Investment Conference 2018

Posted by pm357 at Feb 19, 2018 04:15 PM |
The University of Leicester School of Business is set to host an Investment Conference in partnership with Asset Intelligence Research on Wednesday 21 February 2018 in the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, University of Leicester. The conference will provide students at the university with the opportunity to learn about current trends in the investment industry, looking closely at investing in Asia, how they can become more employable and an overview of what is going on in the world.

The investment conference has been running for a couple of years and was a joint idea by Daniel Ladley, Professor of Finance and Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes at the University of Leicester School of Business, and Robert Love, Director of Asset Intelligence Research. Over the past five years Asset Intelligence Research, an independent investment research provider based in Leicester, has developed strong links with the School of Business as a local partner working on modules and case studies whilst also taking on interns from the University of Leicester. Previous conferences have allowed Asset Intelligence to use their contacts to bring the likes of Goldman Sachs and Blackrock to the University of Leicester to share their experience and present opportunities to our students.

The conference, run by the School of Business Careers Team, is aimed at postgraduate and undergraduate students studying degrees related to finance or anyone at the University interested in the finance sector. The event, which is not open to the public, will see over 300 students granted the opportunity to attend panel sessions, access individuals (including alumni) and companies, networking with organisations such as Asset Intelligence Research, Fidelity International, Santander UK and JP Morgan UK all of whom are providing speakers. The event will serve to help develop the profile of the businesses attending whilst strengthening the links between the University and industry.

Robert Love explains how the conference will run: “It is a great chance for students to listen to specialists in particular fields related to their studies. This conference allows those looking for a career in a related discipline to their studies the chance to find out more about how to develop their career by offering the opportunity to listen to experts, ask questions and network. At Asset Intelligence Research, we are keen to help current students explore pathways to future careers in the investment industry, a path a number of our employees have taken.”


Conference Chair

Dr Hiroyuki Nakata

Deputy Director of Postgraduate Studies and Diversity Champion— University of Leicester School of Business

Dr Hiroyuki Nakata obtained his BA and MA in Economics from Kyoto University, Japan and gained a PhD (Economics) from Stanford University in 2001. He has held positions at the Universities of Essex and Tokyo as well as gained work experience in the banking industry in Japan.

He joined the School in 2014, teaching corporate finance to both undergraduates and postgraduates. His current research focuses on the foundations and roles of beliefs (probabilistic and non-probabilistic) on the financial markets and the real economy and the financial instruments and markets (including insurance) against rare disasters.

Asset Intelligence

A UK independent financial research provider offering a wide range of specialised research partnerships to small and large financial organisations and networks. Specialisms range from investment selection, asset allocation and portfolio construction, through to business process advice and support.

Michael Clough:

Investment Analyst—Asset Intelligence

Michael is an investment analyst and member of the team responsible for investment fund selection and portfolio construction. After gradu-ating, Michael joined Asset Intelligence Research and began studying towards the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification. Michael has a masters degree in Financial Economics and an undergraduate de-gree in Mathematics with Economics, from the University of Leicester.

Guest Speakers

Dan Lane:

Investments Writer and Propositions Manager—Fidelity International

Dan Lane Joined Fidelity in 2014 as a business management graduate. He is currently a manager and investment writer in Fidelity’s personal investing business, with a background in institutional writing and research.

Dan has a BA (Hons) in Politics and Modern Languages from the University of Bath and a PGCE in English from Canterbury Christ Church University.

Neil Gregson:

Managing Director — JP Morgan UK

Neil is a portfolio manager in the International Equity Group based in Lon-don, and is a member of the team responsible for global natural resources mandates. Neil joined the team in September 2010 from CQS Asset Man-agement where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of the Long-Only Business, with particular focus on the natural resources sector. Prior to this, Neil was the head of Emerging Markets at Credit Suisse Asset Man-agement where he managed gold and resource equity funds. Neil began his career holding various positions at mining and resource companies, including a role as a mining investment analyst at South African company Gold Fields. He is a qualified mining engineer and holds a BSc in Mining Engineering from Nottingham University.

Simona Calatozzo:

Senior Modelling Analyst — Santander UK

Simona has a BSc in Banking Financial and Insurance Economics from the University of Messina, Italy. In 2013, Simona moved in UK and in 2014/15 she studied an MSc in Financial Risk Management at the University of Leicester, where she graduated with Merit.

Simona worked as a risk analyst at AIB UK, in the Model Development team. She has recently joined the Decision Science team of Santander UK. She is specialised in the development of credit risk models using programs such as SAS, Teradata SQL or VBA.