The AIF Institute Names Sharmila Kassam as Executive Director

By Benzinga2 days ago


NEW YORK, Jan. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- AIF Global announced today at its 2021 Annual Investors' Meeting the appointment of Sharmila (Shar) Kassam as the Executive Director of the AIF Institute—the educational resource arm of AIF Global, which brings customized education to institutional investors globally. AIF Global Founder and CEO Brant Maller and AIF Institute President Melissa Waller made the announcement to a virtual audience of hundreds of institutional investors attending the annual meeting in tandem with the unveiling of the AIF Institute's first of three Centers of Excellence.

In her new role, Shar will immediately lead in the development and launch of the AIF Institute's three Centers of Excellence in 2021. The Center for ESG and Sustainable Investing, Center for Insurance Investing, and Center for Private Capital will continue AIF's affiliation with the world's most-respected thought leaders in finance academia and bridge research and practical, actionable content for institutional investors globally, while maintaining AIF's investor-driven governance structure.

“In my prior role of managing a public pension fund, I had the opportunity to work closely with AIF Global to educate my stakeholders on best practices in pension governance. Like so many in the industry, I have admired AIF's unwavering commitment to the best practices, ideas, and information among institutional investors, and I am honored to help AIF achieve its vision for the Institute,“ said Shar.

She continues, “I am excited to encourage innovation in the industry and to spearhead critical research and discussions on key areas ...

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