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Douglas T. Breeden is the William W. Priest Professor of Finance and former Dean of Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He also served on faculties at Chicago Booth, Stanford and North Carolina, where he was the Dalton McMichael Professor of Finance. He was the Fischer Black Visiting Professor of Financial Economics at MIT’s Sloan School in 2011-2013 and won an ”Outstanding Teacher” award. Breeden published seminal research on insurance prices implicit in option prices, the Consumption CAPM, and hedging mortgage securities. His current research (with Robert Litzenberger) is on “Central Bank Policy Impacts on the Distribution of Future Interest Rates,” which won a Roger Murray Prize from the Q-Group. He has presented this research to the New York and Minneapolis Federal Reserve Banks, the (central) Bank of England, the Bank of Italy and the Bank of France. Breeden was Associate Editor of 5 top journals and Founding Editor of the Journal of Fixed Income. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Finance Association and in 2010 a lifetime Fellow. The International Association for Quantitative Finance named Breeden “Financial Engineer of the Year 2013” for being an “industry pioneer.” Breeden holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Stanford and an S.B. from M.I.T. He served on the MIT President’s Council, the Sloan School Visiting Committee and the Stanford Business School Advisory Council. Dr. Breeden is a senior independent consultant to Amundi Pioneer Asset Management and is on the Board of Trustees of Commonfund.
Michael J. Warren is the Global Managing Director of Albright Stonebridge Group (ASG), a premier global strategic advisory firm. In this role, Mr. Warren leads strategic growth initiatives at ASG and advises clients on international growth strategies, stakeholder management issues, and economic and geopolitical issues affecting global markets. He previously served two terms as the firm's Managing Principal (2013-2017). Mr. Warren brings many years of leadership in financial services, international business, and government policy. He serves on the boards of a number of institutional investors. He is a Trustee of the District of Columbia Retirement Board, DC’s public pension fund, where he served two terms as Chairman and currently serves as Vice Chair of the Investment Committee. In 2010, Mr. Warren was appointed by President Obama to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. development finance institution, where he chairs the Audit Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Walker and Dunlop, a real estate finance company. During the first term of the Obama Administration, Mr. Warren served as Senior Advisor in the White House Presidential Personnel Office, overseeing the appointments process for the economic agencies in the U.S. Government. He was also a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition as co-lead for the Treasury and Federal Reserve agency review teams. Previously, Mr. Warren worked at McKinsey & Company, where he was based in the U.S. and South Korea, both as a strategic consultant in the technology and financial institutions practices and as a fellow of the McKinsey Global Institute. He has also held senior operating positions at two high-growth companies. During the Clinton Administration, Mr. Warren served in the White House as Executive Director of the National Economic Council and at the U.S. Department of Labor in the Office of the Secretary. A native of Indiana, Mr. Warren graduated from Yale University and from Balliol College, University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. He serves on the Yale School of Management’s Board of Advisors, on the Yale President’s Council for International Activities, and on the Global Leadership Council for Said Business School at the University of Oxford.
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer, Commonfund
Mark Anson is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the Commonfund and Chair of the Boards of CF Private Equity and Commonfund OCIO. Previously, he was the President and Chief Investment Officer for the Bass Family Office of Ft. Worth, Texas which was recognized as Family Office of the Year for 2014 & 2015. He was the President and Global Head of Investment Management at Nuveen Investments, a full-service asset management company with over $900 billion in assets under management. Prior to Nuveen, Mark served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer for the British Telecom Pension Scheme (BTPS), the largest institutional investor in the UK with assets of £55 billion. In addition, Mark was the CEO of Hermes Pensions Management in London, a £60 billion asset management company that is wholly owned by the BTPS. Prior to joining BTPS, he served as the Chief Investment Officer of the California Public Employees' Retirement System, the largest institutional investor in the United States with over $250 billion in assets. Mark is currently the Chairman of the Investment Committee for the $60 billion UAW Medical Benefits Trust. He also serves on the Law Board of the Northwestern University School of Law, and the Board of the Toigo Foundation. He is the only person to serve on the Board of Governors for both the CFA Institute and the CAIA Association. He was an inaugural member of the SEC Investor Advisory Committee and the Chairman of the Board for the International Corporate Governance Network. Mark has published over 90 investment articles in professional journals and has won three Best Paper Awards. He is the author of five financial textbooks including the Handbook of Alternative Assets, which is the primary textbook used for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst program. Mark earned a B.A. in Economics and Chemistry from St. Olaf College, a Ph.D. and Masters in Finance from Columbia University Graduate School of Business, and a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law, all with honors. He has also received several industry awards in recognition of his leadership in asset management including the Lifetime Achievement Award in Pension Fund Management from Plan Sponsor and the CAIA Leadership Award from the CAIA Association. Last, Mark has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst, Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst, Certified Public Accountant, and Chartered Global Management Accountant professional degrees, and he is a Member of the Law Bar of New York and Illinois.
Nicole S. Arnaboldi is a Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse. She until recently served as Vice Chairman of Credit Suisse Asset Management and headed their Direct Equity Partners business. Ms. Arnaboldi previously served as Head of Credit Suisse’s Illiquid Alternatives businesses, which included a wide range of private equity, real estate and credit products. She has also served on the investment committees of various Credit Suisse-sponsored buyout, mezzanine, venture capital and secondary funds and on the boards or investment committees of private equity joint ventures in Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. She joined Credit Suisse in November 2000 when it merged with DLJ, where she was a Managing Director on their merchant banking team. Before the merger, Ms. Arnaboldi spent 15 years at DLJ, mainly in the private equity and venture capital groups. Ms. Arnaboldi serves on the board of Merit Hill Capital, a real estate firm with one of the largest portfolios of self-storage facilities in the U.S.. She is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School and the Advisory Board for HarvardX, and currently is serving on the Harvard University Skills and Employability Task Force. She is also a member of the Prep for Prep board and the U.S. Pension Investment Committee at Credit Suisse. She previously served on the Harvard University Corporation Committee on Finance, the Harvard Law School New York Advisory Council and the Northwestern Mutual Policy Owners’ Examining Committee, and also served on the boards of The Credit Suisse Americas Foundation and New Yorkers for Children. She has also served as a member of the New York Federal Reserve Bank’s Investors Advisory Committee on Financial Markets. Ms. Arnaboldi holds a B.A. cum laude from Harvard College, a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. with high distinction from the Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar.
Jessica Hoffman Brennan is a Partner and Head of Strategy and Investor Relations at Kohlberg, a $10 billion private equity investment management firm. Prior to joining Kohlberg in 2022, Ms. Brennan spent 9 years as a Partner and Managing Director of The Carlyle Group where she was responsible for investor relations and business development. There, she worked with many of Carlyle’s largest investors, including sovereign wealth funds, public pension funds, insurance companies, ultra-high net worth individuals, and formed several strategic separate accounts with some of Carlyle’s largest investors In addition to her role at Carlyle, Ms. Brennan previously served as the Head of the Client and Product Solutions Group at Onex Corp. and was a Managing Director in the Private Fund Group at Credit Suisse which acquired, Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Over her 20+ year career, Ms. Brennan has raised billions of dollars annually with some notable highs. She is a recognized leader in fundraising in alternative asset classes and her capital formation activities span 400+ alternative investment strategies, including: private equity, private credit, real assets, liquid alternatives, specialty and niche alternatives, such as strategic accounts and structured credit products. Ms. Brennan is a board member of The Commonfund, a $30 billion alternative asset management company that invests on behalf of endowments and foundations. She serves on the Executive Board of the Wharton Graduate School, the Executive Committee of the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard Kennedy School’s Women and Public Policy Center, the Dean’s Advisory Council of the University of Michigan’s Literature Science & the Arts college. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. Brennan holds an MBA in Finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an AB degree in both Economics and Literature from the University of Michigan.
Kent Daniel is the Jean-Marie Eveillard/First Eagle Professor of Business at Columbia Business School. In 2017-18 Professor Daniel served as the Chair of the Finance Division, and from 2019 through 2022 he served as Senior Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs at Columbia Business School. From 1996 to 2007, Professor Daniel was on the faculty of the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was the John and Helen Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Finance (on leave from 2005-2007). He also served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of British Columbia. His work, both theoretical and empirical, has been primarily in the areas of asset pricing and behavioral finance. Between 2004 and 2010, he was with the Quantitative Investment Strategies group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. In 2005, he became a managing director and head of equity research effort in 2005 and became a co-chief investment officer in 2009. In addition to other awards, his papers received the 1997 and 1999 Smith-Breeden awards for the best paper in the Journal of Finance. His papers have been reprinted in several books. He received the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award for 1996-1997 and 2000-2001 at the Kellogg School, and the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence at Columbia Business School in 2016. Professor Daniel's academic research, both theoretical and empirical, has been primarily in the areas of behavioral finance and asset pricing. Kent is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Finance, and as director of both the American Finance Association and the Western Finance Association. Professor Daniel holds a B.S. with honors in physics from the California Institute of Technology, an M.B.A. from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Finance from UCLA.
Tobias "Toby" Moskowitz currently holds the Dean Takahashi ’80 B.A., ’83 M.P.P.M. Chaired Professorship in Finance at Yale University at the Yale School of Management, for which he is the inaugural chair holder (in 2016). He was previously the Fama Family Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he taught from 1998 to 2016. Professor Moskowitz was recognized by the American Finance Association with its 2007 Fischer Black Prize, which is awarded biennially to the top finance scholar in the world under the age of 40 in years when one is deemed deserving. The award cited his "ingenious and careful use of newly available data to address fundamental questions in finance." Moskowitz also won the Ewing Marion Kauffman Medal in 2012 for the top research in entrepreneurship for scholars under the age of 40. His research papers have received numerous awards, including the Smith-Breeden Prize for the best paper published in the Journal of Finance, the Brattle Prize for the best non-asset pricing paper published in the Journal of Finance, two Fama-DFA Prizes for the best paper published in the Journal of Financial Economics, two Michael Brennan Awards for the best paper published in the Review of Financial Studies, the Swiss Finance Institute Outstanding Paper Award, and the Bernstein-Fabozzi and Jacobs-Levy Award for the best paper in the Journal of Portfolio Management, two Harry Markowitz prizes for the best paper published in the Journal of Investment Management, the Whitebox Prize for best financial research, and multiple Q-Group Best Paper Awards. His work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Financial Times, US News and World Report, Money magazine, and a 2005 speech by then Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. He has also appeared on CNBC's Closing Bell and Squawk Box, CNN, FOX, Bloomberg, as well as ESPN, Sport Illustrated, HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Professor Moskowitz serves as a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research and is a former editor of the Review of Financial Studies, an associate editor of the Journal of Finance, and an associate editor at the Journal of Financial Economics. His research studies financial markets and investments, including the behavior of prices and investors. He has explored topics as diverse as momentum in stock returns, biases in investment portfolios, the return to private business ownership, financial contracting in commercial real estate, mutual and hedge fund performance, the political economy of financial regulation, and the economics of sports. He has presented his research at many academic, corporate, and government institutions worldwide. Professor Moskowitz spent the 2007-2008 and 2014-2015 academic years on leave at AQR Capital Management, LLC a hedge fund in Greenwich, CT, with which he has an ongoing consulting relationship. He was made a principal at the firm in 2015, where he contributes to research on asset pricing and investments for AQR’s domestic and international investment strategies. In collaboration with David F. Swensen, the CIO of the Yale Investments Office, Professor Moskowitz founded the Yale School of Management’s Master’s program in Asset Management, for which he serves as the Academic Director and whose inaugural class will graduate in 2022. The one-year program seeks to train Master’s students in the theory and practice of asset management, with a curriculum that is tailored for that aim. In 2011, he wrote the New York Times best-seller "Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports are Played and Games are Won," (Crown Archetype, Random House) co-authored with L. Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated, that uses economic principles to explain the hidden side of sports. He and Wertheim are also authors of the children’s book “The Rookie Bookie” in the Fall of 2015 (Little Brown). Born in West Lafayette, IN, Moskowitz earned a bachelor's degree in industrial management and industrial engineering (with distinction) in 1993 from Purdue University, a master's degree in management from Purdue in 1994, and a Ph.D. in finance from UCLA in 1998.
Mamak Shahbazi is a seasoned investment executive with a 35-year track record of raising assets, building and managing high-performance marketing and client service teams, developing business, maintaining key client and consultant relationships, overseeing and delivering impressive growth and ROI. A Founding Member of Colchester Global Investors, which provides a complete range of investment management services for global and emerging market bonds, Mamak was the company’s President, Director and Global Head of Marketing From 2001 to 2019. She was responsible for growing assets under management from $15 million to $43 billion since inception. Mamak is accomplished in the effective execution of both short and long-term deliverables. She is a team player with demonstrated success in the development and motivation of staff and the nurturing and maintenance of relationships with prospects, clients from diversified categories in the US and around the world, and industry participants. Mamak has built Colchester’s marketing and client service structure globally, with offices in New York, London, Singapore, Australia and soon in the United Arab Emirates. Her client service efforts resulted in the firm receiving the Greenwich Associates prestigious Quality Leader in Institutional Client Service award. A keen determination to provide clients with optimal solutions to their investment needs, combined with a background in engineering and years of experience in fixed income research and analysis, has made Mamak extremely effective as a solution provider to institutional investors. An invited guest speaker at various prominent investment conferences, Mamak has presented at the ABANA Annual Conference 2016 on Leading Women in Finance, the Mangham Associates (endowment management firm) Client Conference 2015, and The Salvation Army South Investment Conference 2014 and 2012. Additionally, Mamak was a Founding Angel Member of 100 Women in Finance, a global network of investment professionals working to assist women at every stage of their careers. Prior to Colchester, Mamak built an impressive record in the investment community. She served as Director of Institutional Marketing at the hedge fund firm Zweig-DiMenna Associates, where she was responsible for building the institutional marketing and client services effort. She raised over $500 million in assets under management despite stressed market conditions and performance. Before Zweig-DiMenna, Mamak served as Director of Global Bond Marketing and Client Service at Delaware Investment Advisors. She was responsible for building the Global Bond marketing effort for the Delaware International Advisors subsidiary. Starting with $50 million in assets, she built the enterprise to over $5.6 billion during her seven-year term. As Director/Vice President of Fixed Income Investments at Credit Suisse First Boston Corp. for eight years, Mamak assisted the Managing Director in charge of research and analysis of high yield corporate bonds and risk management of the portfolios. She was also responsible for the conduct of overall client facing activities. Further, Mamak published articles on high yield investing and specific bond activities. Mamak began her career at Arthur D. Little Valuation, Inc., as an Analyst, where, in addition to writing Fortran based computer programs to analyze bank and savings and loan institutions, she assisted in writing mathematical formulas to ascertain market values of deposit accounts and loan books. Chairman of the Board of Colchester Global Investors, Inc., and a Member of the Board of Colchester Global Investors Limited, Mamak also serves on other boards, including Freeman and Company’s Advisory Board and New York University College of Arts and Science’s Advisory Council. Previously Mamak served as a Board Member of the Miller Howard High Income Equity Fund and as an Advisory Board Member of Proctor Investment Management. A graduate of the University of Maryland, Mamak holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering with an emphasis in mathematics and computer science. She resides in New York City with her husband and is the mother of two adult children.
Dr. David A. Thomas took office as the 12th President of Morehouse College on Jan. 1, 2018, ushering in a new era of progressive leadership for the nation’s largest and most prestigious liberal arts institution for men. With more than 30 years of experience in the business of higher education, Thomas is a visionary leader who is nationally respected as an expert in organizational change. He is the former Dean of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, and has served as a business school professor at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. Under Thomas’ leadership at Morehouse, the college has increased enrollment and philanthropic giving. Morehouse made history in higher education in May 2019 when a chief executive officer that he invited to serve as Commencement speaker surprised the graduating class by offering to pay off their student loans. Thomas holds a doctorate in Organizational Behavior Studies and a Master of Philosophy degree in Organizational Behavior, both from Yale University. He also has a master’s degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Administrative Sciences degree from Yale College. He is the co-author of three books.