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New York’s Flagship Cap-intro Event

Asia’s Flagship Cap-intro Event

Global Alts 2025

Join us in May as SALT iConnections New York makes its much-anticipated return to Manhattan's vibrant west side. Get ready for two days filled with exclusive one-on-one cap intro meetings and groundbreaking thought leadership.

A global thought leadership forum encompassing finance, technology, and geopolitics followed by two days of one-on-one cap into meetings.

The largest cap intro event in the world. Schedule face-to-face meetings with the allocators and managers you want to meet with the most.

MAY 20 – 21

NOV 11 – 14

JAN 27 – 30, 2025

The Glasshouse, NYC

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Miami Convention Center, Miami Beach

Asia’s Flagship Cap-intro Event

A global thought leadership forum encompassing finance, technology, and geopolitics followed by two days of one-on-one cap into meetings.

NOV 11 – NOV 14

Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

New York’s Flagship Cap-intro Event

Join over 1,000 asset allocators, investment managers and entrepreneurs for two full days of one-on-one cap intro meetings and panel discussions encompassing finance, technology and public policy.

MAY 20 – 21

The Glasshouse, NYC

Global Alts 2025

The largest cap intro event in the world. Schedule face-to-face meetings with the allocators and managers you want to meet with the most.

JAN 27 – 30, 2025

Miami Convention Center, Miami Beach

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SALT iConnections New York 2024 Speaker Lineup Unveiled for May Flagship Event

SALT, a premier global thought leadership forum focused on innovation and investing, and iConnections, a leading financial technology platform for alternative investors, today announced the preliminary lineup of speakers for the third annual SALT iConnections New York, taking place May 20-21, 2024 at The Glasshouse in New York City.

SALT iConnections will convene over 1,000 institutional asset owners, asset managers and entrepreneurs for two days of content and curated capital introductions powered by iConnections. The event is projected to have over 2,500 manager meetings and a 2:1 LP:GP attendance ratio.

The preliminary agenda is now available, featuring top minds across business, finance, politics and philanthropy discussing topics that span from institutional asset allocation and sports investing to AI and geopolitics, and speakers from across the institutional, alternative investment, asset management and public sectors, including:

  • Mark Anson, CEO, President & CIO, Commonfund
  • Carmelo Anthony, NBA All-Star and Entrepreneur
  • Michael Arougheti, Co-Founder, CEO & President, Ares Management
  • H.E. Abdulla Bin Touq Al Marri, Minister of Economy, United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Les Brun, Co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Ariel Alternatives
  • Sec. Mark Esper, Former Secretary, Department of Defense & U.S. Army
  • Dan Loeb, CEO, Third Point
  • Stephanie Lynch, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Global Endowment Management
  • Steven Meier, Chief Investment Officer & Deputy Comptroller for Asset Management, New York City Retirement System
  • Sona Menon, Partner, Cambridge Associates
  • Gen. Mark Milley, Former Chairman, U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • Robert Mitchnick, Head of Digital Assets, BlackRock
  • Howard Morgan, Chair and General Partner, B Capital
  • Sam Rosenstock, Deputy CIO of External Alpha, Man FRM
  • Edoardo Rulli, CIO, UBS Hedge Fund Solutions
  • Greg Shell, Managing Partner & Head of Inclusive Growth, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
  • Kristen Smith, CEO, Blockchain Association
  • Carine Smith Ihenacho, Chief Governance and Compliance Officer, Norges Bank Investment Management
  • Roy Swan, Director of Mission Investments, Ford Foundation

“Investors continue to face an economic landscape of rate uncertainty, an upcoming election and a competitive fundraising environment in an increasingly complex alternatives industry,” said John Darsie, CEO of SALT. “With these dynamics in mind, we have curated a diverse roster of experts and executives to opine on the trends impacting the financial markets today, and an environment at The Glasshouse that encourages meaningful networking to drive business impact and investment relationships for the institutional investment community.”

“In a climate of high inflation and global uncertainties, SALT iConnections New York is a pivotal hub for allocators and managers,” emphasized Ron Biscardi, Co-Founder and CEO of iConnections. “Leveraging iConnections’ proprietary capital introductions technology, we facilitate meaningful connections and provide access to the alternative investment landscape, equipping participants with the tools and insights to thrive in today’s complex market dynamics.”

More information on the conference, including registration information and FAQs, can be found here. For media attendance and media partnership inquiries, please contact pro-SALT@prosek.com. Follow @SALTConference and @iConnections_io on X and LinkedIn for the latest news.

About SALT
SALT is a leading global investment forum. Its mission is to connect investors and empower big ideas through exclusive global events and insightful media. For more information, please visit salt.org

About iConnections
iConnections is a financial technology platform connecting asset allocators and investment managers. The iConnections desktop and mobile app allows allocators to evaluate and engage with relevant managers, who share company information securely on the platform. iConnections hosts its own flagship conferences and powers myriad third-party global investor events. In an increasingly digital world, iConnections has reimagined how the investment industry connects. Visit iconnections.io to learn more.

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50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2023

Kaitlin Malin, COO, iConnections | Discover ’50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2023′ in partnership with EY, celebrating industry diversity and trailblazing achievements.

Discover ’50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds 2023′ in partnership with EY, celebrating industry diversity and trailblazing achievements.

This edition marks the eleventh edition of our 50 Leading Women in Hedge Funds report and is published in association with EY for the tenth time. We thank EY for their continued support for this inspiring report and thank our industry network for continuing to provide nominations for exceptionally talented high achievers in the hedge fund industry.

We first published this report in 2009 and continue to receive nominations for women who have featured before over the past fourteen years, but we restrict the number of repeats to special circumstances such as significant promotions or other milestones; one repeat this year is Lone Pine’s COO Kerry Tyler who is celebrating a 25 year anniversary with the company.

Five firms are featuring for the first time: alternative credit manager, 400 Capital Management; managed futures multi-manager, Abbey Capital; illiquid alternatives specialist, Fiera Private Markets; alternatives allocator, Hedonova; digital currency manager Nickel Digital’s multi-strategy Constellation Fund; systematic cryptocurrency hedge fund Strix Leviathan; and multi-strategy equity market neutral sector specialist, Woodline Partners.

The remaining firms namely Balyasny, Bridgewater, Brevan Howard, Caxton Associates, Citco, Citadel and its affiliates, Citadel Securities, D.E. Shaw Group, Dechert, Indus Capital, Lone Pine, Maples Group, MFA, Marshall Wace, Millennium Management, Moore Capital, Mudrick Capital, Point72 and affiliate Cubist, Schonfeld Strategic Advisers, Sculptor, Schulte Roth & Zabel, Seward & Kissel, Sidley Austin, Simmons & Simmons, Surveyor Capital, Taconic Capital Advisers, Tudor Investment Corporation, Verition and Wellington Management have featured at least once before and some more frequently (if not necessarily featuring in every single report). These firms provide serial honourees because they boast a broad and deep bench of senior female professionals – who are also getting promoted. The giant multi-strategy platforms have a big presence because they employ such large teams – Millennium Management has more than 5,000 employees.

Nearly eighty percent of the women in this report work for hedge fund or other alternative managers (including some that have returned external capital and are strictly speaking family offices); twelve work for service providers; one for a trade association; and one for a specialist networking platform and conference organiser.

Most work for medium sized or larger firms, though we are open to those founding their own firms or units within firms. Sadie Raney co-founded Strix Leviathan, and Natalie Faye Smith has co-founded a number of businesses within Brevan Howard, including BH Digital.

The report illustrates a spectrum of senior investment and non-investment job functions.

Ten women are in investment or trading roles covering areas such as equities, fixed income, commercial mortgage-backed securities and global macro trading. Fourteen are in sales, marketing, business development, investor relations or client servicing roles, often dealing with many of the world’s largest institutional investors. Six are in human resources (where hiring portfolio managers can also be dubbed “business development” inside multi-strategy funds), which is often driving forward the diversity of teams. Twelve are lawyers, working either as in-house counsel or in private practice: some of whom have expertise in ESG. Five are in operational and/or financial roles. There is a broker relations specialist and an industry advocate.

Some are wearing multiple hats: one individual combines responsibility for trading and execution with DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion).

Some 80% of this year’s honourees are based in North America, mainly the US, with two in Canada and one in the Cayman Islands, which reflects the US-heavy industry asset breakdown. In Europe, seven are based in the UK, one in France, and one in Ireland. In Asia, three honourees are based in Hong Kong. Many of the women based in North America have come from other countries, such as Albania, Australia, China and Ireland.

Many honourees participate in multiple women’s groups inside and outside their firms, such as formal women’s affinity groups or networks at BNP Paribas, D. E. Shaw, Exodus Point, Millennium Management and Tudor; while Bridgewater’s Melody Rollins co-founded a wider industry group, Women of Color in Investments. Mentoring is also receiving more attention as firms seek to increase the diversity of their internships, university recruitment and lateral hires, and more broadly entrepreneurship in and around the industry. Some women mentor those from their alma mater schools or colleges, while others broaden it out to encourage first time university applicants. Citadel has a Thrive Scholars program for students of colour from low income communities interested in careers in finance. One individual in this report is mentoring incarcerated people on their business ideas.

Gender equalit is attracting ever more attention. The 2023 Nobel prize for Economic Sciences was awarded to Claudia Goldin of Harvard University, for her work on women’s earnings and labour market participation over the centuries, which included documenting the gender pay gap. Female participation has been climbing up the right hand side of a U-shaped curve since the services sector started to dominate over manufacturing in the early twentieth century. Some professional services firms, such as a law firm in Hong Kong, now have more female than male trainees. Elsewhere in the industry, there is much further to go, but hedge fund managers are traveling along a positive trajectory for diversity.

– Hamlin Lovell, Editor, The Hedge Fund Journal

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Inside Affinity Partners: How Jared Kushner Navigated Politics and Business to Build an Empire

Jared Kushner, Founder, Affinity Partners

Moderator: Ron Biscardi, CEO, iConnections

Discover the intriguing conversation between Jared Kushner, founder of Affinity Partners, and Ron Biscardi, CEO of iConnections at Global Alts 2024, as they dive into the distinctions between business dealings and political negotiations. Gain insights into Kushner’s entrepreneurial journey with Affinity Partners, his strategic approach to investments, and his perspective on global trends like artificial intelligence. Explore the intersection of politics and business in this thought-provoking discussion.

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