CFA Institute Research Foundation Board of Trustees

The CFA Institute Research Foundation Board of Trustees is comprised of the original founding members of the board, as well as the most recent directors.

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Joachim Klement

Joachim Klement CFP, CFA


Head, Investment Research, Fidante Partners

1 Tudor Street
London EC4Y 0AH


Joachim Klement, CFA, is a trustee of the CFA Institute Research Foundation. Previously, he was CIO at Wellershoff & Partners Ltd., and before that, head of the UBS Wealth Management Strategic Research team and head of equity strategy for UBS Wealth Management. Klement studied mathematics and physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland and Madrid, Spain, and graduated with a master’s degree in mathematics. In addition, he holds a master’s degree in economics and finance.

Paul Smith, CFA

Paul Smith CFA

President and CEO, CFA Institute

915 E High Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902

23/F Man Yee Building
68 Des Voeux Road
Central, Hong Kong


Paul Smith leads CFA Institute and its more than 130,000 members worldwide in promoting the highest standards of education, ethics, and professional excellence in the investment profession for the ultimate benefit of society. Smith joined CFA Institute in 2012 as managing director for Asia Pacific, overseeing its expansion into China and India. He later assumed the leadership of its Institutional Partnerships division, which is responsible for engagement with key firms, groups, and associations in the global investment industry. He was appointed president and CEO in January 2015. He brings extensive leadership experience in the investment management industry, having held a variety of positions in major financial centers over 30 years. Smith started his career in asset management at Ermitage International, an alternative funds management company, progressively taking up roles of increasing responsibility across Europe (London, Paris, and Dublin) over 11 years — the last seven as the firm's CEO. Smith moved to Asia in 1996, just as the region's economies began to take off, to join Bank of Bermuda in Hong Kong as Asia head of securities services. In 2001, he was promoted to global head of funds services. After HSBC’s acquisition of the bank in 2004, he served as HSBC’s global head of alternative funds administration working in Hong Kong and New York, where he was responsible for the delivery of services to 2,000 investment funds with over US$250 billion of assets. He has also pursued entrepreneurial roles, most recently as founder and CEO of the Hong Kong-based hedge fund investment management firm Asia Alternative Asset Partners for six years prior to joining CFA Institute. Asian Investor magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential People in Asian Hedge Funds. With over 18 years of experience in Asia, Smith is active in the region’s investment community as an Executive Committee member of the Alternative Investment Management Association in Hong Kong. He has also served on the board of a number of Asia-based funds over the years. Aside from being a CFA charterholder, he is also a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, and worked as an auditor at Pricewaterhouse in London for four years early in his career. He holds a master’s degree in history from Oxford University.

Ted Aronson

Ted Aronson CFA

Vice Chair


230 South Broad Street
20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Frederic Lebel

Frédéric P. Lebel CFA

HFS Hedge Fund Selection S.A.

Chemin des Rannaux 5
1297 Founex Switzerland


Member of CFA Society Switzerland

Frédéric P. Lebel, CFA, has been co-CEO and CIO of OFI MGA and owner of HFS Hedge Fund Selection S.A., based in Geneva, since 2008. Prior to this, he had been an executive vice president at Lombard Odier & Cie in Geneva in charge of hedge fund investments since 1997, after having worked for two years as an assistant to Philippe A. Sarasin, CFA, one of the bank’s managing partners. He began his career in the equity division of Morgan Stanley in New York prior to moving to London. Lebel was founding Co-Chair and then Chair of the European Advocacy Committee in 2000, and the founding Chair and a member of the Capital Market Policy Council of the CFA Institute Centre for Financial Market Integrity. He is currently the Past Chair of the CFA Institute Board of Governors as well as Chair of the Compensation Committee, the Nominating Committee, and the Planning Committee. A past recipient of the Daniel J. Forrestal III Leadership Award for Professional Ethics and Standards of Investment Practice, Lebel holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in finance and accounting from the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland.

Heather Brilliant

Heather Brilliant CFA

Managing Director, First State Investments

10 East 53rd Street, Floor 21
New York, NY 10022


Member of CFA Society New York

Heather Brilliant, CFA, is managing director, Americas of First State Investments. Previously, she served as chief executive officer of Morningstar Australasia, where she led a team of financial services professionals based in Australia and New Zealand. Brilliant has also been global director of equity and corporate credit research at Morningstar. She is vice chair of the CFA Institute Board of Governors and is a past chairman of CFA Society Chicago. Brilliant is co-author of Why Moats Matter: The Morningstar Approach to Stock Investing. Before joining Morningstar, she served as an equity research analyst for boutique investment firms. Brilliant received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Northwestern University and her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Bill Fung PhD

Aventura, FL

Bud Haslett

Bud Haslett FRM, CFA

Executive Director, CFA Institute

915 E High Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902


Bud Haslett, FRM, CFA, holds masters degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. He was awarded the CFA designation in September of 1995. Mr. Haslett previously served as director of option analytics for Miller Tabak + Co., LLC and CEO of Miller Tabak Capital Management and spent two decades on the options trading floor, where he managed portfolios of stocks and options. He previously served as a board member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, chairman of the Board of Regents for the Financial Analysts Seminar, and president of the CFA Society of Philadelphia. He was an active volunteer for CFA Institute, having served in a variety of capacities, including CFA exam grader and member of the Council of Examiners. Mr. Haslett has also taught coursework on options at New York University, Johns Hopkins, and Rutgers. He is the founding chairman of the Derivatives Committee for the New York Society of Security Analysts and is a member of the Institutional Investor Advisory Committee for the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He has conducted option presentations and workshops at more than 50 CFA Institute societies.

Diane Garnick

Diane Garnick CPA

Greenwich, CT 06830


Diane Garnick is managing director and chief income strategist at TIAA, a financial services provider for the not-for-profit market offering a wide range of financial solutions, including investing, banking, advice and guidance, and retirement services. Ms. Garnick is responsible for advancing the strategy, development, and modernization of TIAA's lifetime income solutions across the firm's portfolio of products and services. Prior to joining TIAA, she served as a global investment strategist at State Street Global Advisors and Invesco. Ms. Garnick was also a member of the top-ranked Institutional Investor Equity Derivatives research team at Merrill Lynch. She serves on the board of the CFA Institute Research Foundation, is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Retirement, and chaired the CHRISTUS Healthcare Investment Committee. Ms. Garnick earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Hofstra University and a master's degree in finance & strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a Certified Public Accountant.

Joanne Hill

Joanne M. Hill

Chief Advisor for Research and Strategy, CBOE Vest

1765 Greensboro Station Place
Tower 1; 9th Floor
McLean, VA 22102

Jason Hsu

Jason Hsu PhD

Chairman & CEO, Rayliant Global Advisors

Level 54, Hopewell Centre
183 Queen's Road East
Wanchai, Hong Kong 999077

Jason Hsu is founder and chief investment officer of Rayliant Global Advisors, a Hong Kong–based investment management group specializing in emerging market equity strategies, especially in Greater China. He co-founded Research Affiliates, an investment manager specializing in smart beta indexes and asset allocation. In addition, Mr. Hsu is an adjunct professor in finance at the UCLA Anderson School of Management in the US, and a visiting professor at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Kyoto University in Kyoto, and National Chengchi University in Taipei. He is on the editorial board of the CFA Institute Financial Analysts Journal®, the Journal of Investment Management, the Journal of Investment Consulting, and the Journal of Index Investing. Mr. Hsu has authored more than 40 journal articles and is a contributing author for eight handbooks in finance and economics. He has won two Graham and Dodd Scroll Awards from the Financial Analysts Journal, two Bernstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy Outstanding Research Awards, and three William Sharpe Best Research Awards. Mr. Hsu has been recognized by Institutional Investor as one of the 20 rising stars of the industry. He also co-invented the Fundamental Index, which won best index from Global Pensions magazine for three consecutive years. Mr. Hsu received a bachelor of science degree from Caltech, a master of science degree from Stanford University, and a PhD in finance from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

George Hoguet

George Hoguet CFA

Chesham Investments LLC

17 Chesham Road
Brookline, MA 02445


Member of CFA Society Boston

George Hoguet, CFA, is a managing director, senior portfolio manager, and global investment strategist specializing in emerging markets at State Street Global Advisors, where he has been involved with the active emerging markets strategy. Previously, he worked in London and Boston with the chief investment officer of Baring Asset Management. He spent the first part of his career in emerging market and domestic corporate finance at Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Hoguet also served at the U.S. Treasury Department as alternate executive director to the World Bank and principal deputy assistant secretary for international affairs. Mr. Hoguet is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School.

Vikram Kuriyan

Vikram Kuriyan PhD, CFA

Clinical Professor, Indian School of Business

ISB Campus Road
Gachibowli, Hyderabad 50032
Telengana, India


Vikram Kuriyan, CFA, is director of the investment laboratory and a member of the faculty at the Indian School of Business. Previously, he was chairman of the global asset allocation committee and global head of quantitative strategies in Bank of America’s asset management division. Dr. Kuriyan also served as managing director of an arbitrage and principal investing fund in Tokyo and as the global head of complex derivatives in the commodities group at Merrill Lynch. He advises the Securities and Exchange Board of India and has served as an adviser to one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds. Dr. Kuriyan is an independent director of TVS Capital Funds and serves on the China–India advisory council of CFA Institute. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from MIT, a master’s degree in engineering science from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a PhD from Harvard University, where he specialized in capital markets.

Mauro Miranda

Mauro Miranda CFA

Mauro Miranda, CFA, is president of CFA Society Brazil. He is an investment professional specializing in fixed income, including the structured debt and private credit areas. Mr. Miranda has worked as a trader and structurer, among other positions, at Brazilian and global financial institutions in New York City, London, and Sao Paulo. He earned bachelor’s degrees in international relations and economics from the University of Brasília and an MBA from Columbia Business School, and he holds the financial risk manager (FRM) certification.

Sophie Palmer

Sophie Palmer CFA

Partner, Private Wealth Management, Jarislowsky Fraser

1010 Sherbrooke Street W
20th Floor
Montreal, Quebec H3A 2R7

Jeffrey Bailey

Jeffery V. Bailey CFA


Tonka Bay, MN


JT Grier

John T. Grier CFA


Director of Internal Equity, Virginia Retirement System

1200 E Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219


Laurence Siegel

Laurence B. Siegel

Research Director

Blue Moon Communications

1229 Maple Avenue
Wilmette, IL 60091


Laurence B. Siegel is director of investment policy research at the Ford Foundation. Previously, he served as a managing director at Ibbotson Associates, an investment consulting firm that he helped establish in 1979. Mr. Siegel is the author of Benchmarks and Investment Management, an AIMR Research Foundation monograph. He chairs the investment committee of the Trust for Civil Society in Central and Eastern Europe and serves on the investment committee of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Mr. Siegel is also a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Portfolio Management and the research review board of the Research Foundation of AIMR. He holds a BA in urban studies and an MBA in finance from the University of Chicago.

Jessica Critzer

Jessica Critzer


CFA Institute

915 E High Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902


Kim Maynard

Kim Maynard CTP


CFA Institute

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