Investment Manager, Baillie Gifford
Julia Angeles is an investment manager at Baillie Gifford, where she has portfolio responsibilities for three investment strategies, including both an international equity strategy and a fund that invests in companies that are addressing the big issues that the world faces in areas such as education, the environment and healthcare.
Julia’s interest in healthcare has resulted in the setting up a new investment strategy that will focus on investing in innovative healthcare companies and which she will lead when it launches later this year. The strategy’s core contention is that over the next 10 years healthcare systems around the world will experience a monumental change: we will witness a move away from traditional models to a world where prevention and cure will become an integral part of healthcare. Julia sees her role as not just investing in these companies, but hopes that over time Baillie Gifford will be able to create a network effect by making connections between innovative companies across the healthcare sector and introducing them to one another.
Julia is also interested in how we make decisions and how the effect factors we are unaware of can cloud our judgements. She is an active member of a group of investors within the firm whose aim it is to raise awareness of these unconscious biases. She organised a successful series of Consciousness Café sessions. The sessions are designed to be a place where everyone’s voice has equal weight and there is no right or wrong. She believes that encouraging empathy and understanding in this way is a critical step towards tackling our inherent biases.
Julia holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Aarhus, Denmark and speaks fluent English, Russian and Danish. Before joining Baillie Gifford in April 2008, Julia worked as a Management Consultant at McKinsey & Company advising firms in Denmark, Russia and Hungary.
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