Saira Malik

CIO, Head of Global Equities at Nuveen
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Saira Malik is Chief Investment Officer for Nuveen’s $400+ billion global equity business. As chair of the Equities Investment Council (EIC) and a member of the Global Investment Committee (GIC), Saira oversees the strategic direction of equity investing for all of Nuveen. She also has oversight responsibility for equity portfolio management, research, and trading across the firm’s actively managed, quantitative, index, and target-date strategies. In addition, Saira is the lead portfolio manager for the $120+ billion CREF Stock strategy and a listed portfolio manager for the $30+ billion CREF Growth and $20+ billion CREF Global Equities strategies. She also serves as the sole manager of a $5 billion global equity portfolio.

Since joining the firm in 2003, Saira has held a variety of positions. Prior to being named global equities CIO, she was head of global equities portfolio management, and before that, head of global equities research. Previously, Saira was with JP Morgan Asset Management, where her roles included vice president/small cap growth portfolio manager and equity research analyst.

Saira holds the CFA designation and graduated with a B.S. in economics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an M.S. in finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. A sought-after source of market expertise and insight, she authors a weekly equity market commentary on behalf of Nuveen’s EIC and frequently appears on financial news networks such as CNBC, Bloomberg and Fox Business. Saira was selected as part of Barron’s list of 100 most influential women in US Finance in 2020 and 2021. Additionally, Saira was recognized as the 2021 Global Equities Leader of the Year by Women in Asset Management (WIAM) and was awarded the 2021 Excellence in Asset Management award by Markets Media.

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