MFA Forum 2023 - Agenda

June 20, 2023
Chicago, IL


Day 1: Tuesday, June 20, 2023

8:00 - 8:45am

Registration and Breakfast

8:45 - 9:00 am

Opening Remarks


Bryan Corbett, President and Chief Executive Officer, Managed Funds Association

9:00 - 9:15am

Preqin Q&A


Cameron Joyce, Senior Vice President, Head of Private Equity, Research Insights, Preqin 

Moderated by

Noah Theran, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Head of Global External Affairs, Managed Funds Association

9:15 - 9:50am

1H 2023 Post-Mortem: Markets Under Pressure and the Future of Asset Classes


Pablo E. Calderini, President and Chief Investment Officer, Graham Capital

Jason Josephiac, Senior Vice President, Research Consultant, Meketa Investment Group

Tam McVieabrdn

Chaney SheffieldInvestment Partner, Canyon Partners

Moderated by

Jan-Paul Bruynes, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

9:50 - 10:20am

Keynote: Fireside Chat with John Butler


John Butler,  Partner & Head of Macro Research, Wellington Management

Moderated by

Reginald G. Sanders, Managing Director, Absolute Return & Fixed Income, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

10:20 - 10:55am

Don’t Fight the Fed: Are High Interest Rates Here to Stay?


David Deddouche, Macro Strategist, Alpstone Capital

David Ross, Senior Managing Director & Head of Capital Markets Group, OPTrust

Matthew Rutherford, Principal, Bracebridge Capital, LLC

Moderated by

Saul Farber, Director, Prime Brokerage Sales and Origination, Citi

10:55 - 11:15am

Networking Break

11:15 - 11:50am

Navigating Today’s Credit Market and the Pursuit for Liquidity


Catherine Beard, Senior Vice President, Alternatives Consulting, Callan LLC

Daniel Ehrmann, Partner, Head of Restructuring, King Street Capital Management

Justin W. Slatky, Chief Investment Officer, Shenkman Capital Management

Jay Ramakrishnan, Managing Director, Head of Originations, AB Private Credit Investors

Moderated by

Leonora M. Shalet, Partner, Schulte, Roth & Zabel LLP

11:50 - 12:20pm

Keynote: Fireside Chat with Peter Kraus


Peter Kraus, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Aperture Investors

Moderated by

Joel Hinkhouse, Director, External Public Markets, Teacher Retirement System of Texas

12:20 - 1:05pm

Networking Lunch

1:05 - 1:35pm

Fireside Chat with Jennifer Cafarella


Jennifer Cafarella, Director of Strategic Initiatives & National Security Fellow, Institute for the Study of War

Moderated by

David Zirin, Chief Operating Officer, Pentwater Capital Management LP

1:35 - 2:10pm

Assessing Geopolitical Risk and China Exposure: Is the Region Investable?


Diana Amoa, Chief Investment Officer, Long Biased Strategies, Kirkoswald Asset Management

Sean Cumiskey, Partner & Co-Chief Operating Officer, Yiheng Capital

Andrew Palmer, Chief Investment Officer, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System

Moderated by

Amy Waldron, Client Executive, Northern Trust

2:10 - 2:45pm

Portfolio Stress Testing: Getting Creative with Alpha


Ryan Abrams, Managing Director, Return-Seeking Investments, Constellation Energy Pension

Peter van Dooijeweert, Managing Director, Head of Multi-Asset Solutions, Man Group

Jeff Park Head of Alpha Strategies and Portfolio Manager, Bitwise Asset Management 

Moderated by

Thomas Benevento, Head of Product for RiskSmart X, TS Imagine

2:45 - 3:05pm

Networking Break

3:05 - 3:45pm

Can Ai Beat the Market?


Colman Madden, Head of Customer Engineering, Hedge Funds, Google Cloud

Jackie Rosner, Managing Director, PAAMCO Prisma

Ben Wellington, Managing Director, Quantitative Researcher, Two Sigma

Moderated by

Tessie Shih, Director, Capital Fund Management

3:40 - 4:15pm

Global Growth Strategies and Raising International Capital


Savina Boyadjieva, Head of Investor Relations, Viking Global Investors

Jean-François Tormo CAIA, Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of Global Portfolio Solutions – U.S., Lyxor Asset Management

Tracy Fong, Partner and Head of Venture Capital/Crypto Investment Due Diligence, Albourne Partners

Moderated by

Nora Richardson, Vice President, Membership & Investor Services, Managed Funds Association

4:15 - 4:50pm

Ask Me Anything Allocator Panel


Paul Kreiselmaier, Head of Hedge Funds, Verus Investments

Anthony Novara, Partner, Research Director – Marketable Alternatives & Capital Markets, Fiducient Advisors

Darrel Pfeifauf, Vice President, Hedge Funds & Risk, Advocate Aurora Health

Alissa Shipper, Managing Director, Public Markets,  Bayshore Global Management

Moderated by

Roark Stahler, US Head of Strategic Consulting, Barclays


Closing Remarks & Networking Reception


Registration for this event is by invitation only. To request an invitation, please email