Marlies van Boven is a managing director in the Research Analytics team at FTSE Russell. She is lead lecturer in Alternative Investments at Warwick Business School. She previously taught at CASS business school. She was a senior investment consultant at Cambridge Associates’ Middle East & Africa team, working with clients throughout the GCC and wider MENA region, with a focus on hedge funds. Prior to that, she was head of Quantitative Analysis and Portfolio Management at Baring Asset Management. She was responsible for the global investment process, involving the design and implementation of regional and sector-based stock screens, portfolio construction tools and the design and auditing of the risk control mechanisms for the equity and fixed income teams. She was lead portfolio manager of the Barings Emerging Markets Absolute Return Fund and co-manager of Bluechip, a Multi-Strategy Fund, a joint venture with Babson Capital, MA. Previously Marlies was in charge of the quantitative research process at Newton and part of the Strategy team. Marlies holds a Master degree with honours from Institute Coremans, Brussels and a PhD in Finance from Warwick Business School. She is chair of London Leverage Events at 100 Women in Hedge Funds.