Senior Vice President – Key Investment Services (KIS) SA, Morges
After starting his professional career in publishing with Swiss Quality Publication, André joined Forward SA (the publisher of BANCO, the Swiss Asset Management Magazine) from 1998 to 2002 as Head of Sales & Marketing and where he was also in charge of BANCO's proprietary funds database and rating. From 2002 to 2007, he was Sales Manager at Finlab SA, publishers of fund analysis and reporting software targeted mainly at hedge funds. These commercial activities brought him in contact with numerous managers and analysts of hedge funds. In January 2008, he joined Key Investment Services (KIS) SA, a Swiss pension funds' investment advisor, as Head of commercial development and member of pension funds asset management boards.
Thierry Broger – CEO – Epona, Lausanne
Thierry Broger has taken over this year as CEO of Epona, a Swiss insurance company which is celebrating its 112th anniversary. He is also a member of several investment committees, as well as a lecturer at the SEC Lausanne, while occasionally acting as independent financial advisor to various financial institutions and pension funds. Before that, he worked for more than 12 years at Prométerre as CFO of the insurance department, where he was mainly engaged in managing the securities and real estate portfolios of the group. After his training as a business economist at the ESECO School, Thierry obtained an Executive MBA at the Business School Lausanne in 2003. He then specialized in asset management by graduating with a diploma as Certified International Wealth Manager from the Swiss Training Centre for Investment Professionals (AZEK) in 2007. He subsequently obtained the Swiss Structured Product Officer (OPSS) diploma in 2010. In 2013, he completed a specialist training in risk management at the Geneva School of Business Administration.
CEO and Member of the Executive Committee – Gérifonds, Lausanne
Holder of a CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) and of two federal diplomas delivered by the SFAA, as well as a Degree in Economics, Christian Carron joined Gérifonds SA in 1997 as Senior Fund Manager. After six years as manager of the Japac Fund and member of the Investment Committee, he was promoted to the position of Chief Investment Officer and was appointed to the Board of Directors of Gérifonds, a Swiss fund management company (part of the BCV Group) which manages and administrates - amongst others - more than thirty hedge funds. He has been appointed CEO of Gérifonds in September 2012.
Member of the Executive Committee and Head of the Investment Fund Department – Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild SA, Geneva
Alexandre Col has been involved in the hedge fund industry since he joined the bank in 1994. He oversees all activities linked to the funds of funds business. Mr. Col holds three degrees (in Business Administration, in Economics, in Political Science) and two post-graduate diplomas (in Political Science and International Economic Relations). The Group has more than 42 years experience in hedge fund industry as it launched the first fund of funds in 1969 and invests more than USD 10.3 bn in hedge funds among which the Luxemburg funds of funds umbrella Edmond de Rothschild Prifund. His expertise brought him to take part in various external committees of experts, as follows: Chairman of the Regulatory Circle of the Alternative Investment Council (AIC) of the Swiss Fund Association (SFA); Member of the Alternative Investment Management Association Limited (AIMA); Member of the Alternative Investments Council (AIC) of the Swiss Fund Association (SFA); Member of the European Fund and Asset Management Association (EFAMA); Member of the Swiss Council of Hedge Funds (TCF).
CIO of Alternative Investments and Member of the Executive Committee - Candriam Asset Management (formerly Dexia Asset Management), Paris
Fabrice Cuchet joined the Dexia Asset Management’s French operation in 1999 as Head of Long Only European Equity and was promoted to Head of Long Short Equity in 2000. In 2003, he became Managing Director of the Alternatives practice in Dublin, before assuming the role of Deputy Global Head of Alternative Investment at Dexia Asset Management later that year.
Fabrice became Global Head of Alternative Management in 2006 and was appointed to Dexia Asset Management’s Executive Committee three years later. Prior to joining Dexia Asset Management, Fabrice was Head of Equity Investments at Dresdner RCM Gestion. He started his career at Dresdner Bank in 1993 after graduating from the Engineering School ENSIMAG in 1992.
Fabrice holds a DEA in Statistics and stochastic calculation and was certified as a financial analyst by the French Society of Financial Analysts in 1996.
Director and member of the Investment Board - Skycare, Geneva
Since January 2003, Yves Ducommun is the Director, as well as a member of the Investment Board of corporate pension fund skycare in Geneva. Skycare is the pension scheme of skyguide, the company which manages and monitors all air traffic control activities in Switzerland. Yves Ducommun is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fundation Hypotheka in Geneva.
After obtaining a degree in Actuarial Science, Yves Ducommun joined Swiss Re in Zurich, where he worked for 13 years as Head of Life Reinsurance for Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal and the Maghreb region. Upon his return to French-speaking Switzerland in 2001 and before his current position, he also worked for a major Pension Fund Consulting Company as a business developer for Swiss market.
Indira C. Tasan
Editor-in-Chief of BANCO and Chairman of the Jury – Forward Group, Lausanne
Indira C. Tasan is a journalist and editor of the financial quarterly BANCO, the Swiss Asset Management Magazine. After studying Russian and Chinese at the Universities of Lausanne and of Geneva, she began her career as Product Manager with an international publishing house based in Lausanne, where she launched a magazine in English dedicated to the promotion of the Swiss financial place abroad, before becoming Business Director. In 1995, she and Selim R. Chanderli founded Forward SA, a publishing house based in Lausanne. Launched in 1996, BANCO is the only financial magazine that covers the whole of Switzerland.
Chief Investment Officer - CPEG, Geneva
Grégoire Haenni is chief investment officer of the CPEG, the pension fund of the state of Geneva. Prior to joining CPEG, Mr. Haenni was from 2010 until the end of 2014 the CIO of the pension fund management unit of CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to that, Mr. Haenni was heading the Research and Investments department at Bank of China (Suisse) Fund Management SA. Before that, he founded Bedrock Alternative Asset Management SA, a subsidiary of Bedrock Group, and was the Managing Partner from 2007 to 2008, as well as Head of Research and Portfolio Management. He was a portfolio manager of two funds of hedge funds, as well as tailor-made portfolios designed for UHNWI, based on proprietary multi-dimensional models that he developed over 20 years. Prior to Bedrock, Mr. Haenni was a senior qualitative and quantitative analyst at Pictet & Cie's alternative department from 2001 to 2007. He was also the manager of the Asian multi-strategy fund of hedge funds and managed tailor-made portfolios of alternative investments. He started his career in 1997 as a financial analyst and portfolio manager at Merchiston Management SA. He holds a PhD in Econometrics, summa cum laude. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Methods and a Master of Science in Econometrics from the University of Geneva.
Members of the Jury