Lord Mervyn King

Keynote Speaker
Former Governor of the Bank of England

Lord Mervyn King (Lord King of Lothbury, KG, GBE, FBA) is currently a professor of Economics and Law at New York University and School Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. As a distinguished figure who has shaped public discourse over the last 30 years, Lord King offers a unique depth to the economic challenges that face the new world economy. Regarded as one of the world’s most respected and significant leaders in central banking, Lord Mervyn King served as the Governor of the Bank of England between 2003 and 2013, where he was Chairman of its Monetary Policy Committee and of the group of major central banks at the BIS (formerly the G-10 Governors). He spent 22 years at the Bank where he also served as deputy governor, chief economist and executive and non-executive director.

Suchad Chiaranussati

Founder, SC Capital

Mr. Chiaranussati founded SC Capital Partners in 2004, under which the Real Estate Capital Asia Partners (RECAP) funds were borne. RECAP is a series of Opportunistic Pan-Asian real estate private equity funds. RECAP I, II, III and IV have a successful 11-year track record and $2.2 billion in invested capital. RECAP IV had a final close of $850mm in December 2014 after three months of being in the market. Before SC Capital Partners, Mr. Chiaranussati opened Westbrook Real Estate Partners' Asia office in Singapore in 1999 and served as Managing Director.

Before this, Mr. Chiaranussati spent seven years at J.P. Morgan in the Proprietary Investment and Investment Banking Groups, focusing on real estate and financial institutions. Prior to that, Mr. Chiaranussati worked with Temasek Holdings and the Central Bank of Thailand.

Mr. Chiaranussati received an Honors Degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters of Science in Management Science from Imperial College in London.

Norman Cumming

Investment Committee Member
Clare College Cambridge Endowment

Norman Cumming is a member of the investment committee of Clare College Cambridge, and led the college’s initiative to borrow-to-invest in global equities in 2008.  He is a trustee, and chairman of the investment committee, of UnLtd, the UK Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.  He also runs CR Global, a global macro hedge fund that he founded in 2006.  Before that, he worked at HM Treasury; at Shell International; and at Brinson Partners and its successor organizations, ultimately UBS Global Asset Management (where he became Head of Fixed Income).

Elroy Dimson, Ph.D.

Chairman of Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management at Cambridge University

Emeritus Professor of Finance, LBS

Professor Elroy Dimson chairs the Newton Centre for Endowment Asset Management at Cambridge Judge Business School and is a Director of FTSE International. He is Emeritus Professor of Finance at London Business School, and serves on the Steering Committee of the Financial Economists’ Roundtable and on the Advisory Council of Financial Analysts Journal. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and an Honorary Fellow of CFA UK and of the Institute of Actuaries. His PhD is from London Business School.

Chris Hitchen

Railways Pension Trustee Company

Chris is the CEO of the Railways Pension Trustee Company and its operating subsidiaries, RPMI and Railpen Investments.

He participated as an Advisory Board member in Professor John Kay's 2012 review of short-termism in the UK stock market and now sits on the Board of the Investor Forum, which came about as a result of this review. He is also a Director of the Pensions Quality Mark, which promotes higher standards in DC pension schemes. From 2010-2015 Chris was a Trustee Member of NEST, the UK-wide DC scheme, and is a former Chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds.

Chris is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, with over 25 years' experience in pensions and investments.

Donough Kilmurray

Managing Director, Goldman Sachs

Donough leads the Investment Strategy Group of Goldman Sachs in London.  He is responsible for advising Private Wealth Management clients across EMEA and Asia on portfolio strategy. Donough joined Goldman Sachs in 2000, working on investment research and strategy for US private clients in the New York office. He was named managing director in 2008.

Donough earned a PhD in Mathematics and an MS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2000. He graduated from University College Dublin with an MSc in Mathematics in 1993.


James Mackintosh

Senior columnist, Markets, The Wall Street Journal

James Mackintosh joined the WSJ in 2016, after almost 20 years at the Financial Times, most recently as Investment Editor and writer of the Short View column.

He is a graduate of St Catherine's College, Oxford, where he gained a first-class degree in Philosophy and Psychology. He spent two further years at the university in postgraduate study of philosophy before entering the real world.


Tim Nuding, CFA

Managing Partner, Prosperity Capital Services LLP

Tim Nuding is the Managing Partner of Prosperity Capital Services LLP, a firm which provides financial research and consulting services.  Tim is also is the Director of Sail Limited, a General Partner responsible for foreign exchange risk management services to its Limited Partners.  In addition, he manages a US family’s investment portfolios.  Tim formerly managed international banking, trading and asset management businesses for Citibank and Dresdner Bank in the UK and Japan.  A US citizen, he was born and raised in Japan and has spent many years of his career in London, as well as in Tokyo and New York.  He holds a CFA charter from the CFA Institute and a B.A. from Swarthmore College.  Tim is an active volunteer in the CFA Society of the UK and the CFA Institute in the US. 


Robert W. Jenkins

Adjunct Professor of Finance
London Business School and Chairman of AQR Asset Management Institute

Robert is a former banker, fund manager and policymaker. He is currently a professor,board director and public policy advocate. At London Business School, he teaches investment management and chairs the AQR Asset Management Institute.

He was a senior executive at CitiGroup where he ran the bank’s trading and sales activities in Dubai, Bahrain, Switzerland and Japan. During a stint at Head Office he was responsible for setting trading and liquidity limits for Citibank’s dealing rooms globally. He followed these 16 years on the ’sell side’ with a further 18 years on the ’buy side’. He headed Credit Suisse’s asset management activities in Japan, was co-head of Credit Suisse Asset Management (UK and Central Europe) and then led F&C Asset Management – first as CEO,then later as Chairman. Prior to his appointment to the Bank of England, he served as CEO and Managing Partnerof Combinatorics Capital, a NY-based hedge fund.

Robert chaired the Investment Management Association of the UK, co-chaired the Chancellor’s task force on the ‘Future of the UK Investment Industry’ and served on the UK’s Takeover Panel. From 2011-2013 he served as a founding member of the Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England. He is a Governor of the CFA Institute and a Senior Fellow at Better Markets.

Daniel Phillipson, CFA

Head of Product Management, EMEA


Mr. Phillipson is an executive vice president in the Munich office and head of product management in EMEA. He is responsible for asset allocation strategies in Europe. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2002, he worked in strategy consulting, where he was active primarily in the private equity sector. He has 15 years of investment experience and holds an Honours Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business (Canada). He also completed an exchange program in the Master of International Management program at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).


Lasse H. Pedersen, Ph.D.

Principal, AQR

Lasse is a Principal on AQR’s Global Asset Allocation team, leading research on proprietary quantitative forecasting models to identify opportunities in equities, fixed income, currencies and commodities. He is also a finance professor at Copenhagen Business School and New York University’s Stern School of Business. He has served on the board of the American Finance Association, the Economic Advisory Boards of NASDAQ OMX and FTSE, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Monetary Policy Panel. Lasse has been awarded the Bernácer Prize for the best European economist under 40 and an Elite Research Prize, the Danish government’s most prestigious scientific honor. His research has been published in leading journals and cited by central bank governors. Lasse has served on the editorial boards of several journals, including The Journal of Finance, and as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He earned a B.S. and an M.S. in mathematics-economics from the University of Copenhagen and a Ph.D. in finance from Stanford University.


Yusuf Samad

Principal - Alternatives
Pensions Protection Fund

Yusuf is Principal - Alternatives at the Pension Protection Fund responsible for managing investments in alternatives including real estate, private equity and credit.

Before joining the PPF in 2012, Yusuf was a senior investment consultant with Aon Hewitt advising UK pension schemes.

Formerly a trustee and investment committee member of the Citibank (UK) Pension Scheme, Yusuf is presently a trustee of the Sodexo Pension Scheme. He also coordinated the activities of the Marathon Club, a group of trustees and senior executives promoting a long-term approach to investment.

Yusuf has over 25 years experience as a banker with Citibank. He was a Senior Credit Officer and Managing Director for relationship banking with the fund management sector in the UK and Europe and a corporate banker in Bahrain and Pakistan.

Yusuf is a Fellow of the Society of Investment Professionals, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA). He was Chairman of CFA UK and served on its board for 11 years. Yusuf holds an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the same university.

Myra Tabor

Founder and CEO, Cognis Capital


Myra is CEO of Cognis Capital, an independent alternative asset management company established in 2003. Cognis’s core strategies focus on event driven credit and distressed investing, employing both hedge fund and closed end vehicles. Credit strategies centre around stressed non-investment grade bonds where fundamental credit performance and credit events drive returns. Distressed strategies, illiquid in nature, range from wholesale corporate restructurings to secure ownership, through to investing in insolvent companies with returns dependant on future liquidation proceeds. She has sat on both bond and bank creditor committees across Europe and invested in credit and special situations European wide.

Previously Myra was seven years at Royal Bank of Scotland forming the RBS Special investments Group investing in credit, distressed debt and special situations. She sat on the Board of the Structured Finance division. Prior to RBS, Myra worked as an Advisor to the World Bank on a privatisation initiative in Zambia and as an Investment Manager with 3i in Australia. Myra’s professional formative years were spent in Corporate Finance division of Touche Ross. Myra received her MBA from the London Business School and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.