The judging panel, chaired by awards editor Margie Lindsay, for the Hedge Funds Review European Performance Awards 2017 are:
William Benjamin: single manager
Director, HSBC Alternative Investments
Hedge fund investor HSBC Alternative Investments named William Benjamin as global head of hedge funds, based in London, in May 2016. Benjamin reports to Henry Lee, global head of alternatives at HSBC Private Bank. Previously, Benjamin was with Goldman Sachs alternative investments.
Chris Jones: single manager and FoHF
Chief executive, Graham Capital
Chris Jones is chief executive of Graham Capital Management's London-based affiliate, responsible for managing the business operations of the London office as well as the firm's European investor relations. Prior to joining Graham in 2016, Jones was managing director and head of investment advisory from March 2012 to February 2016 at investment consultant bfinance where he managed relationships with a variety of global institutional and private clients. From January 2005 to February 2012 he was chief investment officer of Key Asset Management, a fund of hedge funds, where he was responsible for the oversight of the investment and risk management of a several funds of hedge funds.
Jones is currently a Fellow of the University of Cambridge where he lectures postgraduate courses on hedge funds and risk management at the Judge Business School.
Andrew McCaffery: single manager
Global head of alternatives and group head of solutions, Standard Life Aberdeen
Andrew McCaffery is responsible for the management of the Standard Life Aberdeen solutions, multi-asset, quantitative investment strategies and alternatives businesses. The alternatives department incorporates all alternatives globally, including liquid alternatives and hedge fund investments, private capital (indirect and direct) and real assets, covering direct infrastructure, pan real asset portfolios and property multi manager. McCaffery is chairman of the pan alternatives investment committee and deputy chair of the investment committee, and a member of all of the investment committees within his division. He is also a member of the group management board.
McCaffery joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2011 from BlueCrest Capital Management where he was a founder member of the alignment investors division. Before joining BlueCrest in 2008, he was head of absolute return strategies at Aberdeen. Prior to that he was CEO of Attica Alternative Investments in London, a fund of hedge funds business.
Ian Morley: FoHFs
Chairman, Wentworth Hall Consultancy Ltd
Ian Morley is one of the global pioneers of the alternative investment industry. He was the founding chairman of Aima, the global trade association for the hedge fund industry. He has held senior international positions with major firms before becoming an entrepreneur involved with founding and building several billion-dollar financial services companies. He trained as an economist at the London School of Economics and is a member of Grays Inn.
Morley is chairman of Wentworth Hall Consultancy and a senior adviser at Allenbridge. He is a director of Condor Trade, chairman of Salutem Healthcare, Eclectica Asset Management, director of Regenerative Medical Group and non-executive director at Conister Bank.
Ian has advised Central Banks, International Regulators, the EU, OECD and many others on matters relating to Hedge Funds and regulation.
He is an Industrial Fellow at Kingston Business School where he taught a hedge fund module on the MA in strategic finance.
Romule Nohasiarisoa: single manager
Manager research consultant - hedge funds, Mercer
Romule Nohasiarisoa joined the hedge fund boutique, a unit within Mercer Investments in London in May 2016 as a senior researcher. He has been researching hedge fund managers and strategies since February 2003 and has worked for a number of large international institutions in Canada and Europe including Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec (Montreal, Canada), Scotia Bank (Toronto, Canada), UBS Wealth Management (Zurich, Switzerland), PGGM (Netherlands) and ABN Amro (Netherlands).
Nohasiarisoa began his career at Caisse de Depot et Placement du Quebec in December 1998 within an internally run global macro strategy. He is a CFA charter holder and has a master degree in bank and finance from the Université Paris XIII - Villetaneuse, France.
Tushar Patel: single manager and FoHFs
Managing director, Hedge Funds Investment Management (HFIM)
Tushar Patel is the investment manager and managing director at Hedge Funds Investment Management (HFIM). He is responsible for investment management for hedge funds activities at the firm. He is a graduated in economics, chartered accountant, fellow of Securities Institute, alumni of London Business School, associate member of the Society of Investment Professionals, a member of the CFA Institute, CFAUK and formerly an individual member of the London Stock Exchange. He has previously served on a number of industry committees, including the hedge fund committee at the Alternative Investment Management Association (Aima) in London and currently on the hedge fund research club steering committee at the CFA Institute, UK.
Peter Rigg: FoHFs
Director, Sagar Partners,
Peter Rigg is a director of Sagar Partners, a financial consultancy, and a senior advisor at Bridge Valle Partners, an investment advisory and capital raising business servicing clients in the alternative investments and technology areas. Previously he was head of the alternative investment group at HSBC private bank for nearly six years, joining the bank in London as a portfolio manager in September 1994. His first financial services job was as an analyst at Rudolf Wolff.
Matthew Roberts: single manager
Portfolio manager in the delegated investment services team, Willis Towers Watson
Matthew Roberts is responsible for decision making on a range of delegated and fiduciary pension fund portfolios as well as being portfolio manager for the Towers Watson Partners Fund. The aim of this fund is to deliver attractive risk adjusted returns by investing with a wide range of innovative third party fund managers across all asset classes.
Previously, Roberts was head of multi strategy hedge fund research, responsible for research on a multitude of hedge fund disciplines. He also developed the firm's multi asset research initiative focusing on diversified growth, risk parity and absolute return. One of his key projects involved the research and development of alternative beta strategies through relationships with asset managers.
Roberts has authored several research pieces on topics including currency, trend following and risk parity. He has also participated in detailed projects with large institutional investors and wealth management groups, helping them with governance challenges and problem solving. He has been a mentor for candidates looking to become CFA charter holders, a senior member of the fixed income manager research group and a regular speaker at the firm's Ideas Exchange conferences.