As Head of Client Solutions, Nikesh Patel is responsible overall for the key client-facing groups providing fiduciary management in the UK, in account management, implementation and investment strategy. Nikesh has been with Kempen since 2016, and was our Head of Investment Strategy in the UK, responsible for designing and developing the strategic and tactical asset allocation strategies for our UK clients, including research of innovative asset classes.
Prior to joining Kempen, Nikesh was a senior corporate-side investment consultant at PwC, where he advised FTSE100 and FTSE350 companies on investment and funding strategies to manage their defined benefit pension funds. Prior to this, Nikesh managed several of BlackRock’s largest and most sophisticated UK pension funds. Nikesh began his career within Mercer’s UK investment consulting business, where he advised a portfolio of defined benefit and defined contribution pension schemes, insurance companies and sovereign wealth funds on the full spectrum of investment issues.
Nikesh is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries as well as a Chartered Enterprise Risk Actuary. He was recognised as the Investment Manager of the Year 2021 by Professional Pensions and was recognised by Financial News as a Rising Star of Asset Management in Europe in 2019. He holds a degree from the London School of Economics and a qualification in private markets investing from Oxford University’s Said Business School. In addition, Nikesh is a trustee of the Church of England Pensions Board and a trustee and chair of the investment committee for Smart Pensions, a leading DC master trust.