“This Spring marks the tenth anniversary of my CAIA membership and pursuing the qualification has been one of the best decisions in my professional life. The initial motive was to learn more about alternative investments as they were not covered in great detail in my university courses. The CAIA qualification enabled me to not only deepen my hedge fund expertise but also broaden my knowledge across other alternative asset classes such as private equity and real estate which has proven extremely helpful in my different roles.
The other great benefits of the designation are the networking opportunities provided at the numerous chapter events held in all major financial hubs and the option to get actively involved with a chapter or the Association directly. While based in Switzerland, I regularly attended the educational and social events. This helped me to build up a comprehensive network of industry experts. Since having moved to Jersey, I have been heavily involved with my London chapter colleagues and the Association itself, working towards establishing a Jersey chapter. Finally, my CAIA anniversary was round off by being appointed to the Editorial Board of The Journal of Alternative Investments, the official publication of the CAIA Association. Aside from being a great honour, it enables me stay on top of academic research in the field of alternatives. Thus, I can only recommend that members get involved and seize the different opportunities that the membership provides.”
Bastian Hertstein is a CAIA member since 2009. He currently heads Deutsche Bank’s liquid alternatives unit in Jersey / Channel Islands. Prior to that, Bastian worked at Swiss Re in Zurich covering the risk management for the alternative investments portfolio including hedge funds, real estate and private equity funds. He started his career in the risk management unit at UBS in Zurich. Bastian holds a PhD in Finance from the University of Innsbruck and a MSc in Banking and Finance from the University of Tubingen.