Northeastern University to Host 5th Annual Collegiate Alternative Investment Summit

The Northeastern University Collegiate Alternative Investment Summit
(CAIS), a conference organized by D’Amore-McKim School of Business
students, will be held April 7-8, 2017, on the Northeastern University
campus in Boston.

One of Boston’s largest student-run alternative investment conferences,
the two-day event will bring together students, academics and
professionals from the private equity, hedge fund, venture capital and
real assets industries to discuss ongoing and emerging industry issues,
with the goal of bridging the gap between classroom education and
professional application. Founded in 2013, the conference was developed
to provide students with the opportunity to learn from and network with
industry leaders, thus enhancing their academic knowledge of the asset
class with real-world context and professional insight.

“CAIS is an outstanding event, providing unmatched insight and networks
for students exploring careers in the alternative investment space,”
said Hugh Courtney, Dean of D’Amore-McKim School of Business. “CAIS
exemplifies the best of Northeastern’s experiential learning model in
action, as it is designed, led and operated entirely by students for
students. CAIS provides timely, relevant and insightful information on
the alternative investment sector as it grows and redefines our global
financial markets. We are pleased to be entering our fifth year of the
conference and are looking forward to another intriguing and beneficial
event for all participants.”

A selection of keynote speakers will headline the event, including Henry
Nasella, Partner at LNK Partners; Ted English, Executive Chairman of
Bob’s Discount Furniture; and Fran Janis, Founding Partner of Pomona
Capital. In addition, an Alumni Panel will kick off the conference the
evening of April 7, and will feature Lilly Xie, Analyst at Spinnaker
Capital LLC; Martin Lemaire, Risk Analyst at Putnam Investments; Tarik
Emara, Vice President of Private Equity at Citi; and Annemarie Murphy,
Assistant Vice President at Boston Capital.

Presentation topics have been carefully chosen to cover a robust variety
of industry specializations and trends, including different perspectives
in private equity, partner-track in venture capital, investing in
sustainability, frontier markets, merger arbitrage, and turnaround
management. Both Alan S. McKim and Richard D’Amore, for whom the school
of business is named, will participate in the conference. Mr. D’Amore,
Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners, will moderate a fireside chat
with Ms. Janis. Mr. McKim, CEO of Clean Harbors, Inc., will participate
in the Investing in Sustainability panel.

Additional CAIS presenters and speakers include:

  • Jacen Dinoff – Co-Founder & CEO, KCP Advisory Group
  • Richard Dulude – Principal & Investment Manager, _Underscore.VC
  • Barry Green – Founding Partner, HunterPoint LLC
  • Sam Klar – Portfolio Manager, GMO
  • Andy Lefkarites – Senior Associate, North Bridge Growth Equity
  • Juan Leung Li – Senior Associate, General Catalyst Partners
  • John Loughnane – Partner, Nutter McClennen & Fish
  • Derek Lister – M&A Analyst, Harvard Management Company
  • Asha Mehta – Portfolio Manager, Acadian Asset Management
  • Nicholas Sammut – Investment Professional, Generate Capital
  • Parul Singh – Principal, Founder Collective

To view the full schedule of events and to register to attend, please

“Each year, we host a pool of incredibly passionate and intelligent
students with a keen interest in working in the private equity, venture
capital and hedge fund industries, but more importantly, managing and
raising funds of their own one day,” said Nicholas F. Lara, Chairman and
Founder of CAIS. “With successful tech exits among the likes of
Facebook, Snap, and Alibaba, students come to CAIS to gain more insight
and ask questions surrounding how they can become investors in the next
wave of rumored exits. Creating a forum where students and accomplished
academics and investors can engage is the key to preparing the next
generation of financers with the necessary tools to navigate our
constantly evolving markets.”

“CAIS provides students and professionals from across the country with
an opportunity to engage with leaders in the alternative investment
industry,” said Lauren Tawfik, D’Amore-McKim School of Business Class of
2018 and Co-President of CAIS. “This year marks the fifth anniversary of
the event, and our team has been working tirelessly to create a line-up
filled with seasoned experts in private equity, venture capital, hedge
funds, and real assets. We are looking forward to a weekend filled with
thought-provoking conversations and meaningful networking opportunities
for attendees and speakers alike.”

Sponsors of CAIS are acclaimed members of the financial and academic
communities, including BackBay Communications, Northeastern University
Center for Financial Independence, Scotiabank, Northeastern University
Office of Alumni Relations, CAIA Association, D’Amore-McKim School of
Business, Wall Street Oasis and PitchBook.

About the Northeastern University Collegiate Alternative Investment

The Northeastern University Collegiate Alternative
Investment Summit (CAIS) is one of the largest student-run conferences
on campus. The organization is committed to creating a knowledge forum
with some of the brightest minds in the alternative investments space
with the goal of bridging the gap between classroom education and
professional application with respect to hedge funds, private equity,
venture capital and real assets. For more information, please visit:
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