Stephen Dubner, Author, Journalist, and Radio and Television Personality


Stephen Dubner, award-winning author, journalist, and radio and television personality, is best known as co-author of the Freakonomicsbook series, including FreakonomicsSuperFreakonomicsThink Like a Freak, and When to Rob a Bank. With more than 7 million copies of his books sold in more than 40 countries, Mr. Dubner is also the host of the Freakonomics Radio podcast and maintains the popular Freakonomics blog, which has been called “the most readable economics blog in the universe.” A former editor and writer at New York magazine and The New York Times, he earned his undergraduate degree from Appalachian State University, where he started a rock band that was signed to Arista Records. He ultimately quit playing music to earn an M.F.A. in writing, Columbia University.

Katherine Ellis Nixon, CIMA®, CPWA®, CFA , Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer

Northern Trust

Katherine (Katie) Ellis Nixon, executive vice president and chief investment officer, Wealth Management Business, Northern Trust, leads the firm’s national investment management practice where she is responsible for investment policy development with a focus on portfolio construction and implementation, and directs more than 200 Northern Trust portfolio managers. Selected as one of Private Asset Management magazine's “50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth,” she previously served U.S.Trust in several capacities in Wealth Management Division in New York overseeing a group of portfolio managers with total combined assets under management in excess of $7 billion. Ms. Nixon earned a B.A., Wellesley College, and an MBA, Stern School of Business, New York University.

Toby Moskowitz, Ph.D., Professor of Finance

Yale School of Management

Tobias "Toby" Moskowitz, Dean Takahashi ’80 B.A., ’83 M.P.P.M. Professor of Finance, Yale School of Management, is an internationally-recognized thought leader in finance and entrepreneurship. Previously, he was the Fama Family Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Recognized by the American Finance Association with its 2007 Fischer Black Prize, awarded biennially to the top finance scholar in the world under the age of 40, he is quoted frequently by news outlets worldwide. A research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research, associate editor of the Journal of Finance, and former editor of the Journal of Financial Studies, he is the author of Scorecasting. Dr. Moskowitz is a principal at AQR Capital Management, LLC, and earned a B.S. in industrial management and industrial engineering, and M.S. in management, Purdue University, and a Ph.D. in finance, University of California, Los Angeles.  
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Kevin Kajiwara, Co-President

Teneo Intelligence

Kevin Kajiwara, co-president, Teneo Intelligence, works with the firm’s largest financial and corporate clients, advising Fortune 100 CEOs and significant institutional investors with insights on geopolitical and policy risks, investment and corporate strategy and promotes the firm’s research agenda across the Teneo platform. Mr. Kajiwara speaks regularly to a wide range of audiences worldwide on geopolitical risks and trends. Previously, he was the director of strategic clients at Eurasia Group; served in international institutional equity sales, Spanish bank BBVA; and earlier, Bear, Stearns & Co. He received a B.A.in economics, Vassar College.

Paul Sullivan, Author, and Journalist

Paul Sullivan, author and New York Times columnist, is an expert in two things that cause everyone tremendous stress: making small changes to financial behaviors and decisions that will have a long-lasting impact on their life, and performing better under pressure. His book, The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy, draws a stark line between the wealthy and everyone else. His first book, Clutch: Why Some People Excel Under Pressure and Others Don’t, was named a "Best Business Book of the Year" by Strategy + Business. Mr. Sullivan writes the Wealth Matters column for The New York Times and his articles have appeared in Condé Nast’s PortfolioFinancial Times, The International Herald Tribune, Barron’s, The Boston Globe, The New York Observer, and Food & Wine. Often interviewed, he has appeared on numerous radio and television programs.
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Peter Conti-Brown, J.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor

The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania

Peter Conti-Brown, assistant professor, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, is a financial historian and legal scholar who studies central banking, financial regulation, and public finance, with a focus on the history and policies of the U.S. Federal Reserve system. The author of The Power and Independence of the Federal Reserve, editor of When States Go Broke: Origins, Context, and Solutions for the American States in Fiscal Crisis, and editor of the Research Handbook on Central Banking, Professor Conti-Brown has been quoted by numerous media outlets. He has also testified before the U.S. Senate Banking Committee on reforming the Federal Reserve and is a term member of the Council of Foreign Relations. He earned an A.B., Harvard College, Ph.D., Princeton University, and J.D., Stanford Law School.

John Diehl, CFP®, CLU, ChFC, Senior Vice President, Strategic Markets

Hartford Funds

John Diehl, senior vice president, strategic markets, Hartford Funds, is responsible for engaging and educating financial advisors and their clients about current and emerging financial marketplace opportunities (including tactical planning strategies in retirement-income, investment, and charitable giving, as well as long-term demographic and lifestyle changes). Mr. Diehl also oversees Hartford Funds’ relationship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab. He has served Hartford Funds since 1988 as assistant vice president, vice president, and senior vice president, while leading the Retirement and Wealth Consulting Group. Widely quoted in consumer and trade publications, he earned a B.A. in economics, Moravian College. 

Steven G. Siegel, J.D., LL.M.,

Siegel is president of The Siegel Group, a Morristown, New Jersey-based national consulting firm specializing in tax consulting, estate planning and advising family business owners and entrepreneurs. Mr. Siegel holds a B.S. from Georgetown University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University. He is the author of several books, including: The Grantor Trust Answer Book (2013 CCH); CPA’s Guide to Financial and Estate Planning (AICPA 2013); and Federal Fiduciary Income Taxation (Foxmoor 2013). He is a nationally-recognized writer and speaker who has lectured extensively throughout the United States on tax, business and estate planning topics. Mr. Siegel is presently serving as an adjunct professor of law in the Graduate Tax Program (LLM) of the University of Alabama, and has served as an adjunct professor of law at Seton Hall and Rutgers University law schools.

Adam Johnson, Founder, and Author

Bullseye Brief

Adam Johnson, founder and author, Bullseye Brief, not only heads this important industry newsletter, but also hosts a podcast reaching more than 27,000 investors and manages events for several Fortune 500 companies, including J.P. Morgan Chase, NASDAQ and Time Inc. Prior to launching Bullseye, Mr. Johnson anchored several programs at Bloomberg Television, interviewing CEOs, heads of state, and prominent investors. He also shares his insights in a daily video investment blog, Insight and Action. Previously, he managed global risk assets for ING Furman Selz, trading listed equities and equity options, and traded fuel for Louis Dreyfus Energy. Mr. Johnson began his career at Merrill Lynch as a financial analyst, following his graduation from Princeton University with a degree in economics.

Stephanie Kelton, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Stony Brook University

Stephanie Kelton is professor of economics and public policy at Stony Brook University. She served as chief economist on the U.S. Senate Budget Committee in 2015 and then as an economic advisor to Bernie Sander’s 2016 presidential campaign. She was the founder and editor-in-chief of the top-ranked blog New Economic Perspectives and a member of the TopWonks network of the nation’s best thinkers. In 2016, POLITICO recognized her as one of the 50 people across the country who is most influencing the political debate. Her book, The State, The Market and The Euro, predicted the debt crisis in the Eurozone. Ms. Kelton is a regular commentator on national radio and television, and consults with policy-makers, investment bankers and portfolio managers around the globe. Her areas of expertise include: Federal Reserve operations, fiscal policy, social security, international finance, and employment policy.

Justin Rockefeller, Global Director


Justin Rockefeller is the global director of family offices and foundations, Addepar, and co-founder of the ImPact. Addepar is a wealth management platform that provides investment professionals with the tools required to mage complex global portfolios and powers ImPact, an aggregation and analysis tool to increase the probability and pace of solving social problems by improving the flow of capital to businesses creating measurable social impact. Mr. Rockefeller serves on the board and the investment and audit committees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, helping the private philanthropic foundation to invest its sizable endowment consistently with its values, and also serves on the board of the Japan Society. He earned a B.A., Princeton University.

Debbie McCoy, Managing Director


Debbie McCoy, is a Managing Director in the Systematic Active (SAE) division of BlackRock’s Active Equities Group, where she leads sustainable investing. Ms. McCoy joined the firm in 2015. Previously, she worked for Stanford University where she made investment recommendations to the university's endowment manager and conceived and co-taught an MBA finance elective course about investing in emerging and frontier markets. Ms. McCoy began her career at Bain & Company in San Francisco and Johannesburg and later worked for Citigroup in New York and New Delhi. Ms. McCoy served as a non-partisan, Presidentially-appointed White House Fellow at the U.S. Department of State. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Ms. McCoy received a Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Howard University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and MBA from Harvard Business School.

Jeffrey Kleintop, Senior Vice President and Chief Global Investment Strategist

Charles Schwab

Jeffrey Kleintop, senior vice president and chief global investment strategist, Charles Schwab & Co., analyzes and discusses international markets, trends and events to help U.S. investors understand their significance and financial implications. In his role at Schwab, Mr. Kleintop provides research, commentary and actionable insights to client-facing teams and the firm’s Investor Services and Advisor Services clients. He is frequently quoted by national media and was named by The Wall Street Journal as one of “Wall Street’s best and brightest.” He is the author of Market Evolution: How to Profit in Today’s Changing Financial Markets. He earned a B.S., University of Delaware, and an MBA, Pennsylvania State University. He also studied at the London School of Economics.

Dan Morehead, Founder, Former CEO of Atriax

Pantera Capital Management LP

Dan Morehead founded Pantera Capital Management LP in 2003. He also co-founded and was CEO of Atriax, an electronic foreign exchange platform. Previously, he was head of macro trading and CFO at Tiger Management, global head of FX options at Deutsche Bank in London, and managed derivatives trading units and a global macro fund in North America and Japan at Bankers Trust. Mr. Morehead began his career at Goldman Sachs as a mortgage-backed securities trader. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University earning a B.S. in Civil Engineering and received the Carmichael Prize.

Kimberley Paris, Impact Investing Director

Merrill Lynch

Kimberley Paris supports the Impact Investing Initiative across Merrill Lynch from within Policy and Market Planning for the BAC ML Global Wealth and Retirement Solutions Business. In this capacity, she is responsible for training, tracking metrics, building awareness, and assisting with impact investing programs such as environmental-social-governance investing, and social impact bonds. Ms. Paris has served more than 20 years in the financial services industry, focusing on on investment product development and marketing with major asset management companies and wealth management organizations. Impact investing has been an area of interest for more than 10 years. She earned a BA, Gettysburg College. 

Bob Rice, Managing Director

Tangent Capital Partners, LLC

Bob Rice is the founder and managing partner of Tangent Capital Partners, LLC and its sister consultancy Rice Partners, as well as director and investment manager, Value Line and Nasdaq Private Markets. His career has spanned key roles in finance, law, and technology. Previously, a trial lawyer for the U.S. Department of Justice, he became a partner at Milbank, Tweed, where he advised financial institutions, family offices, and asset managers for more than a decade. After leaving law to join a private equity firm, he launched a technology company that became the publicly-traded Viewpoint, of which he was CEO until founding Tangent in 2004. Mr. Rice is the bestselling author of The Alternative Answer and Three Moves Ahead, a frequent media contributor, and a member of the editorial board of IMCA’s Investments and Wealth Monitor

Dan Seivert, Managing Partner and Founder

Echelon Partners

Dan Seivert, CEO, managing partner and founder, ECHELON Partners, has conducted detailed valuations of more than 500 companies, evaluated 2,000-plus acquisition targets, and authored 25 reports dealing with the wealth and investment management industries. He was one of the initial principals of Lovell Minnick Partners where he helped invest over $100MM in venture capital across 15 companies. Previously, he was a buy-side analyst at The Capital Group (American Funds) where he valued firms in the asset management and securities brokerage industries. Mr. Seivert began his career at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He is a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and has been quoted extensively as a leading authority in the private wealth market by top industry publications. He earned an advanced bachelor’s degree in economics, Occidental College, and an MBA, UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

David Semple, Portfolio Manager for Emerging Markets Equity Strategy


David Semple, portfolio manager for emerging markets equity strategy, VanEck, oversees company research, stock selection and portfolio construction and has been a member of the Investment Management Team since 1998. Previously, he served on the team sub-advising VanEck’s emerging markets VIP insurance fund at Peregrine Asset Management, Hong Kong, held regional strategy and sales positions with the firm, and was a portfolio manager specializing in Asian equity markets, Murray Johnstone, Glasgow. He is frequently quoted by media nationally and internatonally. He earned a B.L., with honors, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Gregory Valliere, Chief Political Strategist

Horizon Investments

Greg Valliere is the chief political strategist at Horizon Investments, a firm that specializes in products that mitigate investor risk. Mr. Valliere has nearly 40 years of experience following Washington issues for institutional and retail investors. His work focuses on the vital intersection of politics and economics, including the role of Congress and the White House in fashioning fiscal policy, and interest rate policy as determined by the U.S. Federal Reserve.  Previously, he was chief political strategist at the Potomac Research Group. He has held many positions during his career, including director of research at the Charles Schwab Washington Research Group. Mr. Valliere is widely quoted in the nation’s financial press and is a regular guest on various broadcast programs. He earned a BA from George Washington University.

Mark Yusko, Founder, Chief Executive Officer

Morgan Creek Capital Management

Mark Yusko, founder, chief executive officer, and chief investment officer (CIO), Morgan Creek Capital Management, oversees strategic and tactical asset allocation to the Investment Fund Board, investment manager selection and performance evaluation, spending policy management, and performance reporting. Previously, he was president, CIO and founder, UNC Management Company, the endowment investment office for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where total assets under management were $1.5 billion, as well as senior investment director at the University of Notre Dame. An active member of the MCNC Endowment and Investment Committee of The Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Foundation, he earned a B.S. with honors in biology and chemistry, Notre Dame, and an MBA in accounting and finance, University of Chicago.