Luba has more than twenty years of investment experience and leads the global research function at Willis Towers Watson’s Investment business. Her team comprises Manager Research, Asset Research and Operational Due Diligence and includes more than a hundred researchers around the world responsible for conducting economic and capital markets research, evaluating asset management firms in a variety of different asset classes, coming up with investment recommendations and creating new investment solutions where there is demand from asset owners but no solutions exist.
Luba’s primary responsibilities are: pure investment (ensuring the quality of research and investment decisions as well as responsibility for the ultimate performance of investment recommendations), business management (new products and services, team management, efficiency, resourcing) and working with some of the largest asset owners globally advising them on their governance structures, strategy, portfolio construction and investment selection.
Luba joined the firm in 2005 and has always had global responsibilities working in our offices in London and New York. Prior to assuming her current responsibilities in 2019, Luba initially led the private markets team and then the manager research team at WTW.
Luba started her career in 1996 in Russia where she was involved in a number of private equity investments at the time of the large-scale privatisation and business restructuring in Eastern Europe. She also owned her own timber business in Russia.
Luba is a non-executive director of the Investor Forum, a not-for-profit organisation with the purpose to position stewardship at the heart of investment decision making.
Luba attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and holds an MBA degree from London Business School, a MS in Finance from the Finance Academy in Russia and a BA in Linguistics from the Linguistic University in Belarus. She has also completed the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Programme.