Keynotes

Lee S. Ainslie III

Lee S. Ainslie III

Managing Partner
Maverick Capital

Before founding Maverick in 1993, Mr. Ainslie was a Managing Director of Tiger Management. Mr. Ainslie serves on the boards of the Robin Hood Foundation, the New York-Presbyterian Hospital, the University of Virginia’s Jefferson Scholars Foundation, the Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and on the Executive Committee of the Partnership for New York City. Mr. Ainslie received a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia (Westmoreland Davis Scholar and Thomas Pinckney Bryan Jr. Scholar) and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina (Beta Gamma Sigma). Mr. Ainslie and his wife, Elizabeth, have two sons.

Dr. Lawrence Kochard

Dr. Lawrence Kochard

CEO & CIO
UVIMCO

Lawrence Kochard is the Chief Executive Officer / Chief Investment Officer of UVIMCO. As Chief Executive Officer, Larry provides leadership for all aspects of UVIMCO’s operations and serves as UVIMCO’s primary representative to the University, related foundations and the public. As Chief Investment Officer, Larry is responsible for the investment management of UVIMCO’s Long Term Pool, overseeing the asset allocation, portfolio management, risk management and manager selection activities of the investment staff. Prior to joining UVIMCO, Larry served as Chief Investment Officer at Georgetown University. From 2001-2004, he was Managing Director of Equity and Hedge Fund Investments for the Virginia Retirement System. From 1997 to 2004, he taught in the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, first as an adjunct and later full time as an assistant professor. Larry received his BA in Economics from the College of William & Mary, an MBA from the University of Rochester, and an MA and PhD in Economics from the University of Virginia. He is a CFA charter holder.

Prof. Myron Scholes

Prof. Myron Scholes

Stanford School of Business and
Nobel Laureate in Economics

Myron Scholes is the Frank E. Buck Professor of Finance, Emeritus, at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences, and co-originator of the Black-Scholes options pricing model. Scholes was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1997 for his new method of determining the value of derivatives. Scholes is currently the Chairman of the Board of Economic Advisers of Stamos Partners. Previously he served as the Chairman of Platinum Grove Asset Management and on the Dimensional Fund Advisors Board of Directors, American Century Mutual Fund Board of Directors and the Cutwater Advisory Board. He was a principal and Limited Partner at Long-Term Capital Management, L.P. and a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers. Other positions Scholes held include the Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago, Senior Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Director of the Center for Research in Security Prices, and Professor of Finance at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Scholes earned his PhD at the University of Chicago.

Prof. Eli Talmor

Prof. Eli Talmor

London Business School
Founder, Coller Institute of PE

Eli Talmor is professor at London Business School and founder of its Institute of Private Equity. He served on the board of Governors of London Business School and the advisory board of the African Venture Capital Association. He practices venture capital and is a serial cornerstone investor notably a turnaround of a NASDAQ enterprise software company driving the share price from $3.25 to $52 when sold to BMC Software for $700 million and co-founded SunRay Renewable Energy which was acquired for nearly $300 million. Professor Talmor has been frequently invited to deliver keynote speeches to business executives worldwide and interviews to international television networks and newspapers on timely private equity matters. He was asked by the UK Parliament to provide a leading testimony at its high-profile hearings on private equity and to advise the UK Prime Minister office. Professor Talmor was previously a professor of finance at the University of California (UCLA and Irvine), Tel Aviv University and the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.Sc. (Cum Laude) from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Ash Williams

Ash Williams

Executive Director & CIO
Florida State Board of Administration

Ash Williams is the Executive Director & CIO of the Florida State Board of Administration (SBA). Among the over $170 billion in assets under management are those of the Florida Retirement System (FRS) Trust Fund. The FRS is the fifth largest public pension fund in the United States. Prior to joining the SBA, Ash was a Managing Director at Fir Tree Partners and previously was President and CEO of Schroder Capital Management, both headquartered in New York City. He has extensive experience with both the SBA and Florida government, having previously served as Executive Director of the SBA from 1991 to 1996 and in senior management positions in Florida’s executive and legislative branches. He serves as a Trustee of the Florida State University Foundation, an advisory board member of the Robert Toigo Foundation, and a board member of the Economic Club of Florida. He is an Episcopal lay minister. Ash holds both BS and MBA degrees from Florida State University (FSU) and completed post graduate programs at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Patricia Miller Zollar

Patricia Miller Zollar

Head, Northbound Emerging Managers PE Fund
Neuberger Berman

Patricia Miller Zollar is a Managing Director of Neuberger Berman and a Partner within Neuberger Berman Alternatives. Within the alternatives business, she is responsible for managing a bespoke Co-Investment Separate Account and leading the NorthBound Emerging Managers Private Equity Fund, a private equity fund which invests in private equity partnership interests and co-investments. She is also a member of the Co-Investment, Private Investment Portfolios, and NorthBound Investment Committees. Before the management buyout of Neuberger, Ms. Zollar co-headed and co-founded the Lehman Brothers Partnership Solutions Group (“PSG”), a Wall Street business focused on developing strategic opportunities with women- and minority-owned financial services firms. The innovation of the Partnership Solutions Group was chronicled in a case study for the Harvard Business School. Before rejoining Lehman Brothers in 2004, Ms. Zollar was a vice president in the Asset Management Division of Goldman Sachs. Ms. Zollar began her career as a Certified Public Accountant in the Audit Division of Deloitte & Touche. She received her MBA from Harvard Business School and her B.S., with highest distinction, from North Carolina A&T State University, where she formerly served as Chairperson of the Board of Trustees and is the recipient of an honorary Doctorate degree. Ms. Zollar is a member of the Executive Leadership Council and serves on the executive board of the National Association of Investment Companies and The Apollo Theater.