Annabelle Juffs

I am an Analyst in MUFG’s Corporate Coverage team, focusing on the Relationship Management of our Nordic clients.

I joined MUFG on the Graduate Scheme in September 2017 and over the following two years I completed rotations gaining experience throughout the Corporate and Investment Bank. In early 2019, I joined the UK, Ireland and Nordic Corporate Coverage team, and now focus on the Relationship Management of our 30 Corporate Clients Headquartered in the Nordic region. In my role I am responsible for maintaining relationships both externally with our clients and internally with numerous product teams and stakeholders. We ensure that collectively we deliver the best outcome for MUFG’s clients. In addition to my day job I have been working towards the Association of Corporate Treasurers Certificate in Treasury qualification.

Prior to joining MUFG, in 2016 I graduated with a 2.1 from the University of Nottingham in BA Contemporary Chinese Studies. The course involved studying history, politics and business with a China-focus, as well as learning Mandarin. I spent the second year of my course studying at Nottingham’s campus in Ningbo, China at the world’s first Sino-foreign University. It was during my time in China that I joined ‘Enactus’, a student-led organisation which uses social entrepreneurship to empower those in need. Our team focused on social mobility, namely of migrant workers and HIV-carriers respectively, both of which are often segregated groups in Chinese society.

Following my graduation, I was offered a place at LSE to undertake a Master’s in China in Comparative Perspective. Here, I focused on developmental studies and completed my Dissertation researching gender inequality in India and China, considering the impact of this discrimination over many decades resulting in a male-dominated gender skew in both populations.

When I first joined MUFG, I became an active member in the ‘Balance’ Inclusion and Diversity Network which aims to promote gender equality in our organisation and industry. My motivation to become an ambassador for gender equality within the Bank came after I left University and realised that there was a stark difference in awareness and understanding of these issues between the banking industry and the outside world. Thankfully this is now improving and it has been particularly interesting from a personal perspective to see this positive change over a relatively short timeframe. Since joining MUFG three years ago, I have led a number of initiatives including planning commemoration events for International Women’s Day and International Men’s Day where we welcome external speakers and host an internal panel session for c.80 employees. I have also collaborated with the Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT) to host a gender-focused I&D event in September 2019 where we welcomed c.70 ACT members. In addition, I have worked with The Gender Networks to host their Careers Club event in October 2018 and Quarterly Breakfast event in October 2019 where we welcomed c.60 and 100 attendees respectively. For my contribution to Inclusion and Diversity, I was awarded with MUFG’s Excellence Award in the EMEA region in March 2019. I now lead the Employee Engagement Workstream comprised of 15 members and have been running a series of Managing Director Focus Groups across the business to discuss ways to improve active participation in the most efficient way. I also engage with HR in Intern and Graduate recruitment initiatives.

Beyond this, I have completed the accreditation to become a Mental Health First Aider (MHFA) in the workplace, which provides MHFA’s with the tools to assist colleagues in a mental health emergency. I also lead the Community Engagement workstream comprised of 10 members within MUFG’s Environment Committee working closely with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) team. We aim to educate within our organisation and within the local community and have held three environment-focused CSR days open to all employees. I actively attend CSR days, spending time practicing interview skills with female ex-offenders to help them re-enter the workforce and reviewing local school children’s CVs and personal statements. In addition, I am an active member of MUFG’s Sports and Social Committee and founded MUFG’s Netball team, which was the first regular team sports offered to females.