Asset Owner Series

*Event Date Not Yet Finalized
Deepika Sharma, CFA, is a Portfolio Manager/Analyst at Astor Investment Management, a $2bn asset management firm, where she co-manages the multi-asset portfolios and sector rotation fund and  sits on the Investment Committee. She joined Astor in 2012 and overhauled the sector rotation fund,  which is now rated five star and ranks in the top percentile in its category on Morningstar. Prior to that, she has worked at Roubini Global Economics in macro strategy and at Nomura (previously Lehman Brothers) as an Analyst on the EMEA Fixed Income desk. Deepika completed her Masters in International Finance at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and holds FINRA licenses 3 and 65. 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 +$12 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. Roberto Peralta, CFA, has been with Société Générale New York since 2001, most recently as Head of Institutional Client Relations for the Americas. Prior positions at SG include experience as a  Structured Solutions salesperson for Latin America and as a senior credit analyst for banks and brokers located in Latin America and the US. Peralta earned a double Bachelor degree in Business  from Comillas Pontifical University/ICADE in Madrid, Spain and from the Ecole supérieure de Commerce de Reims in Reims, France. Peralta was awarded his CFA charter in 2007 and holds FINRA Series 3, 7, 24, and 63 licenses. 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, CFA, 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 masters 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. Maria Shtrapenina, CFA, is Director, Portfolio Management at TAG Associates LLC, a leading multi-client family office and portfolio management services firm with more than $8 billion of assets under management. Maria is responsible for analyzing and recommending publicly-traded equity and fixed-income strategies and is a member of TAG”s Investment Committee. Prior to joining TAG, Maria spent over eight years at Asset Alliance Corporation, most recently as Director, Research and Investments, focusing on manager research and due diligence across various strategies and asset classes. Prior to Asset Alliance, Maria was at Deutsche Bank where she performed risk management and monitoring functions for Deutsche Bank”s managed account platform. Prior to Deutsche Bank, she was an auditor at the Financial Services division of KPMG LLP.
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