Gig Guide: NRF chief investment officer appointed

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The National Reconstruction Fund Corporation has appointed experienced investment fund manager Dr Mary Manning as its chief investment officer, who brings more than 25 years’ of experience to the role.

Dr Manning has spent the last three years at Alphinity Investment Management as portfolio manager for the global fund and for its global sustainable fund. Currently based in Sydney, she had  previously spent nine and a half years as a portfolio manager at Ellerston Capital.

During the latest round of Senate Estimates, National Reconstruction Fund Corporation (NRFC) chief operating officer Rebecca Manen said more than 140 investment proposals are being “actively managed” while the corporation is “actively working” with 30 potential co-investment partners.

In a joint statement, NRFC chair Martijn Wilder and chief executive Ivan Power said they are “delighted to have someone of Mary’s calibre to join the NRFC and lead its investment strategy”.

Dr Manning was also previously based in Singapore as Oaktree Capital Management’s vice-president for emerging markets, and has also been based New York as an emerging markets analyst in the same area.

Dr Manning will start work at the National Reconstruction Fund in July.

Dr Mary Manning. Image: LinkedIn

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