Judging Panel

Paule Ansoleaga Abascal


Rothschild & Co

Paule studied Industrial Engineering in Bilbao and Copenhagen. She started her career in business consulting (Accenture) in Spain and subsequently moved to Paris to study an MBA. She then moved to London where she lived and worked for 6 years (mainly in Capital Markets at Bank of America Merrill Lynch). She then moved to Milan, where she found a job at Rothschild & Co, Asset Management Europe, where she currently works as a Director, responsible for the Italian and Spanish wholesale business.

In 2015 Paule co-founded MWE, an initiative to build a moral and economic case for a more diverse and inclusive financial industry.

Paule co-chairs BCCI Inclusive Finance, a think tank launched by the British Chamber of Commerce in Italy.


Paola Bissoli

Director, Business Development

Aberdeen Standard Investments (Suisse)

Paola is a director for business development and member of the board of Aberdeen Standard Investments (Suisse). She joined the company as a result of the merger between Aberdeen Asset Management and Standard Life in August 2017. Paola joined Aberdeen in 2015 from Saint George Capital Management (part of UnipolSAI Assicurazioni, formerly Fondiaria-SAI Group) where she was CEO and Investment Manager. Previously, Paola worked as Hedge Fund Manager for Banca Gesfid (Fondiaria-SAI Group), Vicos SA, Banca Zarattini &CO.

Paola has been a director of the London board of the 100 Women in Finance association from 2013 to 2018 and founded the Lugano-Milano locations with a group of like-minded industry colleagues in 2010. She is co-head of CAIA Zurich Chapter since 2017. Paola graduated with a MSc in Chemical Engineering from Politecnico di Torino (1998).

Guendalina Bolis, CFA


Inversis Gestion

Since 2014, Guendalina is the Chairwoman and General Director of Inversis Gestion, a Spanish asset management company part of the Banca March Group. With more than 15 years of experience in asset management, she previously worked in international firms like CNP and Allfundsbank in Madrid and Intesa SanPaolo in Milan covering roles related to multimanager, from fund selection to portfolio management. Guendalina is a CFA Charterholder and she is actively involved in gender diversity being a board member of the CFA Spain - Woman in Finance group. Moreover, she is currently the Chairwoman of the International Advisory Board for Fund Selection, a board aimed to promote fund selection development. She graduated in Financial markets from the University of Bergamo.

Dal 2014, Guendalina ricopre il ruolo di Presidente e di Direttore Generale di Inversis Gestion, societá di gestione facente parte del gruppo finanziario March. Con oltre 15 anni d'esperienza nei mercati finanziari, Guendalina ha maturato una esperienza internazionale laborando per grandi gruppi finanziari come CNP e Allfundsbank a Madrid e Intesa SanPaolo a Milano ricoprendo vari ruoli associati con il multimanager (dalla selezione di fondi alla gestione di prodotti multimanager). Guendalina e' CFA charterholder ed e' involucrata attivamente in progetti relativi alla diversità di genero essendo membro del consiglio CFA Spain - Woman in finance. Inoltre presiede l'International Advisory Board for fund Selection, un organizzazione internazionale cui obiettivo e' lo sviluppo dell'attivitá relativa alla selezione dei fondi. Guendalina e' laureata in Economia dei mercati finanziari presso l'università di Bergamo.



Silvia Bosoni

Director - Head of Italy ETFs, ETPs and open end Funds, Listing and Market Development

Borsa Italiana, London Stock Exchange Group

Silvia joined Borsa Italiana in 1999 where she initially worked in the SeDeX and MOT markets, taking care of covered warrants, certificates and bonds, listing and products. Prior to that, she was part of the Paribas securities services covering foreign clients. She started her career in Morgan Guaranty Trust in 1996. Since 2008 she is Head of Italy ETFs, ETPs and open end Funds, Listing and Market Development, for Borsa Italiana, London Stock Exchange Group, responsible for ETFplus market and, since 2014, also for ATFund market, the market dedicated to open end funds. Silvia graduated from Bocconi University in Economics.



Jonathan Boyd

Editorial Director


Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 18 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments . From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope.

Patrizia Bussoli

Team Asset Allocation Research

Pramerica SGR

Since 2018, Patrizia is heading the team of Asset Allocation products in Pramerica SGR, after 12 years as Head of Fixed Income Asset Allocation at Fideuram Investimenti. Previously, Patrizia was a fund manager for credit and ABS in Nextra. Previously, she worked as macroeconomist at Deutsche Bank, London. She was a professor for International Economics at Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. She wrote a book "Investire con le obbligazioni" (with L.Bagato, Hoepli). She was a researcher at Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei, Milan and she published several working papers. She also temporarily served the European Commission, DGII - Economics and Finance. Patrizia attended Pompeu Fabra University, where she obtained a Master and a PhD in Economics cum laude. She graduated at Bocconi University with a degree in Economics (cum laude).

Betti Candia

Chief Investment Officer

Zurich Investments Life Italy

Betti Candia is the Chief Investment Officer of Zurich Investments Life Italy, based in Milan. Her responsibilities include the oversight and the asset management of the Investment unit in Italy, covering the assets of the Life, the General insurance as well as Unit Linked and Pension business, totaling to approximately 12,5 bn EUR. Before Zurich, Betti was the Chief Investment Officer of Groupama Assicurazioni based in Rome, where she was responsible for the strategic asset allocation of the local unit in close coordination with the financial department of the French holding company. She was also overseeing the Treasury and Real Estate department. Prior to Groupama, Betti was the Chief Investment Officer at Ergo Previdenza in Milan. She also brings along bank experience since she was the Head of Private Banking at Banca Aletti and the Head of the European Equity Desk at Gestiras in Milan. Betti is an Italian citizen and holds a degree in Business Administration from Ca' Foscari University of Venice



Matteo Cassiani, CFA, CIPM

Senior Portfolio Manager, Asset Allocation

Fideuram Investimenti SGR

Matteo Cassiani, CFA, CIPM, is Senior Portfolio Manager, Asset Allocation, at Fideuram Investimenti SGR.

Before joining Fideuram, he was Head of Portfolio Management at Banca Popolare di Vicenza, as part of the team involved in the restructuring of the institution.

Previously, he held senior positions, as Head of Equities, covering global equity markets and managing multi-asset portfolios.

At Arca Sgr S.p.A., where he began his career as a buy-side analyst, from 2001 to 2008 he held the position of senior portfolio manager in charge of Global Emerging Market portfolios.

Matteo is Adjunct Professor at Università Politecnica delle Marche, from 2015, and at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano, from 2018.
He was President of CFA Society Italy (CFASI) from 2011 to 2016 and Member of the Board of Directors of the Society from 2008, holding also the role of Treasurer and Officer (from 2009 to 2011).

He earned the CFA Charter in 2004 and the CIPM certificate in 2017, from CFA Institute.



Manuela D'Onofrio

Co-General Manager and Head of Investment & Products

Cordusio SIM

Magna Cum Laude degree in Mathematics, University "La Sapienza", Rome.
Master of Science in Mathematics, Courant Institute of Mathematical Science, New York University.

She started her career at Chase Manhattan Bank New York in 1989 as Derivatives Specialist and continued in JP Morgan where she managed the bank bond portfolio and later managed the private clients' portfolios.

She moved to Bipiemme Gestioni SGR SpA in 1999 as Head of Investments and she was member of the Investment Committee. In 2001, she has been appointed General Manager of Bipiemme Private Banking SIM.

In October 2003, she joined UniCredit Group as Chief Investment Officer in UniCredit Private Banking to become later, in 2009, Head of Global Investment Strategy.

In 2013, she has been appointed Head of Global Investment Department in UniCredit SpA

Later in 2016, she was named Co-General Manager and Head of Products and Investments area in Cordusio SIM.

She has responsibility for Cordusio SIM Investments Committee, and she is also member of Cordusio SIM Product Committee, Member of Business Continuity & Crisis Management Committee and Member of Risk and Internal Controls Committee.

She is Member of Fineco Bank Board of Directors.






Francesca Emanuel

Director, Head of Global Marketing & Branding

Allianz Global Investors

Francesca joined AllianzGI in 2008, where she was responsible for Marketing and Communication. In September 2018 she took over the role of Head of Global Brand Strategy and since January 2019 she is now the Head of Global Marketing and Branding for AllianzGI.

Prior, she worked in Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management where she covered the role of Sales Manager and before she worked in London for JPMorgan Asset Management and Blackrock covering different international roles in the marketing, communication and brand. She is part of the European Inclusion and Diversity Committee as well as member of the Italian Inclusion and Diversity Team in AllianzGI plus she is part of Global Work Stream to support Disability.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from John Cabot University and a Master in "Global Marketing Communication & Advertising" from Emerson College, Boston, USA.



Manuela Frohlich

Global Head of Business Development (LRI Group)

Co-Founder at FondsFrauen

Manuela Froehlich is Global Head of Business Development at LRI Group in Luxembourg. Her responsibilities comprise growing the business internationally and implementing a global distribution network to support the asset management clients of LRI Group in raising capital for their Luxembourg fund vehicles, worldwide.

Manuela has nearly 30 years' experience in the banking & Investment industry, focusing on the areas of client services & solutions, managing international sales teams and implementing successful distribution strategies. She started her career in Germany at HypoVereinsbank in 1991 and moved to London 10 years later to join F&C Investments, in order to develop their mutual fund sales business from scratch. During the following 10 years, Manuela was responsible for building up an international client service team and to support and later lead international distribution of mutual funds across Europe and LATAM.

In 2014 Manuela became co-founder of Fondsfrauen, the leading German speaking business network for women in asset management, reaching over 2000 women in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The successful development and the international demand is now supporting Fondsfrauens' efforts to expand into other countries, starting with Luxembourg.


Barbara Galliano

Deputy Country Head, Head of Retail Distribution

Natixis Investment Managers

Laureata in Giurisprudenza presso l'Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore di Milano e titolare di un Master in Giurista Europeo d'Affari conseguito presso l'Université Paris X. Nel 1998 inizia nel Gruppo Intesa presso Intesa Asset Management, prima nell'ambito dell'Area Progetti Speciali e Attività Internazionali, assumendo poi l'incarico di sviluppare la clientela istituzionale italiana ed estera in seno alla Direzione Commerciale. Nel 2002 è entrata a far parte del Gruppo Natixis, con la Responsabilità del settore Marketing Istituzionale e Client service per l'Italia presso la sede dell'asset management di Parigi prima e dal 2003 presso la Succursale italiana. Dal 2005 ha assunto la Responsabilità dello Sviluppo Commerciale della Clientela Istituzionale prima e successivamente per le reti di distribuzione. Oggi è Senior Director e Responsabile Distribuzione Retail per Natixis Investment Managers Italia.



Vlasta Gregis

Managing Director

Capital Group

Vlasta Gregis è Managing Director, con un'esperienza nel settore di oltre 15 anni ed è in Capital Group dal 2012. Proviene da una significativa esperienza in Aviva Investors come Business Development Manager e ancora prima ha rivestito il ruolo di Relationship Manager in Julius Baer. Vlasta ha conseguito una laurea in legge presso l'Università di Bergamo.

Guido Lombardi, CFA

Vice President, Fund Selection

DWS Multi Asset Group, London

Guido heads the London based fund selection team of the Multi Asset Group of DWS with a vast remit across traditional and alternative asset classes, active and passive instruments.

He joined DWS (at the time Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management) in 2015, with 6 years of industry experience. Prior to joining, Guido was a senior investment analyst for liquid alternative strategies and related portfolios construction for institutional clients at Bourne Park Capital, London. Guido began his career as a junior trader for government bonds at Unicredit, Milan.
Guido holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics and MSc in Finance from the University of Florence and Copenhagen Business School; He is a CFA Charterholder and Certified EFFAS ESG Analyst.

Vanessa Orlarey

Head of Fund Selector Relationships


Giancarlo Sandrin

Italy Country Head, Wholesale & Retail, LGIM /

President of CFA Society Italy

Giancarlo Sandrin is President of CFA Society Italy since 2016 and he is responsible for LGIM's Italian Wholesale & Retail market. He joined LGIM in 2018 from BlackRock where he held the title of Head of Asset Manager Clients for iShares Italy and was responsible for developing the ETF business among the Italian wholesale market. Prior to that, he was part of HSBC investments covering the Italian wholesale market. Giancarlo graduated from Bocconi University in Economics and he is a CFA Charterholder.

Sara Silano

Managing Editor


Sara Silano joined Morningstar in 2003, where she has been Managing Research Editor since 2012. Sara has a deep knowledge of asset management industry, mutual funds, ETFs and pension funds. Moreover, she is part of the Morningstar ESG Thought Leadership Team and she is in charge of spreading the awareness of sustainable investments through financial education, editorial contents, research, media and events. She has been a member of the steering board of Italy SIF/the Italian Sustainable Investments Forum (SIF) since 2017. She graduated in Communication Sciences at University of Turin and she has been in the investment industry for 20 years.

Kate Webber

Lead Product Manager - Fund Services

Northern Trust