EuroHedge Summit 2013

Venue: Palais de la Bourse
Location: Paris
Dates: Wednesday, 22 May 2013 - Thursday, 23 May 2013

Held in Paris every Spring, the EuroHedge Summit is Europe's biggest hedge fund event which attracts the industry's elite from around the globe. The event offers incisive and topical content about hedge fund strategies and addresses the overall outlook for the hedge fund industry and financial markets, as well as the opportunities, challenges and risks across a range of investment strategies. REGISTER NOW - US: +1 212 224 3570 / UK: +44 (0)20 7779 7222 or email:

Penny Aitken
Investment Manager, FQS

Penny Aitken oversees the FQS investment research process and reports independently to the CEO/CIO. Before joining FQS, Penny was head of research at International Asset Management (London). She had previously held roles as finance director at Tisbury Capital Management (an event driven hedge fund) and as research analyst at Bradshaw Asset Management (a European long short equity fund). Before moving into hedge funds in 2001, she was part of Cazenove Fund Management’s emerging markets team as an assistant fund manager. Penny is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and a member of the ICAEW, having trained with Deloitte & Touche. She graduated with a BA Honours from Christ Church, Oxford and holds the Securities & Investment Institute Certificates (SFA) and the Investment Management Certificate (IMC). Penny holds a non-executive directorship and is an Advisory Board member of Women on Boards UK.

Luis Amusátegui
Founding Partner and Head of Research, Cygnus Asset Management

Luis Amusátegui is founding partner and head of research at Cygnus Asset Management, with 16 years of experience covering the sector. Before joining Cygnus, Luis was an analyst for Pan-European utilities at Tisbury Capital, a Londonbased hedge fund. He was ranked as the number 1 buy-sideutilities analyst by Extel in 2011 and 4th in 2012. Luis has also held the position ofsenior utilities analyst of the Pan-European utilities team at UBS.Luis holds an MBA from Columbia University, New York and a B.A. in Computer Science from St. Louis University, Missouri.

Jon Atkins
Executive Director, Nomura International

Jon Atkins heads the single stock Delta1 business at Nomura International.  The team specialises in strategies around synthetic funding solutions, absolute dividend risk, market access products and corporate events.  Jon joined Nomura in 2008 following 9 years at Lehman Brothers within Delta1, equity financing and prime brokerage sales and trading. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Birmingham.

Heiko Bailer
Chief Investment Officer, Plenum Investments

Dr. Heiko Bailer is chief investment officer of the Pulsar product line at Plenum Investment AG. Before August 2010, at Credit Suisse Private Bank, he was responsible for quantitative investments across the bank where he launched a modified version of the Pulsar Absolute Protect strategy with 1% allocation across all discretionary mandates.Heiko worked for over ten years at financial institutions in London, New York, Tokyo, and Zurich in equities, fixed income and alternatives. He has a doctorate in Statistics as well as a Computational Finance degree from the University of Washington and a master of science equivalent in Mathematics and Physics from the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich.

Paul Beck
Executive Director, Head of Representative Office Paris, Eurex

Paul Beck has been the head of representative office of Eurex / Deutsche Börse Group in Paris since 2009 and is responsible for business development of the cash and derivatives markets in France, Belgium and Luxembourg.  After starting his career in consulting, Paul joined Eurex / Deutsche Börse Group in 2000, where he held various roles in Frankfurt, Chicago and London. In 2006, he became chief operation officer of RV Capital, taken over by Captone in 2007.
Paul studied economics at University Louis Pasteur in Strasbourg and holds a MSc in International Business from CERAM School of Management. He has been a CFA charterholder since 2006.

Nathanaël Benzaken
Deputy Head of the Alternative Investments Business Line, Lyxor Asset Management

Nathanaël Benzaken has been deputy head of the alternative investment business line since July 2012. He also heads the business development for managed accounts, overseeing its strategic development on a global basis. Nathanaël joined Lyxor AM in March 2001 as head of the long/short equity desk. He was promoted to managing director and head of the hedge fund research and selection department in January 2005, where he was in charge of the construction and management of the managed account platform, including due diligence, selection and risk management of hedge funds. He was appointed head of managed account platform development in June 2009. 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).

Patrice Bergé-Vincent
Partner, PwC

Patrice Bergé-Vincent leads PwC France’s Asset Management Regulatory practice and is a member of the PwC Central Cluster Asset Management Leadership Team. Before joining PwC France in 2012, he was head of asset management regulation policy at the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the French securities markets regulator.  In addition, Patrice was chairman of the International Organization of Securities Commission (IOSCO), a standing committee dedicated to asset management regulation, with duties within the European Securities Markets Authority (ESMA). He was also a policy officer within the European Commission's (DG MARKT) Asset Management Unit. As a new partner, Patrice already works on significant transformation projects with clients preparing themselves  for the application of AIFMD, EMIR, and other new EU regulations.

Stuart Bohart
President of Liquid Markets, Fortress Investment Group

Stu Bohart is president of liquid markets at Fortress Investment Group, a diversified asset manager offering private equity, credit, hedge fund, and traditional fixed-income and equity investments. He is responsible for development of the firm’s liquid hedge fund strategies and sits on the firm’s management and operating committees. Stuart was previously co-head of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, responsible for $400 billion of client assets across retail and institutional strategies including cash management, equities, fixed income, hedge funds, quantitative strategies, and Fund of Funds. Stuart graduated from Northwestern University in 1989 with dual degrees in Economics and Asian Studies. He currently resides in New York City with his wife and three daughters. He is chair of the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art and is a member of the board of NYC Outward Bound Schools.

Greg Branch
Chief Investment Officer and Founding Partner, SCIO Capital

Before founding SCIO, Greg Branch headed the European ABS/CDO trading desk for Deutsche Bank London. He started his career at Deutsche Bank as head of analytics for the structured products group in Europe. Greg joined Deutsche from Lehman Brothers in New York where he headed the commercial mortgage analytics group. Greg holds a masters degree from Carnegie Mellon University and a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Notre Dame.

Warin Buntrock
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, BFT Gestion

Warin joined BFT Gestion in 1991 and is responsible for the management of diversified portfolios. His main focus is asset allocation. In this regard he defines the global investment policy of diversified portfolios and implements tactical trading strategies. Warin began his career at Banque Internationale de Placement (BIP) in 1984 as a fixed income trader. Prior to joining BFT Gestion, Warin was head of the Fixed Income Arbitrage Group at Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild Banque. Warin studied economics and law in Paris. He holds a post graduate degree in economics from the University of Paris Dauphine.

Gavin Byrnes
Head of Business Development UK, Executive Director, UBS

Gavin Byrnes is responsible for the acquisition of new business and management of client relationships in the UK region as part of UBS's asset servicing capability. This includes the management of UBS and third party client relationships as well as the acquisition of external private labeling and insourcing mandates across both alternative and traditional funds, in all fund services locations. Gavin joined UBS Global Asset Management in August 2011. Before this he worked at SEB Fund Services S.A. as head of sales and product development. Gavin has also acted as a fund director for various Luxembourg investment vehicles. He has 13 years of investment industry experience.

Geraud Charpin
Portfolio Manager, BlueBay Asset Management

Geraud Charpin is portfolio manager of BlueBay Credit Alpha Long Short fund. The fund actively trades both relative value and directional long and short ideas. Unlike other credit funds it is not directionally biased, as the impact of carry in his strategy is minimal. Top down macro themes are implemented using fundamentally researched credit names.  Geraud also runs over €1.2bn in a UCITs version of this same strategy. Geraud joined BlueBay in August 2008 from UBS where he was head of European credit strategy. Before that, he was a credit strategist with BNP Paribas and a credit analyst with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and NatWest Markets. Geraud holds a degree in Engineering from ICPI Lyon, France as well as a Master of Finance from ESSEC International Business School ParisBlueBay is one of Europe’s largest managers of fixed income credit and alternative products, managing around US$52bn. BlueBay is owned by Royal Bank of Canada (RBC). 

Alexandre Col
Member of the Executive Committee and Head of Asset Management, Banque Privee Edmond de Rothschild

Alexandre Col joined Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild in 1994. After creating and developing the bank’s line of funds of hedge funds Edmond de Rothschild Prifund, he went on to take charge of asset management in Switzerland and multi-management at the EDR Group level. Alexandre is a member of several expert committees: The Alternative Investment Management Association Limited (AIMA), London, The European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA), Brussels and the Transparency Council for Funds of Hedge Funds (TCF), Winterthur. Alexandre is also chairman of the 'Regulatory Circle', an internal committee in the Experts' Council of the Alternative Investments' (AIC) Group of the Swiss Funds Association (SFA), Basel. He holds three licences from HEC Lausanne (in Economics - Political Economy and Political Science) and two post-graduate degrees from the University of Lausanne and the Institute of Political Studies, Paris (in Political Science and International Economic Relations respectively).

Jad Comair
Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Melanion Capital

Jad Comair is the founder and chief investment officer of Melanion Capital, an expert investor in a quick developing asset class: dividend futures. Launched in 2008, dividend futures have seen in the past years a very important growth in volumes and market participants, which lead Melanion Capital's teams to launch and become experts in this new asset class. The firm is based in Paris and has a global mandate with a focus on Europe, due to the strong development of the market on the old continent. Melanion Capital's strategies target absolute and uncorrelated returns by managing long-short dividend future positions. Before launching the company, Jad spent 10 years with Société Générale. He is a graduate of Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

Richard Cookson
Head of Research, Rubicon Fund Management

Richard Cookson is head of research at Rubicon Fund Management. Rubicon is a discretionary global macro fund, founded in 1999, which focuses on fundamental analysis to develop predominantly directional views across the major asset classes. In the thirteen years since inception the fund has consistently generated returns which have been uncorrelated to equities and other risk assets. Richard has over 25 years financial markets experience including periods as international finance editor of The Economist magazine; global head of asset allocation research at HSBC; and most recently, before joining Rubicon earlier this year, as chief investment officer of Citi Private Bank.

John Craig
Chief Operating Officer, Camomille LLP

John Craig is a partner of Camomille LLP and the chief operating officer with responsibility for operations, risk management, business development, marketing, fund raising and investor relations. John joined Camomille in October 2012 and before this, was chief operating officer of Caxton FX, a foreign exchange and payments services business in London. He has also held roles such as senior vice president at Northern Trust Wealth Management and chief executive officer of Singer & Friedlander Capital Management. John holds an MBA from Imperial College, London and a BComm (Hons) in Business Administration from Rhodes University, South Africa.  He is a UK citizen, born in 1965, and is married with two children.

Richard Davidson
Portfolio Strategist, RiverCrest Capital

Richard spent 13 years with Morgan Stanley where, as European strategist, he became a managing director in 1998 and was consistently ranked number 1 in both the Institutional Investor and Extel surveys. In 2003 he joined Morgan Stanley Investment Management as manager of the US$7 billion Global Asset Allocation Fund and was also made acting chief investment officer for the London office. In 2005 he joined Lansdowne Partners as a partner, to design, launch and manage the Lansdowne Macro Fund, which he ran in partnership with Alastair McLeod and Peter Simon. Richard is also a member of the Investment Committee of the University of Edinburgh Endowment, having graduated from Edinburgh University in 1990. Richard is currently portfolio strategist, RiverCrest Global Equity Fund.

Heath Davies
Managing Director and Head of Group Due Diligence, Signet Capital Management

Heath Davies is head of group due diligence / hedge fund research having joined the firm six years ago. Signet is an award winning global fund of hedge fund specialist best known for its flagship Global Fixed Income Fund, along with their emerging market, credit, macro, multi-strategy and UCITS offerings, and their customised investment solutions. Before joining Signet, Heath was head of hedge fund research at London based fund of fund firm, Redi & Partners. He has over a decade's experience in various alternative asset classes, and has presented at industry events in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and on CNBC. Heath trained and qualified as a chartered accountant.

Patric de Gentile-Williams
Head of Seeding, Man Group – FRM Capital Advisors

Patric de Gentile-Williams is head of FRM’s hedge fund seeding business. FRM is the fund of funds business of London based MAN Group.  Patric is a member of FCA’s investment committee and joined FRM in 2007 to help establish the seeding business and focuses on investments, client relations and business management. Previously, he was chief executive officer and a founder of PCE Investors Ltd, a hedge fund platform managing over USD1 billion. Before this, he was chief operating officer of Liquid Capital between 2000 and 2002 and between 1997 and 2000 he was chief executive officer of TARMS, an Australian software company specialising in trading and risk management systems. He previously built and ran investment and trading businesses at Banque Indosuez, James Capel & Co. and Morgan Grenfell Securities. Patric studied Engineering and Mathematics at Cambridge and London Universities and has a 1st Class degree in Mathematics and a masters degree in Theoretical Physics from King’s College London.

Sylvie Dehove
Deputy Chief Investment Officer,  Amundi Alternative Investments

Sylvie Dehove is a specialist hedge fund allocator with 15 years’ experience in this industry. Sylvie has a special focus on client dedicated portfolios / investment mandates, and is responsible for defining the strategic asset allocation for the firm. Before joining the company in 2007, Sylvie worked at Amundi Investment Solutions (fka Credit Agricole Structured Asset Management), where she was head of the Paris investment team. She has also worked at Lyxor Asset Management, first as hedge fund analyst and risk manager, and subsequently as head of credit & volatility strategies. Sylvie holds a post-graduate degree (“DESS”) in International Financial Management (1998) from IAE (Institut d'Administration des Entreprises), a research degree (“DEA”) in Energetic Mechanics (1997), and obtained an Engineering Degree, with honors (1997), from Polytech'Marseille (f.k.a. Institut Universitaire des Systèmes Thermiques Industriels).

Lawrence Delevingne
Staff Writer, Absolute Return

Lawrence Delevingne is a staff writer for Absolute Return, covering all aspects of the American hedge fund industry since April 2010. Before Absolute Return, Lawrence was a staff writer at Business Insider covering finance and white-collar crime. He has also written for Fortune and BusinessWeek. Before journalism, Lawrence worked in communications, specialising in corporate responsibility at Burson-Marsteller. He holds a masters degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelors degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.


Peter De Proft
Director General, EFAMA

Peter De Proft is the director general of EFAMA (The European Fund and Asset Management Association), a position he took up in October 2007. Before his appointment with EFAMA, he was chief executive officer at Fortis Investment Management Belgium (2004-2007), where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the global Fortis Investments strategy at Belgian level, and he has also previously held the position of executive director at Banque Nagelmackers 1747 / Groupe Delta Lloyd. Before this, Peter was director of the fixed income department at Petercam and he was also a central banker in the department of public funds. Peter has held a number of board positions in the fund & asset management industry and he is currently vice-chairman of ESMA’s securities and markets stakeholder group. A trained lawyer, Peter was educated at The Free University, Brussels, where he received a degree in Law (with specialisation in economic, financial and tax law) in 1976, and an additional degree in Economic Law in 1977.

Tim Dingemans
Portfolio Manager, Adelante Asset Management

Timothy Dingemans has been a portfolio manager on the emerging debt fund at Adelante Asset Management since 2009. This involves managing investments for the emerging debt fund in local currency bonds, interest rate swaps, currency hedges and related derivatives. Adelante Asset Management is a multi-asset class emerging markets specialist managing $105mm asset under management. The flagship fund, the emerging debt fund, has a 13 year track record returning over 650% since inception and 16% annualised. Timothy has extensive experience in emerging market local currency debt and foreign exchange having worked in the field for over 20 years. Previously he worked at UBS, ING and Morgan Stanley. His interests include scuba diving and underwater archaeology.

Emmanuel Dray
Global Head of Equity Derivatives Flow Trading, BNP Paribas

Emmanuel Dray has been global head of equity derivatives flow trading since 2010. He is now in charge of a team of 80 traders managing index and stock flow volatility, delta one, forward trading and convertible bond market making, all targeted towards hedge funds and institutional clients.
Emmanuel began his career at BNP Capital Markets in London, where he was interest rate swap trader within the fixed income division between 1996 and 1999. In 2000, he joined equity derivatives to start the delta-one trading hub and developed a flow franchise that continues to remain extremely active on dividend swaps, forwards and index-replicating swaps. In 2003, he became head of forward trading Europe and in 2008 he became global head of forward trading managing 35 traders over 7 platforms (Paris, Hong Kong, New York, London, Tokyo, Geneva and Milan).

Martin Estlander
Chief Executive Officer, Estlander & Partners Ltd.

Martin Estlander first became involved in trading derivative instruments in 1987 as a co-founder of the marketmaker Sophos AB in Stockholm. He co-founded Servisen Arctos & Partners Oy in Helsinki, with Servisen Arctos & Partners GmbH (SAP) established in Frankfurt as an Eurex market maker in 1990. The option market making business was further extended through operations on the Swiss and Norwegian exchanges. The companies were rebranded as Estlander & Rönnlund in 1992. The first managed futures program, Estlander & Partners Global Markets, was developed by Martin and launched in 1991. In 2002 the company exited the option market making business to focus on trading advisory services. In 2009 the name of the company was changed to Estlander & Partners Ltd. Today, Martin is chief executive officer at Estlander & Partners. He holds an MSc in Industrial Management and Computer Sciences from the Helsinki University of Technology and he is a member of the board of directors of Wello Oy, a Finnish company focusing on creating an ecological solution to harness wave energy from the ocean.

Nick Evans

Nick Evans is editor of EuroHedge. He has been a financial journalist since 1987, specialising in capital markets, investment banking and asset management. Between 1989 and 2000, he was editor of Euroweek, the weekly newspaper covering the international capital markets published by Euromoney Institutional Investor plc. Nick was subsequently editor-at-large of Euromoney magazine and editor of Global Agenda, the magazine of the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. He joined HedgeFund Intelligence Ltd as a director in February 2004 and became editor of EuroHedge in September 2004.


Loïc Fery
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Chief Investment Officer, Chenavari Investment Managers

Chenavari Investment Managers is solely focused on the full range of opportunities in European credit markets (public and private debt markets). AUM as of 1st March are $3.6bn. Key strategies of Chenavari Investment Managers include: Long-short corporate credit, european abs, regulatory capital, real estate debt, direct lending and speciality finance.  Chenavari employs over 60 dedicated credit professionals and has been awarded numerous industry awards for expertise in credit markets including at most recent Eurohedge. Before setting up Chenavari, Loïc was global head of credit markets at CALYON, the investment bank of the Credit Agricole group. Before joining CALYON, he was at SG in both London and Hong Kong, where he was one of the initial members of the credit derivatives group.Loïc graduated from HEC in Paris and has co-authored several books on credit derivatives, structured credit and securitisation. 

Stuart Fiertz
Co-Founder and Director of Research, Cheyne Capital Management

Stuart Fiertz is the co-founder, president and director of research of Cheyne Capital Management, one of Europe’s largest alternative asset managers. The firm’s principal areas of expertise include corporate credit, real estate and asset backed strategies, event driven, and equities and equity linked.  From 1991 to 2000, and before establishing Cheyne Capital, Stuart worked for Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for the development and implementation of customised portfolio strategies and for credit research in the convertible bond management practice.  Stuart is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst who was educated at the International School of Geneva from 1976 – 1980 and from 1980 – 1984 at Dartmouth College where he was awarded a BA degree in Political Science and Economics.

Lisa Fridman
Head of European Research, PAAMCO

Lisa Fridman is the head of European research at Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company, LLC (“PAAMCO”), a fund of hedge funds with over $8 billion in discretionary assets. In this role, she is involved in sourcing, due diligence and monitoring of the firm’s European hedge fund investments with a particular focus on emerging hedge fund managers. Lisa is a managing director and runs the company’s London office. She graduated from University of California, Los Angeles with a BA in Business Economics and received an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management. 

Christopher Garnett
Director, HedgeFund Intelligence Conferences and Euromoney Conferences

Christopher Garnett is director of Euromoney Conferences and director of HedgeFund Intelligence Conferences. He has worked in various roles at Euromoney Institutional Investor since 1988. From 1991 to 1999, he worked for the company’s book publishing arm. Between 1999 and 2002, he lived in Miami and was chief executive officer of the group’s LatinFinance publishing, online and conferences subsidiary, of which he is now president. He is a graduate of Manchester and Edinburgh Universities, holding BA and MSc degrees
in Literature, Philosophy and Language. He is married to a Peruvian; they live in Wiltshire and have two children. A British subject, he speaks Spanish and French.


Tim Gascoigne
Head of Alternative Investments, Allenbridge Investment Solutions

Tim Gascoigne is the head of alternative investments at Allenbridge Investment Solutions. AllenbridgeIS is a leading institutional investment adviser, providing independent advice, due diligence and analytical solutions to large investors. Tim was previously global head of portfolio management at HSBC Private Bank for the Alternative Investment Group in London and lead manager for the flagship HSBC GH Fund of Funds since 2004. There he was responsible for the performance of the Alternative Investment Group's portfolios as part of a USD38 billion alternative assets business. Tim spent his earlier career with Mercury Asset Management, where he was a research analyst specialising in asset allocation guidance for pension funds. He majored in Monetary Economics from the London School of Economics and is a CFA charter-holder.

Emmanuel Gavaudan
Co-Founding Partner, Boussard & Gavaudan Asset Management

Emmanuel Gavaudan is a co-founding partner of Boussard & Gavaudan Asset Management LP. Emmanuel, ‘Manny’ Gavaudan co-founded Boussard & Gavaudan in 2002 with Emmanuel Boussard. Since its inception, he acts as its CEO, overseeing all activities from risk management to operations, legal & compliance, marketing and IR. Manny is a member of the investment committee on all of Boussard & Gavaudan’s funds. He previously spent over 13 years at Goldman Sachs in London and Zurich.  He became a Managing Director in 1998 and subsequently went to Zurich as the General Manager of Goldman Sachs & Co Bank, responsible for all divisions of Goldman Sachs in Switzerland.  He returned to London in 2000 as a Partner in the Investment Management Division.  Emmanuel obtained his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and a JD in Law from Paris University Assas, as well as a degree from the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris.

Saam Golshani
Partner, Head of M&A and Private Equity Group and Co-Head of the European Restructuring Group,  Orrick

Saam Golshani, partner in Orrick's Paris office, is Head of the M&A and private equity group and co-head of the European restructuring group. Saam has considerable experience in French and cross-border transactions, with an emphasis on investment funds such as hedge funds, private equity funds, venture capital funds, distressed debt funds and Sharia compliant funds in a wide range of industries including telecommunications, IT, real estate, entertainment, pharmaceuticals and biotech. Saam represents institutional investors on their alternative asset portfolios including negotiating investments, debt restructurings as well as French and EU regulatory issues. A French qualified lawyer, Saam joined Orrick from the Paris office of Willkie, Farr & Gallagher. Before this, he worked for Clifford Chance in Paris.

Jacob Gottlieb
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, Visium Asset Management

Jacob Gottlieb is the managing partner and chief investment officer of Visium Asset Management, LP (‘Visium’) an alternative investment adviser dedicated to generating high-quality, non-correlated returns in a variety of market environments. Jacob founded Visium in November of 2005 with his team of 20 investment professionals from Balyasny Asset Management (‘BAM’). Before joining BAM in 2001 (and its predecessor Schonfeld), Jacob was a portfolio manager at Merlin and was previously a buy-side analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein. Jacob graduated magna cum laude from Brown University with a BA in Economics and earned an MD from New York University Medical School. He obtained his CFA charter from AIMR in 2001, and his PRM designation from the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association in 2010.



Kevin Gundle
Chief Executive Officer, Aurum Fund Management

Kevin Gundle is a founding member of Aurum Fund Management Ltd and is chief executive officer at Aurum Funds Ltd in London. He has been investing in the alternative investment markets for almost 20 years and oversees Aurum's investment and research framework and chairs the firm’s risk committee.Aurum is an award winning manager of multi manager hedge funds. For over 18 years Aurum has successfully demonstrated its ability to provide investors with stable absolute returns through various market cycles. Kevin is a trustee of Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) and the One to One Children's Fund. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Honours degree in Computer and Control Engineering.

Albert Hammar
Head of Prime Brokerage Sales, SEB

Albert Hammar, head of prime brokerage sales at SEB, has been working in the financial industry since 1997, initially at Nasdaq OMX with Securities Lending. Since 1998, Albert has been working for SEB being part of building SEBs prime brokerage and securities finance businesses responsible for sales. SEB is currently the 6th largest prime broker in equity strategies in Europe and no 9 in total (EuroHedge 2012). SEB has some 170 prime brokerage mandates with total assets under management of EUR 15bn.

Russell Hart
Chief Operating Officer and Founding Partner, Alcova Asset Management

Russell is the chief operating officer and a partner of Alcova Asset Management LLP, a new hedge fund manager with a differentiated approach that is equal parts quantitative and discretionary, seeking to monetize the inefficiencies created by the commoditization of alpha, risk management, and implementation techniques.  At Alcova, Russell is responsible for all the non-investment functions within the firm.  Previously, Russell worked at Beauchamp Financial Technology, EDD Fund Services and at PCE Investors Limited a multi-strategy, multi-manager institutional hedge fund platform, running a diverse range of alternative investment strategies, where he served as chief operating officer, responsible for operations, middle office, risk, technology and finance.  Russell graduated from University College London in Economics.

David Herzberg
Managing Partner, BTG Pactual

David Herzberg is a managing partner of BTG Pactual, a member of the management committee and chief investment officer of BTG Pactual Global Equity Opportunities Fund (GEO). Before joining BTG in 2011, David was global head of equity derivatives at J.P. Morgan and was a member of the Investment Bank European Management Committee. He founded and led the European equity prop trading group at J.P. Morgan until 2006. David was previously head of equity derivatives trading EMEA at AIG Financial Product. In 1998 he co-founded a prop trading business at Dresdner Paris, focusing on European equity derivatives volatility arbitrage. David began his career at J.P. Morgan, as a developer for the front office derivatives platform. He subsequently joined the equity derivatives trading group as a senior trader. David is a graduate of Ecole National de la Statistique et l’Administration Economique and holds a degree in Statistics and Probability.

Dr Peter Ho
Partner, Altiq Asset Management

Dr Peter Ho is a co-founder and partner of Altiq LLP. In 1994, upon completing his academic research, Peter joined IKOS where he performed the roles of head of research and manager of the IKOS equity strategies fund. Together with Dr. Sam Gover, he was also responsible for IKOS’s flagship fund, the IKOS equity hedge fund. As a pioneer in the electronic trading industry, Peter  was among the first hedge fund managers to apply automated trading strategies in equity and derivative markets. Peter has extensive experience in the fields of quantitative forecasting, risk management, and automated trading.  Peter holds a degree in Engineering and Computing Science and a PhD in Bayesian Estimation from Oxford University.


Chris Hohn **Keynote speaker **
Founder, Managing Partner and Portfolio Manager, The Children's Investment Fund Management 

Chris Hohn is founder, managing partner and portfolio manager of The Children’s Investment Fund Management (UK) LLP (TCI).  TCI is a global value-based, fundamental investment manager with a concentrated portfolio aiming to bring a long-term, owner-oriented investing philosophy to the public markets.  Chris is based in London and has more than 20 years of experience in the investment industry and has managed equity portfolios for over 15 years.  Before founding TCI, Chris was the portfolio manager of the European event driven investment strategy at Perry Capital from 1997 to the start of 2003.  This strategy employed capital in the main Perry Partners L.P. fund from 1997 to 2003 and from June 2000 to May 2003 in the separate Perry Capital European Fund.  From 1994 to 1995, Chris was an associate at Apax Partners in London and from 1989 to 1991 he was a manager in the corporate finance division of Coopers and Lybrand in London.  Chris graduated from Harvard Business School in 1993 with an MBA (high distinction) and from Southampton University (UK) in 1988 with a BSc in Accounting and Business Economics (1st Class honours).   Chris is also co-founder of The Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), a UK based charity dedicated to improving the lives of children in poverty in developing countries.

Renaud Huck
Senior Vice President, Head of Buy-Side Relations, Eurex - Deutsche Börse Group

Renaud Huck has been head of buy-side relations at Eurex - Deutsche Börse Group since October 2011. He is responsible for developing relationships with buy side investors including hedge funds, asset managers, pensions funds, SWFs and central banks in the listed and OTC clearing and trading space in United Kingdom, Ireland and Scandinavia. Before joining Eurex - Deutsche Börse, Renaud was head of hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds at CME Group for EMEA and held positions in fixed income and equity derivatives trading at Natexis Capital, Credit Mutuel-CIC Group, J.P. Morgan and Wertheim Schroeder.


Martin Hughes **Keynote speaker **
Founder, Toscafund Asset Management

Martin Hughes, 51, is a financial business entrepreneur. Martin is one of Europe’s longest serving managers of absolute return funds covering the period since 1997. Martin is founder and owner of Old Oak Holdings, a financial services holding company that encompassed a retail fund management business (Cheviot, sold January 2013), private equity (Penta) and an institutional fund management business (Toscafund).  Total funds managed in the Old Oak Group as at December 2012 totalled £5.2bn. Martin founded Toscafund Asset Management LLP in 2000. Previously he founded and was employed by Tiger Management Corporation Europe Limited from 1997 to April 2000, where he established the London equity research team.  Tiger Management Corporation Europe Limited (Tiger) acted as the London based advisory arm of Tiger Management LLC, a New York based hedge fund manager. Before joining Tiger, Martin worked at Credit Lyonnais Laing, (CLL), between 1987 and 1997.  While at CLL he was an analyst specialising in UK banks, achieving a No 1 ranked status in 1992.  He became head of UK research in 1995 and deputy chief executive in 1997.  Between 1983 and 1987, Martin was employed at Barclays Investment Management Limited and Panmure Gordon, in both cases as a bank sector research analyst.  Martin graduated with honours from Birmingham University, England in 1983 (B.Soc.Sci (econ)).

Anatole Kaletsky
Economic Columnist, Reuters and International Herald Tribune, and Partner and Co-Chairman, GaveKal Dragonomics

Anatole Kaletsky is founder and co-chairman of GaveKal Dragonomicsan economic consulting and asset management group based in Hong Kong and Beijing. He is also a columnist for Reuters and the International Herald Tribune and chairman of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, a $150m foundation created to reform academic economics after the 2008 crisis. His recent book Capitalism 4.0, on the post-crisis transformation of the global economy, was nominated for the 2011 Samuel Johnson Prize. Before founding GaveKal he worked for 30 years as an economic journalist and commentator on the Financial Times, The Economist and the London Times.

Martin Källström
Portfolio Manager, Hedge Funds, First Swedish National Pension Fund (AP1)

Martin Källström is the portfolio manager responsible for hedge fund investments ($1.6 billion) at AP1.AP1 manages a $35 billion global investment portfolio and is a buffer fund in the Swedish state pension system. Martin has researched hedge funds in different capacities for close to 10 years. Before heading up the hedge fund portfolio, he was a co-responsible portfolio manager for the overall alternative asset portfolios at AP1, including private equity, real estate and opportunity investments. Before joining AP1 he was head of investment and actuarial consulting at Aon in the region and a member of the global investment practice committee. Martin began his career as an actuary at Watson Wyatt and holds a Masters in Finance from Stockholm School of Business.

Jiří Krόl
Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, AIMA

Jiří Krόl, Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs, joined AIMA in April 2010. Jiří started his career at the Czech securities market regulator. He then moved to the European Commission’s Internal Market Directorate-General, where he was responsible for the drafting and negotiation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) implementing measures.  Previously, Jiří was appointed financial markets policy director in the Czech Ministry of Finance in 2007. In 2009, he led the Czech European Union Presidency’s work in the area of financial services. Jiří studied International Relations, Economics and Politics at Tufts University, London School of Economics and Sciences Po.

Aron Landy
Chief Risk Officer, Brevan Howard

Before joining Brevan Howard in June 2003, Dr. Aron Landy managed a market-neutral equity fund at Millennium Global Investments (2001-2003). From 2000-2001, Aron was a fixed income and FX trader at Optimum Asset Management. Before this, Aron was at Tokai Bank Europe (1991-1998); he joined the firm as a founder trader in the swaps, options and proprietary trading group and was appointed joint head of the derivative arbitrage department in his final year. His other professional experience includes roles as a trader at Paribas Ltd (1989-1991) and as a quantitative analyst at Charterhouse Bank Ltd (1986-1989). Aron graduated from Cambridge University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics & Electrical Science (First Class, 1983) and a PhD in Engineering (1986), and has taught at the London Business School (1999-2000).

Claudia Lang
Managing Director, Advent Capital

Claudia Lang is responsible for business development in the EMEA region. Advent Capital is a $6.5bn US specialist credit and convertible bond manager in the long –only and alternative investment space. Prior to joining Advent Capital, Claudia was responsible for marketing and investor relations in the EMEA region at SAC Capital. Before moving into hedge funds in 2004, she was a management consultant at McKinsey and part of Goldman Sachs’s European fixed income institutional sales team. She graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA and from the London School of Economics with an MSc in Economics.


Jonathan Lourie
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cheyne Capital

Jonathan H. Lourie is the founder and chief executive officer of Cheyne Capital Management (UK) LLP. Under his leadership, Cheyne Capital has grown to become one of the largest alternative investment managers in Europe. The firm’s main areas of expertise include corporate credit, real estate debt, event driven and equity and equity-linked investing.  Before the inception of Cheyne Capital in June 2000, Jonathan worked from 1985 at Morgan Stanley where he was responsible for the creation and development of the convertible bond management practice. Jonathan was educated from 1967 to 1979 at the International School of Geneva and from 1979 to 1983 at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, from which he graduated phi beta kappa and summa cum laude in 1983.

Jerome Lussan
Chief Executive Officer, Laven Partners

Jerome Lussan is part of a rare breed of experts who can focus on legal and commercial issues all in one. With a vast knowledge and understanding of the regulatory, fiscal and legal requirements that affect the global asset management industry, he is able to combine this with the needs of  investors. He remains part of a unique group of people for whom continuous education and developments are part of the routine. Jerome has been able to adapt his thinking to new UCITS and AIFMD requirements in Europe as well as to new regulations in Singapore. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Laven Partners, a compliance and operational due diligence consultancy and Laven Legal Services, a funds law firm. Jerome is also author of the FT Guide to Investing in Funds, published in June 2012.

Jean-Christophe Marquis
Founder & CEO, Conatus Finance

Jean-Christophe spent 4 years as a Senior Consultant in the Strategy Consulting Company Mars & Co, and then founded Monte Cristo, a video game development company of 80 people equally split between its Paris and Kiev offices. The company developed more than 20 games in 16 languages on various platforms including the hits “Wall Street Trader”, “Platoon” and “City Life” and two massively on-line games. He founded Conatus Finance in 2007. Jean-Christophe graduated from Ecole Polytechnique in 1986 and ENSAE in 1991.

Joseph McCarthy
Managing Director, Islandbridge Capital Limited

Joseph McCarthy is the chief investment officer at Islandbridge Capital Limited. Islandbridge is an FSA regulated investment manager that invests in hedge funds and other alternative assets. The team manages investment mandates for a number of family offices, HNIs and trusts. Before founding the firm, Joseph was an investment manager at Arlington Group Asset Management where he initially focused on special situations investing. In 2004, he began managing the firm’s hedge fund investments and additionally worked in Asia and New York on hedge fund seeding and M&A. Before Arlington, Joseph previously held positions as a UK small and mid cap equities analyst at Evolution Beeson Gregory (now Evolution Group Plc) and as an associate director of research at Robert W Baird in London.  Joseph read BESS (Business, Economics and Social Science) at Trinity College Dublin and is an associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities. He also holds an MBA (with distinction) from the University of Oxford.

Nick McEwen
Co-Chief Executive Officer, OVS Capital Management

Nick McEwen is the co- chief executive officer of OVS Capital Management LLP. Based in London and launched in October 2010, OVS run a market neutral European equity event driven strategy. The fund’s investment focus is in hard catalyst situations (e.g. risk arbitrage, spin-offs, recapitalizations, liquidations) equity arbitrage situations (e.g. stub trades, holding companies, dual listed companies) and opportunistic equity long/short situations. A number of the team previously worked together in HBK’s European equity business. Nick is responsible for all non-investment related activities and previously worked at Revere Capital Advisors, Citigroup and Accenture. 

Robert Mirsky
Partner and Global Head of Hedge Funds, KPMG

Robert Mirsky is head of hedge funds at KPMG LLP. Robert is overseeing KPMG’s hedge fund business focusing on its core audit, tax and advisory service lines. He also leads the hedge funds component of the firm's new Regulatory Centre of Excellence. Robert has worked with The Big Four firms in London, New York, Washington DC, Milan, Bangkok and the Cayman Islands in both a tax and advisory capacity. He is also chairman and founder of the industry-supported charity Hedge Funds Care UK which works toward the treatment and prevention of child abuse. KPMG in the UK is a leading provider of professional services to the hedge fund industry.

David Morant
Portfolio Manager for European Equities, CQS

David Morant is a portfolio manager for European equities at CQS. Before joining CQS in 2012, David was a portfolio manager at SAC Global Investors - and its predecessor company WCM - in London. He joined WCM in 2003 and was primarily focused on global financials and also spent time specialising in oil service, media and real estate. Before this, David was an analyst at Soros Fund Management, where he focused on global TMT. David began his career in corporate finance at J.P. Morgan before moving to equity research where he spent four years in the number 1 European media research team ranked by Institutional Investor/Reuters and Extel. David has an MA in Modern History and Economics from Magdalen College, University of Oxford.


Ian Morley

Chairman, Wentworth Hall Consultancy

Ian Morley is one of the global pioneers of the Alternative Investment industry. He was the founding Chairman of AIMA, the global trade association for the Hedge Fund industry.  He has held senior international positions with major firms before becoming a serial entrepreneur, involved with founding and building several billion dollar financial services companies. He trained as an Economist at the London School of Economics and is a member of Grays Inn. Ian is Chairman of Wentworth Hall Consultancy and a Senior Adviser at AllenbridgeEpic Investment Advisers. He is a Director of Poggio della Madonna, Crowthorne Capital and Condor Trade.  He is a Consultant to Castellain Capital, Global and Special Consultant to the IOM Funds Management Association. His articles have been published in major trade journals as well as The Times, FT, WSJ, Time, South China Morning Post and IHT among others. He has completed 16 International Marathons and 150 Half Marathons.  He lives in London with his dog, two cats and sometimes his children.


Niki Natarajan
Editor, InvestHedge

Niki Natarajan is publisher and editor of InvestHedge and has more than 17 years’ experience as a financial journalist, specialising in investment management. Niki joined HedgeFund Intelligence in 2002 from Financial News, where she launched the hedge fund and securities finance coverage. She was formerly launch editor of Global Fund News, editor of Foreign Exchange Letter and a reporter on Global Money Management, all Institutional Investor newsletters. Niki has also contributed articles on these subjects to the Financial Times and the Handbook of World Stock, Derivative and Commodity Exchanges.

Taylor O'Malley **Keynote speaker**
Founding Partner and Chief Risk Officer, Balyasny Asset Management 

Taylor O'Malley is chief risk officer and a founding partner of Balyasny. Taylor is responsible for firm-wide risk management and investment staff development. He joined the predecessor to BAM, a group within Schonfeld Securities in 2001. Taylor is a member of the Investment and Executive Committees. Taylor was previosuly a vice president of Luminant Worldwide and a senior manager at Deloitte Consulting focusing on financial companies. Taylor holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from Loyola University Chicago. He also serves on the Board of A Better Chicago, a venture philanthropy fund for the Chicago metropolitan area.

George Papamarkakis
Co-Founder, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, North Asset Management

George Papamarkakis is a co-founder, managing partner and chief investment officer at North Asset Management (North). North is an alternative asset management company based in London and founded in 2002. George manages North’s flagship fund the MaxQ Fund, an uncorrelated alpha macro fund, which has won several industry awards, most recently Best Macro Fund 2011 at the Eurohedge Awards. George has been published in several industry and finance journals and newspapers and is consulted regularly by policy makers and regulators for his market knowledge. Formerly George was managing director at Morgan Stanley within the fixed income department. Before Morgan Stanley, he worked at Vereinsbank AG and Christiania Bank, within the fixed income and foreign exchange departments. George studied Political Science and International Relations at University of Athens, Law Department.



Lawrence Powell
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Utah Retirement Systems 

Lawrence (Larry) Powell is deputy chief investment officer at the Utah State Retirement Fund (URS). Working with chief investment officer Bruce Cundick, he is ultimately responsible for the oversight and management of the investment team, analysing deals and investing in all global public and private market asset classes. The URS is a public pension plan managing the retirement benefits of more than 150,000 public employees in the State of Utah. As of December 2009, the plan’s assets approximated $22bn. URS has adopted a policy asset allocation that looks more like an endowment fund than a pension fund, with a target allocation to alternatives of 40%. Before joining URS, Larry served as managing director of External Public Markets at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Previously, Larry was president and chief investment officer of a macro hedge fund firm, which he founded in 1987. He holds a BS degree in Finance and Real Estate from the University of Arizona, Tuc.


Gennaro Pucci
Founder and Chief Investment Officer, PVE Capital

Gennaro Pucci is the founder and chief investment officer of PVE Capital, a London-based hedge fund manager with circa $300m AUM that specialises in credit, designed to take advantage of opportunities that exist in the global credit market landscape with a keen focus on Europe.  PVE Capital and Gennaro have a successful track record in both bull and bear market conditions.  Gennaro has over 18 years of experience in credit, eight years of experience in the hedge fund industry and over this period has delivered a cumulative return of 307.85%. Gennaro is the portfolio manager on PVE Capital’s Special Situation Credit Fund (primarily managed accounts) and the PVE Credit Value Funds (long/short European corporate credit).  Before starting PVE Capital in July 2009, Gennaro was head of trading at Credaris, which was a London hedge fund with $1.3bn AUM.

Chris Redmond
Senior Investment Consultant, Member of the Global Investment Committee Towers Watson

Chris Redmond is a senior investment consultant and head of global bond manager research at Towers Watson, leading a multiple location team responsible for overseeing research of all global bond managers and products, including alternative credit asset classes. Chris is also a member of a number of other Area of Specialist Knowledge (ASK) teams in the bond space, specifically Illiquid credit and fixed income. In addition, Chris is a member of the global investment committee, the group responsible for Towers Watson's views on all investment opportunities. Chris joined Towers Watson in August 2004 and initially split his time between general consulting and Towers Watson's manager research effort before transitioning to a full-time research role in June 2005. Chris holds the CFA UK Level 3 Certificate in Investment Management and has a BA in Mathematical Sciences from St. Catherine's College, University of Oxford.


Lucrezia Reichlin
Co-Founder, Now-Casting Economics, and Professor of Economics, London Business School

 Lucrezia Reichlin is Professor of Economics at London Business School, non-executive director and member of the permanent strategy and risk committees of UniCredit Banking Group, and research director at the Centre for European Policy Research (CEPR). Between 2005 and 2008, Lucrezia was director general of research at the European Central Bank. She is an expert on macro-economic forecasting, business cycle analysis, and monetary policy. She is also co-founder of Now-Casting Economics Ltd, an economic forecasting startup publishing real-time 'now-casts' of current quarter GDP growth for the world's major economies, using econometric techniques developed in her academic research. 

Simon Rostron
Managing Director, Rostron Parry

Simon Rostron has been involved in the promotion of alternative investments since the early 1980s and claims to be responsible, in 1988, for the first reference in the Financial Times to the phrase 'hedge fund'. Simon set up his consultancy Rostron Parry Ltd in 1991 to provide London-based financial PR, marketing and events focused on alternative investment, exchanges and on suppliers to both.  Over 20 years RP clients have confirmed and reconfirmed the proposition that positive press coverage is a key contributor to successful marketing and sales and that effective marketing is dependent on profile and a wide range of contacts.  This proposition underlies Simon's work.


Sir Paul Ruddock
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Lansdowne Partners

Patrik Safvenblad
Investment Partner, Harmonic Capital  Partners

Patrik Säfvenblad is investment partner with Harmonic Capital Partners LLP. Harmonic Capital Partners is a quantitative macro hedge fund based in London. It employs primarily relative value/non-directional strategies, trading a broad range of currency and futures markets. Currency and macro trading programmes are available as funds, on platforms and as managed accounts. As of 31 March 2011, the firm has $715 million under management. Patrik joined Harmonic in 2009 after working at DnB NOR Asset Management and at RPM where he was head of hedge fund research and had of portfolio management, respectively. Patrik holds a PhD in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics where he was also an assistant professor of finance.

Erich Schlaikjer
Chief Technology Officer and Partner, Cantab Capital Partners

Erich is a 'hands on' programmer who creates the software tools which help our quantitative researchers develop profitable strategies as efficiently and effectively as possible.  Erich manages a team of programmers at Cantab Capital Partners and the technical relationship with our service providers.  He was previously managing director and European chief technology officer of the quantitative strategies group at Goldman Sachs.  Erich achieved a Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University in Latin and Greek.

Mark Schoen
Head of Product Development  EMEA,  Northern Trust Hedge Fund Services

Mark Schoen is the head of product and strategy for Northern Trust’s hedge fund services in EMEA, and is based in London. Before this, Mark served as Northern Trust’s head of product and strategy for EMEA which included fund administration, investment operations outsourcing, derivatives, FX, cash and global custody. He has nearly 15 years of experience in product management and development. Before joining Northern Trust in 1998, Mark managed a custody team at UBS Warburg for four years. Before joining UBS Warburg, Mark worked for eleven years in JP Morgan’s Global Custody product group. He holds a B.A. (hons) from the University of Wales and an M.B.A. degree from Bournemouth University.

Karsten Schroeder
Chairman, Amplitude Capital

Karsten Schroeder is the chairman of Amplitude Capital and the portfolio manager for the Amplitude Dynamic Trading Fund, Klassik and Sinfonie Fund. He oversees all the key decisions related to product development and manages research and strategy for the Amplitude’s range of funds on a day to day basis. Together with his partners, Karsten founded Amplitude Capital in September 2004. Before this he was with McKinsey. Growing up in former Eastern Germany, Karsten also lived in the US and Australia. He started trading futures and options at a young age and eventually turned his passion into his profession. Karsten regularly speaks at conferences and appears as a frequent guest on various TV channels, such as Bloomberg, CNBC and ZDF.


Hester Serafini
Managing Director and Global Co-Head of OTC Clearing, JPMorgan

Before  joining JPMorgan in 2012, Hester was a managing director at Deutsche Bank where she most recently held the titles of global head of credit prime brokerage and clearing and US Head of OTC clearing. Hester joined Deutsche Bank in 2006 as chief risk officer of fixed income prime brokerage. In that role, Hester built Deutsche Bank’s risk infrastructure for the Credit, Rates and FX Intermediation and Prime Brokerage Businesses. In 2007, Hester was asked to take on additional responsibility as Global Head of Credit Prime Brokerage building out Deutsche Bank’s CDS Intermediation offering combined with financing of Corporate Bonds and Bank Loans leveraging the Cross Margining infrastructure she had built in her role as Chief Risk Officer. Hester Serafini holds a PhD in Mathematics from the Courant Institute at New York University and a Masters in Applied Mathematics from Delft University of Technology.


Daron Sheehan
Managing Director, Active Earth Investment Management
Daron Sheehan is the managing director of Active Earth Investment Management, an independent and privately-owned fund management company.  Active Earth is currently developing high-performance responsible global equity funds for strategic partners and clients. Daron led the development of Active Earth’s proprietary SQI (Sustainable Quality Investing) methodology and platform. SQI combines sophisticated top-down and bottom-up screening with advanced portfolio construction techniques, to deliver industry leading returns with portfolios of attractively-valued high-quality investments. Daron is a Chartered Certified Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst with 24 years industry experience.  

James Skeggs
Global Co-Head of Advisory Group, Newedge Alternative Investment Solutions

James Skeggs is the global co-head of the advisory group for Newedge Alternative Investment Solutions with responsibilities for the development of investor-focused research on a wide variety of hedge fund strategies including managed futures, global macro, commodity, currency, and volatility trading. James has written papers on a variety of subjects including the performance characteristics of these strategies, and various portfolio construction questions. He spearheaded the launch of a number of strategy indices, and has designed customised performance and risk reporting for managed account investors. He is a regular participant at industry conferences and events, and is frequently published or quoted in journals and media. James has a BSc, honours, in Chemistry from Durham University, is a CAIA designee, and worked for Ruffer LLP prior to joining Newedge.

Graham Stock
Chief Strategist, Insparo Asset Management

Graham Stock is chief strategist at Insparo Asset Management, a specialist investor with a focus on frontier markets around the world. The inaugural fund, the multi-strategy Insparo Africa and Middle East Fund, was launched in June 2008. Before joining Insparo in 2010, Graham spent 12 years in J.P.Morgan’s emerging markets research team in New York and London. In 2007, he initiated research coverage of frontier markets in Africa to support business expansion there, having previously been responsible for CEEMEA FX strategy and Latin American sovereign strategy. Graham’s involvement in emerging markets, and frontier markets in particular, dates back more than twenty years, and includes spells in the 1990s working in Colombia and Papua New Guinea, as well as three years as Senior Economist for Latin America and Deputy Director of Country Forecasting at the Economist Intelligence Unit.

Sanjay Tikku
Senior Adviser, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Sanjay Tikku is senior advisor at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). KAUST is an international, graduate-level research university located in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. The university was founded in 2009 and focuses exclusively on graduate education and research using English as the official language of instruction. It focuses on such disciplines as energy and environment, industrial biotechnology, and scientific computing, and seeks to create and support the highest standards of scholarship through merit-based opportunities for men and women from around the world. Sanjay was previously managing director at UBS Global Asset Management.

Julien Tizot
Head of Alternative Multi-management, AGICAM

Julien Tizot manages 2 UCITS Funds of Funds internally and invests both through open-ended and dedicated/segregated funds of funds for the insurance and retirement portfolios of the Group, representing €67 Billion. A former founding partner of a CTA based in San Francisco, Julien returned to France to work for Agicam, being valedictorian of the 2010 CIIA French Exam. He is a member of the French Association of Investment Analysts and general secretary of a 1500 member tennis club. Julien holds an Engineering degree in Econometrics and two Masters degrees in Finance, one from a French University and another from a Californian University where he was captain of a NCAA Division I tennis team.

Patrick Trew
Chief Risk Officer, CQS

Patrick Trew is chief risk officer at CQS where he is responsible for managing the firm’s risk management functions including market, credit and operational risk. He is a managing member of CQS (UK) LLP, director of CQS Investment Management Limited, CQS Asset Management Limited and a member of the CQS executive committee. CQS is a $11.2 billion global multi strategy asset management firm. Before joining CQS, Patrick was executive director and co-head of collateralised lending risk management at Lehman Brothers from 2001 to 2003. Before this, he was director and head of risk management for European equity and credit trading at CSFB from 1998 to 2001. Pat holds an MA, Honours, in Physiological Sciences (Medicine) from St Anne’s College, Oxford.

Hilmi Unver
Partner, Notz Stucki 
Hilmi Ünver is a partner and head of alternative investments at Notz Stucki. He is also a member of the investment committee of Haussmann Holdings, a fund of funds that that was co-founded by Notz Stucki in 1974. Founded in 1964, Notz Stucki & Cie is one of the pioneering firms in alternative investing and multi-management. It is one of the leading and fully independent asset management group in Europe with a global presence and assets in excess of $6bn. Before joining Notz Stucki, Hilmi was a partner in charge of the alternative business at Octogone Gestion. Previously, he worked at Republic National Bank of New York and Lombard Odier. Hilmi holds a BBA from Hofstra University in New York. He is a passionate photographer.

Bruno Usai
Chief Investment Officer,  Mako Investment Managers

Bruno Usai is chief investment officer of Mako Investment Managers which manages Pelagus Capital Fund, a fixed income relative value hedge fund launched in 2007. Bruno, with more than 20 years experience in the fixed income/rates trading experience, leads the investment management business with its 12-strong dedicated team of portfolio managers and strategist/quant professionals. Before joining Mako Investment Managers in 2006, Bruno was head of fixed income derivatives at West LB having joined the bank in 1995. His preceding trading years included INDOSUEZ International Capital Markets, Paris
and Natwest in London. Bruno holds a degree in Economics and Social Studies (DES) from the Bocconi University of MIlan.

Max von Bismarck
Partner and Chief Executive Officer – Europe, SkyBridge Capital

Max von Bismarck is partner and chief executive officer - Europe at SkyBridge. Before joining SkyBridge, Max was the head of investors at the World Economic Forum. Previously Max was a managing director at PublicOne and a director legal at Mondus Limited. Max studied Law at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin and Law and Modern History at both Albert Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg and St. John’s College, Oxford University, as a visiting student. He holds a German law degree (First State Examination in Law) and an executive masters in Global Leadership from the World Economic Forum (Programme in collaboration with Wharton School of Business, Columbia University, INSEAD and London Business School). He is a senior adviser on global business at the Asia Pacific Research Center of Stanford University, a senior adviser for Europe at the Nicolas Berggruen Institute and continues to serve as a senior adviser to the World Economic Forum.

Simon Waxley
Portfolio Manager, Whitebox Advisors

Simon Waxley joined Whitebox Advisors in 2012 as senior portfolio manager for Whitebox’ London office focusing on European relative value.  Simon has 17 years of investment experience, including 12 years in event driven, distressed and activist trades. Simon founded W Partners, a London-based, special situation investment manager after 8 years as a portfolio manager, and most recently managing director for Elliot Advisors, the advisory business of Elliot Associates.  Simon joined Elliot in London before moving to Hong Kong in 2005 to facilitate the establishment and running of Elliot Advisors Asian business until 2008.  Simon has been responsible for a number of complex and high profile trades in both Europe and Asia and has broad experience investing across multiple asset classes and international jurisdictions.  Simon received a B.S. in Business from City University Business School in 1991 and qualified as a chartered accountant in 1994.

Vernon West
Chief Executive Officer and Founding Partner, Skyline Capital Management

Vernon is co-founder and chief executive officer of Skyline, a long/short emerging markets equity specialist based in London. Vernon co-designed the strategy and runs risk, in addition to all non-investing functions. Before founding Skyline, Vernon ran Barclays UK public sector origination business. His previous roles have included chief of staff to Barclays chief operating officer and strategy consulting positions. Vernon holds a MBA from Stanford GSB and an Economics BA from Cambridge University.

John Williams
Founder and President, Armour Group Holdings

John Williams has over 30 years of worldwide insurance and reinsurance industry experience. John co-founded Armour Group Holdings Limited in 2007, a specialist  property and casualty insurance company. Previously, he worked in a senior capacity at Imagine Group with responsibility for sourcing and structuring complex insurance transactions. He was co-founder and president of Castlewood Limited, a leading provider of run-off insurance products.  He also served as the underwriter and vice-president of the largest traditional Bermuda reinsurer, as chairman of the Bermuda Independent Underwriters Association and was a member of the Insurance Admissions Committee appointed by the Bermuda Minister of Finance.

Neil Wilson
Managing Editor, HedgeFund Intelligence

Neil Wilson is managing editor at HedgeFund Intelligence with responsibility for all of the group’s publications including
EuroHedge, AsiaHedge, InvestHedge and Absolute Return, their associated weekly online news services, round tables and special reports. Neil has more than 25 years’ experience as a financial journalist, mainly specialising in derivatives and alternative investments. Neil was formerly European editor of MAR/Hedge, editor of Futures & Options Week, editor of Futures and Options World and assistant editor of The Banker.


Rachel Ziemba
Director of Emerging Markets, Roubini Global Economics

Rachel Ziemba is director of emerging markets at Roubini Global Economics. She has a particular interest in the macroeconomics of oil-exporting nations, including the management of oil wealth and energy-sector supply risks. Before joining RGE, Rachel worked for the Canadian International Development Agency in Cairo, Egypt, and the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Rachel has served as an expert commentator for Bloomberg, CNBC, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets, and her research has been cited by the Economist and in papers from the IMF, World Bank, European Central Bank and U.S. Federal Reserve. She is the co-author of “Scenarios for Risk Management and Global Investment Strategies” (with William T. Ziemba), published by Wiley in January 2008.


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