Panel Discussion A: Diversifying Strategies – Hill South

Thursday, March 28, 1:30 PM

Volatile market conditions driven by a myriad of factors including some signs of a slowdown in global growth, domestic policy, technology disruption, and geopolitical instability, pose significant challenges to traditional investment strategies. Managers are evolving in the face of market pressures to diversify their product base, increase asset stability and develop customized solutions to meet client needs. In some cases, this has included a move into closed-end / longer lock-up strategies. Join our panel as they explore these issues, and potential solutions, from both the investor and manager perspectives.


Christian Lundblad

Professor of Finance, UNC Chapel Hill

Michael Buckius

CIO, Gateway Investment Advisers - Natixis

Chad Cleaver

Portfolio Manager, Driehaus Capital Management

Justin Lenarcic

Global Alternative Investment Strategist, Wells Fargo

Ryan Roderick

Partner, Partner Fund Management

Panel Discussion B: Responsible Investing – Hill Central

Thursday, March 28, 1:30 PM

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) is a generic term used to describe the non-financial performance and risk factors that allow investors to evaluate corporate behavior and the impact of these factors on public and private markets investments. Responsible investing spans a range of objectives with one end of the spectrum focusing on maximizing risk-adjusted returns “Socially Responsible Investing” to the other end, “Impact Investing” which prioritizes ethical considerations linked to a social outcome. This panel will explore a range of topics related to pension and endowment fund adoption of ESG investing programs.


Meredith Jones

Partner, Aon Hewitt

Bret Batchelder

Managing Director, Cherokee

Dan Jacobs

Principal, CD&R

Christopher Walker

Principal, HarbourVest

Roundtable Discussion: Private Equity (Buyout) – Hill North

Thursday, March 28, 1:30 PM

Private equity returns have exceeded public market equity returns over a long horizon. However large capital inflows, rising rates, high valuations and policy uncertainty pose significant challenges looking forward. What techniques or factors are being developed to preserve private equity outperformance? From a new investments perspective, what opportunities are most actionable today? Against this background, our panel will discuss the implications for long-term investment strategies, aiming to develop appropriate tactical responses for portfolio allocators.


Peter Witte

Private Equity Strategic Analyst, Ernst & Young

Peter Bosman

Partner, Smith Anderson

Pete Keliuotis

EVP & Head of Alternatives, Callan

Ed McMahan

Managing Partner, Falfurrias Capital Partners

Davis Noell

Managing Director, Providence Equity

Sheryl Schwartz

Managing Director, Flexstone Partners

Ferdinand Seibert

Managing Director, Zurich Asset Management

John Stott

Managing Director, Landmark Partners

Rudy Stucke

Director Quantitative Research, Warburg Pincus

Panel Discussion A: Private Credit – Hill South

Thursday, March 28, 2:45 PM

Allocations to private credit have exploded over the last decade as investors seeking attractive current yield, low correlation, and expectations for liquidity premiums were matched with managers originating loans in the middle market. As late-stage cycle dynamics begin to manifest, what risks and opportunities exist today in private credit that could impact asset class performance during the next several years?


Sylvia Owens

Global Private Credit Strategist, Aksia

Michael Becker

Co-Founder, Plexus Capital

Jason Cunningham

Founder, Eaglehill Advisors

Tarik Dalton

Founder, Price Cameron Woods

Ashwin Krishnan

Co-Portfolio Manager, Morgan Stanley Credit Partners

Eric Muller

Portfolio Manager and Partner, Oak Hill Advisors

Panel Discussion B: Due Diligence – Hill Central

Thursday, March 28, 2:45 PM

Manager selection remains one of the most important criteria for outperformance. As technology plays an increasing role, what strategies, tools and approaches have proven most effective at advancing the effort to deliver outperformance through manager selection? Join our session to review some of the best practices that have proven effective at manager selection.


Kristen Doyle

Partner, Aon Hewitt

Tom Keck

Partner, Stepstone

Andrew Palmer

CIO, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System

Julia Wittlin

Managing Director, BlackRock Private Equity

Roundtable Discussion: Real Assets – Hill North

Thursday, March 28, 2:45 PM

Allocations to real asset investments – including real estate, natural resources, agriculture and infrastructure, among others- have been increasing as investors sought attractive total returns over the long term, while maximizing the potential for real returns in periods of rising inflation. But the market is sending uncertain signals about potential inflation. Additional risks such as political uncertainty, housing affordability, technology disruption and climate change all pose threats and potential opportunities to a diversified portfolio. Join our roundtable to review strategies for positioning institutional investor portfolios using real assets.


Mike Brand

Managing Director, Cambridge Associates

Trey Dempsey

Partner, SilverCap Partners

Miguel Gonzalo

Partner & Head of Investment Strategies, Adams Street Partners

Tom Heneghan

CEO, Equity International

Hadley Peer Marshall

MD-Infrastructure, Brookfield Asset Management

Charlie McNairy

CEO, International Farming Corporation

Panel Discussion A: Venture Capital – Hill South

Thursday, March 28, 4:00 PM

2018 was another record year for VC investing worldwide on both a deal and dollar volume basis. While the pace of deal-making accelerated, so did the size, with more $100mm round financings than any year on record. Additionally, the pace of earlier stage investing has grown as well. Emerging technologies and other sector-specific disruptors continue to drive investment dollars, albeit in an environment many would describe as late-cycle—peak valuations, later exits and aggregation of capital amongst fewer participants (including corporate VCs). Join our session to review emerging themes for VC investing in 2019.


Peter Cornelius

Managing Director, AlpInvest Partners

Kevin Tunick

Vice President & Managing Director, UNCMC

David Mannheim

Partner, Nelson Mullins

David Jones

Co-Founder, Bull City Venture Partners

Barry Gonder

Senior Advisor, Grove Street

Panel Discussion B: Driving Diversity in Alternatives – Hill Central

Thursday, March 28, 4:00 PM

Increasingly, data-driven discussions continue to support that diversity within the alternatives industry delivers returns on investment. However, current statistics on diversity within alternatives reveal a substantial gap persists. The panel will discuss the overall findings, current strategies and best practices for integrating diversity across the alternatives industry.


Melissa Waller

Director of Public & Private Partnerships, Kenan Institute

Cindy Esparragoza

Program Manager, Girls Who Invest

Kara Helander

CDO, The Carlyle Group

Bryan Lewis

CIO, Pennsylvania State Employees’ Retirement System

Roundtable Discussion: CIO Discussion – Hill North

Thursday, March 28, 4:00 PM

With late-cycle indications on the horizon, how have the key risks and opportunities across sectors impacted asset allocation decision making? What key concerns are most frequently voiced from their constituents regarding portfolio investment strategy and performance? Join our roundtable of leading US CIO’s to discuss the key themes that are driving investment decisions across the portfolio.


Mike Elio

Partner, StepStone

Brad Briner

CIO, Willett Advisors

Jonathan King

CIO, UNC Management Company

Andrew Palmer

CIO, Maryland State Retirement and Pension System

Neal Triplett

President and CEO, DUMAC


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