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Christian Edelmann

Christian is the Executive Sponsor of Oliver Wyman’s women’s network, WOW, a role he has held for over four years. He carries out female-focused recruiting events globally and leads a number of communication initiatives to profile female leaders. Since 2015, approximately 50% of entry-level consultant appointments have been women and Christian assisted in establishing firm-wide gender targets to ensure that this gender parity is better carried through to more senior roles. In 2018, he co-founded Men4Change with the aim of increasing the number of male allies at Oliver Wyman. Men4Change has significantly improved the quality of dialogue on gender topics within the firm and created a network of like-minded leaders beyond the firm. Most recently, Christian has been leading conversations around intersectional issues, particularly the experiences of Black women and what white men need to do better to be better allies to them, specifically.

Margarita Economides CFA

Margarita joined Oliver Wyman as a Management Consultant in 2016, having previously worked at BlackRock and Morgan Stanley. She lead high impact engagements, focusing primarily on clients in the Public Policy and Wealth and Asset Management domains. Margarita also serves as the Global Co-Chair and London Lead for the Women at Oliver Wyman (WOW) network. Since taking on the role of London Lead in March 2018, committee membership has grown by 50% and network membership by 25%. She has launched training initiatives to help women self-evaluate in order to overcome stereotypes and embed confidence; led internal and external events at Oliver Wyman to help coach others and build their professional networks; launched sessions with career coaches; and organised panel discussions. As Global Co-Chair, Margarita is launching ‘Men4Change’, a global initiative engaging men and other allies to encourage awareness, dialogue, and action to decrease gender disparities. Beyond these roles, Margarita is a role model with a high profile at Oliver Wyman, hosting D&I sessions, publishing research in the World Economic Forum on increasing the agility of company boards and presenting at conferences. She will be going back to her school in the Autumn to discuss her career path with students. While studying part-time for a Masters in Finance at LBS, Margarita served as treasurer of the Women in Business Club.

Lisa Quest

Lisa is a Global Executive Sponsor for Oliver Wyman’s Inclusive Leadership Initiatives, encouraging global programmes which increase gender diversity. This includes setting ambitious gender balance targets across senior teams at the firm. She also sponsors work with an advisory firm aimed at increasing the number of female partners in leadership positions. Lisa is Executive Sponsor for Women of Oliver Wyman (WOW), where she leads the team to promote gender diversity, supporting the firm’s UK gender pay gap response, reviewing parental policies, establishing a ‘Men4Change’ programme and leading a ‘sharing stories’ initiative. In addition, Lisa is UK&I Executive Committee Sponsor for D&I, where she ensures all D&I activities are brought to the leadership team. Beyond Oliver Wyman, Lisa sponsors various organisations and mentoring schemes. She is a board member of Best Beginnings, a charity focused on helping new parents give every child in the UK the best start in life; the Green Hat Foundation, a charity focused on helping individuals re-enter the workforce. She also regularly speaks at events and published articles on female inclusion.

Sayli Chitre

Sayli co-led Empowered UK – Oliver Wyman’s network for racial, ethnic & cultural diversity with a view to fostering inclusion and enhancing the culture of the firm. In her capacity as the co-lead, she has driven a variety of initiatives for the network across graduate recruiting, internal community building through various discussion events and upwards mentoring to senior management to communicate the challenges faced by women of colour. She is also a formal mentor to a number of junior women consultants within the firm.