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GAME Forum

Keynote Speakers

The keynote speakers at GAME Forum are some of the world's most influential industry leaders and experts. Many firms and organizations have demonstrated their support for GAME by providing keynote speakers, panelists and workshop presenters.

Keynote Speakers

Amendola 
Brett M. Amendola

Senior Executive Vice President
National Financial Network

Brett M. Amendola has successfully leveraged his more than two decades of experience at some of the world’s largest investment firms. He has attracted successful financial industry professionals to work side-by-side with some of the brightest minds graduating colleges and universities, creating a team with extensive knowledge and experience while providing world-class financial advice and continuity of service to professionals and multi-generational business owner clients. Amendola holds the Series 6, 7, 9, 10, 24, 63, 65 and state life and health licenses and is a member of GAMA International. He has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Quinnipiac University’s Outstanding Business Alumni Inaugural Recipient – 2008 and the Hartford Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award in 2008. He earned a bachelor’s degree in financial management from Quinnipiac University and serves as vice president of Quinnipiac’s Alumni Association Board of Governors.

Artigas 
Juan Carlos Artigas

Director of Investment Research
World Gold Council

Juan Carlos Artigas is the director of investment research at the World Gold Council, where he and his team provide insights on gold’s drivers and its role as an integral part of investor portfolios. Since 2009, he has reshaped the organization’s approach to investment research through robust and comprehensive financial analysis, combining findings from physical and derivatives markets to better inform investors. Artigas previously worked at JP Morgan Securities as a U.S. and emerging markets fixed income strategist developing sovereign- and corporate-debt valuation frameworks. Artigas has a BS in actuarial sciences from ITAM (Mexico), and an MBA and MS in statistics from the University of Chicago.

Boal 
Fiona Boal

Global Head of Commodities & Real Assets
S&P Dow Jones Indices

Fiona Boal is global head of commodities and real assets at S&P Dow Jones Indices. She is responsible for the product management of the commodities and real asset indices, including the S&P GSCI, Dow Jones Commodity Index and S&P Real Assets Indices. These indices are leading measures of commodities and composite real assets. Boal has spent her entire career in financial and commodity markets; her experience spans buy-side research, hedge funds and asset management. Prior to joining S&P DJI, Boal was director and portfolio manager at Fulcrum Asset Management, where she managed a commodity fund. Previously, she worked as associate director of commodities at Hermes Investment Management, director of commodity research at Argonaut Capital Management, vice president and director of investments at Harbert Strategic Commodities Fund, and executive director of food and agribusiness research at Rabobank International. She started her career as a livestock economist at Meat & Livestock Australia. Boal earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of Sydney and a master of applied finance from Macquarie University.

Corso 
Cliff Corso

Executive Chairman, North America
Insight

Cliff Corso joined Insight and the Executive Management Committee in January 2015 following BNY Mellon’s acquisition of Cutwater Asset Management. He joined Cutwater, a solutions-based fixed income manager, in 1994, helping to build the firm to approximately $20 billion in assets under management. Prior to joining Cutwater, Corso served as a senior fixed income portfolio manager at Alliance Capital Management. Throughout his career, he also served as a credit analyst, lender, restructuring specialist, trader and chief investment officer. Corso was a pioneer in the secured and credit derivatives markets, developing several investment programs and expanding this area to create cash and synthetic CDOs and conduits. He is a frequent guest on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” He earned a BA in economics from Yale University and an MBA from Columbia University.

Damani 
Anupam Damani

Portfolio Manager
Nuveen

Anupam Damani is a portfolio manager for Nuveen’s global fixed income team and heads the international and emerging markets blend sector team. She is lead portfolio manager of the International Bond strategy and co-portfolio manager of the Emerging Markets Blend Strategy, specializing in international sovereign credit, global rates and foreign currency. Damani is also a member of the investment committee, which discusses and debates investment policy for all global fixed income products. Previously, she was the sovereign research analyst for central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa regions, lead emerging markets debt trader and portfolio manager for Eurozone Debt. Before joining the firm in 2005, she was an EMD portfolio manager and trader at Citigroup. Damani holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from India’s Calcutta University and a bachelor’s in financial and investment management from Pace University. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Darst 
David M. Darst, CFA

Chief Investment Officer
Americana Partners

David Darst is the chief investment officer for Americana Partners. He previously served for 17 years as a managing director and chief investment strategist at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, was the founding president of the Morgan Stanley Investment Group, and founding chairman of the Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Asset Allocation Committee. Prior to Morgan Stanley, he held senior management posts within the equities division at Goldman Sachs and served for six years as resident manager of its private bank in Zurich. Darst has written 12 books on bonds, money markets, asset allocation and investing, including a best-seller, “The Little Book that Saves Your Assets.” He earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BA in economics from Yale University. In 2011, he was inducted into the Quinnipiac University Business Leader Hall of Fame.

Emsbo-Mattingly 
Lisa Emsbo-Mattingly, CBE

Director of Research, Global Asset Allocation
Fidelity

Lisa Emsbo-Mattingly leads the asset allocation research team in conducting economic, fundamental and quantitative research to develop asset allocation and macro investment recommendations for Fidelity’s portfolio managers and investment teams. Prior to her current position, Emsbo-Mattingly was head of economic research, where she built a winning track record of combining economic insight with investment recommendations. Previously, she served as an economic analyst responsible for developing econometric models of industry performance in the market. Before joining Fidelity in 1996, Emsbo-Mattingly was an economic analyst at Eastern Research Group and an economic analyst in the international forecasting division at DRI/McGraw-Hill (now IHS Global Insight). She has been in the financial industry since 1990. She earned her bachelor of arts degree in economics and government from Oberlin College and her master’s degree in economics from Boston University.

Harris 
Ethan Harris

Head of Global Economics Research
BofA Global Research

Ethan Harris is the head of Global Economics Research at BofA Global Research. He coordinates the global economics forecast and publication and manages the developed markets economics team. He regularly ranks highly in investor polls and forecast surveys. Before coming to BofA Securities, Harris was chief U.S. economist at Lehman Brothers. He also worked as an economist at Barclays and JP Morgan and spent nine years at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, where he was an assistant to the president and head of the domestic research division. Harris is a founding member of the U.S. Monetary Policy Forum, a member of the World Economic Forum Community of Chief Economists and a member of the Economic Advisory Committee of the American Banker Association. He is the author of “Ben Bernanke’s Fed: The Federal Reserve After Greenspan.” He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Clark University and a PhD in economics from Columbia University, where he was a University Fellow.

Iorio 
Jessica Iorio

Senior Vice President and Business Director
Northeast Private Wealth Division at Rockefeller Capital Management

Jessica Iorio, senior vice president and business director for the Northeast Private Wealth Division at Rockefeller Capital Management, has almost 15 years of financial services industry experience. She is responsible for overseeing daily operations for 10 private wealth management teams as well as leading the recruitment efforts for the teams as they transition to the Rockefeller platform. Prior to her current role, Iorio was senior vice president for Vios Advisors at Rockefeller Capital Management, focusing on executing client investment programs, analyzing investment opportunities and overseeing all operations. With her breadth of experience and knowledge, she was the main point of contact for Vios Advisor’s multigenerational clientele. In addition, she guided important financial decisions by helping to create and monitor effective portfolios with clients’ best interests in mind. She currently holds her Series 7 and 63 licenses. Iorio began her career in 2006 at Morgan Stanley as a client service associate. Prior to Rockefeller, she spent 10 years at HighTower. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Quinnipiac University, attending on a soccer scholarship. She is actively involved in youth soccer programs across the tri-state area.

Kelley 
Megan D. Kelley

Head of Research, Fidelity Center for Applied Technology
Fidelity

Megan Kelley leads the research team within Fidelity’s Center for Applied Technology. The team looks three to five years out for technologies and changes that will matter most to Fidelity and its customers. They help the firm understand the potential of emerging technology, explore innovation globally, and identify projects worth pursuing. Kelley is actively engaged in Fintech Sandbox and MassChallenge. Previously, Kelley led fintech research for FCAT. She has also led social media research in Fidelity Labs, driving experimentation with emerging platforms and data. Prior to joining Fidelity, Kelley worked in editorial and natural language analytics for startups and publishing companies as well as information services at Mercer. She holds a BA in English from Williams College and an MLS in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.

Kelly 
David Kelly, CFA

Chief Global Strategist
J.P. Morgan Asset Management

David Kelly, CFA, is chief global strategist and head of the Global Market Insights Strategy Team for J.P. Morgan Asset Management. With more than 20 years of experience, Kelly provides valuable insight and perspective on the economy and markets to thousands of financial advisers and their clients. Throughout his career, Kelly has developed a unique ability to explain complex economic and market issues in a language that financial advisers can use to communicate to their clients. He is a keynote speaker at many national investment conferences and a frequent guest on CNBC and other financial news outlets. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan Asset Management, he served as economic adviser to Putnam Investments. He also has served as a senior strategist/economist at SPP Investment Management, Primark Decision Economics, Lehman Brothers and DRI/McGraw-Hill. Kelly is a CFA® charterholder. He has an MA and PhD in economics from Michigan State University and a BA in economics from University College Dublin in Ireland.

Kroll 
Noah Kroll, CIMA

Vice President
BlackRock

Noah Kroll, CIMA, vice president at BlackRock, is a member of the Global Allocation team. He is a product strategist for the BlackRock Global Allocation Fund, responsible for representing the investment team to retail and institutional clients globally. Prior to his current role, Kroll was an investment management associate within the U.S. Wealth Advisory Group at BlackRock, serving Merrill Lynch Financial Advisors in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2010, he was a trader for the hedge fund Zweig-DiMenna and a principal at Bull Path focusing on both trading and promoting the firm’s investment products. He began his career as an equities market maker for Knight Trading Group. Kroll earned a BA in political science from Lehigh University in 1998, and an MBA from Monmouth University in 2013. He received his Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation in 2014.

LaCapra 
Lauren Tara LaCapra

Deputy Finance Editor for the Americas
Reuters

Lauren Tara LaCapra is deputy finance editor for the Americas at Reuters. She is also senior editor at Fusion, an ABC-Univision joint venture. She has been a financial journalist since 2007, and before becoming an editor had covered big banks, hedge funds, insurers and mortgage finance. Prior to joining Reuters, LaCapra wrote for TheStreet.com as a banking and personal-finance reporter. Prior to that, she covered airlines and energy for The Associated Press. She has also written for The Wall Street Journal and interned at The New York Times and New York Daily News. She received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Hofstra University.

La Roche 
Julia La Roche

Senior Writer
Yahoo Finance

Julia La Roche is a senior writer at Yahoo Finance, where she covers Wall Street culture, investing, hedge funds, banks and private equity. Her on-camera interviews have included CEOs, COOs, founders and presidents of major companies including Aetna, Goldman Sachs, Starbucks, Walmart and many more. She previously spent five years at Business Insider covering the same beat. La Roche joined Business Insider in August 2011 after working at CNBC.com. She studied broadcast journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she competed on the university’s equestrian team.

LaTorre 
Jean LaTorre

Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer
The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America

As executive vice president and chief investment officer of The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, Jean LaTorre is responsible for investment policy and strategy across public and private equity, fixed income and commercial real estate. Prior to joining Guardian, she had a nearly 30-year career at Aetna, where she most recently was chief investment officer and corporate economist. Prior to that, LaTorre worked at the Municipal Bond Insurance Association and the investment bank Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. She maintains a commitment to the community by serving on the board of trustees for Kingswood Oxford School and the investment subcommittee of Hartford HealthCare. She earned an MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in business administration and English from the State University of New York at Albany.

Mann 
Catherine L. Mann

Managing Director and Global Chief Economist
Citibank

Catherine L. Mann has served as global chief economist at Citibank since February 2018. She is responsible for thought leadership and research guidance of a global team of economists, and cross-fertilization of research across macroeconomics, fixed income, and equities. Prior to this position, she was chief economist at the OECD, where she also was director of the economics department and was finance deputy to the G20 (2014–17). Prior to the OECD, she was the Barbara ’54 and Richard M. Rosenberg Professor of Global Finance at the International Business School, Brandeis University, where she also directed the Rosenberg Institute of Global Finance (2006–14). Mann earned a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University. Her written work includes more than 85 scholarly articles and seven books on the topics of U.S. external imbalances, trade, international capital flows and the dollar; and information technology and services trade in global markets.

McGuire 
Bruce McGuire

Managing Partner
Greenwich Economic Forum

Bruce McGuire is the co-CEO of the Greenwich Economic Forum and managing partner of Global Alpha Research, LLC, an asset management advisory and capital raising firm. He is also the president of the Connecticut Hedge Fund Association and a director of the Greenwich Chamber of Commerce and the Connecticut China Council. McGuire began his career as a lawyer and transitioned to asset management in 1994 with MFS Investment Management in Boston. He started Global Alpha Research in 2016 after managing the New York office of Mesirow Advanced Strategies. McGuire earned a JD from Quinnipiac University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from the University of Miami. His expertise is sought by media including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Financial Times, Bloomberg, China Daily, Reuters, and he has been interviewed by China Central TV and TV Tokyo for segments on the hedge fund industry.

Murray 
Eileen Murray

Former Co-CEO Bridgewater Associates
Chairperson and Public Governor, FINRA Board of Governors

Eileen Murray is the Chairperson and Public Governor for FINRA Board of Governors and serves on the Executive Committee (Chair), Finance, Operations & Technology Committee, Management Compensation Committee (Chair), Regulatory Policy Committee (ex-officio). She is the former co-chief executive officer of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund with more than $160 billion in assets under management. She assumed her role in 2011 and is the second-longest serving chief executive in Bridgewater’s history after founder Ray Dalio. Murray designed and led the execution of an innovative tri-party outsourcing model for all Bridgewater clearance and settlement functions in partnership with BNY Mellon and Northern Trust. She architected and executed the firm’s long-term real estate needs and fulfillment strategy and helped identify and implement new operational strategies for key infrastructure functions including finance, human resources and facilities. Prior to Bridgewater, Murray held several senior executive roles at Morgan Stanley and also served as head of global technology, operations and product control at Credit Suisse First Boston. She earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Manhattan College and was the first female graduate to be honored with its De La Salle Medal of Honor.

Page 
Sébastien Page, CFA

Head of Global Multi-Asset
T. Rowe Price

Sébastien Page, CFA, is head of global multi-asset at T. Rowe Price, where he oversees a team of investment professionals dedicated to a broad set of multi-asset portfolios. He is a member of the asset allocation committee, which is responsible for tactical investment decisions across asset allocation portfolios. He is also a member of the management committee. Prior to joining the firm in 2015, Page was an executive vice president at PIMCO, where he led a team focused on research and development of multi-asset solutions. Prior to that, he was a senior managing director at State Street Global Markets. Page is the coauthor of the book, “Factor Investing and Asset Allocation” (CFA Institute Research Foundation, 2016) and a member of the editorial board of the Financial Analysts Journal. He earned his MS in finance and his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Sherbrooke University in Quebec, Canada.

Pearl 
Joshua Pearl

Founder and Chief Investment Officer
Hickory Lane Capital Management

Joshua Pearl is the founder and CIO of Hickory Lane, a long/short equity asset manager. He focuses on equity investments and special situations utilizing a fundamentals-based approach. From 2011-20, he served as a managing director and partner at Brahman Capital. Previously, he structured high-yield financings, leveraged buyouts and restructurings as a director at UBS Investment Bank. Before that, he was an investment banker at Moelis & Company and Deutsche Bank. Pearl received his BS in business from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business in 2003. He is the co-author of “Investment Banking: Valuation, LBOs, M&A, and IPOs” and “The Little Book of Investing Like the Pros.”

Rosenbaum 
Joshua Rosenbaum

Managing Director
RBC Capital Markets

Joshua Rosenbaum is a managing director at RBC Capital Markets in the Industrials and Diversified Services Group, where he originates, structures and advises on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and capital markets transactions. Rosenbaum is the author of “Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, and Mergers & Acquisitions” and is also a frequent speaker on corporate finance, capital markets and investment banking, providing unique and timely insight on sector trends, valuation and outlook. Previously, he was a managing director at UBS Investment Bank for 13 years and, prior to that, he was a manager at the International Finance Corporation, the direct investment division of the World Bank. He received his AB from Harvard and his MBA with Baker Scholar honors from Harvard Business School.

Roush 
Chris Roush

Dean, School of Communications
Quinnipiac University

Chris Roush began as dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University in July 2019. Before coming to Quinnipiac, he was the Walter E. Hussman Sr. Distinguished Professor in Business Journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and director of its Carolina Business News Initiative. Previously, he taught business journalism at Washington and Lee University and the University of Richmond. The Scripps Howard Foundation and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication named him “Journalism Teacher of the Year” in 2010. He also was chosen the “North Carolina Professor of the Year” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Roush has worked for various publications, including the St. Petersburg Times, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, BusinessWeek, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Bloomberg News. He has authored or co-authored 10 books, including "Show me the Money: Writing Business and Economics Stories for Mass Communication." He earned a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from Auburn University.

Sheaffer 
Burt Sheaffer

Derivative Portfolio Risk Management Executive

Burt Sheaffer is a currency derivative risk manager with 28 years of experience at several top-tier global firms including JP Morgan, Bank of America, and most recently at HSBC. His career experience covers all aspects of derivative risk across the G10, EM, and precious metal marketplace and his product experience encompasses vanillas through first- and second-generation product analysis and risk management. Throughout his career, Sheaffer has managed structuring teams and was a constituent contributor to franchise growth across all client areas from multinational corporations to hedge funds. Sheaffer lectures on the topics of FX markets and macroeconomics at Cornell University, Washington University in St. Louis and Quinnipiac University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Dickinson College and an MBA in finance from Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. In addition to the Series 7, 24 and 63 designations, he is a chartered financial analyst.

Solomon 
Deborah Solomon

Program Co-chair of GAME Forum
Economics Editor
The New York Times

Since 2017 Deborah Solomon has been economics editor of The New York Times, overseeing coverage of tax, trade, Fed, economic policy and anything else that involves numbers, people and policy. Previously, she was a director at the Brunswick Group in Washington, where she provided strategic advice to senior executives on crisis situations, litigation and regulatory matters. From 2000–15, she was at The Journal, where she oversaw the financial regulatory and law enforcement teams as a news editor in the paper’s Washington bureau. As a reporter, Solomon was part of a team that won the 2009 Gerald Loeb Award for “The Day That Changed Wall Street.” In 2003, she was a member of a team of Wall Street Journal reporters awarded the Pulitzer Prize in explanatory reporting for the paper’s coverage of the WorldCom scandal. She has worked at a range of media outlets, including Bloomberg View, USA Today and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Sonders 
Liz Ann Sonders

SVP & Chief Investment Strategist
Charles Schwab & Co.

Liz Ann Sonders has a range of investment strategy responsibilities reaching from market and economic analysis to investor education, all focused on the individual investor. She is a regular contributor to Schwab’s publications and videos, and the keynote speaker at many of the company’s corporate and client events, as well as outside conferences. Sonders makes regular TV appearances on CNBC, Bloomberg TV, and Fox Business News, and is regularly quoted in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and The New York Times. Sonders earned a BA in economics and political science from the University of Delaware and an MBA in finance from Fordham University’s Gabelli School of Business.

Spiegel 
Peter Spiegel

U.S. Managing Editor
Financial Times

Peter Spiegel is the U.S. managing editor for the Financial Times, managing the U.S. bureau network, taking the lead on stories and deploying newsroom resources to expand the American subscriber base. Based in London, Spiegel has been FT news editor for the past three years, during which he successfully transformed the FT’s publishing schedule and helped embed a culture of innovation across the newsroom. He was key to the Financial Times being named newspaper of the year at the 2018 British Press Awards. He previously spent six years in Brussels as the FT’s bureau chief, leading coverage of the European economic crisis and Europe’s role in global affairs. In 2012 and 2013, Spiegel and his team won back-to-back Society of American Business Editors and Writers awards for their coverage of the eurozone debt crisis. Earlier in his career, he worked at the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Forbes.

Watkins-West 
Pamela Watkins-West

Senior Director, Real Estate Impact Investing
Nuveen

Pamela Watkins-West has 18 years of transaction experience in real estate. Her career began with CBRE, where she primarily focused on multifamily investment sales in the southeastern region of the U.S. In 2007, she joined TH Real Estate, formerly TIAA-CREF Global Real Estate, and has transaction experience across several portfolios. She currently sources, acquires, manages and disposes of various asset types consistent with the investment style of Nuveen’s impact investing strategy. Watkins-West has been instrumental in cultivating joint venture relationships to grow the portfolio for the General Account’s opportunistic allocation. She also recently managed a portfolio with commitments of up to $460 million. She earned an MBA in real estate and finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in English and education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Wolf 
Darren S. Wolf

Global Head of Investments, Alternative Investment Strategies
Aberdeen Standard Investments

Darren Wolf is a senior investment manager and global head of investments, alternative investment strategies, at Aberdeen Standard Investments, which provides its clients with access to a breadth of alternative investment strategies and opportunities. Wolf joined Aberdeen in 2015 via the acquisition of Arden Asset Management LLC, where he was the director of research and a member of Arden’s investment committee. At Arden, Wolf was responsible for managing the day-to-day research activities of the firm. Previously, he was on the investment committee and the head of research at Robeco-Sage Investment Management, where he joined as a member of the investment team in 2001. Wolf earned his BS in finance from Yeshiva University.