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Cowell is Head of Asset Management for KPMG in the Cayman Islands and his clients include some of the world’s largest asset managers and alternative investment platforms
AMHERST, MA. (September 12, 2018) – The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) Association, the global leader in alternative investment education, today announced the newest member of its Board of Directors: Anthony Cowell, Head of Asset Management for KPMG in the Cayman Islands.
“We could not be more pleased to be adding Tony to CAIA’s board,” said William J. Kelly, CEO of CAIA. “My colleagues and I have come to know him through both his work with KPMG and in his role as a key leader in the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit. Tony is a tireless advocate for education and among the most knowledgeable people working in alternatives today.”
In addition to Mr. Cowell’s role as Head of Asset Management for KPMG in the Cayman Islands, he is a member of the firm’s Global Alternative Investments Leadership Team. His clients include some of the world’s largest asset managers and alternative investment platforms, as well as independent hedge funds, private equity structures and institutional investment portfolios.
“I am a big believer in CAIA’s mission and know firsthand what an impact well-constructed educational programs can have on the alternatives industry,” said Mr. Cowell. “I am very excited to be joining the CAIA Board and look forward to working closer with my new colleagues to further CAIA’s efforts and reach.”
Mr. Cowell is Editorial Chair at the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit (CAIS), one of the world’s leading educational gatherings for industry participants and is a featured speaker at a number of other industry conferences and an author of thought leadership pieces across the asset management spectrum. An active member of his community, Mr. Cowell is Head of Citizenship for KPMG in the Cayman Islands and is a founding board member of Literacy Is for Everyone, an independent charitable organization created to improve literacy in the Cayman Islands.
“Education is clearly one of Tony’s passions, and his ideas and leadership will no doubt prove invaluable as we further the mission of CAIA,” added Valerie J. Sill, CFA, CAIA and Chair of CAIA’s Board of Directors.
The CAIA Association offers the only credential focused on the alternative investment space and has become the global benchmark for alternative investment education. The CAIA Charter, an educational designation uniquely designed for individuals specializing in institutional-quality alternative investments, is granted upon successful completion of two levels of qualifying exams combined with relevant professional experience and joining the Association membership.
The Association now supports 30 global Chapters in financial centers in Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America, as well as a Virtual Chapter that brings together Members from far-flung locations in more than 60 countries. CAIA sponsors more than 250 educational and networking events each year and has 61 academic and association partnerships in the Americas, EMEA, and the Asia Pacific region.
In 2018 alone, CAIA has announced two important new initiatives: the launch of the Chartered Alternative Data Analyst Institute, which will focus on the future of investment analysis and decision making in an increasingly digitized financial services world; and an innovative pilot program with the CFA Institute that will allow a select number of CFA members to move directly to Level II of the rigorous CAIA exam program.
“I am a big believer in CAIA’s mission and know firsthand what an impact well-constructed educational programs can have on the alternatives industry,” said Mr. Cowell.