March 19-20, 2020, New York

2020 Board of Advisors

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Michael Pfaff, CIPM, Performance Analytics Lead, Vanguard Institutional Advisory Services

Currently the Performance Analytics Lead at Vanguard Institutional Advisory Services, the OCIO arm to Vanguard, with over 20 years of experience in the performance industry.  Previously at State Street IMS for almost a decade, having worked with manager clients on GIPS and performance fees best practices.  Prior to State Street, held various roles in accounting, performance reporting and compliance.  Received the CIPM designation in 2008 and was recently invited to join the advisory board at The Journal of Performance Measurement.

Jen Burka, CFA, CIPM, Head of Investment Performance & Attribution, Guggenheim Partners

Jen Burka is the Head of Investment Performance & Attribution at Guggenheim Partners. Her team is responsible for producing all performance and risk statistics to be used in client reports and for portfolio management analysis, for ensuring the firm maintains compliance with GIPS, and for assisting in marketing requests related to portfolio characteristics. Prior to joining Guggenheim in 2012, she worked at UBS O’Connor in a performance, reporting and investment pricing role and PricewaterhouseCoopers as an audit associate. She holds a Bachelors in Business Administration and Masters in Accounting from the University of Michigan.

Alex Shafran, CFA, Head of Performance Measurement and Client Reporting, Cohen & Steers

Eugene Grygo, Chief Content Officer, Financial Technologies Forum

Eugene Grygo the chief content officer of FTF News, is a business and technology journalist with 31 years of experience. Most recently, he managed a Dow Jones website for breaking news about investment banking, the private equity sector, asset managers, the pension fund industry, structured products and trading technology. Grygo has been covering Wall Street since 1997.He helped launch SCREEN Markets in 2007 and served as editor of SCREEN Magazine. The groundbreaking publication focused on the major market data and financial technology management issues that challenge global institutions. He was also the founding editor of Trading Technology Week, a global newsletter of exclusive news about the IT systems sell-side firms implemented for mission critical transactions.As for accolades, he won the 2000 Gold Award from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for a feature story on an IT project at the US Mint. In addition, editors at Incisive Media and InfoWorld spotlighted his achievements via internal awards. He is an alumnus of The Pennsylvania State University where he earned degrees in journalism and history. He is also an award-winning playwright.

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