BP Ventures Approaches Investing With 'Collaborate Now, Compete Later' Mindset | David Hayes, Chief Investment Officer & Managing Director | Q&A
David Hayes is the chief investment officer and managing director of the Americas for BP Ventures. In this interview, he discussed how BP Ventures invests in tech that can be deployed in their own business; the importance of collaborating with corporate venture peers such as Shell; and why they seek a board seat on every investment they make.
West Virginia University Foundation Eyeing Venture Opportunities Outside Of U.S. | Nan Chen, Senior Investment Analyst | Q&A
Nan Chen is a senior investment analyst at the West Virginia University Foundation. She has been with the organization since 2011 and has held a few investment-related positions. In this interview, she discussed why WVU Foundation wants to increase allocation to early-stage venture capital; her focus on China-related strategies; and the close-knit community at WVU Foundation that celebrates and understands diverse cultures and experiences.
Citi Ventures Spending More Time On 'Robotic Process Automation' And Driving Innovation | Matt Carbonara, Managing Director | Q&A
Matt Carbonara is a managing director at Citi Ventures and works out of the Palo Alto office. In this interview, Matt discussed why the organization is spending more time on robotic process automation and other similar technology; their unique position in having direct access to Citi's assets; and how Citi brings global perspective and distribution when collaborating with innovative startups.
Baylor University Identifying 'Prudent Ways' To Add Alpha | Renee Hanna, Director of Investments, Private Investments | Q&A
Renee Hanna joined the Baylor University Office of Investments in 2008. She currently serves as director of investments responsible for the investment and management of the private equity and real asset allocations. In this interview, she discussed how Baylor's investment office identifies ways to add incremental alpha; the multi-year effort in building out their venture program; and why she believes investor peers should stick together and exchange market insights.
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The Public Employees Retirement Association Of New Mexico Focused On 'Innovative And Creative Structures' | LeAnne Larranaga-Ruffy, Director Of Equity/Co-Head Of Alpha | Q&A
LeAnne Larranaga-Ruffy is the Director of Equity/Co-Head of Alpha at the Public Employees Retirement Association of New Mexico and oversees the Global Equity portfolio which is approximately $5.5 billion and includes liquid and illiquid assets. In this interview, LeAnne discussed why it's an exciting time to be a team member at PERA; seeking innovative and creative structures that will enhance value within the fund; and handling the economic impact of COVID-19 across all asset classes within the portfolio.
Pennsylvania PSERS Focused On Increasing Leverage To Reach 'Better-Balanced Portfolio' | Jim Grossman, Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
Jim Grossman is the chief investment officer at the Pennsylvania Public School Employees Retirement System (PA PSERS), where he oversees $59.1 billion of assets. In this interview, he discussed why PSERS prefers a more balanced and diversified portfolio allocation; why using leverage in the portfolio is evolutionary for them; and their measured approach to early-stage venture.
Public Pensions Are 'Missing The Boat' In Private Markets | Mansco Perry, Executive Director & CIO, Minnesota State Board of Investment | Q&A
Mansco Perry, III is the executive director and chief investment officer of the Minnesota State Board of Investment. In this interview, he discussed how being a lawyer is a good foundation as an investor; how the organization deals with retaining investment talent; and why larger plans and investor peers are missing the boat when it comes to private markets.
Allianz Life Insurance Company Focused On 'Expansion Of Alternative Asset Classes' | Todd Hedtke, Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
Todd Hedtke is the chief investment officer at Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, where he leads the investment management of more than $160 billion of insurance assets. In this interview, Todd discussed how Allianz Life has grown their private book in the last decade; the benefits of having a strategic venture and innovation team; and why he believes that complexity is the most rewarding thing about insurance investing.
Why The Rockefeller University Favors Active Management, Diversification | Thomas Lenehan, Deputy Chief Investment Officer | Q&A
Thomas Lenehan is the Deputy Chief Investment Officer of The Rockefeller University, where he helps manage the University's $2.3 billion endowment. In this interview, he discussed how he and CIO Amy Falls built the investment office from scratch; how they are steadily increasing allocation to venture; and his perspective on transitioning from a general partner role to the limited partner side.