AICON – The Conference Shaping a More Diverse Future in Alternative Investments

The Alternative Investments Conference (AICON) returns on 7th February 2024 at Bishopsgate in London and is set to shake up the industry by placing diversity and inclusion at its core. The event from the leading UK Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Charity, SEO London, is designed to increase access and career development at every point of the investment chain for professionals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the alternative investment space.

In a financial landscape where diversity remains a challenge, AICON stands out. Building on the success of its inaugural event in 2023, which drew over 300 attendees from industry and featured insights from 30+ speakers, it continues to position itself as a catalyst for change within the industry.

Discussing the significance of events like AICON, CEO of SEO London Nathalie Richards said: “AICON is not your typical conference, it ensures doors swing open for talented professional people who often go under the radar, due to their ethnicity, gender, or economic status”.

Nathalie continues: “Inclusivity isn’t just a buzzword for us, it’s a core principle. We’re proud to feature keynote speakers, panellists, and industry leaders from a wide range of backgrounds. This visual representation matters, proving that diversity is not only achievable, but also a strength. Most of all, professionals attending not only feel welcomed but encouraged to actively participate – fostering critical collaboration and innovation.”
The 2024 event will offer up a front row seat to thought-provoking discussions, led by industry trailblazers. A much-anticipated part of the line-up is a keynote fireside chat featuring the distinguished Pamela Hutchinson OBE, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Bloomberg and Andrew Sillitoe, Co-CEO of Apax.

The half-day event will also include expert insights from industry leaders across private equity, growth equity, credit, real estate, impact investing, emerging markets and will also provide networking opportunities within the alternative investments industry.

Naveen Wadhera, MD at TA Associates, was in attendance last year and comments on the impact of the conference: “AICON is an important event, which showcases many talented and diverse investment professionals working in Alternatives.  It is a truly unique space for senior investors to share their insights and the spirited panel discussions were a testament to the range of ideas and opinions this industry can represent. AICON is where brilliance meets inclusion and I’m excited to see how this year’s event will continue to impact the industry’s viewpoints on diversity.”

To find out more about the conference visit www.seo-london.org/aicon-london or contact Lydia@theinfluencecrowd.co.uk [07870 214 956]

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