10th Annual Alternative Strategies Panel

Chicago Booth Alumni Club of New York City

December 16, 2020: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Our 10th anniversary of this annual panel is now virtual! While we don't have the drinks and networking this year, we will strive to continue bringing market participants' views.


Online Webinar
New York, New York

Event Details

This year is anything short of extraordinary. Equity markets have risen given global government stimulus amidst a Covid-19 pandemic that continues to spread throughout the world.  By 2021, the US election would have been a distant memory (hopefully!), while global geopolitical tensions still exist and there is an uncertainty as to when we will leave the "new normal".

We will hear from our esteemed panelists on their personal opinions on how they see economies evolving in the coming year. Please note we welcome questions but this will be off-the-record (so no press!).

Please note this takes place 11-12:30pm in Eastern Standard Time and will not be recorded.


No Charge


Register Online

Zoom information will be shared after registration is complete.

Deadline: 12/16/2020

Speaker Profiles

Erik Graber (Panelist) '99
Managing Director, Conway MacKenzie

Erik M. Graber (Booth MBA '99) has been a turnaround manager and restructuring advisor for nearly 20 years. He serves as an interim executive for troubled companies and advises debtors and creditors facing distressed situations both in and out of bankruptcy court. Prior roles include CRO for Young Broadcasting, COO for MF Global and Board Member for Access.1 Communications, among others. Erik is currently a Managing Director of Conway MacKenzie, a nationally recognized operational consulting firm, and recently he has been advising clients in the healthcare and oilfield services industries.

Al Kim (Panelist) '08
Director of Investments, Helmsley Charitable Trust

Al Y. Kim is a Director of Investments at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. In this role, Al is responsible for helping lead the development and implementation of the overall investment strategy at the Trust, which entails thematic research, manager due diligence, portfolio construction, and portfolio management across all segments of the investment program. Prior to Helmsley, Al was a Director in BlackRock's OCIO business and a consultant at Wilshire Associates.

Andrew Peters (Panelist) '11
Head of Private Market Risk, Invesco

Andrew Peters is Head of Alternatives Risk at Invesco and is responsible for overseeing Investment Risk for senior loans, real estate, private equity, venture capital, multi-asset and fund of funds strategies. Previously he was Chief Risk Officer of OC Private Capital and before that, Risk Manager at Avenue Capital. He also served as Director of Pricing and Analytics at Chatham Financial in Philadelphia and Singapore. He has expertise in Risk management, Fund Governance, Credit Surveillance, Distressed Credit, Direct Lending, Hedge Funds, Mutual Funds, Quantitative Analysis, Value at Risk, Data Science and Illiquid Security Valuation (ASC 820). He received an MBA (honors) in Finance from the University of Chicago.

David Chiang (Panelist)
Founder and CIO, Idyllic Partners

David Chiang is Founder and CEO of Idyllic Partners, an outsourced alternatives investment and advisory firm focused on helping prominent family offices and global institutions invest across private markets. Prior to forming Idyllic Partners, David was Senior Managing Director and Head of External Funds at a $25bn+ family office. Mr. Chiang has 23years of private equity and investment experience working for some of the world's leading financial institutionsMr. Chiang received dual BA degrees in Business Economics and Psychology from Brown University in 1997 and an MBA from UCLA's Anderson School of Management in 2006.

Gilbert Ong (Moderator) '09
Independent Risk and Asset Allocation Consultant

Gilbert Ong is current an independent consultant and has completed a data project for a startup quantitative equity fund and is currently consulting for Alliance Bernstein's private markets group, where he is conducting portfolio risk analysis for the private credit, private real estate lending and private energy strategies. 

Most recently, Gilbert was a Managing Director at Nuveen's Multi-Asset Solutions group, where he focused on quantitative research, portfolio construction and risk analytics. He also worked in Nuveen's parent, TIAA's General Account investment risk group focused on private equity, private real estate and private real assets.

Over the past 20 years, Gilbert also worked as a Risk Consultant at MSCI, a Quantitative Analyst/Strategist at hedge fund, Platinum Partners, lead Asia structured credit analyst at Fitch Ratings and CIBC World Market and as a quantitative credit portfolio manager at UOB/OCBC Asset Management. Gilbert started his career in Asian Equity Research in Salomon Smith Barney. He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, a MA in Statistics from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Accounting (Honors) from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He is also a CFA Charterholder.


Gilbert Ong, '09