Kweku Obed is a managing partner for Marquette Associates. An owner of the firm, Kweku has been with the company since 2014 and has 19 years of investment experience. He serves as the primary consultant on several client relationships. Kweku chairs the firm’s defined contribution services committee and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences.
Kweku joined the firm from Mercer Investment Consulting, where he served as a principal and senior investment consultant in their Chicago office. His responsibilities included working with defined benefit and defined contribution clients on asset allocation, performance measurement and analysis, investment manager search, and investment policy development. Prior to Mercer, Kweku worked at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (now part of BlackRock) as an assistant vice president in their tax-exempt fixed income research group.
Kweku holds a B.S. with honors in economics from Queen Mary College, University of London, and a M.S. in development economics from SOAS, University of London. He is a recipient of the Bernard Corry Prize in Economics. Kweku is a CFA charterholder and holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation. He is the author of The Stranded Fish: Decision-Making Through the Lens of a Fiduciary, published in December 2017, and has previously contributed to the official CAIA textbook, CAIA Level I: An Introduction to Core Topics in Alternative Investments, Second Edition. Additionally, he has contributed two chapters on asset allocation and defined contribution plans to the IFEPB’s Trustee Handbook.
He is a member of the board of trustees for Everyone Reading Illinois. Kweku is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and sits on the investment committee for the Plan Sponsor Council of America (PSCA).