A pension fund's perspective on investing in hedge funds

Seema R. Hingorani, Head of Public Equities & Hedge Funds, New York City Office of the Comptroller
Ms. Seema R. Hingorani currently serves as the Head of Public Equities & Hedge Funds with the Bureau of Asset Management in the New York City Office of the Comptroller, which manages NYC's pension fund assets of over $110BN.  Ms Hingorani is a veteran investor and asset manager with over 17 years of U.S. and global public market investment experience. Ms. Hingorani has served as the Global Director of Fundamental Research at Pyramis Global Advisors, a Fidelity Investments Company in Boston with $150BN in institutional assets under management; as a Portfolio Manager and Senior Equity Analyst with Andor Capital Management, a Hedge Fund; a Senior Equity Analyst at Pequot Capital Management, a Hedge Fund; and as an Equity Analyst with the T. Rowe Price Group.  Ms. Hingorani has also had significant entrepreneurial experience having co-founded Mirador Capital Management, a Hedge Fund and a start-up Internet media company as its Chief Financial Officer earlier in her career.

Ms. Hingorani is an active member of the Board of Directors of Project Enterprise, a non-profit microfinance organization dedicated to supporting and to developing entrepreneurs and small businesses (most of which are Women and Women-owned) in under-resourced communities in New York City. Ms Hingorani has worked with several organizations focused on issues concerning Women and Girls and is a prolific speaker on the topic of a more robust inclusion of Women in the corporate sector. She has also served as a member of the National Finance Committee of Secretary Clinton's Presidential Campaign.

Ms. Hingorani earned her BA in Psychology/Philosophy from Yale College and her MBA in Finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Adi Divgi, Opportunistic Fixed Income Program, New York City Retirement Systems
Adi Divgi currently manages the Opportunistic Fixed Income program at the New York City Retirement Systems. This program aims to invest with alternative credit managers to enhance returns across the City's various pension funds. Prior to this role, Mr. Divgi worked as a director at Auriga Securities managing a portfolio of US RMBS and Latin American corporate credits. Prior to Auriga, he co-managed the secondary credit and structured finance portfolios at Patriarch Partners. He began his credit trading and investing career at Deutsche Bank, working in the New York and Mexico City offices.

Mr. Divgi is a graduate of the Huntsman Program, with a B.A. in International Studies (Spanish minor) from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Economics and M.B.A in Finance from the Wharton School. 

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