Board Of Directors

 Vice-Chairman

Alex Urdea, CFA, FRM, CMT
Solus LP
2014—2016

Partnerships Liaison
partnershipsliaison@nyssa.org

Alex Urdea, CFA, FRM, CMT, joined Solus at its inception in July 2007 and has been managing risk for the hedge fund portfolios since he joined Stanfield Capital Partners LLC in 2004. At Solus, he leads a group responsible for developing and managing a proprietary system that integrates portfolio management, trading, risk, research, operations, legal, and investor relations functions. As such, his daily responsibilities include monitoring portfolio exposures and sensitivities while working to express the firm’s view in the most effective and efficient manner. Urdea has served as chairman for the Investment Strategy Committee for the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA). He was recently awarded the NYSSA Volunteer of the Year Award (2010). He also volunteers his time as a junior board member for Streetwise Partners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the unemployed and underprivileged of New York find long-lasting and fulfilling careers. Urdea received a BSE in financial engineering from Princeton University in 2002 along with a Certificate in Finance and Engineering Management Systems. He was inducted into the Sigma Xi Research Society and served in several leadership roles. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), a Financial Risk Manager (FRM), and has recently been awarded the Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation.

Secretary

Daniel Dagen, CFA
Laidlaw & Co. Ltd.
2013—2015

Daniel Dagen, CFA, is Senior Financial Consultant in the Global Private Client Group at Laidlaw & Co. Ltd. In this role, he provides investment banking, portfolio management and risk management solutions to high and ultra-high net worth clients.  He has clients across six of the world’s seven continents.  At Laidlaw, he has been responsible for launching a platform which makes insurance and advisory products available to the firm’s client base. Previously he was a Wealth Management Advisor with MassMutual Financial Group and Northwestern Mutual, where he was one of the leading producers in the country. He previously worked with Sands Brothers & Co., Inc., Axiom Capital Management, Gruntal & Co., and Lehman Brothers.  He graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in economics.  He has been a NYSSA Board Director since December 2012 and has served on the Executive Committee as Secretary since September 2013. Dagen served as Charter President of the NYSSA Toastmasters club, was an Area and Regional Governor of Toastmasters International, has chaired events for the Wealth Management Committee, and been Chair and Vice Chair of the NYSSA Membership Committee. Dagen is a recipient of the 2011 NYSSA Volunteer of the Year award.

Treasurer

Philip J. Taylor, CFA
RBC Capital Markets
2014—2016

Fiscal Liaison
fiscalliaison@nyssa.org

Philip J. Taylor, CFA, most recently managed a $1bn portfolio as a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets, and has a successful nineteen-year track record in portfolio management. He has served as Chair of both the Market Integrity Committee and Alternative Investments Committee at NYSSA, and has contributed to high-level discussions at the SEC regarding changes in trading regulations. Taylor has also published several articles in major hedge-fund research sites. Prior to RBC, he worked at three major hedge funds after starting his career at Bankers Trust. He holds a Masters degree in Mathematics and Management Studies from the University of Cambridge, and has held his CFA designation since 1998.


 Directors-at-Large

Drianne Benner, CFA 
Appomattox
2014—2017

Communications Liaison
communicationsliaison@nyssa.org

Drianne Benner, CFA, is a Managing Director for Appomattox. She is responsible for business development and client service. Previously, she was Global Marketing Director at Cadogan Management LLC, where she was responsible for overseeing firm-wide marketing and client communications for institutional and family office clients. Prior to joining Cadogan, she spent the ten years, most recently as a Managing Director, at U.S. Trust Company, where she developed and led client and marketing initiatives focused on investment communications, initiated an institutional consultant relations program and serviced large institutional clients. Earlier she worked at Paribas Asset Management, a global asset management firm, in a variety of roles including institutional and consultant relations to some of the largest U.S. pension funds and as a manager of portfolios in an enhanced quantitative strategy. She earned a BA from Pennsylvania State University and attended graduate studies in regional planning in international development at Cornell University.  She is a CFA Charterholder and a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. She serves on the Board of Peconic Green Growth as well as on the Philanthropy Committee of the Peconic Land Trust.

Karen E. Boroff, PhD 
Seton Hall University
2012—2015

Karen E. Boroff, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Management at the Stillman School of Business. Previously, she was on a one-year assignment as a visiting professor at the United States Military Academy. She was also the dean of Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business from 2000 to 2010. Under her leadership, the school was recently reaccredited by the premier accrediting agency of business schools, the AACSB, and was also awarded the prestigious accounting accreditation. She initiated the development of a code of conduct for the Stillman School, as well as a lecture series focused on integrity in business practice. During her tenure, the school opened its Trading Room, Seton Hall Sports Polling Center, and Entrepreneurship Center. The school tremendously increased its international outreach, especially with excellent colleges in China. The school has earned national distinctions for its undergraduate and graduate programs, as cited in such rankings as Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, US News and World Report, Entrepreneurship 2.0, and the Princeton Review. In January 2008, the school earned the Council on Higher Education Accreditation’s award on Institutional Outcomes Assessment. Boroff earned a PhD in business from Columbia University, an MBA from Lehigh University and a BS in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University.

Andreas Dal Santo, CFA
2013—2016

Andreas Dal Santo, CFA, is an independent consultant based in New York City with more than 13 years of experience in asset management. Previously, he was senior portfolio manager – head of emerging markets equities at Arca Fondi Asset Management in Milan, Italy. Prior to that, he was European financial analyst and North American specialist portfolio manager for Arca Fondi. During his 12 years with the firm, Dal Santo managed funds that were rated among Italy’s best performing by Morningstar.  Dal Santo is currently board secretary and scholarship chair for the CFA Society Italy (CFASI). In 2010, he mentored the student team that won the finals of the CFA Institute Research Challenge in Omaha, NB, and with another volunteer, went on to create the CFASI Fund Management Challenge. This portfolio management competition for undergraduate students is aimed at increasing financial literacy and ethics, and won CFA Institute’s Most Innovative Project award in 2012. In the same year, Dal Santo worked together with other volunteers to write the exemplary CFASI governance manual, which won CFA Institute’s Best Governance Program award as a best practice. Dal Santo is an active member of NYSSA, and a member of the Investment Strategy Roundtable, Sustainable Investing and Career Development Committees. Dal Santo is a staunch believer in the importance of volunteering and mentoring future generations of finance professionals; his call to action is featured on the Get Involved – Volunteers webpage of CFA Institute’s website. He has a BA in economics from Ca’ Foscari University.

Jodie Gunzberg, CFA
S&P Dow Jones Indices
2015

Jodie M. Gunzberg, CFA, is global head of commodities at S&P Dow Jones Indices.  Jodie is responsible for the product management of S&P DJI Commodity Indices, which include the S&P GSCI and Dow Jones Commodity Index (DJCI), among the most widely recognized commodity benchmarks in the world.  The indices represent the global commodity market and are most commonly used for the historical benefits of inflation protection and diversification to stocks and bonds. Prior to joining S&P Dow Jones Indices in 2010, Jodie worked for more than a decade analyzing commodities in various roles within the investment management and consulting business.  Most recently, Jodie was the chief investment strategist for an investment consulting firm. In her role she oversaw more than 350 plans ranging in size from USD 10 million to USD 13 billion and totaling more than USD 85 billion in assets.  Jodie has published many industry pieces on hedge funds and commodity investing and is a frequent speaker and moderator.  She is commonly quoted by the press and has been a guest on BloombergTV, CNBC, Fox Business, Reuters, Sky News, Channel NewsAsia, ETNow and CCTV2.  Jodie is a CFA charterholder, member of the CFA Institute and of NYSSA.  She is also a former director of the Board of Directors for CFA Chicago.  She received her MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, and earned a B.S. in Mathematics from Emory University.

Peter Nesvold, CFA
Silver Lane Advisors
2014—2017

Education & Professional Development Liaison
educationliaison@nyssa.org

Peter Nesvold, CFA, is a multi-disciplinary investment professional with 18 years of Wall Street experience. A CFA charterholder, lawyer and CPA by background, Peter is a Managing Director and Head of Strategic Initiatives at Silver Lane Advisors—a prominent investment banking boutique serving the financial services industry. Peter cut his teeth as a sell-side analyst, rising to Senior Managing Director at Bear Stearns in less than six years. In this role, he proved unafraid to challenge the consensus view—for instance, sharply and publicly criticizing GM’s balance sheet and financial prospects in the year leading up to the 2008 crisis. Over the course of his sell-side career, Peter covered approximately 50 companies and ranked in StarMine’s “Best Analysts” poll in three different industries: Autos, Machinery and Airfreight & Logistics. This versatility carried over to Peter’s role as a portfolio manager/analyst at Lazard Asset Management, where he was one of three managers of the firm’s SMid-cap product. During his tenure, the team grew AUM more than 10x and earned a coveted “five-star” rating from Morningstar. Peter has co-authored three books for McGraw-Hill, including The Art of M&A: A Merger, Acquisition and Buyout Guide. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and Fordham Law School (cum laude, Order of the Coif), where he was elected Editor-in-Chief of his law journal. In his spare time, Peter is an avid long-distance runner, completing 36 full- and half-marathons.

Christine Phillpotts, CFA
AllianceBernstein
2014—2017

Christine Phillpotts, CFA, is a Vice President and Equity Research Analyst covering Africa for AllianceBernstein’s Emerging and Frontier Markets portfolios, including the Next 50 Emerging Markets Fund. Prior to joining the firm in 2013, she was the Global Portfolio Manager for the Grassroots Business Fund (GBF), which was established by the International Finance Corporation. While at GBF, Phillpotts sourced, structured and supervised investments in privately held companies across several countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Ghana, Rwanda and Mozambique. As a member of the fund’s internal investment committee, she also evaluated and approved transactions in Latin America and Asia. Before that, Phillpotts was an Equity Research Associate at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. Phillpotts holds a BA in economics from Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is also a Robert Toigo Foundation Fellow, the Co-Chair of AllianceBernstein's Black Employee Resource Group, and a CFA charterholder.

Antonella Puca, CFA, CIPM, CPA
KPMG
2014—2015

Content Liaison
contentliaison@nyssa.org

Antonella Puca, CFA, CIPM, CPA is a senior manager with the Alternative Investments practice of KPMG in New York, where she provides auditing and advisory services to alternative investment funds.  Prior to joining KPMG, Antonella was at Rothstein Kass, where she helped launch the firm’s Bay Area practice, and in the global hedge fund practice of Ernst & Young in San Francisco and in New York. Antonella has worked on a variety of alternative funds, ranging from start-up funds to some of the largest and most complex players in the industry. Her areas of expertise include financial reporting and auditing, GIPS verification, investment performance measurement and reporting, investment valuation and regulatory compliance for alternative investment funds. Most recently, she has been servicing the largest GIPS clients of KPMG in the U.S. and has provided assistance to a number of hedge fund clients in conducting public offerings on the New York Stock Exchange.   Antonella has collaborated with the CFA Institute as a Volunteer in the Future of Finance campaign and in a number of initiatives related to the CFA, CIPM and Claritas examination process. She is a member of the Alternative Investments committee and the Market Integrity committee at NYSSA and of the GIPS Pooled Funds Advisory Team of the CFA Institute.  She has been an adjunct faculty member at New York University and is a frequent speaker at conferences on alternative investments. Antonella is licensed as a CPA in California and in New York, a Certified Valuation Analyst with NACVA, and a member of the Italian Professional Association of Journalists. She holds a degree in Economics with honors from the University “Federico II” of Naples, Italy, and an M.A. from New York University. She has been a research fellow at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a member of the 420 Italian National Sailing Team.

Anand Shahi, CFA, CFP®
S&P Capital IQ
2013—2016

Membership Liaison
membershipliaison@nyssa.org 

Anand G. Shahi, CFA, CFP®, recently joined the Leveraged Commentary and Data group at S&P Capital IQ where he helps commercial lenders improve risk-adjusted return metrics by developing market pricing guidelines for their CRE and C&I loan portfolios. Prior to this role, Shahi ran a consulting business providing in-depth equity research and strategic allocation recommendations for hedge funds with total AUM of $700mn. From 2003 until 2009, Shahi was a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch where he helped develop estate planning solutions and co-managed discretionary investment portfolios for high-net-worth clients. Since joining the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) in 2007, Shahi has served as president of the NYSSA Toastmasters club and chairman of the Membership Committee. In 2011, he received the NYSSA Young Analyst award. He also serves on both the advisory board and finance committee for the Women’s Education Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young women succeed in their higher education and career goals. Shahi graduated from the University of Rochester in 2003 with a double major in computer science and economics.

Jae Yoon, CFA
CIO of Strategic Asset Allocation & Solutions
2014—2015

Jae Yoon, CFA, is the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of Strategic Asset Allocation & Solutions (SAS) and oversees the portfolio management of MainStay and third-party asset allocation strategies. This includes both retail and VP risk-based funds and target date funds, enhanced return asset allocation funds, and asset allocation services for New York Life. Mr. Yoon and his team also perform economic analysis for New York Life, as well as provide economic and market updates to New York Life Agency. Previously, he was responsible for investment risk and strategy efforts at New York Life Investments’ investment affiliate MacKay Shields. Prior to joining New York Life Investment Management LLC, Mr. Yoon was Head of Quantitative Research, Analytics, and Risk Management at Western Asset Management. Previously, he was with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers where he served as the Head of Risk and Performance for the Pacific and European Regions in Tokyo and London, respectively. Mr. Yoon also worked at JP Morgan Securities in Asia as regional head of Risk Management Control for Fixed Income and Equity Derivative Trading. Mr. Yoon is a CFA® charterholder and holds a FINRA Series 7 registration. Mr. Yoon earned a BS in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in Operations Research at Cornell University.

Ex-Officio

Karen Sterling, PhD, CFA 
President & Chief Executive Officer, NYSSA

Karen Sterling

Karen Sterling, Ph.D., CFA®, a trained scientist as well as a versatile investment professional, is a longstanding New York Society of Security Analysts member and volunteer.  With her support, the Society has not only revamped its governance model and rewritten its bylaws, but also repositioned itself culturally as a member-centric association. Born in Hamburg, Germany, Sterling conducted her undergraduate work at the Technical University of Hannover, Germany, and then earned two masters degrees and a Ph.D. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics.  Her peer reviewed research on breast cancer and leukemia was published in Oncogene and The Journal of Biological Chemistry. Leveraging her background in the life sciences, Sterling chose to embark on a career in equity research, covering companies in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and life science tools industries.  After accepting a position with renowned high yield debt authority and longtime NYSSA member Martin Fridson, Sterling applied her skills in fundamental and quantitative analysis to the credit markets for Fridson Investment Advisors and FridsonVision while also publishing original research with Fridson in the The Journal of Portfolio Management and The Journal of Fixed Income.  By 2009, she had taken on the challenge of building out a health care practice with investment banking and strategic advisory boutique Avalon Group Ltd. Her growth as a Wall Street professional has been closely tied to her active involvement with NYSSA.  Sterling joined the Society in 2003 and cofounded NYSSA Toastmasters in 2005.  In 2008, she served as a founding member of the editorial board of The Investment Professional, a NYSSA publication integrating in-depth peer reviewed research articles with industry perspective.  In 2010, she was elected to the NYSSA Board of Directors.  Sterling served on the Board’s Executive Committee from 2011 to 2014, most recently as Vice Chair.  In 2014, the Board appointed Sterling President and Chief Executive Officer of NYSSA. In her spare time, Sterling enjoys distance running and scuba diving.  In 2005, working as a research scuba diver from a remote campsite in Antarctica, she became the only financial analyst in history to update her equity research coverage via satellite from a remote field camp on the Antarctic continent.     


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