The 14th Annual Greenwich Associates Competitive Challenges Conference | October 12 - 13, 2017
The Langham | Chicago, IL

2016 Keynote Speakers

Harry Conaway

President and Chief Executive Officer – Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI)

Harry became President and CEO at the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI) on December 9, 2015. EBRI was founded in 1978. Its mission is to contribute to, encourage, and enhance the development of sound private and public employee benefit programs and sound public policy through objective research and education. EBRI is the only private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, Washington, DC-based organization committed exclusively to public policy research and education on economic security and employee benefit issues. EBRI’s membership includes a cross-section of pension funds; businesses; trade associations; labor unions; health care providers and insurers; government organizations; and service firms.

Prior to joining EBRI, Harry was a Senior Partner with Mercer and led Mercer’s Washington Resource Group (WRG) for nearly 27 years, from January 1, 1989 until September 30, 2015. The WRG included about 55 employees - US legal/technical experts, researchers, and other professionals in retirement, healthcare, executive rewards, and employment law; and systems and knowledge management experts.

The WRG developed and collected research, analysis, news, and other content on key employee benefit topics for Mercer’s consultants, clients, and other members of Mercer Select, a global information service with over 10,000 individual members from over 3,500 organizations. For each of his last two years with Mercer, the WRG generated over $20 million in revenue and $5 million in profit.

Also, while at Mercer, Harry served on EBRI’s Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, the Board of Directors of the ERISA Industry Committee, and the Board of Directors of the American Benefits Council.

From 1983 through 1988, Harry was Associate Tax Legislative Counsel in the Office of Tax Policy at the US Treasury Department. He represented the Treasury and Administration on a wide range of employee benefit legislation – welfare benefit fund, cafeteria plan, retiree health, and accrued benefit rules in the Deficit Reduction Act of 1984, the spousal benefit provisions of the Retirement Equity Act of 1984, the retirement and health provisions of the Tax Reform Act of 1986, and the PBGC and funding reforms in the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987. Also, he led Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service on regulations addressing cafeteria plans, top-heavy plans, spousal benefits, pension accrued benefits, 401(k) plans, welfare benefit funds, health plans, and retirement plan coverage and nondiscrimination.

Prior to Treasury, Harry was an associate attorney at Miller & Chevalier, focused on tax and ERISA issues relating to employer-sponsored retirement and health plans.

Harry got a J.D. from the George Washington University, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Trinity College (Hartford, CT).

Michael Dobson

Chairman – Schroders plc

After graduating in 1973 from Trinity College, Cambridge with a degree in Modern Languages, he joined Morgan Grenfell, initially as an equity research analyst before moving into portfolio management. He held various positions at Morgan Grenfell including Head of the US and Head of Asset Management, before becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 1988 and Chief Executive in 1989. Following Deutsche Bank’s acquisition of Morgan Grenfell in 1990 he was responsible for the bank’s Global Investment Banking business from 1993, joining the Board of Managing Directors of Deutsche Bank in 1996. In 1998 he took responsibility for Deutsche Bank’s Global Asset Management business. He left Deutsche Bank in 2000 and was the Founder and Chairman of Beaumont Capital Management, a hedge fund and high net worth asset management business. Beaumont was acquired by Schroders in November 2001. He was Chief Executive of Schroders plc 2001-2016.

He is currently a member of the Practitioner Panel of the FCA. Previous outside positions include Chairman of the Investment Board of the Cambridge University Endowment Fund and a member of the Advisory Committee of the IMF Staff Retirement Plan.

Michael Goldstein

Managing Partner – Empirical Research Partners LLC

Mr. Goldstein is the Managing Partner of Empirical Research Partners LLC, an independent research firm and broker-dealer. The firm provides research on portfolio strategy, quantitative tools for stock selection, and on the money management industry to over 400 institutional investors, including over 80 of the largest 100 organizations.

From 1990 through March, 2002 he was the Chief Investment Strategist of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. and a member of the Board of Directors from 1995 until the firm’s sale to Alliance Capital in 2000. During his tenure as an investment strategist and quantitative analyst at Sanford Bernstein, he was a perennial member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team, and his written research was chosen among the ten best on Wall Street nine times in ten years. After time away to start up Empirical Research Partners, he was again named to the Institutional Investor All-America Research team for 2004, 2005 and 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. He also authors The Future of the Money Management Industry, a well-known study of the industry’s fundamentals.

From 1986 through 1989, he was a Senior Research Analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. covering the diversified financial services, brokerage and money management industries, and was selected as a member of the Institutional Investor All-American Research Team. From 1984 through 1986, he was a Senior Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. supporting the equity trading and arbitrage division, and from 1979 through 1984, he worked at what is now Accenture, specializing in business planning and financial modeling.

He graduated from the University of Michigan with an MBA, and the University of Wisconsin with a BBA, both with honors.

Dr. Maximilian Horster

Partner – The South Pole Group

Max is a partner at the South Pole Group, a global leader in measuring and reducing climate and sustainability impact. South Pole Group’s 150 sustainability specialists service over 1’000 companies, agencies and governments out of 17 offices around the globe.

Max pioneered in 2010 the leading methodology to establish climate impact assessments of investment portfolios. Clients include some of the world’s leading asset managers and institutional investors such as pension plans, foundations and trusts, as well as private banks and research institutions. Max currently leads two EU funded investment-related greenhouse gas accounting projects and is working in several industry organizations dealing with financial greenhouse gas accounting. Prior to joining the South Pole Group, he worked in equity and fixed income research capacities as well as in business development with Capital Group Companies in Los Angeles, Toronto, Tokyo, Geneva and London. In his past, Max was an academic researcher and worked with a Member of the European Parliament. He holds a PhD in History from the University of Cambridge.

Sarah Ketterer

Chief Executive Officer - Causeway Capital Management

Ms. Ketterer is the chief executive officer of Causeway, portfolio manager for the firm's fundamental and absolute returns strategies, and is responsible for investment research across all sectors. Ms. Ketterer is a member of Causeway's operating committee. She co-founded the firm in June 2001.

From November 1996 to June 2001, Ms. Ketterer worked for the Hotchkis and Wiley division of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers ("HW-MLIM"). At HW-MLIM, she was a managing director and co-head of the firm's HW-MLIM International and Global Value team. From 1990 to 1996, Ms. Ketterer was a portfolio manager at Hotchkis and Wiley, where she co-founded the international equity product. Ms. Ketterer is currently a director of the Music Center Foundation and the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, and serves on the board of overseers of the Tuck School and on the Los Angeles advisory council of CollegeSpring.