Simona Paravani-Mellinghoff

Simona Paravani-Mellinghoff

Managing Director, Global CIO of Solutions for Multi-Asset Strategies & Solutions

Simona Paravani-Mellinghoff, Managing Director, is the Global CIO of Solutions for the Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions (MASS) team.


The MASS team is the investment group at the heart of BlackRock's portfolio construction, asset allocation, and active management ecosystem. MASS draws on the full toolkit of BlackRock's index, factor, and alpha-seeking investment capabilities to deliver precise investment outcomes and cutting-edge alpha insights. MASS constructs active asset allocation strategies and whole portfolio solutions across a wide spectrum of commingled funds, separate accounts, model portfolios, and outsourcing solutions in the wealth and institutional channels.


Prior to joining Blackrock in 2015, Ms. Paravani-Mellinghoff spent ten years at HSBC where she held a number of senior positions in Hong Kong, London and New York including Global Investment Strategist and CIO in the asset management division. During her tenure at HSBC, Ms. Paravani-Mellinghoff was responsible for a range of investment solutions covering both institutional and retail clients including being the lead PM on the World Selection global range. Prior to HSBC, she was the quantitative strategist at Julius Baer Asset Management in Zurich. She started her career in 1998 as a quantitative analyst at Orbis in London.


Ms. Paravani-Mellinghoff was named for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010 as a rising star of finance under 40 by Financial News, a sister company of the Wall Street Journal. She is Industrial Professor at the Institute of Finance and Technology at UCL where she teaches Financial Analytics and Machine Learning. She earned both a BA and MA in Economics from Cambridge University.


Ms. Paravani-Mellinghoff is a published author and sits on the board of financial education charity MyBnk.