|2011 Featured Speakers|
| Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Professor of Finance, University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business
Sebastian Mallaby, Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics
Dr. Richard Bookstaber,
| Dr. Raghuram Rajan
Raghuram is the Eric J. Gleacher Distinguished Service Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.
He is an economic advisor to the Prime Minister of India. From 2003-2007 he was the Economic Counselor and Director of Research (Chief Economist) at the International Monetary Fund. In 2008 he chaired the Indian government’s Committee on Financial Sector Reforms.
Dr. Rajan has served on the editorial boards and has numerous publications in top finance and economics journals. His research explores the role of finance in banking, corporate finance, and economic development. He is the author of Fault Lines: How Hidden Fractures Still Threaten the World Economy, winner of 2010 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award, and a co-author of Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists.
Dr. Rajan advises Booz and Co, Moodys, and Bank Itau-Unibanco. He is a director of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and on the Comptroller General of the United State’s Advisory Council. He is the President of the American Finance Association and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2003, he received the Fischer Black Prize for his contribution to the theory and practice of finance.
| Sebastian Mallaby
Sebastian is the Paul A. Volcker senior fellow for international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations. His recent commentary has been published in the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Atlantic Monthly, and his interests cover a wide variety of domestic and international issues, including financial markets, the implications of the rise of newly emerging powers, and the intersection of economics and international relations. His latest book More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite has been celebrated as “superb” by New York Times columnist David Brooks and “the definitive history of the hedge fund history” by Washington Post columnist Steve Pearlstein. More Money Than God was the only economics or finance book to be listed by the Wall Street Journal among the top ten books of 2010. It was also a finalist in the Financial Times/ Goldman Sachs book-of-the-year prize and a New York Times Bestseller.
| Dr. Richard Bookstaber
Richard is the author of three books and scores of articles on finance, ranging from option theory to risk management. Called "one of Wall Street's rocket scientists" by The New York Times; Richard’s recent book A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation, a book that pinpointed the market weaknesses that spun out of control to create today’s financial crisis. A Demon of Our Own Design ranked number one on Amazon in finance and was selected as a finalist for the prestigious Loeb Award.
He has won the Graham and Dodd Scroll from the Financial Analysts Federation and the Roger F. Murray Award from the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance for his research. Richard is also on the 2010 Worth list of the 100 Most Powerful People in Finance, and in 2009 was selected as one of the Conde Nast Portfolio 25, in the company of Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Steven Chu and Jeffrey Katzenberg. He was Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and received a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.
|2011 Industry Experts|
William W. Moriarty, President and CEO, University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation (UTAM)
| Dr. Adnan Akant
Adnan is the Head of the Currencies team for FFTW and is responsible for setting strategy, generating alpha ideas, and risk budgeting for currency alpha and overlay portfolios as well as the currency portion of global/international portfolios. Prior to his current role at FFTW, Adnan was the head of FFTW’s Alpha Strategies Product Team and FFTW’s Foreign Exchange team, including the firm’s foreign exchange overlay capability. After joining FFTW’s New York office in 1984, Adnan’s primary focus was on US interest rate strategies and proprietary trading. He moved to the global bond and foreign exchange area in 1994.
Prior to FFTW, Adnan spent six years managing the World Bank’s liquidity portfolio and advising the Treasurer on the Bank’s multi-currency borrowing program, thereby gaining considerable experience in analyzing macroeconomic influences on interest rate and currency markets. Adnan left the World Bank as senior investment officer in 1984. Mr. Akant has over 31 years of investment experience.
In addition to holding a PhD in systems science from MIT (1977), an MS in finance from the MIT Sloan School (1978) and BS and MS degrees from MIT in electrical engineering and computer science (1972-1975), Adnan is Co-Chair of the Federal Reserve Foreign Exchange Committee’s buy-side group. He is also a member of the New York Academy of Science and Sigma Xi.
| Barry Allan
Barry is the founding partner of Marret Asset Management Inc. He has over 30 years of investment experience and has successfully operated in virtually all areas of the fixed income arena.
Prior to founding Marret, Barry spent six years with Altamira Management where he managed a wide variety of fixed income mandates and held secondary responsibilities on several equity and balanced mandates. He was also responsible for internal risk management and oversaw the hedging activities for the company’s Balance Sheet.
During this period he was the lead manager of the Altamira High Yield Bond Fund, co-manager of the Balanced and Growth and Income Funds, and Lead Manager of the Global Bond and Global Short-Term Income Funds.
Barry also managed several institutional mandates with alternative investment strategies (swing funds shifting between Canadian and Global bonds, Hedge Fund being long and short Global Bonds and Currencies, Commodity Derivatives in equity portfolios, bonds with embedded options to gain convexity).
Prior to joining Altamira, Barry spent seven years with the Bank of Montreal and seven years with Nesbitt Thomson.
Barry has an undergraduate degree from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the University of Arizona.
| Keith Ambachtsheer
Keith has been a participant in the pensions and investments industry since 1969. He founded his own firm KPA Advisory Services in 1985. Through it, he provides strategic advice to a global clientele in person, and through the monthly Ambachtsheer Letter. He is the author of three best-selling books, and has been a regular contributor to industry publications since the 1970s.
He is the Publisher and Editor of the new Rotman International Journal of Pension Management, which launched in October 2008.
In 1991, Keith co-founded CEM Benchmarking which benchmarks the organizational performance of some 400 major pension funds around the world. More recently, he played a major role in founding the Rotman International Centre for Pension Management (Rotman ICPM). He was appointed Director of Rotman ICPM and Adjunct Professor of Finance at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto in April 2005. Rotman ICPM is currently supported by 27 Research Partners from ten different countries.
His research, writing and advice have influenced pension and endowment design, policy, and organizational structure in Canada and elsewhere. He has won major awards, including the EBRI Lillywhite Award in 2010, given in recognition of outstanding lifetime contributions to Americans’ economic security. In July of 2009 Keith was awarded James Vertin Award from the CFA Institute for his contributions “of enduring value” to investment theory and practice. In 2007, he was honoured with the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award by Investments and Pensions Europe. In 2003, he was named ‘One of the 30 Most Influential People in Pensions and Investments’ by Pensions and Investments in the USA.
| Dr. Elisabeth Bourqui
Elisabeth is a Principal in Mercer's Investment Consulting team in Montreal and Head of Responsible Investment Canada. She specializes in alternative solutions for pension funds as well as in responsible investment. Elisabeth has over 12 years of experience in derivatives. Before joining Mercer, Elisabeth was at Société Générale (New York) and her functions were related to the sale of structured derivatives solutions to Canadian institutional clients. Also, Dr. Bourqui worked for the fixed income products department of Société Générale (Canada) in Montreal as a financial engineer specializing in structured products. She was also in charge of developing risk management solutions at Credit Suisse, Zurich, Switzerland. She holds a PhD in mathematics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich, Switzerland. She performed research in cooperation between the Institute and Credit Suisse. She taught lectures on derivatives as a part-time faculty member of the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. She is a member of the Swiss Society of Actuaries.
| Dr. Ron Dembo
Ron is the Founder and CEO of Zerofootprint, a socially responsible enterprise with a mission to apply technology, design thinking, and risk management to the massive reduction of our environmental footprint. He is a lifetime Fields Institute Fellow and a member of numerous organizations that champion innovative solutions to environmental challenges, including the UN HABITAT World Urban Campaign and the Climate Change Adaptation Advisory Committee Canada. Dr. Dembo is also the Founder and former CEO of Algorithmics Inc., and a former academic at Yale University.
| Lionel Erdely
Lionel joined Lyxor Asset Management ("Lyxor AM") in 2002 as a Fund of Hedge Funds Manager, responsible for the "top-down" allocation process for Lyxor's Investment Committee. Mr. Erdely was appointed as the Head of Lyxor's Alternative Investments business in 2004 and is a member of the Lyxor Management Committee and the Executive Committee. He moved to New York in April 2009 to take additional responsibilities as CEO of Lyxor Asset Management Inc. (“Lyxor US”), Lyxor's U.S. based asset management subsidiary. Prior to joining Lyxor AM, Mr. Erdely was a Vice President in the Equity Corporate Finance department of Société Générale, where he worked on several IPOs, capital increases and convertible bond issues, mainly on the German market. Mr. Erdely holds an M.B.A. degree in Finance from ESSEC in Paris (1998).
| D. Don Ezra
Don is co-chair, global consulting for Russell Investments worldwide. He provides expert insight on specific governance and financial strategy issues, and helps to coordinate the advice of Russell consultants around the world.
Don is a widely published author. In addition to numerous articles and papers, his books include Understanding Pension Fund Finance and Investment (1979), The Struggle for Pension Fund Wealth (1983), Pension Fund Excellence (1998) and The Retirement Plan Solution: the Reinvention of Defined Contribution (2009). Among many awards, he received EBRI’s Lillywhite Award in 2004 for extraordinary lifetime contributions to Americans’ economic security.
| David Franklin
David joined Sprott Asset Management Inc. in 2008 as a Research Analyst and divided his time between Sprott Asset Management LP and Sprott Consulting. David's main focus was on equity research within the precious metals and materials sectors. In April 2009 David became the co-author of the monthly "Markets at a Glance" articles with Eric Sprott and subsequently became "Market Strategist" in February 2010.
David was named CEO of Sprott Private Wealth in March 2011 and now oversees the business unit of Sprott that provides wealth management services to high-net worth individuals, foundations and trusts. A frequent guest speaker at conferences across the globe, David has also been featured in numerous newspaper articles and television shows, providing insights on the ever changing financial landscape.
David previously worked at Integral Wealth Securities and Toll Cross Securities in Institutional Equity Sales. He has an Honours Degree in Economics from Wilfrid Laurier University and has over 7 years of experience in the financial industry.
| Doug Gratz
Doug is responsible for coordinating with our research department and evaluating product information for the consultant community. Doug is also involved in client servicing and institutional and high-net-worth marketing.
Prior to joining Research Affiliates, Doug was senior vice president of marketing and portfolio analysis at Financial Management Advisors in Los Angeles. Prior to that he was director, portfolio analysis at Beverly Hills based DeLaroche & Company. He began his career in investment management as a trader at PNC, Mellon Bank, and Gratz Trading in Pittsburgh dealing with arbitrage opportunities in securities, futures, and options.
Doug earned an MBA from Columbia University with dual concentrations in finance and marketing. He received a Bachelor’s of Science degree with highest honors from California Polytechnic University. Doug is a member of the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts and is a CFA charterholder.
Doug also serves as the chief financial officer of a charitable foundation dealing with neuro-genetic birth disorders.
| Deepak Gurnani
Deepak is the Head of the Business and CIO in the Hedge Funds at Investcorp International Inc., and is on the Management Committee for the bank. He joined Investcorp in 1993 and established the risk management function. Deepak subsequently became the risk manager for Investcorp globally covering all lines of business and also a member on the Commitment Committee for the bank. He was one of the founding members of the hedge funds business in 1996 and was subsequently designated co-head of the hedge funds business in 2000.
Prior to joining Investcorp in 1993, Deepak Gurnani spent six years with Citicorp where he was engaged in various Management/Information technology consultancy assignments with Citicorp/Citibank offices in Europe.
Deepak Gurnani received a Master’s of Business Administration degree (specialization in Banking, Finance and Systems) in 1987 from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, and a Bachelor’s of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.
| Dr. Larry Harris
Larry holds the Fred V. Keenan Chair in Finance at the USC Marshall School of Business. His research, teaching, and consulting address regulatory and practitioner issues in trading and in investment management. He has written extensively about trading rules, transaction costs, and market regulations. His introduction to the economics of trading, Trading and Exchanges: Market Microstructure for Practitioners (Oxford University Press: 2003), is widely regarded as a “must read” for entrants into the securities industry.
Chairman Harvey Pitt appointed Dr. Harris to serve as Chief Economist of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in July 2002 where he continued to serve under Chairman William Donaldson through June 2004. As Chief Economist, Harris was the primary advisor to the Commission on all economic issues. He contributed extensively to the development of regulations implementing Sarbanes-Oxley, the resolution of the mutual fund timing crisis, the specification of Regulation NMS (National Market System), the promotion of bond price transparency, and numerous legal cases. Harris also directed the SEC Office of Economic Analysis in which 35 economists, analysts, and support staff engage in regulatory analysis, litigation support, and basic economic research.
Professor Harris currently serves on the boards of Interactive Brokers, Inc. (IBKR), the Clipper Fund, Inc. (CFIMX), and CFALA, the Los Angeles Society of Financial Analysts. He also serves as research coordinator for the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance (the Q-Group). He is a former associate editor of the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis. Other professional service has included year-long assignments to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and to the New York Stock Exchange immediately following the Stock Market Crash of 1987. Dr. Harris has also worked at UNX, Inc., an electronic pure agency institutional equity broker, and at Madison Tyler, LLC, a broker-dealer engaged in electronic proprietary trading in various markets.
Dr. Harris received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago in 1982. He was designated as a Certified Financial Analyst by the CFA Institute in 2010.
| Adrian Hussey
Mr. Hussey has 25 years of experience in capital markets focused in asset allocation, risk management, financial engineering and hedging strategy. He joined University of Toronto Asset Management in 2009 and is responsible for asset allocation modeling and risk budgeting, performance attribution, risk reporting and hedging strategies.
Before joining UTAM Mr. Hussey was VP Research at Northwater Capital. He was a member of the Investment Committees for the fund-of-hedge-fund and private equity portfolios. There he designed and lead the development of systems for the quantitative screening and evaluation of hedge fund managers and the construction of fund-of-hedge-fund portfolios. In recognition for his work on hedge fund replication, Adrian won the 2007 AIMA Canada Research Award, along with Neil Simons. His team provided asset allocation advice and modeling to clients introducing hedge hedges to their portfolios and also developed an Alternative Beta Portfolio and a Risk Parity Portfolio.
As VP Capital Markets at Manulife Financial he was responsible for all equity and interest rate derivative markets activity, the introduction of Life Style funds and a family of index funds. Prior to joining Manulife he held progressively responsible positions with Ontario Hydro developing and implementing hedging strategies for foreign exchange, and interest rate exposures and with Algorithmics Inc. designing and marketing Risk Management software.
Mr. Hussey is a Dean’s List Master of Business Administration graduate from the University of Toronto, and holds Bachelor of Science in Zoology from the University of Guelph (Canada). He has received the designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from the CFA Institute is a member of the Toronto CFA Society, and is the Co-chair of the AIMA Canada, Education and Research Committee.
| Rob Jackson
As Highstreet’s Chief Risk Officer, Rob co-leads the investment team together with the firm’s Chief Investment Officer. He has direct responsibility for the firm’s research, fixed income, balanced and alternatives strategies, including derivative overlays.
Rob has been with Highstreet since the firm's inception in 1998 and has played a key role in the development of the firm’s proprietary models and risk management processes. He has 15 years of investment and risk management experience and is a member of GARP, PRMIA, and the Buyside Risk Managers Group. He has presented at various forums in Canada and the U.S.
Prior to joining Highstreet, Rob was a risk manager with a large financial institution. He earned a Master of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo in 1988 where he specialized in Statistics, and a B.A. from the University of Western Ontario 1987 (Honours Statistics).
| Dr. Kevin Kneafsey
Kevin Kneafsey, PhD, Managing Director, is head of research for BlackRock's Multi-Asset Client Solutions group (BMACS), which is responsible for developing, assembling and managing investment solutions involving multiple strategies and asset classes. Dr. Kneafsey's service with the firm dates back to 1994, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he was head of research, responsible for researching and building investment solutions within the client solutions group. Previously, Dr. Kneafsey was a senior investment strategist for the Global Market Strategies Group in San Francisco, responsible for BGI's US-based market strategies, primarily Global Ascent and active currency mandates. Prior to this role, he was an investment strategist in the Asset Allocation group, with primary responsibility for international and global mandates with a specific focus on international equities. Dr. Kneafsey has also worked extensively on BGI's currency management products. Prior joining to BGI, he was a certified public accountant for Kardas Abeyta and Co. in New Mexico. Dr. Kneafsey earned a BBA degree in finance and accounting from the University of New Mexico in 1987 and a PhD degree in finance from the University of Arizona in 1999.
| Tristram Lett
Tristram is CIO of and a partner at Integra Capital Management. He chairs its investment policy committee and also has the specific responsibility of managing the firm’s Alpha Beta strategies.
Mr. Lett is the former Chair of the Board of Governors of the Toronto Futures Exchange. Recently he was Deputy Chair of the Alternative Investment Management Association of Canada (AIMA), the hedge fund industry association, and a member of a number of its committees. Currently he is a member of the Board of Directors of the Fields Institute for Research into the Mathematical Sciences, a member of the editorial advisory board of the Canadian Investment Review, a member of the Professional Risk Managers Industry Association (PRMIA) and the International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE).
He has been frequently published on investment matters in industry journals and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences. He currently writes a blog on hedge fund issues for the Canadian Investment Review Online. He holds a M.Sc. (Econ.) from the London School of Economics. He is registered as Investment Counsel and Commodity Trading Manager with the OSC.
| Virginie Maisonneuve
Virginie joined Schroders in 2004 as Head of EAFE and became Head of the Global and International Equities Team in 2007. She is a voting member of Schroders’ Cyclical Market Forum. She began her career as a Consultant with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China. Her investment career commenced in 1987 at Martin Currie in Scotland where she managed Continental European equity funds. In 1990 she joined Batterymarch Financial Management in Boston as a portfolio manager for EAFE and Asia funds. She moved to State Street Research and Management in San Francisco in 1996 where she managed Asian equities. In 1998 she joined Clay Finlay in New York where she became Co-CIO and was a Director and a member of the Executive Committee and Investment Policy Committee Meeting. Virginie is a CFA charterholder and holds an MBA from the Ecole Superieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquees (ESLSCA). She also has an MA in Mandarin Chinese, Dauphine University, Paris, France. BA in Political Economy, People's University (renda), Beijing, China.
| William W. Moriarty
William is President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Toronto Asset Management Corporation. Prior to joining UTAM in April 2008, Mr. Moriarty was a Vice Chairman of RBC Capital Markets. Over his career at RBC, which began in 1983, Mr. Moriarty has served as: Director of Equity Research and Chair of the Investment Strategy Committee; Head of the Global Research Division; Head of the Global Equity Division; Co-Head of the Capital Markets Services Division; and Head of the Alternative Investments Division. He was also a member of the Bank’s Pension Investment Committee, and a Director of RBC Asset Management Inc. and RBC Capital Partners Limited. In addition, he has served on several community, industry and public Boards and was a founding director of IIROC and the Chair of Market Regulation Services Inc. – the SRO which regulated securities trading and market related activities of participants on Canadian Stock Exchanges and alternative trading systems. Mr. Moriarty holds a BA from the University of Toronto and an MA from the University of Chicago.
| Joshua B. Parker
Joshua B. Parker has been Managing Partner of Investment Strategies of The Gargoyle Group since 1998. From 1988 through 1998, Mr. Parker was General Counsel, then Executive Vice President, of Kenmar Advisory Corp. and its affiliates - one of the leading managers of managers in the managed futures industry. From 1986 to 1988, Mr. Parker was a member of, and an options market-maker on, the American Stock Exchange. During this time, he also trained and sponsored a number of individuals to become successful on-floor options market-makers. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. Parker was also a member of the Government Relations Committee of the Managed Funds Association. Mr. Parker is a Bridge Gold Life Master, a former North American Bridge champion and has represented the United States in international bridge competitions. He is a graduate of Yale University and the New York University School of Law.
| Jeff Pentland
Jeff is a member of Northleaf’s Investment Committee and oversees the origination, evaluation and monitoring of primary fund investments, secondary investments and direct co-investments, with a focus on North American and Japanese opportunities. Northleaf is Canada’s leading independent global private markets fund manager and advisor, managing over $3.7 billion in private equity and infrastructure commitments on behalf of corporate and public employee benefit plans, university endowments, foundations, government agencies, financial institutions, family offices and high net worth individuals. From offices in Toronto, London and Menlo Park, Northleaf’s 50-person team manages a global private markets investment program with a successful 40-year track record.
Jeff also leads Northleaf’s investor relations and business development activities, working closely with existing and prospective investors and investment consultants to design, develop and monitor their private markets portfolios. Jeff serves on the advisory boards of several partnerships within Northleaf’s portfolio.
Prior to joining Northleaf’s predecessor, TD Capital PEI, in 2005, Jeff was a management consultant with McKinsey & Company where he specialized in corporate strategy, finance and organizational behaviour, advising companies in financial services and other sectors. Previously, Jeff was a corporate/securities lawyer with Stikeman Elliott in Toronto, and Hamada Matsumoto in Tokyo, where he advised clients on private equity, infrastructure, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Jeff received a B.A. (First Class Honours) from the University of British Columbia, an M.Phil in International Relations from Oxford University and an LL.B. (Dean’s Honours List) from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto.
| David Rosenberg
David is the Company’s Chief Economist & Strategist with a focus on providing a top-down perspective to the Firm’s investment process and Asset Mix Committee. Mr. Rosenberg received both a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Toronto. Prior to joining Gluskin Sheff in 2009, Mr. Rosenberg was Chief North American Economist at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch in New York and prior thereto, he was a Senior Economist at BMO Nesbitt Burns and Bank of Nova Scotia. From 2001 to 2008, Mr. Rosenberg was ranked first in economics in the Brendan Wood International Survey for Canada, ranked second overall in the 2008 Institutional Investors Survey for the U.S., and was on the Institutional Investor All American All Star Team from 2005-2008. Mr. Rosenberg also ranked 4th out of 104 economists in the 2009 Thomson-Extel survey of global portfolio managers.
| Dr. William Shadwick
Bill Shadwick is a prominent mathematician who led the establishment of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences before entering the finance industry in 1998 at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson. He was a member of the Steering Committee of the Financial Markets Group at the London School of Economics from 1998 to 2002 and was a founding member of the Steering Committee for the UK Quantitative Finance Network. He has published key contributions to finance theory and practice and has made invited presentations of his work to leading industry groups and academic centres. Jointly with Ana Cascon, he has pioneered a fundamentally new approach to the study of probability and statistics which continues to generate powerful new tools for performance measurement, risk management and trading strategies. In 2007 Cascon and Shadwick were the recipients of the Journalism Award of the Investment Management Consultant’s Association (IMCA) for their published research on risk and performance measurement.
| Steve Wunsch
Steve is an inventor of the ISE Stock Exchange and founder of the Arizona Stock Exchange. He is a writer and consultant on market structure issues living in New York City.