Our Speaker 2021

Jan Beckers

is founder and Chief Investment Officer and responsible for the investment decisions at BIT Capital. He leads the investment team at the Berlin-based fund company.

Jan has discovered his passion for the stock market early, convincing his parents to invest his driver’s license savings in Electronic Arts stocks. A decade later, as a business angel, he participated in early financing rounds of startups such as Delivery Hero, Brands4Friends, and GoClio and achieved exponential returns. He also invested pre-IPO in Facebook, LinkedIn, and Palantir.

As a driving force of Berlin’s technology ecosystem, Jan Beckers has co-founded and built over 25 companies, such as Solarisbank, Clark, or Fyber. He’s the mastermind behind ecosystem platforms such as IONIQ Group, FinLeap, and Heartbeat Labs. In 2014, he was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in Germany by EY.

His fund company, BIT Capital, manages over 1.3 billion EUR (as of March 2021). The BIT – Global Internet Leaders (>160% net return in 2020) and BIT – Global Leaders funds are among best-performing in Europe.

Jan Beckers

is founder and Chief Investment Officer and responsible for the investment decisions at BIT Capital. He leads the investment team at the Berlin-based fund company.

Jan has discovered his passion for the stock market early, convincing his parents to invest his driver’s license savings in Electronic Arts stocks. A decade later, as a business angel, he participated in early financing rounds of startups such as Delivery Hero, Brands4Friends, and GoClio and achieved exponential returns. He also invested pre-IPO in Facebook, LinkedIn, and Palantir.

As a driving force of Berlin’s technology ecosystem, Jan Beckers has co-founded and built over 25 companies, such as Solarisbank, Clark, or Fyber. He’s the mastermind behind ecosystem platforms such as IONIQ Group, FinLeap, and Heartbeat Labs. In 2014, he was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year in Germany by EY.

His fund company, BIT Capital, manages over 1.3 billion EUR (as of March 2021). The BIT – Global Internet Leaders (>160% net return in 2020) and BIT – Global Leaders funds are among best-performing in Europe.

Stan Beckers, Ph.D.

is Chair of Nomura Asset Management (UK), Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk Committee at Rothesay Life and Executive Fellow and Chair of the AQR Asset Management Institute at London Business School. He was until April 2017 member of the Management Board of NN Group and CEO of NN Investment Partners (previously known as ING Investment Management). He has more than 30 years of professional and leadership experience in global finance and asset management with organizations such as BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors, Kedge Capital and WestAM. Stan was also one of the early partners at BARRA (now MSCI BARRA) where he started and ran the non-US operations for 20 years.

Over the years, Stan Beckers has served as a member of the investment committee of several pension funds and on the supervisory boards of KAS Bank and Robeco in the Netherlands. He has taught at various Universities such as UC Berkeley, VU Amsterdam, Cass Business School, London School of Economics and KULeuven. Stan has published over 50 papers in various academic journals such as The Journal of Finance, JFQA, The Financial Analysts Journal and The Journal of Portfolio Management. He has a PhD in Finance from the University of California in Berkeley.

Stan Beckers, Ph.D.

is Chair of Nomura Asset Management (UK), Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Risk Committee at Rothesay Life and Executive Fellow and Chair of the AQR Asset Management Institute at London Business School. He was until April 2017 member of the Management Board of NN Group and CEO of NN Investment Partners (previously known as ING Investment Management). He has more than 30 years of professional and leadership experience in global finance and asset management with organizations such as BlackRock, Barclays Global Investors, Kedge Capital and WestAM. Stan was also one of the early partners at BARRA (now MSCI BARRA) where he started and ran the non-US operations for 20 years.

Over the years, Stan Beckers has served as a member of the investment committee of several pension funds and on the supervisory boards of KAS Bank and Robeco in the Netherlands. He has taught at various Universities such as UC Berkeley, VU Amsterdam, Cass Business School, London School of Economics and KULeuven. Stan has published over 50 papers in various academic journals such as The Journal of Finance, JFQA, The Financial Analysts Journal and The Journal of Portfolio Management. He has a PhD in Finance from the University of California in Berkeley.

Deirdre Cooper

is Co-Head of Thematic Equity within the Multi-Asset team at Ninety One. Deirdre is a leading voice in understanding and committing to sustainable investing, including engagement and integration of ESG into the investment process, in order to address and combat climate change. Ninety One’s Global Environment Strategy, which she co-manages, invests in companies enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy to capture the structural growth driven by decarbonization.

Prior to joining Ninety One in 2018, Deirdre was a Partner, Portfolio Manager and Head of Research at Ecofin. Before joining Ecofin, Deirdre was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where she headed their European Renewable Energy coverage effort and built an investment banking and principal investing franchise.

She has long had a passion for sustainable investing and has worked on a voluntary basis in the microfinance sector both in the US and in Pakistan.
She is a member of the advisory board of Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to increase the percentage of the world’s investable capital run by women, as well as the advisory board for Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment. She was also a member of the advisory board of the Shell Foundation’s Energy Company of the Future project. Deirdre earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and her BA from University College Dublin.

Deirdre Cooper

is Co-Head of Thematic Equity within the Multi-Asset team at Ninety One. Deirdre is a leading voice in understanding and committing to sustainable investing, including engagement and integration of ESG into the investment process, in order to address and combat climate change. Ninety One’s Global Environment Strategy, which she co-manages, invests in companies enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy to capture the structural growth driven by decarbonization.

Prior to joining Ninety One in 2018, Deirdre was a Partner, Portfolio Manager and Head of Research at Ecofin. Before joining Ecofin, Deirdre was an investment banker at Morgan Stanley where she headed their European Renewable Energy coverage effort and built an investment banking and principal investing franchise.

She has long had a passion for sustainable investing and has worked on a voluntary basis in the microfinance sector both in the US and in Pakistan.
She is a member of the advisory board of Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organisation whose mission is to increase the percentage of the world’s investable capital run by women, as well as the advisory board for Imperial College’s Centre for Climate Finance and Investment. She was also a member of the advisory board of the Shell Foundation’s Energy Company of the Future project. Deirdre earned her MBA from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, and her BA from University College Dublin.

Joe Dowling

is the Global Co-Head of Multi-Asset Solutions (BAAM) where he oversees and leads BAAM’s investment activities.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2021, Mr. Dowling led Brown University’s endowment, including as Chief Executive Officer from July 2018 to July 2020 and Chief Investment Officer from June 2013 to July 2018.  Mr. Dowling also served as interim Chief Financial Officer of the University from May 2019 until January 27, 2020, leading all finance and treasury functions and cash and debt management.

Before joining Brown University, he was the founder and chief executive officer of Narragansett Asset Management, where he managed funds for institutions, pension funds and endowments. Mr. Dowling has also worked for First Boston and Tudor Investments.

Mr. Dowling has both a BA and MBA from Harvard University.

Joe Dowling

is the Global Co-Head of Multi-Asset Solutions (BAAM) where he oversees and leads BAAM’s investment activities.

Prior to joining Blackstone in 2021, Mr. Dowling led Brown University’s endowment, including as Chief Executive Officer from July 2018 to July 2020 and Chief Investment Officer from June 2013 to July 2018.  Mr. Dowling also served as interim Chief Financial Officer of the University from May 2019 until January 27, 2020, leading all finance and treasury functions and cash and debt management.

Before joining Brown University, he was the founder and chief executive officer of Narragansett Asset Management, where he managed funds for institutions, pension funds and endowments. Mr. Dowling has also worked for First Boston and Tudor Investments.

Mr. Dowling has both a BA and MBA from Harvard University.

Dr. Marc-André Göricke

is a senior consultant at alpha portfolio advisors where he engages in the systematic selection of managers for the asset classes equities, fixed income, and absolute return. Previously, he was a research associate at the chair of Prof. Dr. Alexander Kempf at the University of Cologne and a member of the Centre for Financial Research (CFR), Cologne. He received his doctorate (summa cum laude) for his thesis on returns to human capital in asset management. Part of his research has been accepted for publication in “The Review of Financial Studies”, one of the premier academic finance journals. He studied finance and accounting at the university of Mainz and at UNSW, Sydney.

Dr. Marc-André Göricke

is a senior consultant at alpha portfolio advisors where he engages in the systematic selection of managers for the asset classes equities, fixed income, and absolute return. Previously, he was a research associate at the chair of Prof. Dr. Alexander Kempf at the University of Cologne and a member of the Centre for Financial Research (CFR), Cologne. He received his doctorate (summa cum laude) for his thesis on returns to human capital in asset management. Part of his research has been accepted for publication in “The Review of Financial Studies”, one of the premier academic finance journals. He studied finance and accounting at the university of Mainz and at UNSW, Sydney.

Mark Heiden
is a senior consultant at alpha portfolio advisors and is working exclusively in the realm of manager selection for actively managed institutional mandates. Previously, he worked for Lufthansa for five years, firstly in their executive talent program Lufthansa St.i.p. Finance in Cologne and New York City, then as a treasury manager in Lufthansa’s corporate treasury department in Frankfurt, where he was responsible for risk-, liquidity and asset management. He studied business administration at the University of Mannheim in Germany and at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and finished his studies with a M.Sc. Mannheim Master in Management (MMM) diploma with a focus on finance.
Mark Heiden

is a senior consultant at alpha portfolio advisors and is working exclusively in the realm of manager selection for actively managed institutional mandates. Previously, he worked for Lufthansa for five years, firstly in their executive talent program Lufthansa St.i.p. Finance in Cologne and New York City, then as a treasury manager in Lufthansa’s corporate treasury department in Frankfurt, where he was responsible for risk-, liquidity and asset management. He studied business administration at the University of Mannheim in Germany and at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and finished his studies with a M.Sc. Mannheim Master in Management (MMM) diploma with a focus on finance.

Prof. Dr. Lutz Johanning

holds the Chair of Empirical Capital Market Research at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany since 2007. Professor Johanning’s research interests are in the areas empirical capital market research, best execution, cost and risk transparency, as well as emotional finance. Since January 2015 he is a member of the Consultative Expert Group, which advices the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), European Banking Authority (EBA), and European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) within the realization of the regulations of the Packaged Retail‐ and Insurance‐based Investment Products(PRIIPs). Since December 2012 Lutz Johanning is the Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of vwd AG (Vereinigte Wirtschaftsdienste). In addition he is a co‐founder and member of the supervisory board of EDG and XTP, two companies which analyze costs and risks of investment products. Furthermore, he is a member of the Exchange Council of Eurex Deutschland and a member of the following German Advisory Boards: Verband unabhängiger Vermögensverwalter e.V. (VuV), Frankfurt/Main, Deutscher Derivate Verband (DDV), European Finance Forum (EFF).

Prof. Dr. Lutz Johanning

holds the Chair of Empirical Capital Market Research at the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management in Vallendar, Germany since 2007. Professor Johanning’s research interests are in the areas empirical capital market research, best execution, cost and risk transparency, as well as emotional finance. Since January 2015 he is a member of the Consultative Expert Group, which advices the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), European Banking Authority (EBA), and European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) within the realization of the regulations of the Packaged Retail‐ and Insurance‐based Investment Products(PRIIPs). Since December 2012 Lutz Johanning is the Deputy Chairman of the Supervisory Board of vwd AG (Vereinigte Wirtschaftsdienste). In addition he is a co‐founder and member of the supervisory board of EDG and XTP, two companies which analyze costs and risks of investment products. Furthermore, he is a member of the Exchange Council of Eurex Deutschland and a member of the following German Advisory Boards: Verband unabhängiger Vermögensverwalter e.V. (VuV), Frankfurt/Main, Deutscher Derivate Verband (DDV), European Finance Forum (EFF).

Prof. Raša Karapandža, Ph.D.

is a professor of finance and Vice Dean Education at EBS Business School. He serves as an academic director of Master in Finance program and head of chair of finance. He received a PhD degree in economics and finance from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He has been a visiting research scholar at NYU and at UC Berkeley. He also serves as a visiting professor at NYU in Abu Dhabi.

The general focus of Prof. Karapandža’s research and teaching activities is investments, empirical asset pricing, and portfolio management. In his recent papers, he studies return predictability of equities, new methods to test return predictability, the role of information on return predictability, and the use of big data to generate robustly predictable portfolio alphas.

Prof. Karapandža’s work has been featured in top media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel. He advised members of the US congress on the topics of regulating cryptocurrencies and other blockchain related technologies. He was elected favorite professor by the EBS business school’s student body for his teaching nine years in a row — in 2009 through 2018. What makes him really proud is that he was elected an honorary member of the EBS student-body association.

Currently at EBS Prof. Karapandža is teaching an undergraduate class in Investments, MBA class in Finance, Executive MBA course in Corporate finance and a graduate class in Asset Pricing/Derivatives and Fintech class. At NYU Abu Dhabi Raša is teaching a Fintech course as well as NYU Stern course on Foundation of Financial Markets.

Prof. Karapandža serves on the board of directors of RS2. A Global Payments Software and Managed Services Provider RS2 is a publicly listed company trusted by Banks, Processors and Payments Service Providers to process over USD$235 billion worth of payments transactions per year. RS2’s BankWORKS is a comprehensive modular payment system used by more than 130 institutions and some of the world’s most innovative and successful payments companies like Barclays and First Data.

Karapandža serves as a mentor at Plug and Play accelerator.

Prof. Raša Karapandža, Ph.D.

is a professor of finance and Vice Dean Education at EBS Business School. He serves as an academic director of Master in Finance program and head of chair of finance. He received a PhD degree in economics and finance from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, University Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. He has been a visiting research scholar at NYU and at UC Berkeley. He also serves as a visiting professor at NYU in Abu Dhabi.

The general focus of Prof. Karapandža’s research and teaching activities is investments, empirical asset pricing, and portfolio management. In his recent papers, he studies return predictability of equities, new methods to test return predictability, the role of information on return predictability, and the use of big data to generate robustly predictable portfolio alphas.

Prof. Karapandža’s work has been featured in top media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Der Spiegel. He advised members of the US congress on the topics of regulating cryptocurrencies and other blockchain related technologies. He was elected favorite professor by the EBS business school’s student body for his teaching nine years in a row — in 2009 through 2018. What makes him really proud is that he was elected an honorary member of the EBS student-body association.

Currently at EBS Prof. Karapandža is teaching an undergraduate class in Investments, MBA class in Finance, Executive MBA course in Corporate finance and a graduate class in Asset Pricing/Derivatives and Fintech class. At NYU Abu Dhabi Raša is teaching a Fintech course as well as NYU Stern course on Foundation of Financial Markets.

Prof. Karapandža serves on the board of directors of RS2. A Global Payments Software and Managed Services Provider RS2 is a publicly listed company trusted by Banks, Processors and Payments Service Providers to process over USD$235 billion worth of payments transactions per year. RS2’s BankWORKS is a comprehensive modular payment system used by more than 130 institutions and some of the world’s most innovative and successful payments companies like Barclays and First Data.

Karapandža serves as a mentor at Plug and Play accelerator.

Christian Keller

is a former German medley and freestyle swimmer who competed in four consecutive Summer Olympics for his native country, starting in 1992. Four years later the three-time European Junior Champion won the bronze medal with the men’s 4×200 m freestyle relay. Christian Keller was named German Swimmer of the Year for two consecutive years: 1994 and 1995.

Since 2005 he is a TV swimming expert and co-commentator at the Olympic Games.

At ODDO BHF corporation, Christian Keller has been Director and Head of the branch in Essen at the Private Wealth Management department since April 2010.

Christian Keller

is a former German medley and freestyle swimmer who competed in four consecutive Summer Olympics for his native country, starting in 1992. Four years later the three-time European Junior Champion won the bronze medal with the men’s 4×200 m freestyle relay. Christian Keller was named German Swimmer of the Year for two consecutive years: 1994 and 1995.

Since 2005 he is a TV swimming expert and co-commentator at the Olympic Games.

At ODDO BHF corporation, Christian Keller has been Director and Head of the branch in Essen at the Private Wealth Management department since April 2010.

Dr. Jochen Kleeberg

is founding partner and managing director of alpha portfolio advisors. He is responsible for manager selection. Until the end of 1996 he headed the German office of Barra International where he had been employed since 1991. Dr Kleeberg studied business administration at the University of Münster where he also earned his doctor’s degree in finance. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences as well as seminars and is also co-editor of four handbooks all published by Uhlenbruch Verlag: “Hedge Funds” (2005), “Asset Allocation” (2003), “Portfolio Management” (2002) and “Spezialfonds” (2000).

Dr. Jochen Kleeberg

is founding partner and managing director of alpha portfolio advisors. He is responsible for manager selection. Until the end of 1996 he headed the German office of Barra International where he had been employed since 1991. Dr Kleeberg studied business administration at the University of Münster where he also earned his doctor’s degree in finance. He is a frequent speaker at industry conferences as well as seminars and is also co-editor of four handbooks all published by Uhlenbruch Verlag: “Hedge Funds” (2005), “Asset Allocation” (2003), “Portfolio Management” (2002) and “Spezialfonds” (2000).

Sonja Laud

is Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). She leads the firm’s investment team which spans trading as well as solutions, active fixed income, index, active equity, annuities and multi-asset businesses. Her remit covers all aspects of Investments from research analysis to portfolio construction, with a focus on leading the LGIM ESG strategy. Sonja joined the asset manager as Deputy CIO in January 2019 and was appointed to the role of CIO in June 2019.

Previously, Sonja was Head of Equity at Fidelity International, responsible for the Global, Equity Income and UK Portfolio Managers as well as the Investment Director team. She joined from Barings where she launched and managed global multi-asset portfolios and was a voting member of the asset allocation group. Prior to that, she worked for Schroders where she managed, for eight successful years, several global, European and UK equity funds, with a focus on high-dividend stocks. Sonja started her career at DWS in Frankfurt, where she was an award-winning global equities portfolio manager.

Sonja has completed a Global Executive MBA program at TRIUM (LSE, NYUStern, HEC) and has MSc, EMIM from ESCP Europe. She is a CFA Charter holder. She is a regular media commentator, appearing across broadcast including the BBC, Sky News, Bloomberg and CNBC.

Sonja Laud

is Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM). She leads the firm’s investment team which spans trading as well as solutions, active fixed income, index, active equity, annuities and multi-asset businesses. Her remit covers all aspects of Investments from research analysis to portfolio construction, with a focus on leading the LGIM ESG strategy. Sonja joined the asset manager as Deputy CIO in January 2019 and was appointed to the role of CIO in June 2019.

Previously, Sonja was Head of Equity at Fidelity International, responsible for the Global, Equity Income and UK Portfolio Managers as well as the Investment Director team. She joined from Barings where she launched and managed global multi-asset portfolios and was a voting member of the asset allocation group. Prior to that, she worked for Schroders where she managed, for eight successful years, several global, European and UK equity funds, with a focus on high-dividend stocks. Sonja started her career at DWS in Frankfurt, where she was an award-winning global equities portfolio manager.

Sonja has completed a Global Executive MBA program at TRIUM (LSE, NYUStern, HEC) and has MSc, EMIM from ESCP Europe. She is a CFA Charter holder. She is a regular media commentator, appearing across broadcast including the BBC, Sky News, Bloomberg and CNBC.

Prof. Dr. Thomas Mayer

is Founding Director of the Flossbach von Storch Research Institute. Before this he was Chief Economist of Deutsche Bank Group and Head of DB Research. Thomas Mayer held positions at Goldman Sachs, Salomon Brothers and, before entering the private sector, at the International Monetary Fund and the Kiel Institute. Thomas Mayer received a doctorate in economics from Kiel University in 1982. Since 2003 and 2015, he is CFA Charterholder and honorary professor at University of Witten-Herdecke, respectively. 

Prof. Dr. Thomas Mayer

is Founding Director of the Flossbach von Storch Research Institute. Before this he was Chief Economist of Deutsche Bank Group and Head of DB Research. Thomas Mayer held positions at Goldman Sachs, Salomon Brothers and, before entering the private sector, at the International Monetary Fund and the Kiel Institute. Thomas Mayer received a doctorate in economics from Kiel University in 1982. Since 2003 and 2015, he is CFA Charterholder and honorary professor at University of Witten-Herdecke, respectively. 

Lukas Neckermann

is Managing Director at Neckermann Strategic Advisors, a consultancy with a focus on new mobility trends and their strategic impact. He is also COO of the mobility scale-up, Splyt Technologies.

Lukas has 20 years of leadership experience in automotive, media, and financial services.

After beginning his career at a small commercial radio station in Ithaca, NY, Lukas joined BMW in Munich. Working in BMW’s Central Marketing area, he co-developed the first BMW.com website, helped launch the innovative Z8 sports car, and – as an internal consultant – recommended pricing, communication, and positioning strategies.

He joined Allianz Group in 2002, initially reporting to the Group’s CEO, Michael Diekmann, and then taking on various head-office and regional line leadership functions, last as Executive Board member and Director of Underwriting, Marketing and Sales for the UK and Ireland’s leading credit-insurance company, Euler Hermes UK plc. After completing a significant innovation and strategic change program, Lukas left the company to focus on smart cities and mobility.

Lukas was a founding member of TheOScarProject – the world’s first open-source car project and is currently advisor to several urban mobility startups: NEXT Future Transportation Inc., Flock, and Eliport. Lukas is an Instructor at New York University (NYU) and a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Lukas has written three books, “The Mobility Revolution” (2015), “Corporate Mobility Breakthrough” (2016), and “Smart Cities, Smart Mobility” (2017), which is available in four languages.

Lukas Neckermann

is Managing Director at Neckermann Strategic Advisors, a consultancy with a focus on new mobility trends and their strategic impact. He is also COO of the mobility scale-up, Splyt Technologies.

Lukas has 20 years of leadership experience in automotive, media, and financial services.

After beginning his career at a small commercial radio station in Ithaca, NY, Lukas joined BMW in Munich. Working in BMW’s Central Marketing area, he co-developed the first BMW.com website, helped launch the innovative Z8 sports car, and – as an internal consultant – recommended pricing, communication, and positioning strategies.

He joined Allianz Group in 2002, initially reporting to the Group’s CEO, Michael Diekmann, and then taking on various head-office and regional line leadership functions, last as Executive Board member and Director of Underwriting, Marketing and Sales for the UK and Ireland’s leading credit-insurance company, Euler Hermes UK plc. After completing a significant innovation and strategic change program, Lukas left the company to focus on smart cities and mobility.

Lukas was a founding member of TheOScarProject – the world’s first open-source car project and is currently advisor to several urban mobility startups: NEXT Future Transportation Inc., Flock, and Eliport. Lukas is an Instructor at New York University (NYU) and a lecturer at the University of St. Gallen. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and Technology Studies from Cornell University, and an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business. Lukas has written three books, “The Mobility Revolution” (2015), “Corporate Mobility Breakthrough” (2016), and “Smart Cities, Smart Mobility” (2017), which is available in four languages.

Sandy Rattray

is Chief Investment Officer of Man Group and a member of the Man Group Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Man Group Responsible Investment Committee. He was previously CEO of Man AHL from 2013 to 2017, and CIO of Man Systematic Strategies from 2010 to 2013.

Before joining Man Group in 2007, Sandy spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Managing Director in charge of the Fundamental Strategy Group. He also ran Equity Derivatives Research at Goldman Sachs in London and New York.

Sandy is a co-inventor of the VIX index. He is a board director of MSCI Inc and sits on the MSCI Advisory Council and the Jesus College Cambridge investment committee. Sandy is a governor of the Southbank Centre in London and is a founding patron of the London Cycling Campaign.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences and Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Licence Spéciale from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Sandy Rattray

is Chief Investment Officer of Man Group and a member of the Man Group Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Man Group Responsible Investment Committee. He was previously CEO of Man AHL from 2013 to 2017, and CIO of Man Systematic Strategies from 2010 to 2013.

Before joining Man Group in 2007, Sandy spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs where he was a Managing Director in charge of the Fundamental Strategy Group. He also ran Equity Derivatives Research at Goldman Sachs in London and New York.

Sandy is a co-inventor of the VIX index. He is a board director of MSCI Inc and sits on the MSCI Advisory Council and the Jesus College Cambridge investment committee. Sandy is a governor of the Southbank Centre in London and is a founding patron of the London Cycling Campaign.

He holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Sciences and Economics from the University of Cambridge and a Licence Spéciale from the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Ernst Rauch

is Munich Re’s Chief Climate and Geo Scientist with a professional background in geophysics and meteorology. He is responsible for the strategic positioning of Munich Re with respect to climate and natural catastrophes related topics, where his external stakeholders range from insurance clients to scientific organizations and think-tanks to investors, political representatives and the media and broader public. His expertise in the climate domain includes risk management solutions for climate and natural catastrophes risk and energy transition related technologies (renewable energies, energy storage systems). 

Ernst is also Munich Re’s Global Head Climate and Public Sector Business Development. In this capacity he is responsible for the acquisition of new clients in the public and supranational domain with focus on governments, sub-governmental organizations and multilateral development banks. Furthermore, Ernst represents Munich Re in several UN-COP side-events, to raise awareness for the importance of insurance solutions in the natural catastrophe and climate change context and to reduce the so-called insurance gap. 

Ernst represents Munich Re in a number of insurance think-tanks and Public-Private-Partnership organizations like the Geneva Association and the Insurance Development Forum (IDF). He is leading Munich Re’s partnership with the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and has memberships with several national and international scientific associations. 

Ernst is a member of the Senior Executive Management of Munich Re in Munich. 

Ernst Rauch

is Munich Re’s Chief Climate and Geo Scientist with a professional background in geophysics and meteorology. He is responsible for the strategic positioning of Munich Re with respect to climate and natural catastrophes related topics, where his external stakeholders range from insurance clients to scientific organizations and think-tanks to investors, political representatives and the media and broader public. His expertise in the climate domain includes risk management solutions for climate and natural catastrophes risk and energy transition related technologies (renewable energies, energy storage systems).

Ernst is also Munich Re’s Global Head Climate and Public Sector Business Development. In this capacity he is responsible for the acquisition of new clients in the public and supranational domain with focus on governments, sub-governmental organizations and multilateral development banks. Furthermore, Ernst represents Munich Re in several UN-COP side-events, to raise awareness for the importance of insurance solutions in the natural catastrophe and climate change context and to reduce the so-called insurance gap.

Ernst represents Munich Re in a number of insurance think-tanks and Public-Private-Partnership organizations like the Geneva Association and the Insurance Development Forum (IDF). He is leading Munich Re’s partnership with the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and has memberships with several national and international scientific associations.

Ernst is a member of the Senior Executive Management of Munich Re in Munich.

Dr. Andreas Sauer, CFA

is founder of ansa capital management GmbH, an investment boutique specializing in global macro strategies. Until 2012, he was CEO & CIO of Quoniam Asset Management, which he co-founded as a partner in 1999. He has more than 25 years of experience in quantitative asset management as well as in advising and servicing global institutional clients. In addition, he is a lecturer in asset management at the University of Mannheim.

Dr. Andreas Sauer, CFA

is founder of ansa capital management GmbH, an investment boutique specializing in global macro strategies. Until 2012, he was CEO & CIO of Quoniam Asset Management, which he co-founded as a partner in 1999. He has more than 25 years of experience in quantitative asset management as well as in advising and servicing global institutional clients. In addition, he is a lecturer in asset management at the University of Mannheim.

Thomas Schmidt

is Chief Investment Officer and Head of Portfolio Management of Hamburger Pensionsverwaltung eG (HPV), a multi service provider in the field of company pension schemes in Germany. HPV manages assets of around EUR 11,0 billion for a number of German pension plans, incl. Hamburger Pensionskasse von 1905 VVaG, the pension plan for the food and beverages as well as the retail industry in Germany. HPV offers the full range of services covering all aspects of occupational pension provision. After several positions in banking Thomas joined HPV in 2006, where he built up the private strategies / alternative investments portfolios for the pensions plans. In 2015 Thomas took over responsibility for an investment team specialized on alternative / private investments and their legal structuring before becoming head of Portfolio Management in 2017 with responsibility for all investment areas for HPV. Beginning of 2020 Thomas was appointed Chief Investment Officer of HPV and the pension plans HPV manages.

Thomas Schmidt

is Chief Investment Officer and Head of Portfolio Management of Hamburger Pensionsverwaltung eG (HPV), a multi service provider in the field of company pension schemes in Germany. HPV manages assets of around EUR 11,0 billion for a number of German pension plans, incl. Hamburger Pensionskasse von 1905 VVaG, the pension plan for the food and beverages as well as the retail industry in Germany. HPV offers the full range of services covering all aspects of occupational pension provision. After several positions in banking Thomas joined HPV in 2006, where he built up the private strategies / alternative investments portfolios for the pensions plans. In 2015 Thomas took over responsibility for an investment team specialized on alternative / private investments and their legal structuring before becoming head of Portfolio Management in 2017 with responsibility for all investment areas for HPV. Beginning of 2020 Thomas was appointed Chief Investment Officer of HPV and the pension plans HPV manages.

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