Vlad Barbalat

Vlad Barbalat

President and Chief Investment Officer , Liberty Mutual Investments

As Chief Investment Officer (CIO), Vlad oversees Liberty Mutual Investment’s (LMI) mission to create capital by managing Liberty Mutual's globally invested financial assets. Vlad joined Liberty Mutual in 2017 from Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo (GMO) where he served as the Head Portfolio Manager for the firm’s flagship Global Macro hedge fund, and as a senior member of the Asset Allocation team. Vlad began his career at Goldman Sachs in New York, where he spent 13 years and held several leadership positions across proprietary investing businesses and the broader Securities division franchise. Vlad joined Goldman Sachs as an analyst in 2003 and was promoted to Managing Director in 2012. In 2021 Vlad was appointed President and CIO, following his roles as Head of Investment Strategy and Co-Head of Strategy and Asset Allocation for LMI. He is committed to successfully and responsibly investing the firm’s capital and promoting a culture of collaboration, inclusion and entrepreneurship. Additionally, Vlad is focused on fostering the firm’s many relationships with partners and stakeholders globally. Vlad earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Finance and Information Systems, graduating summa cum laude from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business in 2003. He completed his CFA designation in 2006.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith

Portfolio Manager - Emerging Market Debt, MetLife Investment Management

Thomas Smith is a portfolio manager and member of the emerging market debt team for MetLife Investment Management (MIM) Public Fixed Income. In this role he is a portfolio manager on the emerging market government bond strategy and the emerging market investment grade debt strategy. Thomas has been with MIM since 2012, originally joining MetLife in 2001. Prior to his current role, he was based in Latin America, serving as a regional strategist for Latin American sovereign credit, a global market strategist for MetLife Afore, and the head of research for LatAm financial institutions. He has 23 years of industry experience. Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and spanish from Southwestern University and earned a Masters degree in finance from the Center for Macroeconomic Studies (CEMA) in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Rip Reeves

Rip Reeves

Chief Investment Officer & Treasurer, Aegis

Randy Brown

Randy Brown

Chief Investment Officer, Sun Life

Randy Brown is CIO for Sun Life since 2016 and leads SLC Management’s insurance business with $119 billion in assets under management (AUM). Randy is Executive Sponsor of SLC Management’s Sustainable Investment Program, and a member of Sun Life’s International Sustainability Council responsible for implementing the global sustainability plan. Randy joined Sun Life at the start of 2016 and has more than three decades of investment management expertise at highly-respected global financial firms. Randy has held senior roles at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, most recently as Global Head of Insurance and Pension Solutions and as Head of Asset and Wealth Management for the UK region. Previously, he was Co-Chief Investment Officer of Deutsche Asset Management, responsible for a global investment staff of 750 and total assets of $1.2 trillion. Before the integration of Deutsche’s asset management and wealth management businesses, Randy was the head of its investment business managing money for insurance companies, with more than $200 billion of assets under management. Randy’s portfolio of work also includes senior roles in trading at BlackRock and Morgan Stanley & Company and Salomon Brothers. Randy holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees, both in Electrical Engineering, from Cornell University. He also earned an MBA from Cornell University's Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he was a Lester B. Knight Scholar.

Raman Srivastava

Raman Srivastava

Chief Investment Officer, Great-West Life Co.

Raman Srivastava is Executive Vice-President and Global Chief Investment Officer for Great West Lifeco. He was appointed in July, 2017. Raman oversees investment teams in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. He leads aglobal team of investment professionals in setting strategic direction and delivering investment results across a diverse global investment platform, including the insurance General Accounts and third-party funds. Raman has 20 years’ experience in the investment industry, most recently as Deputy Chief Investment Officer and Manager Director of Global Fixed Income for Mellon Asset Management based in Boston. For over a decade prior to that, he was a portfolio manager at Putnam Investments. Raman earned a Master of Science in Computational Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo. Raman is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.

Pooja Rahman

Pooja Rahman

Senior Vice President & Chief Risk Officer, Protective Insurance

In June 2021, Pooja Rahman was named Chief Risk Officer at Protective Life Corporation. She is responsible for leading the Company’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) program and overseeing implementation of the Company’s strategic risk appetite.  Prior to joining Protective, Ms. Rahman served as Head of Financial Risk at New York Life. Prior to New York Life, she worked in international policy and analysis at the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Ms. Rahman’s previous experience also includes Director & Senior Corporate Counsel at Aviva, In-house Counsel at Iowa Insurance Division and Lead Technical Analyst at Principal Financial Group.  Ms. Rahman earned her JD from Drake University Law School, her MBA from the University of New Orleans, and her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Mumbai. 

Nathaniel Molinari

Nathaniel Molinari

Senior Investment Treasury Analyst, AEGIS

Nate is an Investment Officer at AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc. where he provides oversight to the company's investment portfolio and facilitates forecasting and their strategic asset allocation process. In addition to monitoring investment strategies, performance results, and cash management processes, Nate is responsible for investment manager research and selection. Prior to joining AEGIS, Nate served as a VP in Global Commercial Banking at Bank of America with a focus on middle market lending. Nate graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Master of Business Administration degree at the State University of New York at Oswego.

Milla Tonkogony

Milla Tonkogony

Chief Investment Officer, General Insurance, North America, AIG

Mike Hackmann

Mike Hackmann

Chief Investment Officer, Shelter Insurance

Matt Popoli

Matt Popoli

Managing Director, Global Head of Insurance, Americas, Bain Capital

John Robison

John Robison

Chief Investment Officer, American Fidelity Assurance

Jean-Gabriel Pierre

Jean-Gabriel Pierre

Head of Investment Strategy, AXA XL

James Welch

James Welch

Portfolio Manager, Principal Global Investors

James joined Principal Global Fixed Income in 2014, bringing over twenty years of fixed income experience, with knowledge across a spectrum of municipal strategies. During his career, he had particular emphasis on lower investment grade and high yield municipals and has been recognized by Lipper Analytical for best in class municipal bond fund performance, including high yield tax exempts. James previously served as a senior portfolio manager at Castleton Partners, and at Standish Mellon Asset Management where he managed over $10 billion in tax exempt and taxable portfolios. James received a BA in economics from Pennsylvania State University.

Jake Meyer

Jake Meyer

Senior Economist, Americas, Swiss Re

Jake Meyer joined Swiss Re in January 2021 as a Senior Economist producing the macro-outlook for the United States and Canadian economies. Prior to joining Swiss Re he worked as a Quantitative Economist at UBS, focusing on quantitative research into and the development of methodologies for global macroeconomic forecasting and scenario analysis. His background also includes experience teaching international macroeconomics, political economy, and quantitative methods at Claremont Graduate University and California State University Long Beach and has an academic publication record in these fields through the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies. Jake received his Ph.D. in the Economics and Political Science Interfiled in 2016 from Claremont Graduate University, focusing on the intersection of international macroeconomics, international political economy, and econometrics. He is also currently working on the CFA charter.

Jack Bishop

Jack Bishop

Principal Life General Account PM, Principal Financial Group

Jack Bishop is a portfolio manager of the general account for Principal Financial Group. Bishop joined Principal in 1995. Prior to his current role as a portfolio manager, he held a variety of quantitative and asset-liability management positions within Principal Global Investors (the asset management arm of Principal) and Principal Life Insurance Company. He received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and secondary education from Simpson College.

Emily Peterson Alva

Emily Peterson Alva

Board Member, Atlanta Life Insurance Company

Emily Peterson Alva is an experienced public and private company board member and an accomplished finance and corporate strategy executive. A former investment banker and Lazard M&A Partner, Emily serves on the corporate boards of Alkermes plc (Nasdaq: ALKS), Amneal Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NYSE: AMRX), and the Atlanta Life Insurance Company. In addition to her board roles, Emily has more than two decades of notable corporate board experience leading transactions and strategic evaluations for Boards and leadership teams of Fortune 500 companies and growth companies alike.  Emily’s professional experience includes almost twenty years as an Investment Banker at Lazard (NYSE: LAZ). Over many years as a visible and trusted Lazard banker and corporate board advisor, Emily built a notable track record leading global corporations through complex strategic evaluations and M&A transactions representing, in aggregate, hundreds of billions of dollars in transaction value. During her Lazard tenure, Ms. Alva led corporate boards and leadership teams on initiatives impacting corporate strategy, growth and operations including business development and financial planning, as well as corporate transformations including mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, capital structure evaluations and other significant partnership and restructuring transactions.  Today Emily is active as a strategy advisor to founders, boards and leadership teams of companies of many different profiles across industries. In addition to extensive board and corporate advisory work, Emily is a private investor and frequent speaker on topics related to M&A and Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance, Audit and Risk, and ESG. 

Anne Walsh

Anne Walsh

CIO-Fixed Income, Guggenheim Investments

Ms. Walsh is Chief Investment Officer for Fixed Income at Guggenheim Investments, the global asset management business of Guggenheim Partners, where she is responsible for meeting the investment needs of the firm’s fixed-income clients, including insurance companies, corporate and public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations, consultants, wealth managers, and high-net-worth investors. In her role she oversees all elements of portfolio design, strategy, sector allocation, and risk management of fixed-income portfolios, as well as conveying Guggenheim’s macroeconomic outlook to portfolio managers and fixed-income sector specialists. She also serves as head of the Portfolio Construction Group and Portfolio Management teams. Ms. Walsh is also a Managing Partner of Guggenheim Partners.

 Eric Kirsch

Eric Kirsch

Global Chief Investment Officer, Aflac

Eric Kirsch joined Aflac in November 2011 as first senior vice president; global chief investment officer and was promoted to executive vice president in July 2012. In January 2018, Eric’s role expanded, and he was named president of Aflac Global Investments, the asset management subsidiary of Aflac Incorporated. In his role, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s investment efforts including Aflac’s investment portfolio and its investment teams in the United States and Japan. Throughout his career, Eric has been responsible for the full array of investment grade and high yield fixed income strategies, money markets, loans, municipals, equities and alternatives. Eric received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baruch College in 1984 and a Master of Business Administration from Pace University in 1988. He earned his CFA designation in 1990. Eric also serves as a trustee of the Jersey Shore University Medical Center Foundation and the Baruch College Fund, and is on the board of Kuvare.

 Anthony V. Minopoli

Anthony V. Minopoli

Chief Investment Officer, Knights of Columbus

Tony Minopoli joined Knights of Columbus in 2005 and is responsible for the management of the Knight’s $28 billion General Account investment portfolio as well as serving as member of the Board of Directors.  The Knights of Columbus’ investment staff of 20 investment professionals manages over $24 billion of fixed income, $500 million of preferred equity and over $1 billion in equity investments.  Tony also oversees Knights of Columbus Asset Advisors, which offers 9 mutual funds, commingled funds and limited partnerships with strategies for senior secured loans and long/short equity to a variety of individuals and Catholic institutions.

 Amy Stepnowski

Amy Stepnowski

Chief Investment Officer, The Hartford

Amy is the Chief Investment Officer of The Hartford and President of Hartford Investment Management Company (“HIMCO”). She joined The Hartford in September 2008, and has worked at HIMCO throughout her tenure. In her current role, Amy leads the development and execution of The Hartford’s investment strategy, which ensures the company’s investment assets are positioned in a way to support the firm’s earnings and claims paying ability. As President of HIMCO, Amy oversees the organization’s efforts to provide tailored investment solutions to the firm’s clients. Prior to her current role, Amy worked within HIMCO’s Public Credit Research as a Senior Research Analyst, and most recently as the Head of Public Credit Research. Amy has also been actively involved in the Professional Women’s Network during her tenure at the firm, serving as a member of the leadership team over the past four years. Prior to joining The Hartford, Amy spent twelve years at JP Morgan and its heritage institutions, where her work focused on Latin American Corporate and Project Finance. Amy holds a BA degree in Political Science and Spanish from Yale College and has completed Executive Education programing at Tuck School of Business.

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