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Join us for the renowned 63rd Annual Financial Analysts Seminar (FAS) on 23–26 July 2018 at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center. Internationally-recognized as one of the most comprehensive continuing professional development programs for global investors, the FAS offers engaging lectures, small classroom discussions, and interactive case studies on a wide range of timely investment topics.

Hosted by CFA Institute, CFA Society Chicago

Internationally-recognized as one of the most comprehensive continuing professional development programs for global investors, the FAS offers engaging lectures, small classroom discussions, and interactive case studies on a wide range of timely investment topics.


George (Yiorgos) Allayannis
George Yiorgos Allayannis

George (Yiorgos) Allayannis is a professor of business administration at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. His research focuses on corporate risk management, international finance, capital structure, and corporate financial policies and has appeared in leading journals, such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. He was the recipient of the University of Virginia Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award in 2011. Between 2005 and 2007, he was a director at Citigroup’s Global Financial Strategies Group and worked extensively with clients in the financial institutions and industrials sectors. He holds an MBA degree from the University of Massachusetts and a PhD in finance from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.

Keith Black
Keith H. Black CFA

Keith Black, CFA, currently serves as the director of curriculum at the CAIA Association. Previously, he advised foundations, endowments, and pension funds at Ennis Knupp & Associates. Dr. Black has experience in commodity derivatives trading, stock options research, Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) floor trading, and quantitative stock selection models for mutual funds and hedge funds. He contributes regularly to the CFA Digest. Dr. Black is author of the book Managing a Hedge Fund and has co-authored textbooks for the CAIA and been published in several peer-reviewed journals. He earned a BA from Whittier College, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Arthur Budaghyan
Arthur Budaghyan CFA

Arthur Budaghyan, CFA, is managing editor of emerging markets strategy at BCA Research. He is responsible for emerging markets trading strategies and is the chief strategist for the Emerging Markets Strategy service. Mr. Budaghyan also oversees the firm’s Frontier Markets Strategy service, which he helped develop and launch. Previously, he spent four years in Armenia with a regulatory government organization supervising financial markets. Mr. Budaghyan has an MBA from American University of Armenia and an MSc in economic policy management from McGill University.

Andrew C. Canter
Andrew C. Canter CFA

Andrew C. Canter, CFA, is an executive director and chief investment officer of Futuregrowth Asset Management, where he provides a strategic perspective to the investment team, oversees the investment processes, sets manager mandates, monitors compliance, and reviews fund exposures and performance. Previously, he assisted in co-founding RMB Asset Management and served as a fixed interest dealer, portfolio manager, head of fixed interest, and chief investment officer. Mr. Canter has been a director of several infrastructure and development companies, ranging from toll roads to low-income housing finance and municipal finance. He was a founding director of CFA Society South Africa and is a founding member of the Association for Savings and Investment South Africa’s Standing Committee on Capital and Money Markets. Mr. Canter is a public speaker and lecturer, often on the subjects of fixed interest management, ethics in financial services, developmental investing, and governance.

Nicholas Colas
Nicholas J. Colas

Nicholas J. Colas is a managing director and chief market strategist for ConvergEx Group, where he is responsible for analyzing trends in the economy and financial markets. Previously, he worked at Rochdale Securities, where he built the equity research team and oversaw development of a proprietary valuation model. Mr. Colas has also served as a portfolio manager at SAC Capital and Silver Capital Management. He holds a BA degree in Near Eastern archaeology from Haverford College and an MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Raphael Douady
Raphael Douady

Raphael Douady is a French mathematician and economist specializing in financial mathematics and chaos theory. He holds the Frey Family Endowed Chair of Quantitative Finance at Stony Brook University, is the international representative (and former academic director) of the Laboratory of Excellence for Financial Regulation (LabEx-ReFi), and is affiliated with the French National Centre for Scientific Research. Professor Douady co-founded the fintech firms Riskdata and Datacore, and he has more than 20 years of experience in the banking industry (risk management, option models, trading strategies) and 35 years of experience researching pure and applied mathematics. His background in pure mathematics is in dynamical systems, chaos theory, and symplectic geometry. Professor Douady’s work in mathematical finance has focused on extreme risk, for which he developed the theory of polymodels, and on systemic risk and the anticipation of market instabilities and crises. He also authored a seminal article on infinite dimensional interest rate models and a rating-based credit derivatives model that introduced the notion of “rating surface.” Professor Douady studied at the Ecole normale supérieure and earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Paris 7.

Mary Gentile
Mary C. Gentile

Mary C. Gentile is the creator and director of Giving Voice to Values, professor of practice at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, senior adviser at the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, and a consultant on management education and leadership development. Previously, she was a faculty member and manager of case research at Harvard Business School, where she was one of the principal architects of the leadership, ethics, and corporate responsibility curriculum. Professor Gentile is the author of numerous books and articles, including the award-winning Giving Voice to Values: How to Speak Your Mind When You Know What’s Right. She also co-authored Can Ethics Be Taught? Perspectives, Challenges, and Approaches at Harvard Business School and was content expert for the award-winning interactive HBS Publishing CD-ROM “Managing across Differences.” Among numerous awards, Professor Gentile was named one of the Top Minds 2017 by Compliance Week and Bronze Medal Winner for Ethical Leadership from Reimagine Education 2017. She was shortlisted for the Thinkers50 "Ideas Into Practice" award and named one of the 100 Most Influential in Business Ethics in 2015 by Ethisphere Magazine and one of the Top Thought Leaders in Trust: 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners by Trust Across America-Trust Around the World. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary and an MA and a PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Laura Geritz
Laura Geritz CFA

Laura Geritz, CFA, is a portfolio manager at Wasatch Advisors. Previously, she served as a senior equities analyst on Wasatch’s international research team. Ms. Geritz has also served as a senior analyst for Mellon Corporation and as a securities analyst at American Century Investments. She is a member of the Denver Society of Financial Analysts. Ms. Geritz received her bachelor’s degree in political science and history and her master’s degree in East Asian languages and cultures from the University of Kansas.

Nili Gilbert
Nili Gilbert CFA

Nili Gilbert, CFA, is co-founder of Matarin Capital, where she is a portfolio manager who manages hedge fund and long-only equity strategies. Previously, she was senior director at Invesco. Ms. Gilbert is a regular contributor on CNBC, is a board member at Synergos Institute and chair of its Finance and Investment Committees, and is on the Investment Committee of the David Rockefeller Fund. She has also served as co-chair of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Term Member Advisory Committee and as a member of its International Affairs Fellows Selection Committee. Ms. Gilbert has been honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader, by 100 Women in Hedge Funds as a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Scholar, and with the Toigo Foundation’s Bridge to Business award. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York. Ms. Gilbert received a BA from Harvard University—graduating magna cum laude with a special concentration in economics and social studies—and an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School, where she was a Toigo Fellow.

Sarah Jiang
Sarah Jiang

Sarah Jiang is a researcher and portfolio manager on the Global Alternative Premia multi-strategy team at AQR, focusing on the DELTA and Style Premia strategies. Prior to her current role, she performed a similar function on the Global Stock Selection team. Ms. Jiang holds a BS in economics from the Wharton School and a BSE in computer science from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania.

Sonny Kalsi
Sonny Kalsi

Sonny Kalsi is a founder and partner of GreenOak Real Estate, an independent, partner-owned real estate principal investing firm that seeks to create long-term value for its investors and clients. Previously, he was the global co-head of Morgan Stanley’s real estate investing business and president of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds. Mr. Kalsi and his team led the formation of Morgan Stanley’s property business in Asia. He was recently named by PERE as one of the 100 most influential people in private real estate from the past decade. Mr. Kalsi serves on the board of several organizations, including the Spence School, Teaching Matters, the Starfish Foundation, Room to Read, the AHRC New York City Foundation, and the Asia Society. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization and an adjunct professor at Columbia University in the master of real estate program. Mr. Kalsi has a degree in business administration from Georgetown University and is a member of the university’s Board of Regents.

Karen McQuiston CFA
Karen McQuiston CFA

Karen McQuiston, CFA, is a managing director and the head of Institutional Advisory & Solutions for PGIM, the global investment management businesses of Prudential Financial, Inc. Previously, she was a managing director and head of Strategic Advisory at Jennison Associates, where she led the firm’s institutional client advisory and thought leadership initiatives. Ms. McQuiston has also served as vice president with the Pensions, Endowments, and Foundations Group at Goldman Sachs & Co., where she was responsible for developing and managing relationships with major US corporate and public pension plans. In addition, she headed the Strategic Investment Advisory Group at JPMorgan Investment Management, where she advised major institutional clients on the design and implementation of investment strategies and solutions. Ms. McQuiston started her investment management career in the Quantitative Research Group at Salomon Brothers Asset Management. She received a BS in agricultural economics from Cornell University and an MA in biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Ashby Monk
Ashby Monk PhD

Ashby Monk is the executive and research director of the Stanford Global Projects Center. He is also a senior research associate at the University of Oxford and a senior adviser to the chief investment officer of the University of California. Dr. Monk’s research and writing has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Institutional Investor, Forbes, and National Public Radio. His current research focus is on the design and governance of institutional investors, with particular specialization in pension and sovereign wealth funds. Dr. Monk holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Princeton University, a master’s degree in international economics from the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a PhD in economic geography from the University of Oxford.

Jim O’Shaughnessy
James P. O`Shaughnessy

James P. O'Shaughnessy is ultimately responsible for OSAM’s investment strategies and is an equity owner in OSAM and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. Previously, Mr. O’Shaughnessy was the director of systematic equity and a senior managing director at Bear Stearns Asset Management. He has also served as the CEO and chairman of O’Shaughnessy Capital Management (Netfolio). Mr. O'Shaughnessy was named manager of the year in Gordon Pape's 2004 Buyer's Guide to Mutual Funds, and he is featured in the book The Market Gurus: Stock Investing Strategies You Can Use from Wall Street's Best. He is also the author of four books on investing, Invest Like the Best, What Works on Wall Street, How to Retire Rich, and Predicting the Markets of Tomorrow. Mr. O’Shaughnessy was named “manager of the year” in Gordon Pape’s 2004 Buyers Guide to Mutual Funds for his management of the Royal Bank of Canada’s O’Shaughnessy Funds, and the Canadian Investment Awards named the RBC O’Shaughnessy U.S. Value Fund the “U.S. Equity Fund of the Year” two years in a row. He has a BA in economics from the University of Minnesota.

Meredith Sumpter
Meredith Sumpter

Meredith Sumpter is head of research strategy and operations at Eurasia Group. She has more than 15 years of experience in policy, analysis, business, and management. Previously, Ms. Sumpter led strategic advisory for Fortune 500 clients across Asia, including in Indonesia, India, and China. Prior to that, she served as a diplomat, including in Beijing, where she advised two US ambassadors and analyzed politics, economics, and security issues for the policy community. Ms. Sumpter has held positions at the Asia Foundation and the International Crisis Group, as well as in the US Senate. She started her career working among business executives and engineers at a Fortune 100 multinational company, where she helped expand the company's product base worldwide. A regular speaker at conferences and to the media, Ms. Sumpter has experience steeped in both politics and strategy, spanning multiple regions and sectors including ICT, media and public relations, fast-moving consumer goods, healthcare, banking and finance, and commodities. She holds a double bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington and a master of science degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Melanie Swan

Melanie Swan is a technology theorist in the Philosophy Department at Purdue University. She is also a faculty member at Singularity University and the University of the Commons, an affiliate scholar at the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and an invited contributor to Edge’s Annual Essay Question. Ms. Swan is the founder of the Institute for Blockchain Studies, DIYgenomics, GroupPurchase, and the MS Futures Group. She has served as director of research at Telecoms Consultancy Ovum RHK and has held management and finance positions at iPass, J.P. Morgan, Fidelity, and Arthur Andersen. Ms. Swan serves as an adviser in academic, government, corporate, and startup settings. In addition, she is a hackathon participant and designs collaboration simulations. Ms. Swan is an Advisory Board member of the Foundational Questions Institute, the Lifeboat Foundation, and Acceleration Studies Foundation. She has a BA in French and economics from Georgetown University, an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an MA in philosophy from the New School for Social Research, and an MA in contemporary continental philosophy from the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University London and Université Paris 8.

Luis M Viceira
Luis M. Viceira

Luis M. Viceira's research focuses on asset allocation strategies for long-term investors, both individuals and institutions, and the management and organization of large institutional investors. Professor Viceira has published a number of articles, book chapters, and case studies, and he is co-author of the book Strategic Asset Allocation, which received the TIAA-CREF Paul Samuelson Award in 2003. His research has received numerous awards recognizing its contributions to the theory and practice of asset management, and in 2005 he received the Graham and Dodd Award from CFA Institute.

Walsh Anne
Anne B Walsh CFA

Anne B. Walsh, CFA, heads the portfolio construction group and portfolio management at Guggenheim. She oversees fixed-income investments including agencies, credit, municipals, and structured securities and is responsible for portfolio design, strategy, sector allocation, and risk management. Ms. Walsh specializes in liability-driven portfolio management. Prior to joining Guggenheim, she served as chief investment officer at Reinsurance Group of America, Incorporated and as vice president and senior investment consultant for Zurich Scudder Investments. Ms. Walsh also worked at Lincoln Investment Management and American Bankers Insurance Group. She holds a BSBA and an MBA from Auburn University and a JD from the University of Miami School of Law.

James Ware, CFA
James Ware CFA

James Ware, CFA, is the founder of Focus Consulting Group, a firm dedicated to helping investment leaders leverage their talent. He has 20 years of experience as a research analyst, portfolio manager, and director of buy-side investment operations. Mr. Ware is also an industry author and has been a keynote speaker at CFA Institute, Mutual Fund Educational Alliance, Investment Adviser Association, U.S. Institute, and other major industry conferences on the subjects of investment leadership, culture, and building high-performing teams. His recent books, Investment Leadership: Building a Winning Culture for Long-Term Success and High Performing Investment Teams identify those elements of leadership and teamwork that lead to sustainable success for investment firms. Mr. Ware’s articles have been published in the CFA Institute Financial Analysts Journal® and the Journal of Portfolio Management. He has been a guest lecturer on the topic of investment firm management at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Ware holds a degree in philosophy from Williams College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and a master’s in business from the University of Chicago.

Ed Yardeni
Ed Yardeni

Ed Yardeni is the president of Yardeni Research, Inc., a provider of global investment strategy and asset allocation analyses and recommendations. He previously served as chief investment strategist at Oak Associates, Prudential Equity Group, and Deutsche Bank’s US equities division in New York City. Dr. Yardeni has also served as the chief economist at CJ Lawrence, Prudential-Bache Securities, and EF Hutton. He has taught at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and was an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Dr. Yardeni has also held positions at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the US Treasury Department. He frequently appears on CNBC and Bloomberg Television and is quoted in the financial press, including the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the New York Times, and Barron’s. Dr. Yardeni is author of Predicting the Markets: A Professional Autobiography. He completed his undergraduate studies magna cum laude at Cornell University, received a master’s degree in international relations from Yale University, and earned his PhD in economics from Yale University.

Luigi Zingales
Luigi Zingales

Luigi Zingales is the Robert C. McCormack Distinguished Service Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He has served as the president of the American Finance Association and as the director of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago. Professor Zingales’s research interests span from corporate governance to financial development and from political economy to the economic effects of culture. He has published extensively in major economics and financial journals. Professor Zingales is the coauthor of Saving Capitalism from the Capitalists and the author of A Capitalism for the People. Professor Zingales holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Universitá Bocconi and a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Insitute of Technology.


Monday, 23 July

Tuesday, 24 July

Wednesday, 25 July

Thursday, 26 July



University of Chicago Gleacher Center

450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611


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InterContinental Chicago

505 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611


CFA Institute has arranged for a special group rate at the InterContinental Chicago. Reservations should be made directly with the hotel. You must refer to the “CFA Institute group” when contacting the hotel or apply the group code “VAA,” Reservations should be made by Wednesday, 20 June 2018 to take advantage of the discounted rate. The CFA Institute rate at the InterContinental Chicago is USD 239, subject to availability.

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Group Price
CFA Institute Members and Candidates (CFA Program, CIPM, or Investment Foundations) USD 2995
Non-Members USD 3495
Group (three delegate minimum; additional discounts do not apply) USD 2495

What's Included

Morning coffee, refreshment breaks, lunches, networking receptions, the opportunity to meet with investment colleagues and speakers from around the world, access to presentation materials online, and conference materials.

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