In the 2023 What’s Important Now (WIN) Series we will interview CIOs of leading organizations in a series of virtual fireside chats. You will gain insights into the current environment, including the investment opportunities and challenges. Additionally, you can expect to learn about the various career paths that these remarkable women followed to earn the CIO title.
“Viewpoints: the Environment, the Role, the Opportunity”
Join our Chicago Women Investment Professionals 2023 WIN Series Fireside Chat with Aiofinn Deviit, CIO of the Moneta Group, and moderated by Ashwini Apte, Institutional Defined Contribution Lead, BlackRock as they discuss CIO viewpoints. Topics will include the current investment landscape, evaluating risk, retirement, professional development and DE&I.
Chief Investment Officer
With more than two decades of financial industry experience and a diverse international background, Aoifinn Devitt plays an integral role in establishing Moneta’s long-term investment vision, philosophy and strategies. As the firm’s first female Chief Investment Officer, she aligns Moneta’s investment programs with broader firm goals while also overseeing the research, evaluation and selection of asset classes and investment vehicles.
Devitt values knowledge sharing and education, which motivates her to ensure investors are informed as possible. She strives to reduce complexity and demystify the world of investing for them by educating rather than just giving advice.
Devitt joined Moneta in 2021 with extensive experience working with institutional clients and alternative investments as well as overall portfolio oversight functions. Her global career – with stops in London, Hong Kong, New York City and now Chicago – helped open her mind and introduce her to new investing perspectives while stimulating creativity, innovation and adaptability. She has also seen a wide range of investment manager talent and has developed a robust network of industry contacts.
Originally from Ireland, Devitt spent her early career working in London as an investment banking associate at Goldman Sachs International and a specialist consultant at Cambridge Associates Limited. Devitt also founded Clontarf Capital, a pan-alternatives research and consulting firm. More recently, she served as CIO for the Policemen’s Annuity and Benefit Fund of Chicago and head of investment for Ireland at Hermes Fund Managers Ireland Limited.
Devitt is also a licensed attorney who has been a member of the New York Bar since 1996. She earned her law degrees from Trinity College Dublin and Oxford University. She also earned her MBA from INSEAD in France and MSc in Applied Neuroscience from Kings College London.
In addition to her work at Moneta, Devitt hosts and produces The Fiftyfaces Podcast, which showcases diversity and inclusion within the investments industry and other professions. She has run 38 marathons, is fluent in both German and French, and enjoys traveling.
Ashwini Apte, CAIA, CIMA, AIF, AIFA
Defined Contribution Institutional Consultant Relations Lead
Ashwini Apte, CAIA, CIMA, AIF, AIFA, has served 18 years in the defined contribution industry. She is a senior member of the Institutional Distribution team within BlackRock’s US & Canada Defined Contribution Group. Ashwini is primarily responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with institutional DC consultants in North America, and is also responsible for overseeing some relationships with direct institutional plan sponsor clients.
Ashwini was previously with NEPC, where she was a Senior Consultant within the Defined Contribution Practice Group. She worked with DC plans in all aspects of plan evaluation consulting. Prior to joining NEPC in 2005, Ashwini was a retirement financial advisor at Morgan Stanley where she constructed and implemented comprehensive retirement portfolios through the use of strategic asset allocation techniques and risk performance analytics.
Ashwini earned a Masters in International Finance from Brandeis University and a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University. She became a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designee in 2009, an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designee in 2015, and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst (AIFA) in 2018, and a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) in 2019. She also holds both Series 7 and Series 63 licenses.