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Seven Desi Americans among 100 Most Influential Women in Finance


Seven Desi Americans among 100 Most Influential Women in Finance were featured by report published by Barron’s Magazine, this a great achievement for the Desi (South Asian) Community, which is appoximately 1.5% of the US population.

Even though the finance industry is male dominated but the women are chipping away at the glass ceiling, report by IE University.

These seven Desi Americans are (alphabetical order):

Anu Aiyengar, Global Head, Mergers and Acquisitions, JP Morgan

Lina Khan, Chair Federal Trade Commission

Meena Lakdawala-Flynn, Co-Head, Global Private Wealth Management, Goldman Sachs Group

Saira Malik, Chief Investment Officer, Nuveen, Asset Management

Savita Subramanian, Head of US Equity & Quantitative Strategy, Bank of America Securities

Sonal Desai, Chief Investment Officer, Fixed Income, Franklin Templeton

Rupal J Bhansali, Chief Investment Officer & Portfolio Manager, Global Equities, Ariel Investments

Barron’s fourth annual list of the 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance honored US women based who have achieved positions of prominence in the financial-services industry and are helping to shape its future. The list is chosen by a panel of Barron’s writers and editors, is based on external and internal nominations, and includes executives at major U.S. companies, investment managers and securities analysts, and public servants and policy makers.

Accordingly to South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), nearly 5.4 million South Asians (DESI) live in the United States. The South Asian community in the United States comprises of individuals with ancestry from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. The community also includes members of the South Asian diaspora – past generations of South Asians who originally settled in many areas around the world, including the Caribbean (Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago), Africa (Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda), Canada, Europe, the Middle East, and other parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands (Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore).

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