Opening Remarks

Daniel Dagen, CFA, most recently was a Senior Financial Consultant in the Global Private Client Group at Laidlaw & Co. Ltd. In this role, he provided investment banking, portfolio management and risk management solutions to high and ultra-high net worth clients.  He served clients across six of the world’s seven continents.  At Laidlaw, he was 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.

Keynote Speaker

Michael T. Eckhart is a Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental Finance and Sustainability at Citigroup in New York City. In this role he supports Citi's goal to be the leading financial services firm in renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean water and related areas, serving clients with corporate banking, investment banking, equity and debt capital markets, global transaction services, trade finance and private banking. Mr. Eckhart serves on the governing bureau of the REN 21 global policy network in renewable energy, on the Renewable Industry Advisory Board of the IEA, and as an Observer to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). From 2001 to 2011, Mr. Eckhart was founding President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization with more than 600 organizational members in wind, solar, hydro, ocean, geothermal, biomass, biofuels and waste sources of electricity, thermal energy, hydrogen and fuels. Previously, he developed financing for solar energy under the SolarBank Initiative in South Africa and India; was Chairman & CEO of the power generation development firm United Power Systems, Inc.; Vice President of the venture capital firm Areté Ventures, Inc.; a strategic planner of General Electric Company's power systems sector; and a Principal with the energy practice of Booz, Allen & Hamilton where he conducted many of the original national studies on new energy technologies in the 1970s including renewables, advanced coal, synfuels, advanced nuclear and others. Mr. Eckhart has received several awards in the area of social entrepreneurship. He served in the U.S. Navy Submarine Service. He received a degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Moderator

Henry Shilling, Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investors Service, coordinates Moody’s efforts focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, their impact on credit ratings, related research, as well as outreach and product development. He also oversees Moody’s Green Bonds Assessment initiative, culminating recently in the publication of a methodology for assessing green bonds. Henry also conducts research and publishes periodic commentary on the green bonds market. With Moody’s since 1992, Henry played a leading role during his tenure in the development of the Managed Investments Group. Henry is the author of The International Guide to Securities Market Indices which was published in 1996 by International Publishing Corp., Chicago, Illinois. He is a contributor to Money Market Funds in the EU and the US, published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. He earned a B.A. in economics from Lehman College, City University of New York in 1971.

Manuel Lewin is the Head of Responsible Investment at Zurich Insurance Company, where he oversees the implmentation of Zurich's Responsible Investment strategy for the Company's USD 200bn portfolio of Group assets. Manuel joined Zurich Insurance Company in Zurich, Switzerland, as an analyst in the Market Strategy and Macroeocnomics team before becoming the Strategic Assistant to the Chief Investment Officer of the Zurich Group and Communications Manager for the Investment Management department. Manuel studied in Basel, Switzerland, where he obtained his Licentiate and Master Degrees in Business and Economics before continuing his training at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences, from where he graduated in 2007 with Distinction in Economic History. He has also received training in Corporate Social Responsibility at Harvard Business School. Manuel takes a keen interest in topics of economic development and is an avid traveller.

Panelists

Eric Glass, CFA, is a Portfolio Manager of Fixed Income Impact Strategies and spearheaded the development and launch of AB's Muni Impact Strategy. He joined the firm in 2000 from Moody’s Investors Service, where he did municipal research for two years. Prior to becoming a Municipal High Yield Bond Trader in 2010, Glass was an analyst in the Municipal Credit department. Before a career in capital markets, Glass spent several years working and managing a transitional homeless shelter. He holds a BS in business administration from the University of Richmond and an MA in public administration from Columbia University. Glass is a CFA charterholder.)

Stephan Bonte, CFA, is Director of Sustainable Investing. In his role, Stephan drives the sustainability/ESG integration efforts at Standish, leads related product development efforts, and focuses broadly on the development of Standish’s sustainable investing platform. His previous roles at Standish include Portfolio Manager and Quantitative Analyst as well as Senior Portfolio Specialist. Stephan is also Senior Portfolio Specialist for Short Duration Strategies. He has an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S. in Physics and an M.S. in Optical Engineering from the French Institute of Optics. He holds the CFA® designation and has 11 years of investment experience.

Timothy J. Coffin, Senior Vice President, is a consultant relations manager at Breckinridge. In his role, Tim focuses on developing the firm’s institutional relationships. In his time at the firm, Tim has helped lead the introduction of Breckinridge’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) capabilities to clients. He has been with the firm since 2012 and has over 20 years of fixed income experience. Prior to Breckinridge, Tim was a vice president at Fidelity Investments where he launched and managed the firm's Municipal Finance group within Fidelity Capital Markets. Prior to Fidelity, he spent over 10 years with Corby Capital Markets Inc. where he managed the sales and marketing teams and served his last three years as the firm's president. Tim started his career in fixed income in institutional sales roles at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette Inc. and RBC Dain Rauscher Corp. Tim serves on the governing board for Ridley College and is a member of the Municipal Fiscal Health Working Group for the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Tim received a BA from Hobart College and currently holds a FINRA Series 65.

Bryon Willy is a Principal in the manager research group of Mercer's investment consulting business in Chicago. Bryon works in the Fixed Income Boutique as Head of North American research. He is a member of Mercer’s US Manager Ratings Review Committee, Global Fixed Income Manager Ratings Review Committee, LDI Committee, and Manager Discretionary Committee. Bryon joined Mercer from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago where he was Lead Market Risk Analyst. In this position, Bryon was responsible for daily risk analysis on the entire $90 billion GSE portfolio, including mortgages, CMOs, agency debt, and derivatives. Previously Bryon worked for ABN AMRO in the Capital Markets group and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He brings more than 20 years of experience to Mercer IC. Bryon earned his MBA in finance at DePaul University and his Bachelor of Science in finance and marketing from Indiana University. He is a CFA charterholder, and a member of the CFA Society of Chicago and the CFA Institute.

Andrew Russell is Director of Fixed-Income Investments for the Pension Boards – United Church of Christ (PB-UCC). He directs investment management activities for fixed-income portfolios benefiting UCC ministers and lay employees as well for UCC churches, conferences, associations, and other ministries through UCC associated ministry United Church Funds (UCF). Andy has direct oversight for portfolio management, research, analysis, trading, and risk positioning for all internally managed fixed income portfolios and he is responsible for their performance. He serves as lead portfolio manager for the Core-Fixed strategy and the Stable Value Fund. Andy and his team support in several ways the special emphasis that PB-UCC and UCF have placed on sustainable investing and climate change. Their first foray into green bond investing was in 2014. Additionally, Andy advises the CIO and asset allocation team regarding allocation to and selection of externally managed fixed-income strategies and their managers. He has contributed as advisor, speaker, and panelist at various investor forums. Before joining the PB-UCC in 2003 Andy spent over ten years at Chase Asset Management where he held positions as analyst, trader, and portfolio manager - managing both Vista mutual funds and institutional bond portfolios, including part of the Chase Manhattan pension plan. Andy is a graduate of the University of Vermont where he earned a BA in History and Political Science.

Upon joining UBS in 1998, Stephen Freedman served as an economist and public policy analyst in the Swiss headquarters of UBS. Since 2004, he has been an Investment Strategist within CIO Wealth Management Research. In 2007, Stephen transferred to the U.S. as Global Investment Strategist and was responsible for asset allocation until recently. Today, he is responsible for the thematic investment offering and for sustainable investing. He chairs the U.S. Thematic Investment Committee and is a core member of the Wealth Management Americas Asset Allocation Committee. He is the editor-in-chief of the flagship publication Top Themes, responsible for the quarterly “Decade Ahead” and for the suite of sustainable investing publications. Stephen earned a Ph.D. in financial economics from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland, following a master’s degree in economics and business administration from the same institution. Stephen is a Chartered Financial Analyst® charter holder and also earned the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation awarded by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Stephen has been featured in national and international media outlets such as CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News, PBS, Reuters TV, Business News Network, TV Argent (Canada) and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Investment News, The Globe and Mail (Canada), Wall Street Letter, Financial Post (Canada) and The Vancouver Sun (Canada).

Ann Marie Griffith is the MD of US Fixed Income for APG Asset Management US Inc. With 27 years of investment experience, Ms. Griffith is responsible for US Fund level strategies, investments, hedging and risk management. She supervises 21 investment professionals and their work in Corporate Credit, High Yield, Leveraged Loans, Structured Products, Duration Management, Quantitative Research and Fundamental Credit Research. She is a member of the APG US Executive Board, the Chair of the U.S. Fixed Income Strategy Team and a member of the Global Fixed Income Relative Value Group. She came to APG US in 1999 from UBS Asset Management. During her 10 year tenure at UBS, Ms. Griffith was a Portfolio Manager for the US Money Market Funds, Short Duration strategies and the corporate component of US Core Bond Plus Funds. She also worked with the Marketing and Development team in attracting new assets and maintaining client relationships. Ms. Griffith holds a B.A. from Franklin and Marshall College and an MBA from Long Island University. She has also earned her Sustainable Investment Professional Certification from Concordia University.

Organizers

Sovereign Wealth & National Pensions Funds Bios

Deepika Sharma, CFA, is a Portfolio Manager and Managing Director of Investments at Astor Investment Management LLC, a nearly $2bn quantitative global macro asset manager, which was previously a subsidiary of Knight Capital Group. As a member of the Investment Committee, she assists with the management of Astor’s multi-asset and global macro strategies and reports directly to the Chief Investment Officer. She previously worked on the Fixed Income Proprietary Trading Desk at Nomura, as well as in macro-strategy at Roubini Global Economics. Ms. Sharma began her career as an Analyst on the Structured Credit desk at Lehman Brothers. Ms. Sharma is an active volunteer at the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) and was recognized with the NYSSA Young Investment Professional Award 2015, Volunteer of the Year Award 2016 and the Asset Owner Series Award 2016. Ms. Sharma holds a Masters in International Finance at Columbia University, is a CFA charterholder and holds FINRA Series 3 and 65 licenses.

Thomas Brigandi is an associate analyst in the Global Project and Infrastructure Finance Group at Moody's, where he covers public power, power generation projects, toll-roads, airports, ports, project financings and public-private partnerships, across the Americas. Brigandi also serves on Moody's public pension task force. In the past, Brigandi worked at the US$150 billion NYC Pension Fund, where he focused on energy and natural resources and reported directly to the chief investment officer. Brigandi, the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) 2016 Benjamin Graham Distinguished Service Award recipient, 2015 Volunteer of the Year and 2013 Young Investment Professional Award recipient, has organized over 40 NYSSA conferences that were attended by +7,500 investment professionals, in addition to over 300 speakers who collectively and directly oversee +$15 trillion (~1/8 of total institutional AUM globally). While serving as the Director of Global Volunteers of the American Foundation for African Children's Education, Brigandi was the lead organizer of the NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony on September 23, 2011, hosted for the President of Sierra Leone. Brigandi has cultivated personal relationships with thousands of asset owner, buy-side & sell-side investment professionals globally and maintains over 7,500 connections ‎on LinkedIn.

Patrick Holert, CFA, CAIA, is vice president and research principal for BBVA Securities, where he oversees research compliance in the US, and research operations in the US, Latin America, and Europe. In the past, Holert lived in Asia for many years and has served as an equities analyst for Nomura Securities in Thailand and Korea, an investment manager for a frontier private equity fund covering the Mekong region, and a consultant on projects in the Middle East, India, and across Southeast Asia. He specialized in finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has a BA in economics and mathematics from Claremont McKenna College. Holert is serving as Chairman Emeritus of the Global Investing Committee at NYSSA, and is on the Board of Directors at NYSSA.

Evelyn Yeow is a lead investment analyst covering China at John Hsu Capital Group, where she works directly with the Chief Investment Officer on China equity investing for the firm’s Dedicated China, Global, and International strategies.  Prior to her current position, she was a junior analyst with the firm where she was responsible for research, fund accounting, performance measurement and evaluation, and portfolio analytics.  She serves as the outreach coordinator of the Global Investing Committee at NYSSA.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from Baruch College, City University of New York.  She completed all three levels of the CFA Program in June 2015.

Robert Discolo, CFA, CAIA, CPA, is Executive Vice President, Investments, at Permal Group, a role that encompasses the asset management team and investment processes, working alongside the Chief Investment Officers, as well as proprietary research capabilities. He is also a member of the Group’s Global Investment Committee. Mr. Discolo joined in 2015, having previously spent 14 years working at PineBridge, where he was Managing Director and Head of Hedge Fund Solutions Group, ultimately responsible for managing proprietary and client assets in hedge funds and other alternative asset classes. Prior to joining PineBridge, Mr. Discolo spent seven years at Bank Julius Baer where he was head of the Public/Private Funds Group, and before that was at Merrill Lynch in Partnership Financing, having started at Drexel Burnham Lambert in their Fund Services Group. He has authored and co-authored several papers on alternative investing and is a frequent speaker at alternative investment conferences. Mr. Discolo is a CFA® Charterholder and holds an M.B.A. from Pace University, Lubin School of Business, New York, and a B.S. from St John’s University, Jamaica, New York.

Chris Cutler, CFA, is founder of Manager Analysis Services, a hedge fund consultant for institutions, funds-of-funds and high-net-worth individuals.  Since launching in 2003, MAS has reviewed more than 1,500 hedge fund managers representing every strategy in the asset class.  In addition to hedge funds, Cutler has analyzed traditional equity, fixed income and private equity managers as well as individual private equity and venture capital investments. Prior to founding MAS, he worked for Deutsche Bank from 1994 to 2003, cofounding a specialized fixed income derivatives product, marketing over-the-counter interest rate derivatives and developing structured financial products.  From 1988 to 1994, he worked as an emerging markets economist and bank regulator for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Cutler earned his MBA in finance from the New York University Stern School of Business and BA in economics from the University of Chicago, where he was a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.  As chair of the New York Society of Securities Analysts’ Alternative Investment Committee from 2005 to 2007, he created the Alternative Analysts’ Forums.

Jae Yoon, Chief Investment Officer of New York Life Investment Management, joined NYLIM as a managing director in 2005. He most recently served as the CIO of the Strategic Asset Allocation and Solutions group. Previously, he was responsible for risk management efforts at boutique affiliate MacKay Shields. Prior to joining NYLIM, Mr. Yoon was head of Quantitative Research, Analytics, and Risk Management at Western Asset Management. Previous roles include serving as head of Risk and Performance for the EMEA-Pacific regions of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and regional head of Risk Management Control for Fixed Income and Equity Derivative Trading at J.P. Morgan Securities in Asia. Mr. Yoon earned his master’s degree in Operations Research and bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. Mr. Yoon is a CFA® charterholder and holds FINRA Series 3 and 7 registrations.

  
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