Context Summits

Miami 2020

JANUARY 29 - 31, 2020FONTAINEBLEAU HOTEL, MIAMI BEACH, FL
Ron Biscardi
Ron Biscardi
Chief Executive Officer, Context Summits

Ron Biscardi is Chief Executive Officer of Context Summits, the leading producer of events for the alternative asset management industry and Context 365, an online solution for the alternative investment community where members can access our exclusive network of allocators, investment managers and service providers year-round. He is responsible for the overall long-term strategic direction and continued growth and success of the firm. He has over 20 years of business management, strategy and investment experience across start-ups, hedge funds, private equity and asset management.
Chief Executive Officer, Context Summits
Gary Cohn
Gary Cohn
Former: Nat’l Economic Council Director, President & COO, Goldman Sachs

Gary D. Cohn is an American business leader, philanthropist and the former Director of the United States National Economic Council.

Mr. Cohn served as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council from January 2017 through April 2018. As President Donald J. Trump’s chief economic advisor, Mr. Cohn managed the coordination of the President’s domestic and global economic policy agenda and led the Administration-wide effort to successfully pass the historic Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Mr. Cohn began a distinguished career in finance at The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in 1990. He held a variety of leadership positions in the firm’s Securities Division in both New York and London, including Global Co-Head of the Equities and Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Divisions. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2006-2016 and was a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Firmwide Client and Business Standards Committee.

Additionally, Mr. Cohn served as a Director of the London Metals Exchange and as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the New York Mercantile Exchange and the Commodity Exchange.

Mr. Cohn lives in New York with his wife and three daughters, where he is an active philanthropist and an advisor to technology companies and entrepreneurs who rely on his vast knowledge of Wall Street and Washington to better understand the financial and economic environment. He received his undergraduate degree from American University in 1982.
Former: Nat’l Economic Council Director, President & COO, Goldman Sachs
John Culbertson
John Culbertson
President & Chief Investment Officer, Context Capital Partners

An industry veteran of more than 28 years, John’s experience encompasses trading, venture capital, asset allocation and hedge fund portfolio management. John is the Chief Investment Officer at Context Capital Partners. As CIO he is responsible for sourcing new investments and the oversight of the current portfolio. He is also Chairman of the Investment Committee.

Prior to assuming his current position with Context, John ran the investment committee and was Chief Investment Officer for a large family office where he oversaw a portfolio of hedge funds and was responsible for asset allocation decisions. In addition to his family office background, John was a founder of Gamma Investors, a venture capital fund that invested primarily in financial services technology companies. He spent the early years of his career in New York and London as a partner at Cooper Neff and Associates, a quantitative proprietary trading firm. At Cooper Neff he founded the London office and traded derivatives on fixed income, commodities and equities. That firm was sold to BNP Paribas in 1995 where John became an Executive Vice President, a position he held until 2000.

Among his extensive outside activities, John is chairman of the board of directors at Urban Promise, an innovative urban youth organization headquartered in the city of Camden NJ. John received his undergraduate degree in Business and Economics from Rutgers University and earned a Master of Liberal Arts, from the University of Pennsylvania.
President & Chief Investment Officer, Context Capital Partners
James G. Dinan
James G. Dinan
Founder, Chairman, CEO, York Capital Management

Jamie founded York Capital Management in September 1991 and is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer of the Firm. Jamie is a Co-Portfolio Manager of the York Multi-Strategy, York Credit Opportunities, York Event-Driven UCITS funds, York Sub-Advised ’40 Act Strategy, and Portfolio Manager of the York Total Return funds and is the Chair of the Firm’s Executive Committee. From 1985 to 1991, he worked at Kellner, DiLeo & Co., where he became a General Partner and was responsible for investing in risk arbitrage and special situation investments. From 1981 to 1983, Jamie was a member of the investment banking group at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc. Jamie is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the City of New York, the Board of Directors of the Hospital for Special Surgery, the Board of Directors of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Harvard Business School’s Board of Dean’s Advisors, the Board of Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania. Jamie received a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Founder, Chairman, CEO, York Capital Management
Mohamed El-Erian
Mohamed El-Erian
Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz

Mohamed A. El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he formerly served as chief executive and co-chief investment officer. He chaired President Obama’s Global Development Council from 2007 to 2014, is a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times.

Dr. El-Erian first joined PIMCO in 1999 and was a senior member of PIMCO’s portfolio management and investment strategy group. He rejoined the company at the end of 2007 after serving for two years as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company, the entity that manages Harvard’s endowment and related accounts. Before coming to PIMCO, Dr. El-Erian was a managing director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in London and before that, he spent 15 years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.

Dr. El-Erian has published widely on international economic and finance topics. His 2008 book, When Markets Collide, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, won the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year and was named a book of the year by The Economist and one of the best business books of all time by the Independent (UK). He was named to Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” for four years in a row. He served from 2014-2017 on the juries for the Financial Times/McKenzie Book of the Year award. His new book The Only Game in Town: Central Banks, Instability and Avoiding the Next Collapse published in 2016, is a New York Times bestseller.

Dr. El-Erian has served on several boards and committees, including the U.S. Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, the International Center for Research on Women, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the IMF’s Committee of Eminent Persons and the New York Fed’ Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets. He is currently a board member of the NBER, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, New America, and Cambridge in America. Since 2007, he has been chair of Microsoft’s Investment Advisory Board. He holds a master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University and received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University. He is an Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College, Cambridge University.
Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz
Stephanie Kelton
Stephanie Kelton
Professor of Public Policy & Economics, Stony Brook University

Stephanie Kelton is Professor of Public Policy & Economics at Stony Brook University. She served as the Democrat’s Chief Economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee (2015) and as Senior Economic Advisor to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign. She is Chair of the Board at Economists for Peace & Security and a Founding Fellow at the Sanders Institute.

In 2016, POLITICO recognized her as one of the 50 people across the country who is most influencing the political debate.

Her forthcoming book, The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of a New Economy, will be published in 2019.

She is a regular commentator on national radio and broadcast television and a columnist at Bloomberg View.

Stephanie consults with policymakers, investment banks and portfolio managers across the globe. Her research expertise is in: Federal Reserve operations, fiscal policy, social security, international finance and employment policy.
Professor of Public Policy & Economics, Stony Brook University
Panayiotis
Lambropoulos
Panayiotis
Lambropoulos

Portfolio Manager of Hedge Funds, ERS of TX

Panayiotis Lambropoulos is a Portfolio Manager of Hedge Funds at the Employees Retirement System of Texas – a $28 billion retirement plan – located in Austin, Texas. His responsibilities include sourcing, analyzing and evaluating potential hedge fund managers, process and performance assessment, interviewing various fund employees and third-party service providers, and maintaining due diligence efforts. His focus is on the Trust’s Absolute Return Portfolio as well as Opportunistic Credit allocation. Lastly, he is responsible for the Trust’s Emerging Hedge Fund Manager program – ERS Launchpad - which he proposed and spearheaded.

Panayiotis started in the alternative investment industry as a Research Analyst in Grosvenor Capital Management in Chicago. He later joined MCP Alternative Asset Management, a $6 billion Tokyo-headquartered Investment Advisor (Fund of Funds) in Chicago. He was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and monitoring hedge fund investments, and contributing to portfolio allocation decisions. He worked alongside institutional clients, all of which were top investment decision makers for some of Japan’s best and largest blue chip financial institutions.

Panayiotis holds a B.S in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Marketing from Boston College, and an M.B.A in General Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Panayiotis is a CFA Charterholder and has earned his Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation as well as his Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification.

Portfolio Manager of Hedge Funds, ERS of TX
Shelley Rosensweig
Shelley Rosensweig
Partner, Haynes Boone

Shelley Rosensweig is a partner in the Investment Management and Private Equity Practice Groups in the New York office of Haynes and Boone. She structures and organizes domestic and offshore private investment funds. She advises clients regarding matters which include design, structure and operation of investment portfolios, distribution and marketing issues and commodities and futures issues. Shelley also assists clients with seed investments, the formation of managed account platforms and the organization of joint ventures. She advises investment advisory clients regarding investment products and services, SEC, FINRA and CFTC regulatory and compliance matters, as well as trading issues and employment matters.
Partner, Haynes Boone
Simone Sobel
Simone Sobel
Managing Director, Investor Relations, Context Summits

Simone Sobel is Managing Director at Context Capital Partners. Simone manages the Investor Relations efforts for Context Capital and Context Summits, and manages Context Family Network, an exclusive community comprised of high quality single family offices.
Managing Director, Investor Relations, Context Summits
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