Eric W. Doppstadt

Chief Investment Officer & Vice President at Ford Foundation

Eric W. Doppstadt

Eric W. Doppstadt

Chief Investment Officer & Vice President at Ford Foundation

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Ford Foundation

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President at Ford Foundation

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Managing Director at Makena Capital Management LLC

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Co-Founder at Makena Capital Management LLC

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Partner at Makena Capital Management LLC

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Founder, Chairman & Managing Director at Makena Capital Management LLC

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Partner & Managing Director at Makena Capital Management LLC

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Managing Director at Makena Capital Management LLC

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International Program Director, Gender, Racial & Ethnic Justice, Director, Southern Africa at Ford Foundation

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Director of Education & Scholarship at Ford Foundation

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Eric W. Doppstadt
Chief Investment Officer & Vice President at Ford Foundation
A.B. in Social Science with Honors

The University of Chicago's Office of Investments (COI) is responsible for managing the University's investment assets, which includes overseeing the endowment to ensure that it benefits both current and future generations of the University of Chicago. COI oversees the broad investment strategy and provides input to the development of the strategic and tactical investment policies of the University & UCMC endowments, pension plans and self-insurance trust assets. Their strategy combines qualitative and quantitative analysis, seeking to achieve superior investment performance on a risk-adjusted basis.COI's approach seeks to evaluate the investment strategy as an integrated part of the operating plans of the University rather than in isolation and focuses the the University's overall success, not investment returns. The endowment is well-diversified across a variety of asset classes, including global stocks and bonds, real estate, natural resources, private equity, absolute return strategies and protection (tail-hedging strategies). Asset class exposure is achieved primarily by selecting and engaging external managers. COI manages the global macro and the overlay portfolio to ensure that the portfolio's overall positioning is compliance with the endowment's investment guidelines.COI's strategies for investing in the public markets include: Absolute Return, Private Debt, Fixed Income and Credit. and Global Equities.COI's real assets team invests globally in real estate and natural resources using outside managers. The real estate portfolio invests globally in value-added and opportunistic strategies using both private partnerships and public vehicles. The natural resources portfolio invests globally in strategies that include, but are not limited to: oil and gas exploration & production; power generation; infrastructure; timber; mining and minerals; and agriculture.


Founded in 1835, New York University School of Law has a record of academic excellence and national scholarly influence. One of the first law schools to admit women, it has been long committed to welcoming students of diverse backgrounds, people who had been discriminated against by many other institutions. Located on the University's campus in Greenwich Village, NYU Law has been a leader, and continues to be, in areas such as law and business, clinical education, public service, interdisciplinary colloquia and global studies.

International Economics

The Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service (SFS), founded in 1919, is a premier school of international affairs. At Georgetown’s Washington, D.C. and Qatar campuses, SFS provides a rigorous education combining theory and practice and instills the values of service. School of Foreign Service provides students a rigorous education in international affairs that combines theory and practice and instills the values of service to others, offered by a faculty of outstanding scholars and practitioners who are committed to teaching, learning and discovery.

Career History
Chief Investment Officer & Vice President
1989 - Current

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society. We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies. Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America explore opportunities to pursue the foundation’s goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.


Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP is a law firm that serve as counsel to companies and investment funds. They have expertise in the areas of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization, employee benefits and executive compensation, intellectual property, personal representation, real estate and tax law. The company is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Member, Board of Directors
2016 - Current

Makena Capital Management manages funds based on an endowment-model investment approach that seeks to achieve long-term capital appreciation with relatively low investment volatility and risk. The firm seeks to generate long-term, risk-adjusted returns and capital appreciation by investing in investment funds, investment partnerships, securities, and discretionary accounts across a broad range of marketable and alternative asset classes. Makena implements this strategy primarily by selecting and investing in investment funds, separately-managed accounts and other vehicles managed by third-party investment managers. The funds also directly purchase certain public securities. The funds are characterized by broad diversification across asset classes, strategies, geographies, and currencies. This investment approach incorporates the full range of asset classes, including private equity, real estate, natural resources, absolute return, tactical/hedged equity, global public equity, fixed income and cash. Investments may include publicly traded securities, securities traded over-the-counter, swaps, investment contracts, options, derivatives, debt instruments, futures, commodities, currencies, real estate, fixed income securities and private or restricted securities.

Member, Board of Directors
2010 - Current

Arch Capital Group Ltd. provides property and casualty insurance and reinsurance lines. It operates through the following segments: Insurance, Reinsurance, Mortgage, Corporate (Non-Underwriting), and Other. The Insurance segment consists of insurance underwriting units which offer specialty product lines like construction and national accounts, excess and surplus casualty, lenders products, professional lines, and programs. The Reinsurance segment is comprised of reinsurance underwriting which offer specialty product lines such as casualty, marine and aviation, other specialty, property catastrophe, property excluding property catastrophe, and other. The Mortgage segment is the operations that includes U.S. and international mortgage insurance and reinsurance operations as well as GSE credit risk sharing transactions. The Corporate (Non-Underwriting) segment includes net investment income, other income, corporate expense, interest expense, net realized gains and losses, net impairment losses. The Other segment refers to Watford Re. which is a variable interest entity. The company was founded by Clements Robert in 1995 and is headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Advisory Board Member
Prior - 2008

Flexpoint Ford is a private equity firm that specializes in financial services and healthcare investments. It provides capital solutions to companies across a broad range of investment sizes, structures, and asset classes. It also provides industry expertise, strategic insight, and industry relationships to foster growth in their portfolio companies. Their industry specific experience allows them to help build and add value to their portfolio companies through strategy development, operational guidance, sharing of best practices, and accessing key industry relationships. Flexpoint Ford is a U.S.-based company that was founded in 2005.

Member, Committee on the Future of Long-Term Investing
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The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Member, Finance & Investment Advisory Committee
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The Ford Foundation’s pioneering, decade-long International Fellowships Program (IFP) supported advanced studies for social change leaders from the world’s most vulnerable populations. The program was established in 2001 with an initial grant of $280 million—the largest single grant in the foundation’s history. By 2013, more than 4,300 fellows from 22 countries—spanning Asia, Africa, Latin America, Russia, and the Middle East—completed graduate or postgraduate degree programs.

Awards & Honors
Rank #83
Asset International CIO Magazine - Chief Investment Officer Power 100
CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst)
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