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2nd National Pension Funds Conference

September 29, 2016

5:30 PM: Check-in 

6:00 PM: Welcome and Opening Comments 
Chris Cutler, CFA, Board of Directors, CFANY

6:10 PM: Keynote
Carol Boykin, CFA, Representative of the Secretary-General for the investment of the assets of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund

6:25 PM: Panel
Moderator 
Lisa ChungManager, Foreign Reserves Management, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Speakers
Constantino (Tino) ArgimonDirector, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board
M. Nicolas J. Firzli,  LL.M., Director-General, World Pensions Council (WPC) & Advisory Board Member, World Bank Global Infrastructure Facility (WB GIF)
Sergio Mendez, CIO, Afore XXI-Banorte
Anna Pot, Director, Responsible Investments, APG Asset Management

7:40 PM Closing Remarks and Networking 
Patrick Holert, CFA, CAIA, Board of Directors, CFANY

Description

The 2nd National Pensions Conference will feature a high-level discussion on the implications of current market conditions and within this context, analyze trends in  best practices in investment strategy, risk management and market engagement. In particular, we’ll explore, in detail, the trends towards sustainable investing and allocation to ESG factors at national pension funds, interest in alternatives and other diversification opportunities within the parameters of each organization’s investment mandates and the embedded opportunities & challenges to their long-term capital management philosophy.

While the diversity of these funds and their investment practices makes it hard to paint them in the same brushstrokes, National Pension have generally been yield-seeking, long-term investors which have allocated heavily private markets in the last decade. In that setting, the discussion will also focus on each institution’s long-term approach to asset allocation and trends in investment plans including key risks and headways, benchmarks focused on long-term value creation and evaluation of internal and external managers.