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West Coast Sub-Advisory Roundtable 2018

Sep 25th - Sep 26th 2018
The Ritz-Carlton
Marina del Rey, CA

The 2nd Annual West Coast Sub-Advisory Roundtable will be 2018’s second event in Institutional Investor’s newly launched Sub-Advisory Institute - a private membership organization for buyers of sub-advisory services and manager research, selection & oversight executives representing mutual fund companies, OCIOs, insurance firms, retirement platforms, and other asset managers which out-source. Through expert-led panel discussions, presentations, guest speakers and live market research, each event will bring together leading participants in the sub-advisory landscape to assess how the investment objectives of institutions are changing and how firms that offer sub-advised strategies can respond to these needs.

The 2018 preliminary agenda is currently being developed with the latest trends and most actionable insights in the sub-advisory space. We will keep you updated with the latest agenda as we approach the event.

Latest Agenda


Portfolio Construction and Asset Allocation

  • What is the role of factor analysis in understanding manager performance and portfolio exposures?
  • Sub-Advisory, Smart Beta and ETFs: Opportunities and risks
  • David vs. Goliath: In a world where the big are getting bigger, what is the role of the boutique or emerging active manager?
  • Investing in alternatives: a cost benefit analysis
  • ESG and Impact Investing: Coming up with a consolidated framework for understanding these investments
  • Interval funds: Getting past the marketing jargon to understand how these products fit into your portfolios


Manager Research, Selection and Due Diligence

  • How to construct and compensate a best-in-class manager research team
  • Alternative manager due diligence: avoiding pitfalls
  • Negotiating terms and fees in a Sub-Advised relationship: Is it possible for everyone to win?


Disruptors and Innovators

  • Block Chain: Will (and if so, when) will these technologies change the way we do business?
  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and Portfolio Analysis: Friend or foe?
  • Disruptive Companies: How consolidation and disruption in the technology, consumer, and pharmaceutical industry are changing the opportunity and investment landscape
  • The Future of Financial Advice: Is technology commoditizing investment advice? How can we add value beyond investing?
  • Hacking and Cybersecurity


The Macroeconomic and Geopolitical Landscape

  • Regulatory uncertainty: Tax reform is here. How are firms adapting to the changes? Who bears the responsibility for regulatory burdens – such as the liquidity rule – in a sub-advisory relationship?
  • Opportunities in China and the emerging markets
  • Inflationary pressures and Central Bank Policy
Speakers and Panelists

This year's event will gather almost 50 experts in the sub-advisory and related landscape to present, moderate and discuss how the investment objectives of institutions are changing and how firms that offer sub-advised strategies can respond to these needs. 

Please find the agenda in the About Section for the complete itinerary of this day and a half event, including all the speakers and panelists. 

Advisory Board

We build our Sub-Advisory Roundtable agendas with the help of an advisory board of investment executives from leading firms that utilize sub-advisory services to ensure the content is timely, relevant, and forward thinking.

Salimah Shamji
Vice President, Investment Product Management
AIG SunAmerica

Giorgio Carlino
Chief Investment Officer – Multi Asset US
Allianz Global Investors

Jasmine Yu
Head of Global Manager Research
BNY Mellon Wealth Management

Tracy Pike
Head of Sub-Advisor Oversight
Charles Schwab Investment Management

Alena Kuprevich
Managing Director
Disciplina Group, LLC

Andrew Prewitt
Managing Director, Investment Portfolio Management
Harbor Capital Advisors

David Braverman
Managing Vice President, Equities
ICMA Retirement Corporation

Stephanie Kueppers
Director, Sub-Adviser Oversight
Jackson National Asset Management

York Lo
Product Development Director, Senior Investment Analyst
John Hancock Investments

Robert Boyda
Senior Managing Director and Senior Portfolio Manager
Manulife Mutual Funds

Christopher E. Vella
Chief Investment Officer, Multi-Manager Investments
Northern Trust Asset Management

Chris DeMeo
Founding Partner
Nu Paradigm Investment Partners

Paul Mazzacano
Senior Vice President, Head of Manager Research
PineBridge Investments

Gretchen Tai
SECOR Asset Management

Sandra Ackermann-Schaufler
Head of International and Emerging Markets Equity, Senior Portfolio Manager
SEI Investments

Kristine Mogollon
Director, Investment Product Management
Thrivent Mutual Funds

W. Lee Norton
Senior Investment Analyst
The Vanguard Group

Halvard Kvaale,
Senior Vice President, Head of Manager Research and Selection,
Voya Investment Management, NY

Greg Maddox
Senior Vice President, Head of Global Manager Research
Wells Fargo Investment Institute

About Sub-Advisory

Institutional Investor’s Sub-Advisory Institute is a private membership organization designed to give selected supporting member firms unparalleled access to their clients and potential clients—buyers of sub-advisory services representing OCIOs, mutual fund companies, insurance firms, retirement platforms, wealth managers, and other asset managers which out-source—at two exclusive events per year.

For more information, please contact:

Madeline Heckman​
Investor Relations Director, Individual Market Memberships
+44 (0) 212 224 3640


The Ritz-Carlton

4375 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
+1 (310) 823-1700‎

There are certain elements that attract visitors to Southern California: beautiful beaches, incredible cuisine and an attitude that acts as a gentle reminder to slow down and enjoy the present. Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey are invited to experience SoCal living with the hotel’s collection of amenities, including LA’s only waterfront saltwater pool, farm-to-table dining, a luxury spa and accommodations overlooking the marina or city.


For Providers of Sub-Advisory Services, please contact:

Randy Klein

Executive Director, Business Development
+44 (0) 212 224 3629

For Buyers of Sub-Advisory Services, please contact:

Madeline Heckman​

Investor Relations Director, Individual Market Memberships
+44 (0) 212 224 3640

For Supporting Members of Sub-Advisory Services, please contact:

Lauren Feldman

Client Services Coordinator, Investor Relations Manager
+44 (0) 212 224 3689