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Sunday 15 September 2019

Student management fund to host female leadership conference

Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Trinity Student Management Fund (SMF) will today host its second annual student-run female leadership conference in Trinity College.

Speakers at the event, which is open to students, faculty, alumni and business leaders, include Marisa Drew, head of impact advisory and finance at Credit Suisse, Alan Duffy, CEO at HSBC Ireland, and Sinead McSweeney, managing director of Twitter Ireland.

Founded in 2010, the SMF is 100pc run by students and allows students to develop skills in business analysis, investing, risk management and valuations within a secure corporate governance structure.

The student executive committee oversees the day-to-day investment and operational activities of the fund and they, in turn, are guided by an advisory board of industry professionals.

Members of the advisory board include Aidan Donnelly, head of equities at Davy, Alan Dargan, founder and partner of Lonsdale Capital Partners, a private equity firm based in London, and Martha O'Hagan-Luff, assistant professor of finance at Trinity College.

The fund invests in in equities and exchange traded fund instruments however, as per the fund’s constitution, it does not short sell securities due to the high risk of this activity.

In addition to its primary aim of educating students on the investment market, the fund also gives back to its local community, donating 10pc of its annual profits to the Trinity Access Programme, which assists students from under represented backgrounds with their tuitions fees and other expenses.

The remaining 90pc of the funds returns are reinvested into the portfolio.

The Women’s Leadership Conference will take place at 6pm tonight in the Trinity College Dining Hall.

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