Institutional Investor's Innovation in Investment

Jul 17th 2018
Ascent Lounge
New York

Innovation in Investment brings together experienced asset owners and the most sophisticated thought leaders and academics in big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence. 
Recognizing that the incorporation of data is increasingly vital to all styles of investment and to risk appetites of all degrees, Institutional Investor’s new event will focus on how institutions have access to a true spectrum of investment opportunities, with a specific emphasis on the ways that disruptive innovations like the incorporation of big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning and other technology-driven advances are changing the entire opportunity set for institutional investors.

Advisory Board

William Coaker
Chief Investment Officer
San Francisco Employees Retirement System

James Davis
Chief Investment Officer
OPTrust (OPSEU Pension Trust)

Thiago de Freitas
Portfolio Manager
UPS Group Trust

Larry Goldsmith
Vice President, Pension and Investments
The Walt Disney Co.

Jason M. Klein
Chief Investment Officer
Memorial Sloan Kettering

Panayiotis (Panos) Lambropoulos, CFA, CAIA
Portfolio Manager
Employees Retirement System of Texas (“ERS”)

Bruce Madding
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer
Capital Corporation

Scott Pittman
Chief Investment Officer
The Mount Sinai Health System

David C. Villa
Chief Investment Officer
State of Wisconsin Investment Board (“SWIB”)


Over the course of the one day program, discussions will look to include what exactly it is that these solutions can bring to an institutional portfolio, including:

  • How investors differentiate between various types of strategies and the managers that purport to possess the “secret sauce” on everything from smart beta to complex quant-based strategies
  • Which vehicles can smooth out volatility without sacrificing returns; and
  • How investment strategies – whether passive or the most active—complement what is in investors’ portfolios instead of concentrating exposures and risks. 

The program will also look to offer insights into such topics as:

  • How the most sophisticated managers are using the latest technologies to provide truly innovative solutions to investors;
  • Why these technologies will permeate all investment strategies and styles, not just those of quant-based firms; and 
  • How investors identify, assess, and monitor managers in this space, and the appropriate benchmarks and guiding principles of this brave new world of investing.

Please view the agenda for a full list of session topics.




ARK Investment Management, LLC


Sanostro AG


Ascent Lounge

10 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
United States

Located on the 4th floor of the world-famous Time Warner Center, Ascent Lounge offers an incomparable cocktail lounge experience. Presenting stunning views of iconic New York destinations, Central Park and Columbus Circle, Ascent Lounge presents exceptional product and service in a sophisticated, inviting atmosphere.


Registration is limited to senior investment executives from the pension funds, endowments, and foundations. There is no fee to attend. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Randy Klein at



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For more information, please contact:

Katarina Storfer
+1 212 224 3073

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Randy Klein
+1 212 224 3629