Alternative Investment Management Association
AIMA's activities cover a broad spectrum and are managed by this specialist team headquartered in London and with offices around the world.
Each department works with member companies and other stakeholders to facilitate the distribution of educational and non-commercial materials that address our four pillars: Education; Policy; Regulation; and Sound Practices.
You may also search for team members by department.
General Manager, AIMA Singapore - Email Merima Arleback
Merima Arleback joined AIMA Singapore in October 2013. Previously, she worked for nine years as a Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager on several fund of hedge funds portfolios where she conducted due diligence on hedge funds across all strategies. Immediately prior to joining AIMA Singapore, she was a Managing Director and Partner at Key Family Partners in Geneva, Switzerland, where she was primarily responsible for the due diligence and monitoring of Nordic hedge fund managers as well as instrumental in setting up the family office. She also managed the portfolio of Nordic hedge funds that was launched in January 2010.
Prior to joining Key Family Partners she was a Director and member of the Investment Committee at Natixis Alternative Investment (NAI) in London. From 2002-2006, she was at Key Asset Management in London, a fund of hedge funds that grew from US$400m to US$1.6bn during her time. Her main responsibility was the management of three multi-strategy fund of funds portfolios with a total AUM of US$600m, where one of them she was a White Label Fund for Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken, SEB, in Stockholm. Merima was also a Research Analyst and a member of the Investment Committee.
She began her career at American Express in Sweden as a Business Consultant. She holds a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration & Economics from Lund University in Sweden.
Events Manager - Email Deborah Babbage
Deborah joined AIMA in August 2011 as Events Manager within the Department for External Affairs. She is a dedicated global events specialist with over nine years' experience in the events industry. Prior to joining AIMA, Deborah spent eight years at the City of London managing high-profile conferences for the public sector, organising quality corporate events, and project managing conference sponsorship within its Public Relations Office.
Chief Executive Officer - Email Andrew Baker
Andrew Baker is the Chief Executive Officer of AIMA.
Prior to joining AIMA he spent six years at Schroders in London where he was COO - Alternative Investments.
Previously, Andrew held senior business management positions at Gartmore and UBS Asset Management after a fifteen year spell of managing institutional assets at HD International and N. M. Rothschild. In the early 1980s he spent two years on secondment at the Bank Of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.
Andrew has a degree in Mathematics from Imperial College, London and is married with three children.
Regulatory Analyst, Asset Management Regulation - Email Anna Berdinner
Anna Berdinner was appointed Regulatory Analyst, Asset Management Regulation for AIMA in February 2012. Prior to joining AIMA, she worked for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, where she worked in the financial institutions disputes group, the structured asset finance group and the corporate financial services regulation group.
Anna is qualified as a solicitor and has a degree in Law and German from Southampton University.
Managing Director, AIMA Hong Kong - Email Heide Blunt
Heide Blunt was appointed as Managing Director of AIMA Hong Kong in 2013. Heide has over 15 years’ experience specialising in the Asia-Pacific region, with both buy and sell-side institutions at a senior level. Most recently Heide was Chief Financial Officer for Tybourne Capital Management (HK) Ltd, where she was jointly responsible for building and overseeing all areas of Business Management. Prior to Tybourne, Heide spent two years at Elements Advisors Ltd as their Chief Operating Officer. Heide also has an extensive client service background gained from Credit Suisse, where she spent 11 years in the Asian Equities proprietary and facilitation trading businesses, based in both London and Hong Kong. Heide became actively involved in AIMA HK upon the launch of the HK Managers’ Round Table in 2011. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from Oxford University.
Chief Operating Officer, AIMA Canada - Email James Burron
James Burron works closely with AIMA Canada’s Executive Committee and its membership on a broad range of association management and executive duties, including member liaison and communications, as well as focusing on broader policy and strategy objectives. James has a solid background of more than 20 years of international experience in the securities industry including a significant background in the alternative investment industry. Most recently, he has been involved in product origination on global platforms. He has also been active in event organization, research and writing as a Chapter Executive and spokesperson for the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, James holds the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) designation. He has been very active over the years in industry associations and is a frequent speaker on industry issues. James is based in the Toronto office.
Receptionist - Email Jessica Chamberlain
Jessica joined AIMA in March 2013 as our Receptionist and provides administrative assistance throughout the office. Jessica previously worked in the events and front of house team at the Old Vic Theatre and was previously working as a teaching assistant to children in key stage 2 with special educational needs.
DEA PA - Email Katie Corbin
Katie joined AIMA in February 2011 and provides PA support to the Communications Team. Katie previously worked at the London Chamber of Commerce as an assistant to the Chief Executive’s Office. Katie has also worked as a PA in a number of other industries including charity and property.
Membership Manager - Email Angie Elrick
Angie is our Membership Manager and is responsible for coordinating and maintaining our global engagement with members.
Angie joined AIMA in May 2007 to provide support to our Regulatory & Tax Department, and was previously Manager, Government Affairs & Policy. In July 2010 Angie took a year’s maternity leave and has returned to the Association to complement our efforts in bringing value and support to our members. Prior to joining AIMA, Angie worked as a Legal Secretary for Travers Smith.
Director, Associate Head of Tax Affairs - Email Paul Hale
Paul is responsible, with Mary Richardson, for tax affairs. He qualified as a lawyer and was a tax partner for more than 20 years with Simmons & Simmons where his main area of practice was with asset management industry clients, in particular in the alternative investment sector. He was a founder member and former vice-chair of the Tax Committee.
PA - Email Pearl Hawkey
Pearl joined AIMA in May 2012 and provides PA support to the Government & Regulatory Affairs team as well as the Research Team. She has a wealth of experience in PA support/administrative roles and worked as a PA for an accountancy firm whilst being in the UK. Prior to relocating to the UK in December 2001, Pearl held PA support/administrative roles in South Africa within software, manufacturing and other industries.
General Manager, AIMA Australia - Email Brett Ireland
Brett Ireland has over 15 years experience in the financial services industry and over 8 years in the alternative investment management industry. Mr Ireland currently works as General Manager for the Australian branch of AIMA. Prior to joining AIMA, Mr Ireland worked for Brevan Howard for over 6 years as Chief Operating Officer for their Jersey office and was also an executive director for a number of their investment management entities around the world. Mr Ireland also held the position of head of finance for Deutsche Bank in Jersey where he worked from 2002 to 2005. Mr Ireland trained as a chartered accountant with PwC working in both their Sydney and Jersey offices.
Director, Head of Markets Regulation - Email Adam Jacobs
Adam Jacobs joined AIMA in February 2013 and is Head of Markets Regulation. Prior to joining AIMA, he worked at the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA), where he focused on European regulatory initiatives dealing with OTC derivatives markets, notably the review of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID).
Adam started his career at the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA), where he worked in both policy and supervisory roles. He also undertook a number of projects for the Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR). In 2009 he was seconded from the FSA to the European Commission in Brussels, where he worked on Solvency II.
Adam has an MA in German and French from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in European Policy and Management from Birkbeck.
Associate Director, Head of Research - Email Tom Kehoe
Tom joined AIMA as Research Manager in October 2008 and was made Associate Director, Head of Research, in October 2012. Responsible for research of the industry, Tom also works closely with AIMA’s CEO and Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs in supporting the executive’s advocacy efforts. Tom is also responsible for the development of AIMA’s sound practices work.
Tom has over 10 years' experience working in research. Prior to joining AIMA in October 2008 Tom spent four years working in hedge fund research and due diligence with BNP Paribas in New York and Dublin.
He has an honours degree in Finance and French from N.U.I. Maynooth, a Masters in Finance from the National College of Ireland and a Graduate Certificate in Investment Management from Dublin City University. In addition, Tom is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst member, where he presides on the CAIA curriculum committee.
Deputy CEO, Head of Government and Regulatory Affairs - Email Jiri Krol
Jiri Krol joined AIMA in April 2010, was appointed Director of Government and Regulatory Affairs in April 2011 and in May 2013 became Deputy CEO. Prior to joining AIMA, he worked at the European Commission, where he was responsible for the coordination of the Commission’s policy towards the Financial Stability Board and the G20.
Jiri started his career at the Czech securities market regulator. He then moved to the European Commission’s Internal Market Directorate-General, where he was responsible for the drafting and negotiation of the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) implementing measures. While at the Commission, he also worked on the Non-Equity Market Transparency and the Commodity Derivatives reviews.
Previously, Jiri was appointed Financial Markets Policy Director in the Czech Ministry of Finance in 2007. In 2009, he led the Czech European Union Presidency’s work in the area of financial services, which involved finalising the Capital Requirements Directive (CRD II) and the Solvency II Directive as well as the Credit Rating Agencies regulation negotiations.
He studied international relations, economics and politics at Tufts University, London School of Economics and Sciences Po.
Head of PR, Events and Membership Services, AIMA Hong Kong - Email Lily Lin
Lily Lin joined AIMA Hong Kong in October 2011 as Head of Press Relations, Events and Membership Services. Previously, she worked for eleven years at Xinhua News Agency as an International News Reporter and Editor, based out of Moscow, London and Hong Kong bureaus. With a Masters Degree in Communication and Media Studies from the London School of Economics, Lily is fluent in Mandarin and English.
Associate Director, Markets Regulation - Email Wesley Lund
Wesley Lund was appointed Associate Director, Markets Regulation for AIMA in October 2012. Prior to joining AIMA, he spent four years at Linklaters LLP, having specialised in derivatives and structured products. While at Linklaters, Wesley spent time on client secondments at Goldman Sachs International, Lehman Brothers International (Europe) (In Administration), Man Investments AG and The Royal Bank of Scotland.
Wesley is a qualified solicitor and has a degree in Philosophy and Politics from The University of Edinburgh.
Executive PA - Email Loraine Michael
Loraine joined AIMA in February 2008 and is the Executive PA for Andrew Baker, CEO, working closely with him with his strategic and operational plans for AIMA. Loraine has previously worked in a number of leading financial institutions and management consultancies including Barclays, Standard Chartered, Ernst & Young, PwC and KPMG, as well as the insurance, software and commercial aircraft industries. She has held responsibility for office management, team leader, human resources administration and marketing, and brings a wealth of experience and skills to the organisation. Loraine is the proud mother of one son.
Executive PA - Email Jane Moran
Jane joined AIMA in June 2009, and provides secretarial and administrative support to the Government & Regulatory Affairs team. Prior to joining AIMA, Jane spent 11 years working in the private equity sector.
Database Administrator - Email Charlotte Newton
Charlotte Newton joined AIMA in April 2013 as Database Administrator. Prior to this, Charlotte was at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) for six years in various roles within Business Development, Membership, Assessments and Customer Service.
Office Manager, AIMA Hong Kong - Email Odetta Ng
Odetta Ng joined AIMA in March 2009 as our office manager. Odetta lived in Australia for six years before returning to Hong Kong. Odetta is fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
Chief Operating Officer, AIMA New York - Email Michelle Noyes
Michelle Noyes joined AIMA in 2012 as Chief Operating Officer of AIMA's New York office. Previously, she was Head of International Sales and Investor Relations for BRZ Investimentos, one of the largest independent asset managers in Brazil. While in Sao Paulo, she also served as the Brazil representative for AIMA and established the AIMA Brazil network. Michelle began her career in hedge funds as General Manager for a global conference organizer, where she launched and managed a portfolio of successful asset management and investment events. Michelle holds a B.A. and M.A. from New York University and is a CAIA Charterholder.
Director, Head of Tax Affairs - Email Mary Richardson
Mary joined AIMA in 2002, to establish a regulatory department, and in March 2011 she became responsible for tax affairs, including the work of the Tax Committee. Mary is also the Company Secretary. She qualified as a lawyer and also holds a degree in English from King’s College, London University and a postgraduate diploma in financial services law, also from London University.
Regulatory Analyst, Markets Regulation - Email Oliver Robinson
Oliver Robinson joined AIMA in November 2011 and was appointed Regulatory Analyst within the Markets Regulation team in May 2012. Oliver has an LLB in Law from Cardiff University and an LLM in International Commercial Law from Durham University.
Associate Director, Head of Operations - Email Kirk Taylor
Kirk joined AIMA in August 2004 and is currently an Associate Director and our Head of Operations. He has previously held several other operational positions at AIMA. He was previously working at a publishing company managing financial databases on public organisations and private companies and has a degree in Accountancy.
Kirk is responsible for AIMA's IT and other systems including the maintenance of our confidential database and our website. He also manages our day-to-day accounting processes and a number of other administrative functions.
Communications Officer - Email Matt Thomas
Matt joined AIMA in March 2013 as an Intern within the Department of External Affairs and became Communications Officer in September 2013. Prior to joining AIMA, he gained PR experience in agencies based in both the UK and China. Matt has a BA in English Literature and Politics from York University.
Deputy CEO, Head of External Affairs - Email Christen Thomson
Christen is in charge of external affairs, communications, membership, events and international business development for AIMA. He is responsible for creating and executing the Association’s strategies to develop and maintain strong external stakeholder relationships, to grow the Association’s membership, and to construct the Association’s narrative through original thought leadership about the value the industry provides to investors, markets and the broader economy. He has overseen the expansion of the Association’s activities in the United States, Brazil and the Middle East. He has been with AIMA since December 2008.
Previously, Christen was in charge of coordinating global PR activities for Colliers Macaulay Nichols, a $1bn international real estate services provider. Prior to this he spent 12 years at the BBC, joining Radio 5 Live in 1995, and going on to work for Home Newsgathering as a duty news editor and then BBC World and News 24 as senior producer and reporter.
Christen has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University and is married with two children.
Associate Director, Communications - Email Dominic Tonner
Dominic Tonner joined AIMA in 2009 and is the Associate Director, Communications. Previously, he was a journalist for 14 years, writing for a variety of newspapers and magazines in the UK and the Cayman Islands including The Sunday Times of London, the Financial Times and Cayman Financial Review. He has a degree in Media and Communications from Birmingham City University (formerly UCE).
Associate Director, Membership - Email Fiona Treble
Fiona joined AIMA in April 2013 as Associate Director, Membership, after a long association with AIMA that included contributing as an editor to AIMA’s Guides to Sound Practices. She has worked within the alternatives investment industry since 1998, and is an investor relations and marketing specialist experienced in both single manager hedge funds and funds of hedge funds. Her career within the hedge fund industry started in the late 1990s when she joined Park Place Capital, one of the first European long/short European equity hedge funds. Since then she has worked in marketing and investor relations roles at Beaumont Capital, Schroders, Kazimir Partners and Wadhwani Asset Management. She has a degree in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Bristol.
Database Administrator - Email Stacie Willson
Stacie joined AIMA in October 2007 as our Receptionist, became our Office Administrator in April 2009 and Database Administrator in February 2013. She currently performs duties in relation to database updating and administration and membership processing. Stacie previously studied floristry and worked within a family-run business.
Stacie Willson is currently on maternity leave and Charlotte Newton is providing cover. Please contact Charlotte on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director, Head of Asset Management Regulation - Email Jennifer Wood
Jennifer Wood, Director, Head of Asset Management Regulation, joined AIMA in September 2012.
Prior to joining AIMA, Jennifer was a Partner in Dechert LLP’s London financial services group, where she focused her practice on advising UK, US, European and Asian financial services firms, investment managers and investment funds on US regulatory matters, including investment adviser and fund registration and compliance matters, fund formation matters and fund governance among other things. She studied finance at the University of Iowa and law at the Columbia Law School, where she was the editor-in-chief of the Columbia Business Law Review.
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