Rupal Bhansali is chief investment officer and portfolio manager of Ariel’s global equity strategies. In this capacity, she oversees the firm’s global research efforts and manages multi-billion-dollar portfolios. She also co-manages global concentrated strategy. Bhansali joined Ariel in 2011 after 10 years with MacKay Shields, where she was senior managing director, portfolio manager, and head of international equities. Previously, she spent five years at Oppenheimer Capital, where she was responsible for international and global equity portfolios and was promoted to co-head of international equities. Additionally, Bhansali has held various roles at other financial services firms since she began her career in 1989, including Soros Fund Management. In 2009, Forbes International Investment Report named her a “Global Guru”; in 2015, Barron’s recognized her as a “Global Contrarian”; and in 2017 PBS’s Consuelo Mack referred to her as an “unconventional thinker.” In January 2019, Bhansali became the newest member of the prestigious Barron’s Investment Roundtable, which showcases “10 of Wall Street’s smartest investors.” She is a frequent guest on Bloomberg, CNBC, and Fox Business News, and authored the book, Non-Consensus Investing: Being Right When Everyone Else Is Wrong. In 2020, Bhansali obtained the FSA credential, awarded by the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB) for professionals who understand the link between sustainability and financial performance. She serves on the Advisory Board of Directors of the Ira M. Millstein Center for Global Markets and Corporate Ownership at Columbia Law School, and the Board of Directors of the 100 Women in Finance Global Association. Bhansali earned a bachelor of commerce in accounting and finance, as well as a master of commerce in international finance and banking from the University of Mumbai. She later earned an MBA in finance from the University of Rochester, where she was a Rotary Foundation Scholar.
David Booth is executive chairman of Dimensional Fund Advisors, a firm he founded in 1981. Under Booth’s leadership, Dimensional has grown from a fledgling business operating out of the spare room of his Brooklyn brownstone apartment to a global investment manager with more than 1,400 employees and $679 billion in assets under management. Booth led Dimensional as CEO and later co-CEO until 2017, when he stepped back from the daily management of the firm. He remains closely involved in strategic initiatives at Dimensional.
A trailblazer in the financial world, Booth helped create one of the world’s first index funds in the 1970s and launched the first passively managed small company strategy in the early 1980s. He has spent his career applying groundbreaking financial theory and research to the practical world of asset management, working closely with renowned academics to develop innovative investment strategies that he believed could outperform index funds, pioneering what would later be called factor investing.
Booth received a bachelor’s degree in economics and a master’s degree in business from the University of Kansas. In 1971, he received an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Heather Brilliant is CEO and president of Diamond Hill, an independent active asset management firm providing valuation-driven investment management services across a range of asset classes. Brilliant oversees all aspects of the business, including setting and delivering on the firm’s strategy, establishing effective leadership, and ensuring a sound investment philosophy. Brilliant joined the firm in 2019, bringing more than 20 years of domestic and international investment experience to the role. Previously, she served as CEO, Americas with First State Investments. Prior to that, Brilliant spent nearly 14 years with Morningstar, where she served as global head of equity and credit research before advancing to CEO, Morningstar Australia. Earlier in her career, she held several positions analyzing both credit and equity at firms including Bank of America and Driehaus Capital Management.
Brilliant is a member of ICI‘s Board of Governors and a long-standing member of the CFA Institute, serving on the board from 2013 to 2020 and as chair from 2018 to 2019. She also served as chair of the Chicago society from 2018 to 2019 and received the 2020 recipient of the Hortense Friedman, CFA, Award for Excellence. Brilliant earned her MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has a degree in economics from Northwestern University.
Ken runs the Digital Enablement and Analytics team supporting the distribution and marketing organizations at Principal Global Investors. His team brings together the functions of business intelligence, advanced analytics, digital marketing, marketing automation, CRM, and sales enablement. The team’s goal is to drive sales growth and asset retention through both traditional and digital channels of distribution and marketing. Ken also serves as the chair of the Business Intelligence steering committee for Principal Financial Group, supporting efforts to develop consistency in strategy and execution in advancing digital tools and capabilities across Principal’s multiple business units. He has more than 20 years of experience including roles in sales, sales management, and business analytics at OppenheimerFunds, Evergreen Investments, and Macquarie Asset Management.
Ken earned his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University, an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and is currently awaiting approval of his doctoral thesis in strategy and innovation at Capella University entitled Business model innovation during a time of disruption in the U.S. asset management industry. Ken lives in Chatham, New Jersey with his wife and 17-year-old son.
Gregory Davis, CFA, is Vanguard’s chief investment officer. In this role, he oversees the assets managed by Vanguard fixed-income, equity index, and quantitative equity groups. The funds managed by these groups include active and index stock and bond funds, money market funds, and stable value funds. Previously, Davis was principal and global head of Vanguard fixed-income group, responsible for its portfolio management, strategy, credit research, trading, and planning functions. He has also served as the company’s Asia-Pacific chief investment officer and a director of Vanguard Investments Australia.
Davis is a member of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee of the US Department of the Treasury. Davis has more than 20 years of investment management experience. Before joining Vanguard in 1999, he worked at Merrill Lynch as an associate in global debt markets.
Davis earned a BS in insurance from The Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a CFA® charterholder and a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia.
Thasunda Brown Duckett is president and CEO of TIAA, a Fortune 100 provider of secure retirements and outcome-focused investment solutions to millions of people. As TIAA’s CEO, Duckett leads a company whose mission is defined by financial inclusion and opportunity—goals and values she has upheld throughout her career.
Duckett joined TIAA after serving as CEO of Chase Consumer Banking. Previously, she was the CEO of Chase Auto Finance, one of the leading US providers of auto financing, and national retail sales executive for Chase Mortgage Banking. Earlier in her career, she was a director of emerging markets at Fannie Mae, where she led the implementation of national strategies designed to increase homeownership among Black and Hispanic Americans.
Duckett serves on the boards of NIKE, Inc., Brex Inc., Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Sesame Workshop, National Medal of Honor Museum, Economic Club of New York, University of Houston Board of Visitors, and Dean’s Advisory Board for the Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business. She is a member of the Executive Leadership Council, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and Jack and Jill of America Inc. She founded the Otis and Rosie Brown Foundation in honor of her parents to recognize and reward people who use ordinary means to empower and uplift their community in extraordinary ways. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and marketing from the University of Houston and an MBA from Baylor University.
George C. W. Gatch is CEO of J.P. Morgan Asset Management. As CEO, Gatch is responsible for the overall asset management business, managing $2.7 trillion across equities, fixed income, alternatives, and multi-asset solutions on behalf of institutional, sovereign, and retail clients globally. He is also a member of the operating committee of JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s asset and wealth management line of business. Gatch was previously CEO of asset management’s global funds and global institutional businesses, and before that led J.P. Morgan’s mutual fund complexes in Asia-Pacific, the Americas, and Europe. He joined the firm in 1986. Gatch served as chairman of ICI from 2018 to 2021 and continues to serve on the board today. He is also a member of the board of directors of New York’s Mohonk Preserve, New York’s largest land trust. Gatch holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Gary Gensler was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden to chair the US Securities and Exchange Commission on February 3, 2021, and sworn into office on April 17, 2021. Before joining the SEC, Gensler was professor of the practice of global economics and management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, codirector of MIT’s Fintech@CSAIL, and senior adviser to the MIT media lab digital currency initiative. From 2017 to 2019, he served as chair of the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission.
Gensler was formerly chair of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, leading the Obama administration’s reform of the $400 trillion swaps market. He also was senior adviser to US Senator Paul Sarbanes in writing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002) and was undersecretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance and assistant secretary of the Treasury from 1997 to 2001. In recognition for his service, he was awarded the Alexander Hamilton Award, the US Treasury’s highest honor. He is a recipient of the 2014 Frankel Fiduciary Prize.
Prior to his public service, Gensler worked at Goldman Sachs, where he became a partner in the mergers and acquisition department, headed the firm’s media group, led fixed-income and currency trading in Asia, and was co-head of finance. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Gensler earned his undergraduate degree in economics and his MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Carol W. Geremia is president of MFS Investment Management® (MFS®) and head of global distribution. She leads the firm’s worldwide client‐facing teams as well as product and marketing strategy. As a member of the firm’s management committee, she helps drive MFS’s long‐term corporate strategy. In these roles, Geremia oversees the management of the company’s global institutional and retail businesses, which span US and non‐US markets. Her responsibilities include oversight of all teams managing relationships with large corporate and public retirement plans, sovereign wealth plans, global intermediaries, insurance companies, retirement platforms, and other advisory practices that distribute the firm’s investment products.
Geremia joined MFS in 1984 and served as co‐head of global distribution from 2011 through 2017. She has served as president of the firm’s institutional business since 2004. Prior to that, she was president of MFS Retirement Services, which serviced US plan sponsors and their participants. There, she spent 20 years devoting her expertise in fiduciary responsibility and stewardship to the retirement industry. Since joining MFS, Geremia has held roles focused primarily on fiduciary responsibility, stewardship, and sustainability, and she has actively engaged with clients at all levels to ensure that the firm builds products and services aligned with their needs.
Geremia is a member of the City Year Seven Generations Board. She also serves as a member of the MFS Charitable Oversight Committee and as an advisory council member for Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Inc.
Janine Guillot is CEO of the Value Reporting Foundation. As CEO, Guillot works to advance progress toward a globally accepted corporate reporting system in which sustainability accounting develops the commensurate level of maturity, credibility, and acceptance as financial accounting. Guillot also serves as special adviser to the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB), where she provides strategic advice and counsel to the ISSB Chair and IFRS Foundation trustees, focusing on the consolidation of the VRF into the IFRS Foundation and the establishment of the ISSB. Previously, Guillot was CEO of the SASB Foundation (SASB) and led the establishment and widespread acceptance of SASB standards as the leading industry-specific sustainability disclosure standards for the global capital markets.
Prior to joining the SASB, Guillot served as chief operating investment officer for the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS). Prior to CalPERS, Guillot held senior leadership positions at Barclays Global Investors (BGI) and Bank of America, including serving as chief operating officer of BGI’s European and global fixed-income businesses.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University (SMU), Guillot began her career as a technical accountant and auditor with Ernst & Young. In recognition for her leadership at the intersection of sustainability, accounting, and finance, Guillot was selected as a 2020 and 2021 NACD Directorship 100 Honoree and named to the 2020 Business Insider’s 100 People Transforming Business list.
Carla Harris is a senior client adviser at Morgan Stanley. She was vice chairman of wealth management from chair of the Morgan Stanley Foundation from 2005 to 2014 and sits on the boards of several community organizations. In August 2013, Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. She is a gospel recording artist and a popular public speaker who gives impactful career guidance to corporate audiences based on her book, Expect to Win. Harris joined Morgan Stanley in 1987 after completing an AB in economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Yie-Hsin Hung is the CEO of New York Life Investment Management (NYLIM), New York Life’s $450 billion global multi-boutique third-party asset management business, a role she has held since 2015. She is also a member of New York Life’s Executive Management Committee and its highest-ranking female operating executive. Since joining the company in 2010, Hung has grown NYLIM’s assets under management nearly fourfold through a combination of geographic expansion, organic initiatives, and acquisitions. Prior to that, she held a number of senior leadership roles at Bridgewater Associates and Morgan Stanley in both its investment management and investment banking divisions.
Hung was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in US Finance” by Barron’s in both 2020 and 2021 and was named among the “25 Most Powerful Women in Finance” by American Banker in 2021, the fifth consecutive year she has received this award. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University, the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute, and the Board of Directors of the Turtle Beach Corporation. Hung earned her MBA from Harvard University and BS in mechanical engineering from Northwestern University.
Jean Hynes is CEO for Wellington Management, one of the world’s largest independent investment management firms. She is one of the firm’s three managing partners who govern the Wellington management partnership. Hynes’s strategic business priorities include globalization; advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion; the profound integration of technology throughout the business; and positioning the firm for the future of active management. She is a portfolio manager on Wellington’s healthcare team, which manages more than US$70 billion—including the US$51.6 billion Vanguard Health Care Fund, one of the world’s largest dedicated healthcare funds, which she has managed since 2013.
Hynes joined Wellington Management after graduating from Wellesley College (1991), where she earned a BA in economics. Throughout the past 30 years, Hynes has researched the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and held numerous roles, including global industry analyst, portfolio manager, leader of the healthcare sector research team, and managing partner.
Hynes is a CFA charterholder and member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society Boston. She is a member of the investment committees at Wellesley College, Notre Dame’s Wall Street Leadership Committee, the Business Council, and she serves on the Board of Directors for The Massachusetts Competitive Partnership.
Jennifer Johnson is president and CEO of Franklin Templeton. In a career at Franklin Templeton spanning more than 30 years, she has been a key driver in the company’s transformation to what is now one of the most respected global firms focused on investment management, technology, innovation, diversity, and corporate and social responsibility. Johnson joined the firm in 1988 and held leadership roles in all major divisions of the business before becoming CEO in February 2020. She led the historic acquisition of Legg Mason in 2020, with the combined organization managing more than $1.5 trillion in assets globally.
Johnson has received several recognitions, including being named to Barron’s list of the 100 Most Influential Women in US Finance in 2020 and 2021. She personally champions diversity and inclusion and is involved in organizations that prioritize D&I. Johnson earned her BA in economics from the University of California, Davis.
Joanna F. Jonsson is president of Capital Research and Management Company and a member of the Capital Group Management committee. She is also an equity portfolio manager in new perspective fund and growth fund of America. Jonsson has been with Capital for 31 years. Earlier in her career, she was an equity investment analyst covering insurance, household products and personal care, and restaurants and lodging. Before joining Capital, Jonsson was an equity research analyst at Fidelity Management & Research Company in Boston and an officer at Irving Trust Company in New York. Jonsson holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in economics from Princeton University. Presently based in Los Angeles, she has also worked in Capital’s San Francisco, Geneva, and London offices.
Kunal Kapoor, CFA, is CEO of Morningstar. Before assuming his current role in 2017, he served as president, responsible for product development and innovation, sales and marketing, and driving strategic prioritization across the firm.
Since joining Morningstar in 1997 as a data analyst, Kapoor has held a variety of roles at the firm, including leadership positions in research and innovation. He served as director of mutual fund research and was part of the team that launched Morningstar Investment Services, Inc., before moving on to other roles, including director of business strategy for international operations, and later, president and chief investment officer of Morningstar Investment Services. During his tenure, he has also led Morningstar.com and the firm’s data business as well as its global products and client solutions group.
Kapoor holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and environmental policy from Monmouth College and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation, is a member of the CFA Society of Chicago, and served on the board of PitchBook. Kapoor is also a member of the board of trustees of The Nature Conservancy in Illinois. In 2010, Crain’s Chicago Business named him to its annual 40 Under 40 class.
Shawn K. Lytle is global head of Macquarie Asset Management’s public investments business. In this role, he is responsible for leading all aspects of Macquarie Asset Management’s equities, fixed-income, and multi-asset businesses, which includes oversight of the firm’s multi-boutique investment teams. Prior to taking on this role in January 2019, he was deputy global head of the public investments division, responsible for leading the Americas business. Lytle also serves as president of Delaware Funds® by Macquarie. In addition, he is head of Americas for Macquarie Group, a position he has held since December 2017. In this role, he chairs the region’s management committee and represents the Americas region on Macquarie Group’s management committee. He also serves on the Macquarie Asset Management public investments’ Executive Committee. Prior to joining Macquarie as president of Delaware Investments, he held several management roles at UBS Asset Management, where he worked for 13 years. Before that, Lytle worked in London in various investment roles within UBS Asset Management’s equity group, including deputy global head of equities. Before joining UBS in 2002 as a global equities portfolio manager, he worked for JPMorgan Asset Management for 10 years in a variety of roles, including global equities client portfolio manager and US mutual fund sales.
Lytle received a bachelor’s degree in marketing from The McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. Lytle is a member of the board of governors for the Investment Company Institute (ICI). He is the former chairman of the National Association of Securities Professionals (NASP), and he previously served on the board of directors for the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) for five years.
Saira Malik is Nuveen’s chief investment officer (CIO). In this role, she drives weekly market and investment insights and delivers client asset allocation views from across the firm’s investment teams. Malik also leads the Global Investment Committee (GIC), bringing together Nuveen’s most senior investment leaders to deliver the best thinking and actionable portfolio allocation ideas for clients across institutional and wealth channels. As chair of the Equities Investment Council (EIC), she authors a quarterly market commentary. Additionally, Malik is the lead portfolio manager for the $120+ billion CREF Stock strategy and a listed portfolio manager for the $30+ billion CREF Growth and $20+billion CREF Global Equities strategies. She also serves as the sole manager of a $5 billion global equity portfolio.
Malik holds the CFA designation. She graduated with a BS in economics from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and an MS in finance from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She frequently appears on financial news networks such as CNBC, Bloomberg, and Fox Business. Malik was named one of the LinkedIn “Top Voices in Finance” and has been profiled in Kiplinger’s and Barron’s, which ranked her among the top 100 most influential women in US finance.
Lucas Miller is a human performance researcher from UC Berkeley. A specialist in the science of learning, he is the best-selling author of Beyond Brilliance: The Blueprint for Learning Anything, an illustrated user’s guide to the brain, designed to equip students and professionals with the skills to accelerate their learning and reinvent themselves in a world of constant innovation and rapid change. Miller uses his background in neuroscience as well as his expertise in physiology and sports nutrition to help executives improve their focus and avoid distraction, manage stress effectively, and maintain high daily energy levels.
Outside of the academic world, Sahar Yousef and Miller co-run Becoming Superhuman, a training and consulting firm that teaches busy professionals who think for a living how to get their most important work done, in less time, with less stress. Their work has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Business Insider.
Emily Pachuta is chief marketing and analytics officer for the Americas at Invesco. In this role, she sets the overall advanced analytics and marketing strategy that’s designed to accelerate business growth and strengthen Invesco’s reputation with US and Canadian wealth management intermediary, institutional, and individual investor clients. Pachuta also serves as an executive leader on the firm’s global distribution data, global marketing, and global digital priorities. Pachuta is a frequent media spokesperson and conference speaker about client experience, digital modernization, and the intersection of data and creativity.
Pachuta joined Invesco from BlackRock, where she was a managing director and responsible for setting the US retail marketing strategy for BlackRock and iShares. Prior to that role, she served as head of client marketing and investor insights for UBS, where she oversaw client marketing and digital experience. She has also held a variety of senior marketing positions at Lincoln Financial Group and Merrill Lynch. Pachuta earned a BA from Yale University and an MFA from New York University.
Eric J. Pan is the president and chief executive officer of the Investment Company Institute. He took office as the 10th chief executive in ICI’s history on November 9, 2020.
Pan was previously a managing director of Rock Creek Global Advisors LLC, an international economic policy advisory firm in Washington, DC, and a senior research fellow at the Center for Law and Economic Studies at Columbia Law School in New York.
Pan served as the director of the Office of International Affairs at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission from 2015 to 2019 and head of international regulatory policy at the US Securities and Exchange Commission from 2011 to 2015. He represented both market regulators in international standard-setting bodies, including the International Organization of Securities Commissions and Financial Stability Board, and in regulatory dialogues with European and Asian counterparts.
Before entering government service, Pan was the director of the Heyman Center on Corporate Governance and a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, where he wrote extensively about financial regulation and corporate law. He also practiced corporate and international law with Covington & Burling in Washington, DC.
Pan is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Edinburgh, and the Harvard Law School. He is a member of the American Law Institute and an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School.
Stuart Parker is president and CEO of PGIM Investments, a manufacturer and distributor of retail products globally for PGIM. PGIM is the global investment management business of Prudential Financial, Inc. Parker is also responsible for the strategic investment research group, which provides due diligence oversight for third-party investment managers across the Prudential platforms. Prior to his current position, Parker was executive vice president, head of retail, for both Jennison Associates’ subadvisory relationships and PGIM Investments’ retail distribution of mutual funds and managed accounts. Before joining Jennison, Parker spent 14 years at Citigroup Asset Management in a variety of roles related to retail distribution.
Parker earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Rollins College and an MBA from Thunderbird, The American Graduate School of International Management. He is on the Executive Committee and is the audit chair of the Investment Company Institute. He is also president and an interested director of PGIM Funds.
Brian Quintenz is an advisory partner at a16z Crypto, on the Advisory Council of Crypto.com, and a board member of the Kalshi Exchange, an event contract derivatives market.
Quintenz was nominated by both Presidents Obama and Trump and confirmed unanimously by the Senate as commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, where he served from 2017 to 2021. During his time at the CFTC, Quintenz advocated for narrowly tailored, risk-focused regulation and was a champion of innovation, specifically relating to crypto and decentralized finance (DeFi). He led agency’s Technology Advisory Committee, which hosted the most comprehensive set of public crypto-related policy discussions and briefings of any federal financial regulator. Prior to his appointment to the CFTC, Quintenz worked in the financial markets, first at a US bank-sector hedge fund and later at his own commodity pool operator. Quintenz began his career on Capitol Hill, where he served for six and a half years as a senior policy adviser for Congresswoman Deborah Pryce (OH-15), at that time the highest-ranking woman in the history of the House of Representatives.
Quintenz graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a major in public policy studies and received an MBA from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business, where he was inducted into the Phi Beta Gamma honors society.
Salim Ramji is global head of iShares and index investments at BlackRock and a member of the firm’s global Executive Committee. In Ramji’s two decades in and around asset management, he has focused on making investing easier, more affordable, and more convenient for more people around the world.
Previously, Ramji was head of BlackRock’s US wealth advisory business, where he brought together the firm’s iShares and active investment capabilities and accelerated the adoption of Aladdin wealth technologies to help clients build better portfolios. He joined BlackRock as global head of corporate strategy and before that was a senior partner at McKinsey & Company, where he led the asset and wealth management practice areas. Earlier in his career, he was a corporate lawyer in London and Hong Kong.
Ramji earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Cambridge University; he is also a CFA charterholder.
Julian Salisbury is global co-head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He is a member of the Management Committee and cochair of the firmwide investment Policy Committee. Salisbury is also cochair of the asset management investment committees, including those for private equity, infrastructure, growth equity, credit, and real estate. He is also a member of the Board of Advisors of Launch With GS, Goldman Sachs’ $1 billion investment strategy grounded in the firm’s data-driven thesis that diverse teams drive strong returns. Prior to assuming his current role, Salisbury was global head of the merchant banking division. Prior to that, he was head of the global special situations group and head of the European special situations group (ESSG) based in London. Salisbury worked in Moscow establishing ESSG’s business covering the former Soviet Union and was a founding member of ESSG. Previously, Salisbury held roles in bank loan research, high-yield research, and product control. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1998, and was named managing director in 2005 and partner in 2008.
Prior to joining the firm, Salisbury worked in the audit practice of KPMG. He qualified as a chartered accountant in 1998 and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He serves on the Board of Trustees of The Nightingale-Bamford School and St. Bernard’s School and is a member of the Board of Directors of sponsors for educational opportunity. Julian earned a BSc in sports science and an MSc in biomechanics from Loughborough University in 1993 and 1994, respectively.
Catherine A. Saunders is head of corporate sustainability and public policy and reports directly to Putnam President and CEO Robert L. Reynolds. As a leader of more than 30 years, Saunders advocates for all Putnam stakeholders, driving innovation around environmental, social, and governance issues as well as public policy affecting Putnam’s purpose and mission. She also leads Putnam’s corporate sustainability committee and is a member of the Diversity Advisory Council, Putnam Pride Alliance, and Women of Putnam. Saunders has been in the investment industry since she joined Putnam in 1987.
Saunders leverages an extensive background in serving both retail and institutional business lines at Putnam. Previously, she led the firm’s internal consulting team. In this role, Saunders developed Putnam’s three pillars of value-added programming: wealth management, practice management, and investment management. She also led Putnam’s early career program for Putnam retail management and served as head of Putnam’s registered investment advisory business/private bank and trust. Earlier, Saunders led the firm’s North American institutional business and served as a regional director, covering the west region, for Putnam’s retail business.
Saunders speaks frequently on the topics of leadership, women and wealth, diversity and inclusion, and client experience. She received the Top Women in Asset Management Award from Money Management Executive in 2017. She is a member of the YMCA of Greater Boston General Board of Directors and a board member of Invest in Others, a charitable foundation that recognizes philanthropic contributions made by financial professionals and firms. Saunders holds her Series 6, 7, 24, 26, 63, and 65 licenses with FINRA.
Peter Strelow is a managing director and PIMCO’s co–chief operating officer, overseeing funds, operations, technology, transformation, and enterprise risk. He serves as chair of the PIMCO Funds. Strelow joined PIMCO in 2002 and has held several positions, including global head of funds, chief administrative officer, and interim-chief technology officer. Prior to these roles, Strelow was a member of PIMCO’s executive office, contributing to firmwide strategic initiatives and communications. Before joining PIMCO, he worked in product management at Siebel Systems. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
John Streur is president and CEO for Calvert Research and Management. Streur is also president and trustee of the Calvert Funds as well as a board director of Calvert Impact Capital and chair of its audit and finance committee. He guided the creation of the Calvert Principles for Responsible Investment, the Calvert Research System, and the Calvert Indices, and has placed focus on investment research and emphasis on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors integrated with investment decisions. He joined Calvert Research and Management in 2016.
Before joining Calvert Research and Management, he was president and CEO with Calvert Investments. He has managed socially responsible investments at the request of institutional clients, including public funds, religious institutions, and college and university endowments since 1991. Previously, he was president, director, and principal of Portfolio 21, a boutique firm specializing in global environmental investing, and spent 20 years at AMG Funds (and its predecessors), a firm he cofounded and where he served as president, CEO, and chair of the investment committee.
Streur is a founding member of the Investor Advisory Group for the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB), a group of leading asset owners and asset managers committed to improving the quality and comparability of sustainability-related disclosure by corporations for use by investors. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the Impact-Weighted Global Accounts Initiative, which seeks to drive the creation of financial accounts that reflect a company’s financial, social, and environmental performance. He is also a member of Merck’s External Sustainability Advisory Council. Streur earned a BS from the University of Wisconsin.
Cyrus Taraporevala is the president and CEO of State Street Global Advisors, the investment management arm of State Street Corporation. Taraporevala is also a member of State Street Corporation’s Management Committee, the company’s most senior strategy- and policymaking team.
Prior to this role, Taraporevala was the head of the global institutional group at State Street Global Advisors, where he was responsible for leading the global client-facing, product, and marketing teams delivering State Street Global Advisors’ capabilities to institutional investors around the world.
Taraporevala has more than 30 years of experience in asset management. Prior to joining State Street Global Advisors in 2016, he led Fidelity Investments’ retail managed accounts and life insurance and annuities businesses. He joined Fidelity from BNY Mellon Asset Management, where he was the head of North American distribution. Previously, he helped to oversee Legg Mason’s institutional business, directed business strategy for Citigroup Global Investment Management, and was a partner in the financial institutions practice of McKinsey & Company, based in New York and Copenhagen during his 14 years at the management consulting firm.
Taraporevala received his bachelor’s degree from Sydenham College and University of Bombay and MBA from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. In 2019, he joined the New York Stock Exchange Board Advisory Council as a founding member.
Brett Tejpaul is the head of institutional sales, trading, custody, and prime services at Coinbase. As an experienced business builder and innovator in financial services, Tejpaul has accelerated revenue growth with institutional clients and mobilize fintech companies. At Coinbase, Tejpaul is making connections between finance 1.0 and the crypto economy.
As the global head of sales at Barclays, Tejpaul hired and developed large teams while incubating and launching multiple lines of business. He pioneered the digital role across sales and trading adopting new technologies and transforming existing platforms, including the creation of a digital bank prototype.
Tejpaul is currently on the advisory board of Eightfold.ai. helping them scale their AI based hiring and retention platform for financial services. In earlier experience, Tejpaul held leadership roles in sales, trading, and structuring at JP Morgan, innovating credit derivatives and structuring platforms.
William F. “Ted” Truscott is the CEO of Columbia Threadneedle Investments, a leading global asset manager that provides a broad range of actively managed investment strategies and solutions for individual, institutional, and corporate clients around the world. Truscott serves on several boards across the Columbia Threadneedle and Ameriprise Financial businesses. In addition, he serves on the Investment Company Institute’s Board of Governors, as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Middlebury College, and as a member of the board of directors of the Greater Boston Food Bank. Truscott earned a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from Middlebury College and an MBA in finance from New York University’s Stern School of Business.
Michael P. Wands is head of global investment strategies at Putnam Investments. He is responsible for overseeing the equity, fixed income, and global asset allocation product teams. Wands manages product development, strategies, and programs for Putnam's retail, institutional, and retirement businesses. In addition, he is a member of Putnam's Operating Committee and ESG Committee, which leads environmental, social, and governance initiatives across the firm. Wands joined Putnam in 2008 and has been in the investment industry since 1986.
Previously at Putnam, Wands was a senior investment director in the global investment strategies group, specializing in fixed income products. Prior to joining Putnam, Wands served at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) in various leadership roles, including as head of fixed income–North America, head of structured products, and portfolio manager, from 2000 to 2008. Prior to SSGA, he was a senior vice president, mortgage sales, at Lehman Brothers from 1991 to 2000; a vice president, fixed income sales, at Kidder Peabody from 1990 to 1991; and a vice president, mortgage research, at Drexel Burnham Lambert from 1988 to 1990.
Wands earned a BS in management systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a member of the CFA Society Boston.
Ben Way is group head of Macquarie Asset Management, a global specialist asset manager, and a member of Macquarie Group’s Executive Committee. Prior to taking on his current responsibilities in 2021, Way was head of the global alternatives division in Macquarie Asset Management and the CEO of Macquarie Group in Asia. Way has held several other senior positions across Macquarie since joining in 2006.
Way was previously chairman and CEO of Taiwan Broadband Communications and a management consultant with Bain & Company. He is also a fellow of the 2017 class of the Finance Leaders Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Catherine Wood registered ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK”) as an investment adviser with the Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2014. With more than 40 years of experience identifying and investing in innovation, Wood founded ARK to focus solely on disruptive innovation while adding new dimensions to research. Through an open approach that cuts across sectors, market capitalizations, and geographies, Wood believes that ARK can identify large-scale investment opportunities in the public markets resulting from technological innovations centered around DNA sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy storage, and blockchain technology. As chief investment officer and portfolio manager, Wood led the development of ARK’s philosophy and investment approach and has ultimate responsibility for investment decisions.
Prior to ARK, Wood spent 12 years at AllianceBernstein as CIO of global thematic strategies. Wood joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she cofounded. Prior to her tenure at Tupelo Capital, she worked for 18 years with Jennison Associates LLC as chief economist, equity research analyst, portfolio manager, and director. She started her career in Los Angeles, California, at The Capital Group as an assistant economist. Wood received her BS, summa cum laude, in finance and economics from the University of Southern California.
Sahar Yousef is a cognitive neuroscientist as well as and youngest faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. She has conducted research on brain plasticity, human performance enhancement, and cognitive training, starting out in psychopharmacology and then transitioning to noninvasive training work through the Veterans Administration. Building on more than 10 years of research in the field of human performance, her current consulting practice helps executives, creatives, and engineers become more productive and effective at work.
Outside of the academic world, Yousef and Lucas Miller co-run Becoming Superhuman, a training and consulting firm that teaches busy professionals who think for a living how to get their most important work done, in less time, with less stress. Their work has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and Business Insider.
Managing Partner, FUSE Research Network LLC
In 2008, Neil formed FUSE Research Network LLC in order to improve the effectiveness of the sales, marketing and product functions associated with the distribution of investment products. FUSE delivers customized market intelligence which improves decision making and tactical execution. Prior to FUSE, Neil founded Financial Research Corporation (FRC) in 1987 and over the next 20 years built a business that delivered innovative business intelligence to more than 200 fund groups who collectively accounted for over 95% of U.S. mutual fund assets under management.
Neil currently serves as an Independent Director for the Vertical Capital Income Fund and is a former Director for the BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund and he ALPs Financial Investors Variable Investment Trust. Neil has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg and is a regular contributor to a wide range of business publications including Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Ignites, Barron’s, Fund Intelligence and FundFire. Neil is also active with industry trade groups and is a regular speaker and judge at industry events. Neil began his professional career in 1983 as an Analyst with Zacks and later moved to Kemper Financial to build a competitive research effort. Neil received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University and an MBA from DePaul University.
Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett
David Blass is a Partner in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s Investment Funds Practice. David is a leading regulatory lawyer in the funds industry and has advised on matters involving innovative registered funds products, Investment Advisers Act compliance, SEC examination and enforcement matters, and broker-dealer regulatory compliance. Prior to joining Simpson Thacher, David served as General Counsel of the Investment Company Institute (ICI). Before joining ICI, David held a number of senior positions for over a decade at the SEC. From 2011 to 2014, David was Chief Counsel and Associate Director of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets. Before that, he was the Associate General Counsel, advising the SEC Chair and Commissioners on legal policy matters. Previously, as Assistant Director in the SEC’s Division of Investment Management, he managed the office in charge of investment adviser regulation, which included private fund advisers. David has also spent time in private practice, having worked at two other international law firms.
David currently serves as Vice Chairman of the American Bar Association’s Trading and Markets Subcommittee. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., where he teaches Advanced Securities Regulation. David received his JD from Columbia University School of Law and his BA from the University of Alabama.
Independent Director, Columbia Threadneedle Funds
After 22 years on Wall Street as an investment banker and head of research, Pamela launched Springboard – Partners in Cross Cultural Leadership, LLC where she has been President since 2003. Springboard is an organizational consulting firm which assesses organizations for an inclusive culture and recommends interventions; develops and implements diversity, equity and inclusion strategies; and provides independent advisory services in legal settlements involving DEI issues. Pamela retired as a Managing Director and Associate Director of U.S. Equity Research at JPMorgan Chase in May 2003, having also served as Director of U.S. Equity Research for Chase Asset Management from 1996 to 1999. Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Pamela was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley from 1982-1991 in corporate finance and capital markets and served as Morgan Stanley’s Co-Director of U.S. and Latin America Equity Research from 1991-1996. Pamela began her career as a corporate attorney at Cleary Gottlieb.
Pamela serves on the Boards of Evercore where she is on the Audit Committee; Columbia Threadneedle Investments (the mutual fund board of Ameriprise) where she chairs the Governance Committee; Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance; and New York Presbyterian Hospital where she is on the Executive Committee and chairs the People Committee. She has also served on the Board of Visitors of both Yale School of Management and Yale Law School, and the Board of Trustees of Williams College. Pamela earned a BA from Williams College and was President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She also earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and an MBA from Yale School of Management.
Shareholder, Vedder Price
Maureen A. Miller is a Shareholder in Vedder Price’s Investment Services group. Maureen concentrates her practice on corporate and securities matters with a focus on investment companies and investment advisers. She counsels independent directors of open-end, closed-end and exchange-traded funds on
their special responsibilities under the law. Maureen works with clients on federal and state registration and regulatory issues, SEC examinations and investigations, compliance policies and procedures, insurance arrangements, governance matters, negotiation of contracts, and business combinations and transactions. Maureen began her career at Vedder Price as an Associate in 1986. From 1991 to 1996, she served as Vice President and Associate Counsel with Kemper Financial Services, Inc., where she was responsible for the legal services provided to several open-end and closed-end investment companies.
The Legal 500 United States guide recommends Maureen in the Investment Fund Formation and Management—Mutual/Registered Funds category. She has also been selected by her peers from 2013 to 2021 as a "Leading Lawyer" in Securities & Venture Finance.
Independent Director, Brown Advisory Funds
Tom O’Neil is an advisor and a corporate director with broad private and public sector experience, including leadership roles in the boardrooms and C-Suites of companies in the consumer, financial services, and healthcare sectors. He has chaired the Audit and Risk Oversight; Ethics, Compliance and Quality; and Nominating and Governance Committees of corporate and mutual fund boards. Tom serves on the board of the Brown Advisory Funds.
In September 2021, Tom joined Berkeley Research Group (BRG) as a Managing Director. Previously, he was the Global Chief Compliance Officer of Cigna Corporation. He has also served as the Executive Vice Chairman, General Counsel and Secretary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the MCI Group. Tom has been a partner at two global law firms, DLA Piper LLP (US) and Hogan & Hartson (now Hogan Lovells US LLP). He received his AB, magna cum laude, from Dartmouth College and his JD from Georgetown University.
Independent Director, Lord Abbett Funds
Karla M. Rabusch is an independent director of the Lord Abbett Funds. Previously, Karla was Executive Vice President of Wells Fargo and President of Wells Fargo Funds Management, a registered investment adviser that offers a diverse range of investment products, including open-end and closed-end funds, managed account solutions, variable trust funds, and Luxembourg domiciled UCITS. Before joining Wells Fargo, she spent 16 years in various insurance, corporate, and mutual fund positions at American Express Financial Advisors (now Ameriprise Financial).
Matt Fronczke heads the research and consulting team for SS&C Research, Analytics, and Consulting. As a subject matter expert in distribution strategy, product strategy, and business analytics, Matt is top contributor to the organization’s thought leadership and a leading resource on distribution related consulting engagements. As the head of research and consulting, Matt is responsible for managing key relationships, the development of research/thought leadership, and the execution of consulting engagements. Matt also has primary coverage of top asset manager relationships as the principal consultant on the SS&C WalletShare the Distribution Intelligence Platform.
Rachel Jacobs is responsible for intermediary distribution to broker-dealers, registered investment advisers (RIAs), defined contribution investment-only (DCIO), family wealth, and other financial institutions. In addition, she and her team are responsible for developing enterprise relationships and enhancing the understanding of the firm’s capabilities and product solutions among key distribution partners and platforms. Prior to joining Macquarie Asset Management (MAM) in May 2010 as vice president of key accounts, she served as vice president and national account manager at Goldman Sachs from December 2005 to May 2010, managing relationships across several business groups and product areas at various broker-dealers. From 2001 to 2005, Jacobs served as a director of strategic relations at Lord Abbett, and she began her career at Merrill Lynch. She earned her bachelor’s degree with a dual major in economics and political science and a minor in communications from the University of Rhode Island.
Lee Kowarski is a vice president with SS&C Technologies, overseeing the firm’s distribution solutions products and services, including data management (SalesConnect), analytics (WalletShare), research, and consulting. This team is focused on helping asset and wealth managers find opportunity amongst disruption. Lee is a trusted adviser to senior executives in the industry, helping them prepare their distribution, marketing, and product strategies for the future. He is a frequent speaker at both industry conferences and client events, where firms frequently engage Lee to address their management team or board about topics ranging from macro-level distribution trends to wholesaler compensation to the needs of financial intermediaries. A graduate of New York University’s Stern School of Business, Lee entered the asset management industry as part of RSM McGladrey’s consulting practice before cofounding kasina in 1999, which was subsequently acquired by DST Systems in 2015 and then a part of SS&C’s acquisition of DST in 2018. Lee and his wife, Melinda Miller, live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and are active in the hospitality world: through nonprofits including Rethink Food and the James Beard Foundation, via investments in technology firms including 5-Out, and through dining out regularly at many delicious restaurants.
Ann Maurer serves as product manager and secretary for the Registered Fund Solutions platform, UMB’s turnkey solution for starting and servicing unlisted closed-end funds, such as interval and tender-offer funds.
Ann brings in-depth product and systems knowledge to her role. She has worked with a variety of investment companies, including open-end funds, closed-end funds, registered funds of funds, hedge funds, and REITs. Since joining UMB in 1996, Ann has worked in several capacities in client services, product management, and the transfer agency. Before joining UMB, she spent two years with a national broker-dealer clearing corporation.
Ann has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MBA from Cardinal Stritch University. She holds FINRA Series 6 and 26 securities licenses.
Terrence is responsible for overseeing Fiera Capital’s Global Fund Administration function in the US, Canada, and UK. In this role, Terrence manages a team that oversees fund accounting, fund operations, regulatory and fund board support functions. Terrence also is involved in many strategic aspects of Fiera Capital’s growth plan including launching new products and evaluating potential business ventures for the firm. He has extensive experience working with various fund structures including private funds, private equity funds, ’40 Act mutual funds, UCITS, and offshore funds. Prior to joining Fiera Capital in 2016 via acquisition, Terrence served as manager of analytics and operations at Larch Lane Advisors LLC. Terrence joined Larch Lane in 2006 as a fund accountant and later became assistant fund controller before leading the operations team. Previously to his tenure at Larch Lane, Terrence worked as an institutional asset administrator for AllianceBernstein. Terrence earned his BS in finance and marketing from University at Albany and his master’s degree in accounting from Pace University.
Tom Morelli is the head of US intermediaries–wealth management in the global distribution department of T. Rowe Price. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Investment Services, Inc., T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., and T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. Tom’s investment experience began in 1996, and he has been with T. Rowe Price since 2003, beginning as a vice president, senior national account manager in banks. Prior to this, Tom was a vice president in the institutional sales group at Pioneer Investments, where he helped start the company's third-party distribution effort. Tom earned a BA in political science from Colgate University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina, Kenan-Flagler Business School. Tom is a Series 6, 7, 24, 63, and 3 registered representative.
Derek Mullins has more than 20 years of experience in the asset management industry. Previously, he was the director of operations for ArrowMark Partners, a $17 billion diversified asset management firm. Derek also served as the chief financial officer of Meridian Fund, Inc., a 1940 Act registered mutual fund family. Derek was responsible for the management of the financial and tax operations for ArrowMark’s investment products. He had oversight over all of the firm’s service providers, including fund administrators, custodians and prime brokers, transfer agents, legal counsel, independent auditors, and tax professionals.
Prior to joining ArrowMark Partners, he served in senior level management positions with Dividend Capital Investments and ALPS Fund Services. Derek graduated from the University of Colorado with both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in finance. He currently serves on the Board of Concierge Technologies.
Derek is a Colorado native and tries to play golf and tennis with his wife and two daughters as much as possible. They live in Denver with their golden Oxford.
Maureen Quill leads the registered fund servicing business of UMB Fund Services. In addition, she serves as president and trustee of the Investment Managers Series Trust, UMB’s turnkey solution for starting/servicing a mutual fund.
During her time with UMB, Maureen has held roles of increasing responsibility. She served as chief operating officer after leading the transfer agency for many years. Before joining UMB in 1996, she spent 11 years with Kemper, holding positions with both Kemper Service Company and Kemper Clearing Corporation.
Maureen has a bachelor’s degree in management and finance from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and she holds FINRA Series 7 and 24 securities licenses. Maureen was honored by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of their “Women of Influence.” She has also received UMB Financial Corporation’s highest recognition, the Leadership Award.