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HFA forms academic advisory board
30 August 2013
The Hedge Fund Association will engage in educational outreach across US universities
Hedge Fund Association
The Hedge Fund Association (HFA) has formed an academic advisory board to improve understanding of the hedge fund industry among students.
The board will hold events at US college campuses with well-known hedge fund managers and investors as guest speakers, to discuss issues relating to the hedge fund industry, finance and ethics. The board will also host online webinars.
Mitch Ackles, HFA’s president, said: “I am excited the HFA has taken this step to create a dedicated academic advisory board to teach students about the hedge fund industry while they are in college and graduate school, and inspire them to be informed investors and money managers.
“I know that having well-esteemed professors on the board who have vast experience in an academic setting will be an added complement to the other executives who are members.”
HFA appointed Keith Novick as the board's chairman. Novik has over 25 years experience in investing and currently serves as a senior consultant for MJK Consulting Inc.
Other appointees to the board include: Ezra Zask, president of financial consulting firm SFC Associates, managing principal of the Due Diligence Hedge Fund Exchange, and a former lecturer in hedge funds at Yale, Princeton, and Carnegie Mellon; Scott Fullman, executive director, derivatives strategy at Oppenheimer & Co, and an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University; James Jalil, a partner in the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP, also an adjunct professor of law at Fordham University Law School in New York; and Jim Liew, an assistant professor in finance at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.
Novick said: “I am honoured to be chairman of HFA’s newest board and work with our top-tier members, all experts in the hedge fund industry, from money managers, investors, and educators, to empower college and graduate students to learn about the hedge fund industry as well as finance and ethics. Students will be able to make valuable connections early on for their career once they graduate.”