Speakers and panellists information 2016

Alan Dunne, Managing Director, Abbey Capital

Alan DunneAlan Dunne is Managing Director at Abbey Capital Limited, the Dublin-based alternative investment specialist and a voting member of the Investment Committee. In his role, Alan oversees market and portfolio analysis and research thought pieces, and participates in all aspects of Abbey Capital’s manager due diligence and appraisal activities.

Before joining Abbey Capital in 2012, Alan was Investment Director with Ulster Bank Wealth, the private wealth management business of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group in Ireland, where he was responsible for investment strategy and asset allocation. Prior to that, he was Investment Strategist at Allied Irish Capital Management (AICM), a Dublin based global macro Commodity Trading Advisor(CTA). Alan started his career at Bank of America, London, as a technical analyst and proprietary trader in the Foreign Exchange (FX) division. He subsequently worked with Bank of America in Hong Kong and Singapore as Senior Research Analyst in FX, before joining BNP Paribas as a fixed income strategist in Emerging Markets in London.

Alan is a CFA holder with a BA in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, an MSc in Investment Management from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and an MBA from University College Dublin.

Alex Lowe, Managing Partner, ISAM

Alex LoweAlex Lowe is a member of the ISAM Systematic Trend Investment Committee and of the ISAM Executive Committee. Alex was previously at Man Group, where he was originally Head of Product Development, for Man Global Strategies (a division of Man Group Plc) from 2003 to 2006, and latterly from 2006 to 2009 CEO of MGS and a Director of Man Investments Ltd. Alex was responsible for a team of 60 individuals running over 100 products investing $19bn of client money into a wide range of hedge fund strategies, across the globe.

The AUM was invested predominantly through over forty Managed Accounts, making use of the greater transparency and control offered as well as the significant structuring capabilities around Man’s CTA manager AHL which drove Man’s dominance in Hedge Fund structured products over the period. In addition Alex was responsible for a pool of $500m of Man Group’s proprietary capital for investments into early stage managers making approximately six to ten such investments a year. Prior to Man, Alex worked as a Senior Trader at BNP Paribas in Paris from 2001 -2003 where he was responsible for Equity Relative Value Trading setting up a series of quantitative models trading in Europe, the US and Asia, and at ING Barings from 1998 -2001 as a senior salesman. Alex graduated from Newcastle University with a degree in Politics and was a Captain in the British Army.

Amanda Pullinger, CEO, 100 Women in Hedge Funds

Amanda PullingerMs. Pullinger is the Chief Executive Officer of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. She leads a small staff team and manages over 350 volunteer practitioners globally, overseeing the operations of the organization, which now has over 13,000 members in 20 locations.

Ms. Pullinger is a former principal of Aquamarine Capital Management, where she was responsible, over a period of seven years, for managing marketing, investor relations and back office administration for two private investment funds.

Ms. Pullinger is currently Chairman of the Board of The HALO Trust (www.halotrust.org) and serves on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Alumni Association of NY. She previously served on the Boards of SkillForce, NYU Cancer Institute 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.

Ms. Pullinger 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.

Anne-Sophie d’Andlau, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, CI-AM

Anne SophieAnne-Sophie d’Andlau is co-founder and managing partner at CIAM, an asset manager specialized in Event Driven (hard catalysts), which she co-founded with Catherine Berjal. Prior to launching CIAM in 2009, Anne-Sophie spent eight years with Systeia Capital Management, a Paris based hedge fund manager, subsidiary of Amundi, mainly as a portfolio manager of their Event Driven funds. Before this, she spent six years with PricewaterhouseCoopers from 1995 to 2001, in their Audit and Corporate Finance departments, of which three years in New York. Anne-Sophie holds a Master degree in Finance from Rouen Business School in France.

Blu Putnam, Chief Economist and Managing Director, CME Group

Blu PutnamBlu Putnam is the Chief Economist and Managing Director of the Strategic Intelligence & Analytics team at CME Group, the operator of futures and options exchanges, including the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, the Chicago Board of Trade, the New York Mercantile Exchange, and COMEX. He is responsible for leading economic analysis on global financial markets, analyzing client and competitor activity, and managing a team of data scientists. He also serves as CME Group's spokesperson on global economic conditions and manages external research initiatives.

Blu has over 35 years of experience in the financial industry, ranging from central banking to investment research to portfolio management. Blu regularly publishes research reports on the global economy and markets, and serves as a commentator on Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Fox Business News, Japan's NHK, and other media. Blu earned his Ph.D. in economics from Tulane University in New Orleans. He has five books on international finance and portfolio management to his credit as well as many academic articles, including such journals as The American Economic Review, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, among others.

Caspar Berry

Caspar BerryCaspar Berry, started his career in the first series of Byker Grove on BBC1 alongside Ant and Dec. He went on to read Economics and Anthropology at Cambridge and - after setting his sights on becoming a professional film writer - had his first screenplay produced by Film Four whilst still in his final year.

By the time he was 23 Caspar was writing for Miramax and Columbia Tri Star. At 25 he moved to Las Vegas and became a professional poker player for the next 3 years of his life.

In 2002 he co-founded Twenty First Century Media and built it into the fastest growing audio visual media company in the North East of England. At this time he also began his career as a speaker and catalyst for new thinking within business, specialising in risk-taking and decision-making. In 2008 his company was sold to Bob Geldof’s media giant, Ten Alps.

Caspar Berry returned to his television roots as the presenter and poker expert on a number of TV shows, most notably: Poker Night Live, voted Britain’s best poker show; and Sky Poker, the country’s premier nightly poker show. He also appeared on Sky Sports, was the poker strategy writer for Flush magazine and was also the poker adviser on the James Bond movie, Casino Royale.

Caspar is a highly distinctive corporate speaker with a unique and challenging message that forces people to question many of the things they take for granted. Drawing on his diverse range of experiences in poker, business and life, Caspar has created a range of workshops, seminars and speeches that deliver powerful and pertinent messages about the way we think, particularly when it comes to risk-taking, communicating, decision-making and innovating.

Caspar has now delivered over 1000 sessions as a speaker and trainer for hundreds of organisations including Google, The Met Police, IBM, Castrol, KPMG, ASDA, Orange, Eon, Ernst and Young, BAA and Ashridge Management School.

Clayton Heijman, CEO, Privium Fund Management

Clayton Heijman 120x120Clayton Heijman is a Director of Privium Fund Management. As a Dutch national, he obtained a degree from the Dutch HEAO in Utrecht in 1983 and a Masters in Business Administration from Webster University in Leiden in 1986, with an emphasis on marketing and management. After working for Kas-Bank and merchant bank MeesPierson he joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 as an executive director in the Equity Finance & Prime Brokerage division.

In 1998 he joined Fortis as Managing Director to set up the Prime Fund Solutions activities. After leaving in 2006 he became Managing Director at Credit Agricole-Calyon. In 2008 he started and became the CEO of Darwin Platform, a firm that provides start up support to new investment management initiatives and offers COO support. He is a member of the EMEA-board at the Alternative Investment Management Association and a Director of several companies.

Website Privium Fund Management

Chris Farkas, UK Hedge Fund Leader, and Head of Investment Management Managed Services, Deloitte

Chris Farkas 2Chris joined Deloitte in September 2014 and specialises in advisory engagements focused on the business, M&A, marketing, regulatory, operations and technology. He also leads Deloitte’s investment management managed services, providing regulatory and investor reporting solutions for investment managers, banks and insurance companies, including PRIIPs, UCITS, AIFMD Annex IV, US Form PF and Form CPO-PQR and Solvency II among others.

Prior to Deloitte he spent the last 18 years servicing the financial sector, approximately twelve of which in investment banking. During this period, he has worked with hedge fund managers in the UK, US and Asia primarily within the European prime brokerage groups of Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank. As Deutsche Bank’s European Head of Hedge Fund Consulting, he was responsible for building and managing a team who work with established and start-up hedge fund manager across the business, including business planning and strategy, investment and operational risk management, regulatory, technology systems and infrastructure.

Chris graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, is a qualified Chartered Accountant (Canada), has held FCA significant influence function CF30, and is currently Chair of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) Research Committee.

Claire Smith, Research Analyst, Partner and Shareholder, Albourne Partners

Claire smithClaire Smith is a research analyst, partner and shareholder at alternatives advisory firm Albourne Partners, based in Geneva. Albourne consults to investors with over $350bn invested in alternative assets. Her coverage responsibility is all managers globally undertaking quantitative equity market neutral, statistical arbitrage, convertible arbitrage and volatility arbitrage strategies, including tail hedging, and multistrategy relative value. Claire also leads a project to upgrade and expand Albourne's proprietary database on alternatives managers.

Prior to joining Albourne in 2004, Claire provided bespoke hedge fund research to London funds of funds and published well over 100 articles in the financial press. From 1986 to 1998 Claire was employed at various UBS group companies as a derivatives broker, marketer and structurer. Career highlights include initiating a synthetic warrants issuance program in 1994, becoming head of European convertible sales in 1995 and head of investor derivative marketing in 1996. Claire started her career in 1985 as a credit analyst at Chase Manhattan Bank after completing a Masters program in Chemical Engineering and Management at Imperial College, London.

Claire founded 100 Women in Hedge Funds in Geneva in 2007 and oversaw the organisation's strategy and development in Switzerland through till 2014. She was a member of the London Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds from 2009 and of the global Advisory Council from 2012. Claire is on the Research Committee of the Alternative Investment Management Association and is also a member of the Board of Solidarite Femmes Geneve, a Geneva-based charity that provides support to women and children subjected to domestic violence.

Daniel Avigad, Portfolio Manager, Lansdowne Partners

Daniel AvigadPrior to joining Lansdowne Partners in April 2006, Daniel worked for 5 years in the Pan-European telecoms services team at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein which was ranked 1st in the 2005 Extel survey. Daniel holds a Distinction for his Masters degree in Information Technology and a first class honors for his bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics from the University of Nottingham. 

Daniel is a CFA (Certified Financial Analyst) Charterholder and a partner of Lansdowne Partners (UK) LLP

Daniel Capocci, Senior Investment Manager, Architas

daniel capocciDaniel is senior investment manager at Architas. He is the lead manager of the European Multi Manager funds with over €1.5b in assets. He is the lead manager of the AXA InvestPlus range of funds, AXA Selection Stars and AXA Selection Strategic Balanced. His role involves the management of equity, bonds, alternative as well as flexible fund of funds.

Before joining Architas in 2010, Daniel worked as a senior portfolio manager at European private banking group in charge of long-only and hedge funds portfolios. Daniel has published several books including "The Complete Guide to Hedge Fund and Hedge Fund Strategies" and has also published research in globally-recognised professional and academic journals. Daniel wrote a PhD thesis focused on “The analysis of hedge fund strategies”. Daniel is CAIA Charter holder.

David Burnside, Head of Business Development and Partner, Finisterre Capital

David BurnsideDavid joined Finisterre in January 2014 as a Partner and Head of Business Development. Previously he was a Partner at BlueBay Asset Management LLP from July 2010 where he led a newly established specialist Alternatives sales team, becoming Head of Alternatives with broader product responsibility after one year. He oversaw strong asset-raising and product launch/development across a range of liquid and long-lock alternative strategies. Between November 2003 and July 2010 he was the Head of European Institutional Marketing and Global Client Communications at FRM where he led the growth and maintenance of FRM’s core European institutional client base and managed investment consultant relationships. Between October 1999 and November 2002 David was the European business and product manager for the fund of hedge funds business at Goldman Sachs Asset Management International where he led integration of the newly acquired US-operation within GSAM Europe. Prior to this he founded the Capital Introduction Group within the Prime Brokerage unit at Goldman Sachs International from 1997 to 1999. David started his career as a solicitor in London and Paris from Freshfields, a leading global law firm, from March 1990 to April 1993 before moving to Morgan Stanley International to take up a position as an in-house lawyer. He holds a degree in Law from Cambridge University.

Didier Duret, CIO, ABN AMRO Private Banking

Didier DuretAs Chief Investment Officer of ABN AMRO Private Banking Global Research & Strategy Didier Duret leads the bank’s Global Investment Advisory Centre. He  manages a team of top-notch analysts, covering asset classes such as equities, bonds, money markets, alternative investments - to name but a few.  As Chairman of the Private Banking Global Investment Committee, Duret is instrumental in providing ABN AMRO investment advisors, private bankers and their clients with comprehensive investment advice and financial market strategy covering 40 countries. 
Growing up just across the border from Geneva, the native Frenchman (now dual Swiss national) is a seasoned professional in the global financial industry, with more than 20 years’ experience.  Duret’s education focused on international finance and economics and he holds a Masters in Economics from Grenoble University (France), a D.E.A. in finance from the “Ecole Supérieure des Affaires” in Grenoble as well as a Post-Graduate degree in International Finance from the renowned “Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales” in Montreal, With ABN AMRO Bank Switzerland, he led the Discretionary Portfolio Management Department since 1998, and subsequently became Head of Financial Products CH and European Head of Product Development.
Duret’s career has brought him far and wide.  Before 1998, when he joined ABN AMRO, Duret held senior positions in Money Management for Switzerland’s UBS and Paribas.  Prior to that, he was Economist and Investment Strategist for the Investment Committee of Banque Pasche-CIC Group; Economic Advisor for Banque Paribas (Suisse), and Consultant at the International Future and Commodity Institute for the launch of the SOFFEX financial market in Switzerland. 

Didier Duret especially appreciates the international orientation of his job and the opportunity it provides him to orchestrate success for the bank and clients alike: Duret constantly finds links between his personal passion – classical music – and his professional passion in the way he directs his team. “In my team, it’s a matter of focusing on individual skills. Each person contributes their well-researched findings, allowing us to create a clear picture of the financial markets.”

Eric Ebermeyer, CIO, Neuflize OBC Investments

Eric_EbermeyerMr Ebermeyer began his financial career in 1992 in quality of proprietary trader, within the capital markets division of Sumitomo and Paribas until 1998. After this inspiring experience, he pursued his career in wealth & asset management as Chief Investment Officer for HSBC, Fortis, Investec, Commodore Wealth, and finally ABN Amro. In addition, Mr Ebermeyer was the Chief Executive Officer and founder of Fortis Multi Management, a subsidiary of the Fortis group dedicated to traditional and alternative multi-management. Mr Ebermeyer has an international expertise and has worked in Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Singapore, Geneva and London. He has a Bachelor degree in Applied Economics and a Master degree in international finance and financial mathematics from FUCaM - UCL Belgium.

Eric Cockshutt, Head of RFP & Responsible Investment Coordinator, Unigestion

Eric CockshuttEric Cockshutt, Senior Vice President, is Responsible Investment Coordinator at Geneva based Unigestion. He joined the firm in October 2013.

Eric began his career in 1985 in Investment Advisory at Financial Concept Group Inc. In 1996, he joined Trimark Investment Management Inc. in Toronto as Vice President, Sales focusing on independent advisors and became Vice President, Inside Sales at AIM Trimark in 2002. Eric then assumed the role of Vice President, Sales Solutions at Invesco Trimark in 2004 and was responsible for sales positioning and advisor education programs.

Eric has also served as Chair of the Presbyterian Church of Canada’s Board of Trustees and its Investment Advisory Committee and as a member of its Pension Board overseeing $250 million in assets.

Eric holds a B.A. (Econ) from Huron College, University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and CSC (Honours) from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Ewen Cameron Watt, Senior Director, BlackRock Investment Institute

Ewen Cameron WattEwen Cameron Watt, Senior Director, BlackRock Investment Institute, a global platform that leverages BlackRock's global expertise to generate insights that augment the firm's ability to create a better financial future for our clients. Mr. Cameron Watt leads internal events and debate between investment leaders, and represents these views externally to clients and the media. Mr. Cameron Watt is also a Government Relations Steering Committee member.

Mr. Cameron Watt's service with the firm dates back to 1995, including his years with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers (MLIM), which merged with BlackRock in 2006. At MLIM, he was chair of MLIM's Central Strategy Group and was responsible for asset allocation and multi-manager products. Prior to joining MLIM, Mr. Cameron Watt was a partner in a firm of London stockbrokers, Director of Research for SG Warburg Securities in Asia, and an Institutional Investor rated capital goods analyst in London. He began his financial career in 1978 and joined SG Warburg in 1985. Mr. Cameron Watt earned an MA degree, with honours, in modern history from Oriel College, Oxford University in 1978.

Mr. Cameron Watt served in a personal capacity as an independent advisor to the Bank of England Pension Fund from 2000-2006 and from 2010 as an external member of the Investment Committee of All Souls College, Oxford.

Fabrice Cuchet, Candriam Investors Group

Fabrice CuchetFabrice joined Candriam in 1999 as Head of Long Only European Equity, and was promoted to Head of Long Short Equity in 2000 and Deputy Head of Alternative Investment in 2003.
Fabrice became CIO of Alternative Management in 2006 and was appointed to Candriam’s Executive Committee three years later.

Prior to joining Candriam, Fabrice was Head of Equity Investments at Dresdner RCM Gestion. He started his career at Dresdner Bank in 1993 after graduating from the Engineering School ENSIMAG in 1992.

Fabrice holds a DEA in Statistics and stochastic calculation, and was certified as a financial analyst by the French Society of Financial Analysts in 1996.

Genia Diamond, Head of Business Development and Partner, Cantab Capital Partners

Genia-DiamondGenia is a partner responsible for all of Cantab’s investor focused activities. The team she leads has responsibility for all investor-related activities helping to further expand the firm’s reputation and place amongst investors globally. Genia joined Cantab in 2011 from OMAM UK. Prior to that she was at Solent Capital and BlueCrest Capital. She started her career in asset management as a senior researcher at PAAMCO fund of hedge funds. Genia has a PhD in linguistics from the Moscow State University, an MBA from Erasmus University in the Netherlands and an MA (Honours) in Linguistics & Culture Studies from the Moscow State University. She is a CAIA Charter Holder.

Genia is a frequent speaker at asset management industry forums. She co-chairs the London Chapter of Senior Practitioners for 100 Women in Hedge Funds and was included in the “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2013” list published by Hedge Fund Journal and Ernst & Young LLP.

Han de Jong, Chief Economist, ABN AMRO

Han de JongHan de Jong is Chief Economist of ABN AMRO Bank N.V., in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Prior to taking up this position in 2005, he headed the Investment Strategy team at ABN AMRO Asset Management for five years. Before that, Han held various positions inside and outside ABN AMRO, such as leading the bank’s fixed-income research unit. Between 1992 and 1997, he worked in Dublin, Ireland, for a local brokerage firm as its Chief Economist. After graduating, Han initially worked as a University lecturer in the Netherlands. From 2005 to 2012 Han was columnist with Het Financieele Dagblad, the leading Dutch financial newspaper.

He is currently also a member of the investment committee of several Dutch pension funds. In addition, he teaches macroeconomics at a post-graduate investment-management course at the Free University in Amsterdam.

Heidi de Vries, Partner, Maples and Calder

Heidi de VriesHeidi is a partner in the Investment Funds group and works closely with hedge fund managers, private equity houses and their onshore counsel in the hedge fund and private equity sectors. Heidi advises on both Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands law and specialises in the structuring, formation, ongoing maintenance and restructuring of hedge funds and private equity funds, representing large financial institutions as well as boutique and start-up managers. Her experience includes the establishment of Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands companies and partnerships and advising on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters.

Jack Inglis, CEO, AIMA

Jack InglisJack Inglis became the chief Executive Officer of AIMA in February 2014. He has been involved with hedge funds for 25 years and has held leadership positions in prime brokerage at both Morgan Stanley, where he served for 16 years, and Barclays, where he was prior to joining AIMA. From 2007 to 2010 he was CEO at the convertible bond specialist, Ferox Capital Management. He began his career in 1983 and has extensive experience across origination, distribution and trading across the capital markets. He holds a Master of Arts in Economics from Cambridge University.

Jenny Rodgers, Portfolio Manager, M&G

Jenny RodgersJenny Rodgers is Head of Research for the Macro & Multi Asset Investment Team at M&G, and is Co-Fund Manager of the M&G Episode Growth Fund.

Jenny joined Prudential Portfolio Managers (now M&G) in 1994, initially analysing European equity markets and acting as a Portfolio Manager for external clients. She has been part of the Macro Investment team led by Dave Fishwick since it was established in 1999.

Jenny is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a BA Honours in Economics from Exeter University.

Jérôme de Lavenère Lussan, CEO, Laven Partners

Jerome LussanJérôme de Lavenère Lussan is the CEO and founder of Laven - a global integrated consultancy servicing the financial industry. Jérôme’s background includes acting as a COO of a hedge fund and as a financial lawyer at Jones Day. Jérôme has a broad degree of expertise in the hedge fund and fund management industry and is an advisor to many international financial services firms specialising in regulatory, legal, operational and risk matters.

Jérôme belongs to a unique group of people for whom continuous education and developments are part of the routine. He has been able to adapt his thinking to new regulatory requirements in Europe as well as to those around the world, while taking a strong ethical stance of what protects investors.

He is a member of the Law Society of England and Wales, the International Tax Planning Association and of the CFA Society of the UK.

Jérôme holds an LLB from University of Edinburgh. In 2010 and 2011, Jérôme was named by Financial News as one of its 100 Rising Stars, and in 2011 and 2012 one of its 40 under 40 Rising Stars in Hedge Funds. He is the author of the FT Guide to Investing in Funds, published in June 2012.

Kris Douma, Director of Investment Practices and Reporting, PRI

Kris DoumaKris Douma joined the PRI in December 2015 as Director of Investment Practices and Reporting. From 2003 till 2007 he was a Member of Parliament in the House of Representatives in the Netherlands, following a 12 year career as a trade union officer and manager in trade union federation Dutch FNV. After leaving the Dutch parliament in 2007, he spent seven  years as Director of Responsible Investment & Governance and member of the management team at MN, the fiduciary manager for Dutch and UK pension funds with €100 billion AUM. In that capacity he collaborated with the PRI on numerous initiatives, most notably, in collaborative engagements, development of investment practice (e.g. private equity) and the PRI policy network.

From 2010 to 2014 he was also chair of the investment committee and board member of Eumedion, the Dutch Investor platform. Most recently—2015—he was manager for 'Public Interest' at the Dutch Professional Accountants Organisation (NBA), coordinating the implementation of measures to improve independence, integrity and quality in the Dutch audit industry. At the PRI, Kris Douma will be responsible for further developing and implementing the PRI’s work on investment practices and reporting, supporting signatories to develop their own practices in ESG-integration on investment policy, investment decisions, active ownership and transparency.

Prof. Lex Hoogduin, Economics professor at the University of Groningen and CEO of GloComNet

Lex HoogduinAppointed to the Board in December 2015. Professor Lex Hoogduin is currently Chairman of LCH.Clearnet Group Limited.  Professor Hoogduin previously served as Executive Director at De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) from January 2009 until July 2011, where his responsibilities included economic policy and research, financial stability, financial markets, statistics and payment, clearing and settlement systems. He has also held a number of economic advisory positions as Chief Economist at Robeco, Managing Director of the IRIS research institute and advisor to the first president of the ECB.

He holds a Master's degree in Economics from State University of Groningen, and received his PhD degree in Economics in 1991. Other current appointments: He is a part-time professor of complexity and uncertainty in financial markets and financial institutions at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

Lukas Daalder, CIO Investment Solutions, Robeco

Lukas DaalderLukas Daalder is the CIO of Robeco Investment Solutions, overseeing the multi-asset portfolio’s managed by Robeco (AuM 23.5 billion). He has been working in the financial services industry for over 20 years in various roles ranging from strategist (Rabobank), delta one trader (IMC) and head of research (Bank Oyens & van Eeghen).

During that time his focus has always been on the financial markets. He has a weekly column in the leading Dutch financial newspaper Het Financieele Dagblad, as well as a weekly column on RTL-Z, and is author of the daily ‘Best of the Web’ blog (www.lukasdaalder.com)

Marc-Antoine Chatin, Portfolio Manager and Partner, Parus Finance

Marc ChatinMarc Chatin is one of the four portfolio managers of Parus and is involved in all aspects of the investment process. Prior to Parus, Marc worked at several long/short equity funds including Edoma ($2.2bn peak AUM) and Gandhara ($3.5bn) either as a generalist or as a portfolio manager focusing on TMT sectors. Marc also worked for Cisco in corporate business development and for Rothschild in M&A. Marc has an MBA from the Wharton School of Business and a BA from ESSEC.

Mark de Klerk, Head of Seeding Strategies, Tages Capital

Mark deklerkMark de Klerk is Head of Seeding Strategies, and is a Partner at Tages Capital. Tages Group is a fast-growing international investment house specialised in multi-manager solutions and distressed debt. Founded in 2011, the Group has over US$6 billion in assets under management, advisory and servicing, including over US$2.2 billion in the alternative multi-manager solutions business.

Tages Capital is one the most active seed investors in Europe, with over US$500m in seed and acceleration capital having been deployed since inception, including investments made from two dedicated seeding vehicles with mandates to invest across offshore and UCITS funds. Mark was formerly Head of Operational Due Diligence responsible for European based managers at Credit Suisse Asset Management and Global Head of Due Diligence at Credit Suisse International where he was a Director within the Fund Linked Products group. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in 2000 and is a CFA Charter holder.

Michael Coleman, Managing Director, RCMA

Michael ColemanMike has over thirty years of trading experience in commodities. He graduated from Exeter College, Oxford University in 1982 and joined Cargill as a graduate trainee. In a 19-year career at Cargill, Mike held a variety of trading and trading management positions including head of Cargill’s Global Rubber Division and regional manager for Cargill’s petroleum trading business in the Asia Pacific region.

In 2001, Mike joined with Marubeni to establish U Derivatives Pte Ltd, where he was COO. In Apr 2004, Mike left U Derivatives to found Aisling Analytics and launch The Merchant Commodity Fund.

Nicolas Campiche, CEO, Pictet Alternative Advisors

nicolas campicheNicolas Campiche joined Pictet Alternative Advisors SA in 2000 and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2003. He was recruited by Pictetas a portfolio manager in 1994 and went on to assume responsibility for Pictet London’s UK-based private clients.

Nicolas began his financial career in 1991 at the United Nations Pension Fund in New York. He later worked for the Credit Suisse Group where he progressed to portfolio manager.

Nicolas holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Economics from the HEC Business School of Lausanne. He also completed an Investment Management & Corporate Finance post-graduate course at London Business School.

Nicolas Gaussel, CIO, Lyxor Asset Management

Nicolas GausselNicolas Gaussel is Chief Investment Officer for Lyxor Asset Management.

Nicolas Gaussel has 17 years experience in the financial industry, including 12 years within SG’s Asset Management division. He has served as Lyxor Chief Investment Officer since 2012, overseeing Lyxor teams of over 100 Portfolio Managers, researchers and financial engineers. Nicolas Gaussel joined Lyxor in 2009 as Head of Structured and Quantitative Management. Prior to this, Nicolas Gaussel has been Global Head of Asia at SGAM Alternative Investments between 2006 and 2009, based in Tokyo. Nicolas Gaussel began his career as a Quantitative analyst with HSBC, in Paris.

Nicolas Gaussel holds an engineering degree from French Ecole Centrale de Paris, as well as a Master degree and a PhD in Economics from Paris La Sorbonne. In addition to this, he has been a quantitative finance lecturer in different master programs and contributed various articles and academic conferences in the field. Nicolas Gaussel is a board member of the French Finance Association and of the Edhec Risk Institute.

Niki Natarajan, Founder, In Ink (London)

Niki natarajanAfter writing and editing InvestHedge, a publication from HedgeFund Intelligence, for more than 12 years, Niki founded In Ink (London), a company specialising in creative content, communication and event organisation. Niki has more than 20 years’ experience as a financial journalist, specialising in investment management, with particular expertise of the global funds of hedge funds industry.

For eight years, Niki organised and hosted the InvestHedge Forum, an annual two-day event held at the British Museum in London connecting investors with hedge funds. Latterly the InvestHedge Forum was held alongside the InvestHedge FoHF Awards, an annual gala dinner rewarding top performing funds of hedge funds on a risk-adjusted basis; an event she first hosted in New York in 2003.

Niki has moderated panels on hedge fund investing for EuroHedge, AsiaHedge and Absolute Return, as well as hosting sessions for Lyxor Asset Management’s annual investor conference (2013) and the Amsterdam Investor Forum (2014).

Prior to working at HedgeFund Intelligence, Niki launched the hedge fund and securities finance coverage at Financial News. Niki was also the launch editor of Global Fund News; editor of Foreign Exchange Letter; and reporter on Global Money Management, all formerly publications of Institutional Investor’s newsletter division.

A qualified NLP coach and trained yoga teacher, Niki graduated in Geography from Durham University.

Ole Rollag, Managing Principal, Murano Systems Connect

Ole RollagOle Rollag founded Murano Systems in 2011, a spin-off from Perfecta Partners, a ‘think tank’ style management-consulting firm that focuses on building businesses in the asset management industry. Ole was previously a Fund Manager at Nordea, specialising in derivative-based arbitrage strategies and was eventually Head of Alternative Products prior to leaving the firm in 2008 in order to set up a long volatility fund. Having started his career at the Chicago Board of Trade in 1996, Ole has nearly 20 years experience in both the trading and the fund management industry. Previously, he worked at Societe Generale as a Fixed Income Fund Manager concentrating in complex fixed-income and equity derivatives and Carr Futures. Ole has an MBA from HEC Paris.

Paul Buethe, Sr. Portfolio Manager, Crabel Capital Management

Paul BuethePaul Buethe, Portfolio Manager, graduated in 1985 with a BS from the University of Nebraska. In 1987, he earned a MBA from Columbia University. From 1986 through 1997, Mr. Buethe was a trader and researcher at Niederhoffer Investments. He founded Insight Capital, Inc. in 1997 and began trading for clients in January 1998. In August 2000, he entered into a joint venture with Toby Crabel and moved his firm from Connecticut to Crabel’s office in Wisconsin. Currently, Mr. Buethe is the portfolio manager for the Buethe Crabel Diversified Futures Program. He spends most of his time managing his portfolio and conducting research. Mr. Buethe joined the Executive Committee in June 2010.


Rani Piputri, Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager, Saemor

Rani PiputriRani Piputri is a partner at Saemor Capital and senior portfolio manager for the Saemor Europe Alpha Fund. In 2015 she was named one of the “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds” by the Hedge Fund Journal.  She co-manages Saemor’s proprietary multi factor stock selection model. As a European equity specialist, she also covers Consumer and Health Care sectors within the team. Before joining the Saemor team, Piputri was a European Equity manager and a Quantitative Analyst at AEGON. She has also been a consultant for pension funds and investment consultant at ORTEC in Rotterdam.

Rani Piputri grew up in Indonesia and came to the Netherlands after obtaining a scholarship from the Witteveen-Dekker Foundation to study at Erasmus University Rotterdam. She is both a CFA and a CAIA charterholder, and serves on the board of CFA Society Netherlands. She holds an MSc in Financial Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Rasmus Soegaard, Portfolio Manager, Old Mutual Global Investors

Rasmus SoegaardRasmus is responsible for sourcing, researching and selecting alternative investment strategies for our multi-asset portfolios. Rasmus has worked with alternatives research and portfolio management for the past 14 years, having previously worked as a Hedge Fund Analyst with International Asset Management Ltd and ABN AMRO Asset Management Ltd. Rasmus commenced his career with HSBC Republic Investments Ltd, is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and holds an MSc in International Securities, Investment and Banking from the ICMA Centre, University of Reading.

Richard Mathieson, Managing Director, BlackRock

RichardMathiesonRichard Mathieson, CA, Managing Director, leads the European Investment Strategy team within BlackRock Scientific Active Equity. Mr. Mathieson's service with the firm dates back to 2008, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. Prior to rejoining BGI in 2008, Mr. Mathieson was an equity analyst for a specialist investment company focused on European financial stocks. Previously he was with BGI as a senior portfolio manager, where he was responsible for managing both long only and market neutral strategies.

Mr. Mathieson earned a BAcc from the University of Glasgow in 1996.

Sheila Nicoll, Head of Public Policy, Schroders

Sheila NicollSheila is Head of Public Policy at Schroders. She has been closely involved in the development of the financial services regulatory system in the UK and Europe since 1982. Before joining Schroders she was a Senior Adviser and focused particularly on wealth and asset management regulatory issues.

From 2007 to 2013 she was at the Financial Services Authority where she supervised the whole range of mid-sized financial services institutions during the financial crisis, before becoming Director of Conduct Policy and part of the leadership team which created the Financial Conduct Authority. At the FSA she led the development of the Retail Distribution Review, the Mortgage Market Review and the review of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Previously she was Deputy Chief Executive of the Investment Management Association and held several policy roles at the London Stock Exchange, including before and after “Big Bang”. She is a modern languages graduate and holds a non-executive role as Secretary of the Churches’ Mutual Credit Union.

Simone Tarozzi, Head of Trading Strategies, Cardano

Simone TarozziSimone is an Investment Manager, focused on trading strategies, including Macro, Fixed Income, CTA and Quantitative. Simone joined Cardano’s Investment Management team in March 2014.

Before joining Cardano, Simone worked at FRM in London for four years as a hedge fund analyst in the Manager Research team covering trading strategies. Prior to that Simone Tarozzi worked at Duemme Capital (Banca Esperia Group) in London for 4 years as a hedge fund analyst, and before that he has spent 4 years in Milan working at Duemme SGR (Banca Esperia Group) as portfolio manager. Simone started his career in Milan where he has spent 3 years working for the ING Group as a business analyst. Simone holds a Degree in Economics, Master of Science equivalent, from the University of Bologna. He has also completed his MBA at the Profigenst Management School, Bologna, and he is CFA charterholder.

Thijs Aaten, Managing Director Treasury & Trading, APG Asset Management

Thijs AatenSince the start of 2010, Thijs works as Managing Director Treasury & Trading at APG Asset Management. To arrange liquidity and achieve best execution for its internal clients the APG Treasury & Trading team acts as an internal counterparty and offsets risks as efficient and effective as possible in the market. This also allows for centralized counterparty risk- and collateral management.

Trading acts in various markets such as Fixed Income-, Credit-, Currency-, Equity-, Commodity- and Money Markets. To further professionalize the Treasury & Trading activities Thijs was responsible for the implementation of a complete new front-to-back derivatives system.

Thijs has extensive experience in asset management for pension funds based on previous positions such as Head of Allocation & Overlay Management and Head of Portfolio Analytics within APG. Currently he is a member of the Investment Committee of two Dutch pension funds. Furthermore he represents APG in the Bond Markets Contact Group of the ECB and is a member of the SMSC consultative group of ESMA.

Thijs studied Economics at the ‘Vrije Universiteit’ in Amsterdam and he completed a Bachelor of Business Administration at Nijenrode. He is a CFA charter holder and also holds a Certificate in Quantitative Finance (CQF).

Werner von Baum, Managing Partner, LGT

Werner von BaumWerner von Baum (German) is a Managing Partner at LGT Capital Partners. Prior to joining LGT Capital Partners in 2005, Mr. von Baum worked for HypoVereinsbank in Munich where he built and led the Corporate Origination and High Yield Capital Market business, and became Managing Director in 2002. Prior to joining HVB, Mr. von Baum worked with Bankers Trust, London since 1991, where he held various positions in the marketing, structuring and trading of fixed income, FX and equity derivatives. Mr. von Baum started his career in 1989 at Salomon Brothers in New York and Frankfurt as an equity derivatives trader.

Mr. von Baum holds a degree in economics and a diploma from European Business School (Frankfurt, London, Paris). He is a registered FSA in the UK and has obtained Series 3, 7 & 63 licenses in the US. Mr. von Baum is fluent in English, German, Spanish and French.

Wilrik F. Sinia, Director, Mint Tower

Wilrik Sinia 2Wilrik Sinia studied  Monetary Economics at the Erasmus University , is a CFA® charterholder and is a certified FRM (financial risk manager).  He started in 1995 as a stock broker and after finishing his studies, he joined ABN AMRO as Management Trainee.  After a short period of time as a technical analyst and training at the ABN AMRO Academy, he became Sales Advisor. Here he advised clients on the restructuring of loan portfolios and the sales of interest rate derivatives.

In 2000, he switched to the Convertible Arbitrage desk. His main focus there was on rate and credit markets. In 2001, Wilrik also assumed responsibility for the Global Swap Book where all the interest rate risks of the Equity Division were concentrated. After 2003, as co-head of the desk, he was responsible for the transformation of this business into the Principal Strategies Group, the proprietary trading group within the Equities Division of ABN AMRO.

After the acquisition of ABN AMRO, Sinia continued to work in the same position for Royal Bank of Scotland. He started Mint Tower Capital Management in 2010, within Mint Tower Sinia is responsible for risk management.