Adil Abdulali, Protege Partners

Protégé Partners

Adil Abdulali is President and Chief Science Officer of MOV37 and Protégé Partners.  Adil has 27 years of experience in the financial markets.  For the past 15 years Adil has been sourcing, investing and managing alternative investments in emerging managers.  He is developing new metrics and visualization tools to evaluate Autonomous Learning Investment Strategies that bring together data, data science, machine learning with cheap available computing power.  He joined Protégé in 2003, shortly after its inception as head of risk and developed the systems and analytics to manage early stage investing risks.  Adil used geometry to invent the Bias Ratio, a metric that detects return smoothing by active managers.

Prior to joining Protégé and MOV37, Adil spent the first half of his career trading fixed income derivatives at JP Morgan, Nikko, Nomura, and Barclays.  At Nomura and Barclays, he ran the systems and analytics groups for these products. He was a Senior Advisor at Capital Market Risk Advisors specializing in structured products and hedge fund valuation.

Adil Abdulali has an M.A. in pure mathematics from MIT and B.A. in mathematics from University of Pennsylvania

Ram Ahluwalia, PeerIQ


Ram is the CEO and Founder of PeerIQ. Previously, Ram was the CIO of Winged Foot Capital an investment advisor responsible for managing alternatives investments in structured credit including ABS, CMBS, RMBS, and CLOs.

Previously, Ram was a Senior Vice President at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and member of the Cards & Deposits executive management team responsible for investment decisioning a $120Bn credit portfolio. Prior to this role, Ram was a Vice President at the Merrill Lynch Global Bank Group.

Ram received a B.A. in Economics-Philosophy from Columbia University and is a CFA charterholder.

Amy Arndt, Ballard Spahr

Ballard Spahr

Amy Arndt

 Amy Arndt is the Office Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr’s Sioux Falls office and a member of the firm’s Expanded Board. Known for her strategic and client service-oriented approach, Amy assists business owners with operational issues, management succession, financing options for growth, and restructuring. Her practice emphasizes securities and corporate finance and she represents clients in various industries such as agri-business, real estate, hospitality, consumer products, manufacturing, and renewable energy.

Amy has significant experience advising privately held companies on private offerings/placements and finance, corporate governance, disclosure matters, mergers and acquisition transactions, and asset acquisitions and divestitures. She acts as outside general counsel to clients advising on various matters including formation, shareholder agreements, and internal corporate structuring.

Andy Augenblick

Emigrant Bank Fine Arts Finance

Andy Augenblick is the president of Emigrant Bank Fine Art Finance. Prior to co-founding the company, he was president and co-owner of the Related Companies, L.P., a privately held real estate and investment company. Before joining Related in 1985, he was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. Andy was named one of the top 100 collectors in the United States by Art & Antiques magazine. He is a member of the committee on media and performance art at the Museum of Modern Art.

He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Business School.

Brian Axelrad, Beyond Capital Fund and Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered

Beyond Capital Fund, HMB

Brian Axelrad is chief investment officer at Beyond Capital Fund, a nonprofit social impact fund that invests in social enterprises in India and East Africa. At Beyond Capital, he oversees investment decision-making and advises on portfolio and overall fund strategy.  At the same time, Brian is also a partner at Horwood Marcus & Berk Chartered (HMB), a Chicago-based law firm, and serves as a member of HMB’s firm-wide executive committee. He leads the HMB’s regionally recognized venture capital practice; is active in the firm’s private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and technology practice groups; leads its search fund (entrepreneurship through acquisition) subpractice; and helped launch its philanthropy and social impact practice.

Brian is deeply committed to developing the field of impact investing, both locally in Chicago, as well as abroad. From 2014 to 2018, he worked closely with the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business where he was appointed as its first impact investor in residence, a post he held from 2015 to 2018. He also taught a course on impact investing as an adjunct associate professor of entrepreneurship. Brian holds a BA in Economics and History from the University of Michigan, a JD from the Northwestern University School of Law and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.