Dr Geraldine Buckingham
Dr Geraldine Buckingham is internationally respected for her insights into corporate strategy and finance. She is a Senior Managing Director at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, with US$6 trillion of assets under management. She is currently Black Rock’s Chair for the Asia Pacific region and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. She is responsible for all business activities in the region, which includes Greater China, Japan, Australasia, Southeast Asia, India and Korea.
She first joined BlackRock in 2014 where she was a partner in the asset manager’s financial services practice based out of New York. She was subsequently appointed as Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Corporate Strategy, responsible for the development and implementation of the firm’s long-term goals. Dr Buckingham has also served in the position of Head of America’s Corporate Strategy.
In 2017 Dr Buckingham was the youngest BlackRock executive reporting directly to Chief Executive Officer Larry Fink. Tasked with BlackRock’s long-term strategic thinking, Dr Buckingham led the firm to commit to, and further develop, the use of algorithms to make investment decisions over human stock pickers.
Prior to joining BlackRock in 2014, Dr Buckingham was a partner with McKinsey & Company’s financial services practice based in New York. She worked primarily with large global asset managers, with additional experience in wealth management and private equity, as well as functional expertise in strategy and organisation.
Dr Buckingham regularly shares her insights. She attended the Wall Street Journal’s Women in Finance dinner, where she participated in a panel discussion on how to support a work environment that promotes work-life balance. In 2019 she was a guest speaker at the BHP Business Summit in Sydney. She has also been interviewed by the ABC to discuss what has changed in the market, the future outlook and what corporate social responsibility looks like for global companies today.
In 2017 she was honoured at the National Organisation for Women (NOW) New York’s Women of Power and Influence Awards. She was also named in Fortune Magazine and Crain’s New York Business ‘40 Under 40’ lists for 2017.
Dr Buckingham completed her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) at Monash University. She completed her final year medical elective in Kenya, as well as an exchange program at King’s College in London. After graduating, Dr Buckingham was awarded a Rhodes scholarship in 2003 to study at Oxford University, where she earned a Master of Philosophy in Comparative Social Policy, before pursuing a career in the corporate world.