Ashley Lester, Ph.D.

Head of Systematic Investments, Schroders

Ashley Lester is the Head of Schroders Systematic Investments. His team is responsible for a broad range of systematic equity investment strategies including global, regional and thematic mandates. Ashley joined Schroders in 2015 as Head of Multi Asset Research, with responsibility for asset allocation and multi-asset portfolio construction tools. Ashley is based in London.

Previously, Ashley was the Head of Fixed Income and Multi Asset Research at MSCI, with responsibility for fixed income, alternatives and risk methodology in the widely used Barra and RiskMetrics platforms.

He was a Managing Director and Head of Market Risk Methodology at Morgan Stanley from 2007 to 2013, where he was responsible for Morgan Stanley’s global regulatory and economic capital market risk models. Early in his career, he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance at Columbia Business School and Assistant Professor of Economics at Brown University. Ashley holds a PhD in Economics from M.I.T and a Bachelor of Economics (Honours Class I and University Medal) from the University of Sydney.

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