Institutional Asset Management Thought Leadership Group

Chair: Leo Schmidt, CFA
Vice Chair: Alan Fields, CFA,CAIA, CPA
Vice Chair: Shankar Venkatraman, CFA
Vice Chair: Albert C. Yuen, CFA
Immediate Past Chair: Matt Noll, CFA

The Institutional Asset Management Thought Leadership Group brings together professionals engaged in the management, oversight, and/or advisement of institutional investments. Its diverse member base includes investment consultants, plan sponsors, insurance professionals, risk managers, derivative product specialists, and portfolio managers and analysts in a wide variety of asset classes. The group nurtures a rich exchange of ideas and information by connecting professionals who are broadly in the same field, but would not otherwise collaborate and network with one another.

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Leaders

Leo Schmidt, CFA, has been an institutional investor for over 20 years.  Most recently, he was a Senior Equity Analyst for the Chubb Corporation for 10 years where he was responsible for all analysis on a $2 billion 90 stock portfolio.  The Chubb equity portfolio had an outstanding record with over 200 basis points of outperformance versus the S&P 500 on a 10, 5, 3 and 1 year(s) basis.  Prior to the Chubb Corporation, he worked at Advent Capital Management where he was a Consumer Analyst for Convertibles Strategies, including Balanced and Arbitrage as well as long-short high yield.  He also worked as a Consumer analyst at a $20 billion Nuveen managed accounts fund.  He began his investing career at Reich & Tang Capital Management, focused mainly on pension plans and endowments, where he was a generalist.  He graduated from Columbia University, Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a double major in Economics and History. He earned an MBA from NYU with a double major in Accounting and Finance. He is married with one child and resides in Manhattan, NY.  He is currently starting up a new equity fund with Robert Witkoff, former Chief Investment Officer at Chubb.

Matthew Noll is the founder of IOn Capital Advisors, a credit and risk advisory services firm dedicated to meeting the needs of financial institution issuers and investors in financial services sector. Most recently, Matt covered the Americas’ financial institutions sectors for Fitch Ratings, working with rating teams to publish over 200 commentaries on banks, non-bank financials and insurers. As Morgan Stanley’s lead financial institutions credit rating advisor in the years following the financial crisis, Matt provided credit advisory services to over 100 issuers contemplating M&A, restructurings, balance sheet optimizations, term loan borrowings, and first-time bond issues. He provided significant consulting services to Kroll Bond Rating Agency in its effort to expand its coverage of bond insurers following Morgan Stanley. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Matt served as Moody’s Investors Service’s lead analyst in the bond insurance and asset management sectors between 2002 and 2010. Matt served in the U.S. Navy submarine force prior to earning his MBA at the NYU Stern School of Business. He holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from the University of Notre Dame. He obtained his CFA Charter in 2005. Matt served as the Chair of NYSSA’s 200+ member of the Institutional Asset Management Committee between January 2011 and January 2016. In 2015, he co-founded the Veterans Committee of NYSSA to promote the CFA program with transitioning veterans. He was among several recipients of NYSSA’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2014. He is married with three children, living in Larchmont, New York.

Alan Fields,CFA, CAIA, CPA, has over 20 years experience as an institutional sales professional in the United States, introducing investment solutions to U.S institutional clients across a wide range of alternative products. Prior to joining The Abraaj Group he spent 13 years as Managing Director with PineBridge Investments (and its predecessor entity AIG Investments) covering pension  plans, endowments & foundations, insurance companies, and family offices.  He helped to raise funds in Sub Saharan Africa, Central & Eastern Europe, pan Asia, and Latin America. Prior to AIG/Pinebridge Alan was Managing Director in institutional fixed income sales with Bear Stearns & Co, where he spent 10 years and before that he was with the auditing team of KPMG for three years. Alan received his MBA in Finance from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Accounting from Pace University. He holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designations. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).   Alan is married with three children and resides in New Jersey, USA.

Albert C. Yuen, CFA, is a Managing Partner of Kariba Capital. Before joining Kariba, Mr. Yuen served as a Portfolio Manager and member of the Investment Committee at LR Global where he was instrumental in launching, managing, and structuring the firm's Frontier Market Equity investment vehicle. Prior to joining LR Global, Albert was a Portfolio Manager and Senior Equity Analyst with Rockefeller & Co.'s Global Equity Team where he held responsibility, at various times, for the firm's holdings in Financial Services and Healthcare. Mr. Yuen has also held positions with Liberty Square Asset Management and Smith Barney. Albert has a broad range of experience with companies involved in the Resources, Energy, Agriculture, Healthcare, and Financial Services Sectors. He is also extremely passionate about developing markets, entrepreneurship and social impact investing. Albert graduated from Northeastern University in Boston, cum laude, with a degree in Finance and Accounting. He is a CFA Charterholder and an active member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, formerly serving on the Chapter's Board Nominating Committee.


Shankar Venkatraman, CFA, FRMhas over 18 years of experience in delivering innovative solutions in the asset management and financial services industry. He is a subject matter expert in investment analytics, performance and risk measurement, risk and data.   Shankar has been at Citi for 15+ years in various capacities and more recently as the global head of performance and risk analytics for its Custody and Fund Services/Investor Services business. Shankar’s responsibilities @ Citi include delivering book of records performance reporting on close to a trillion dollars in assets covering a wide range from asset managers to asset owners. He runs a global team delivering follow the sun support for investment managers providing performance returns, attribution and risk reporting. He is also responsible for defining the vision, strategy, roadmap and execution for the Analytics product.   Shankar has an MBA from Stern business school, New York University and is a CFA charter holder. He is also FRM certified by the GARP (Global association of risk professionals). He is a vice chair of the Institutional Asset Management Committee at New York Society for Security Analysts and a regular speaker at Performance and Risk forums. He is part of CFA Institute’s Education Advisory Board Working Body. Prior to his role in Performance and Risk analytics he has managed technology, created business intelligence products, involved in business process reengineering, P&L management etc. across the Financial services value chain including Asset Management, Cash Management, Investment Banking, Sales & Trading and Research.



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