Asset Owner Bios


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 serves as a lead analyst for 29 public power, power generation project, toll-road, airport, port, and project finance credits. Brigandi also serves on Moody’s public pension steering committee, ESG Americas working group and veteran recruiting sub-committee. Brigandi previously worked at the ~$160bn NYC Pension Fund, where he focused on energy and natural resources and reported directly to the chief investment officer. Brigandi, CFA Institute’s Inaugural Global Outstanding Young Leader and CFA Society New York’ (CFANY) 2016 Benjamin Graham Distinguished Service Award, 2015 Volunteer of the Year and 2013 Young Investment Professional Award recipient, has organized 49 CFA Society conferences that were attended by +9,000 investment professionals, in addition to over 350 speakers who collectively and directly oversee or advise on +$30 trillion. Brigandi, the founder of CFANY’s Asset Owner Series, Emerging and Frontier Market Series and Annual Global Infrastructure Conference, leads a team of several hundred investment professional CFA Society volunteers globally. While serving as the Director of Global Volunteers of the American Foundation for African Children’s Education, Brigandi organized 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 and buy-side investment professionals who collectively and directly oversee or advise on +$50 trillion, in addition to thousands of sell-side investment professionals, government officials and corporate executives globally. Brigandi maintains over 8,500 connections ‎on LinkedIn and holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, Accounting and Economics from the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York, from where he received the college’s inaugural Alumni Pioneer Award.



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.


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 CFANY, and is on the Board of Directors at CFANY.


Danye Wang is a Vice President and Relationship Manager with Institutional Client Business at BlackRock. She covers the firm”s senior relationships with sovereign wealth funds, central banks, national pensions and supranationals across BlackRock”s product spectrum; she also develops and maintains relationships with official institutions” representative offices in the US. Since 2013, Danye has led the development and execution of BlackRock Educational Academy, a multi-module “best-in-class” training program targeting top institutional investors across Asia Pacific, EMEA, Latin America and US/Canada. From 2009 – 2011, Danye also served on short-term assignments in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Danye earned a BA degree in economics from Yale University. Danye currently serves on the Committee of Asian Association of Alternative Investment Professionals, and the Committee of Women Initiative Network at BlackRock. Danye regularly speaks at conferences and programs hosted by Asian Financial Society, China Youth Development Program, as well as universities including Yale, Cornell and Columbia.

Alan Fields has over 20 years experience as an institutional sales professional in the United States, introducing investment solutions to U.S institutional clients across a wide range of alternative products. Prior to joining The Abraaj Group he spent 13 years as Managing Director with PineBridge Investments (and its predecessor entity AIG Investments) covering pension  plans, endowments & foundations, insurance companies, and family offices.  He helped to raise funds in Sub Saharan Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, pan Asia, and Latin America. Prior to AIG/Pinebridge Alan was Managing Director in institutional fixed income sales with Bear Stearns & Co, where he spent 10 years and before that he was with the auditing team of KPMG for three years. Alan received his MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Accounting from Pace University. He holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).   Alan is married with three children and resides in New Jersey, USA. Evelyn Yeow,CFA, 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 firms 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 CFANY.  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. Amelie Derosne, CFA, fixed income & currency emerging market sales person at Societe Generale, holds a BS and a Master in finance from the Institut Superieur du Commerce de Paris, as well as an MBA from Louisiana Tech University. She became a CFA charter holder and CFANY member in 2011.  She joined Societe Generale in 2007, working first within the equity derivatives proprietary trading group and holding various functions including trading analyst and programmer for several algorithmic trading desks.  In early 2013, she joined the fixed income & currency emerging market desk as a sales person covering Latam, CEEMEA and Asia. Shortly after, she joined the Global Investing Committee at CFANY and became involved in EM related events. Daniel Fridson is an associate analyst, covering High Yield issuers for Moody”s Corporate Finance  Group, across a variety of sectors, including Food and Beverage, Consumer Durables and Manufacturing. He previously worked in research for Empire Valuation Consultants, Real Assets Research and Fridsonvision LLC, as well as serving as an emerging markets equity analyst for Cooper Financial Research. Prior to that, he researched short-term fixed income investments at the Comptroller”s Office of the City of New York, reporting to the assistant comptroller for asset management. Fridson was also an analytical advisor on a Transportation Research Bureau report in 2012 and a research assistant at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, from which he holds a BA. He has previously written for Seeking Alpha and, and has been featured on Reuters Global Markets Forum and Arise TV. 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 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.

Jonathan Prin, CFA, joined Greylock Capital in February 2015 as Managing Director, Head of Research. Prior to joining Greylock Capital, he was a portfolio manager and member of the Global Fixed Income Group at JP Morgan Asset Management. At JP Morgan, Mr. Prin was responsible for managing and trading emerging market high yield corporate debt portfolios. Prior to joining JP Morgan in 2008, he spent three years as a credit analyst at Bear Stearns Asset Management, specializing in high-yield credits and international financial institutions. Previously, Mr. Prin was a research analyst in the Leveraged Finance Department of Credit Suisse First Boston, as part of an Institutional Investor-ranked group specializing in the publishing and media sectors. He began his career at M&T Bank Corporation, where he worked as a credit analyst in the bank?s Special Asset Group. Mr. Prin received his B.A. in Economics and Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. He received his CFA charter holder designation in 2009.


Steven G. Bloom, CFA, has more than 20 years of experience on the sell side and buy side investing in listed equities and specialized private equity funds across traditional, real, and emerging asset classes.  He founded Real Research & Advisory to perform real estate fund and manager due diligence and provide strategic advisory services.  Steven was previously a portfolio manager on APG Asset Management”s Opportunity Fund, head of research for APG US real estate fund, head of HSBC Asset Management”s global listed TMT fund, and a senior sell side equity REIT analyst for Morgan Stanley.  He also teaches business courses for the New York Institute of Finance and co-chairs CFANY”s Alternative Investments Committee.  Steven received his B.S. from Cornell University”s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and is a CFA charterholder. 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. Katherine Zamsky, a Vice President at BAML, is an Alternative Investments industry expert with12 years of experience in private equity and hedge fund management, deal structuring, and portfolio allocations, across a variety of strategies and industries.  For the past several years, Katherine has been developing one of the world?s largest private equity/hedge fund platforms ($65B) at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. At BAML, Katherine, who has launched over 100 funds, structures and runs private equity feeder funds and oversees a third of the platform?s private equity funds. Additionally, Katherine manages GP-LP and client relationships and is on the advisory boards of several leading PE firms.  Her sector coverage includes healthcare, technology, energy, real estate, infrastructure, retail, and financial services. Katherine started her career at AIG”s hedge fund-of-funds team, where she focused on due diligence, performance analysis, and portfolio allocations.? Katherine holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and BA in Economics and Fine Art from Hunter College.

Kyrill Firshein, Executive Director at VTB Capital, is the Head of VTB Capital”s Equity Sales team for the Americas, based in New York. Previously, Kyrill headed Deutsche Bank?s Central & Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (CEEMA) Equities distribution business for the Americas. Prior to this, he was responsible for the Russian equities business for the bank?s US emerging markets equity sales team. Previously, Firshein was a senior international equity salesperson for United Financial Group (UFG) in Moscow, acquired by Deutsche Bank in 2006, where he primarily focused on US institutional funds investing in Russia. Including his UFG years, Firshein had been with Deutsche Bank for over 10 years. Before UFG, he was an equity research sales generalist with Goldman Sachs for 4 years, building and running the firm”s West Coast middle markets equities business (his time at Goldman also included a one-year, senior analyst rotation in debt capital markets). Firshein graduated from Georgetown University?s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service. He holds an undergraduate program degree certificate in Islam and Muslim-Christian Understanding via the Prince Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding.

David Feygenson is Senior Analyst for the Emerging Markets Equity strategy; specializing in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia at Van Eck Global. He is an Investment Management Team member since 2014.  Prior to joining Van Eck Global he was a senior analyst at Mirae Asset Global Investments (Mirae) responsible for EMEA company research for the firm”s long-only strategies. He also served as portfolio manager on country and regional strategies (Russia, Eastern Europe and EMEA). Previously he was a research associate at Wellington Management Co. and assisted in managing long-only emerging markets equity products focusing on Retail, Media, and Food and Beverage sectors in EMEA and Latin America. He has an MS (with Merit) in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has a BS (magna cum laude) in Economics from The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania.

Richard Ebil Ottoo is currently Vice President of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Before this position, he was a tenured Associate Professor of Finance at the Lubin School of Business, Pace University in New York City, teaching Undergraduate and Graduate courses in Corporate Finance, Financial Analysis, Mergers and Acquisitions, Investment Analysis, Risk Management, and International Finance. He served as the Director of Professional Certifications in Finance. Prior to his academic career, Ottoo worked with the National Water Corporation of Uganda where he served as Accounts Assistant to the Finance Controller. He also served in the Uganda government as the Special Assistant to the Minister of Health in charge of planning, policy and budgets. During his tenure, he was involved in creating and launching Uganda?s first open education HIV/AIDS campaign in 1987 that received wide international acclaim. Previously he has been a Project Finance Manager with Action Internationalé (AICF), an international development agency. Ottoo obtained his Bachelor?s Degree in Statistics (honors) in 1985 from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. He also earned a Masters in Banking and Finance Degree (summa cum laude) from Giordano dell?Amore (Finafrica) Foundation College, Milan, Italy in 1989, an MBA in Finance from Baruch College Zicklin School of Business in 1996, and a PhD in Finance from the City University of New York in 1998. He is the author of a book, Valuation of Corporate Growth Opportunities: A Real Options Approach (2000), and his articles have appeared in many finance journals. Ottoo has been awarded numerous awards, such as the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Technical Cooperation Scholarship, Rockefeller Brothers Fund Fellowship, the John C. Whitehead Foundation Fellowship, the NASDAQ Stock Market Grant, and the Ross and Margie Butler Institute for International Understanding Award.

Kamal Bhatia is a Senior Vice President and Head of Investment Products and Solutions at OppenheimerFunds, Inc. Mr. Bhatia joined the firm in September 2011 and is responsible for developing and managing all products, client portfolio strategy and new markets strategy for the fixed income, alternatives, and multi-asset investment products. Prior to this, he served as the Managing Director at TIAA-CREF and was responsible for investment products in the real assets and socially responsible investments space. Prior to TIAA-CREF, Mr. Bhatia served as a First Vice President at Mellon Asset Management with a focus on investment analytics, product development, and corporate strategy. He began his career at Citigroup at the global corporate and investment banking unit, where he held the position of Vice President of Client Servicing with group. Mr. Bhatia serves on the board of Big Apple Greeter. He holds an M.S. from Washington University in St. Louis as a Sever Fellowship Scholar, and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur.

Mark Sullivan is a Managing Director and Partner at Stonehaven, LLC. Mr. Sullivan works closely with Stonehaven?s CEO to spearhead origination and ongoing management of mandates while also playing a senior management role. Prior to Stonehaven, Mr. Sullivan was the Director of US Sales Management at Man Investments Inc. where he coordinated product operations and development and managed related workflow across stakeholders including investment management, marketing, third party investors, service providers, legal, compliance, operations, reporting and management. Mr. Sullivan came to Man Investments Inc. following the acquisition of Ore Hill Partners LLC in May 2011, where Mr. Sullivan was a Partner and served as the firm?s CFO and COO for over 8 years. Mr. Sullivan built and managed all non-investment functions for the multi-product alternative asset management firm and was integral in helping grow the firm from $70 million & 7 employees to $3 billion AUM & 45 employees. Prior to Ore Hill Partners LLC, Mr. Sullivan worked for Credit Suisse First Boston / Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette within their Private Client Services division from 2000 to 2003. Mr. Sullivan also worked with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in their Private Wealth Management division from 1998 to 2000. Mr. Sullivan earned an M.B.A. from the Leonard Stern School of Business at NYU with a concentration in Finance and a B.A. in Economics from Boston College. Mr. Sullivan is a CFA charter holder and member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society New York (CFANY). Currently, Mr. Sullivan holds the Series 3, 7, 24, and 63 registrations with FINRA. Mr. Sullivan lives in Larchmont, NY with his wife, son and two daughters.

Kevin Maxwell, CFA is Managing Director of Asset Management Business Development and a member of the Senior Leadership Team for the TIAA-CREF organization. Mr. Maxwell is responsible for marketing the organization?s global real asset products. Prior to joining the TIAA-CREF organization in 2007, Mr. Maxwell was a Senior Vice President at LaSalle Investment Management responsible for marketing their institutional real estate products and held similar positions at J.P. Morgan and The O?Connor Group. Mr. Maxwell serves on the editorial board of The Institutional Real Estate Letter and is a member of Publication Committee for the Pension Real Estate Association, of which he previously served as Chairman. He is also on the Alternative Investments Committee at the CFA Society New York. He formerly served as Chairman of the Corporate Governance Committee of INREV. Mr. Maxwell holds a B.S. in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. in Finance from Northwestern University. He is a CFA charter holder Peter Sang is a Research Analyst on Lazard Asset Management”s Emerging Markets Debt team covering global EM sovereign credits. Prior to joining Lazard, Peter was responsible for Enterprise Risk Management at ING Bank fsb. While at ING, he also had roles at ING Investment Management in the Latin America Investment Office. Peter also served as an Advisor for the Central Bank of Chile where he developed an Early Warning System (EWS) model of countries at risk of a sovereign downgrade in their international investment portfolio. Peter is a graduate of Columbia University?s Program in Economic Policy Management (PEPM), a specialized degree in economic policy making for emerging markets. Peter also has an MBA from the University of Western Ontario ? Richard Ivey School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University in Canada.

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