EuroHedge Summit 2009

Venue: Palais de la Bourse
Location: Paris
Dates: Tuesday, 28 April 2009 - Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Held at the magnificent Palais de la Bourse in the heart of Paris, this event is known for its acclaimed international speakers, and high-level discussion of the major issues facing the hedge fund industry. Held in Spring, the Summit is a major hedge fund event which attracts the industry's elite from around the globe. Book a seat now!


Our events are renowned for their strong content which, unlike many other conferences, is put together by editors who are closely linked to the industry.  The experienced and dedicated journalists of EuroHedge ensue that the Summit covers only the most important and topical issues to the industry, and that the most influential players are speaking at the event.  You will hear from the following in 2009:

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Elena Ambrosiadou, IKOS

Elena Ambrosiadou is founder, CEO and director of IKOS CIF. She is responsible for managing business development, legal, marketing, HR finance, operations, accounting and compliance for the company. Elena has been actively involved with the development of IKOS since 1991. Between 1983 and 1989, she held a number of international management positions with British Petroleum in the UK, Australia, and the US prior to joining KPMG Management Consulting in Bahrain. She is a trustee of the Oxford Philomusica Orchestra, a patron of ARK (Absolute Return for Kids), a patron of the Independent Film Trust and was a chairman of the Parents Association at the Hellenic College in London from September 2001 until March 2004. Elena has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University, an MSc in Technology and Development from Imperial College London and a MBA from Cranfield.


 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Greg Coffey, Moore Europe Capital Management

Greg Coffey joined Moore Europe Capital Management, LLP (Moore Europe) in November 2008 as co-chief investment officer and portfolio manager. Between 2003 to October 2008, Greg was a managing director and portfolio manager at GLG Partners LP where he managed the emerging markets and macro business and was responsible for $7 billion of capital. Prior to joining GLG, Greg headed global equity proprietary trading operation at Bank Austria in 2003 and was a partner at Blueborder Partners (a Soros funded initiative) from 2000 to 2002. Greg started his career at Bankers Trust/Deutsche Bank from 1994 to 2000 where he became trader/head of emerging markets equity derivatives. 


 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Paul Ruddock, Lansdowne Partners

 
Paul Ruddock is co-founder and chief executive officer of Lansdowne Partners which currently manages approximately $10 billion in three absolute return strategies. From 1984 to 1998, Paul was a managing director, and head of international at Schroder & Co Inc, prior to which he was an institutional equity salesman at Goldman Sachs & Co. Paul is chairman of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He is a fellow of Mansfield College, Oxford University from where he holds an MA (Hons) and a first class BA (Hons) in Law. 

 

OTHER SPEAKERS:

 

David Aldrich, The Bank of New York Mellon

David Aldrich is the business manager of The Bank of New York Mellon's hedge fund (AIS) and broker/dealer (BDS) businesses and associated Financial Institutions, Client Management in Europe. David has over 20 years of industry experience. He joined The Bank of New York Mellon in 2003, and was previously at JPMorgan where he held senior management positions in securities clearance and collateral management business lines in Europe. Before this, David held senior business management positions in fixed income and derivatives at both Credit Suisse and UBS, where he started his career. David graduated from the University of Kent with honours in Economics.

 

Pierre Andurand, BlueGold Capital Management

Pierre Andurand is a founding partner and chief investment officer at BlueGold Capital Management, a newly-formed global commodities hedge fund based in London. Before starting BlueGold, Pierre was an energy derivatives trader at Vitol SA in London and Singapore from 2003 to 2007. Before joining Vitol in Singapore to trade physical and oil derivatives, Pierre was a principal and oil trader at Bank of America in Singapore from 2002 to mid 2003. Pierre started his career in 2000 as an oil trader at J.Aron in Singapore, the commodities trading unit of Goldman Sachs.

 

Peter Astleford, Dechert

Peter Astleford is a partner with Dechert LLP which operates from 18 offices in Europe, the US and Asia. He is co-chair of the firm’s global financial services group and a member of the firm’s policy committee. Peter has 20 years experience in providing advice to financial services businesses. He has advised on structuring and cross border business in many jurisdictions and is a lead author to, inter alia, Starting a Hedge Fund, a European Perspective published by ISI. He is recommended by all the leading UK legal guides. Peter qualified as a solicitor in 1986 with Linklaters where he practised in London and Brussels. In 1990, Peter joined INVESCO MIM PLC, the London listed holding company to the international financial service group, as group legal adviser and later as head of corporate services before returning to private practice.

 

Timothy Babich, Fortelus Capital Management

Tim Babich is the founder of Fortelus Capital Management which he launched in 2007. The fund specialises in European corporate distressed situations and returned +9.1% in 2008. Previously, Tim was a day one investment professional at Silverpoint Capital when the firm was founded in 2001 with $70 million AUM. The firm grew to $10 billion AUM, during which time he founded the London office and managed $1.5 billion in assets. Prior to that, Tim was an associate at The Beacon Group from 2000, the $2.7 billion private-equity fund which was later part of JPMorgan Partners. He also worked for Goldman Sachs in the investment banking division from 1998. Tim graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with three degrees MBA, BS Finance, BSE Engineering, in four and a half years.

 

Andrew Baker, AIMA

Andrew Baker is the chief executive officer of the Alternative Investment Management Association Ltd (AIMA), the trade association representing the global hedge fund industry. Prior to joining AIMA in 2007 he spent six years at Schroders in London where he was COO of alternative investments. Previously, Andrew held senior business management positions at Gartmore (1995 to 2001) and UBS Asset Management (1992 to 1994) after a 15 year spell of managing institutional assets at HD International and Rothschilds. In the early 1980s he spent two years on secondment at the Bank of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby. Andrew has a degree in Mathematics from Imperial College, London and is married with three children.

 

Peter Balint, Erste Group Bank AG

Peter Balint is co-managing the Max Africa Fund, a fund of hedge funds that invests with alternative investment managers in Africa and the Middle East region. Besides Africa, he covers Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. Before joining the Alternative Investment group he worked at the emerging markets fixed income desk in Erste Group Bank.

 

 

Nathaneal Benzaken, Lyxor Asset Management

Nathanaël Benzaken is the head of the hedge fund research and selection department, which is in charge of the construction and management of the managed account platform, due diligence and risk management at Lyxor Asset Management. Nathanaël joined Lyxor AM in March 2001 as head of the long/short equity desk. He was promoted to director and appointed head of the department in January 2005. Prior to joining Lyxor AM, he was manager of the financial risk consulting division at Andersen (Luxembourg) for two and half years and treasurer at Crédit Agricole for three years. Nathanaël graduated from Marseille Business School (France) and holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Toulouse University (France). 

 

Roberto Bogoni, Libra Equity

Roberto Bogoni is the founder and partner of Libra Equity Ltd. Libra, founded in 2001, was initially incubated inside Park Place Capital Ltd. Prior to Libra, Roberto spent six years at Giano Capital. Roberto saw Giano grow from a two man team managing €30 million to a 12 man operation with €750 million under management. Before joining Giano, he worked at Merrill Lynch in London as an Italian equity analyst. In 1994, Roberto attended the London Business School, from which he was awarded a Masters degree in Finance. From 1993 to1994, he was a senior consultant at Roland Berger & Partners (Deutsche Bank Group) based in Portugal. Roberto graduated in 1990 from the Bocconi University in Milan where he received the equivalent of a first in Economics and Business Administration.

 

Francois Bonnin, John Locke Investments

Francois Bonnin is the CEO and founding partner of John Locke Investments SA, a company created in 2001. He was joined by Marc Botter in 2006. The firm offers systematic managed futures strategies; the current assets under management are in excess of $700 million and the team is composed of 21 individuals, among which 13 are dedicated to research. Prior to creating John Locke Investments, Francois was in charge of research and alternative investments at ING France from 1998 to 2001. Between 1992 and 1998, he was managing director and founding partner of CAP STARDEX SA, a French AMF regulated asset management company, specialised in alternative systematic strategies. From 1989 to 1992, he was a director of the convertible bonds trading desk at RAFE SA. Francois graduated from International University of America with a MBA (Paris-France) and with a major in Finance in 1986. 

 

 

Antonio Borges, Hedge Fund Standards Board

Antonio Borges became chairman of the Hedge Fund Standards Board in July 2008. He is a director of several European and American companies and of the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, and is chairman of the International Council of Bocconi University in Milan. He helped to found and is chairman of the European Corporate Governance Institute. He is also a member of the European Commission’s Corporate Governance Forum. Prior to joining the Hedge Fund Standards Board, Antonio was at Goldman Sachs International, from 2000 to 2008, as vice chairman and managing director. In 1993 he returned to INSEAD, the business school in Fontainebleau, France, where he spent most of his academic career, as dean, and led the school until 2000. Between 1990 and 1993 he was deputy governor of the Bank of Portugal. He joined INSEAD’s faculty in 1980, and became associate dean in charge of the MBA Programme in 1986. Antonio graduated in Economics from the Technical University of Lisbon and has a MA and PhD in Economics from Stanford University.

 

Christopher Brandon, Rhicon Currency Management

Christopher Brandon is a principal and founder of Rhicon Currency Management. In mid 2000, He co-founded Rhicon Currency Management in Singapore. The firm subsequently opened an office in London and currently manages approximately $505 million across two currency-only strategies. Christopher was at UBS Warburg Singapore in late 1998 as a proprietary trader and the senior technical analyst for Asia. Prior to that, he was at Swiss Bank Corporation in London as a foreign exchange dealer having been relocated from Geneva where he started his career in 1995. Christopher holds an MA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

 

Alan Burnell, Nylon Capital

Alan Burnell is the founder, managing partner and chief investment officer of Nylon Capital LLP. Prior to founding Nylon Capital, Alan was the head of European fixed income trading at Barclays Capital in London. Prior to joining Barclays, Alan ran the European rates business for Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt. Previously Alan traded the five year sector of the US government bond market at Merrill Lynch in New York. Alan began his career at British Petroleum and Kleinwort Benson where he focused on interest rates and currency markets. 

 

James Chanos, Kynikos Associates

James Chanos is the founder and managing partner of Kynikos Associates.  As the largest exclusive short selling investment firm, Kynikos provides investment management services for both domestic and offshore clients. James opened Kynikos Associates in 1985 to implement investment strategies he had uncovered during his Wall Street career as a financial analyst with Paine Webber, Gilford Securities and Deutsche Bank. Throughout his investment career, he has identified and sold short the shares of numerous well-known corporate financial disasters; among them, Baldwin-United, Commodore International, Coleco, Integrated Resources, Boston Chicken, Sunbeam, Conseco and Tyco International. His celebrated short-sale of Enron shares was recently dubbed by Barron’s as “the market call of the decade, if not the past fifty years.” He is active in many charitable foundations and educational institutions. James received his BA in Economics and Political Science in 1980 from Yale University.


 

Tony Christien - Investment Data Services

Tony Christien is a director at Investment Data Services. Tony is responsible for the smooth operation of business implementation, client liaison and custody and New Business, his big love! With the large client base he is going to be stretched. Tony has had a long career in banking, including corporate banking, with FNB, formerly Barclays. He has also spent a number of years as an independent accountant.

 

Russell Clark, Horseman Capital Management

Russell Clark has been employed by Horseman Capital Management Limited since April 2006. He manages the Horseman Emerging Market Opportunities Fund. Russell started his investment career at UBS Wealth Management in 2000 and in November 2002 transferred within the UBS group to GAM London as an investment analyst, a post he held until January 2006. In January 2008 he received the EuroHedge Award for the New Fund of the Year (Equity Strategies).


 

Peter Coates, Lighthouse Partners

Peter Coates heads up the London office and works in the investment team, focusing his efforts on identifying strategic investment opportunities, and sourcing and monitoring investment managers in Europe. Peter joined Lighthouse Partners in July 2007, having previously worked in Australia, where he was a senior portfolio manager responsible for developing the investment strategy, process, fund range, and team, and for the sourcing and oversight of a range of fund of hedge funds and managers. Prior to this, he was a senior investment manager in the UK, responsible for managing and analysing direct European equity and global fund of fund portfolios. Peter is a CFA charter holder, and also a Fellow of the UK Securities Institute.

 

Martin Cornish, Katten Muchin Rosenman Cornish

Martin Cornish is an acknowledged legal expert and regularly appears as such in the Legal 500 and Chambers’ Directories of leading lawyers, having acted for securities, commodities and derivatives brokers and dealers, banks, investment banks and investment managers for over 20 years. Martin is the managing and senior partner of Katten Muchin Rosenman Cornish LLP, the London affiliate of U.S. law firm Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. Martin was previously the principal of M.W. Cornish, a niche financial services firm which he originally established in 1991; partner and head of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ financial services network of law firms, consisting of some 2,500 lawyers in over 40 countries; European legal director of a US investment bank; and a partner of Simmons & Simmons, solicitors, where he qualified.

 

Duncan Crawford, Newedge

Duncan Crawford is head of capital introductions for the Prime Brokerage Group, the prime brokerage division of Newedge. He is responsible for a diversified team of people and the team’s duties involve manager and investor sourcing and facilitation of investments through multiple initiatives. Prior to his current role, Duncan was head of capital introductions for Fimat’s Prime Brokerage Group from 2000 to 2007. Previously, he was head of futures trading for Fimat between 1996 and 2000, and was a futures broker from 1992 to 1996.  He began his career with Fimat in 1991 in the clearing business. Duncan left Newcastle upon Tyne University in 1990 with a BSc Hons in Agriculture and Food Marketing.

 

Gavyn Davies, Fulcrum Asset Management

Gavyn Davies is chairman of Fulcrum Asset Management, and a founding partner of Prisma Capital Partners and Active Private Equity. Previously, Gavyn was an economic policy adviser to the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street from 1974 to 1979. He then pursued a career as a city economist, first with Phillips and Drew, then with Simon and Coates. Gavyn was chief economist at Goldman Sachs from 1986 to 2001. He was chairman of the BBC from 2001 to 2004.

 

David Damiba - Renaissance Investment Management

David Damiba has 15 years experience in trading and portfolio management of equities and equity linked products. He joined Renaissance Investment Management (UK) in 2007 to structure, launch and manage the Renaissance Africa Fund. The fund employs a multi-strategy approach to Sub-Sahara African markets. David was a vice-president at Merrill Lynch (New York) where he was head of block equity trading for the GPC Group. In that capacity he advised ultra-high-net-worth individuals on executions and implementation strategies of large scale equity blocks. He also led that division’s equity transactional business with more than a billion dollars in annual revenues. Prior to this he was at B.L.M Investments in New York on its proprietary desk, where he focused on proprietary trading after helping launch their NASDAQ market-making operation in the 1990’s. David is originally from Burkina Faso; he holds a MBA in Finance from INSEAD and a BA in Economics from New York University (NYU).

 

Harold de Boer, Transtrend

Harold de Boer is one of the two managing directors of Transtrend. His main focus is on research and development. Since 1992, he has been responsible for Transtrend's Diversified Trend Program. Harold grew up on a farm in Nijeveen, Drenthe and started his career with Transtrend in 1989 on an internship, finishing his study of Applied Mathematics at Universiteit Twente.  

 

John Demaine, James Caird Asset Management

John Demaine is a founder of James Caird Asset Management. In 1997, he became an MD with Barclays Global Investors (BGI) where he was responsible for the derivatives, emerging markets and Dublin based funds business. Later he managed the retail business of BGI and was responsible for the launch of iShares Exchange Traded Funds in the European market. Subsequently, he took responsibility for the strategic direction of the hedge fund business as global head of Alpha Strategies Group. He joined BZW Investment Management (which became BGI) in 1995. He left BGI in 2006 for a career break. From 1988 to 1995 he worked at Sabre Fund Management. John qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) in 1985 and then joined Arthur Andersen & Co in the London Financial Markets Division. 


 

Richard Ernesti - Citi

Richard Ernesti is global head of investor services, client and sales management, and global transaction services at Citi. His present responsibilities include managing the international sales teams for the securities custody and clearing, fund accounting, trustee services, alternative investments administration and the securities lending businesses. Prior to his current role, Richard was global head of prime broker relationship management in Citi's Prime Finance division. Before this, he was head of international sales for alternative investments, fund services and securities services, global transaction services, a role he assumed in October 2003. Prior to this, he was the Asia Pacific region head of securities services for Citi's global transaction services business.

 

Guillaume Fonkenell, Pharo Management

Guillaume Fonkenell is the founder and CIO of the Pharo group, a $2 billion macro hedge fund manager based in New York and London. Prior to founding Pharo in 2000, Guillaume was a managing director at Merrill Lynch in New York heading the Latin American Local Markets Trading Group. Prior to that, he headed the interest rate options trading desk at Bankers Trust in New York from 1990 to 1994. Guillaume is an alumnus of Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), and also holds Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering and International Business from Ecole Nationale Des Ponts-Chaussées (Paris).

 

Tony Gannon, Abbey Capital

Tony Gannon is the CEO and majority shareholder of Dublin–based Abbey Capital. Founded in 2000, it allocates over $1.7 billion to the CTA sector. With over 20 years of experience, Tony brings both a trading and fund management perspective. Previously, he co-founded Allied Irish Capital Management (AICM) in conjunction with AIB Bank, Ireland's largest bank. He helped grow the company to become one of the largest European CTA and a top 10 global leader with funds under management growing from an initial $50 million to in excess of $1.4 billion. In 1999, Tony founded the structured products side of AICM and launched the first Irish based guaranteed alternative product. Prior to that, he created and traded the Gandon breakout trading program at Gandon Securities. Tony graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce and a MBS in Finance from University College Dublin.

 

Gerard Gardner, North Asset Management

Gerard Gardner is a partner and portfolio manager at North Asset Management.  Gerard joined from Goldman Sachs International. At Goldman his role was to develop GS’s foreign exchange franchise focusing on hedge funds and leveraged accounts. Prior to Goldman, Gerard joined Morgan Stanley International in 1999 as a currency strategist specialising in multi-asset class and cross economy analysis as well as taking proprietary risk for Morgan Stanley. In 1994 he was one of four founding members of Rubicon Capital Management; a NYC based macro hedge fund. His Wall Street career started in 1987 at Drexel Burnham Lambert as a US agency MBS trader. Gerard has a MBA from the University of Michigan and a BSEE from the University of Wisconsin. 

 

Kevin Gundle, Aurum Fund Management

Kevin Gundle is a founding member of Aurum Fund Management Ltd and is Senior Executive Officer of Aurum Funds Ltd in London. Kevin is also a director of several of Aurum’s Bermuda and Irish listed offshore funds and is a director of Aurum Research Ltd – the London based research arm of the Aurum Group. Kevin has been investing in the alternative investment markets for almost 20 years Kevin and overseas Aurum’s research, risk and investment processes. Aurum’s longevity enables the Aurum Funds to benefit from the many years of experience that Kevin and his partners have in fund of funds research and investment; enabling them to apply lessons learned in maximising the opportunities for Aurum’s clients. Kevin is a trustee of both Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) and the One to One Children’s Fund. Kevin holds a bachelor of engineering (Hons) degree in Computer and Control Engineering.

 

Richard Hay, Stikeman Elliott

Richard Hay is a tax and regulatory lawyer in the London office of Stikeman Elliott where he has practised for 20 years. Stikeman Elliott advises small financial centre governments responding to OECD, FATF, IMF and G20 standards for regulation, transparency and tax information exchange.  Prior to entering practice, he clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario and lectured on tax and securities law on the Faculties of Law at the National University of Singapore and the University of Ottawa in Canada. Richard received the 2008 STEP award for Outstanding Contribution to the Profession for work relating to financial services regulation. 

 

Stephen Hedgecock, Altis Partners

Stephen Hedgecock is a founding principal of Altis Partners. With over 20 years of experience implementing automated investment management systems, Stephen specialises in the ’real world’ applications of systematic trading. Stephen co-founded Altis in 2000 alongside the other three principals in the firm, bringing together over 70 years of industry experience. Altis currently manages over $1 billion of client assets using a proprietary trading system. Prior to Altis, Stephen was executive director of Quality Capital Management. Between 1991 and 1995 he was executive director of Sabre Fund Management. Previously Stephen worked at Moore Capital Management (1990-1991), Citibank (1989-1990) and Nederlandse Varia Maatschappij NV (1987-1999).

 

Denise Hitchens, Kedge Capital

Denise Hitchens has been responsible for administrative, operational and legal due diligence at Kedge Capital Services Limited since January 2002.  Denise has focused on these aspects of due diligence since 1996. Previously, she was at Global Asset Management (GAM) for eight years from 1992 until 2000, where she was responsible for creating the due diligence process for the fund-of-funds activities. Denise worked at Goldman Sachs Asset Management within its alternative investment strategies group from March 2000 until December of 2001.  She studied History at Trinity College, University of Dublin.

 

David Hoey - ABC Arbitrage Asset Management

David Hoey is vice-chairman and COO of ABC Arbitrage Asset Management (ABCAAM), the operational division of the ABC Arbitrage group. Together with Dominique Ceolin (chairman and CEO) they co-manage the extent of the groups activities. After three years with Credit Agricole post-graduation he joined the founders of ABC Arbitrage in 1996. Listed on Euronext, the group has shown consistent profitability since its creation with annual ROE in a range of 15% to 52%, and on average 29%. Historically of a proprietary orientation, in 2007 ABCAAM launched its first fund, ABCA Arbitrage Opportunities Fund, an Irish QIF. The Fund runs one of the group’s legacy strategies exploiting the Global M&A universe from a statistical approach and had annualised returns of 13.9% and 6.50% respectively for 2007 and 2008.

 

Frank Holmes, U.S. Global Investors

Frank Holmes is CEO and CIO of U.S. Global Investors, Inc. (NASDAQ symbol: GROW) which manages more than $2 billion in 13 no-load mutual funds and hedge funds; the Meridian Global Resource Funds. U.S. Global Investors has a 30-year history of investing in the natural resources market and established the first no-load gold fund in the United States in 1974. U.S. Global funds have won more than two dozen Lipper Fund Awards for consistent performance since Frank became CIO in 2000. He was selected as the 2006 international mining fund manager of the year by Mining Journal. Frank is a regular speaker at investment conferences and guest commentator on CNBC, Bloomberg, CNNfn, etc. He has been profiled by Fortune, Barron’s, The Financial Times and other publications. He is co-author of the book; The Goldwatcher. "Demystifying Gold Investing." 

 

T. Michael Johnson - Paulson & Co. Inc.

T. Michael Johnson is senior vice president of investor relations for Paulson & Co. Inc., a New York based hedge fund management company, managing over $26.6 billion in assets across four fund families; the merger funds, the event driven funds, the credit opportunities funds and the recovery funds. T. Michael was previously a director of Citigroup Private Equity (CPE). Prior to joining CPE, he worked as a vice president, corporate development for iVillage.com (a media company), an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney, and corporate restructuring and commercial litigation attorney at Anderson Kill & Olick LLC. T. Michael received a MBA from Harvard Business School, a JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and a BA in Political Science from Boston College, where he graduated summa cum laude and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

 

Sujal Kapadia - Barclays Capital

Sujal Kapadia is a managing director and head of prime services origination distribution for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Barclays Capital, based in London. His team is responsible for driving new revenue outcomes with existing prime services clients and bringing new clients onto the firm’s prime services platform. Sujal joined Barclays Capital in September 2008 from Lehman Brothers, where he held a senior sales role in prime services in New York, covering large, multi-billion dollar global hedge funds. In March 2008, he was awarded the firm’s Chairman's Award for Extraordinary Client Service, an annual award given to 50 Lehman Brothers employees globally. He joined Lehman Brothers in 2001 from J.P. Morgan, where he spent the majority of his 11 year tenure in the corporate interest rate/FX derivatives sales organisation. Sujal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Virginia in 1990. 

 

Aref Karim, Quality Capital Management

Aref Karim is chief executive officer and chief investment officer of Quality Capital Management (QCM) and also carries overall responsibility for its investment strategies and research. QCM is a UK based hedge fund manager with a 13 year operating history. Today, QCM offers three ‘long volatility’ investment programmes: the global diversified programme, the global natural resources programme and the enhanced commodity beta programme, with a total AUM of $670 million as of February 2009. Aref has been in the hedge fund industry for over 25 years, combining both ‘buy’ side (allocation) experience as well as ‘sell’ side (fund management) role at QCM since inception. He spent 14 years with Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, a sovereign wealth fund in the Middle East that has a significant allocation to alternative investments. Aref qualified as a chartered accountant in the UK and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

 

Nagi Kawkabani, Brevan Howard Asset Management

Nagi Kawkabani is a partner and joint chief executive officer of Brevan Howard Asset Management LLP (BHAM). Prior to joining BHAM in June 2003, Nagi was a managing director and global co-head of the fund development group at CSFB (2000 to 2003) which was responsible for the seeding, development and management of CSFB-branded hedge funds and alternative investment funds in the equity asset class. Prior to this, (1987 to 2000) Nagi was a managing director and head of equity derivatives at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette International. Nagi holds a B. Comm in Finance and Marketing (University Scholar) from McGill University (1979). 

 

William Keunen, Citco Fund Services

William Keunen is the director of Citco Fund Services. He has worked in the financial services industry for 22 years. He has spent 19 years working for Citco in the fund administration business, including spells in Curacao, New York, the Cayman Islands and Dublin. William also worked in London as a director of Global Asset Management and as the chief operating officer of Boar’s Head Management. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982. William holds an Honours Degree in Economics from Manchester University. 

 

Francois Langlade-Demoyen - Pamplona Capital Management

Francois Langlade-Demoyen is the CIO of fund of funds at Pamplona Capital Management LLP. He has 25 years of experience in research and investment management. Between 2004 and 2007, Francois established and served as CIO of Langlade Capital Management LLP in London managing a European Long Short Equity Fund. Between 1999 and 2003 he was partner and CIO of the Buttonwood Long Short European Equity Fund. From 1994 to 1999 he was in charge of European equity strategy and co-head of European equity research at Credit Suisse First Boston Ltd in London as managing director. He has also previously worked for CSFB France, based in Paris and as an executive director at Goldman Sachs in London responsible for French equity strategy. Prior to that, he was a financial analyst at JP Morgan in Paris and New York. Francois holds degrees in Philosophy from Paris Sorbonne University, Finance from the Paris Dauphine University and an ESSEC MBA.

 

David Leahy, Credit Suisse

David Leahy is director of hedge fund coverage for Credit Suisse Prime Services in London. David joined Credit Suisse in Hong Kong in 2004 where he was head of Prime Services sales for Asia Pacific. Before joining Credit Suisse, David was managing director and legal counsel for Citco Fund Services, Asia Pacific, based initially in Hong Kong and then Sydney, Australia. In 2001 he established Citco’s Hong Kong operations, and worked with Citco in the British Virgin Islands and Curacao. He also previously worked with Citigroup in Amsterdam and Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) in Dublin. David graduated from University College Cork in Ireland with a Bachelor of Law Degree, before attending Kings Inns in Dublin. He is a qualified Barrister at Law. 

 

H. Joseph Leitch - Rubicon Fund Management

H. Joseph Leitch is a founding partner of Rubicon Fund Management, which has managed a global macro strategy since 1999. Joe is the chief administrative officer of Rubicon. From 1977 to 1999, he was at Salomon Brothers, where this last role was co-head of foreign exchange. Prior to working in foreign exchange he was a US Treasury and financial futures specialist. Joe earned a MBA from the Wharton Graduate School in 1977. Prior to attending Wharton, Joe worked for General Electric in power system sales. He earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University in 1971.

 

Claude Lixi, Galena Asset Management

Claude Lixi has over 10 years' experience in the oil and oil derivative trading markets. He joined Galena Asset Management, part of the Trafigura Group, in February 2009 to establish and manage an energy-focused fund. Prior to joining Galena, Claude was senior options trader in the oil derivatives trading desk at Morgan Stanley. He was in charge of Europe and Asia's oil options trading. Claude had previously spent seven years at BP in London and Chicago where he established and was responsible for BP's oil options proprietary trading worldwide. He was global co-head of the oil derivatives trading and marketing teams. Claude has also worked for Elf Trading (now Total S.A.) and TFS. Claude graduated from the Institut National des Telecommunications (Paris, France) and holds a post graduate in International Finance from HEC (Paris, France).

 

David Lofthouse, Prologue Capital

David Lofthouse is principal, chief executive officer and chief risk officer at Prologue Capital. Prior to founding Prologue, David was global head of inflation trading at Goldman Sachs in London where he developed a wide range of experience and relationships in the global inflation trading marketplace. Previously, David worked at Greenwich Capital for nine years in charge of inflation trading and was also the head trader in long duration arbitrage and zero coupon bonds. He also worked for JP Morgan for eight years in New York and London trading government bonds. David has a BSc (Hons) M(Eng), Chemical Engineering from Nottingham University. 

Hamlin Lovell, Millennium Global

Hamlin Lovell is the senior investment analyst for the Millennium Multi-Strategy Fund (MMS), Millennium's fund of hedge funds. He has responsibility for generating fundamental and quantitative reports and recommendations on economics, global equities and hedge funds. Hamlin has eight years experience of economic, financial and investment analysis. His career began in the UK Government Economic Service and progressed into equity analysis at the Universities' Superannuation Scheme, the UK's third largest pension fund. He then worked at Independent Research Provider IDEA global as part of the UK equity team before entering the hedge fund world. Here, he carried out due diligence on hedge funds for The Capital Partnership Asset Management and Duration Asset Management, two London-based funds of hedge funds. Hamlin is registered with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. He graduated from the University of Leicester in 1996 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

 

Neil McCallum, Capula Investment Management

Neil McCallum is chief operating officer at Capula Investment Management having joined the firm at inception in October 2005. Neil is responsible for finance, operations, HR, legal and operational risk for the firm. Between 1998 and 2005, Neil held positions as head of operations at UFJ International and chief financial officer at Sanwa International plc. He has also held financial and operational management positions in the global fixed income department at WestLB and at BZW, where he was initially global head of operations for the Barclays Swaps Group and then CFO for the debt capital markets division. A graduate of Durham University, Neil is a qualified chartered accountant having trained with Coopers & Lybrand.

 

Charles F. Michaels, Sierra Global Management

Charles F. Michaels is the co-founder and president of Sierra Global Management.  Charles has served as the portfolio manager of the Sierra funds for over 12 years. He was born in Europe and has spent much of his personal and professional life there, including six years with Goldman Sachs in London and Zurich. He  served as a vice president during his nine years with Goldman (1986 to 1996), as well as a founding member of Goldman's European equities business. Prior to Goldman, Charles was an assistant vice president at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco and New York (1978 to 1985). He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley (1978) and received his MBA from the Columbia Business School (1986). Charles is an honorary board member of the Lincoln Center Institute and an advisory board member of University of California’s Haas Social Responsibility Fund. 

 

Jon Mills, KPMG

Jon Mills is a partner in KPMG’s financial sector practice. He is a member of KPMG’s UK, Europe and Global Investment Management and Funds practice groups. Jon also sits on the ICAEW’s Investment Management Committee. Jon leads KPMG’s client service teams for a number of major investment management and hedge fund assignments. Jon has more than 15 years experience in the financial sector, having joined KPMG in 1991. He has worked with global organisations across numerous jurisdictions, including four years spent on secondment to KPMG Bermuda. Jon is a graduate of the University of Exeter and is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

 

Daniel Moreno, Global Evolution Asset Management

Daniel Moreno, trading FX and commodities runs the Odyssey EM multi Strategy Fund at Global Evolution Asset Management with Morten Bugge, founder and CIO, fixed income, and Thomas Hellerup, equities. Odyssey EM multi Strategy Fund applies a top-down approach specialising in macro and political risk, investing across markets; fixed income, foreign exchange, equities and commodities. Prior to joining Global Evolution, Daniel Moreno was a senior portfolio manager at Union Investment (DZ Bank Group) responsible for EM local currency debt products where his fund ranked number one in Germany and top five in Europe in 2007.

 

Ian Morley, Allenbridge Hedge

Ian Morley is chairman of Allenbridge Hedge. His is also director of Corazon Capital Limited, Dawnay Day Quantum, director of DDCAP and director of Olympia Capital Management. He was formerly head of derivatives and quantitative fund management at AIB Govett, managing director of Rudolf Wolff Fund Management and European director of managed futures at Lehman Brothers. He was also the founding chairman of the Alternative Investment Management Association. He has advised the Bank of England, the Central Bank of Ireland, the OECD, the EU, the FSA and other international institutions about the hedge fund industry. Ian graduated with a BSc Economics (Hons) from the LSE, London. 


 

Gideon Nieuwoudt, Silver Creek

Gideon Nieuwoudt, CFA, is a managing director and a member of the investment committee at Silver Creek. He heads Silver Creek’s London office and provides research and coverage of global hedge fund managers. Gideon is responsible for the continued expansion of Silver Creek’s non-US business with a focus on increasing the investment opportunities in Europe and Asia. Prior to joining Silver Creek, he was the head of European and Asia research for Union Bancaire Privée Alternative Investments (UBP). Prior to UBP, Gideon was a senior manager research consultant at Watson Wyatt Worldwide in New York. He was also a member of the portfolio management group that governs the manager selection and allocations of Watson Wyatt’s advanced investment solution clients. Gideon holds a B.Com in Mathematics from the University of Stellenbosch and is a CFA charter holder.

 

Kate O'Neill, RBS Asset Management

Kate O'Neill joined RBS Asset Management in a newly created role as head of distribution and has global responsibility for the distribution of RBS AM's product and capabilities to institutional clients. The product base includes hedge fund of funds, private equity and credit investments. Kate was previously at Henderson Global Investors where she was head of pan-European distribution and director of hedge funds. Prior to joining Henderson in London in 2001, she worked for its then parent company AMP in Sydney for five years, most recently as head of risk and operations in its private equity business. Kate is a graduate of Sydney University and holds a BA and LLB.

 

Colm O'Shea, COMAC Capital

Colm O’Shea is the founder and chief investment officer of COMAC Capital LLP, a discretionary global macro hedge fund manager. Previously, Colm was a portfolio manager for Balyasny Asset Management (BAM). Before joining BAM, he was the senior macro portfolio manager for the Quantum Fund at Soros Fund Management. He started his career in the financial markets at CitiGroup where he spent 11 years as a proprietary risk taker in fixed income markets. Prior to CitiGroup he worked as an economist at Oxford Economic Forecasting. Colm received an Economics degree from Girton College, Cambridge. 

 

Stephen Oxley, Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company

Stephen Oxley is the managing director who heads the PAAMCO’s account management group with responsibility for overseeing the firm's global business relationships. He is based in London and is also responsible specifically for maintaining relationships with PAAMCO's European institutional clients. He is involved in all stages of the investment process and is a member of the Investment Management Committee and the Account Management Committee.  Prior to joining PAAMCO, Stephen was a partner and senior investment consultant at Watson Wyatt, LLP in London, where he provided investment advice to a number of large pension fund clients. In addition, he was head of the hedge fund research team and took part in the management of the firm's investment practice. He is a frequent guest speaker at numerous European pension fund conferences and writes regularly in various industry publications. Stephen has 20 years of investment management experience with institutional investors.

 

Martin Pabari, CQS

Martin Pabari is chief financial officer responsible for managing CQS’ financial and operations functions. He is also a director of CQS Investment Management Limited, New City Investment Managers Limited and a member of the CQS executive and operating committees. Prior to joining CQS in 2003, Martin was a director at Credit Suisse in product control covering both fixed income and equity derivative products.  Most recently he was European head of equity product control where he managed a team of 45 people. Martin holds a BA (Hons) in Mathematics from Robinson College, Cambridge and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ACA 1994).

 

Bob Paine, Advent Capital Management

Bob Paine is a managing director at Advent Capital Management and co-portfolio manager of the Advent Global Opportunity fund. Bob has been in the distressed and credit markets for over 20 years and has significant experience and expertise managing investments across the entire capital structure, including distressed, high yield, leveraged loans, CDS, and equities. In distressed, he has been an active member of numerous workout and creditors committees. Prior to Advent, Bob managed a credit strategies fund at GSC Partners and a credit recovery fund at Stanfield Partners. His experience also includes 15 years at Putnam Investments where he managed over $1 billion of distressed securities as well as $5 of traditional high yield corporate bonds. This area of expertise represents a natural extension of Advent Capital Management’s 13 year old competence in credit-driven investment strategies.

 

Susan Payne, Emergent Asset Management

Susan Payne is CEO of Emergent Asset Management and the co-manager of the top-ranked Alternative EM Debt and FX Fund. She is also on the Investment Committee for the firm’s African Agricultural Land Fund. After being called to the Bar in Canada, Susan started her career in finance at JP Morgan, where she was the head of EM marketing, Europe in the original eight-person emerging markets group, which grew to number 250 globally. She then joined Golden Sachs as head of sales and trading, EM, Europe. In 2007 and 2008, Susan was ranked as one of the Top 100 Women in Finance in Europe, and won a 2006 Shell UK Women of the Future Award. She holds three honours degrees from Oxford, McGill and St. Andrews Universities.

 

Theo Phanos, Trafalgar Asset Managers

Theo Phanos is co-founder of Trafalgar Asset Managers and CIO of three hedge funds in credit, distressed, and aerospace strategies. Prior to Trafalgar, Theo worked at Bankers Trust, Lehman Brothers and most recently the high yield and distressed group at Deutsche Bank. During his career he has worked across all fixed income and credit disciplines including cash, derivative and structured products. Theo has a MBA (Finance) from New York University (Stern School of Business) and a BSc (Economics) from University College London.

 

Martin Phipps, Gartmore Investment Management

Martin has 26 years investment experience, 23 of which have been spent with Gartmore Investment Management Limited (and its predecessor companies, NatWest Investment Management and County Bank) in both portfolio management and business management roles. Since June 2006, he has been the head of alternative distribution, in which capacity he oversees Gartmore’s hedge fund business. Martin has been closely involved in the firm’s hedge fund business since its inception in 1999 and was appointed head of hedge funds in 2000. Previous commercial roles include head of client service in the institutional group and head of international client service and sales. Martin joined the quantitative group at the investment division of County Bank in 1985, and in 1990 was appointed as the head of structured fixed income, where he was responsible for a team managing quantitative fixed income and currency overlay mandates. 

 

Tom Priore, ICP Asset Management

Tom Priore is the CEO of ICP Capital and the chief investment officer of ICP Asset Management, which he founded in 2004. While at ICP,Tom has built a world-class risk management infrastructure and investment team which has outperformed in one of the worst credit cycles in history. The firm currently manages over $16 billion AUM. In 2007, Tom was recognised as one of the 20 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds likely to impact the global hedge fund and alternative investment industry. Prior to founding ICP, Tom managed the Fixed Income and Structured Products Group at Guggenheim Capital Markets where he focused on investing and underwriting structured products. Before Guggenheim, he was at PaineWebber Inc. for eight years in the fixed income sales and trading department. Tom is a graduate of Harvard University with a BA in American History and holds a MBA from Columbia University.

 

Thomas Raber, Alvine Capital Management

Thomas Raber founded Alvine Capital Management in 2005, prior to which he was a senior partner and managing director of Key Asset Management (U.K.) Ltd for seven years. Formerly, Thomas was European head of fixed income sales for Banque Nationale de Paris in London, and held various senior positions in fixed income with Lehman Brothers and CSFB over 10 years in London, Geneva and New York. Thomas holds a BA in Economics from Boston University and completed the Chicago GSB Executive Institute at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.


 


  Jean-Michel Raynaud, Mn Services

Jean-Michel Raynaud has been head of hedge funds and GTAA at Mn Services NV since February 2009. In this role, he is responsible for hedge funds and GTAA allocations. He previously worked for Lehman Brothers (2007 to 2008) where he was responsible for hedge funds investment and operational due diligence for the fund derivatives group in New York. Before that, he worked at Merrill Lynch (2002 to 2007) in New York where he was the lead senior research analyst focusing on directional, quantitative as well as macro hedge fund strategies. Prior to Merrill Lynch, he was portfolio manager of hedge fund allocations with BAREP Asset Management (1998 to 2002), a multi-strategy hedge fund, based in Paris and Chicago, and owned by Societe Generale Group. Jean-Michel is an Actuary (IAA, International Actuarial Association and IA, Institut des Actuaires). Jean-Michel graduated with honours from the Euro-Institut des Actuaires in Brittany, France in 1998.

 

Shawn Reynolds, Van Eck Absolute Return Advisers

Shawn Reynolds joined Van Eck Global in 2005 as senior analyst focusing on energy. Prior to this, Shawn was employed at Petrie Parkman & Co. as an energy analyst covering US oil and gas exploration and production companies. From 1991 to 2001, Shawn covered North American, European and global energy companies out of New York, Australia and London with Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers and Credit Suisse First Boston. Prior to his career in finance, Shawn worked at Tenneco Oil Company. Shawn has a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cornell University, a master’s degree in Petroleum Geology from the University of Texas, Austin, and a MBA in Finance from the Columbia Business School.

 

 

Henrik Rhenman, Rhenman & Partners Asset Management

Henrik Rhenman is a founding partner and chief investment officer of Rhenman & Partners Asset Management, an exciting new niche player with a clear focus on the healthcare sector. Henrik has more than 20 years of investment experience. Prior to forming Rhenman & Partners Asset Management, Henrik was founder and chief investment officer of Carnegie Healthcare Funds. During Henrik´s leadership, the global healthcare fund was ranked number one in the world since inception (nine plus years) as well as top three over both five and three years. Rhenman Healthcare Equity L/S Fund is unique in that it is supported by a world-class scientific advisory board. The board has a broad network, consisting of hundreds of renowned scientists and experts at internationally renowned scientific institutions all over the world, including the Karolinska Institute and the University of Uppsala.

 

 

Emmanuel Roman, GLG Partners

Emmanuel Roman joined GLG Partners LP as a co-CEO in September 2005, after 18 years at Goldman Sachs International Limited. Prior to that, he was co-head of Goldman Sachs Worldwide Global Securities Services in 2001 and in 2003 he also became co-head of the European Equities Division. In 1996 Emmanuel became a managing director of Goldman Sachs International Limited and in 1998 he was elected to partnership. Emmanuel joined Goldman Sachs International Limited in 1987 where over the years he worked in the fixed income, investment banking and capital markets areas and in 1991 became the co-head of Worldwide Equity Derivatives. Emmanuel received a MBA in Finance and Econometrics from the University of Chicago in 1987 and a bachelor's degree from the University of Paris in 1985. 

 

 

Lisa Scott-Smith, Millenium Global Investments

Lisa Scott-Smith is managing director and senior portfolio manager within the global currency team at Millenium Global Investements. she shares responsibility for investment strategy and positioning in developed and emerging foreign exchange markets and specialises in portfolio construction and implementation using FX options. Before joining Millennium Global in 2005, Lisa was a director at Credit Suisse First Boston in the global foreign exchange group where she ran the London team responsible for hedge funds from 2001 to 2005. Prior to this, she was a vice president within the global foreign exchange group at JP Morgan in London. During her 10 years at JP Morgan, she advised a global mix of institutional, corporate and hedge fund clients in foreign exchange markets, derivatives and strategies. In her final four years at JP Morgan, Lisa managed the global options sales team. She played a key role in the design and launch of JP Morgan's Volatility Centre and e-commerce FX initiatives. Lisa is registered with the Financial Services Authority (FSA).

 

  Mark Slater, Bridge Asset Management

Mark Slater is general counsel and a founding partner of Bridge Asset Management, an emerging markets fund manager specialising in fixed income, and distressed and special situation opportunities. Mark manages operational, regulatory and compliance issues and was responsible for the process of creating the fund management business and the funds managed by Bridge. He takes an active role in risk management and legal aspects of investments. Mark has over 12 years experience in emerging markets of which 10 have been spent in a fund environment. He was formerly general counsel at Argo Capital Management Limited, another emerging markets fund adviser. Mark joined Argo from Debt Advisory International, a US based fund adviser specialising in sovereign distressed debt and restructuring transactions. Before that, he spent eight years as a lawyer at Allen & Overy working in the finance group in London. Mark qualified as a solicitor in 1992.

 

 

Robert Sloane, S3 Partners

Robert Sloan is the managing partner of S3 Partners, LLC, a New York and London based prime brokerage risk manager which he founded in 2003. He is the author of the forthcoming book Don’t Blame the Shorts: Why Short Sellers are Always Blamed for Market Crashes and How History is Repeating Itself ( McGraw-Hill/Fall 2009). In addition, Bob serves as an independent member of the board and the compensation committee for MF Global Ltd., the world’s largest exchange traded derivatives broker. Prior to S3 Partners, Bob was a managing director, the global head of prime brokerage, equity finance and delta one products, and a member of both the securities division operating committee and the product managers committee at Credit Suisse First Boston. In 1998, Bob founded and chaired the CSFB/Tremont Hedge Fund Index. This was the first investable benchmark index for alternative investments. From 1989 until 1996, he worked at Lehman Brothers in the equity derivatives and central funding unit. Prior to his career on Wall Street, Bob was a speech writer and translator for the Ministry of International Trade & Industry (MITI), Tokyo, Japan. Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Lee University. 

 

  Mikael Spångberg, SEB Merchant Banking

Since 2007, Mikael Spångberg has been head of a team within SEB Merchant Banking that engages in seed and incubation activities to hedge funds. The team also manages a couple of alternative investment strategies. Mikael is also a credit committee member and is active in various projects within SEB trading and capital markets. He has been active in the alternative industry during the last 10 years. He started his career at the equity finance desk and since then he has had several senior positions within the banking industry including senior credit analyst and portfolio manager. Mikael holds a Master of Science degree in Financial Economics.

 

 

 

Lawrence Staden, GLC

In 1982 Lawrence Staden went straight from the cloistered world of Cambridge mathematics to “teach” maths at a Southeast London comprehensive. In the ensuing chaos, he learnt much about human psychology, risk management and disaster recovery. The kids learnt nothing. He went into investment banking (non-pensionable) on the rebound. By 1992 he was running Bankers Trust’s Gilt and treasury market makers, RV prop desk and analytic research group (he was the only MD with a maths’ degree and he cut low). In 1992 he set up GLC to develop (nick) the ideas in the analytics group. GLC runs a mix of macro and CTA strategies with an equity market-making programme for old time’s sake. GLC are based in Soho and there is still some of the previous tenant’s décor downstairs if you care to visit.

 

  Karl-Mikael Syding, Futuris Asset Management

Karl-Mikael Syding manages the Euro denominated Futuris Fund together with its founder Arne Vaagen and Mattias Nilsson. Prior to joining Futuris in 2000 he worked at SkandiaBanken (1994 to 1996) and Swedbank where he established the latter’s IT research team. Karl-Mikael has covered a diverse group of companies, ranging from construction and specialty chemicals to IT consulting and software companies. His team at Futuris has been awarded with a gold and a silver star from Morningstar and the Fund of the Year (2008) from EuroHedge. Futuris has beaten its hurdle of Euribor for 10 consecutive years and has returned an annual average of more than 19% (2008: 27%). Futuris is part of the Brummer & Partners group which is ranked as one of the leading European hedge fund managers.

 

 

 

Sushil Wadhwani, Wadhwani Asset Management

Sushil Wadhwani is currently CEO of Wadhwani Asset Management, a London-based fund management company. He was a full-time external member of the Monetary Policy Committee, responsible for setting UK interest rates to meet the governments’ 2.5% inflation targets at the Bank of England between June 1999 and May 2002. From 1995 to 1999, Sushil was head of the Quantitative Systems Group, a member of the management committee and partner at Tudor Proprietary Trading LLC, a fund management company. Between 1991 and 1995, he was director of equity strategy at Goldman Sachs International and before that a reader/lecturer in Economics at the London School of Economics. Sushil has published a number of articles in academic journals and is currently a visiting professor at the London School of Economics and Cass Business School. He was also designated a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2002.

 

 

Ragnhild Wiborg, Consepio

Raghnild Wiborg is the main owner and portfolio manager of the Consepio Fund since 2005. Between 1997 and 2005 Ragnhild was chief investment officer and the portfolio manager for the funds Odin Nordic, Odin Norway, Odin Offshore, Odin Maritime and Odin Europe. Raghnild has worked actively in the Nordic stock market since 1990, as an analyst and equity sales at Carl Kierulf & Co, Sundal, Collier & Co and at Pareto Fonds. Previously she worked within corporate and structured finance at the First National Bank of Chicago (now JPMorgan). Raghnild started out her professional career in London in 1985, for the Scandinavian Bank Group (now SEB) as a credit and financial analyst. Raghnild graduated at the Stockholm School of Economics and followed up with master studies at Fundacao Getulio Vargus (Sao Paulo) in Brazil. She also studied French, French Politics and History at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

 

 

 

Giles Williams, KPMG

Giles Williams is a partner in KPMG’s regulatory services practice and has undertaken consulting projects and investigations in the financial sector for over 15 years. He was seconded to the Bank of England’s Special Investigation Unit from 1995 to 1997, and since then has undertaken projects on behalf of the FSA and authorised firms regarding compliance arrangements, sales practices, product suitability reviews, management arrangements, systems and controls, client asset and client money issues, consumer conduct of business reviews and money laundering arrangements. Giles’ practice is to assist clients dealing with the regulator directly, or in the context of a significant change programme to ensure regulatory safety in the context of the primary programme objectives.
 
 

 

Andrew Wolfson, Cadiz

Andrew Wolfson is head of hedge funds and investment products at Cadiz which he joined after heading to South Africa in 2003 to seek out opportunities. His passion is seeking out cross-asset opportunities. Prior to that, in 1998, his focus was equity derivatives for CGD, where he was responsible for the group's global equity derivatives trading and cross-asset structuring businesses. Andrew started his professional career as commodity derivatives trader within ABN Amro London trading aluminium, copper, nickel and zinc. He spent time in London and New York trading base and precious metals and moved to Tokyo-Mitsubishi in 1996 where he set up the commodity derivatives trading and structuring teams in energy products, industrial and precious metals. Andrew gained a B.Sc (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Aberdeen.

 

 

Tim Wong, Man Investments

Tim Wong is the CEO of AHL and a member of the Man Investments Management Committee. He joined AHL in 1991 as a research analyst, and later assumed overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the research and investment management operations. He is an associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals. Tim graduated from Oxford University in 1991 with a first class honours degree in Engineering Science. He subsequently gained an MSc in Statistics and Operational Research from London University.

 

  Martin Woodcock, Millgate Capital

Martin Woodcock is CEO of Millgate Capital and is based in the firm’s London office. Prior to founding Millgate with James Lyle in 1997, he worked in research, sales and trading at Robert Fleming, CSFB and Salomon Brothers. Martin is responsible for running the business at Millgate as well as maintaining involvement in the investment process and portfolio construction. He is currently chairman of Cambridge University Amateur Rugby League Football Club, and he is also a trustee of Egmont Trust and is a member of the Kids Company Development committee. Martin is a graduate of Cambridge University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours from Magdalene College.

 

 

David Yarrow, Clareville Capital

David Yarrow is the founder and majority partner of Clareville Capital LLP and the majority shareholder of Clareville Capital Ltd. The company was founded in 1996. The Pegasus Fund converted from long-only to a hedge fund in 1998. Current assets under management at Clareville are approximately £50 million. Prior to founding Clareville Capital, David spent eight years working as an institutional stockbroker in UK equities in London and New York. In 1993, he was appointed a director of equities at Natwest Securities where he worked until leaving to start Clareville Capital in the spring of 1996. David has an honours degree in Business Studies and Accountancy from Edinburgh University.