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Maria Abbonizio

CAO, IM at Fidelity International

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Maria Abbonizio is the Chief Administrative Officer for Investment Management (IM) at Fidelity International. Based in Hong Kong, she manages a team of 150 people across 11 locations globally and is responsible for providing strategic and administrative leadership across the investment platform including the development and execution of strategic business initiatives, regulatory change and oversight of the governance framework within IM. She is an Accountable Executive on Fidelity's Sustainable Investing Portfolio Office and a member of the Asian Operating Committee, as well as the Investment Management and Operating Committees globally.

Prior to this Maria was the Global Head of Operations - Investment Management within the COO group, where she was responsible for the core investment operations functions supporting the equity, fixed income and real estate businesses. She worked closely with IM and Operations to deliver on strategic business priorities and was closely involved in regulatory and risk initiatives on behalf of the department.

From 2016 to 2018 Maria was Head of Investment Operations - Asia Pacific, reporting into Global Business Solutions and responsible for supporting the equity and fixed income teams on Asian and global initiatives including the MiFID II regulatory programme. Earlier in her career, Maria worked within the Asian Fixed Income team as Head of Investment Operations and prior to that Maria spent 7 years with the Asia Pacific ex-Japan Equity Investment Team, as Head of Investment Communications & Initiatives and as an Investment Director. In this role, Maria worked closely with the portfolio managers representing the product range externally, as well as with the CIO and the Head of Research on new product initiatives and managing Fidelity's line-up of Asian equity disciplines. She also oversaw strategic change projects, portfolio transitions and derivative initiatives for the Asia Pacific ex-Japan region.

Before joining Fidelity, Maria spent 5 years in Japan where she worked at Cazenove & Co, and KBC Securities as a Research Analyst covering small & mid cap Japanese equities.

Maria holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons.) from the University of Sydney in Australia and is a CFA Charterholder. She has also studied Japanese at Keio University in Tokyo, Japan and has passed Level 1 of the Japanese Proficiency Test.
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