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Edward I. Altman
Edward Altman is the Max L. Heine Professor of Finance at the Stern School of Business, New York University, and Director of the Credit and Fixed Income Research Program at the NYU Salomon Center.
Dr. Altman has an international reputation as an expert on corporate bankruptcy, high yield bonds, distressed debt and credit risk analysis. He was named Laureate 1984 by the Hautes Etudes Commerciales Foundation in Paris for his accumulated works on corporate distress prediction models and procedures for firm financial rehabilitation and awarded the Graham & Dodd Scroll for 1985 by the Financial Analysts Federation for his work on Default Rates and High Yield Corporate Debt.
He was inducted into the Fixed Income Analysts Society Hall of Fame in 2001 and elected President of the Financial Management Association (2003) and a Fellow of the FMA in 2004, and was amongst the inaugural inductees into the Turnaround Management Association’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
In 2005, Dr. Altman was named one of the “100 Most Influential People in Finance” by Treasury & Risk Management magazine and is frequently quoted in the popular press and on network TV.
Dr. Altman is an advisor to many financial institutions and publishing companies including Classis Capital, SpA (Italy), Wiserfunding, Ltd (U.K), Golub Capital (NY), Clearing Bid (SF), as well as on the Boards of the Franklin Mutual Series Funds and, until recently, Automated Trading Desk Inc. He is also Chairman of the Academic Advisory Council of the Turnaround Management Association.
Bob Buhr is founder and Director at Green Planet Consulting Limited, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Center for Climate Finance and Investment at Imperial College Business School. A former Managing Director at Citigroup, and most recently a Director at Societe Generale before his retirement, he was often cited as a top-ranked bond analyst in various investor polls. He previously worked at Loomis, Sayles & Co., Moody’s Investors Service, and Credaris, where he was Head of Credit Research. He is currently engaged with several NGOs on a variety of climate-related activities, with climate change and natural capital risks as a core focus. At the Centre for Climate Finance and Investment he is pursuing research into Green Funding issues, particularly some of the issues surrounding Green Bonds, assessment of the impact of climate risks on vulnerable countries, and investigations into the quantification of climate and natural capital risks for various economic sectors. He has a B.A. in Philosophy from Ithaca College, and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Brown University.
Eveline Lemke is founder of Thinking Circular®. The think tank focusses on the advancement of the Circular Economy as a modell for sustainable economy and is listed on the United Nations Sustainability Help Desk.
As former Minister for Economy, Climate Protection, Energy and Land Planning in Rhineland-Palatine, she was first in office coming from a green party. Her mission has always been the creation of sustainable and environmentally clean businesses. She is a dual trained steel merchant coming from the recycling sector and carries BSc in economy and management (University of Hannover). curriculum vitae She is author, lateral thinker, speaker and innovation manager.
As consultant in public affairs, she is situated in Niederzissen, but joining offices in Berlin in Brussels. Lemke is experienced to tear down innovation barriers. Together with her partners like the German Aerospace e. V. she and her team can offer broad experience in almost all fields of sustainable business and climate protection.
Eveline Lemke is also Chair of the nonprofit organisation FAST - Friends’ Association for the Advancement of Systems Thinking.
Paul Smith, FCA, CFA, MA
Is an independent corporate director. He served as President and CEO of CFA Institute from January 2015 to September 2019. Previously he owned and ran Asia Alternative Asset Partners, a Hong Kong Hedge Fund Group.
He first came to Hong Kong in 1996 to run the Bank of Bermuda’s securities servicing business and on sale to HSBC acted as Global Head of HSBC’s alternative funds servicing business.
From 1984 to 1995 he worked for Ermitage International a European fund manager spending the last seven years as CEO.
He started his career as an auditor at PriceWaterhouse in London.
Paul is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds a Master of Arts degree from Oxford University.
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