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Nuveen, the investment manager of TIAA, offers a comprehensive range of outcome-focused investment solutions designed to secure the long-term financial goals of institutional and individual investors. Nuveen has $1.2 trillion in assets under management as of 31 Dec 2023 and operations in 27 countries. Its investment specialists offer deep expertise across a comprehensive range of traditional and alternative investments through a wide array of vehicles and customized strategies. For more information, please visit

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Jeffrey Hall, CAIA,

Jeff is Head of International Product at Nuveen. He leads a globally based team responsible for the design and development of investment product across a broad spectrum of traditional and alternative asset classes for Nuveen’s multi channel client base.

Jeff joined the firm in 2006 and held various senior roles overseeing a spectrum of product structures including closed end funds (private and public), collective investment trusts, UCITs and registered 1940 act vehicles.

Jeffrey graduated with a B.S. in Economics and Psychology from St. Lawrence University and a M.S. in Finance from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He holds the CAIA designation and is a founding board member of the Defined Contribution Alternatives Association.

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Sophie Ballard

Sophie Ballard is a Director, UK Institutional at Nuveen Asset Management and part of the Global Client Group. Sophie is responsible for relationships with UK investors and growing the UK institutional business across multiple distribution channels including LGPS, DB and DC pension schemes. She has over a decade of experience in institutional sales, relationship management and strategic account oversight, working with investors across the pension and financial institution client segments.

Prior to Nuveen, Sophie held a number of roles at SSGA, where most recently she was responsible for growing the UK DC and strategic partners group.

Prior to this, she held relationship management roles in both London and New York. She also sits on the Returners workstream of the Diversity Project and is involved in a number of initiatives championing women in the workplace. She studied History at the University of Nottingham and is IMC qualified.

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