Patrick Holert, CFA, CAIA, is vice president and research principal for BBVA Securities, where he oversees research compliance in the US, and research operations in the US, Latin America, and Europe. In the past, Holert lived in Asia for many years and has served as an equities analyst for Nomura Securities in Thailand and Korea, an investment manager for a frontier private equity fund covering the Mekong region, and a consultant on projects in the Middle East, India, and across Southeast Asia. He specialized in finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and has a BA in economics and mathematics from Claremont McKenna College. Holert is serving as Chairman Emeritus of the Global Investing Committee at NYSSA, and is on the Board of Directors at NYSSA.
Thomas Brigandi is an associate analyst in the Global Project and Infrastructure Finance Group at Moody's, where he covers public power, power generation projects, toll-roads, airports, ports, project financings and public-private partnerships, across the Americas. Brigandi also serves on Moody's public pension task force. In the past, Brigandi worked at the US$150 billion NYC Pension Fund, where he focused on energy and natural resources and reported directly to the chief investment officer. Brigandi, the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) 2016 Benjamin Graham Distinguished Service Award recipient, 2015 Volunteer of the Year and 2013 Young Investment Professional Award recipient, has organized over 40 NYSSA conferences that were attended by +7,500 investment professionals, in addition to over 300 speakers who collectively and directly oversee +$12 trillion (~1/8 of total institutional AUM globally). While serving as the Director of Global Volunteers of the American Foundation for African Children's Education, Brigandi was the lead organizer of the NASDAQ Closing Bell Ceremony on September 23, 2011, hosted for the President of Sierra Leone. Brigandi has cultivated personal relationships with thousands of asset owner, buy-side & sell-side investment professionals globally and maintains over 7,500 connections on LinkedIn.
Deepika Sharma, CFA, is a Portfolio Manager/Analyst at Astor Investment Management, a $2bn asset management firm, where she co-manages the multi-asset portfolios and sector rotation fund and sits on the Investment Committee. She joined Astor in 2012 and overhauled the sector rotation fund, which is now rated five star and ranks in the top percentile in its category on Morningstar. Prior to that, she has worked at Roubini Global Economics in macro strategy and at Nomura (previously Lehman Brothers) as an Analyst on the EMEA Fixed Income desk. Deepika completed her Masters in International Finance at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and holds FINRA licenses 3 and 65.
Danye Wang is a Vice President and Relationship Manager with Institutional Client Business at BlackRock. She covers the firm's senior relationships with sovereign wealth funds, central banks, national pensions and supranationals across BlackRock's product spectrum; she also develops and maintains relationships with official institutions' representative offices in the US. Since 2013, Danye has led the development and execution of BlackRock Educational Academy, a multi-module "best-in-class" training program targeting top institutional investors across Asia Pacific, EMEA, Latin America and US/Canada. From 2009 - 2011, Danye also served on short-term assignments in Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. Danye earned a BA degree in economics from Yale University. Danye currently serves on the Committee of Asian Association of Alternative Investment Professionals, and the Committee of Women Initiative Network at BlackRock. Danye regularly speaks at conferences and programs hosted by Asian Financial Society, China Youth Development Program, as well as universities including Yale, Cornell and Columbia.