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Foundation appoints first New Blood Asset Finance Journalism intern

The Foundation has appointed City University postgraduate student Manisha Jha ( as the inaugural New Blood Asset Finance Journalism Intern.

Manisha has seven years’ experience in financial journalism in Mumbai, New Delhi and Chennai writing for The Hindu, Asian Age and the Hindu Businessline. She received the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Scholarship from the Economist, and was selected for a IMF/Thompson Reuters workshop on economic reporting. Manisha has reported on markets, M&A, investment banking, property, IT and banking, all using social media and web tools to research and break market-moving stories. 

Professor Peter Thomas, Foundation COO, says “The Leasing Foundation New Blood Asset Finance Journalism Internship is intended to start a wave of professional journalists working to keep the world informed, educated and aware of the financing landscape. The focus is on modern, online, data-driven, meticulously-researched, insight-based and impactful journalism in leasing and asset finance. Manisha, with her extensive background in finance, and her study at City University’s MA in Financial Journalism – the only course like this in the world – is a perfect fit for this role. We will do everything we can to support emerging young, technology-oriented, well-informed journalists like Manisha who will create stories about the industry that will be read by global audiences beyond the industry itself. Manisha will learn directly from the experts, write stories that inform and educate about the leasing and asset finance landscape and so help us accurately frame public and political debate.”

Roger Skinner, Maxxia’s CEO, who is funding the internship says “The Maxxia business approach is based on transparency, collaboration, trust and building real relationships. I want to ensure that these values, and the great contribution that the leasing and asset finance industry can and does make to supporting economic growth, is reported accurately, intelligently and with real purpose so that all businesses and communities gain a greater understanding of the role that the industry plays. The New Blood Internship is our way of doing that.”