“I have been fortunate to maintain a generalist approach to alternative investing throughout much of my career. This remains true at Texas ERS. This role provides me the good fortune to be exposed to a variety of alternative investment strategies and asset classes on a global basis within a highly flexible and fluid investment industry. The CAIA designation, along with the Association’s continued education material, have given me the ability to build and maintain invaluable investment knowledge within a very complicated investment industry."
Panayiotis Lambropoulos is a Portfolio Manager of Hedge Funds at the Employees Retirement System of Texas – a $29 billion retirement plan – located in Austin, Texas. His responsibilities include sourcing, analyzing and evaluating potential hedge fund managers, process and performance assessment, interviewing various fund employees and third-party service providers, and maintaining due diligence efforts. His focus is on the Trust’s Absolute Return Portfolio as well as Opportunistic Credit allocation. Lastly, he is responsible for the Trust’s Emerging Hedge Fund Manager program – ERS Launchpad - which he proposed and spearheaded.
Panayiotis started in the alternative investment industry as a Research Analyst in Grosvenor Capital Management in Chicago. He later joined MCP Alternative Asset Management, a $6 billion Tokyo-headquartered Investment Advisor (Fund of Funds) in Chicago. He was responsible for sourcing, analyzing and monitoring hedge fund investments, and contributing to portfolio allocation decisions. He worked alongside institutional clients, all of which were top investment decision makers for some of Japan’s best and largest blue chip financial institutions.
Panayiotis holds a B.S in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance and Marketing from Boston College, and an M.B.A in General Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Panayiotis is a CFA Charterholder and has earned his Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation as well as his Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification.