BCA’s New York Investment conference brings together some of the leading investment experts under one roof. We have a diverse cast of investment experts who are here to outline their top investment strategies and give you a summary of how they achieved success in their fields. 

2017 Conference Speakers

We have 24 expert speakers, ranging from renowned CEOs to Nobel Prize winning Princeton Scholars and Political Strategists; with so much insight and such a broad array of backgrounds the content on offer at BCA’s New York Investment Conference can help inspire any future investment strategies you are working on. Explore the line-up below for a more detailed breakdown of each speaker and their background. Watch the video for a quick overview of the who's who in the Investment Conference 2017.


Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University and Center for European Studies, Harvard University


Niall Ferguson is one of the most influential commentators on Geopolitics and the Global Economy. A superb speaker, Ferguson’s presentations are celebrated for their scintillating wit and their analytical clarity. Niall is a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing. He has published fourteen books, is currently writing a life of Henry Kissinger, the first volume of which, Kissinger, 1923-1968: The Idealist, has been published to critical acclaim. Niall’s an award-making filmmaker having won an international Emmy for his PBS series The Ascent of Money. In addition to writing a weekly column for the Sunday Times (London) and the Boston Globe, he is the founder and Managing Director of Greenmantle LLC, a Cambridge-based advisory firm.


Senior Scholar, Princeton University and Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs


Daniel Kahneman is a Nobel Prize-winning psychologist who, along with Amos Tversky, revolutionized economic theory in the 1970s and is widely regarded as one of the world's most influential living psychologists.
The Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences was awarded in 2002 for his groundbreaking work in applying psychological insights to economic theory, particularly in the areas of judgment and decision-making under uncertainty.
He studied psychology and mathematics in Israel, receiving his first degree from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and spent a portion of his required military service developing some of his first ideas regarding humans and their decision-making.
In addition to the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, Kahneman has won the Grawemeyer Award for Psychology (both jointly with Tversky), the American Psychological Association's Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement, and has made the Bloomberg 50 Most Influential People in Global Finance in 2011. He is a fellow at Hebrew University and a Gallup Senior Scientist.


Former U.K. Permanent Representative to the EU

Sir Ivan Rogers long and distinguished career encompasses a broad range of high-level positions in the UK government and in the financial sector. Prior to being the UK's most senior negotiator with the EU (one of the top three posts in the diplomatic service), his many responsibilities included periods as Chief EU advisor to the Prime Minister; Principal Private Secretary to the Prime Minister Tony Blair; Director of Tax and Budget, HM Treasury; and Private Secretary to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kenneth Clarke. In the financial sector, he has served as Head of UK and Ireland Government Banking at Barclays Capital and Senior Government Banker at Citigroup UK. Few people are better placed than Sir Rogers to understand and explain the complexities of the UK's relationship with the EU and the challenges created by Brexit. Sir Rogers resigned from the Civil Service in early 2017.


Head of Research, Close Brothers Asset Management


Robert Alster joined Close Brothers Asset Management as Head of Research and an equity analyst in early 2014, where he currently leads a team of 9 analysts. Prior to working at Close Brothers he worked at AllianceBernstein, UBS, American Express and Fleming Investment Management as an Equity Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Head of Research. Prior to working in Financial Services he worked in the mining industry for 8 years.


Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Cartica


Ms. Barger co-founded Cartica in 2007, an alternative asset manager dedicated to emerging market investments. Previously, she spent 21 years at the International Finance Corporation investing in EM companies throughout the world. At IFC, among other positions, she was Division Manager for Africa, Deputy Director of Credit/Investment Review, and Director of Private Equity and Investment Funds. In that post, she created the first index for EM private equity and cofounded the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA). She also created the innovative Gemloc bond fund index, and market development program for local currency bonds. Before joining IFC, Ms. Barger was with McKinsey & Company. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of EMPEA, American University in Cairo, Gazelle Finance (an SME fund for Eurasia), and Center for Faith and the Common Good. She also serves on the Advisory Councils for the Pacific Pension and Investment Institute and the Global Corporate Governance Forum.


Global Head of Currency Strategy, Brown Brothers Harriman


Marc Chandler has more than 20 years of experience analyzing the foreign exchange market. Prior to joining Brown Brothers Harriman in 2005, he was the chief currency strategist for HSBC Bank USA and Mellon Bank.
Mr. Chandler is a prolific writer whose essays have been published in the Financial Times, Barron's, Euromoney, Corporate Finance, and Foreign Affairs. His analysis blog, www.marctomarket is widely read. His first book, Making Sense of the Dollar: Exposing Dangerous Myths about Trade and Foreign Exchange, published in 2009, won a Bronze Award from Independent Publishers. His second book, Political Economy of Tomorrow, was published this past February.
He has taught classes on International Political Economy at New York University since the early 1990s and is a Visiting Executive Lecturer at Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at University of Virginia.


Political Strategist and CNN Political Commentator

Stephanie Cutter is the former deputy campaign manager for Obama 2012 and former White House deputy senior advisor to President Obama. Called "one of the most prominent voices in the [Democratic] party, and one of its top strategists and crisis managers" by POLITICO, her political and communications experience spans two decades in both the public and private sectors.
GQ named her one of the "50 Most Powerful People in Washington." She is a frequent face on CNN as a political commentator and a former Crossfire co-host. Previously, she served as an adviser to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner and Senators Harry Reid, John Kerry and Edward Kennedy. From 1994-2001, she also held several positions in the Clinton Administration including White House deputy communications director.
Ms. Cutter is a founding partner of Precision Strategies, a communications, digital and data targeting consulting firm in Washington and New York City. She sits on the boards of Organizing for Action, the University of Chicago Institute of Politics, and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.


Professor of Economics, Tsinghua University

David Daokui Li is the Mansfield Freeman Chair Professor of the Department of Finance of the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University and the director of Center for China in the World Economy at the School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University. He is active in policymaking as a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the People's Bank of China, a delegate to the Beijing People's Congress and a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Committee. In addition, he is a member of the Global Agenda Councils and a Rapporteur of the International Financial Institutions Reform Cluster of the Global Redesign Initiative of the World Economic Forum. In 2006, he was chosen by Wall Street Wire as a top ten most influential economist in China. David Li obtained his Phd from Harvard University and in 1997-98 was a National Fellow of Hoover Institution at Stanford University. He also has been on the faculty of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the University of Michigan. In 2013, he presented at the Federal Reserve's prestigious Jackson Hole conference and he has published extensively in prestigious journals in the West and in China.


Founder and CEO, EM Leaders LLC


Oliver Fratzscher has considerable public and private sector experience in capital markets and advising institutional investors, with a particular focus on emerging markets.
He served as the Chief Economist, Executive Vice President, and Member of Executive Committee at Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec, where he developed investment strategies for emerging markets, and contributed on the Sovereign Wealth Funds Advisory Board. Previously, he served as an Executive Officer at the ABN AMRO Bank, Deutsche Bank, the International Monetary Fund and Poland Council of Ministers.
For 10 years, he served as a Manager of World Bank's Global Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond Program. Oliver also serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Vet Venture Capital Inc. and is a member of the BCA Research Advisory Board.


VP Science and Solutions, IBM Research

As Vice President of Science and Solutions of IBM Research, Dario Gil directs a global organization of around 1,500 researchers across 11 laboratories. He has direct responsibility for IBM's science agenda, with a broad portfolio of activities spanning the physical sciences, the mathematical sciences, healthcare, and the life sciences. He also is responsible for IBM's cognitive solutions research agenda. Prior to his current position, Mr. Gil was the Director of Symbiotic Cognitive System and during his tenure he was responsible for the design and creation of three pioneering laboratories and experiential centers: the Cognitive Environments Laboratory, the IBM Research THINK Lab and the IBM Watson Experience Center.
His research has appeared in over 20 international journals and conferen
ces and he is the author of numerous patents. Mr. Gil is a member of the Future Trends Forum, the Industrial Advisory Group of the Institute of Photonic Sciences, and an elected member of the IBM Academy of Technology.


Director, Center for European Reform


Charles Grant helped to found the Centre for European Reform in 1996 and he left the Economist in early 1998 to become the CER's first director. He is the author of numerous CER publications, including "Russia, China and Global Governance" (2012) and "How to Build a Modern European Union" (2013). Among other subjects, he works on EU foreign and defense policy, Russia, China, the euro, and Britain’s relationship with the EU. Prior to joining the Economist in 1986, he worked at Euromoney. Mr. Grant was a director and trustee of the British Council from 2002 to 2008, and is a member of the international advisory boards of the Moscow School of Civic Education, the Turkish think-tank EDAM and the French think-tank Terra Nova. During his career he has received several distinguished awards for his contributions to policymaking. His biography of Commission President Jacques Delors (Delors: Inside the House that Jacques Built) was published in 1994.


Chair of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Singularity University


Neil Jacobstein has 25 years of AI system building and technical R&D consulting experience with a long list of industrial and governmental partners. He has worked with NASA, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, National Science Foundation, NIH, EPA, DOE, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Air Force, GM, Ford, Boeing, Applied Materials, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and more. He was also CEO of Teknowledge Corporation, where he worked on AI applications systems for industry and government. Since 1992, he has served as Chairman of the Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, a 501c3 nanotechnology R&D organization focused on the development of atomically precise robotics. He was appointed in 2016 to the Founding Editorial Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Science Robotics journal. He is a distinguished visiting scholar in the Stanford University Media X Program, where his research focuses on augmented decision systems and is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute.


President and CEO of Lewandowski Strategic Advisors, Contributor to The Hill, Fellow at Harvard University  

Corey Lewandowski joined Donald J. Trump, Inc. for President in January of 2015 and served as Campaign Manager through June of 2016. After he left the Trump campaign, he was named a CNN political commentator, a role he filled through the end of 2016.
He is co-founder of Avenue Strategies, a consulting firm specializing in politics and government affairs. His political experience includes working for Republican Congressman Bob Ney and serving as campaign manager for the 2002 re-election campaign of Senator Robert Smith of New Hampshire. In addition, he worked for four years as a New Hampshire state police officer, leaving that post in 2010.


Senior VP, Director of Studies and Maurice R. Greenberg Chair at the Council on Foreign Relations


James Lindsay oversees the work of the more than six dozen fellows in CFR's David Rockefeller Studies Program. He is a leading authority on the American foreign-policymaking process and the domestic politics of American foreign policy.
He has been a member of the faculty at the University of Iowa and at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. He has also served as deputy director and senior fellow in the foreign policy studies program at the Brookings Institution, and was director for global issues and multilateral affairs on the staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.
He has written widely on various aspects of American foreign policy, American government, and international relations. His book with Ivo H. Daalder, America Unbound: The Bush Revolution in Foreign Policy, was awarded the 2003 Lionel Gelber Prize. His blog, The Water's Edge, can be found at http://blogs.cfr.org/lindsay/.


Chief Foreign Affairs Commentator, Financial Times

In his FT role, Gideon Rachman translates his extensive travels and access to world leaders into an insider's view of global events. He writes a weekly column on international politics as well as feature articles and has reported for the FT from all over the world.
Before joining the FT in 2006, he worked for The Economist for 15 years in a range of jobs, including as a foreign correspondent in Brussels, Bangkok and Washington and as business editor. Mr. Rachman's new book, Easternisation: War and Peace in the Asian Century concentrates on how the growing wealth of Asia nations is transforming the international balance of power. His previous book Zero-Sum World, about the future of international relations was published in the UK in late 2010. He received the 2016 Orwell Prize for journalism, Britian's most prestigious prize for political writing and the 2016 European Press Prize: Commentator Award.
He was named as foreign-affairs commentator of the year in the UK Comment Awards for 2010. He has also written for numerous other publications, including Foreign Policy, National Interest, The Washington Quarterly and Prospect magazines. He is a regular broadcaster for, amongst others, the BBC, CNN and NPR.


Chief Economist, Standish Mellon Asset Management Company

Vincent Reinhart has enjoyed an extremely distinguished career as an economist in the private sector and in the Federal Reserve.
Prior to joining Standish Mellon, he was Chief U.S. Economist and managing director at Morgan Stanley and a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. Before that, Mr. Reinhart worked at the Federal Reserve for 24 years, most recently as Director of the Division of Monetary Affairs, and Secretary and Economist of the Federal Open Market Committee, two of the most senior staff positions in the organization.
His responsibilities included directing research and analysis of monetary policy strategies, providing policy advice, and drafting FOMC communications. He has written numerous academic papers on a variety of topics, including the conduct of unconventional monetary policy, debt and growth, and the management of international capital flows.


Global Head of Research, the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority


Mr. Rühl joined ADIA in 2014 and is responsible for creating and leading a global research function to provide economic, geopolitical and energy market analysis to the fund.
He has a distinguished track record as an economist in academia, policy making and business. From 2005 to 2014 he was Group Chief Economist and Vice President of BP plc. He served at the World Bank (1998-2005) as the Bank's Chief Economist in Russia and in Brazil. From 1996-98 he held the position of Principle Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in London.
He began his career as an academic economist, first in Germany, and from 1991 as Professor of Economics at the University of California in Los Angeles.


Principal, Frost Consulting


Neil Scarth has held a wide range of roles in asset management and investment banking over the last 25 years, in both Europe and North America, ranging from running equities businesses at global banks to launching and managing all aspects of varying asset management products. He is a prominent speaker and writer on global, multi-asset class institutional research topics. Mr. Scarth was appointed to the Institute of Management Accountant's Research Review Advisory Panel and was sponsored by the CFA to write a White Paper on the Valuation of Equity Research to help the industry meet U.K. regulatory requirements.


Economic Consultant and Professor, University of Tübingen


Mr. Stark was a member of the Executive Board and the Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) from 2006-2011, and served as the bank's Chief Economist. Before joining the ECB, he was Vice-President of the Deutsche Bundesbank, where he held responsibility for European and International Affairs.
Prior to that, he served as State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Finance, as Personal Representative of the Federal Chancellor in the preparation of G7/G8 Economic Summits, and held other government position related to national and international monetary and financial issues.
His publications include many articles and papers in professional journals on public finances, European monetary integration, institution building and the global financial system.


Former Chief Investment Officer, Janus Fixed Income


Gibson Smith has extensive experience in managing fixed-income portfolios. As CIO of Fixed Income at Janus, he served as portfolio manager on most of the firm’s fixed income strategies and funds, including the balanced, total return, core plus, short duration, high yield, real return, global and liability-driven strategies. Mr. Gibson was credited with building the firm’s fundamental fixed-income assets to more than $37 billion and the business received multiple awards for strong performance and exceptional risk-adjusted returns. He joined Janus in 2001 after spending the first 10 years of his career at Morgan Stanley. Mr. Smith also is actively engaged with the University of Colorado: he chairs the Burridge Center for Finance at the Leeds Business School, sits on the University of Colorado Foundation Trustee Board and the Investment Advisory Committee for the University of Colorado Treasury.


Partner & Portfolio Manager, PWP Global Macro


Maria Vassalou joined Perella Weinberg Partners from MIO Partners, a subsidiary of McKinsey & Company, where she was head of asset allocation, and managed a similar global macro investment strategy. Previously, she was a global macro portfolio manager at SAC Capital Advisors, and a LP. She responsible for global quantitative research at Soros Fund management. Prior to her career in asset management, Ms. Vassalou was an Associate Professor of Finance at Columbia Business School. She also was a past President of the European Finance Association, a Research Affiliate of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London, and a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Vienna-based Guttmann Center of Competence in Portfolio Management.

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