Former Florida State Board of Administration ED-CIO Ash Williams and Nasdaq Asset Owner Solutions COO and Former Employees Retirement System of Texas Deputy CIO Sharmila Kassam to serve as Fellows Program Co-Chairs for the AIF Institute and its Centers of Excellence
February 24, 2022
NEW YORK — AIF Global, an independent economic think tank with the mission of fostering the exchange of best ideas, practices, and information among institutional investors globally, has announced the AIF Institute Fellows Program. The Fellows Program features global thought leaders in their respective industries as subject matter experts to contribute to the investor education and mission of the AIF Institute and Centers of Excellence.
The inaugural Fellows class will be led by two Co-Chairs: Former Florida State Board of Administration Executive Director and CIO and Former AIF Investor Board Chair Ash Williams and Nasdaq Asset Owner Solutions COO and Former Employees Retirement System of Texas Deputy CIO Sharmila Kassam.
The AIF Institute launched its initial Centers of Excellence in 2020–2021: the Center for ESG and Sustainable Investing, the Center for Insurance Investing, the Center for Private Capital Investing, and the Center for Financial Innovation. Each Center has one or more dedicated Fellows that will help develop and deliver educational programming and build connections with the global institutional asset owner community.
The 2022 Fellows class, which was announced during the AIF Global Annual Investors’ Meeting in January, includes: John D’Agostino, Senior Advisor, Coinbase and Adjunct Lecturer, INSEAD, MIT and Columbia University; Marianne Dwight, Advisor, Strategic Insight Group and Former General Counsel and Investment Committee Member, Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company; Ferdinand Seibert, Executive Director, Zurich Insurance Group; Andrew Sawyer, Former CIO, Maine Public Employees Retirement System; Larry Schloss, Former CIO, New York City Retirement Systems; Sheryl Schwartz, CIO, Alti Financial and Former Managing Director, Alternative Investments, TIAA-CREF; Edward Toy, Investment Specialist, Practice Lead—Investments, Risk and Regulatory Consulting and former Senior Technical Policy Advisor, National Association of Insurance Commissioners; and Tom Tull, Former CIO, Employees Retirement System of Texas.
AIF Institute Fellows will help lead discussions at the 2022 AIF West Coast Forum in Los Angeles this April and will be featured at various AIF forums and AIF Institute symposia throughout the year. The Fellows Program Co-Chairs will work with AIF Institute leadership, Fellows, and Center Board Faculty to curate actionable discussions, research and education projects related to important topics facing institutional asset owners globally.
Fellows are nominated either by the AIF Global Boards, Center faculty boards or peers and are reviewed and appointed by the Center Boards, AIF Institute Fellows and Co-Chairs, and AIF leadership.
About AIF Global and the AIF Institute
AIF Global is an independent economic think tank with the mission of fostering the exchange of best ideas, practices, and information among institutional investors globally to help them achieve their investment objectives. Since its inception six years ago, the AIF Institute, the educational arm of AIF Global, has been at the forefront of providing customized education to institutional investors globally.
AIF Global website: https://aifglobal.org
AIF Institute Fellows Program: https://aifglobal.org/aif-institute-fellows/