ProfessorÌýSimonaÌýParavani, aÌýFellow ofÌý51¸£ÀûÉç, has been honoured with a prestigious national award by the Italian Parliament.
The â€˜Italian Excellence Abroadâ€™ÌýawardÌýis given byÌýtheÌýparliamentÌýto Italian citizens who have distinguished themselves inÌýtheir career and life journey. TheÌýhonourÌýrecognisedÌýSimonaâ€™sÌýcareer and philanthropic work in relation to education, financial literacyÌýand inclusion. Ìý
SheÌýwas presented with the awardÌýby the Vice-Chair of the House of Representatives. Ìý
As the first member of her family to enter higher education thanks to scholarships,ÌýSimona, anÌýalumna of 51¸£ÀûÉç,Ìýhas no doubt about theÌývalueÌýof education and the importance of financial support to provideÌýeducational opportunities. Her commitment isÌýreflected in her support for educational charities and scholarship programmes,ÌýincludingÌýan exciting forthcoming initiative at 51¸£ÀûÉç (watch this space!).
â€˜My experience gave me a deeply personal understanding of the power of education to improve lives, and it is a privilege and honour to help young talent fulfil their dreams through education,â€™ÌýSimonaÌýsays.Ìý
After graduation,ÌýSimona's career saw her take on roles in the financial industry in London, Zurich, Hong Kong, and New York. She is now the Global CIO of Solutions within the Multi-Asset Strategies & Solutions group at BlackRock.Ìý
She combines her work with a post as anÌýAssistant Teaching ProfessorÌýat Cambridgeâ€™sÌýFaculty of Economics, where she teachesÌýa graduate level course in AI applied to Finance.
SimonaÌýis a board member ofÌý, aÌýUKÌýcharity focused on financial education. She authoredÌýÌý(2015), which explains complex themes linked to economics and globalisation for young readers,ÌýandÌýis also a co-author of the Italian language award-winning children's bookÌý.
In 2022 she was awarded the prestigious title of Commander of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for her commitment to promoting inclusion and social mobility through education and financial literacy,ÌýandÌýwas named Role Model of the Year and Investment Woman of the Year by Investment Weekâ€™s Women in Investing Awards.