With a mission to inspire you and to give you something to think about, our Annual Investor Conference has built a reputation as a highly valuable and unique gathering.
Sector AM's 18th Annual Investor Conference INDEPENDENT. THINKING was held on Thursday June 7, at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art.
Please find a link to the conference program here.
This year we were excited to host world class speakers and leading thinkers within their fields of specialisation:
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 21 years as a risk taker (quantitative trader) before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical and (mostly) practical problems with probability.
Taleb is the author of a multivolume essay, the Incerto (The Black Swan, Fooled by Randomness, and Antifragile) covering broad facets of uncertainty. It has been translated into 36 languages. In addition to his trader life, Taleb has also written, as a backup of the Incerto, more than 50 scholarly papers in statistical physics, statistics, philosophy, ethics, economics, international affairs, and quantitative finance, all around the notion of risk and probability.
Taleb is currently Distinguished Professor of Risk Engineering at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering and scientific advisor for Universa Investments. His current focus is on the properties of systems that can handle disorder ("antifragile").
We are honored to welcome Taleb back to our Investor Conference to share his thoughts with us once again.
Siddhartha Mukherjee is the author of The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction, and The Laws of Medicine. He is the editor of Best Science Writing 2013.
Siddhartha Mukherjee’s THE GENE: An Intimate History is his latest work – the story of the quest to decipher the master-code of instructions that makes and defines humans, that governs our form, function, and fate and determines the future of our children.
Mukherjee is an assistant professor of medicine at Columbia University and a cancer physician and researcher. A Rhodes scholar, he graduated from Stanford University, University of Oxford, and Harvard Medical School. He has published articles in Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, The New York Times, and Cell. He lives in New York with his wife and daughters.
Are we in an arificial intelligance (AI) hype? Who is better to tell than Rodney Brooks, the former director of CSAIL, MIT's Computers Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Describing himself as a techno-realist, he talks about predictions on self-driving cars, robotics, AI, space travel and machine learning systems. Brooks is the Founder and CTO of Rethink Robotics. The company builds robots based on biological principles of movement and reasoning. The goal: a robot who can figure things out. Rodney Brooks graduated with a degree in Pure Mathematics from the Flinders University of South Australia and a Ph.D. in Computer Science at Stanford University and has conducted years of research in various labs. His research ultimately led to multiple papers published on artificial life and intelligence, computer vision, humanoid robots, planetary exploration and many more.
Mårten Lindeborg, AP3
Mårten Lindeborg is the Chief Investment Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Third Swedish National Pension Fund (AP3). AP3 is a buffer fund in the Swedish national pay-as-you-go pension system. The Fund manages a global portfolio consisting of equities, fixed income securities and alternative investments with AuM of SEK 338 bn as of June 2017. By investing in both listed and unlisted assets locally and globally, AP3 has crafted a portfolio that is more robust in periods of financial uncertainty than a traditional portfolio exclusively comprising listed equities and bonds.
The conference was moderated by journalist and former CNN Financial Editor Todd Benjamin.