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Mirko Cardinale is Head of Investment Strategy at USSIM where he is responsible for the design of USS’ strategic asset allocation processes.
Prior to his role at USSIM, Mirko was Head of Asset Allocation-EMEA at Russell Investments where he was responsible for designing model portfolios and reviewing the asset allocation of EMEA funds. Before his appointment at Russell, Mirko was Head of Strategic Asset Allocation and Multi-Asset Fund Manager at Aviva Investors, where he was overseeing the asset allocation positioning of UK life and pension funds as well as managing the DC default fund for the Aviva Staff Pension Scheme. Prior to his role at Aviva Investors Mirko was also a senior investment consultant at Watson Wyatt (now Towers Watson), where he built an offshore research team in Uruguay, and a Research Manager at Financial Times Business.
Mirko holds a PhD in Finance from Imperial College, London with a thesis on the interrelationships between pension funding and capital markets, an MSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu i Fabra, Barcelona and a BSc in Economics from Università Bocconi, Milan.
Mirko’s mother tongue is Italian and he is also fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and French.