Founded in 2008, the Center for Alternative Investments focuses on developing research and information, providing education and building community with respect to several areas of alternative investments including private equity, hedge funds, venture capital and real estate. The Center aims to be a global leader in the Alternative Investment industry through collaboration among industry practitioners, faculty and students. While the Center primarily engages with institutional investors, it works closely with General Partners as well to provide a balanced understanding of the alternative investment industry.

The Center's Board, staffed by private equity Limited Partners, oversees roughly $800Bn AUM and helps guide the Center's strategic vision. This vision has helped the Center establish itself as a premier hub in the Alternative Investment industry through its research, classes, conferences, competitions, seminars and publications.

From Klaas P. Baks, Executive Director

The Emory Center for Alternative Investments presents a bold new chapter in the study of alternative assets. Our goal is to grow the Center into a powerful force within our school, our community, and industry by providing independent education, research and analysis. In this message I will discuss the mission of the Center, its research goals, and the salutary impact it will have on our students.

Alternative investments are increasingly a part of mainstream finance; however they are poorly understood relative to public markets, both academically and in their public perception. The Center aims to fill this gap by providing a global platform for the Alternative Investments industry to provide independent intellectual support and learning opportunities for Institutional Investors through research, conferences and education. Though the Center's primary audience are Institutional Investors, it will actively engage asset managers in alternative investments to provide balance, expertise and data.

Given the excellent strength of our business faculty and its reputation for rigor in both research and teaching, Emory provides a natural home for this Center. The Center will leverage both Emory’s and Goizueta’s national and international reputation for excellence as it brings together academic researchers, fund managers, investors, and regulators—the parties most relevant to understanding the current and future shape of the field. Assembling these interests in an academic environment, without submitting to bias or influence, is rare indeed, but it is precisely what the Center will do.

The Center's primary objective is to provide cutting edge research and thought leadership targeted at the most important challenges faced by Institutional Investors as they relate to Alternative Investments. Our research ranges from best practices to a global understanding of issues as they relate to public policy and industry perception. The Center aims to engage a network of premier scholars worldwide to execute its research mission.

In addition to the Center's efforts with respect to research, it will also offer a tremendous resource for students at Goizueta on the doctoral, MBA, Executive MBA, and BBA levels (not to mention those students in Emory's other professional schools). Classes are either already offered or are in development. Further, Goizueta is adding faculty to further the mission of the Center. This focus on research and education, combined with Emory's expanding network in the field, will result in increased employment opportunities for all Emory students.

The mission of the Center at this dynamic moment presents a truly exciting opportunity in the public discourse on alternative investments. I welcome you to take part in this endeavor, as an active participant or an observer.