Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association®

Member Spotlights

Member Spotlights

Do you have a new job promotion, speaking engagement, award, published article, or any other notable accomplishment?

Please share your achievement with CAIA, and you may be published in the Smart Moves sections of the Member Update and the CAIA Association Newsletter, and here on this webpage.

Gerald Brant

Gerald Brant, CAIA

The CAIA Association is a world class organization.  I found the program both interesting and highly relevant to me as an industry professional. I am glad to observe CAIA’s continued leadership in the alternative investment community.

Mr. Brant is a Director on the alternative investments distribution team of Stonehaven, LLC.  Mr. Brant manages institutional relationships and has more than 16 years of experience in alternative investments capital raising and research. 
Prior to joining Stonehaven, Mr. Brant was a Managing Director of Tangent Capital Partners, a global boutique investment bank focused solely on alternative investments.  Prior to Tangent Capital Partners, Mr. Brant was a Managing Director focused on institutional client management and business development at NewOak Capital Advisors, a firm founded by the ex-head of Structured Finance at BlackRock which specializes in advisory services for complex financial assets.  Before NewOak, Mr. Brant was Head of Marketing at Boston-based CypressTree Investment Management where he was instrumental in raising over $1B in hedge fund and leveraged finance related assets.  Prior to CypressTree, Mr. Brant was a Principal at Probus Latam Advisory Group, a strategy consulting firm located in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Brant was at Merrill Lynch & Co. where he supported the Global Macro Strategy Research team and conducted research on financial markets with an emphasis on asset allocation and global investment strategy.
Mr. Brant earned an M.B.A. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and a B.A. in Government & International Relations from Clark University. He speaks fluent French and Portuguese. Mr. Brant is a CAIA Charter Holder, and is a member of the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association.  Mr. Brant holds the Series 7, 31, 63 and 79 registrations with FINRA.

David Stocks

David Stocks, CAIA

Pursuing the CAIA Charter was an enriching opportunity which allowed me to expand my knowledge in the alternative investment field.  A decade later, I value the resources available for continuing education through various outlets including publications, webinars, and member events to name just a few. These tools help me to keep abreast of important trends in the industry. I also appreciate the efforts of the CAIA Association to continually review the curriculum to ensure its relevance in the workplace.

David Stocks is the new Chapter Chair of the Iberia Chapter and brings more than 20 years of experience working with alternative investments. David has been with the Omega Capital group, one of the leading family offices in Spain, since 2005.  He joined the group as CEO of Omega Asset Management Limited, the London-based affiliate specializing in hedge fund investments and manager of the firm’s Irish domiciled fund of hedge funds.  David is in charge of operational due diligence for hedge fund investments and is a member of the investment committee. Before joining Omega, he worked for EIM, Optimal Investment Services, Santander, Citibank, CIBC and Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company. He also has experience in teaching and consulting.

David earned a BA from Bowdoin College. He has held the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation since 2001 and the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association® designation since 2004.

Yasir Mallick

Yasir Mallick, CAIA

“The CAIA Program helped broaden my understanding of the types of alternative investments available and the considerations made by institutional investors.  It has helped develop a strong foundation that I hope to build on in the years to come.”

Mr. Mallick has been an integral member of OPG’s Finance group since joining OPG in 2009 as Head of Treasury’s Back Office Operations.  In this role, he improved operational procedures, implemented unique financing transactions, and improved the technology infrastructure associated with OPG’s Treasury activities.  During his tenure with OPG’s Treasury group, he was awarded a PowerWithin award, OPG’s highest employee recognition program, for Business Excellence in connection with his contribution to the financing of Lower Mattagami River Project.  The financing of Lower Mattagami River Project, a $2.6 billion hydroelectric construction project, also earned OPG the 2011 Corporate Finance & Capital Award and the Pinnacle Grand Prize from the Association of Financial Professionals. 

In 2011, Mr. Mallick moved to OPG’s Fund Management group, which is responsible for the management of OPG’s Pension Fund, and the co-management of the Ontario Nuclear Funds.  The combined funds represent approximately $25 billion in assets under management.  In his current role, Mr. Mallick is Head of Risk Management and Risk Allocation and is responsible for providing risk oversight on the investment program, and asset allocation and risk management recommendations to OPG’s Chief Investment Officer and the respective Investment Committee’s of two separate investment programs.  Since joining the Fund Management group, Mr. Mallick has led, completed, and presented various projects and research assignments on governance, market risk management, asset allocation, and demographic risks to senior stakeholders across the organization. More recently, Mr. Mallick co-led the investment and due diligence process in connection with an investment into the first institutional Canadian farmland investment fund.   

Prior to joining OPG, Mr. Mallick worked as a financial risk management consultant in the Capital Markets Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers and in the Financial Services Assurance practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers, focused on assurance engagements involving leading investment management and financial services firms.

Mr. Mallick holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics and Finance; BComm) and Masters of Finance (MFin) degree from the University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management.  Mr. Mallick holds a CPA, CA from the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, is a CFA Level II Candidate, and a CAIA Charter Holder.

Bulent Kabakci

Bulent Kabakci, CAIA

"The CAIA curriculum offers an unparalleled understanding of rapidly evolving alternative asset classes, thanks to its analytical rigor and depth of coverage. I feel more competent as an investment professional by having latest insights in strategic asset allocation, portfolio optimization, and management, as well as risk-return framework across different alternative asset classes. Also, CAIA membership provides tremendous networking opportunities with other fellow CAIA members, a phenomenon which I truly appreciate."

Bulent Kabakci is Senior Finance and Business Development Manager at Microsoft, where he leads on financial analysis and business development modeling focused on vertical, monetization strategy for the Microsoft partnerships with Yahoo, Nokia and Facebook.  He has led a cross-organizational group, negotiated financial deals, and content and distribution terms with partners; he has also worked on required financial infrastructure to enhance deal value proposition.

Prior to Microsoft, Bulent worked in the fixed income division and capital markets at Morgan Stanley and at International Capital Markets at the Turkish Treasury in various roles, including Securitized Products trading, trading Collateralized Mortgage Obligations (CMOs) and residential loans, and developing a contingent funding plan of $6 billion for the annual external borrowing program of Turkey via  fixed-income securities/Eurobonds.

Bulent holds an MBA degree from Stanford Graduate School of Business, has worked in four different countries, and speaks six languages.  He is a CAIA Charter Holder.

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