Christopher J. Ailman
Christopher J. Ailman is the Chief Investment Officer of the $120 billion California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS), the second-largest pension fund in the nation. As CIO, Mr. Ailman leads a team of seven directors, and an investment staff of 96, which manage the following divisions: Private Equity, Global Equities, Corporate Governance, Fixed Income, Real Estate, Operations and Innovation / Risk. He joined CalSTRS in the fall of 2000. He has over 23 years of institutional investment management experience.
He currently serves on several boards and advisory boards in the U.S. and U.K. He is a Governor of the International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN), a U.K. non-profit promoting shareholder rights across the globe. He is also on the board and was the past chairman for the Pacific Pension Institute, an educational institute for the study of Pacific Rim institutional investments. He currently represents institutional investors on the Russell Index Client Advisory Board and the MSCI Barra Index Editorial Advisory Board. Mr. Ailman is also the first pension plan member of the New America Alliance, a Latino business initiative. For the past ten years he has served as advisor to the Institute for Fiduciary Education (IFE) Market Makers annual investment conference.
In 2000, he received the CIO of the Year ¿ IFE Leadership Award by IFE. In 2003, his state CIO peers awarded him the Richard Stoddard Award for service in the investment of public pensions. In 2006, he was honored to be the first Anglo to receive the Distinguished Service Award for the Advancement of Latinos in business by the New America Alliance.
Prior to joining CalSTRS, Mr. Ailman had more than four years experience managing the $60 billion Washington State Investment Board and 11 years experience working for the Sacramento County Employees Retirement System where he served as CIO of the pension fund for the county.
Mr. Ailman received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1980. He received his Certified Financial Planner certification from the University of Southern California in 1984. He is married with three daughters and is a committed Promise Keeper.
Else Bos is the Chief Executive Officer of PGGM. After graduating in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1983, Else Bos held various senior management posts at ABN AMRO. From 1991 to 2001, she served as COO of ABN AMRO Asset Management. In 2001, she was appointed joint Head of Investments at NIBC Asset Management and a year later became the COO/CFO. Else joined PGGM in 2003 as Director Third Parties, Operations & Staff. In March 2005, she was appointed Chief Executive Officer Investments and a member of the PGGM Board of Governors.
Gary Bruebaker is the Chief Investment Officer for the WSIB. The WSIB is one of the nation's largest institutional investors, currently managing $86 billion within 36 separate funds, comprised of defined benefit and defined contribution retirement funds, deferred compensation funds, insurance funds, permanent and other trust funds. Mr. Bruebaker is responsible for the design and implementation of the overall investment strategy and policy for these funds, consistent with the highest professional standards and for the exclusive benefit of fund stakeholders.
Prior to joining the WSIB, Mr. Bruebaker served as Deputy State Treasurer of Oregon, Director of the Oregon State Treasury, Controller of the Oregon Housing Agency, and Senior Auditor for the Oregon Secretary of State Division of Audits. He received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Oregon and his Bachelor of Science degree with honors in business administration from Oregon State University. Mr. Bruebaker is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a Certified Cash Manager, and a Certified Public Accountant.
Mr. Bruebaker was honored to receive a Distinction in Financial Management Award from the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in 1993, the Institute for Fiduciary Education's Leadership Award in 2005, and an Excellence in Investment Management Award from Institutional Investor in 2006.
Mary L. Cahill
Mary L. Cahill is Vice President of Investments and Chief Investment Officer of Emory University overseeing investments of all endowment, trust, operating, and employee benefit funds of the University and related medical facilities.
Prior to joining Emory, Mary was Deputy Chief Investment Officer of Xerox Corporation where she was responsible for developing, recommending and implementing investment alternatives for pension and savings plan assets in excess of $12 billion. Mary was also Chief Investment Officer of the Xerox Canada pension plan.
Mary has 20 years of investment experience with prior positions including Deputy Director of the Virginia Retirement System, Director of the SmithKline pension fund and pension management positions with BellSouth and Merck. Mary has overseen internal equity portfolios, invested fixed income and futures portfolios, developed performance measurement systems, and designed investment options. Mary has served as President of Pension Group East, President of Pension 21 and an executive member of the Financial Executive Institut's Committee on Investment of Employee Benefit Assets. She is a member of the NYSE Pension Managers Advisory Committee and a trustee of the Greenwich Roundtable. Mary has an MBA specializing in Finance from St. John's University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Matthew L. Clark
Matthew L. Clark is the Chief Investment Officer for the South Dakota Investment Council. The Investment Council is responsible for managing the assets of the South Dakota Retirement System and other State of South Dakota financial assets, including the South Dakota Cement Plant Retirement Fund, the Dakota Cement Trust, the School and Public Lands Fund, the Education Enhancement Trust, the Healthcare Trust, and the South Dakota Cash Flow Fund. The Council was created in 1972 and began managing assets of the South Dakota Retirement System in 1973.
Clark joined the Investment Council in 1984 and was named State Investment Officer in January of 2005. He has managed the equity and fixed income portfolios, and led the launch of several internally managed investment programs including international equity, merger arbitrage, convertible arbitrage, and asset allocation.
Ms. Kerstin Hessius is the Chief Executive Officer at AP Fonden 3. She joined the firm in September 2004. Ms. Hessius was the President and Chief Executive Officer at Stockholmsborsen from August 2001 to August 31, 2004. She was a Vice President at the HEX Integrated Markets Division. Ms. Hessius was the Deputy Governor at Sveriges Riksbank from 1999 to 2001. She was a Managing Director of Asset Management at Östgöta Enskilda Bank from 1998 to 1999, Economist at Swedish National Debt Office from 1986 to 1989, Analyst at Sveriges Riksbank from 1985 to 1986, and Teacher of Economics at University of Stockholm from 1984 to 1987. Ms. Hessius is a Director at Institute for Financial Research and a representative of Third National Swedish Pension Fund, Stockholm. She was a Member of Nominations Committee of Cardo AB and a Member of Nomination Committee of Hoganas AB. Ms. Hessius has a B.Sc. honors degree.
Sindo Oliveros is the CEO and CIO of KAUST Investment Management Company, sole advisor to the Trustee of the endowment for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Prior to that he was the Director of the Pension Plan and Endowments at the World Bank where he was a member of the Treasury management team that managed USD 100 billion for the World Bank and for external clients, and advised central banks, pension plans and Sovereign Wealth Funds on multi-asset management. Before that, Mr. Oliveros was Director of the World Bank's Capital Markets and Financial Engineering Department; held several positions at the International Monetary Fund working on macroeconomic adjustment programs in various countries in Latin America, Asia, and Africa; was Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota; and served as a consultant for Chemie Linz AG (Austria). Mr. Oliveros, a Spanish national, is a graduate from the Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and holds a PhD and an MA in Economics from the University of Minnesota, where he was a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the Andreas Scholarship. He holds diplomas in literature from the Université de Toulouse (France) and the Ludwig-Maximilians Universität/München (Germany).
Adrian Orr is the Chief Executive Officer of the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation. Prior to joining the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Fund Mr. Orr was the Deputy Governor and Head of Financial Stability at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand where he was responsible for formulating and implementing public policy to promote and maintain a sound and efficient financial system. Mr. Orr also has held the position of Chief Economist at Westpac Banking Corporation, Chief Manager of the Economics Department of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and Chief Economist at The National Bank of New Zealand.