WAISC

WAIS 2016 Bermuda Speakers

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

The Hon. Michael H. Dunkley, J.P, M.P, Premier of Bermuda
Paul Domjan, CEO, 4CAST-RGE (formerly Roubini Global Economics)
Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-founder, ETFGI
Lawrence McDonald, Managing Director, Head of Global Macro Strategy, ACGA
William Mougayar, Author of The Business Blockchain
Michael P. Murphy, Founder and CEO, Rosecliff Ventures
Jon Najarian, Co-Founder, NajarianFamilyOffice
Ross Webber, Chief Executive Officer, Bermuda Business Development Agency
Mike Reiss, Creator of The Simpsons, Four times Emmys and a Peabody Award winner
Dr. Glenn Toby, Philanthropist, Glenn Toby Enterprises

The Hon. Michael H. Dunkley, J.P, M.P, Premier of Bermuda
The Hon. Michael Henry Dunkley, JP, MP, was appointed Premier of Bermuda on May 20, 2014.
Since 1997 he has held several Shadow Ministerial Portfolios in his Parliamentary career as both an MP and a Senator.
Following the December 2012 General Election, he was appointed Deputy Premier and Minister of Public Safety, later named the Ministry of National Security – a portfolio he held until its reassignment on May 13, 2016.
Widely recognized throughout Bermuda as a very successful and astute businessman, Premier Dunkley’s been the Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Dunkley’s Dairy, a milk processing plant and one of the largest food importers in Bermuda.
He is also President of Dunkley’s Management Holdings Ltd, Vice President of Island Properties Ltd, and former President of the Mid Ocean Club – one of Bermuda’s signature golf courses.
He attended Saltus Grammar School, Trinity College School, and the University of Richmond where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Scholar Athlete Award.
An active sportsman, Premier Dunkley is married to Pamela and they have two daughters.

Paul Domjan, CEO, 4CAST-RGE (formerly Roubini Global Economics)
Paul Domjan is CEO of 4CAST-RGE, a leading provider of both thematic and intraday economic analysis formed through the merger of 4CAST with the subscription business of Roubini Global Economics. He was previously Managing Director at Roubini Global Economics where he led Products, Partnerships and Client Delivery and served as regional MD of the UK business. Prior to joining Roubini Global Economics, Paul was Co-Founder and Managing Director of Country Insights Ltd, which was acquired by Roubini Global Economics in 2012. Prior to setting up Country Insights, Paul was a founding partner in niche consultancy JH&Co, where he was responsible for work on economic competitiveness and natural resources and was the process lead for scenario thinking and stakeholder engagement. He is active in policy, most recently as a special adviser to the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee of the UK parliament. Paul previously served as the first energy security adviser to the U.S. European Command of the U.S. Department of Defense. Prior to this, Paul was the deputy political analyst in the scenario planning group at Royal Dutch/Shell. He is an alumnus of London Business School, Oxford University, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner & Co-founder, ETFGI
Deborah Fuhr is the managing partner and co-founder of ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm launched in 2012 in London offering paid for research subscription services: the ETFGI annual research service provides monthly reports on trends in the global ETF and ETP industry, access to the ETFGI database of all ETFs/ETPs listed globally with factsheets which are updated monthly, ETFGI annual review of institutions and mutual funds that use ETFs and ETPs, the Active ETF landscape report service and the Smart Beta ETF Landscape report service which provide monthly reports on trends in that segment of the market.
Previously, she served as global head of ETF research and implementation strategy and as a managing director at BlackRock/Barclays Global Investors from 2008 – 2011. Fuhr also worked as a managing director and head of the investment strategy team at Morgan Stanley in London from 1997 – 2008, and as an associate at Greenwich Associates.
Deborah Fuhr was the recipient of the 2014 William F. Sharpe Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding and lasting contributions to the field of index investing, the Nate Most Greatest Contributor to the ETF industry award at the 11th annual ExchangeTradedFunds.com awards dinner in 2015, the ETF.com Lifetime achievement award in 2015. She has been named as one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Finance” by Financial News in 2014, 2013, 2012, 2009, 2008 and 2007, and as one of the “10 to Watch in 2014” by Rep. magazine and wealthmanagement.com. Ms Fuhr won the award for the Greatest Overall Contribution to the development of the Global ETF industry in the ExchangeTradedFunds.com survey in 2011 and 2008 and received an award for her contribution to the ETF sector at the annual closed end funds and ETF event in New York and was featured in the Investors Chronicle’s list of “150 people that can make you money” in 2010.
Ms Fuhr frequently writes articles for various publications including: Financial News, ETFI Asia, CityWire, FT Advisor, Pensions and Investments, IPE: Investments and Pensions Europe, Focus -World Federation of Exchanges and the Financial Times.
Ms Fuhr is one of the founders and on the board of Women in ETFs, one of the founders and on the board of Women in ETFs – Europe chapter, is on the board of Cancer Research UK’s ‘Women of Influence’ initiative to support female scientists. Ms. Fuhr is on the editorial board of the Journal of Indexes (United States), Journal of Indexes (Europe), and Money Management Executive; the advisory board for the Journal of Index Investing; and the investment panel of experts for Portfolio Adviser, the FTSE ICB Advisory Committee, the International Advisory Committee for the Egyptian Exchange, and the University of Connecticut School of Business International Advisory Board. She holds a BS degree from the University of Connecticut and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Lawrence McDonald, Managing Director, Head of Global Macro Strategy, ACGA
Lawrence McDonald serves as Managing Director, Head of Global Macro Strategy at ACGA. He is also CNBC contributor, and creator of The Bear Traps Report (www.thebeartrapsreport.com), a weekly independent investment letter focusing on global political and systemic risk with actionable trade ideas. Prior to joining ACGA, Larry wrote the New York Times bestselling book, A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers. From 2004-2008 Larry was Vice President of Distressed Debt and Convertible Securities at Lehman Brothers. Larry served as Managing Director, Head of US Global Macro Strategy at Societe Generale from 2011-2016.
Larry is also a European & Washington policy risk analyzer. He is a frequent guest contributor at CNBC and is a highly regarded policy risk consultant to hedge funds, family offices, asset managers and high net worth investors. His 17 Lehman risk indicators help investors get in front of painful risk off trades in the global markets. Notably is Larry’s involvement as a special advisor to the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission (FCIC), created by Congress in 2009 to investigate domestic and global causes of the economic and financial crisis in the United States.
Additionally, Mr. McDonald has participated in four major financial crisis documentaries: BBC‘s The Love of Money, CBC‘s House of Cards, National Geographic’s Decade of the 2000’s, and Sony Pictures’ Academy Award winning documentary Inside Job.

William Mougayar, Author of The Business Blockchain
William Mougayar is an entrepreneur, investor, blogger, advisor and mentor to startups and enterprises; focusing on blockchain technologies and peer-to-peer models. William is the General Partner at Virtual Capital Ventures, an early stage tech fund, focused on decentralized technology applications. He is the author of two new books, The Business Blockchain (Wiley, 2016), and Centerless (Wiley, 2017). He is on the Board of Directors of OB1, the OpenBazaar open source protocol that is pioneering decentralized peer-to-peer commerce, a Board Advisor to the Ethereum Foundation, a member of OMERS Ventures Board of Advisors, an Advisory Board member to the Coin Center, and founder of Startup Management. William is a graduate of the University of Washington, the University of Western Ontario Ivey School of Business, and attended the University of British Columbia Graduate Commerce School.

Michael P. Murphy, Founder and CEO, Rosecliff Ventures
Michael Murphy is Founder and CEO of Rosecliff Ventures. Mr. Murphys career as a financial services entrepreneur began over 20 years ago. Throughout his time in the financial services industry, he has developed insight into fundamental investing, private equity, long/short strategies and macro global economic trends. His past successes include; operating a long/short Hedge Fund, successfully growing a wealth management business, running a broker dealer, and working on various investment banking deals. Mr. Murphys experiences led him to launch the Investment firm, Rosecliff Capital, and most recently the Venture Capital Fund, Rosecliff Ventures. He serves as Founder and CEO of both institutions.
Mr. Murphy has been a successful angel investor for the past 7 years. He has played an active role in the success of many startups. It was his experience as an angel investor that lead to the launch of Rosecliff Ventures. Mr. Murphy was a CNBC contributor and has regularly appeared on the networks FastMoney segment, commenting on global macroeconomic trends, equities in the news and the latest market news. Currently, Mr. Murphy appears on FoxBusiness.
A native of New York, Mr. Murphy graduated from Hofstra University and the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University. He currently lives in NYC with his wife and five children. Causes close to his heart include; The Frances Pope Memorial Foundation, the American Heart Association, and NYPD Boxing.

Jon Najarian, Co-Founder, NajarianFamilyOffice

Jon has earned a reputation in the financial industry as an options trading expert and pioneer. He developed and patented trading applications and algorithms used to identify unusual activity in stock, options, and futures markets. optionMONSTER, the options news and education site he co-founded, was described by Securities Industry News as "content king of the options business". For years, tradeMONSTER was consistently rated “Best for Options Traders” by Barron’s and was the first online broker to deploy streaming, desktop-like trading in a web browser.

In 2016 Jon and Pete co-founded Najarian Advisors, a company advising institutional investors on options strategies. Also, the brothers invest in and work with start-ups via Rebellion Partners, a venture consulting firm they launched in 2015.

Jon can be seen weekly on CNBC, where he is cast member of the "Halftime Report" and the "Fast Money" show. He is also the feature of the "DRJ Report" on CBOE-TV, the exchange’s popular webcast.

Ross Webber, Chief Executive Officer, Bermuda Business Development Agency
Ross Webber joined the BDA as CEO in 2014, having served as an Executive Committee Board Member since inception. Under his tenure, the BDA has achieved business development successes across multi-industry sectors, with new company formations, job creation and five consecutive quarters of national GDP growth. The agency has also won strong support from government, regulatory and corporate stakeholders. Notably, Ross has been a strong advocate overseas for the jurisdiction’s blue-chip reputation for compliance and transparency. A former permanent secretary for the Bermuda government’s Ministry of Economic Development, Ross was previously head of global marketing and business development for international law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman. He holds an MBA in Insurance and Financial Risk Management from St. John’s University, New York, and is a member of the Institute of Directors (IoD).

Mike Reiss, Creator of The Simpsons, Four times Emmys and a Peabody Award winner
He ran the show in Season 4, which Entertainment Weekly called “the greatest season of the greatest show in history.” In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus.
Reiss co-created the animated series “The Critic” and created Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck” (about a gay duck). “Queer Duck” was named one of “The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time” by the BBC. “Queer Duck: the Movie” was released to rave reviews in July 2006, winning awards in New York, Chicago, San Diego, Sweden, Germany and Wales.
Reiss’s other TV credits include “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”, “ALF”, and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”.
Mike Reiss has been a contributing writer to more than two dozen animated films — including four ICE AGEs, two DESPICABLE MEs, THE LORAX, RIO, KUNG FU PANDA 3, and THE SIMPSONS MOVIE – with a worldwide gross of $8 billion.
Reiss’ first play, “I’m Connecticut” set box-office records for Connecticut Repertory Theater. The Hartford Courant called it “sweet and hysterically funny” and named it one of the year’s Ten Best Plays. Broadway World Connecticut voted it Best Play of 2012.
His caveman detective story “Cro-Magnon P.I.” won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He has published seventeen children’s books, including the best-seller “How Murray Saved Christmas” and the award-winning “Late for School”. Reiss also composes puzzles for “NPR”, and “Games Magazine”.
As a professional speaker, Reiss has lectured at over three hundred colleges and institutions, on six continents. His topics include “The Simpsons”, comedy and Judaism, and the sorry state of television. Reiss is a former president of “The Harvard Lampoon” and editor of “The National Lampoon”.
He has been happily married for twenty-six years. Like most children’s book authors, he has no children.
Dr. Glenn Toby, Philanthropist, Glenn Toby Enterprises
Dr.Glenn Toby is focused on providing new perspectives in business, charting new waters in the world of international business and thinking outside of the box in philanthropy. Dr.Toby breathes fresh ideas and points of view into all business ventures and clients associated with Glenn Toby Enterprises.
SPEAKING FACULTY (by lastname)
Louis Almerini, CPA and FINOP, CFO Financial Partners LLC
Tonesan Amissah, Partner, Funds and Investment Services, Appleby Bermuda
Mark Baumgartner, Partner, Deloitte Ltd., Bermuda

Craig Bodenstab, Director, Orbis Investments
Pat Bolland, Media Consultant
Craig Bridgewater, Head of Investments & Banking, KPMG Bermuda
Chris Burniske, Blockchain Products Lead, ARK Invest
Federico Candiolo, Senior Counsel at ASW Law Limited
Jerry Davis, CIO, Piedmont Family Offices
Sarah Demerling, Client Director, Estera
Elizabeth Denman, Director, Corporate Office Bermuda, Conyers Dill & Pearman
David J. DiPaolo, Managing Director & Investment Committee Member, Star Mountain Capital, LLC
Pierre duPont, Partner, HPM Partners LLC
Bobby Eng, Vice President, State Street Global Advisors, Ltd. & Head, SPDR ETF Business Development for Canada
Jennifer Eve, Senior Associate, Appleby Bermuda
Neil Glass, Owner, WW Management Ltd.
Tom Goodwin, Senior Director of Research, FTSE Russell
Ifor Hughes, Assistant Director of Policy, Bermuda Monetary Authority
Hugh Innes, Managing Director, Logan Wealth Management
Geoffrey King, National Director, Financial Services Industry Digitization, Cisco Systems Canada
Henry Komansky,
Consultant, Oyster Consulting
Doug Lawrence, Managing Principal and Founder, 5 Stone Green Capital
Stafford Lowe, Managing Director, R3
Richard Lowther, Chief Operating Officer, Hiscox Insurance Linked Strategies
Ken Mahadeo, Managing Director - Bermuda, Apex Fund Services
Chris Maiato, Principal, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Ltd.
Jessel Mendes, Partner, Financial Services, EY
Sean Moran, Business Development Manager, Bermuda Business Development Agency
Melissa Morton, Assistant Director - Licensing & Authorisations, Bermuda Monetary Authority
Michael P. Murphy, Founder and CEO, Rosecliff Ventures
Justin Oliver, Vice President, Exchange Traded Funds, BMO Global Asset Management
Sally Penrose, Senior Associate, Appleby Bermuda
Andre Perez, Founder, Horseshoe Group
Hank Sanchez, Esq., Managing Director, Oyster Consulting, LLC
James E. Thorne, Ph.D., Chief Capital Market Strategist & Senior Portfolio Manager, Caldwell Investment Management Ltd.
John Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chief Investment Officer, Senior Portfolio Manager, Sprott Asset Management
Gregory A. Wojciechowski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX)

Louis Almerini, CPA and FINOP, CFO Financial Partners LLC
Lou Almerini serves as CFO and FINOP for several clients of CFO Financial Partners. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is registered as a FINOP with FINRA. Lou has over 30 years’ experience as CFO or Controller in asset managers and brokerage firms.
Prior to joining CFO Financial Partners, Lou served for 5 years as Chief Accounting Officer of PineBridge Investments, an asset manager with over $80 billion AUM and offices in 20 countries. Previously, Lou was Chief Financial Officer of Kellogg Capital Markets, where he led the strategic analysis culminating in the firm’s decision to sell its market making businesses to Knight Capital Group. From 1995 to 2009, Lou held senior finance roles at Merrill Lynch, including serving as Chief Financial Officer of its Retirement Group and Controller of its industry-leading Global Wealth Management business. Before joining Merrill Lynch, Lou served as Corporate Controller at Morgan Stanley, where he led the development of its corporate and SEC reporting during its first nine years as a public company. Lou started his career at Price Waterhouse in New York. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business (Accounting) with honors from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Mark Baumgartner, Partner, Deloitte Ltd., Bermuda
Mark Baumgartner leads the Deloitte asset management practice in Bermuda, with strong relationships across Deloitte’s global alternative investment industry practice. He has over 20 years’ experience and has served numerous financial services companies in Bermuda, including hedge fund and advisors, banks, private equity, and other financial institutions.

Mark has extensive experience with internal control environments of hedge fund administrators, including SSAE 16 engagements, and with accounting for financial instruments under US GAAP and IFRS.
Mark is a Chartered Professional Accountant, licensed in Bermuda and Canada Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Accountancy from the University of Manitoba.

Craig Bodenstab, Director, Orbis Investments
Craig joined Orbis in 1998 and serves as a Director of several of the Orbis group companies, as well the Bermuda domiciled Allan Gray Funds. His primary responsibility is for client and consultant relationships globally, but with a focus on North America. Previously, Craig led the firm's Global Trading operation for 15 years, directed the Global Investment Counsellor Group for 7 years and was also a member of Orbis’ Operations Council. Prior to joining Orbis, Craig served as the Managing Director of Cameron Capital Management. Craig has a Bachelor of Commerce from Dalhousie University, a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University and London Business School, and is a CFA charterholder. He is based in Bermuda at Orbis’ global headquarters.

Pat Bolland, Media Consultant
Longtime business commentator Pat Bolland has been a business thought leader north and south of the border. Pat worked his way up in the investment industry from floor clerk on the Toronto Stock Exchange to VP with a top tier firm before moving into broadcasting. Pat’s been business editor at four major networks, currently Sun New Network on ‘AM Agenda’. He has parlayed his TV hosting skills into media training, corporate PR as well as hosting, moderating and webcasting for events and conferences. Not to mention a lot of lacrosse coaching. Despite all his business and sport acumen he’s best known as “the guy with the ‘stache”. Follow him at @patbolland.

Craig Bridgewater, Head of Investments & Banking, KPMG Bermuda
Craig has significant experience in US GAAP and IFRS for alternative investment funds. He also provides services to various local operating companies.
He was the Financial Controller at Orbis Investment Management Limited and an Assistant Manager with one of the other ‘Big Four’ firms in Bermuda.
Craig completed a 16-month secondment to KPMG in Chicago, where he worked in the financial services practice.
He is the Chairman of the Governing Board of The Berkley Institute.

Chris Burniske, Blockchain Products Lead, ARK Invest
Chris serves as Blockchain Products Lead at ARK Invest, working on both research and business development. In 2015, ARK Invest became the first public fund manager to invest in bitcoin, offering the first two ETFs (ARKW and ARKK) with bitcoin exposure. Chris analyzes both public and private blockchain implementations, and frequently appears in media outlets—including Forbes, CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, Quartz and CoinDesk—to discuss blockchain technology. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BS from Stanford.
Follow him at @ARKblockchain.

Federico Candiolo, Senior Counsel at ASW Law Limited
Federico Candiolo is Senior Counsel at ASW Law Limited. He joined the Firm in 2008 as corporate counsel. Federico is admitted in Bermuda, England, the Cayman Islands and Argentina. Prior to joining ASW in Bermuda, Federico practised for two years in the corporate commercial department of Maples and Calder, one of the leading firms in the Cayman Islands, focusing on capital markets and investment funds work. During the preceding five years, he was at SJ Berwin LLP in London (now merged into King & Wood Mallesons) where he worked on numerous banking and corporate finance transactions with significant experience in acquisition finance and property finance. His current practice focuses on insurance M&A, reinsurance, fund formations and ILS projects. He has experience in all aspects of offshore finance, investment funds, capital markets, asset finance and corporate reorganisations. Before qualifying as a Cayman Islands attorney-at-law and as a solicitor in England and Wales, Federico was admitted to the bar of the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was educated at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, the Università degli Studi di Padova in Italy and The College of Law of England and Wales. Federico is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian. He is a regular speaker at the Bermuda captive conference and has written articles for Bermuda Re, the International Insurance Law and Regulation journal, BDA and PLC. Federico is listed in the IFLR1000 Guide to the World’s leading Financial Law Firms as a leader in the field of Financial and Corporate work.

Jerry Davis, CIO, Piedmont Family Offices
Retired military officer, civil judge and public official; served as chief executive of municipal pension fund for 25 years. Have addressed over 300 audiences of investors in 18 countries, on issues of asset allocation, risk controls and plan administration.
In retirement, I hope to use my knowledge and record of success to continue making a contribution to the education of serious institutional investors.
Specialties: Retirement plan administration, investment analysis, law enforcement, intergovernmental relations, world affairs and natural resource management

Sarah Demerling, Client Director, Estera
Sarah Demerling (née Moule) is a Client Director and Senior Manager at Estera Services (Bermuda) Limited.
Sarah was formerly a partner within the corporate practice of Appleby Law in Bermuda where she specialised in the asset management and investment fGregory A. Wojciechowski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX)financial services industry in Bermuda for over 14 years and has extensive experience in dealing with offshore structures.
Sarah focused on hedge funds, unit trusts, partnerships, private equity and also worked very closely with the insurance team to advise Bermuda reinsurance managers seeking to raise capital through closed and open-ended investment vehicles and to advise on structures using fund vehicles to invest indirectly into insurance-linked securities (ILS) products.
Sarah serves as an independent director on a number of companies covering a wide range of sectors including funds, oil and gas and captives.
She now focuses on helping clients navigate best practices in corporate governance and compliance in her role as an independent director.
Sarah is a member of the Asset Management Committee of the Bermuda Business Development Agency and was instrumental in working with the Bermuda Government and Bermuda Monetary Authority to introduce changes to the Investment Funds Act.
Sarah was ranked by Chambers Global 2016 as being noted for her investment funds practice. She was also recognised by Chambers Global 2015 as a 'Leader in her Field', in which she is described as 'a very capable lawyer,' according to commentators, and offers significant funds capabilities. In addition to acting for hedge fund and fund of funds managers, she is acknowledged for being well placed to handle insurance-linked securities. She is also named a ‘Leading Lawyer’ in IFLR1000's 2015 Banking and Finance, Capital Markets and Investment Funds categories.
Sarah is also a frequent author of articles and other thought pieces on the Bermuda funds and investments services industry, and participates regularly at conferences and seminars, providing commentary to international and local media on the Bermuda funds industry.
Sarah is a member of the Institute of Directors. She is also an accredited symposium speaker for the Regulatory Compliance Association.

Elizabeth Denman, Director, Corporate Office Bermuda, Conyers Dill & Pearman
Elizabeth Denman is a Director in the Corporate department in the Bermuda office of Conyers Dill & Pearman. She joined Conyers in 2009 after spending nine years as the leader of the investment funds practice at another Bermuda law firm. She has extensive and in-depth experience in all aspects of corporate, commercial and securities law, with particular emphasis and expertise in structuring investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity vehicles, partnerships, closed ended funds, master and feeder structures and insurance linked securities funds. She has also advised both investment managers and investors on investment fund insolvencies and work outs.
Prior to arriving in Bermuda, her experience included working as Head of Listings at the Cayman Islands Stock Exchange and as legal counsel to the Toronto Stock Exchange. She also spent several years in private practice in Toronto, Canada specialising in securities transactions and IPOs, particularly in the mining and natural resource sectors. She earned a BA (hons) from the University of Toronto, Canada and an LLB from Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. Ms. Denman was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1996 and to the Bar of Bermuda in 2002.
Elizabeth is a member of the Asset Management Section of the Bermuda Business Development Agency and is a frequent speaker at conferences locally and internationally. She is the Author of the “Bermuda” chapter in The Asset Management Review, October 2012, 2013 and 2014 and a regular contributor to a variety of industry publications including The Hedge Fund Law Report and IFC Review.

David J. DiPaolo, Managing Director & Investment Committee Member, Star Mountain Capital, LLC
David J. DiPaolo has nearly two decades of alternative investment management and advisory experience with the majority of that time spent evaluating, structuring, negotiating and managing direct private debt investments in the U.S. lower middle-market. At Star Mountain, Mr. DiPaolo serves on the Investment Committee and is involved in the firm’s direct investment and portfolio management activities.
Prior to joining Star Mountain, Mr. DiPaolo spent 15 years at Brooks, Houghton & Company, culminating his tenure as a Senior Managing Director. Mr. DiPaolo was a General Partner and Investment Committee member of a series of investment funds (BHC Interim Funding I, II & III) which provided senior and senior subordinated debt to established, U.S. middle-market companies. His primary functions were to lead new investment underwriting and portfolio management, as well as to interface with limited partners and lead fundraising activities. While at Brooks, Houghton, Mr. DiPaolo co-founded and served on the Investment Committee of a series of investment funds (BHC Winton Fund I, II & III, L.P.) which focused on providing capital to syndicates operating in the Lloyd's of London market.
Previously, Mr. DiPaolo was a Vice President at Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, an investment banking firm specializing in middle-market transactions. His transaction experience includes acquisitions and divestitures, leveraged buyouts and public and private securities offerings across a broad spectrum of industries.
Mr. DiPaolo received a BS in Business Management from the University of Maryland and an MBA with honors in Finance from Columbia Business School.

Pierre duPont, Partner, HPM Partners LLC
Pierre is an active angel investor, a retired entrepreneur, and a corporate growth advisor for mid-sized businesses. He is also a wealth-advisor for tech entrepreneurs, business-owners and HNWs at HPM Partners in New York City. For five years before that, Pierre was at Two Sigma Investments, where he raised capital for the firm's quant hedge funds and he invested capital in private deals in Mainland China. Before that Pierre was an entrepreneur, co-founding three software companies resulting in one IPO in 1993, one acquisition that led to an IPO in 2010, and one total disaster. His two IPOs lead to one key lesson which no one wants to hear: don't take your company public. He started his career in the early 1980s at Bolt, Beranek & Newman (BBN) as a research scientist and software engineer in computational linguistics, parallel processing, and statistical data analysis, and long before that was fortunate to be born into two families with substantial operating businesses and multi-generational histories.

Bobby Eng, Vice President, State Street Global Advisors, Ltd. & Head, SPDR ETF Business Development for Canada
Bobby is a Vice President at State Street Global Advisors, Ltd and Head of SPDR ETF Business Development for Canada. Bobby focuses on the distribution of SPDR ETFs to institutional investors throughout Canada including pension plans, endowments, foundations, insurance companies, investment consultants, asset managers and banks.
Prior to this role, Bobby spent over 3 years at First Trust Portfolios Canada as Senior Vice President and Head of Sales responsible for overall sales and distribution. He was also Director & Vice President, Head of National Accounts at Blackrock Asset Management responsible for asset managers and brokerage senior executive relationships. Bobby was instrumental in the success of the iShares, Exchange Traded Funds business in Canada being responsible for sales and business development across Canada. Bobby also held sales and relationship management roles at Fidelity Investments and National Bank of Canada.
Bobby holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Concordia University and holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation from the Investment Management Consultant Association (IMCA).

Jennifer Eve, Senior Associate, Appleby Bermuda
Jennifer Eve is a senior associate and a member of the Funds and Investment Services team within the Corporate practice group. She practises in the area of company and commercial law, specialising in the formation and administration of corporate vehicles, including the incorporation of funds and the setting up of limited partnerships.
Jennifer specialises in structuring and formation of mutual funds, hedge funds, unit trusts, private equity, segregated account companies, master/feeder structures and ILS funds and has a dedicated focus in the area of limited partnerships.
In addition, Jennifer has extensive experience in the licensing and on-going regulation of Bermuda-based investment managers/advisers under the Investment Business Act and local fund administrators under the Investment Funds Act 2006. Jennifer provides advice on AML/ATF and corporate governance issues for licensed entities including reviewing and drafting of compliance related documents.
Jennifer joined Appleby as a pupil in the Dispute Resolution department in November 2003.

Neil Glass, Owner, WW Management Ltd.
Neil Glass graduated from the University of Alberta in 1983 with a degree in Business and is a Member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Bermuda and the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has worked in numerous roles in Bermuda’s asset management industry since 1990. He currently serves as an independent director of numerous funds. From 2013 until recently, he led the Bermuda Business Development Agency Asset Management Group, interfacing with senior members of the regulator, government and fund industry as they worked together to renew Bermuda’s asset management industry.
Neil is also a member of the Institute of Directors.

Tom Goodwin, Senior Director of Research, FTSE Russell
Tom Goodwin is Senior Research Director for FTSE Russell. Based in New York, he has recently focused on “smart beta” indexes and speaks on this and other index topics at conferences and media events. He is the author of numerous white papers on investing and benchmarking with FTSE Russell Indexes, including a comprehensive guidebook on the range of smart beta indexes and their uses in client portfolios.
Tom is a financial economist with more than 15 years experience developing research and solutions for asset owners. His areas of focus have included capital markets research, asset allocation, factor allocation, forecasting, performance measurement, and risk budgeting. Holder of both US and UK passports, Tom served as Head of Capital Markets research in London as well as many other roles within Russell Investments, including Director of Portfolio Strategies. Tom has also held the position of Chief Economist for King County in Seattle, Washington.
Ifor Hughes, Assistant Director of Policy, Bermuda Monetary Authority
Ifor Hughes is Assistant Director of Policy in Bermuda Monetary Authority’s Policy, Legal & Enforcement department with over 30 years’ experience in Bermuda’s financial services sector. Having joined the Authority in 2012 as Assistant Director within the Macroprudential Risk team (now known as Financial Stability), Ifor is responsible for the day-to-day management and delivery of a portfolio of policy initiatives, and providing ongoing policy support and guidance.
Immediately prior to joining the Authority, Ifor worked with HSBC Bank Bermuda for ten years, initially as Head of Compliance and subsequently as Senior Relationship Manager in Corporate Banking. He served as Assistant Financial Secretary (International Business) for the Government of Bermuda (1997 – 2002) and previously held roles in Bank of Bermuda’s Corporate Trust (1987 – 1997) and Investment (1982 – 1985) departments.
Ifor is a member of Bermuda’s Financial Intelligence Agency and holds a B.Sc. in Business Administration from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and an MBA from University of Western Ontario, Canada.

Hugh Innes, Managing Director, Logan Wealth Management
Hugh has worked in the fields of investment consulting and investment management for forty years. In the 1970’s he consulted to major pension funds while at Wood Gundy Inc. In the 1980’s he was a partner at Ruggles & Crysdale Inc., an investment management firm that pioneered the use of option strategies in institutional portfolio management in Canada in both equities and fixed income. In the 1990’s he headed up KPMG’s Investment Advisory Services Toronto office which catered to wealthy investors and family offices. Before coming to Logan Wealth Management in 2011, he was a partner at York Investment Strategies, the leading consultant in Canada to institutional funds and family offices on global hedge funds.
Hugh’s considerable experience in many facets of the investment management business makes him well suited for his roles in corporate strategy, marketing and client relations.
Hugh chaired the Aboriginal Investment Trust Conference (2008 – 2012) and is a past member of the Advisory Board for the Niagara Institutional Dialogue (2011 – 2014). He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Upper Canada College Foundation and the University of Trinity College, at which he chaired their respective Investment Committees. Presently, he sits on the Board of the Rekai Centres in Toronto and is Chair of the Rekai Charitable Foundation.

Geoffrey King, National Director, Financial Services Industry Digitization, Cisco Systems Canada
Geoff leads Cisco’s Industry Transformation portfolio for the Financial Services Sector in Canada. Geoff works with Business leaders to develop initiatives that leverage Cisco’s Internet of Everything expertise, solutions and services to improve operating economics, enable agile and collaborative workplaces, and transition to digital operating models through Innovation partnerships.
Geoff draws on a broad foundation of experience gained through leadership roles in Business Strategy, Organization Transformation, Strategic Alliances and M&A Integration in key sectors including Oil and Gas, I/T Services, Telecommunications, and Financial Services.
Prior to joining Cisco, Geoff worked with the Toronto Financial Services Alliance, a private-public partnership comprised of Financial Services organizations, three levels of Government and Educational Institutions, focused on enhancing the international reputation of the Toronto region as a vibrant Top 10 Global Financial Centre.
Prior to returning to Canada in 2009, Geoff was based in Barbados with FirstCaribbean International Bank, CIBC’s Caribbean subsidiary with operations in 21 countries, building the organization capabilities to profitably expand into new markets.
Prior to that, Geoff was based in Houston Texas with Williams Communications, where he led the integration of several acquisitions, the restructuring of the organization, and the development of Strategic Alliances with US and International firms.

Henry Komansky, Consultant, Oyster Consulting
Henry is an attorney with 10 years of experience in the Financial Services industry, specializing in compliance and, in particular, anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CFT). He has held executive positions in an international banking group, a long-term life insurance company, and Bermuda’s Financial Intelligence Agency. Henry also served as an international law firm’s Money Laundering Reporting Officer. Prior to moving to Bermuda, Henry served as a prosecuting attorney and as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Doug Lawrence, Managing Principal and Founder, 5 Stone Green Capital
Doug is Managing Principal and founder of 5 Stone Green Capital and has more than 27 years of distinguished real estate industry experience. Prior to forming 5 Stone Green Capital, Doug was the Co-Portfolio Manager of the green real estate Urban Renaissance Property Fund for JPMorgan Asset Management’s Real Estate platform. While at JPMAM he was also a key member of the real estate marketing team serving as a trusted fiduciary to many large pension plans.
His strength as a senior asset manager garnered nine international and national awards from BOMA, IREM and NAIOP. Over the course of his career, he managed a large portfolio of industrial, office, multi-family and retail assets totaling millions of square feet and valued in excess of $1 billion while at JPMorgan.
Prior to JPMorgan he spent seven years as a senior asset manager for TIAA-CREF’s real estate investment group; he also worked in the public sector as the Asset Manager for the City of Hartford. Earlier in his career, he was a residential developer in the U.S. Southwest. Doug is a frequent speaker on green building topics.
Doug received his MBA from the University of Connecticut in International Business Finance and earned his BA from Yale University. He is or has been a member of the Pension Real Estate Association, Urban Land Institute, National Association of Securities Professionals, National Association of Real Estate Investment Managers and U.S. Green Building Council.
Doug sits on the Investment Committee and Natural Resources Committee of the University of Connecticut Foundation, the Advisory Board of Rutgers Business School, the Advisory Board of the Saunders Business School at Rochester Institute of Technology, the Global Board of Directors of the Climate Group and the Sustainability Advisory Board of the publication, the National Real Estate Investor. Doug holds or has held NASD Series 7 and 63 licenses.

Stafford Lowe, Managing Director, R3
Stafford originally worked in Financial Services Executive Search from 2000 to 2009, initially in London and then latterly in New York. From 2009 - 2013 he headed Human Capital Management at a Warburg Pincus funded Financial Technology Company focusing on developing next generation real time bond and derivative pricing and analytics. Since 2013 he has been based in Bermuda, working as a consultant to both FinTech companies and the Bermuda Business Development Agency. He has been working with blockchain specialists R3 since January 2016.

Richard Lowther, Chief Operating Officer, Hiscox Insurance Linked Strategies
Richard Lowther joined Hiscox Insurance Linked Strategies in early 2014 to help build-out the group’s ILS fund management platform in Bermuda. Richard has a unique understanding of the asset class and the structural requirements of an ILS fund manager that is aligned with a large global specialist reinsurer like Hiscox Re. In this role, he is responsible for helping with ILS product structuring, related processes and day-to-day operation of the group’s Kiskadee ILS Funds and managed accounts. Richard is actively involved in capital raising and business development for Hiscox ILS, which has seen assets under management grow to over USD 1 billion since launching in 2014. Prior to joining Hiscox ILS, Richard was the COO of Validus Re’s ILS platform, AlphaCat Managers Ltd since its formation in 2008. He has been involved in the Bermuda re/insurance market since moving to the island in 1998. Richard holds a CA/CPA designation and a BA in Economics.

Ken Mahadeo, Managing Director - Bermuda, Apex Fund Services
Ken is the Managing Director for Apex Fund Services in Bermuda. Prior to joining Apex in May 2016, Ken was the Managing Director for CNS Accounting Solutions, a subsidiary of DO Cayman, which he established in 2014. Ken has progressive Canadian and international experience in the hedge fund industry for the past 15 years. His expertise and skill sets are broad; covering operations management for investment managers, business development, and fund administration. Ken is a certified professional accountant and registered with Nova Scotia CPA office.

Chris Maiato, Principal, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young Ltd.
A Principal in the Bermuda, Bahamas, BVI and Cayman Islands (BBC) sub area of Ernst & Young’s Financial Services Office, and is the leader of our BBC Advisory practice. With over 16 years of industry experience serving clients in various industry sectors with a strong focus on the financial services and Government sector.
Extensive experience delivering a wide array of services and projects to clients in the financial services and government sectors. These projects and services include, but are not limited to, Strategic Consulting, Process Improvement, Project/Program Management, Enterprise Risk Assessment, Internal Process and Technology Audit and Control Review, Corporate Decoupling, Business and Technology Strategy Review and Alignment, SOX 404 and 302 Assistance, Attack and Penetration Assessments, IT Infrastructure and Security Assessments and Third Party Reporting Services (SAS70, ISAE 3402, SASE16) and external audit support.

Jessel Mendes, Partner, Financial Services, EY
Jessel is a partner, based in Bermuda, within EY’s Financial Services Organization across the Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands and Cayman Islands. He has over 18 years of experience in the investment funds industry and has worked with numerous investment vehicles in the onshore and offshore markets. Jessel has strong knowledge of investment funds and manager organizational structures. He is the lead partner on many of the BBC’s larger hedge fund audits falling under U.S. and International reporting requirements.
Jessel led the Bermuda asset management task force and supports Bermuda’s asset management sector, working closely with industry, government and the Bermuda Monetary Authority. He is currently a Director of the Bermuda Business Development Agency and a member of its Asset Management Focus Group. He has spoken at many conferences and has authored several thought leadership pieces.

Sean Moran, Business Development Manager, Bermuda Business Development Agency
Sean Moran is a Business Development Manager at the BDA, a role he has held since August 2014. Sean brings more than 15 years of financial services experience, including three years as vice president of Citi Hedge Fund Services for Citigroup, New York. Prior to Citi, Sean held senior roles with Butterfield Fulcrum Group as director of business development and with HSBC Alternative Fund Services as client relationship manager in New York and Hong Kong. Sean holds a BA (Hons) degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario. As Business Development Manager at the BDA, he is responsible for the agency’s Trust & Private Client and Asset Management sectors. He works with industry focus groups to create strategies to help businesses set up and grow in Bermuda.

Melissa Morton, Assistant Director - Licensing & Authorisations, Bermuda Monetary Authority
Melissa Morton has gained over 10 years’ experience working in financial services regulation whilst at the Bermuda Monetary Authority (the Authority”). Prior to joining the Authority Melissa spent a number of years working as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, she has worked in industry as a reinsurance accountant for a large commercial insurer, and she spent a few years in captive management. Melissa is currently the Assistant Director of Authorisations at the Authority. Her day to day responsibilities include the review of all authorisations matters related to Bermuda registered investment funds and insurance companies, as well as the day to day supervision of Bermuda registered investment funds. Melissa has been very involved in the funds arena locally working closely with industry on various initiatives impacting the investment funds sector. Melissa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and she is also a certified public accountant.

Justin Oliver, Vice President, Exchange Traded Funds, BMO Global Asset Management
Justin has more than 15 years of experience in the investment industry, specializing in exchange traded funds, new innovative ways to deliver financial advice, capital markets and mutual funds. Justin currently works at BMO as a V.P. for ETFs helping to raise awareness and educate various types of institutions on ETFs and the value of their use. Prior, Justin helped to rebuild Fraser Mackenzie, a small Toronto based brokerage firm for 3 years where he served as a partner. Previously, he worked with Canaccord Genuity for 7 years as a V.P. Institutional Equity Sales raising over $1B dollars in capital for various types of companies, both public and private. Justin has a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) designation and holds his undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, Huron College in Finance and Economics. Justin has a passion for being a part of positive change.

Sally Penrose, Senior Associate, Appleby Bermuda
Sally Penrose is a senior associate and member of the Corporate department in Appleby´s Bermuda office. Sally specialises in the structuring, management and operation of investment funds, including hedge funds, private equity vehicles, partnerships, closed ended funds and master and feeder structures.
Sally also has wide corporate experience acting for corporates and management teams on multi-jurisdictional mergers, joint ventures and acquisitions.
Prior to arriving in Bermuda, her experience included working as a senior associate at DLA Piper UK LLP.

Andre Perez, Founder, Horseshoe Group
Andre is the founder of Horseshoe Group. He is in charge of the Group’s operations as well as responsible for the development of the insurance management and consulting activities. In addition, Andre has oversight of the Group’s transformer, Horseshoe Re Limited.

Horseshoe Group, the leading provider of insurance management and advisory services for Insurance-Linked Securities, was awarded the 2010 ‘Adviser of the Year’ and the 2013 ‘Market Facilitator of the Year’ by Trading Risk magazine. These awards recognizes excellence and achievement in the insurance-linked capital markets sector and is given to the company that has done the most to foster innovation and further the development of the Insurance-Linked Securities market.

Hank Sanchez, Esq., Managing Director, Oyster Consulting, LLC
Hank brings over 30 years of securities industry experience in the areas of Legal and Compliance, to his role as a Managing Director at Oyster. Hank has worked with multiple clients varying in size from national to smaller financial firms. His expertise has been engaged to act as contract Chief Compliance Officer, analyze compliance programs, assess product due diligence, develop a Conflicts of Interest program, act as an Independent Consultant on regulatory matters, and consult on a wide variety of issues. Immediately prior to joining Oyster, Hank was with LPL Financial Corporation, where he held Compliance leadership roles as Vice President of Surveillance, Sr. Vice President, and CCO of the nation’s largest independent brokerage firm. For more than 10 years, Hank was a regulator with both the SEC and FINRA (formerly NASD). While with the SEC, he was assigned to the SEC's Division of Market Regulation, working in the Office of Trading Practices, and the Office of Inspections, Options Branch. At FINRA, he served as regional counsel in FINRA Regulation's Enforcement Department. Hank spent several years in private practice concentrating in broker-dealer compliance matters. He is also a FINRA Arbitrator and frequently speaks at securities industry conferences.

James E. Thorne, Ph.D., Chief Capital Market Strategist & Senior Portfolio Manager, Caldwell Investment Management Ltd.
Dr. James E. Thorne is the Chief Capital Market Strategist and a Senior Portfolio Manager of Caldwell Investment Management Ltd. From February 2001 to September 2014, he held various senior investment management positions at M&T Bank and its wholly owned subsidiary, Wilmington Trust Investment Advisors, Inc in the U.S., including Chief Investment Officer of Equities, Managing Director and Chief Capital Market Strategist. During his tenure, he was responsible for the management of approximately $23B in assets under management and developed small, mid and large-capitalization investment strategies which employed a combination of quantitative and qualitative analysis and achieved top-quartile performance. Dr. Thorne is a member of Caldwell’s Investment Risk Committee.
Dr. Thorne received a Ph.D. in Economics in the fields of Finance and Industrial Organization from York University in June 1993 and was subsequently employed as a Professor of Economics and Finance at the Schulich School of Business and at Bishop's University.

John Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Chief Investment Officer, Senior Portfolio Manager, Sprott Asset Management
John Wilson joined Sprott Asset Management LP in January 2012 with over 25 years of investment and business experience. Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer at Cumberland Private Wealth Management. Prior to that, John founded DDX Capital Partners, an alternative investment management firm; was Managing Director and a top-rated technology analyst* at RBC Capital Markets; and previously, a Director at UBS Canada.
John earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University, and is an MBA graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
*Brendan Wood International, top rated in 1999 and 2000.

Gregory A. Wojciechowski, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX)
Greg Wojciechowski is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bermuda Stock Exchange (BSX). He is also the chairman of the Financial Intelligence Agency in Bermuda and of ILS Bermuda Ltd, and is a member of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) Governance and Nominations Committee.
Prior to assuming the role of President and CEO of the BSX in January 2002, Greg Wojciechowski was the Exchange’s Chief Operating Officer. In this capacity, he was responsible for the development of the Exchange’s regulatory and operational infrastructure as well as the day to day running of the Exchange.
Prior to joining the Bermuda Stock Exchange in 1993, Mr. Wojciechowski, over a period of several years, held management positions at three large U.S. brokerage firms. During this time his attention was focused on brokerage administration and operations in international and global markets.
Mr. Wojciechowski was educated in the U.S. and received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has studied International Business at The University of Copenhagen under Denmark’s International Studies Program and has studied French and International Relations at the Universite D’Aix-Marseille (Institut Pour Etudiants Etrangers) in Aix-en-Provence France. In 1998 Mr. Wojciechowski attended and completed the Young Managers Programme at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
Mr. Wojciechowski, a Bermudian, is married and has two sons.

 
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