Annual Public Pension Funds Conference

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Annual Public Pension Funds Conference

September 8, 2016


5:30 PM: Check-in

6:00 PM: Welcome and Opening Comments

Alex Urdea, Board of Directors, CFANY

6:05 PM: Keynote Address
Tom Byrne, Chairman, New Jersey State Investment Council

6:30 PM: Panel
David E. Ourlicht, Founding Board Member, New York City and State Pension Systems (NYPERS); Commissioner, New York State Insurance Fund

James Celestine, Director of Real Assets, Pension Investment and Cash Management, Office of the New York State Comptroller – New York State Common Retirement Fund
Kevin Higgins, Real Estate Portfolio Manager, New Jersey Division of Investment
Sanford Rich, Executive Director, CIO, New York City Board of Education Retirement System
Kirk Sims, CFA, Investment Officer, Emerging Manager Program, Illinois Teachers Retirement System

7:30 PM Closing Remarks
Christopher Cutler, Board of Director, CFANY


A high-level discussion on major investment themes and global market dynamics from the perspective of public pension plans that deal with unique challenges arising from strict investment mandates and vast resources at hand. In the context of lingering liquidity effects from the crisis, the role of large investment funds as sources of capital has become increasingly prominent. With that in mind, we will explore their unique perspectives on the global macroeconomic environment and their future role as they continue to evolve in their operations and implementation of investment strategies.