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Annual Conference Advisory Group

This advisory group works with CFA Institute staff to develop the program for our annual conferences. Drawing on their experience and knowledge of timely educational topics, group members provide guidance on the overall program plan as well as input on specific speakers and topics. Group members may also be involved with coordinating and/or moderating individual sessions at the conference.

Eelco Fiole CFA

Chair

Managing Partner, Alpha Governance Partners

Member of CFA Society Switzerland

Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser

Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser CFA

Head, Research Institute, Alexander Forbes Financial Services (Pty) Ltd

Member of CFA Society South Africa

Anne Cabot-Alletzhauser heads up the Alexander Forbes Research Institute – an initiative that looks at the full spectrum of issues that confront the savings and investment issues for South Africa and Africa in general. Prior to that she was an asset manager and CIO for 32 years, managing pension fund assets in North America, Japan, the UK, Europe and South Africa. In 1994, she pioneered the development of the multi-manager management approach of pension fund management that has become the hallmark of that industry today.

Anish Chopra CFA

Managing Director, Portfolio Management Corporation

Member of CFA Society Toronto

Blair duQuesnay, CFA

Blair duQuesnay CFP, CFA

​Investment Adviser, Ritholtz Wealth Management

Member of CFA Society Louisiana

Blair duQuesnay, CFA, is an investment advisor at Ritholtz Wealth Management and a member of the firm’s investment committee. She is an active financial commenter whose writing has been published in The New York Times and on her personal finance blog, The Belle Curve. Ms. duQuesnay has spoken at the CFA Institute Annual Conference, Morningstar Investment Conference, and CFA Institute Wealth Management Conference. She is also a former president of CFA Society Louisiana, where she continues to serve on the board. Ms. duQuesnay holds a BBA degree in finance from the University of Georgia.

Margaret Franklin

Margaret Franklin CFA

President and CEO, CFA Institute

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Member of CFA Society Toronto

Margaret Franklin, CFA, leads CFA Institute and its more than 170,000 members worldwide in promoting the highest standards of education, ethics, and professional excellence in the investment profession. She assumed her role in September 2019 and has more than 25 years of investment and wealth management experience.

Before joining CFA Institute, Ms. Franklin led International Wealth Management for North America and was president of BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Advisory Services in Canada. She also served as a board member of BNY Mellon Trust Company (Cayman). Margaret joined BNY Mellon in 2016.

Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Ms. Franklin held multiple senior management positions, including president of Marret Private Wealth and COO of Marret Asset Management, a credit and hedge fund asset manager in Toronto. During that six-year tenure, she had direct oversight of all aspects of the private wealth business. Prior to joining Marret, Margaret was a partner with KJ Harrison & Partners.

Ms. Franklin began her career in the institutional business and has worked with pension plans, endowments, foundations, and government agencies at State Street Global Advisors, Mercer, and Barclays Global Investors.

She previously served as chair of CFA Institute Board of Governors and is a former president of the CFA Society Toronto Board. Ms. Franklin is a founding member of the CFA Institute Women in Investment Initiative, a past recipient of the Alfred C. Morley Distinguished Service Award in 2014, and a member of its Future of Finance Content Council.

She is also a member of the Michael Garron Hospital Foundation Board. Ms. Franklin earned a Bachelor of Administration in Economics from McMaster University in Ontario. She is a CFA charterholder and a member of the CFA Society Toronto.

Nathan Kowalski CFA

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Portfolio Manager, Anchor Investment Management Limited

Member of CFA Society Bermuda

Asjeet S. Lamba CFA

Associate Professor, The University of Melbourne

Member of CFA Society Melbourne

Asjeet S. Lamba, CFA, is an associate professor with the Department of Finance at the University of Melbourne. His main research and teaching interests are in the areas of corporate finance, international finance, investments, and financial markets. Professor Lamba’s research has been published in several leading academic journals, and he regularly presents his ongoing research at academic and professional conferences. He serves on the program committees of over 10 international conferences, where he is frequently invited to organize academic and discussion sessions. Professor Lamba has been actively involved with CFA Institute over the past several years, reviewing and developing candidate curriculum readings and serving a six-year term on the Disciplinary Review Committee, with the last four years served as part of the Executive Team. He is a member of the CFA Institute Standards of Practice Council and a founding member of the CFA Institute Asia-Pacific Research Exchange Society Engagement Committee. Professor Lamba earned a BA (honors) in economics from the University of Delhi, an MBA in finance from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in finance from the University of Washington.

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Gerard Lee CFA

CEO, Lion Global Investors Ltd

Member of CFA Society Singapore

Gerard Lee, CFA, is CEO at Lion Global Investors. Previously, he served as chief investment officer of Temasek’s Fund Management Division and CEO of Fullerton Fund Management Company. Mr. Lee has also served as deputy chief investment officer at Deutsche Asset Management Singapore, head of fixed-income sales at SBC Warburg Singapore, and head of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation’s New York City office. He is an IBF Distinguished Fellow, and he has a bachelor of science degree (honours) from the National University of Singapore.

Rani Piputri

Rani Piputri CFA

Head of Automated Intelligence Investing, NN Investment Partners

Member of CFA Society VBA Netherlands

Rani Piputri, CFA, is the head of Automated Intelligence Investing at NN Investment Partners. The Automated Intelligence Investing team focuses on extracting behavioural premiums from financial markets by implementing data-driven strategies, largely based on factor approach and artificial intelligence technologies. Previously, she worked at Aspect Capital, a London-based quantitative multi-asset solution provider. Ms. Piputri has also served as a partner and portfolio manager at Saemor Capital and as a European equity portfolio manager at Aegon Asset Management. She started her career as an investment consultant at Ortec Finance. Ms. Piputri has served as a board member of CFA Society Netherlands and is a member of the CFA Institute Annual Conference Advisory Group. She holds the CAIA designation and earned an MSc degree in financial econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Lynn Raebsamen, CFA

Lynn Raebsamen CFA

Partner, HSZ Group

Lynn Raebsamen, CFA, founded her own investment business in 2017 focusing on real estate and China and partners with HSZ Group in Hong Kong to develop their business in Europe. Throughout her career in Europe and Asia, she has explored many different disciplines, ranging from derivatives structuring to leading interdisciplinary teams in financial technology and building businesses from scratch. Ms. Raebsamen has worked for major investment banks, such as Credit Suisse and UBS in Switzerland, made an adventurous move to a Korean bank in Seoul, and subsequently moved to Hong Kong to work for Bloomberg.

Mohammad Shoaib CFA

Chief Executive Officer, Al Meezan Investment Management – Pakistan

Member of CFA Society Pakistan

Brian Singer

Brian D. Singer CFA

Partner, Head of Dynamic Allocation Strategies Team, William Blair

Member of CFA Society Chicago

Brian Singer, CFA, partner, is the head of William Blair’s Dynamic Allocation Strategies (DAS) team, on which he also serves as portfolio manager. He is also a member of the Investment Management leadership team. Before joining William Blair in 2011, Brian was the head of investment strategies at Singer Partners, LLC. Before that, Brian was the head of global investment solutions and the Americas chief investment officer for UBS Global Asset Management, where he was a member of the UBS Group’s managing board and global asset management executive committee. Brian is extensively involved with the CFA Institute. He formerly served as a board member and chair of the CFA Institute board of governors. He is a member of the CFA Society Chicago and a former chair and member of the CFA Institute Research Foundation board of trustees, and in 2015, he received the CFA Institute’s Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes CFA members who have made a significant contribution to the CFA Institute through their leadership, exceptional stewardship, and outstanding service. Brian has written extensively on global portfolio, currency, and performance issues, and co‐wrote the seminal Determinants of Portfolio Performance II: An Update with Gary Brinson and Gilbert Beebower. In 2009 Brian was the lead author of Investment Leadership and Portfolio Management from Wiley Publishing. In 2018 the CFA Society Chicago awarded Brian the Hortense Friedman Award for Excellence, and in 2015 The Spaulding Group inducted Brian into the Performance and Risk Management Hall of Fame. Brian serves on the endowment investment committee for Exeter College at Oxford University; he is chairman of the “Free to Choose Network,” which is inspired by the ideas of economist Milton Friedman; and he serves as a member of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Keystone board. Brian received a B.A. in economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Susan Spinner CFA

Managing Director, CFA Society Germany

Member of CFA Society Germany

Richard Stott

Founding Partner and CEO, Connectum

Member of CFA Society Norway

Richard Stott is a founding partner, CEO, and CIO of Connectum Capital Management AS, one of Norway’s first fee-only wealth management companies. Apart from management and key relationship responsibilities, Mr. Stott has responsibility for the company’s investment policy and heads its investment committee. Prior to moving to Norway and starting Connectum, he worked in both the UK and Switzerland for a number of institutions such as Coutts and J. Rothschild International. Mr. Stott was also a co-author of the book "The 7 Secrets of Money – the insider’s guide to personal investment success." A founder member and past president of CFA Society Norway, he has also served as the Chairman of the British Norwegian Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Stott has a degree in finance and accounting from Leeds Metropolitan University and Hochschule Bremen.

Phillip Sundquist CFA

Managing Director, Sundquist Advisory LLC

Member of CFA Society Switzerland

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