Niso Abuaf

Managing Director, Strategist at Ramirez Asset Management, Inc.

Niso Abuaf

Niso Abuaf

Managing Director, Strategist at Ramirez Asset Management, Inc.

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Niso Abuaf, Ph.D.
Niso Abuaf, Ph.D. Managing Director, Strategist
Ramirez Asset Management

Mr. Niso Abuaf, Ph.D., heads the Financial Strategies Group at RAM. In this capacity, he is responsible for developing capital allocation, risk management and valuation strategies for the firm.

Mr. Abuaf has 25 years of wall street experience, including 8 years at Credit Suisse, where he was the founding head of its Global Financial Strategy Group; and 13 years at Citigroup where he was the head of its International Financial Strategy Group, based in London. He is an internationally recognized expert in valuation, optimal capital structure, and empirical corporate finance. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at New York University's Stern School of Business and Clinical Professor of Finance & Economics at Pace University. In his role as a Financial Strategist, Mr. Abuaf has advised numerous clients on debt capacity, optimal capital structure and credit rating, optimal cash balance, and on liability and risk management strategies.

Mr. Abuaf is part of the firm's Investment Committee. He has advised numerous clients including: American Express, Amgen, AT&T, BMW, ConocoPhillips, IBM, International Paper, Microsoft, Nestle, and Oracle, among others. He has also advised sovereigns such as the Republics of Argentina, Colombia, France, Mexico, Korea, and Turkey. Mr. Abuaf is fluent in French, Spanish, and Turkish; and has a working knowledge of German and Italian.

Mr. Abuaf received a BS and MS in Electrical and Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University; and an MBA, and a PhD in Financial Economics from the University of Chicago. He is the author of numerous scholarly and professional publications in international and corporate finance and derivatives.

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Executive Director, Strategist at Ramirez Asset Management, Inc.

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Vice President, Senior Equity Analyst at Ramirez Asset Management, Inc.

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Chief Compliance Officer at Ramirez Asset Management, Inc.

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Managing Director, Portfolio Manager at Ramirez Asset Management, Inc.

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Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer at Ramirez Asset Management, Inc.

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Associate Professor of Finance at Pace University - Lubin School of Business

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Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager at Ramirez Asset Management, Inc.

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Executive Director-Financial Reporting at Pace University - Lubin School of Business

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Dean, Lubin School of Business at Pace University - New York

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Counsel, Center for Global Governance at Pace University - Lubin School of Business

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Education
BS in Electrical & Biomedical Engineering

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.

PhD in Financial Economics

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.

MBA in Financial Economics

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is a graduate business school located in Chicago, Illinois, at the University of Chicago. Formerly known as the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Chicago Booth is the second-oldest business school in the U.S., the first such school to offer an Executive MBA program, and the first to initiate a Ph.D. program in business. The school was renamed in 2008 following a $300 million endowment gift to the school by alumnus David G. Booth. The school has the third-largest endowment of any business school. The school's flagship campus is located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago on the main campus of the university. The school also maintains additional campuses in London and Asia (originally Singapore, but in July 2013 a move to Hong Kong was announced), as well as in downtown Chicago on the Magnificent Mile. In addition to conducting graduate business programs, the school conducts research in the fields of finance, economics, quantitative marketing research, and accounting. Chicago Booth is currently ranked first in the United States by Bloomberg Businessweek and first globally by the Economist.

Career History
Founding Head, Global Financial Strategy Group
Prior

Credit Suisse Group AG engages in the provision of financial services. It operates through the following segments: Swiss Universal Bank; International Wealth Management; Asia Pacific; Global Markets; Investment Banking and Capital Markets; and Strategic Resolution Unit. The Swiss Universal Bank segment offers comprehensive advice and financial solutions to private, corporate, and institutional clients in Switzerland. The International Wealth Management segment gives advisory services, and tailored investment and financing solutions to wealthy private clients and external asset managers in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America. The Asia Pacific segment comprises of wealth management, financing, and underwriting activities. The Global Market segment delivers securities sales, trading and execution, prime brokerage, and comprehensive investment research. The Investment Banking and Capital Markets segment covers investment banking services to corporations, financial institutions, and financial sponsors. The Strategic Resolution Unit segment includes non-controlling interest-related revenues and expenses resulting from the consolidation of certain private equity funds and other entities. The company was founded by Alfred Escher on July 5, 1856 and is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.

Head, International Financial Strategy Group
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Member, Investment Committee
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Ramirez Asset Management, Inc., part of Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., Inc., is a company headquartered in New York, NY, that provides investment advice.The company says this about itself: Founded in 2002 and headquartered in New York City, registered investment adviser Ramirez Asset Management is affiliated with Samuel A. Ramirez & Co., one of the oldest and best-capitalized minority-owned investment banks in the U.S. and a leader in the fixed income market. With $1.6 billion in assets as of March 31, 2017, RAM is focused on fixed income asset management for a diverse institutional client base, including blue-chip public and private defined benefit and defined contribution plans, Taft Hartley plans, corporations, state and local governments, as well as foundations and endowments.

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