Through the Looking Glass: Navigating an unpredictable world

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Through the Looking Glass: Navigating an Unpredictable World

13 July 2017  Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

  • THE EVENT
    • Nowadays investors face the challenge of generating returns when yields and risk premia are relatively low. Additionally, with the increasing economic and political fragility many may have reached the limits of monetary policy effectiveness. Consideration of a wide range of possible futures can help our clients build portfolios that are likely to be resilient to a range of scenarios.

      Join us at our upcoming seminar, “Through the Looking Glass: Navigating an unpredictable world” where our experts will share insights and drive discussions on this topic.  

      We will discuss how institutional investors could look inward – to identify any characteristics of their approach, objectives or circumstances that could provide competitive advantage, and outward - to build a portfolio of assets and strategies that maximizes their advantages and improves the likelihood of meeting their long-term objectives while managing the risk of capital impairment.

  • THE AGENDA
    • Registration & Breakfast

      Welcome and Opening
      Hash Piperdy
      CEO, Mercer Malaysia

      Customization to Exploit Competitive Edge
      Rich Nuzum - Wealth Business Leader, Growth Markets

      How to Successfully Invest in Private Equity
      Stefan Hepp - Partner, Global Business Leader Private Markets

      Creating Robust Reference Portfolios: Principles and Practicalities
      Garry Hawker - Wealth Business Leader, Singapore and Director of Strategic Research, Growth Markets

      Closing Remarks
      Hash Piperdy
      CEO, Mercer Malaysia

      Morning Coffee and Networking

  • SPEAKERS
    • Garry Hawker, Wealth Business Leader, Singapore and Director of Strategic Research, Growth Markets

      Garry is the Growth Markets Director of Strategic Research since 2013. Garry also chairs the group that contributes to Mercer's capital markets research and assumptions globally and is a member of the Global Policy and Global Strategic Research Committees, which are global committees within Mercer's investments business charged with bringing Mercer's best ideas to our clients.

      In recognition of Garry’s client focus, he became the Regional Director for Sovereign Funds in 2008, a newly created role to help Mercer fill an increasing need to provide innovative investment solutions to large funds, particularly those in emerging capital markets. In 2007, Garry was relocated to Shanghai to oversee the establishment and development of Mercer's investment consulting business in China. Since his move to Asia, Garry's major clients have included the national social security funds, central banks and national reserve investment agencies of many Asian countries. Prior to his transfer to Singapore in 2000, Garry had been responsible for the management of Mercer's investment consulting business in New Zealand. Garry initially joined Mercer in New Zealand in 1992 after having worked for seven years with another consulting firm.

      Garry is an actuary, and an associate member of the CFA Institute. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and statistics from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

      Rich Nuzum, Wealth Leader, Growth Markets

      Rich is Wealth Leader for Mercer's Growth Markets Region, encompassing Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

      Rich's specialty is in strategy setting and other "high stakes" special projects for large investors. During the past 25 years, Rich has worked with clients in more than 20 countries, providing investment advice to more than a dozen of the world's 100 largest institutional investors. Rich has also led Mercer's consulting on social security and long term savings reform in several countries and one US state.

      Rich holds an MBA with High Honors in Analytic Finance and Accounting from the University of Chicago, and a BA with Honors in Mathematical Sciences and Mathematical Economic Analysis from Rice University. Rich also did graduate work in international economics at Tokyo University. Rich is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute.

      Previously, Rich was North America Business Leader for Mercer's investments business from 2012-16, Global Business Leader for Mercer's investment management business from 2008-11, global Chief Investment Officer for Mercer's investment management business from 2008-10, Americas Business Leader for Mercer's investment consulting business from 2005-08, and Asian Business Leader for Mercer's investment consulting business from 1997-2005. Rich also served concurrently as Mercer's Market Leader for Southeast Asia in 2004-05 across all of Mercer's lines of business, and was the country head for Mercer in Singapore across all lines of business from 2001-04.

      Rich has twice been named to CIO Magazine's annual list of the world's most influential investment consultants.

      Stefan Hepp
      Partner, Global Business Leader Private Markets


      Stefan has more than 25 years of professional experience in the financial services industry. Previously, he was executive director and member of the management committee with Morgan Stanley AG, Zurich, and prior to that with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter in London, J.P. Morgan in Zurich and with Salomon Brothers Int. in London.

      He served as a consultant to the World Bank, Washington D.C. and is a member of the examination board of the Swiss School for Pension Fund Management as well as author and co-author of several books on investment themes and contributing in the financial press and journals.