Actor and former Governor of California
Schwarzenegger, who worked under the pseudonym Arnold Strong in his first feature, Hercules in New York, quickly made a name for himself in Hollywood. In 1977, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association recognized him with a Golden Globe® for New Male Star of the Year for his role in Stay Hungry opposite Sally Field. His big break came in 1982 when the sword and sorcery epic, Conan the Barbarian, hit box office gold. In 1984, Schwarzenegger blew up the screen and catapulted himself into cinema history as the title character in James Cameron’s sci-fi thriller, Terminator. He is the only actor to be in both categories of the American Film Institute’s Hundred Years of Heroes and Villains for roles he played in the film. To date his films have grossed over $3 billion worldwide.
In 2003, Schwarzenegger became the 38th Governor of the State of California in a historic recall election, and as governor ushered in an era of innovative leadership and extraordinary public service. Schwarzenegger’s most notable accomplishments while governor include the nation-leading Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 – a bipartisan agreement to combat global warming by reducing California’s greenhouse gas emissions – and overhauling the state’s workers’ compensation system – cutting costs by more than 35 percent. In addition, Schwarzenegger was the first governor in decades to make major investments in improving California’s aging infrastructure through his Strategic Growth Plan, helping to reduce congestion and clean the air. He established the Hydrogen Highway and Million Solar Roofs Plan, continuing his leadership in creating a greener environment. In November 2009, more than three years of leadership by Governor Schwarzenegger culminated with the passage of the Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010.
As governor, he was California’s most effective marketing tool, traveling across the country and around the world promoting California-grown products, cutting-edge technologies and the state’s diverse travel destinations. In addition, using his background as an internationally recognized athlete, Schwarzenegger made restoring health and fitness a top priority. He signed legislation making the state’s school nutrition standards the most progressive in the nation and continues to promote healthy habits by taking harmful trans fats out of California restaurants and ensuring nutritional information is available to diners. To improve classrooms across the state and ensure that all California’s students have access to the world-class education they need to grow, thrive and succeed, Schwarzenegger led the reform to make California competitive for up to $700 million in federal Race to the Top funds.
In recognition of these efforts, Schwarzenegger has been rewarded for his great leadership and vision many times over in many arenas, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s “National Leadership Award” and the American Council On Renewable Energy’s “Renewable Energy Leader of the Decade.”
But it is Schwarzenegger’s commitment to giving something back to his state and to his country through public service that gives him the most satisfaction; donating his time, energy, and personal finances to serving others all over the world. Schwarzenegger acts as Chairman of the After School All-Stars, a nationwide after-school program, and serves as coach and international torch bearer for Special Olympics. He also served as Chairman of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under George H. W. Bush and as Chair of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under Governor Pete Wilson.
Since leaving office, Schwarzenegger co-founded the R20 Regions of Climate Action, a global non-profit dedicated to helping subnational governments develop, implement, and communicate the importance of low-carbon and climate resilient projects as well as their economic benefits. In December 2012, he was recognized as a 2012 Global Advocate by the United Nations Correspondents Association for his work with the organization.
In August 2012, the University of Southern California Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy launched to provide students an opportunity to focus on the responsibility of leaders to transcend partisanship in order to implement policies that most benefit the people they serve. Its five priority areas of focus are education, energy and environment, fiscal and economic policy, health and human wellness, and political reform.
In addition to The Last Stand, Schwarzenegger filmed The Tomb and Ten in 2012 and was seen summer 2012 reprising the role of Trench in The Expendables 2. In the fall of 2012, Schwarzenegger released his long-awaited autobiography, Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. The Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum, located in his hometown of Thal opened in 2011.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is known all over the globe for his many accomplishments: world champion bodybuilder, Hollywood action hero, successful businessman, environmentalist, philanthropist, best-selling author, and California’s 38th Governor.
This world-famous athlete and actor was born in Thal, Austria in 1947, and by the age of 20 was dominating the sport of competitive bodybuilding, becoming the youngest person ever to win the Mr. Universe title. By generating a new international audience for bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger turned himself into a sports icon. With his sights set on Hollywood, he emigrated to America in 1968, and went on to win five Mr. Universe titles and seven Mr. Olympia titles before retiring to dedicate himself to acting. Later, he would go on to earn a college degree from the University of Wisconsin and proudly became a U.S. citizen.
“The Cayman Islands are beautiful. But the main thing is to have the opportunity to talk to people who come from a wide range of the financial community. We’ve had an incredible selection of people covering private equity and traditional investment. It’s just an opportunity to listen and learn as much as it is to talk and to promote what your own views are.”
Dr. Philippa Malmgren
Founder, DRPM Group
Lord Michael Hastings
Global Head of Corporate Citizenship
Michael Hastings is KPMG International’s Global Head of Citizenship. He was previously the BBC’s Head of Public Affairs 1996 to 2003 then the first Head of Corporate Social Responsibility 2003 to 2006.
Michael is a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and previously served for 9 years on the Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business at British Telecom. He first represented KPMG International on the Global Corporate Citizenship Committee of the World Economic Forum 2008 to 2010 and was a Board Director of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 2010 to 2012. In 2009 he became a Member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Diversity and Talent, in 2010 served on the ‘Global Agenda Council on the Next Generation’ and in 2011 became a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Role of Business. In 2012 until July 2014 he led the WEF Agenda Council – The Future of Civil Society, as Vice Chairman.
In 2005, Michael was awarded the honour of an independent peerage to the House of Lords by Her Majesty The Queen. In the same year he also received the UNICEF award for his ‘outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa’s children’. Michael is President of ZANE – a development aid agency focussed on Zimbabwe.
In 2014, Michael was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury in recognition for his leadership at KPMG, and the BBC on the work he has led towards International Development and Corporate Responsibility. In January 2003, Michael was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in recognition of his services to crime reduction, including 15 years as Chairman of Crime Concern and 21years as a Trustee. He led the merger of Crime Concern with the Rainer Foundation to create Catch 22. He served on the Commission for Racial Equality for nine years as a Commissioner from 1993 to 2001. He is listed as one of the 100 most influential black people in Britain.
President and CEO
Andrea Jung is President and Chief Executive Ofiicer of Grameen America, the fastest-growing microfinance organization in the United States. Ms. Jung, the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, Inc. and longtime champion of women’s issues, joined Grameen America in April 2014. Founded by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Muhammad Yunus, Grameen America is dedicated to helping women who live in poverty build small businesses to create better lives for their families, making loans for use in income producing activities and helping members establish savings accounts and credit scores. In a record achievement over the last eight years, Grameen America provides more individuals and small businesses with microloans than any other organization in the United States.
Ms. Jung, the longest serving female chief executive in the Fortune 500, is respected as a trailblazer for women’s empowerment. She served as CEO of Avon from 1999 through April 2012, and as Chairman from 2001 through December 2012. As Avon’s first woman CEO and Chairman, Ms. Jung was also the first woman to serve as Chairman of the Cosmetic, Toiletry & Fragrance Association, and Chairman of the World Federation of Direct Selling Associations.
During her tenure, she was responsible for developing and expanding economic earnings opportunities to over six million women in over one hundred countries. Ms. Jung has been lauded globally for her dedication to empowering women through her pursuit of public-private partnerships to end violence against women and to stem the breast cancer epidemic. Under her leadership, the Avon Foundation for Women raised and awarded nearly $1 billion to support health and empowerment causes, becoming the largest women-focused corporate philanthropy around the world. Ms. Jung’s efforts were recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative, which in 2010 honored her with the Clinton Global Citizen Award for her visionary leadership in solving pressing global challenges.
Throughout her corporate tenure, Ms. Jung ranked consistently among the top leaders on lists including Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Business,” Forbes magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in the World” and Financial Times “Top Women in World Business.”
Andrea Jung currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the General Electric Company, Apple Inc., and Daimler AG. She also serves on the Committee for Economic Development, the independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan American think tank. She is a graduate of Princeton University.
Anchor & U.S. head of programming
Gillian Kemmerer is the anchor and U.S. head of programming for Asset TV, a financial news & research platform broadcast online and via the Bloomberg Terminal network. She has reported around the globe from the World Economic Forum in Davos to the Rio 2016 Olympics. Kemmerer started her career in journalism as a hedge fund reporter for Absolute Return Magazine. She holds a Master’s in International Management with distinction from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s in Economics from Columbia University.
Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Along with his brother Craig Kielburger, Marc co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools & WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, he is also the co-founder of ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of the charitable organization. His work has been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC.
Marc graduated from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a law degree from Oxford University. He has also received 10 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Marc is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 8 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s Young Global Leaders.
Stephen Murphy & Javier Pena
Retired DEA Agents
Stephen Murphy worked his up way from his start as a police officer in a small West Virginia town to the Deputy Assistant Administrator of the DEA. During his 37 years in law enforcement Steve was stationed all around the world, most notably as one of the two Americans present and involved in the hunt for the largest cocaine distributor in the world, Pablo Escobar. Murphy was present during the chase and eventual shooting resulting in the death of Escobar, and took all the photographs seen in the media following the event.
Instead of accepting that he would never again work a drug trafficking case the size and scope of Escobar’s, Murphy continued to aggressively pursue local and international drug dealers just as he had pursued Escobar. His work ethic, conviction, integrity and character assisted him in climbing the ranks within DEA before his retirement in July 2013.
Murphy continues to serve in law enforcement roles, and lectures around the country on drug trafficking trends, security-related challenges and what it was like to pursue a criminal the magnitude of Escobar. He has appeared on a variety of television specials on Escobar’s death. Along with Javier Peña, he serves as a subject matter expert and senior consultant for the hit Netflix series Narcos.
Javier Peña retired in 2014 as the Special Agent in Charge (SAC) of the DEA Houston Field Division after 30 years of service with DEA. In 1988, Peña volunteered for an assignment at the DEA office in Bogota, Colombia. Shortly thereafter he was joined by partner Steve Murphy and together they pursued the world’s first narco-terrorist, Pablo Escobar. SAC Peña spent six years hunting Pablo, resulting in the final chase and shooting of Escobar in 1993.
During his DEA career, Peña was stationed all over the world, including in San Francisco, the Caribbean and elsewhere. Using his leadership and expertise in dismantling highly sophisticated criminal networks and organizations, Peña led and contributed to a large number of successful investigations in the war on drugs and narco-terrorism.
Peña is a subject matter expert on the Medellin Cartel and has delivered more than 100 presentations on the subject and related areas, including sharing rare photos of original events that were captured during the rise and fall of the Cartel. Along with Steve Murphy, he serves as a subject matter expert and senior consultant for the hit Netflix series Narcos.
Bettina Warburg is Co-Founder of Animal Ventures, a venture studio and consultancy focused on
building startups, educating executives, and designing comprehensive strategies to help large
companies, governments, and SMEs take advantage some of the most advanced technology
companies coming to market. Animal Ventures focuses on tech companies operating in verticals
such as Blockchain, Digital Platforms, Artificial and Augmented Intelligence, and Internet of Things.
Bettina is a thought-leader in the emerging blockchain space and leads the blockchain practice at
Animal Ventures, including research, development, and commercialization across the ecosystem
of blockchain innovation.
Bettina is passionate about the convergence of technology and politics and the impact it will have
on our future. She is the Executive Producer of a new tech show called Tech on Politics,
interviewing some of the greatest minds in technology, media, venture capital, and government
about the convergence of technology and politics. Prior to Animal Ventures, Bettina received her
MSc from Oxford University and BS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and
developed a keen interest in global governance and cultural diplomacy. As a Public Foresight
Strategist at the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank, Bettina brought a futures lens to
a variety of strategic initiatives with top corporations, foundations, education institutions, and city
In 2016, Bettina was invited by TED Global to be one the first speakers ever to unpack the topic of
blockchain to a global audience. She has given talks and curated conferences such as Skoll World
Forum, Salzburg Global Seminar, City Innovate Summit, Personal Democracy Forum, and numerous
universities around the world. Bettina’s work has been cited in publications such as The Atlantic,
Center for Public Impact, ICMA.org, and the San Francisco Chronicle.
Virgin Galactic and The Spaceship Company
George is responsible for guiding all aspects of building the world’s first commercial spaceline including our spaceflight program as well as our small satellite launch capability. This includes oversight of our sister company, The Spaceship Company (TSC), to manufacture a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo and SpaceShipTwo space vehicles.
Prior to Virgin Galactic, George served as Chief of Staff for NASA, where he provided policy and staff support to the agency’s Administrator. Upon departure from NASA, he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the highest award the agency confers.
Prior to his role at NASA, George served as Executive Director of the National Space Society (NSS), a space policy and advocacy group that was founded by Apollo program leader Wernher von Braun and the journalist Hugh Downs.
Currently, George serves as co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Space Technologies. He is a member of Caltech’s Space Innovation Council, Princeton’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department Advisory Council, and the advisory board of the Rotary National Award for Space Achievement. He is a fellow of the UK Royal Aeronautical Society and an associate fellow of AIAA. He previously chaired the Reusable Launch Vehicle Working Group for the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, and has served on the Board of Trustees of Princeton University, the board of Virgin Unite USA, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Space Security.
George has testified on American space policy before the United States Senate, the United States House of Representatives, and the President’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy. Space News selected him as one of 12 “People to Watch” in the space industry.
An honors graduate of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, George earned his undergraduate degree in public and international affairs. He later earned a master’s degree in geographic information systems and remote sensing from the University of Cambridge in England, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Tunisia. George is a licensed private pilot and certified parabolic flight coach.
Captains Mark & Scott Kelly
Highly Decorated NASA Astronauts & Retired U.S. Navy Captains
Highly decorated American astronaut, Captain Mark Kelly continues to secure his place in history, partnering with his identical twin brother, Scott from the ground in a historic yearlong expedition and unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. As the Space and Aviation Contributor for NBC News and MSNBC, he has provided the world with insider perspective and intimate coverage of the groundbreaking yearlong experiment.
Already an experienced aviator and retired US Navy Captain, Kelly began his career as an astronaut in 1996. During his illustrious career with NASA, he spent more than 50 days in space and commanded both the Space Shuttle Endeavour, including its final flight in May 2011, and Space Shuttle Discovery, and is one of only two individuals who have visited the International Space Station on four different occasions.
Kelly is also a #1 New York Times best-selling author and a founder of World View Enterprises, a company pioneering a new frontier at the edge of space.
In January 2011, Kelly became the center of international attention after the assassination attempt on his wife, former US Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Their story captivated the nation and resulted in the couple becoming an unequivocal symbol of strength and perseverance.
An American hero who exemplifies effective leadership and courage under pressure, Kelly offers audiences insights drawn from his various and extensive experiences, from leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight and making history, to the importance of commitment to career and family, in order to truly define and achieve success.
David McWilliams is a world-renowned economist based in Dublin. He was the first economist to identify the Irish boom as nothing more than a credit bubble, warning of its collapse and the consequences for the country. His objective is to make economics as widely available and easily understandable on as many platforms as possible. He was voted the most influential economist in the UK and Ireland in 2015.
He regularly talks at big financial conferences about trends in the global economy and how we might profit from them, as well as with businesses or industrial groups on how the trends in growth, currencies and financial markets will uniquely affect them.
Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author, It’s Your Ship
Mike Abrashoff is at the center of one of the most remarkable modern day stories of organizational transformation. At the age of 36, the Navy selected Mike to become Commander of USS Benfold. At the time he was the most junior commanding officer in the Pacific Fleet – on a ship that was plagued by low morale, high turnover and abysmal performance evaluations. Few thought that the ship could improve – yet 12 months later the ship was ranked #1 in performance – using the same crew. People were amazed and the lesson was clear – leadership matters and culture is everything.
In many ways, the USS Benfold was an extreme example of the same problems facing many organizations today. That’s why dozens of publications including The Wall Street Journal and Fast Company have cited Mike’s story as an inspiring lesson for business. Leaders especially identify with Mike’s being accountable for the results in an environment where he couldn’t make the rules.
Mike is clear, “I didn’t turn the ship around – my crew did that. What I did was to reinvent my leadership style and create an environment where they felt safe, empowered and supported. When they came to me with a problem, I’d say ‘It’s your ship – how would you fix it?’.” Mike focused on the one thing he could influence: his crew’s attitude, because culture is the ultimate competitive weapon for any organization.
Mike’s solution was to establish a set of management principles that he calls The Leadership Roadmap. At the core of his leadership approach on Benfold was a process of replacing command and control with commitment and cohesion, and engaging the hearts, minds, and loyalties of workers with conviction and humility. “The most important thing that a captain can do is to see the ship through the eyes of the crew. The idea is to empower every individual to share the responsibility of achieving excellence.”
By every measure, these principles achieved breakthrough results. Turnover decreased to an unprecedented 1%. The rate of promotions tripled, and the crew slashed operating expenses by 25%. Regarded as the finest ship in the Pacific Fleet, Benfold won the prestigious Spokane Trophy for having the highest degree of combat readiness. This remarkable change was accomplished by the same crew.
Mike is author of three books. His first, It’s Your Ship, has sold over one million copies. Its message is timeless: don’t use outside forces that stand in your way as excuses – control the things you can influence and amazing results will happen. His next books, It’s Our Ship and Get Your Ship Together, showed how these principles have been put into action by business leaders in their own organizations.
A popular keynote speaker for audiences looking to ramp up organizational performance, Mike has spoken to every industry and kind of audience – from board retreats to front line personnel; from sales groups to universities; from Fortune 500s to startups. He inspires audiences to rethink their beliefs about leadership and organizational culture and tailors the message to focus on engagement, execution, change, safety, diversity, leadership, teamwork, innovation, accountability and more.
Prior to commanding USS Benfold, Mike served as the Military Assistant to Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. He also helped draft the air defense plan for naval forces in the Persian Gulf in 1990, coinciding with Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait; and served as the Executive Officer of the Cruiser Shiloh, where he deployed to the Persian Gulf in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq.
Mike Abrashoff is the founder of Aegis Performance Group, a consulting firm which works with and supports leaders as they address leadership, talent and performance challenges within their organizations. Mike and his team prompt leaders at all levels to re-imagine their leadership thinking and create new ways to elevate individual, team and organizational performance.
“You have opportunities to hear people like Richard Branson talk about corporate responsibility at the same time that you can hear a whole panel of macro thinker’s talk about what they think is going on in the world.”
Mark Yusko, CEO and CIO, Morgan Creek
Chief Investment Officer
Quantum Capital Management
Mr. Aschwald is the Chief Investment Officer and leads the Large Cap team at Quantum Capital. Prior to co-founding Quantum Capital in 1996, Mr. Aschwald started his investment career in 1983 with Morgan Stanley. He then joined the investment management firm of Stein Roe as a technology analyst and portfolio manager. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis and recently retired as a Captain in the Naval Reserve. Mr. Aschwald has two MBA’s from Golden Gate University. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of San Francisco.
Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Ron Barin is Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, Pension Investments for Alcoa Corporation. He held a similar position at Alcoa Inc. prior to the company separation. He is responsible for the investments of assets totaling $7 billion in Alcoa Corporation’s retirement benefit plans and the Alcoa Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the company.
From 2012 until the separation of Alcoa Inc. into two independent, publicly-traded companies, he was a Vice President, Chief Investment Officer, Pension Plan Investments. From 2008 until 2012 he was an Assistant Treasurer, Chief Investment Officer.
Prior to joining Alcoa Inc., Ron served as Senior Director, Pension Investments for Pfizer Inc. where he was responsible for assets totaling $22 billion in Pfizer’s benefits plans and Foundation. Before this assignment, Ron was Director, Financial Risk Management for Pfizer. Earlier in his career, he worked for Emcor Risk Management Consulting, Estee Lauder, and Unilever in various treasury-related roles.
Ron earned his B.S. in Finance and MBA from New York University. He is the co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of Smile in a Bag Inc, a nonprofit organization that collects and donates toy-filled activity bags each month to two Long Island, New York hospitals to help brighten a hospitalized child’s day. The organization has delivered more than 21,000 bags (and counting) since Smile in a Bag was founded in 2002.
Ron and his wife, have two sons. In his free time, Ron enjoys playing tennis and basketball.
Nathanaël Benzaken was appointed CEO of Lyxor Inc. in August 2014. Mr. Benzaken joined Lyxor S.A.S. in March 2001 as the Head of the Long/Short Equity Desk. He was promoted to Managing Director and Head of Hedge Fund Research and Selection in January 2005, where he was in charge of construction and management of the Managed Account Platform, including due diligence, selection, and risk management of hedge funds. Mr. Benzaken was appointed Head of the Managed Account Platform in June 2009. In July 2013, he was promoted to Deputy Head of Alternative Investments, and Head of Business Development for Managed Accounts. Prior to joining Lyxor S.A.S., Mr. Benzaken was a Manager of the Financial Risk Consulting Division at Andersen (Luxembourg) for two and half years and Treasurer at Crédit Agricole for three years.
Mr. Benzaken graduated from Marseille Business School (France) and holds a master’s degree in Finance from Toulouse University (France).
Harmonic Fund Services Ireland
Gerry Brady is an independent, non-executive director and consultant in the regulated, international financial services industry. Mr. Brady has over 25 years experience of the funds industry, both as a director and full-time executive, and has held senior executive management positions in Bank of Bermuda, Capita Financial Group and Northern Trust. Mr. Brady has worked both abroad and in Ireland and is a past Council member of Irish Funds (IF) and former Executive Board member of Financial Services Ireland/Irish Business and Employers Confederation (FSI/IBEC). Mr. Brady has a First Class Honours degree in Economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland (FCA) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Mr. Brady currently serves as a director of Harmonic Fund Services – Dublin, which is one of the largest independent fund administrators, delivering a range of services and technology solutions to hedge funds, fund of funds, private equity funds, private banks and family offices. Harmonic is a service orientated, technology intensive fund administrator providing comprehensive fund services that include operations outsourcing, custom development and technology for global investment managers.
Gary M. Brown
Chief Executive Officer
CMG Life Services Inc.
GARY M. BROWN is the Chief Executive Officer of CMG Life Services Inc. in Naples, Florida, which he joined after a 31-year legal career that centered on advising public companies and their officers and directors on corporate governance, securities, and other compliance issues. While in private law practice, he was recognized in both Best Lawyers in America and Chambers – America’s Leading Business Lawyers. In addition, from 1994 until joining CMG in 2011, Gary taught corporate and securities law at the Vanderbilt University Law School. Prior to joining CMG, he also served as general counsel to the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (now known as the Ethics and Compliance Initiative), the world’s largest group of ethics and compliance professionals.
Gary is a frequent instructor at securities programs for the Practising Law Institute, co-chairing two of PLI’s national securities programs, Understanding the Securities Laws and Securities Filings and instructing at the SEC Reporting and Practice Skills Workshop for Lawyers, a program started in 2015 by The SEC Institute, a division of PLI. He also is the author of PLI’s Securities Law and Practice Deskbook and the chapter “Introduction to Life Settlements” in PLI’s treatise Financial Product Fundamentals.
During 2002, Gary served as Special Counsel (Minority) to the United States Senate’s Governmental Affairs Committee in its investigation of the collapse of Enron Corp. In that role, he also worked with the Committee’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (“PSI”) and provided advice on aspects of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act while the legislation was being debated in the Senate. As part of the investigation, he provided testimony before the Subcommittee on the activities of major U.S. investment banks that assisted Enron in the manipulation of its financial statements. During August 2006, in a Senate investigation of abusive tax shelters, he provided testimony before PSI on how various structures employed in offshore and other tax devices are employed to circumvent compliance with U.S. federal securities laws. During 2010, he was retained by PSI to assist in its investigation of Goldman Sachs during PSI’s overall investigation, “Wall Street and the Financial Crisis,” and related televised hearings. While in that role, he also provided advice on aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act while the legislation was being debated in the Senate
Gary received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Vanderbilt University, where he graduated Order of the Coif in 1980.
UCLA Investment Company
Joe Bryant recently joined the investment committee of the UCLA Investment Company. The UCLA Investment Company is advisor to UCLA’s >$2 billion endowment. The endowment is a globally diversified portfolio of listed and private securities. Joe is responsible for sourcing, diligencing and investing in global venture opportunities, including allocations to managers and certain direct investments. She also looks at opportunities in private and public equities across emerging markets such as India and China.
Ms. Bryant has 10+ years of experience in the international asset management industry, across private equity, venture capital and public equities. Prior to UCLA, Ms. Bryant was Managing Director, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at an Asia-focused asset management firm and spent a decade in private practice with global firms in New York, Asia, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles advising on cross-border corporate transactions and structuring investment platforms for institutional investors, university endowments, multinationals, sovereign wealth funds and family offices, including 5+ years as counsel to Apollo Global Management (NYSE: APO).
Ms. Bryant serves as Chairman of Global Reach Out Initiative, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit focused on imparting vocational, leadership and entrepreneurship skills to the Deaf. Ms. Bryant was a UC Regent and Chancellor’s Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, obtained a Masters degree in business from NLSIU, and earned her doctorate degree from Columbia University.
Senior Managing Director, Head of Corporate Strategy
Geraldine Buckingham, Senior Managing Director, is Global Head of Corporate Strategy at BlackRock and a member of the firm’s Global Executive Committee. She is responsible for helping BlackRock develop and implement long-term goals and respond to the competitive financial services landscape. She previously served as Head of Americas Corporate Strategy.
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 organization.
Dr. Buckingham received the Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford University, where she earned a Master of Philosophy degree in Comparative Social Policy. She earned her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degrees from Monash University.
Partner, Head of the Cayman Islands Office
Conyers Dill & Pearman
Kevin Butler is the Head of the Cayman Office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. His practice focuses on structuring, formation and management of private equity funds and he represents a broad range of investment managers from the well-established to start-up managers. He also has extensive experience with project financing, aviation finance, mergers and acquisitions, private placements and public offerings. Kevin is well versed in insurance, reinsurance and alternative risk transfer including captives and insurance linked securities.
Kevin has been consistently ranked in Chambers Global since 2013. Clients highlight him as “someone who understands the client’s needs and delivers practical advice.” Kevin is also ranked in IFRL1000, Who’s Who Legal and Legal 500 Caribbean.
Leader, KPMG Impact Ventures & National Executive Director of Community Leadership
Tania created and leads two groundbreaking national strategic initiatives at KPMG in Canada – the Community Leader Strategy, and Impact Ventures.
Impact Ventures assists clients to integrate the creation of positive social and environmental impact into their growth and profit-making strategies, and to measure their impact. The Community Leader Strategy is one of the core pillars of KPMG’s business, focusing the firm’s resources and expertise to drive social change and sustainability. Prior to taking on her current positions, Tania spent ten years in various client service roles in both the Advisory and Financial Services Practices of the firm.
Tania is an author, speaker, and advisor on corporate social responsibility, social innovation, and impact investing, including a recent article in the Globe and Mail “Your business can facilitate social change by doing what it does best”. She is a member of Canada’s National Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investing Taskforce, and was the lead author of an issue paper submitted to the Taskforce “Catalyzing Impact Investing: The Opportunity for Governments“.
Chief Investment Officer
Clark Cheng, CFA, FRM, joined Merrimac at the end of 2014 and is the Chief Investment Officer. Merrimac is a large single family office with investments in hedge funds, private equity, real estate and mutual funds. Prior to Merrimac, he was responsible for managing the hedge fund due diligence process in the Americas for HSBC’s Alternative Investment Group which had $39B in hedge fund investments across both discretionary and advisory mandates. Before joining HSBC, Clark performed hedge fund research at Guggenheim Partners and Morgan Stanley between 2002 and 2005. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, he worked at Credit Suisse First Boston’s equity research department in 2001. Prior to that, he spent six years building and establishing West Coast Economics. Clark holds the Chartered Financial Analyst, Financial Risk Manager and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Duke University and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business/Economics and Psychology from UCLA. He has also completed his coursework towards his Masters Degree in Psychology from California State University, Los Angeles.
Gerald Alain P. Chen-Young
Former Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Gerald Alain P. Chen-Young is the Chief Investment Officer for the United Negro College Fund, Inc. (UNCF). Mr. Chen-Young joined UNCF in September 2002 and manages UNCF’s three (3) investment portfolios totaling approximately $1 billion. The largest is a dedicated, fixed-income portfolio representing a special scholarship program created in conjunction with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and is managed using an active management strategy of immunizing cash flows, similar to that of a pension plan; the second is a traditional endowment portfolio that is fully diversified across multiple asset classes; and the third is a short-term, treasury-type of portfolio that typically has staggered maturities across a variety of short-term instruments. Prior to UNCF, Mr. Chen-Young spent six-and-a-half years with UBS/PaineWebber, first in institutional sales and then in retail brokering. Before UBS/PaineWebber, he worked in the commercial banking division of Riggs National Bank in Washington D.C., and then briefly as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Economics at York University in Canada. Mr. Chen-Young holds post-graduate degrees in Economics from the London School of Economics (Dip. Econ.) and York University (M.A. (Monetary Economics)), and in Law from the University of Miami (J.D.) and the Washington College of Law (LL.M (Law & Government)). He completed his undergraduate studies in Economics at American University in Washington, D.C. with honors.
Mr. Chen-Young served and/or serves on several advisory boards including Institutional Investor Intelligence Network™, Argyle™, etc. and is frequent chair/panelist on behalf of multiple institutional investor-calibre events both here in the U.S. and worldwide – e.g., Global ARC (Boston, MA.), Opal Endowment & Foundations (Vienna, Austria & Sao Paulo, Brazil), World Gold Council (New York, NY), Institutional Investor, Commonfund
Global Head of Private Equity Fund Services
Partner, Head of Alternative Investments
KPMG in the Cayman Islands
Anthony is a Partner with KPMG’s Alternative Investments Practice where his portfolio of clients includes fund of funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, hedge funds and commodity pools. His experience in the area of capital markets involves a wide variety of financial derivative products and complex investment vehicles. He is the Global Lead Engagement Partner on the audit of several multi-billion dollar investment management firms which focuses on non-traditional fixed income based strategies (such as high-yield bonds, leveraged loans, ABS, CDS and structured credit investments) and also several independent global private equity funds, funds of funds and hedge funds.
Anthony is a member of KPMG’s Global Alternative Investments Leadership Team and KPMG’s European Council for Investment Management. In his role as Head Alternative Investments and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for KPMG in the Cayman Islands, his responsibilities include strategic planning, thought leadership and business development. Anthony was on the Editorial Board for KPMG’s Global Thought Leadership ‘Renewing the Promise’ in 2009 and in 2010 was the principal author of KPMG’s Global Thought Leadership report entitled “Transformation: The Future of Alternative Investments”.
Anthony co-authored KPMG’s two part global thought leadership report in conjunction with AIMA. The first of these was the report “The value of the hedge fund industry to investors, markets, and the broader economy” which was then followed by a global hedge fund survey entitled “The evolution of an industry”.
Anthony is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc (Hons) in Management Sciences from Warwick University, England. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW), the Alternative Investment Management Association Limited (AIMA) for which he served on their Research Committee and the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Anthony is actively involved in the community, both locally and internationally, and is a Rotarian.
Head of Securitized Product
Ms. Crowley serves as Head of Securitized Credit at ZAIS and is responsible for mortgage investments, including Non-Agency RMBS, CMBS, Commercial Real Estate debt and equity and CLO investments across our separately managed accounts and co-mingled funds. She is also a member of ZAIS’s Management Advisory Committee. Since joining ZAIS, Ms. Crowley has been actively involved in the MBS, CLO and CDO security markets since 1999. Previously, Ms. Crowley managed a HY credit fund for ZAIS. Before joining ZAIS in August of 1997, Ms. Crowley worked at JPMorgan in the High Yield Trading Group. Before JPMorgan, she worked for Hon. Daniel P. Moynihan as an economic research analyst. Ms. Crowley received a B.A. from Boston College and an M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Managing Partner & CIO
Max’s leadership style – carefully cultivating intellectual friction alongside truly constructive engagement – has made it possible for a group of talented, spirited individuals to come together and thrive as a team.
Max Darnell has served as First Quadrant’s Managing Partner since 2012, and
Chief Investment Officer since 2002. Max is responsible for setting the strategic
direction of the firm and for overseeing the firm’s investment products with
emphasis on strategic research and development initiatives. Max began his
career at First Quadrant in 1991, managing derivatives research throughout the
decade. In 2000 he was named Director of Research. Max earned a Master’s
degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1991.
Executive Director, Alternative Investments
JP Morgan Private Bank
Chris Denune is an Executive Director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank and manager of the Alternatives Funds Management organization, responsible for tax, accounting, financial reporting, treasury, governance, regulatory and product development for over 225 private equity, hedge funds and multi-asset class funds totaling over $35Bn in AUM. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 2010, Chris served 3 years as Senior Controller at a distressed debt/private equity firm located in New York City where he ran the fund accounting and loan monitoring teams and worked in the field developing leveraged portfolio procurement deals. Prior to that, he spent 3 years in the assurance practice at Arthur Andersen and 5 years as a Controller in the private sector. Chris has a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is a CPA certified in the State of NY, and is a licensed Series 99 professional.
President & CIO
EA Global LLC (Family Office)
Adi Divgi has been President and Chief Investment Officer of EA Global, his single family office, since its 2005 inception. He is also Head of Alternative Investments at Catalina, a $3bn AUM reinsurer. Prior to his current institutional investor role, Mr. Divgi oversaw the Opportunistic Fixed Income investment program at the New York City Bureau of Asset Management from March 2011 to April 2014. With approval from the 4 participating NYC Retirement Systems’ Boards of Trustees, Mr. Divgi executed over $3.5 billion in capital commitments in Opportunistic Fixed Income. He also oversaw the initial development of the manager search process for the approximate $1.5 billion allocation to Emerging Market Debt for the Teachers’ Retirement System. Mr. Divgi began his credit career at Deutsche Bank, working in New York and Mexico City, and is a graduate of the Huntsman Program, with a BA in International Studies (Spanish minor) from the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Economics and MBA in Finance from Wharton.
Vice President / Director
Dart Enterprises Ltd / Kenneth B. Dart Foundation
Chris Duggan is Vice President at Dart Enterprises and Director of the Kenneth B. Dart Foundation. He is responsible for the daily operations of the Kenneth B. Dart Foundation in addition to the development, implementation and management of the Foundation’s overall business strategy. Chris was previously Vice President of Investment Operations at Dart Enterprises and has been employed in the Cayman Islands Financial Services Industry for the last 15 years, primarily in Wealth Management leading the Private Banking division of one of the Cayman Islands leading banks where he worked for over 10 years prior to joining Dart Enterprises. In the community Chris’s philanthropic work is well known and he currently serves in leadership roles on numerous boards and committees. He is Chairman of the Board of Cayman HospiceCare, Commandant of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service Special Constabulary, Deputy Chairman of Cayman Islands CrimeStoppers, and Director of the Young Caymanian Leaders Foundation. He is a Past President of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce and has previously served as Chairman of the Grand Cayman Labour Tribunal Board and Chairman of a local Private School’s Board of Governors.
Deputy Head of Investments and Securities Division
Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA)
Garth is a Deputy Head of the Investments and Securities Division of the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) where he manages the day-to-day operations of the Division, both on an on-site and off-site basis, by providing guidance, assistance to and supervision of the Chief Analysts and Senior Analysts, and through these posts, the Analysts to achieve the legislative requirements and the goals and objectives of the Division and CIMA. In this post Garth is responsible for regulating and overseeing the activities of funds, fund administrators and securities investment business practitioners operating in and from the Cayman Islands.
Garth joined CIMA in October 2013 as Chief Analyst in the Division after serving in various capacities with accounting firm KPMG, where he was an Audit Manager in the firm’s alternative investments practice. There he audited investment funds with a wide variety of investment holdings, strategies and structures, as well as fund administrators, investment managers, trust companies and banks. He also gained international experience with KPMG Canada, in the financial institutions and real estate audit department of the firm’s Toronto office.
Garth earned a Bachelor of Accounting degree and a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (double major in Management and International Business) from Florida International University. He was accorded the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation and is a member of the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants (CISPA) and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Karl Paulson Egbert
Karl Paulson Egbert advises asset managers and their private funds on regulatory, corporate and business matters. He has significant experience in advising U.S. and Asian hedge fund managers with respect to fund formation and negotiation with strategic investors. He also assists international financial institutions and fund managers on a wide variety of regulatory issues, including SEC adviser registration and exemptions, U.S. and Asian derivatives regulation and strategic advice in anticipation of regulatory initiatives, such as Stock Connect and OTC derivatives reforms.
Mr. Paulson Egbert has been recognized as a leading investment funds lawyer by Chambers Global, which stated that “sources value him as a one-stop shop for assistance or direction and further praise his willingness to think outside conventional parameters.”
Five Continents Financial Limited
Scott is a founder of Five Continents Financial Limited, a
Cayman Islands based asset management firm. Scott
provides investment advice to clients with portfolio assets in
excess of $2.0B through a variety of engagements ranging
from family office investment committee appointments to
fully discretionary asset management mandates. Prior to
founding Five Continents Financial in 1993, Scott worked for
seven years at Royal Trust, a Canadian trust company, holding
positions in Toronto and Barbados. He was a Manager of
Corporate Lending, and later a Partner of its head office
treasury group, responsible for global interest rate risk
management. He served on the Board of Directors of Royal
Trust Bank (Caribbean) Limited. Scott qualified as a
Chartered Accountant with Deloitte.
Scott has over 25 years’ experience as a director of listed,
regulated and charitable entities, including Banks & Trust
Companies, Hedge & Mutual Funds and Insurance Companies.
Scott is a Past President of the Cayman Islands Amateur
Scott received his undergraduate degree in Science from the
University of Toronto, Canada (1978) and his MBA from York
University in Toronto (1981). He is a Member of the Cayman
Islands Society of Professional Accountants, CPA Ontario and
the CFA Institute.
Senior Portfolio Manager
Based in New York, Cedric Fan is the lead portfolio manager for Russell Investments’ hedge fund team. In this role, Cedric directly manages or oversees all multi-strategy and single-strategy hedge fund portfolios. Cedric also oversees the global hedge fund research team, which establishes and maintains ranks on all hedge fund products that are used in portfolios.
Prior to joining Russell Investments in 2004, Cedric worked at Bear Stearns from 1998 until 2004. During his last two years there, he served as the firm’s first dedicated fixed income prime brokerage risk manager. He approved all new fixed income prime brokerage clients from a risk standpoint, and he also monitored clients’ risk profiles on an ongoing basis. Cedric began his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Cedric holds an MA in Economics from New York University and a BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Additionally, he is a CFA charterholder.
Westport Capital Partners LLC
Prior to joining Westport in 2006, Mr. Fife worked in the institutional high yield and distressed debt department at Jefferies & Co. At Jefferies, Mr. Fife worked with some of the largest hedge funds, providing trading and investment ideas. From 1994 to 2000, he worked at Lazard, Freres & Co. in their distressed debt sales and trading group, finishing as a Director and Sales Manager. In 2002, Mr. Fife was part of the team that successfully launched the Lazard Debt Recovery Fund, a vehicle that focused on investments in distressed corporate debt. From 1985 to 1994, he worked as an institutional bond salesman for Prudential Securities and DLJ, focusing on distressed and corporate debt, respectively. At Westport, Mr. Fife continues to use his contacts around Wall Street and the investment community to generate investment ideas. Mr. Fife holds an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Finance at New York University and a B.A. from Brown University.
Matheys Lane Capital Management
Anne-Marie Fink is the Chief Investment Officer for Matheys Lane Capital Management, a high-touch multi-family office based in Providence, Rhode Island and overseeing $850 million of direct and fund investments across asset classes. Previously she served as CIO for the State of Rhode Island, directing investments for the $8 billion defined benefit plan of the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island (ERSRI), as well as ERSRI’s defined contribution program and the state’s $6 billion college savings plan.
Prior to joining the state, she was a Managing Director at J.P. Morgan Private Bank where she managed a portfolio of hedge funds for five years. She started her investment career as an equity analyst for J.P. Morgan Asset Management division for 11 years; she covered a variety of industries from railroads and furniture manufacturers to cable networks and internet media.
Additionally, she is the author of The MoneyMakers: How Extraordinary Managers Win in a World Turned Upside Down (Crown, 2009), a book that shares what works in running companies as observed by company owners (a.k.a. shareholders). She earned her B.A. from Yale University and her M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
Laura Finkler is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at Berens Capital. Prior to joining Berens, she was the Chief Financial Officer at Griphon Asset Management with responsibility for the operations of Griphon’s hedge funds and fund of funds. Before Griphon, Ms. Finkler worked for Morgan Stanley Bank in Luxembourg where she was a team leader in the Bank’s fund accounting group. Ms. Finkler’s experience with hedge funds began in 1993 at Tiger Management where she served as a performance analyst. She started her career as an international auditor for Credit Suisse. Ms. Finkler earned a BS in Economics and an MBA in Accounting from St. John’s University. She is a New York State Certified Public Accountant, an Investment Adviser Certified Compliance Professionalsm (IACCPsm) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
Thiel Macro, LLC
Michael W. Green, CFA, has over twenty years of direct investment management experience across multi-strategy hedge funds, mutual funds and separate account management. Prior to joining Thiel Macro, LLC, Mr. Green founded Ice Farm Advisors, a discretionary global macro hedged fund. Mr. Green founded and managed the New York office and global macro strategies for Canyon Capital Advisors, a $23B multi-strategy hedge fund based in Los Angeles and was a Portfolio Manager with Royce & Associates, a $39B AUM division of Legg Mason where he managed open end, closed and mutual funds. He is a graduate of the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA).
Head of Insurance Allocation
Clairmont Advisors Ltd
Benjamin Hein is a partner and chief investment officer at Clairmont Advisors Ltd., a multi-family office based in Nassau, Bahamas that serves a small group of clients from Europe and the Americas. Prior to founding Clairmont Advisors in 2016, Benjamin was chief operating officer and investment committee member at BigSur Partners, a Miami-based multi-family office.
From 2007 to 2014, Benjamin was president and chief investment officer at EFG Capital Advisors (formerly known as PRS Group), a multi-family office. He was in charge of portfolio strategy, including selecting external alternative investment managers. He also served as a director of numerous funds in the Cayman Islands, Luxembourg and the U.S. and oversaw the operations of EFG’s Cayman fund administration business.
From 2000 to 2007, Benjamin was a portfolio manager at SunTrust Banks in Miami. From 1996 to 2000, he worked at John Hancock Advisors in Boston as an analyst for emerging market and corporate fixed income.
Benjamin holds a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University and a Master’s in International Economics from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The John Hopkins University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and the Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM) designations as well as the Certified Financial Planner ™ (CFP®) certification.
Chief Economist, Principal
Constance Hunter is the Chief Economist of KPMG, LLP. She is an economic thought leader focusing on how economic factors impact asset prices and business performance worldwide. In her role at KPMG Constance works closely with the firm’s leadership and clients to identify inflection points, risks and opportunities that arise in the constantly evolving economic landscape. Known for correctly calling economic indicators that presage market turning points such as the Russian currency devaluation in 1998, the Dotcom bubble in 2001, the real estate and credit crisis in 2007-08, the recovery of the housing market and concurrent low bond yields in 2012 and the continued low bond yields into 2015.
Constance has held numerous positions in asset management over the past twenty years. She has held the position of Chief Investment Officer or Chief Economist for the past ten years, most recently as Deputy Chief Investment Officer at AXA Investment Managers. She graduated with an MA in Economics and Sociology from New York University and with a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Constance is a regular speaker at conferences on a wide variety of macroeconomic topics and a frequent guest on all major financial media channels. She is also actively involved with a number of economic and financial market associations including the National Association of Business Economics, New York Association of Business Economics, Money Marketeers, Women’s Bond Club and of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Constance can be followed on twitter at @constancehunter.
Hayden is the Head of the Corporate practice in the Cayman Islands. He has significant experience advising a broad range of clients in respect of the establishment, restructuring, management and termination of Cayman hedge funds and private equity funds. His broad corporate and commercial experience also includes advising on joint venture arrangements, secondary market transactions, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, liquidations and Cayman regulatory issues. In the banking and finance area, Hayden advises lenders and borrowers in respect of the structuring and negotiation of loans often secured by credit default swap protection and segregated pools of illiquid assets.
Prior to joining Mourant Ozannes Hayden spent nearly six years with a leading offshore law firm in the Cayman Islands and before that he worked at Minter Ellison in Australia.
Hayden has obtained a Bachelor of Business at the University of Queensland, a Bachelor of Laws and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Queensland University of Technology.
Alexander M. Ineichen
Ineichen Research & Management AG
Alexander M. Ineichen is founder of Ineichen Research and Management AG, a research boutique established in October 2009 focusing on absolute returns, risk management and thematic investing. He is on the Board of Directors of the CAIA Association.
Alexander started his financial career in derivatives brokerage and origination of risk management products at Swiss Bank Corporation in 1988. From 1991 to 2005 he had various research functions within UBS Investment Bank in Zurich and London relating to derivatives, indices, capital flows and alternative investments, from 2002 in the role of a Managing Director. From 2005 to 2009 he was in the investment committee of Alternative Investment Solutions, a fund of hedge funds within UBS Global Asset Management.
Alexander is the author of “In Search of Alpha―Investing in Hedge Funds” (October 2000) and “The Search for Alpha Continues―Do Fund of Hedge Funds Add Value?” (September 2001). These two white papers were the most often printed research publications in the documented history of UBS. He is author of two books: “Absolute Returns―The Risk and Opportunities of Hedge Fund Investing” (Wiley Finance, October 2002) and “Asymmetric Returns―The Future of Active Asset Management” (Wiley Finance, November 2006).
CEO and Founder
Paul J. Isaac is the CEO and founder of Arbiter Partners Capital Management, LLC. His responsibilities include managing the firm’s relationship with investors and the investment community, overall strategic exposure and asset allocation, individual security analysis and selection, and investigation of private investment opportunities. Mr. Isaac has been actively investing on behalf of himself and others for over thirty-five years. Prior to founding Arbiter, Mr. Isaac managed equity and debt portfolios directly; researched and employed outside managers; analyzed and invested in alternative strategies; and provided investment strategy consulting to investors. Mr. Isaac has also served on several non-profit boards, chaired a charitable endowment, and held positions as a corporate director. He brings a broad range of sell side experience, including eighteen years of managerial experience in the securities industry, spent at Mabon, Nugent & Co. and its successor firms. During that time, he developed and ran the firm’s training program as well as managed the firm’s municipal, government, mortgage-backed and high yield bond departments. He served as Chief Economist and chaired the firm’s commitments and credit committees. During his time at Mabon, Mr. Isaac also spent a term as Chairman of the Securities Industry Association Capital Rules Committee. Mr. Isaac graduated from Williams College with Highest Honors in Political Economy and was a Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellow.
William J. Kelly
Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association (CAIA)
William (Bill) J. Kelly, CEO of the CAIA Association, has over 30 years of experience in the asset management industry with extensive managerial and boardroom experience gained through successive CFO, COO, CEO and Independent Board director roles. He has led both start-ups and full scale global organizations. Mr. Kelly is the former CEO of Robeco Investment Management, a subsidiary of the Netherlands-based global asset management organization with over $200 billion of assets under management, where he oversaw all aspects of United States business, including portfolio management, distribution and product development. He also was responsible for the strategic growth, introduction, and positioning of new managed products in the US and Europe, including alternative investments.
Bill was a founder and former CEO of Boston Partners Asset Management, a self-funded partnership enterprise, which became one of the industry’s largest and most successful start-up money management organizations. Previous to that, he served as CFO of The Boston Company Asset Management and earlier in his career held various positions at Bear Stearns and was an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Deputy Chief Investment Officer
Federal Way Asset Management LP
In his role as Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Klein is responsible for developing the guidelines and conducting asset allocation and asset/liability studies and for all hedge fund portfolio construction.
Prior to his role with Federal Way Asset Management LP, Mr. Klein served in a similar role as the Portfolio Manager and Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Weyerhaeuser Asset Management LLC since 2004. In that capacity, he developed guidelines and conducted asset allocation and asset/liability studies that led to pension / trust investment structure and policy. He was responsible for integration, revision and development of the hedge fund portfolio from an externally managed portfolio to an internally managed portfolio.
Prior to joining Weyerhaeuser Company, Mr. Klein was the National Practice Director for Watson Wyatt Investment Consulting in Canada. He had previously served as a Senior Consultant and Practice Leader as well as a Pension and Investment Consultant with Watson Wyatt Investment Consulting in Canada. Before joining Watson Wyatt Investment Consulting in Canada, Mr. Klein held positions with Southern Life Association in Cape Town, South African and with Legal and General Assurance Company in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mr. Klein holds a Bachelor of Business Science with Honours from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, a Certificate of Finance and Investment from the Institute of Actuaries, UK, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, London, and Canadian Institute of Actuaries
Dr. Philippa Malmgren
Dr. Philippa Malmgren (@DrPippaM on Twitter and social media) founded DRPM Group, an economic advisory firm, whose clients include investment banks, fund managers and hedge funds as well as Sovereign Wealth Funds, pension funds, global corporations and family offices. She has an especially strong view on the importance of manufacturing in modern economies and cofounded H Robotics which manufactures commercial drones. In 2015 she won the Intelligence Squared Robotics debate that the BBC broadcast to 80m households.
In 2015 she crowd funded her book, Signals: the Breakdown of the Social Contract and the Rise of Geopolitics, raising 249% of her target in 15 days. After becoming an Amazon best seller four times, she was signed by WME as their third economics author after Gladwell and Freakonomics. A near record price has been paid for the book to be published in China in 2016. Her video series on Youtube, Fifty Shades of Economics,
Chairman, Mauldin Economics
President, Mauldin Solutions, LLC
President, Mauldin Securities, LLC
“Central bankers, businessmen, and investors continually try to beat History to a pulp, but History always wins the final rounds.”
—John Mauldin, Thoughts from the Frontline, 2001.
When investors, financial professionals, and discerning citizens need a big-picture view of what’s going on in the economy, they turn to John Mauldin.
And for good reason. John has dedicated more than 30 years to keeping people informed about financial risk.
John is a visionary thinker, a noted financial expert, a New York Times best-selling author, a pioneering online commentator, and the publisher of one of the first publications to provide investors with free, unbiased information and guidance—Thoughts from the Frontline.
Thoughts from the Frontline began as John’s way of sharing his thoughts with a few associates. Some 16 years later, it is one of the most widely read investment newsletters in the world. From his warning of an impending recession in 2000, to a polemic on the Obamacare “death spiral” in 2016, John has blazed his own trail as one of the most respected macroeconomic minds in the field.
He publishes Thoughts from the Frontline through Mauldin Economics, of which he is Chairman. Mauldin Economics publishes a growing number of investing resources, including both free and paid publications aimed at helping investors thrive in today’s challenging economy.
John is also President of Mauldin Solutions, LLC, an investment advisory firm registered with multiple states; and President and a registered principal of Mauldin Securities, LLC, member FINRA-SIPC.
Together with Mauldin Economics, John proudly hosts the Strategic Investment Conference, an annual gathering of some of the world’s most brilliant economists and analysts. Thanks to its blue-ribbon lineup of past speakers and growing reputation as an incubator of forward-thinking investment strategies, the SIC is fast becoming one of the most hotly anticipated economic events of the year.
Additionally, John’s books have appeared on the New York Times best-seller list four times. His current book count (because he always has at least one more in the works) is six:
• Bull’s Eye Investing: Targeting Real Returns in a Smoke and Mirrors Market
• Endgame: The End of the Debt Supercycle and How It Changes Everything
• Code Red: How to Protect Your Savings from the Coming Crisis
• A Great Leap Forward? Making Sense of China’s Cooling Credit Boom, Technological Transformation, High Stakes Rebalancing, Geopolitical Rise, & Reserve Currency Dream
• Just One Thing: Twelve of the World’s Best Investors Reveal the One Strategy You Can’t Overlook
• The Little Book of Bull’s Eye Investing: Finding Value, Generating Absolute Returns and Controlling Risk in Turbulent Markets
John is a frequent speaker at conferences around the world and is a sought-after contributor to numerous financial publications, as well as a regular guest on TV and radio.
He currently lives in Dallas, Texas and is the proud father of seven children, five of whom are adopted.
Managing Director and Head, Global Infrastructure Finance Global Investment Banking
CIBC Capital Markets
Ms. Mahon joined CIBC Capital Markets in August 2013 and is responsible for all infrastructure finance activities globally. She has had a multifaceted career as a banker, public sector manager, infrastructure executive, consultant and developer focusing on the development and financing of large infrastructure projects around the globe.
Before joining CIBC Capital Markets, Ms. Mahon was a senior expert in the Infrastructure practice of a well-known consulting firm. Previously, she spent 12 years as an independent advisor, helping numerous public and private entities develop transportation projects in the US, Latin America, China and the UK. From 1984 until 1999 she worked on Wall Street as an investment banker serving the infrastructure markets in both the US and abroad, concentrating on Latin America and the emerging markets. She started her banking career as a municipal banker.
Before entering the field of banking, Ms. Mahon spent five years at New Jersey Transit where she held various positions in planning and policy until becoming deputy chief financial officer. While there, she executed several innovative public/private financing structures. Ms. Mahon holds a master’s degree in urban planning from Harvard University, and a BS summa cum laude from Boston University.
Chief Executive Officer
The ELMA Philanthropies Services Inc.
Tom McPartland is the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of ELMA Philanthropies Services (US), Inc., ELMA Philanthropies Services (Africa) (Pty), Ltd., and ELMA Philanthropies Services (East Africa), Ltd., and brings to his role at ELMA a broad background of senior management positions in public and private business in the areas of media, technology, general management, investment banking, business and strategic development, intellectual property law and the negotiation of complex business transactions. Tom’s for-profit history includes leadership positions with the Redwood Capital Group, Liberty Digital/TCI Music (public company founder and former CEO), the Zomba Group of Companies (North America) and the Bertelsmann Entertainment Group (Worldwide Deputy General Counsel and Head of Business Development). Tom also brings to ELMA an extensive not-for-profit commitment through prior Board positions on the New York State Association of Independent Schools, The Cloud Forest School Foundation, the Russian Gift of Life (Co-Founder), the Green Vale School (former Board Chair), Old Westbury Gardens (Chairman, Cultural and Historic Preservation) and the Russian Children’s Welfare Society (past Board Member).
Director and Head of Hedge Fund Administration
Deutsche Bank Fund Services
Suryanshu Mishra is a Director at Deutsche Bank Fund Services and is the global Head of Hedge Fund Services. Suryanshu has over 12 years of experience in the areas of alternative fund services, technology developments and global operations. His primary responsibilities are the general management and growth of the business and to ensure that clients receive the highest level of service with innovative products. Suryanshu has a degree in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and has completed an Executive General Management Program at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. Suryanshu is based in our New York office.
Joseph M. Morrissey
Seward & Kissel LLP
Joseph M. Morrissey is a partner in the Investment Management Group at Seward & Kissel LLP. Mr. Morrissey works with sponsors and managers of various private investment funds and other pooled investment vehicles, including private equity funds, hedge funds, funds of funds, commodity pools, and various “hybrid” funds. In particular, Mr. Morrissey focuses on fund formation and structuring, the offering of interests by private investment funds, and the negotiation and documentation of such investments. Mr. Morrissey has significant experience in organizing both domestic and offshore partnerships and other investment vehicles, including separately managed accounts. Mr. Morrissey also represents fund sponsors in connection with seed-capital investments and represents funds of funds and other institutional investors in connection with their investments in private funds. Mr. Morrissey regularly counsels investment advisers, commodity pool operators and commodity trading advisors on regulatory and compliance matters, including the development of comprehensive compliance programs and in connection with applicable regulatory examinations. On the transaction side, Mr. Morrissey represents these clients in connection with their investment activities, including private equity and venture capital transactions, joint ventures and PIPEs transactions.
Mr. Morrissey is a Member of the Private Investment Funds Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
Mr. Morrissey received a B.A. from Drew University and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.
Faisal A. Nawaz is the Group Chief Executive Officer at Asiya Investments – a middle eastern firm that specializes in investing in emerging Asia (China, Korea, Taiwan, India, ASEAN, etc.). Faisal – as a founding member of the executive management team – was instrumental in establishing an investment platform that is now well respected and investor of choice throughout emerging Asia and the Middle East.
He has worked in the industry for the last 23 years in areas as diverse as automotive, aerospace, distribution, logistics and most recently investment management. With a strong technical and business background, Faisal has been instrumental in spearheading several diverse and large-scale research, operations and investment projects that include a large-scale organizational restructuring of a large US based automotive supplier, introduction of specialized friction material to provide necessary torque transmission in high-speed automotive transmissions, implementation of an annual long-range planning (LRP) process, etc.
In the last 10+ years, Faisal has worked in the investment management arena where he was instrumental in evolving a newly established firm into an established “Emerging Asia Specialist” that can count a sovereign wealth fund and several large conglomerates & ultra-high net worth individuals / families as its shareholders and investors.
Abigail Noble is CEO of The ImPact, is a nonprofit network of families who commit to make more impact investments, more effectively. Prior Abigail was Head of Impact Investing Initiatives at the World Economic Forum and Head of Africa and Latin America for The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. She is a graduate of Harvard and Tufts, was a Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay, a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Co-Founder & CIO
Highland Capital Management, L.P
Mr. Okada is co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of Highland Capital Management, L.P. and is responsible for overseeing Highland’s investment activities for its various strategies. Mr. Okada is a pioneer in the development of the bank loan market and has over 30 years of credit experience. He is responsible for structuring one of the industry’s first arbitrage CLOs and was actively involved in the development of Highland’s bank loan separate account and mutual fund platforms. Mr. Okada received a BA in Economics and a BA in Psychology, cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Mr. Okada is a Director of NexBank, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Common Grace Ministries, Inc. and is on the Board of Directors for Education is Freedom, and also serves on the GrowSouth Fund Advisory Board.
The Global Macro Investor
Raoul writes and publishes The Global Macro Investor, an elite macro economic and investment strategy research service for the worlds leading hedge funds, pension funds, banks and sovereign wealth funds. He is also an advisor to government organizations and a consultant for several family investment offices globally.
Raoul has 24 years experience in the financial markets working for investments banks such Goldman Sachs (where he co-managed the hedge fund sales business in equities and equity derivatives) and founding and managing a macro hedge fund for GLG Partners, ones of the world’s largest hedge fund firms.
Raoul recently co-founded Real Vision Television, the worlds first on-demand web TV channel for finance. Additionally, Raoul is the author of “The End Game” which is the most read financial article in the history of the internet. He also helped make the successful BBC Television series “Million Dollar Traders” where he undertook the financial market and investment training of the contestants.
Raoul has a honours degree in Economics and Law from the University of Plymouth. He lives in the tiny tropical island of Little Cayman (population 150) in the Cayman Islands.
Director, External Fund Management
Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo) is one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers, with an investment portfolio of $90.1 billion (CAD) as of Dec 31, 2015. AIMCo invests globally on behalf of our clients, 27 pension, endowment and government funds in the Province of Alberta.
Eric leads the six-person External Fund Management team at Alberta Investment Management Corporation. The External Fund Management team manages over $10.5 billion (CAD) of long-only equity mandates and $5.5 billion (CAD) of hedge fund strategies. Eric joined AIMCo on July 1st, 2006 from a major Canadian bank.
Eric holds a CFA designation, an MBA from McGill University, and a BCom from the University of Alberta. In his spare time, Eric is involved with the Junior Achievement Program of North Alberta & NWT, the Pension Investment Association of Canada (PIAC), and was a Board Director of the Edmonton CFA Society from July 2010 to July 2016.
100 Women in Finance
Amanda Pullinger is the Chief Executive Officer of 100 Women in Finance. She was promoted to this position on Jan 1, 2014. Previously, she consulted as Executive Director for six years. She leads a small staff team and manages over 350 volunteer practitioners globally, overseeing the operations of the organization, which now has over 15,000 members in 21 locations.
Amanda set up Pullinger Management in 2006 to provide strategic management primarily to not for profit organizations. In addition to consulting to 100 Women in Hedge Funds, Amanda also consulted to the American Red Cross of Greater New York, where she co-founded and managed the Centennial Circle, a women’s leadership group focused on building support and necessary funds for preparedness training and volunteering in at- risk neighborhoods in New York. She also worked with Brasenose College, Oxford University on their 500th Anniversary celebrations and ongoing alumni initiatives.
From 2000-2006, Amanda was a principal at Aquamarine Capital Management, where she was responsible for managing marketing, investor relations and back office administration for two private investment funds.
Previously, she was a Director of Marketing and Business Development for a number of companies in a number of business sectors including environmental services, advertising/PR and market research, construction equipment marketing, and hardware and software services.
From 1999-2000, she worked for LivePerson, a dotcom startup; 1997-1999, she worked for Unisys Corporation; 1995-1999, she worked for Giles & Ransome, a Caterpillar dealership; 1991-1995 she worked for the Lefton Company, a Philadelphia based advertising and PR company. She came to the US in 1989 to work for a subsidiary of Cory Environmental, a UK based environmental services company for whom she had worked for two years in London.
Amanda is currently Chairman of The HALO Trust (www.halotrust.org), a $65million UK/US charity. She also serves as a Director on the Oxford University Alumni Board. She previously served on the Boards of the NYU Cancer Institute, SkillForce, and Girls’ Prep, and was on the founding Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds, serving as its President for two years. She is a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Amanda graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford University in 1987 with an Honours Degree in Modern History. She earned an MBA from La Salle University, Philadelphia, in 1998, and received the Academic Award for MBA student of the year as well as the Beta Gamma Sigma designation.
Partner, Alternative Investments
KPMG, Cayman Islands
Gordon is a Partner in the Investment Management practice of the Cayman Islands firm, specializing in providing audit and related services to alternative investment vehicles.
With 15+ years in the industry, Gordon’s client base has included alternative investment vehicles domiciled in the Cayman Islands and BVI. Gordon is the Head of Markets and Marketing in the Cayman Islands and leads the firm’s business development initiatives.
Professor Amin Rajan
Amin Rajan is the CEO of CREATE–Research, a UK based think tank that specialises in the future trends in global fund management. It works with prominent partners to publish much acclaimed annual reports on prospective challenges and potential responses in the industry. The reports always attract a long series of feature articles in Financial Times, Global Investor, Financial News and IPE. He also writes for these papers regularly.
Amin also offers strategic advisory and coaching services to CEOs and CIOs in fund management as they grapple with unfolding industry dynamics. He has developed special expertise in the emerging business models and their successful implementation. Since 2001, he has undertaken specialist advisory assignments for clients as diverse as Aviva Investors, Allianz Global Investors, Axa Investment Managers, BlackRock, Citigroup Asset Management, Credit Suisse Asset Management, Deutsche Asset Management, Invesco, JPMorgan Asset Management, M&G, Martin Currie Investment Management, Morgan Stanley Asset Management, Principal Global Investors, T. Rowe Price, and UBS Asset Management.
Amin has presented the results of his work at over 100 major events in North America, , Europe and Asia Pacific in the last five years. His expertise covers, amongst others, leadership, strategy and new business models in financial services. He is the author of 19 widely acclaimed research reports:
- Investment Innovations: Raising the Bar (2011)
- Exploiting Uncertainty in Investment Markets (2010)
- Future of Investment: the next move? (2009)
- DB& DC Plans: Strengthening their Delivery (2008)
- Global fund distribution: Bridging new frontiers (2008)
- Globalisation of fund business: a mixed blessing (2007)
- Convergence and divergence between alternatives and long only funds (2007)
- Towards enhanced business governance (2006).
- Tomorrow’s products for tomorrow’s clients (2006)
- Comply and prosper: A risk-based approach to regulation (2006)
- Hedge funds: a catalyst reshaping global investment (2005)
- Raising the performance bar (2004)
- Revolutionary shifts, evolutionary responses (2003)
- Harnessing creativity to improve the bottom line (2001)
- Tomorrow’s organisation: new mindsets, new skills (2001)
- Fund management: new skills for a new age (2000)
- Good practices in knowledge creation and exchange (1999)
- Competing through skills (1999)
- Leading People (1996)
Amin has published numerous books and articles on leadership, business cultures, socio-economic forecasting, globalisation and new technologies.
He is a visiting professor at the Centre for Leadership Studies at Exeter University and a Fellow at Oxford University’s Said Business School. He is on the WHU Programme Advisory Board at Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. He is also fellow at the Windsor Leadership Trust, specialising in ethical dilemmas.
Professor of Financial Economics
Imperial College London
Tarun Ramadorai is Professor of Financial Economics at Imperial College London. He has a broad range of research interests in the areas of asset pricing, international finance, and household finance. He is greatly interested in finance and economics issues in emerging markets, with a particular focus on India. He has published on these topics in a number of scholarly journals in Finance and Economics. In addition to his academic work, Tarun has taken on several advisory roles in the area of financial regulation and policy in both India and Europe.
He has a BA in Mathematics and Economics from Williams College, an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD in Business Economics from Harvard University. Prior to his role at Imperial, Tarun spent over a decade at the University of Oxford.
Head of Risk
Vinay Rao is the Head of Risk at Stripe Inc. He has led fraud and risk teams for over 10 years at Google and Airbnb before Stripe. He has worked on Ad Traffic Quality (Click Fraud), Ads Quality, Publisher Quality, Payment Fraud, Marketplace Fraud, and Offline Risk mitigation. His teams have used a combination of Machine Learning, Statistics based Heuristics, and manual reviews to identify singly perpetrated fraud as well as large trends. He has led building on Online Identity systems, Online Reputation systems to better understand user level fraud. He has also build an anti-malware to protect users against malware based fraud. He has expertise in signal identification, model building, team leadership, data science and operations management.
Global Head Alternative Fund Services
David Rhydderch is head of the Alternative Fund Services (AFS) business at Deutsche Bank. The business is a leading provider of fund services to the Alternative Fund industry offering global solutions and boutique client service to Hedge Fund and Private Equity clients. David was previously global Chief Operating Officer for the Prime Finance business within the Equities division at Deutsche Bank based in New York and London. Prior to this he was group COO for J.O. Hambro Capital Management, a fund manager focusing on high conviction, actively invested funds with offices in London, Singapore, New York and Boston. David has twenty years’ experience in financial services on both the buy and sell side working with specialist, boutique firms and global institutions worldwide.
Wesley Richards is an investment consultant to a large UK Family Office and HNWIs. He founded Frontier Asset in 2008 as a vehicle from which to explore individual Frontier/EM market opportunities with a focus on Colombia, which grew rapidly following political change.
Wesley also serves as a Local Councillor in the UK for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, constituency of both HM the Queen and the Prime Minister.
Wesley earned a BSc in Economics from the University of London (Royal Holloway) and a Masters degree from the London School of Economics. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Law and the BVC from BPP Law School. He was called to the Bar in 2005 by the Middle Temple and is a non-practicing barrister.
Mark E. Roberts
Chief Investment Officer
Ironside Asset Advisors LLC
Mark E. Roberts, CFA serves as the Chief Investment Officer for Biltmore Family Office, as well as a Managing Director for Ironsides Asset Advisors and for the Tuscarora Company (a family office). Immediately preceding that, Mr. Roberts was the Director of Global Equities and Hedged Strategies for the North Carolina Retirement Systems where he and his team were responsible for the management of the $33 billion Global Equity and Hedge Fund portfolios for the State of North Carolina. Additionally, Mr. Roberts has served as Chief Investment Officer for families and provided consulting services for endowments and foundations in both asset allocation, manager due diligence and portfolio construction. Earlier in his career, Mr. Roberts served as Director of Risk Management for Centura Bank and had asset – liability management responsibilities. Mr. Roberts received his Master of Science degree in finance from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Calloway School of Business at Wake Forest University. Mr. Roberts serves on the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine Philanthropic Advisory Board. Mr. Roberts is the past Chairman of the Board for the NC State Investment Fund and still serves on the fund’s board. He is a member of the North Carolina Society of Financial Analysts and the American Finance Association. Mr. Roberts has served on multiple non-profit boards.
Andrew Ross, CFA, CQF, FRM, CAIA is an Associate Director working in Portfolio Management, focusing on portfolio construction. He is actively involved in the strategy and asset allocation for the firm’s flagship Moderate Multi-Strategy portfolios and serves as a portfolio manager on multiple custom account mandates. Andrew began his career at PAAMCO focusing on investments within corporate and consumer credit with an emphasis on structured opportunities as well as fixed income strategies. He later served as chairperson of the Portfolio Solutions Group where he assisted in the portfolio construction of the company’s custom account mandates. Prior to attending business school, Andrew worked at IndyMac Bank, which was later merged into OneWest Bank, where his experience included balance sheet credit risk analysis, bulk trading, and whole loan portfolio pricing. Andrew graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Economics and received his MBA with honors from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business with concentrations in Analytic Finance, Economics, Strategic Management, and General Management.
Chairman & CEO
Roubini Macro Associates
Nouriel Roubini is the Chairman and CEO of Roubini Macro Associates, LLC, his own global macroeconomic consultancy firm. He is also a professor of economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business. Dr. Roubini has extensive policy experience as well as broad academic credentials. From 1998 to 2000, he served as the senior economist for international affairs on the White House Council of Economic Advisors and then the senior advisor to the undersecretary for international affairs at the U.S. Treasury Department, helping to resolve the Asian and global financial crises, among other issues. The International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and numerous other prominent public and private institutions have drawn upon his consulting expertise.
He has published numerous theoretical, empirical and policy papers on international macroeconomic issues and coauthored the books “Political Cycles: Theory and Evidence” (MIT Press, 1997) and “Bailouts or Bail-ins? Responding to Financial Crises in Emerging Markets” (Institute for International Economics, 2004) and “Crisis Economics: A Crash Course in the Future of Finance” (Penguin Press, 2010). Dr. Roubini’s views on global economic issues are widely cited by the media, and he is a frequent commentator on various business news programs. He has been the subject of extended profiles in the New York Times Magazine and other leading current-affairs publications. The Financial Times has also provided extensive coverage of Dr. Roubini’s perspectives.
Dr. Roubini received an undergraduate degree at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and a doctorate in economics at Harvard University. Prior to joining Stern, he was on the faculty of Yale University’s department of economics.
Senior Director, Real Assets
Ascension Investment Management
Timothy J. Runnalls, CFA, is the Senior Director of Real Assets. He has oversight of the public and private
securities making up the real asset and commodity strategies. His primary responsibilities include
manager selection and ongoing portfolio management, and he has 15 years of investment industry
Prior to joining Ascension Investment Management, Mr. Runnalls served as a Senior Research Analyst at
Summit Strategies Group where he was responsible for analyzing, monitoring and recommending real
asset and commodity investments. Prior to joining Summit Strategies Group in 2007, he was Assistant
Vice President at Tortoise Capital Advisors where he was responsible for analyzing both public (MLPs)
and private energy infrastructure‐related investments. Prior to joining Tortoise Capital Advisors in 2006,
he was Assistant Vice President at Stifel Nicolaus where he worked in the Energy Investment Banking
Group and was responsible for new capital issuances and financial advisory services.
Mr. Runnalls earned his BSBA and MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and is a CFA charter
Partner and Managing Director
Capricorn Investment Group
Summerwood Group Inc.
Phil has been involved in the investment industry since 1980 and specifically in the hedge fund industry since 1992 when he co-founded a Canadian multi-strategy hedge fund. In 2005 Phil created Summerwood Group to offer a range of investment management, advisory and fund management services to Canadian alternative investment managers and investors. He has launched and managed a number of innovative funds including Canada’s first carbon reduction fund and an alternative beta fund.
Internationally, Phil works with three European based managers and one US based manager as a director on their Cayman funds; AUM approximately $25 b. In addition, Summerwood has over 50 engagements with institutional grade international alternative managers to act as the Canadian dealer for subscriptions by Canadian institutional investors.
Phil has been active over the years working on industry committees including twice serving on the Board of AIMA. He holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and earned his CFA designation in 1986.
KPMG Cayman Islands
Richard Scott-Hopkins is a Director with KPMG’s Alternative Investment practice. Richard has been with KPMG throughout his career working in the United Kingdom, Middle East and more recently the Cayman Islands and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Richard was closely involved with UKFI, the vehicle set up by the UK government in response to the financial crisis and the subsequent privatization of RBS, Northern Rock and Lloyds and has more recently worked with the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund. Richard received an honors degree in Mathematical Statistics and Operational Research from the University of Exeter, UK.
Karsten Schroeder is the Head of Research of the Investment Adviser. He oversees all the key decisions of the Investment Adviser relating to product development, trading ideas and strategy, and is the portfolio manager for the group’s investment funds. He worked on the development of the Master Fund’s trading system for over five years prior to founding Amplitude Capital LLP in September 2004. Mr. Schroeder was with McKinsey from September 2001 to January 2004, where he was involved in a number of corporate finance projects. Between 1997 and 1999, Mr. Schroeder read for a pre-diploma in Computer Science and Business at the European Business School in Oestrich Winkel, and took his diploma in Business Administration from HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management in Leipzig between 1999 and 2001, which included an international term at the Australian Graduate School of
Global Head of Sales, Alternative Fund Services
Jason Sheller is the Global Head of Sales for Deutsche Bank’s Alternative Fund Services business. Jason has over 20 years experience in alternative investments and joined Deutsche Bank in the summer of 2013. Jason is responsible for strategy and execution of the AFS business development and sales efforts globally. Prior to joining Deutsche Bank, Jason spent 5 years at J.P. Morgan where most recently he was the head of sales for their Private Equity Fund Services business in the US. Previously Jason spent 12 years with a boutique consulting firm in various leadership roles in sales and sales management working in the Financial Services industry. Jason has a degree in Business Management from the University of Rhode Island and is based in our New York office.
President, CEO and CIO
Dupont Capital Management
Valerie J. Sill, CFA, CAIA is President and CEO of DuPont Capital Management (DCM) and serves as its Chief Investment Officer. She is responsible for overseeing the investment of more than $25 billion in assets held by DuPont Company plans and external clients. DCM manages assets across nine different asset classes using a value-based investment approach that combines valuation and risk control disciplines designed to produce risk-efficient excess returns that satisfy its clients’ investment objectives.
Prior to joining DCM in April 2004, Ms. Sill was Executive Vice President at The Boston Company. There she chaired the Equity Policy Group and was the Director of Large Cap Value strategies. She was a dual officer with Dreyfus, also a Mellon company, where she managed the Dreyfus Premier Core Value mutual funds.
In addition to her work at The Boston Company and Dreyfus, Ms. Sill formed and chaired Mellon’s Research Forum to foster collaboration among investment professionals from each of Mellon’s investment management subsidiaries.
Ms. Sill started her career in asset management with State Street Research & Management Company as a Health Care and Utilities analyst and later joined Investment Advisors in Minneapolis as a senior analyst.
Ms. Sill is a member of the Board of Trustees of Longwood Gardens and chairs its Investment Committee. She is a member of the Delaware Community Foundation’s Investment Committee. Ms. Sill is a Trustee of the Christiana Care Health System and a member of its Investment Committee. Ms. Sill served a three-year term on the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s Economic Advisory Council.
Ms. Sill was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Economics and Philosophy from Wellesley College. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and was a Durant Scholar. She holds an MBA from Harvard University and was awarded both the CFA and CAIA charters.
Darsh Singh is the Portfolio Manager at Satori Capital, an alternatives investment firm rooted in the principles of conscious capitalism. He runs the investment committee for Satori Alpha, which builds customized portfolios of alternatives for private investors, family offices, and institutions. Prior to that, Darsh worked in US Intelligence for the National Security Agency.
Darsh received a Master’s in Financial Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University. He received a BS in Engineering Science from Trinity University, where he also served as the captain of the basketball team and became the first-ever turbaned Sikh to play in NCAA basketball. His jersey was on display at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C.
Darsh lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Lakhpreet Kaur.
Gordon Dee Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Strategic Insight Group
Case Western Reserve University
Sally Staley joined Case Western Reserve University’s investment office in 2002 and became Chief Investment Officer in 2006. She began her financial career in international bond market research and sales with Salomon Brothers and Merrill Lynch and transitioned to investment management at the State of Wisconsin Investment Board where she established the public pension fund’s international fixed income program and managed an international bond portfolio. Sally later worked as Senior Consultant with the investment management consulting practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. She holds a Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The College of Wooster where she currently serves as a trustee and investment committee member. She is also a board member and investment subcommittee chairperson for Great Lakes Theater Festival Inc. and a former board member and investment committee chairperson for the Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland. Sally also serves in advisory roles at Fairport Asset Management of Cleveland and with the Certified Investment Fund Director Institute of The Institute of Banking in Dublin, Ireland.
Senior Vice-President, External Portfolio Management, Public Markets
Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec
Mario Therrien is Senior Vice-President, External Portfolio Management – Public Markets. In this capacity, he manages the team responsible for investments in external hedge funds and funds in public markets.
Mr. Therrien has a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in finance from Université de Sherbrooke. He has also completed the securities course given by the Canadian Securities Institute. In addition, he holds the chartered financial analyst designation from the
Mr. Therrien is a member of the Montreal CFA Society and a Trustee of the Hedge Fund Standard Board (HFSB). The HFSB consists of investors and managers who act as custodians of the best practice standards for the hedge fund industry, as published by the Hedge Fund Working Group in 2008.
Capital Innovations, LLC
Michael is Founder & Chief Investment Officer at Capital Innovations, LLC. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm’s investment process and is focused on the strategic direction of the firm. Recognized for his expertise, he is frequently asked to speak on topics such as investment policy, portfolio management, and the risk characteristics of Real Asset investing. He is a regular contributor to Bloomberg’s Market Sense program & Money Moves with Deirdre Bolton.
Michael has published widely on international economic and finance topics and is author of the bestselling Handbook of Infrastructure Investing. (recommended by the CFA Institute). He remains one of the world’s most provocative, respected financial analysts in the last 24 years. His alternative investment strategies have won numerous awards for performance.
His academic work has been published in top academic journals such as the CFA Institute, EDHEC Risk Institute and leading think tanks like the Inter American Dialogue. His research has been published by some of the leading industry trade journals: Wall Street Journal, New York Times. He is a guest speaker at the Wharton Executive Education program.
Private Asset Management named him as one of the Best Money Managers for Long-Term Performance.
Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer
University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO)
Mark Warner currently serves as the Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of The University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) which manages the $37 billion University of Texas and Texas A&M University Systems endowments and associated funds. Previously he served as the Senior Managing Director with responsibilities for all private equity, hedge fund, public equity and commodity futures investments across a broad range of natural resources, infrastructure and emerging markets globally. In addition, he has chaired the firm’s Emerging Markets Task Force and is a member of the Investment and Senior Management Committees.
Previously, Mr. Warner was Senior Vice President and head of the Austin, Texas office of Growth Capital Partners, L.P., one of the largest independent merchant-banking firms in the Southwest. From 1995 to 2000 he was a Director with Enron Capital and Trade Resources in Houston, Texas serving as the lead commercial representative in a variety of private equity, partnership and structured debt investments. In addition, Mr. Warner has served as an independent member of the board of directors of several public and private companies
Mr. Warner received a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and a Master’s Degree in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He also received an MBA with a finance emphasis from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University in Dallas where he has served on the Alumni Association Board and as an Advisory Board member of the Alternative Asset Management Center.
Global Head of Investment Lab
Citi Private Bank
Philip Watson is Global Head of the Investment Lab and a Managing Director at Citi Private Bank.
Philip has over 16 years of financial experience,12 at Citi Private Bank. Prior to this, Philip has worked within Citi’s Investment Bank where he has held roles within Equity Derivatives, Risk Management and Warrants Trading.
Philip is a full member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and holds a Level 6 Certificate in Private Client Investment Advice and Management. Philip graduated from the University of Leeds with an honours degree in Economics and French.
Specializing in portfolio construction, risk analytics and investment strategy, Philip’s team provides holistic wealth management advice, tailored to meet clients’ financial needs and individual objectives across the globe.
Philip is a voting member of the Global Investment Committee which defines strategy for the Private Bank. He is also a member of the Multi Asset Class Committee responsible for informing decisions on the management of discretionary portfolios at Citi. He is also a regular contributor to the media, road shows, fund forums and Citi Private Bank’s Outlook.
Mark W. Yusko
CEO and CIO
Mark Yusko is Founder, CEO and CIO of Morgan Creek Capital Management. Prior to forming Morgan Creek, Yusko was President, CIO and Founder of UNC Management Company, Endowment investment office at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, from 1998 – 2004. He oversaw strategic and tactical asset allocation recommendations to the Fund Board, manager selection, manager performance evaluation, spending policy management and performance reporting. Total AUM were $1.5 billion ($1.2 billion in endowment assets and $300 million working capital). Until 1998, Yusko was Senior Investment Director at University of Notre Dame Investment Office , he joined as the Assistant Investment Officer in October 1993. He assisted the CIO in all aspects of Endowment Management. Yusko received his Bachelor of Science Degree, with Honors, in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance from the University of Chicago. Yusko is an Investment Committee member of the MCNC Endowment, member of DukeEngage National Advisory Board Duke University, President and Chair of Investment Committee for Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Foundation at Notre Dame, and President/Head of Investment Committee of Morgan Creek Foundation.
Former CEO and CIO
University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO)
Bruce Zimmerman was CEO and Chief Investment Officer of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO) from 2007-2016. UTIMCO, investing over $37 billion, is the second largest investor of discretionary university assets in the world, behind Harvard.
Prior to joining UTIMCO, Mr. Zimmerman was CIO and Global Head of Pension Investments at Citigroup. At Citigroup, Bruce previously was CFO and Chief Administrative Officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments, which invested over $90 billion in proprietary and client capital across a range of hedge fund, private equity, real estate and structured credit vehicles.
Before Citigroup, Mr. Zimmerman spent thirteen years at Texas Commerce Bank/JPMorgan Chase in a variety of capacities including Merger & Acquisition Investment Banking, Internet and ATM Retail Management, Consumer Marketing, and Financial Planning, Strategy and Corporate Development.
Prior to Texas Commerce Bank/JPMorgan Chase, Bruce was a Consultant, Senior Consultant, and Manager at Bain & Company in their Boston office.
Mr. Zimmerman received a MBA from Harvard Business School where he earned First and Second Year Honors, and graduated Duke University, Magna Cum Laude & a Degree of Distinction.
Bruce is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the CommonFund and serves on the Investment Committee for the Houston Endowment. Bruce was also International President of the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization.
Bruce has been married for over 33 years and is the proud parent of two grown children.