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About The Thinking Ahead Institute

'The Thinking Ahead Institute is the grit in the oyster — hopefully the catalyst for something bigger and more beautiful' – Tim Hodgson

The Thinking Ahead Institute seeks collaboration and change in the investment industry for the benefit of savers.

It was established by Tim Hodgson and Roger Urwin, who have dedicated large parts of their careers to advocating and implementing positive investment industry change. Hodgson and Urwin co-founded the Thinking Ahead Group, an independent research team in Willis Towers Watson, which was established in 2002 to challenge the status quo in investment and identify solutions to tomorrow's problems.

What does the Thinking Ahead Institute stand for?

  • Belief in the value and power of thought leadership to create positive investment industry change
  • Finding and connecting people from all corners of the investment industry and harnessing their ideas
  • Using those ideas for the benefit of the end investor.

The membership is comprised of asset owners and asset managers and we are open to including membership of service providers from other parts of the industry. The Thinking Ahead Institute provides three main areas for collaboration and idea generation:

  1. A dynamic and collaborative research agenda and repository, where we encourage strong member participation
  2. Global roundtable meetings
  3. One-to-one meetings with senior members of the Institute.

Joining The Thinking Ahead Institute

The Thinking Ahead Institute seeks support from, and collaboration with, like-minded organisations to achieve the aim of better serving the end investor. In asking for financial support, the Institute and Willis Towers Watson understand the need to steward it responsibly. The Institute pledges that while Willis Towers Watson is a major sponsor, it will not make a profit from members' financial contributions, and commits to providing transparency to satisfy members that is the case. The membership is comprised of asset owners and asset managers and we are open to including membership of service providers from other parts of the industry.

The membership comprises of 40 asset owners and asset managers including: Aegon Investment Management, Affiliated Managers Group, AMP Capital Investors, Amundi Asset Management, Aptitude Investment Management, AXA Investment Managers UK, Baillie Gifford, BNP Paribas Investment Partners UK, BT Financial Group, Coronation Asset Management, DHL pension, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Fidelity International, FirstRand, First State Investment Services (UK), First State Super Scheme – NSW, Future Fund Management Agency, Investec Asset Management, Lansdowne Partners, MFS Investment Management, NEST, Neuberger Berman, OMAM, OPSEU Pensions Trust, the Public School Retirement System of Missouri, QIC, QSuper, Railpen, S&P Dow Jones Indices, Schroders, State Street Global Advisors, The People's Trust, UBS Global Asset Management, and Wellington Management Company.

The subscription year runs from January 1 to December 31 of each calendar year. For details about the subscription rate for Institute membership and any other details, please contact:

Paul Deane-Williams, Manager, Thinking Ahead Institute

For further information please download our brochure.

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