Fabio Savoldelli, Columbia University Business School

Columbia University Business School

fabio-headshot-2Fabio Savoldelli is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at Columbia University, teaching Hedge Fund Selection and Investment in the MBA program.  Previously, he was Chief Investment Officer for Optima Fund Management, a fund of funds. An industry veteran, Mr. Savoldelli was Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers Alternative Strategies, CIO for the Americas at the Chase Manhattan Private Bank and Deputy CIO & Head of Fixed Income and Foreign Exchange at Swiss Bank Corp.  Mr. Savoldelli received a DBS from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics from the University of Windsor in Canada.



Lisa Schiff, Schiff Fine Art

Schiff Fine Art

Lisa Schiff

One of the leading and internationally recognized art advisors, Lisa Schiff has over a decade of experience building private collections and foundations.  As the founder and Principal of SFA Art Advisory, she has offices in New York, Los Angeles, and London.

Lisa is ABD on her PhD in Art History from the Graduate Center, CUNY.  She holds an MA in Art History from the University of Miami, Florida, and a BA in Art History and French from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  She attended Columbia University’s Reid Hall in Paris where she wrote her senior thesis and completed one year of law school at the Faculte de Droit de Montpellier.  Additionally, she has taught as an adjunct professor of art history, lectures continually and sits on panels, and is regularly sought out for her opinion in the press.  Lisa has also curated exhibitions, has mounted several benefit auctions for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and consults on visual culture for the Foundation.  She collaborated with Economic Theorist Jeremy Rifkin on an exhibition called “Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism,” and is planning another based on his theories of Empathy.  Finally, Lisa has produced special projects for artists such as Alex Israel and Doug Aitken and is currently working on a project in Miami at the Perez Art Museum.

Lisa co-founded VIA Art, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artistic production, thought leadership, and public engagement and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Swiss Institute.

Nilesh Shah, Kotak AMC Ltd

Kotak AMC

Nilesh Shah

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Mr. Nilesh Shah is the Managing Director (MD) of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co Ltd. He has over 25 years of experience in capital markets and market related investments, having managed funds across equity, fixed income securities and real estate for local and global investors. In his previous assignments, Nilesh has held leadership roles with Axis Capital, ICICI Prudential Asset Management  Franklin Templeton and ICICI securities. Nilesh is the recipient of the inaugural Business Standard Fund Manager of the year award – Debt in 2004. He was part of the team that received the best fund house of the year award at Franklin Templeton as well as at ICICI Prudential. Nilesh is a gold medalist chartered accountant and a merit ranking cost accountant. His hobbies include reading and educating investors on financial planning. He has co-authored book on Financial Planning called “A Direct Take”

Manish Shah, Two Kings

Two Kings

Manish Shah 

Manish Shah has served as principal and manager of numerous real estate assets including control equity, preferred equity, mezzanine and senior debt investments. His prior experience includes the turnaround of a publicly traded company where he was responsible for business and real estate acquisitions and divestitures. He has executed private equity transactions for Morgan Stanley and advised numerous public and private companies while at Bear Stearns and Morgan Stanley.

Manish graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and graduated with honors and distinction in two majors from Yale University. He serves on the board of advisors for Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Bobby Shamsian, Kushner Real Estate Group

Kushner Real Estate Group

Bobby Shamsian currently leads the acquisitions and financing efforts at Kushner Real Estate Group (KRE). He brings over 17 years of acquisitions and financial experience to the firm. In the last three years at KRE, Mr. Shamsian is responsible for acquiring over 1,200 multifamily units valued at over $300 million and completing financings of over $1 billion. During this time, he was also instrumental in completion of KRE’s largest completed development project– Journal Squared Phase I, a 54 story 538-unit residential building in Jersey City, NJ.

Prior to KRE, Mr. Shamsian’s experience has been in M&A and advisory working at Deloitte, KPMG and Susquehanna International Group. He has experience in many asset classes including real estate, technology, financials and consumer products.

Mr. Shamsian graduated cum laude from Yeshiva University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Business.