An alternative investment is a financial asset that does not fall into one of the conventional equity/income/cash categories. Some examples of alternative investments include private equity or venture capital, hedge funds, real estate, private credit, commodities, and tangible assets. Most alternative investment assets are held by institutional investors or accredited, high-net-worth individuals because of their complex nature and degree of risk.
As with many sectors that face gender imbalance in the workforce, the alternative investment industry is no different and women remain underrepresented.
Join us at our next session of FWA exchange – Alternative Investments : Fixing the Gender Gap with Kirsten Voss, Senior Managing Director of Värde Partners and Joanne Murphy, Managing Director of CAIA Association who will be sharing ideas on:
- What are some of the developments and outlook for the alternative investment space?
- How do we close the gender gap in alternative investments?
- What initiatives help women advance in the alternative investment sector?
- How are alternative investment firms taking meaningful steps to improve diversity?
Registered participants will receive the link for the Zoom session prior to the event.
12:00pm Welcome Address by FWA
12:10pm Alternative Investments and Diversity discussion
--Kirsten Voss, Senior Managing Director, Värde Partners
--Joanne Murphy, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Investor Relations, CAIA Association
12:55pm Event Wrap-up
13:00pm Event Ends
Kirsten Voss, Senior Managing Director, Värde Partners
Kirsten Voss is a Senior Managing Director of Värde Partners. She joined the firm in 2001. For the first thirteen years of Kirsten’s tenure at Värde she was responsible for the Firm’s global capital raising and business development activities, including the creation of new products, new strategies and strategic partnerships across the Värde platform. In addition to business development and fundraising activities, she was also responsible for managing the firm’s largest client relationships. She oversaw and managed a global team of business development and investor services professionals. In the last several years, Kirsten has taken a lead Värde’s diversity, equity and inclusion initiative. She is a founding member of the firm’s DEI Executive Council and has been instrumental in institutionalizing Värde’s diversity efforts. She has also worked on establishing ESG guidelines for Värde. She started her career at Cargill Financial Services Corporation, where she held a number of roles, including investment manager within the Corporate Capital Group. Kirsten has a B.S. in Accounting from Minnesota State University, Mankato and an M.B.A. from the University of Minnesota.
Joanne Murphy, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Industry Relations, CAIA Association
Jo has been in Asia for over 20 years, predominantly based in Hong Kong but with two valuable years spent in Singapore. She has held several senior Asia Pacific wide management positions, successfully leading sales, business development, marketing and client relationship management divisions for major institutions; and has both built and managed large and effective regionally located teams.
Jo was expatriated to Hong Kong, with Morgan Stanley, in early 1997 and has worked for several global institutions; covering intermediary, buy and sell side, entrepreneurial and now in a professional education business environment - throughout the Alternative Investment industry.
In 2000, Jo joined HSBC Securities Services (previously Bank of Bermuda) as Head of Sales, Asia Pacific (based in Hong Kong) and in 2005 moved on to Head of Sales Asia (ex-Japan) and Product Specialist for all alternative investment products at Deutsche Asset Management (in Singapore). In 2008 Jo joined Triple A Partners, a privately held group. In early 2012 Jo joined the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, the international leader in alternative investment education and provider of the CAIA designation, as Managing Director, Asia Pacific.
Jo enjoys the reputation of being hard-working, capable, committed and commercial; was voted “Asia’s most influential woman in the alternative sector” and also one of “The 25 most influential people in Asian hedge funds” by the industry’s leading AsianInvestor magazine. Jo also was a founding member of the Hong Kong AIMA Chapter, previously held an Executive Committee Member position and now sits on its Education Committee. Further, she also holds a number of corporate advisory positions, is a Fellow of SUSS (Singapore) as well as an advisory council member of UPACA Gurukul (India).
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