, UK.  1983 – 1996

Education

  • MA Engineering Science and Economics, St Hugh’s College, Oxford.  1973-76
  • Investment Management Programme, London Business School,  1987