This Friday will see the annual MIT Sloan Investment Conference take place, after months of dedicated organization and careful planning. Part of the Sloan finance tradition, this student-run conference brings together influential individuals in the finance and investment world today to debate and discuss pressing issues in their areas of expertise.
We have themed the conference “Investing in a Brave New World”. More than six years after the financial crisis, the investment world today has fundamentally changed from the one many of us in grew up in. This has been driven by cheap money, new regulations, and the impact of technology. The aim of the conference is, therefore, to take stock of all things new in the investment world today, and anticipate what the new landscape has in store for us.
We are honoured to have a group of incredible speakers to take the stage and guide us through the day, including Carson Block (Muddy Waters), Ben Golub (BlackRock), Megan Greene (Manulife), Jean Hynes (Wellington Management), Martin Mannion (Summit Partners), Howard Marks (Oaktree), Vikram Pandit (TGG Group), Tom Speechley (Abraaj), and Eric Wetlaufer (CPPIB). Our very own Professor Robert C. Merton will also make a presentation on his latest research. With 10 speakers scheduled from 8am to 6pm, the conference will be packed to the brim with content. We invite you to check out our website for the agenda: www.sloaninvestmentconference.com
Organizing such an event is no easy task. In fact, some of the relationships and planning began over one year ago in the lead up to the 2014 conference. Venues were negotiated for and booked, speakers were reached out to and enthused, and tickets were marketed and sold – and are still selling, for those interested. It was thanks to a committed team of individuals, who are passionate about finance and the opportunity to meet some of the most influential minds in the industry, that the conference has come together so seamlessly.
It should be clear that the MIT Sloan Investment Conference is a must-attend. The insights, speakers and networking opportunities are amongst the best the conference has seen to date, and we hope you are free to enjoy the spectacle.
Brian Liston is a Master of Finance candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management