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Innovative Ways of Financing Infrastructure Projects and Securing Pension Income

June 13 @ 11:00 am - 12:45 pm

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Dr. Arun Muralidhar, CIO of AlphaEngine Global Investment Solution, will present his research and conceptual framework for innovative ways of financing infrastructure projects and securing pension income.

 Euan Marshall, Head of Investor Engagement, IFC, will speak on the potential role of IFC and other MDBs in issuing innovative financial instruments.

 Couro Kane-Janus, Manager, Treasury, Funding & Syndications SupportIFC, will discuss about potential investors in infrastructure bonds linked to pension.

 Mehmet Gerz, general manager and chief investment officer of Ata Asset Management (Turkey), will provide commentary on the attractiveness and viability of such instruments from perspectives of investors.

Resumes of speakers

Dr. Arun Muralidhar is Founder of Mcube Investment Technologies LLC and CIO of AlphaEngine Global Investment Solutions.  His primary focus is on dynamic (intelligent) beta and currency management and how clients can get paid to manage risk. Arun has written extensively on pension reform, asset allocation and currency management. His books include A SMART Approach to Portfolio Management (2011), Innovations in Pension Fund Management (2001), and Rethinking Pension Reform (2004), co-authored with Franco Modigliani (Nobel Prize winner). He has written many award-winning articles for trade journals and has written a series of Op-Eds with Prof. Robert C. Merton (Nobel Prize winner) on innovations to improve retirement security. His latest book, offering a new approach to retirement reform for uncovered workers and titled, “Fifty States of Grey: An Innovative Approach to the DC Retirement Crisis,” was published in May 2018.  Previously, Arun served as Managing Director at FX Concepts Inc, Managing Director/Head of Currency Research at J.P. Morgan Fleming Asset Management and Head of Research and a member of the Investment Management Committee at The World Bank.  He is serving as an Expert Advisor to the World Economic Forum’s Retirement Investment Systems Improvement Project. He has been selected to serve on the Strategic Retirement Advisory Council for the Investments & Wealth Institute (formerly IMCA) for the Retirement Management Advisor (RMA) designation. He is also adjunct professor of Finance at George Washington University and Academic Scholar at Georgetown University’s Center for Retirement Initiatives. He holds a PhD in Managerial Economics from the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a B.S. from Wabash College. 

 Euan Marshall is Head of the Investor Engagement Division in Syndications, the International Finance Corporation (IFC). The division promotes co-investment in IFC projects through supporting investor outreach and product innovation. The division is particularly focused on identifying opportunities to support increased co-investment in IFC loans. The division is responsible for developing and managing the Managing Co-Lending Portfolio Program. Prior to joining this team, Euan headed IFC’s global advisory program focused on Sustainable Investing, managed IFC advisory operations in the Philippines and Indonesia. Euan started his career with Credit Suisse First Boston and then ING Barings where he worked in London, Hong Kong and Jakarta in a number of equity capital market roles. Euan holds an MBA from Oxford University.

 Couro Kane-Janus is a Manager in the Treasury Quantitative Analysis, Funding and Syndications Support at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).  She has 20+ years of experience in investment, valuation and risk analytics. Prior to her current position, Couro provided advisory support to central banks and sovereign wealth funds on quantitative analysis, asset allocation, investment strategies and related policy matters as a senior member of IBRD Treasury. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2005, Couro worked in the private sector in quantitative research and derivatives pricing. Couro serves as IFC Treasury & Syndications Diversity & Inclusion advocate and is also a co-lead of IFC Women’s network diversity recruitment team. Couro holds a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Ecole Polytechnique and Paris 6 university and did her post-graduate research in Control & Dynamical Systems at California Institute of Technology.

 Mehmet Gerz is the general manager, and chief investment officer of Ata Asset Management, a well-known investment manager in Turkey. Ata Mutual Funds have been ranked in top 3 by Forbes (Turkey) based on 5-year return. Previously, Mehmet served as a regional director, responsible for investments in the EMEA, of New York-based Drake Capital. In the earlier years of his career, Mehmet served as the head of research and research analyst for a number of Turkish investment banks including Yapi Kredi, Bayindir, and GFC Securities, and as a buy-side research analyst for the Japanese Sparx Asset Management. Mehmet Gerz holds an MBA and joint MS degrees in Finance from the University of Maryland in the US, and a BS degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bogazici University in Turkey. Mehmet serves as a board member at the Financial Literacy and Inclusion Foundation of Turkey, and volunteers as a judge for the CFA Research Challenge and Turkish Education Foundation. He also writes a monthly economy column for Capital, a leading Turkish-German business magazine since 2005.


June 13
11:00 am - 12:45 pm




Global Finance Group