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Alan Bowser

Former Americas Region Co-Head and Chief Diversity Officer, Bridgewater Associates

Alan formerly serves as the Americas Region Co-Head and Chief Diversity Officer at Bridgewater Associates. Prior to this, Alan served as the senior advisor to the CEO and the Diversity and Inclusion leadership team. Most of Alan’s 25 years in the financial services industry has been dedicated to leading investment advisory teams serving institutions, family offices, and ultra-high net worth individuals in the US and Latin America. Prior to joining Bridgewater, he was Managing Director and Head of Investment Services at UBS Wealth Management Americas and, before that, Managing Director and Head of Client Solutions at the Citibank Private Bank. Alan's career spans 35 years and includes leadership roles in politics and non-profit management.

Alan is a Lifetime Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His volunteer work focuses on the communities and organizations that have impacted his life. He is Chairman of the Board for the Black Hedge Fund Professionals Network. He is also a former Governing Board Member for the Robert Toigo Foundation, served on the Boards of the New York Urban League and the University of Pennsylvania, and as Vice Chairman of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Ethics. In 2020, he was recognized as one of the top 100 “EMPower Ethnic Minority Executive Role Models.” Alan received his BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his M.Phil. in Politics from Oxford University.

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John D’Agostino

Senior Advisor, Coinbase Institutional; Lecturer, MIT and Columbia Universities

John D’Agostino serves as an independent director on several of the world’s largest asset managers, where he represents the interests of Limited Partners in a fiduciary capacity. Separately, John is a Senior Advisor to Coinbase. Prior, John was the US Managing Director for Waystone Governance, the world’s largest fund governance firm. There, John served on the global governance committee and served on the Board of Directors for several of the world’s largest asset managers, including several of the largest digital asset funds in the United States.

Previously, John was a Managing Director at KPMG Consulting, where he was part of the firm’s global leadership for the Finance and Hedge Fund consulting groups. While at KPMG, he provided operational and strategic advisory services across a variety of industries, including advising on the acquisition of the London Metals Exchange by the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

John served as Vice President and Head of Strategy for the New York Mercantile Exchange, where he helped transition the floor to electronic trading and was part of the leadership team building out the core systems to accommodate co-location, quant and HFT volumes. He also led the effort to develop the first Middle East energy derivatives exchange in partnership with the Dubai Government. This work and John’s role was chronicled as the subject of two NY Times bestselling books, Rigged by Ben Mezrich and The Start Up Of You by Reid Hoffman.

A cum laude graduate of Williams College, John received a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, after studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. John has adjunct lecturer positions at Instead, MIT and Columbia Universities, where he lectures in Fintech and Governance. In 2021, John was named Fellow of the AIF Institute Financial Innovation Center of Excellence. In 2019, John was named Chair of the UK Consulate’s Financial Services Working Group.

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Tim Jenkinson

Professor of Finance, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Prof. Tim Jenkinson is one of the leading authorities on private equity, IPOs, and institutional asset management. Tim is renowned for his ability to collect critical, previously inaccessible, data by building strong links with institutional investors, regulators and other players in the financial industry. His research is widely quoted and has been published in the top academic journals. Tim is Director of the Oxford Private Equity Institute and one of the founders of the Private Equity Research Consortium.

Tim is a renowned teacher and presenter, and teaches executive courses on private equity, entrepreneurial finance, and valuation. He is a frequent keynote speaker at practitioner conferences and his research has won many awards, including the 2016 Harry Markowitz Prize (from the Journal of Investment Management for his work on private equity), the 2015 Commonfund Prize (for the paper with the most relevance to institutional investors) and a 2014 Brattle Group Prize (awarded by the American Finance Association for the best research on corporate finance). He is also a Professorial Fellow at Keble College, University of Oxford and a Research Associate of the European Corporate Governance Institute. Tim’s published papers, and current working papers, are available at SSRN.

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Amy Wierenga

Chief Risk Officer, GCM Grosvenor

Amy serves as Chief Risk Officer at GCM Grosvenor, where she is responsible for risk management in support of the firm’s global alternatives investment activities.  Amy oversees risk underwriting on new investments as well as risk associated with portfolio construction, and contributes to a continued elevation of the firm’s overall risk analytics framework. She is a member of the firm’s investment committees, which approve investment activity across the hedge fund, credit, private equity, infrastructure and real estate strategies.

GCM Grosvenor is a global alternative investment firm with $73 billion in assets under management in hedge fund strategies, private equity, infrastructure, real estate, credit, and multi-asset class opportunistic investments. The firm has specialized in alternatives since 1971 and is dedicated to unlocking value for clients by leveraging its cross-asset class and flexible investment platform. GCM Grosvenor’s experienced team of approximately 500 professionals from diverse backgrounds serves a global client base of institutional and high net worth investors. The firm is headquartered in Chicago, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul.

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