Vision and Background

The Emory Center for Alternative Investments aims to be a global leader in the Alternative Investments industry leveraging a University based platform to provide independent intellectual support and learning opportunities for Institutional Investors globally through research, conferences and education. Though the Center's primary audience will be Institutional Investors, it will actively engage asset managers of alternative investments to provide balance, expertise and data in all Center activities. The Center will also leverage and partner with centers of excellence in specific assets such as Real Estate, Private Equity and Hedge Funds at Emory and elsewhere to realize its vision.

Background on the Center

In 2007, Emory University's Goizueta Business School received a $10 million gift to establish the Emory Center for Alternative Investments. In the Spring of 2008, Klaas Baks was appointed as the Executive Director of the Center. The Center's long-term agenda will be shaped by a Center Board, co-chaired by Lado Gurgenidze, former Prime Minister of Georgia and Larry Benveniste, Dean of Goizueta Business School.

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 aims to advance variety of problems ranging from best practices to a global understanding of issues as they relate to public policy and industry perception.

In addition to this focus, the Center was conceived as a meeting place for people interested and active in alternative investments. The Center also aims to engage students and practitioners alike through classes, executive education, seminars, and networking events. An open forum for discussions among the leaders in these fields will be critical to understanding and charting the future.