"As an investor and in the context of job market dynamics in the broader investment management sector, I believe there is no alternative to maintaining and growing one’s investing knowledge. Being part of the CAIA Association network is a pleasant way to achieve that objective." 

Laurent first heard about CAIA from a member friend developing a hedge fund project in 2007. At that time, he had already been involved in institutional investing for five years and had passed his last exam at the end of his MBA in 1999. In 2008, Laurent decided to take the CAIA program in the context of his professional development. Even though he did not invest in alternative investments in 2008, he found the concepts in the curriculum helpful in questioning traditional asset allocation frameworks in the wake of a second equity market crash in a decade. The remedy to the GFC and the euro-zone crisis led to zero/negative interest for core fixed income assets and the necessity for greater diversification into alternative asset classes.

As Laurent came to study and later implement private investment programs (i.e., debt, private equity, real estate, infrastructure), he was fortunate to be aware of the concepts laid out in the curriculum and the broader resources offered by CAIA Association. In 2015, he increased his involvement in the Association by becoming CAIA France Chapter Head. Since then, 14 events with more than 60 speakers have been organized in Paris and covered hedge fund, private equity, real assets and credit strategies. 

Laurent Bademian, CAIA, CFA is currently senior investment manager at Orano and handles global asset allocation and private investment programs of the nuclear decommissioning fund. He has been involved in institutional investing in France for 15 years. Laurent holds a BA in Finance from Université Paris-Dauphine and a MBA in Finance from Baruch College – Zicklin School of Business. He earned the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst and Chartered Financial Analyst designations.

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