- January 30, 2023
9:00am - 10:00am
10:45am - 11:00am
D. Brooke Harlow, Chief Commercial Officer, Managed Funds Association
Brooke Harlow is the Managed Funds Association’s Chief Commercial Officer. Brooke is responsible for strategy and execution of the Association’s business development and revenue focused initiatives as well as the Association’s relationships with the institutional investor and fund manager communities. Brooke works directly with MFA’s President & CEO on the Association’s membership, content and investor relations priorities and also leads the Association’s global Conferences and Events team. Previously she headed MFA’s Communications team and ran Membership Development for the Association. Brooke also serves as Executive Director of the Center For Alternative Investment Education, a private foundation dedicated to enhancing the knowledge and understanding of alternative investments and the alternative investment industry.
In 2021, Brooke was recognized as one of “50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds” by the Hedge Fund Journal. She also serves on the Global Advisory Board of Girls Who Invest, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the asset management industry. She is also a Global Angel member of 100 Women in Finance, a global 15,000 member non-for-profit organization focused on empowering women in the finance and alternative investment industries.
Brooke joined MFA from Highbridge Capital Management where she served as Managing Director of Communications and Public Affairs. In that capacity, Brooke was responsible for the corporate communications, marketing, branding, events and public affairs operations at the firm reporting directly to the Founder and served as its spokesperson.
Prior to joining Highbridge, Brooke was a Vice President of Investment Bank Marketing and Communications at JPMorgan where she managed media relations for the global credit, emerging markets and private equity businesses at the bank, served as head of marketing and communications for Latin America and as a member of the Latin American Investment Bank management committee; managed crisis communications for the investment bank; and worked closely with members of the bank’s Operating Committee. Brooke began her career as a field producer/reporter for CNN in the Washington, D.C. and Mexico City bureaus of the news organization.
Brooke graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in American Studies and was selected as a Rotary Scholar and studied at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico as part of their Masters in International Relations program.
Ms. Harlow is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Trustee of The Hotchkiss School, an Executive Committee member of the Women’s Board of the Boys Club of New York.
11:00am - 11:30am
The Managers’ Perspective on the Digital Assets Economy
Steve Kurz, Global Head of Asset Management, Galaxy Digital
Steve Kurz is Partner and Global Head of Asset Management at Galaxy. A member of Galaxy’s founding team, Steve launched and oversees its industry-leading asset management business. Before joining the firm, he Co-founded Outer Realm, an enterprise focused immersive software company (sold in 2022). Previously, he was a Principal and Head of Business Development at River Birch Capital, where he led global capital formation efforts. Prior to that, he was a Vice President at Fortress Investment Group, where he held strategy, product specialist, and capital formation roles in New York and Singapore. He started his career as a Capital Markets Analyst in the Fixed Income Division of Lehman Brothers. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University. He also serves as a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
11:30am - 11:55am
Keynote: Emerging Investment Opportunities in Digital Assets and Regulatory Implications
Hon. J. Christopher Giancarlo, Senior Counsel, Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, Former Chairman, CFTC, Author: "CryptoDad – The Fight for the Future of Money"
12:00pm - 12:10pm
How to Use Charts & Analysis to Invest in Crypto
Chris Solarz, Chief Investment Officer, Forrest Road
12:10pm - 1:10pm
1:10pm - 1:35pm
Keynote: The Regulatory Framework in Digital Assets Investing
1:35pm - 2:10pm
Blockchain, Web 3.0 and Metaverse
Andrew Chen, Corner Capital
Colleen Sullivan, Co-Head Ventures, Brevan Howard
Marcos Veremis, Partner, Accolade Partners
2:10pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Investor Insights on Digital Assets Investing
Frank Mihail, Director, Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico
Frank Mihail is a Director for New Mexico PERA’s $18 billion public pension plan. He leads portfolio management for the $3 billion risk mitigation portfolio, comprised of core fixed income and absolute return strategies in a portable alpha construct.
Prior to joining New Mexico PERA, Frank spent seven years in private wealth management. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Katherine Molnar, Chief Investment Officer, Fairfax County Police Officers Retirement System
Ms. Molnar joined Fairfax County Retirement Systems in 2013 and currently serves as Chief Investment Officer of the Fairfax County Police Officers Retirement System, a $1.8 billion plan. Her responsibilities include all aspects of portfolio management and oversight, including strategic and tactical asset and risk allocation, selection and supervision of external investment managers and risk management. From 2001 until 2012, Ms. Molnar was Vice President, Senior Research Analyst at AIG Investments’ Hedge Fund Solutions Group – both in London and New York. At AIG Investments, Ms. Molnar was responsible for due diligence procedures and research including: sourcing new managers, monitoring current hedge funds, analyzing portfolio risk and performance, making new investment recommendations to an investment committee as well as hedge fund asset allocation recommendations for portfolio construction. She was additionally responsible for portfolio reviews and overall asset allocation recommendations for external client portfolios. Previously, she was Vice President, Market Research Analyst at Citigroup Investments’ Alternative Investment Strategies group. Prior investment management experience includes positions at Paribas Asset Management as well as Trevor Stewart Burton & Jacobsen. Additionally, Ms. Molnar spent one year in Warsaw, Poland launching the first retail mutual funds available to the Polish market as well as two years in Frankfurt, Germany as an intern with J.P. Morgan. Ms. Molnar received a B.S. in Business Administration/Finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a CFA charterholder.
3:00pm - 3:25pm
3:25pm - 4:00pm
Digital Investing Due Diligence
Christopher B. Davis, Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel, Tudor Investment Corporation
Christopher B. Davis. Chris Davis is a Managing Director and the Deputy General Counsel of Tudor Investment Corporation. Mr. Davis provides legal advice and support on a wide range of subjects, including transactional, regulatory, technological and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining Tudor in April 2012, Mr. Davis was an associate at Linklaters LLP in New York and London (2008-2012). Mr. Davis is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas School of Law.
Steven D'Mello, CFA, FRM, Partner, Albourne Partners (Canada) Limited
Steve joined Albourne Partners (Canada) Ltd as an Operational Due Diligence Analyst in 2014 to focus on the credit and fixed income sector before expanding into private markets ODD. Steven has played an important role in developing Albourne’s outlook on operational risk pertaining to digital assets and cryptocurrency sector. Steven joined Albourne from RBC Capital Markets where he worked in Corporate Treasury and Product Control and previously worked for Citco Fund Services in pricing and fund accounting. Steven holds a Bachelor of Administrative and Commercial Studies degree from Western University and has earned both the CFA and FRM designations.
Joe Marenda, Partner, Cambridge Associates
Joe joined Cambridge Associates in 2006 and brings 24 years of investment and alternatives investment experience to his clients.
Joe is a Partner, specializing in building alternative asset and crypto-blockchain allocations. He began working with clients in crypto-blockchain in 2017.
Joe leads the firm’s manager research in crypto-blockchain and contributes to firm research on alternative assets more broadly.
He also serves as the Head of the firm’s San Francisco and Menlo Park offices.
MBA, Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
MA, Yale University
BA, University of Southern California
Michelle Perry, Head of Operational Due Diligence, Galaxy Vision Hill