Seminar for Global Investors Board of Regents
Previously known as the Financial Analysts Seminar, the CFA Institute Seminar for Global Investors is widely known as one of the most comprehensive continuing education programs for investment professionals. The Seminar for Global Investors (SGI) Board works with CFA Institute staff to develop the program for the week-long seminar. Members of the board provide advice and direction on topics, speaker, and the overall program. They also assist with marketing and awareness of the seminar.
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Partner, Focus Consulting Group
Member of CFA Society Chicago
Michael Falk, CFA, is a partner at the Focus Consulting Group. He specializes in helping investment/wealth management teams improve their investment decision making and helping their firms with strategic planning and succession. Previously, Mr. Falk was a chief strategist at global macro L.P. and chief investment officer in charge of manager due diligence and asset allocation at a multi-billion dollar advisory practice. He is a frequent speaker and presenter at industry events and is often quoted in the press. Mr. Falk is on the CFA Institute Approved Speaker List and has taught on behalf of CFA Society Chicago. He had served as a contributing member for the Financial Management Association’s Practitioner Demand Driven Academic Research Initiative and as an adjunct faculty member for DePaul University’s Certified Financial Planner Certificate Program. Mr. Falk is author of the CFA Institute Research Foundation monograph Let’s All Learn How to Fish . . . to Sustain Long-Term Economic Growth and Get to Work . . . on OUR Future, and he co-authored Money, Meaning, and Mindsets.
Member of CFA Society Chicago
Katherine Buck, CFA, retired in March 2018 from a 21-year career as an investment professional and portfolio manager. Her experience has spanned all aspects of the investment practice—from developing strategies, business plans, and prospectuses to marketing, portfolio management, and risk management. Most recently, Ms. Buck was a portfolio manager at Fidelity Management & Research Company. Previously, she served as a managing director and portfolio manager at Wintrust Capital Management, where she launched the Small Cap Opportunity Fund. While at Magnetar Capital, a diversified strategy hedge fund, Ms. Buck led the startup of an asset management group, managing capital raising, developing investment processes and procedures, and constructing the portfolio. She started her investment career at Fidelity, rapidly advancing from research associate to portfolio manager for the Small Cap Value Fund. Ms. Buck served as a board member for CFA Society Chicago and is a member of the Chicago Finance Exchange, a community of women leaders in finance. She served on a volunteer basis as interim chief operating officer at the People’s Music School, a non-profit tuition-free music school serving 700 children in Chicago. Ms. Buck graduated from Georgetown University with a BSBA in finance.
Director, Healthcare Equity Research and Equity Strategy, Morningstar
Member of CFA Society Chicago
Damien L. Conover, CFA, is a director at Morningstar, where he covers equity strategy and the health care industry. Previously, he held senior equity analyst positions at Raymond James, Bank of Montreal, and Tucker Anthony. Mr. Conover holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin, where he was a member of the Applied Security Analysis Program.
Founder and Managing Partner, fincap360
Member of CFA Society New York
Carole K. Crawford, CFA, is founder and managing partner of fincap360, where she develops bespoke solutions for entrepreneurial NextGen family offices, private venture capital funds and emerging firms, focused on leveraging innovation to grow capital. She is actively involved in the Fintech ecosystem, in and outside the U.S. Prior to fincap360 she built a successful wealth management practice at Morgan Stanley, in addition to leading branch wide business development for alternative investments and SMAs for two of the largest offices of the firm. Earlier in her career Ms. Crawford was a CFO for venture capital backed tech companies. Through the years she has counseled the White House, Congress and other political leaders on issues related to financial services and entrepreneurship, called on by both sides of the aisle. Ms. Crawford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Michigan and completed the Certified Investment Management Analysts program at the Wharton School Aresty Institute of Executive Education. She is a CFA charterholder and chairs CFA Society New York’s Fintech Thought Leadership Group.
Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer, MRA Associates
Member of CFA Society Phoenix
Nathan Erickson, CFA, is a managing partner and chief investment officer at MRA Associates, where his primary focus is to lead the firm’s research efforts. He also provides private wealth and investment management services to foundations, retirement plans, and high-net-worth clients and is a member of the firm’s Investment Policy Committee and Compliance Committee. Mr. Erickson has a diverse background in the investment industry, having worked in commercial real estate sales and lending, as well as in investment brokerage at Charles Schwab. He has also served as an equity analyst at Kaplan Funds Management and as a portfolio manager at Foothills Asset Management. Mr. Erickson is a CAIA charterholder and serves on the board of directors of CFA Society Phoenix and Altier Credit Union. He has served in various volunteer roles for CFA Institute and has been selected to serve on the CFA Institute Disciplinary Review Committee, which is responsible for the enforcement of the CFA Institute Code of Ethics and Standards of Professional Conduct. Mr. Erickson earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Kenyon College and a master of commerce (finance) from the University of Sydney.
Responsible Investment Lead, Mercer Canada
Monika Freyman, CFA, is head of responsible investment at Mercer Canada. She helps pension plans, companies, and investors develop responsible investing and ESG (environmental, social, and governance) strategies. Ms. Freyman works with pension boards, trustee directors, chief investment officers, and C-suite executives at international development and governmental agencies on ESG topics, including climate change, water crisis, social, and governance issues. She regularly conducts board education on ESG and climate change investment issues for fiduciaries and helps institutions develop responsible investment beliefs and policies. Ms. Freyman also helps teams implement and execute on these policies and assists them in creating benchmarking and reporting strategies for boards and committees. She is passionate about educating and building capacity on ESG issues in the investment profession, including supporting CFA Institute. Ms. Freyman earned a bachelor of commerce from the University of British Columbia and a master of science from Loyola University of Chicago.
Vice Chancellor for Investments and Chief Investment Officer, Vanderbilt University
Anders W. Hall, CFA, is vice chancellor for investments and chief investment officer at Vanderbilt University, where he oversees the Office of Investments and is responsible for managing the university’s endowment and quasi-endowment assets. Previously, he served as head of public securities at DUMAC, Duke University’s investment management company. Mr. Hall has also held positions at Hewitt Investment Group and Prudential Financial. He serves on the boards of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation, and Rock the Street, Wall Street. In addition, Mr. Hall is a member of the governing board at Westminster Presbyterian Church, and as co-chair of the Annual Fund at the University School of Nashville (USN), he serves as an ex officio member of USN’s board. Mr. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in public policy studies and economics at Duke University and an MBA in finance and economics at the New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Executive Director, Head of EM Corporate Strategy, J.P. Morgan
Yang-Myung Hong, CFA, is executive director and head of EM Corporate Strategy at J.P. Morgan, where he leads EM Corporate Strategy Research. Previously, he was in charge of covering Asian bank and sovereign credits at Nomura and Lehman Brothers. In addition, Mr. Hong has worked in equity research at Goldman Sachs. He is a native Korean speaker, is also fluent in German, and has a working knowledge of Japanese and Chinese. Mr. Hong graduated from Seoul National University with a major in economics.
Executive Vice President, Thomas White International, Ltd.
Member of CFA Society Chicago
Douglas M. Jackman, CFA, is an executive vice president at Thomas White International, Ltd., where he is also a member of the Thomas White investment committee and director of the institutional client area. Previously, he worked at Morgan Stanley in New York developing equity and foreign exchange trading systems. Mr. Jackman has been an active speaker on global and emerging market equities at various industry and state conferences. An active member of CFA Society Chicago, he has served as the chair and co-chair of its Annual Dinner committee for the past three years. Mr. Jackman holds a BA and an MBA with a major in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago.
Founder, President, and Chief Investment Officer, Sionna Investment Managers
Member of CFA Society Toronto
Kim Shannon, CFA, is founder, president, and chief investment officer at Sionna Investment Managers. Previously, she served as chief investment officer and senior vice president at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Canada Inc. Ms. Shannon is a past president of CFA Society Toronto. She is currently a member of the C.D. Howe Institute’s National Council, the CFA Institute Financial Analysts Seminar Board of Regents (where she previously served as chair), and the board of the Brandes Institute. Ms. Shannon also serves as a board member of the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance, the Canadian Business Diversity Council, the Women’s College Hospital investment committee, and the United Corporation (a listed closed-end fund). She holds a bachelor of commerce and economics degree and an MBA degree from the University of Toronto.
Chief Financial Officer, Blue Ocean Global Wealth and Blue Ocean Global Technology
Member of CFA Society India
Sameer S. Somal, CFA, is chief financial officer at Blue Ocean Global Wealth and Blue Ocean Global Technology. Prior to cofounding Blue Ocean Global Wealth, he was a senior investment analyst at the Bank of Nova Scotia and a financial adviser and intermediary at Morgan Stanley and Merrill Lynch. As part of the Investment Strategy Group at the Bank of Nova Scotia, Mr. Somal actively contributed to the firm’s white paper and institutional business development efforts, delivered keynote presentations, and fostered education partnerships nationally. Previously, he carried out fiduciary responsibilities at Ernst & Young and Adviser Compliance Associates, including helping asset management and alternative investment companies adapt to the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002. Mr. Somal is a board adviser at the iPlan Education Institute in New Delhi. A member of the Speakers Series at Johns Hopkins Carey Business School, he is a frequent speaker on succession planning, technology, diversity, retirement, financial planning, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Mr. Somal earned a BS in finance and accounting from Georgetown University.
CEO, CFA Society Chicago
Member of CFA Society Chicago
Christopher T. Vincent, CFA, is CEO of CFA Society Chicago. Previously, he served as partner and senior fixed-income portfolio manager at William Blair. He was a portfolio manager for the firm’s Core Fixed Income, Intermediate Fixed Income, Low Duration Fixed Income, and Ready Reserves strategies. Mr. Vincent also served as a portfolio manager at Kemper Financial Services (and its successor firms), where he managed core and core plus fixed-income portfolios for institutional clients. He began his investment career as a pension plan sponsor at Ralston Purina. Mr. Vincent has served as chairman, vice chair, and secretary/treasurer of the board of directors of CFA Society Chicago and has served on the CFA Institute Annual Conference Advisory Group. He earned a BSBA from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Saint Louis University.