What we believe

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is a business imperative in the Asset Management industry

Not only a social obligation.

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Founding Members

Aegon logoInvestment Managers logoFranklin Templeton logoNordea logoQuoniam logoT.Rowe Price logo

About us

The Diversity Project Europe (DPE), the first of its kind, is a cross-border and cross-company initiative championing a truly diverse, equitable and inclusive European asset management industry.

Our initial focus is on Europe's key asset management markets and three themes – gender equality, social mobility and inclusive culture – seeking to facilitate change through voluntary collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Together we believe there is a huge opportunity to move the dial and create an industry that better reflects both society at large, and their clients, ultimately securing a more sustainable future for our sector.

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Be the change you want to see

Our objectives

Our objectives are to:

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Facilitate change
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Increase transparency
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Contribute to a pipeline of talent
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Improve reputation
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Discover more about the DPE

About us

European asset management is undergoing a transformation due to the shift from DB to DC, technological disruption, digital distribution and regulatory change. To better serve clients and stay competitive, the industry must evolve and widen its talent pool. Not only will this benefit the industry, but it will also have an impact beyond this, building a workforce that is more representative of today’s diverse society.

Ric van Weelden, Acting Chair of the DPE's Advisory Committee

At Aegon Asset Management we embrace diversity and inclusion, as we believe that acknowledging, understanding, and appreciating the differences between individuals helps us create a culture that enhances our business and benefits both our employees and our customers. This culture can only be delivered in an environment where our people and stakeholders share personal accountability for building an inclusive and diverse organization. Along with making D&I a vital component of our culture, we strongly feel it is important for our industry to also step up and fully embrace D&I. As such, we are proud to become founding members of Diversity Project Europe and to be at the forefront of creating a truly diverse and inclusive industry across European asset management.

Bas NieuweWeme, Chief Executive, Aegon Asset Management

“Having benefitted from being an active and longstanding member of the Diversity Project UK, Franklin Templeton felt strongly, that we should be actively participating in the Diversity Project Europe at the outset, given our sizable European footprint. As a firm, we are passionate about progressing Diversity and Inclusion initiatives and want to be part of driving change within the financial services sector. This is the first initiative of its kind being rolled out pan Europe and we believe that there is an extraordinary opportunity to collaborate with like-minded peers with a view to creating positive change by increasing diversity and inclusion in our industry regionally.

Craig Blair, Managing Director, Board Member and Conducting Officer Luxembourg, Franklin Templeton

“With the creation of The Diversity Project Europe (DPE), the financial services industry has a fantastic opportunity to continue to lead the way in encouraging diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, across all its dimensions. Already being on the Steering Committee of The Diversity Project UK and promoting DEI activities, Pictet Asset Management is delighted to now be a founding member of the DPE and support achieving that same objective in Europe.”

Raymond Sagayam,  CIO Fixed Income, Pictet Asset Management

It’s wonderful that the Diversity Project Europe is launching. Many of the issues holding back progress around diversity, equity and inclusion in the asset management industry are global in nature and we’re going to make much more progress working together. I’m looking forward to working with colleagues at the DPE to accelerate change and future proof the industry.

Baroness Helena Morrissey, Chair The Diversity Project UK

“As the founding member of the Diversity Project Europe in Germany, we hope to use our role as a driving force to convince other financial industry players in Germany to join this great initiative. We believe that as an industry we are stronger together and can make a positive impact and bring about change, for example by sharing knowledge or building strong industry collaborations that support DEI.”

Nigel Cresswell, CEO at Quoniam Asset Management and Diversity Project Europe Advisory Council member

This is a fantastic opportunity for us to advance DEI across the asset management industry in Europe and will give us a unique forum to exchange valuable insights and collaborate on joint initiatives that tie in with our regional DEI priorities

Dr. Tim Koslowski, head of T. Rowe Price’s Luxembourg office and DPE's Advisory Council member

“We will provide our perspectives as well as learning from our past experiences to help make this initiative a success as well as seek to influence and inform our own Inclusion & Diversity policies benefiting from the collective expertise at a European level.

Marion Le Morhedec, Global Head of Fixed Income at AXA Investment Managers

“HSBC Asset Management is very proud to join the Diversity Project Europe as a founding member. We have been an active and long term supporter of similar initiatives in the UK and in the US. Through our participation and involvement, we hope to share our experiences and collaborate with our peers to turn the dial further towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion across the European asset management industry.”

Isabelle Bourcier, CEO of HSBC Global Asset Management (France)
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