Oli Shakir-Khalil is an Investment Director at Fidelity International covering Emerging Market Debt and Money Market strategies. Prior to joining Fidelity, Oli spent three years at Goldman Sachs Asset Management working as a Fixed Income Product Manager supporting the Emerging Market Debt business. Oli graduated from Trinity College, University of Cambridge with an MA (Hons.) degree in Classics and is a CFA charterholder.
Oli is passionate about LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace, as Goldman Sachs was the first institution in which he chose to be ‘out and about’ from day one. After spending his time at boarding school and University in the closet, Oli understands the profound impact that authenticity can have on productivity and wellness. Oli also strives to highlight the strong links between mental health issues and the LGBT+ community, having suffered from severe depression at University before coming out. He spoke openly about his experiences with depression as part of Fidelity’s ‘This is Me’ campaign and is a trained Mental Health First Aider.
Much of Oli’s work at Fidelity centres on creating an inclusive environment to encourage employees and clients to feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to the office.
Oli was the first person to blog openly about LGBT+ issues at Fidelity and was one of the first members of Fidelity’s Diversity & Inclusion Network, ‘Fidelity For Everyone’. Over the past three years, he has designed and conducted LGBT+ Ally Training sessions for over 200 members of staff across various Fidelity offices from Dublin to Sydney. Alongside other members of the UK and Ireland’s LGBT+ inclusion strand, Oli was involved in organising and attending Fidelity’s first appearances at Pride Marches in Dublin and London.
More recently, Oli worked with HR, Legal and several inspirational trans* people from other organisations in the industry to write Fidelity’s ‘Gender Identity, Expression & Transitioning at Work Policy’; a key milestone for the company in its journey towards greater trans* inclusion. In 2017, Oli was given an award for ‘Outstanding Commitment’ by Fidelity’s Global Operating Committee in recognition of his contribution towards LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace.