Dr. Mara Harvey is a financial services executive with over 20 years’ experience and has held positions spanning strategy, risk and capital management, sales management, client development, organizational design and human resources. In her most recent position, she ran the UBS Global Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) wealth management business across Germany, Austria, Italy, UK international and Northern Europe international. She led a team of over 100 wealth management professionals and received the Euromoney award for best Private Bank for UHNW clients in Germany and Italy. Her innovation team was also shortlisted for the Disruptor of the Year Award at the Women in Finance Awards, 2018.
She has spent the last four years bringing to life and leading a groundbreaking global initiative to advance gender equality in finance and better serve female clients. This marked the beginning of her commitment to female economic and financial empowerment, by pledging to increase the financial confidence of women and girls everywhere across the globe. Together with her award-winning team they quantified for the first the impact of a gender pay gap on wealth creation over a life time. Armed with this knowledge, Mara and her team have since developed new ways to increase female financial confidence and make gender quality investible. A highlight included channeling over 100 million Swiss Francs of investment and philanthropic capital to SDG 5 – the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal to achieve gender quality and empower women.
Mara is an active advocate for female economic empowerment and equality, as well as multilingualism and integration, and is a frequent speaker at international conferences and corporations around the world.
Mara speaks English, German, Italian and French fluently and she holds a doctorate with highest honours in Political Economy from Fribourg University, Switzerland.