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Deborah Hazell
Chief Executive Officer

HSBC Global Asset Management


Ms. Hazell oversees HSBC Global Asset Management's operations in USA, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. She joined HSBC from Fischer Francis Trees & Watts (FFTW) where she served as President and Chief Executive Officer from February 2008 to May 2011. Prior to her appointment as CEO, she was responsible for managing the firm's client service, business development and marketing groups. She also spent nine years as a portfolio manager at UBS Asset Management in New York where she managed global fixed income portfolios. Prior to that, she managed global fixed income portfolios at Chase Investors International and at Saudi International Bank, in London. Ms. Hazell, who has more than 25 years of asset management experience, holds a BA (Honors) summa cum laude in Economics from New York University and MA (Honors) in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.





William Thorndike 

Managing Director

Housatonic Partners/Author "The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint to Success"


Mr. Thorndike founded Housatonic Partners in Boston in 1994 and has been Managing Director since that time. Prior to that, Mr. Thorndike worked with T.Rowe Price Associates and Walker & Company where he was named to the Board of Directors. In 2012, he published his book "The Outsiders", which became an instant classic and is considered to be one of the most important business books. Mr.Thorndike is a graduate of Harvard College and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a Director of Access Information Management; Alta Colleges; Continental Fire & Safety Services,Carillon Assisted Living, Liberty Towers, OASIS Group, QMC International, White Flower Farm, Inc., a Trustee of the Stanford Business School Trust, the College of the Atlantic (Chair), WGBH and a founding partner at FARM, a social impact investing  collaborative.



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Niklas Nordenfelt

 Managing Director

       Wells Capital Management  


MrNordenfelt is a managing director and senior portfolio manager of the Sutter High Yield Fixed Income team at Wells Capital Management. He joined the Sutter High Yield Fixed Income team in February 2003 as investment strategist. He began his investment career in 1991 and has managed portfolios ranging from quantitative-based and tactical asset allocation strategies to credit driven portfolios. Previous to joining Sutter, Mr. Nordenfelt was at Barclays Global Investors from 1996-2002 where he was a principal. At BGI, he worked on their international and emerging markets equity strategies after having managed their asset allocation products. Prior to this, Mr. Nordenfelt was a quantitative analyst at Fidelity and a portfolio manager and group leader at Mellon Capital Management. He earned a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a designated CFA charterholder.





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Ryan Kim

Managing Director



Mr. Kim is a lead portfolio manager of the Asia Pacific and Emerging Markets Equity group within BlackRock's Scientific Active Equity team. Mr. Kim's service with the firm dates back to 2003, including his years with Barclays Global Investors, which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, he was a portfolio manager in the Asia Equity Group, managing and conducting research on the Pan Asia and Asia single country strategies. His expertise in the Asia markets has helped the strategies deliver a strong performance over the last ten years. Previously, he was a research assistant studying the application of arbitrage pricing and credit risk models within the Korean market at Yonsei University. Mr. Kim earned a BA degree in Theology and an MBA degree concentrated in finance from Yonsei University. In addition, he earned a MFE degree in financial engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a designated CFA and CAIA charterholder.






Jonathan H. Xiong 

Managing Director 

Goldman Sachs


Mr. Xiong is a senior portfolio manager for the Global Opportunities Hedge Fund within the Global Fixed Income team. He works with the lead portfolio manager in day to day management of the fund. Jonathan joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in 2011. Prior to joining the firm, he was a managing director and senior portfolio manager/global investment strategist on the Global Macro/Global Tactical Asset Allocation team of Mellon Capital Management with $20 billion in assets under management. From 1998 to 2000, he was an investment analyst with McMorgan & Company, where he focused on US equities and fixed income portfolios. Mr. Xiong earned an MBA with honors from The University of Chicago and a BS in Finance from San Francisco State University. He is a designated CFA charterholder.





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General Partner 

Crosslink Capital 


Ms. Fymat is a General Partner at Crosslink Capital (~$1.5 billion under management), where she focuses on finding the secular and behavioral trends that will positively or negatively impact the companies in the Internet and adjacent sectors and make investment decisions based on a fundamental analysis of those companies. Since joining Crosslink she has led early investments in leadership companies across Internet Media, eCommerce, Services and Travel verticals in the US, China and Brazil as well as several shorts in similar industries. She became a partner in 2005 and General Partner in 2012, Ms. Fymat specializes in Public Equity Investing, Investment Management, Internet, Consumer. Ms. Fymat earned an MBA from University of California Los Angeles and BA in Communications and Economics from University of Pennsylvania.




Purav A. Jhaveri

Managing Director 

Franklin Templeton Investments 


Mr. Jhaveri is a Managing Director - Investment Strategy/Portfolio Manager in Franklin Templeton's Local Asset Management group. He is responsible for supporting the investment functions of the locally managed and distributed products in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, the Middle East and North Africa, Europe, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea, Vietnam and the United Kingdom. Local asset management refers to the strategic investments that Franklin Templeton has made in local asset management companies around the world in order to leverage the expertise of well-qualified investment and financial services professionals who have first-hand knowledge of their domestic markets. Mr. Jhaveri has been in the investment industry since 1994. Prior to serving in his current role, Mr. Jhaveri was a portfolio manager with Franklin Templeton's local asset management group in Mumbai, India and a research analyst with the Templeton Emerging Markets Group in Mumbai, India. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton, he was an investment advisor and research analyst at ANZ Grindlays Bank. He was previously with Unit Trust of India as a research analyst. Mr. Jhaveri has an MBA from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his master's in management from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, University of Bombay and his bachelor of commerce degree from Jaihind College, University of Bombay. Mr. Jhaveri has a Financial Risk Manager certification from Global Association of Risk Professionals. He is a designted CFA Charterholder.



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Scott Cullerton




Mr. Cullerton joined KKR in 2008 and focuses on private credit transactions with responsibility for origination, execution and portfolio management. Previously, Mr. Cullerton was a Vice President at Morgan Stanley Capital Partners where he was a member of Morgan Stanley’s Private Equity group and was principally responsible for deal execution. Prior to that he was an Associate in the Financial Sponsors Group at Morgan Stanley specializing in leveraged finance. Mr. Cullerton was also a Special Warfare Detachment Commander for the United States Navy. He received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BS, cum laude, from Duke University in Electrical Engineering and Economics.




Michael Hoffmann

Founder / Managing Director

Probitas Partners


Mr. Hoffman is responsible for overseeing Probitas Partners’ policy and overall corporate strategy as well as building and maintaining institutional investor relationships in North America and abroad. Prior to founding Probitas Partners, he was a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston (formerly Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette) in the Private Fund Group, where he was responsible for maintaining key investor relationships in western North America as well as sourcing and evaluating prospective general partners. Prior to CSFB, Mr. Hoffmann held senior managerial and investment positions with MetLife Realty and AMB Realty Advisors, two of the leading institutional real estate advisory firms in North America. He began his career as an attorney with the law firms of Johnson Bromberg and Allen Matkins, specializing in the structuring of complex corporate transactions. Mr. Hoffman is a member of the State Bars of California, Texas and Wisconsin. He has served on the Board of Directors of the University of Wisconsin Real Estate Alumni Program and continues to be an active academic and conference lecturer at various national symposia. Mr. Hoffman holds an MBA, JD, and a BA in English, Sociology and Political science from University of Wisconsin, Madison. 



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Managing Director / Head of Multi-Asset Research

Mellon Capital


Ms. Anjun is Managing Director, Head of Multi-Asset Research at Mellon Capital. She is responsible for the design, developent and enhancement of Mellon Capital's investment strategies and solutions, both top-down and bottom-up, with over $30 billion of AUM. Prior to joining Mellon Capital, Dr.Zhou had spent a decade in roles in themulti-asset class area. She was an Executive Director of global macro and asset allocation at Morgan Stanley, responsible for managing GTAA portfolios, research and product development for institutional, intermediary and retail clients. Prior to Morgan Stanley, she was Vice President at Deutsche Asset Management, responsible for devloping global macro quantitative strategies. Previously, she served as Principal at State Street Global Advisors for global active strateies. Dr. Zhou authored a number of publications on volatility modeling, innovative approach on stock selection and the market economy. She holds a BA in Economics from Peking University, and a Ph.D in Finance from the University of Illinois. 




Omar Aguilar       Omar Aguilar

Chief Investment Officer

Charles Schwab Investment Management


Mr. Aguilar joined Schwab in April 2011 as senior vice president and chief investment officer, equities. He has 18 years of broad investment management experience in the equity markets, including managing index, quantitative equity, asset allocation, and multi-manager strategies. Previously, he managed more than $40 billion in assets for Financial Engines, was head of quantitative equity for ING Investment Management, and led quantitative research for Lehman Brothers. Mr. Aguilar earned is Ph.D. in Statistics and Decision Sciences from Duke University, BA in Actuarial Sciences, and MS in Applied Statistics from the Mexican Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM).


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Senior Portfolio Manager



Mr. Rosborough is a Senior Portfolio Manager at the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), the largest pension fund in the United States, and is in charge of the fund’s international, emerging markets and inflation linked fixed income investments.  In addition he oversees the fund’s currency management activities.  With an investment career spanning over 25 years Mr. Rosborough began as a trader at RBC Capital Markets in Toronto, Canada and later headed its Asian fixed income sales and trading group in Tokyo, Japan.  He joined PIMCO in Newport Beach, California in 1994 as a portfolio manager where he founded that firm’s emerging markets fixed income practice after co-heading its international department.   In 2000 Mike left PIMCO to join Moore Capital, a New York based hedge fund as a portfolio manager for that firm’s fixed income fund.  Prior to joining CalPERS in 2010 he worked in London, UK for Citigroup as a strategist and proprietary trader.  Mr. Rosborough holds a BA (Honours) in Economics from the University of British Columbia, an MS in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School.




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Jim O’Donnell

Chief Investment Officer

Forward Funds


Mr. O’Donnell is Chief Investment Officer of Forward. He has held this position since July 2006. Mr. O’Donnell has overall responsibility for asset management at Forward. He has co-primary responsibility for the day-to-day management of the Forward Small Cap Equity Fund and Forward Multi-Strategy Fund. Previously, Mr. O’Donnell was an Analyst with Meisenbach Capital, conducting fundamental and financial analysis for a hedge fund portfolio. Prior to that, Mr. O’Donnell was a consultant with Rainmaker Alliance, consulting with venture capital and start-up firms on financial models, projections and business strategy. Mr. O’Donnell was a Portfolio Manager for Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management, responsible for stock selection and financial analysis for large cap, mid cap, and small cap portfolios. Mr. O’Donnell is a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds an MBA.






Ryan Frick

Managing Partner 

Dorsal Capital Management


Mr. Frick is a Founder and Managing Partner of Dorsal Capital, a long/short hedge fund with approximately $1 billion under management. Prior to founding Dorsal, he was a portfolio manager at SAC Capital Advisors. Mr. Frick worked at CR Intrinsic from 2004 to 2008,  first as a generalist equity analyst and later as a manager of a portfolio of stocks in consumer electronics, video-game, and other consumer-technlogy companies. Prior to that Mr. Frick was an analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston. He holds a BA and an MBA from Stanford University.



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Managing Partner

Resonate Capital


Mr. Aiken is the President of Resonate Capital, LLC. He acts as the Portfolio Manager of the Resonate family fo funds. He founded Resonate in February 2013. Before forming Resonate, he was a Managing director and Head of equity Research as well as the lead Internet Analyst at ITG/Majestic Research. Mr. Aiken was the youngest Managing Director in ITG's 18 year publicly traded history and has 9 years of investment experience. He was a integral part of the managment team that grew the Majestic Research organization from five employees to over 100 and provided a successful liquidity event for investors. At ITG/Majestic he was responsible for an equity reserach department of approximately 50 professionals as well as responsible for all aspects of the firms Internet research and strategy. He has regularly been quoted in the media, including The Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and has been profiled serveral times in Barron's. Mr. Aiken recieved a BA in Biological Statistics and Computational Biology with Distinction in Research from Cornell University. He also recieved a Master's in Operations Research concentrating in Financial Engineering from Columbia University. 



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      Thomas Bemis

Assistant Managing Editor



Mr. Bemis is an assistant managing editor based in San Francisco. His focus is on markets tools and blogging. He has worked for MarketWatch since December 1997, following stints at Bloomberg News is San Francisco and at Bay City News. He earned his Masters in integrated marketing and journalism from Northwestern University.









      Clay Smudsky 

Managing Director 



Mr. Smudsky is Managing Director and Head of Distribution of Forward. Prior to that he was Vice President of institutional sales at RS Investments. He was responsible for leading the sales efforts that successfully expande the sub-advisory, retirment plan and consultant-driven businesses. Prior to RS Investments, Mr. Smudsky served as a Divisional Sales Manager for Salomon Brothers Asset Management. At Salomon, he helped develop the managed account business and led a new effort to distribute their mutual funds through the broker-dealer community. Mr. Smudsky received a BA from Ohio Wesleyan University and an MBA from the University of San Francisco, and he has attained the CIMA designation from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 



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Editor and Columnist 



Mr. Burton is the money and investing editor for MarketWatch, overseeing coverage of investment news and strategies. His Life Saving column focuses on money and personal finance matters. Previously he held contributing editor positions at Bloomberg Personal Finance, Mutual Funds and Individual Investor magazines, and was a reporter with the Far Eastern Economic Review and Investor's Business Daily. He earned his BA in Engish Literature from Lew and Clark College. He is also the author of "Investment Titans: Investment Strategies from the Minds that Move Wall Street".