Ela Karahasanoglu, MBA, CFA, CAIA, Chapter Co-Head in Toronto

Founder, EKR Total Portfolio Advisory

Ela Karahasanoglu advises institutional investors and asset managers on alternative investments, risk mitigation and portfolio construction from a total portfolio perspective. Previously, Ela led the Total Fund Management team at BCI. With roughly $200bn of managed assets, BCI is a leading provider of investment management services for British Columbia’s public sector.

Prior to joining BCI, Ela was a Managing Director, Multi-Asset Strategies at Investment Management Corporation of Ontario and WSIB, where Ela oversaw the $8.5bn Multi-Asset Strategies portfolio and acted as the Deputy CIO leading the investment team that managed WSIB’s $35bn portfolio. Before WSIB, Ela was the Vice President of Currency and Asset Allocation team at CIBC Asset Management. Prior to that, she was a Principal and Senior Manager Research Consultant in the Alternatives team within Mercer, covering a broad set of absolute return and hedge fund strategies.

Ela was previously the Head of Research and Trading for six years at a New York-based quantitative macro hedge fund and also worked in the areas of credit derivatives and asset management at Merrill Lynch, New York. Ela started out her career as a currency and bond trader in Turkey.

Ela has over 20 years experience in the investment industry with over 13 years dedicated to research, trading, portfolio management, and construction in the alternatives and absolute return space.

Ela holds a Master of Business Administration from Georgetown University. She has been a CFA Charterholder since 2002 and a CAIA Charterholder since 2010.