Conference Cayman Alternative Investment Summit

Dan Kneipp

Event organiser Dan Kneipp says what we can expect from the new addition to Cayman’s conference calendar. 

The world is more interconnected, more volatile and more unpredictable than ever before. Growth is one of the key issues on everyone’s minds, but it is innovation that will ultimately drive future growth. Innovation is essential to create a bigger and brighter future by delivering what clients need. Therefore, the key challenge the alternative investment industry faces is how it will adapt successfully in this rapidly changing environment. This is the underlying theme of the 2012 Cayman Alternative Investment Summit and I am looking forward to a thought provoking debate from some of the world’s leading alternative investment managers, institutional investors, economists and academics about the industry’s ability to thrive through transformative initiatives. The quality of speakers confirmed makes this one of the most appealing events in the alternative investment calendar. The choice of jurisdiction is simple – the Cayman Islands is the domicile of choice for this industry – it is the breeding ground for alternative investments, and therefore, the perfect host.  

When we started on this journey, it was important that the event was unique. There are a number of conferences that speak purely to the operational aspects of the business, but our vision was to secure a mix of C-level speakers to debate the front, middle and back office of an industry in transition. It had to be different – I think we’ve already achieved that with the likes of support from Sir Richard Branson, Greg Norman, Nick Bolletieri and one other high profile guest dinner speaker, as well as the highest level of executives confirmed, including Peter Clarke, CEO, MAN Group; Matt Botein, Global Head of Alternative Investments at Blackrock; Mel Lagomasino, the CEO of Genspring Family Offices; Anne Richards, CIO of Aberdeen Asset Management and Mark Yusko, the CEO of Morgan Creek. 

As well as debating how the industry can develop a culture of innovation, broader topics such as the structural issues facing Europe and the role of emerging market economies and the tremendous opportunities they present will also feature in the agenda. The industry is facing a wave of regulation that it has never seen before, so it will be interesting to learn from the world’s largest institutional investors as to whether or not regulators are getting it right.  

In addition to a thought provoking agenda and exceptional speaker line up, the Summit will provide a dynamic forum for collaboration and networking between attendees, speakers and influential business leaders. My hope is that the debate will help produce some valuable insights that we can all take back to our organisations to help meet the challenges we all face. It’s an exciting event and as major sponsors, KPMG are proud to be helping to lead it. 

Running alongside the summit is the premier tennis event in the Caribbean – the Legends Tennis Championship. This annual tournament brings together some of the greatest players. This year Martina Hingis and Stefan Edberg headline the tournament and all profits will be donated to charity.  


For more information on the Cayman A.I. Summit and to register online, please visit For any enquiries regarding this event, please contact Dan Kneipp at [email protected]