Every year, the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit, better known as CAIS, draws hundreds of executives and thought-leaders from the global alternatives industry to Grand Cayman’s shores.
This year’s summit, scheduled for February 6-8 at the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, will see more than 80 notable speakers and more than 500 attendees convene to discuss the theme “Tech-Tonic Shift: Innovation in Alternative Investments.”
The conference’s diverse line-up includes more than 30 new speakers and will feature its first female keynote speaker: world-renowned actress, director and social activist Natalie Portman.
A FORCE FOR GOOD
In her career, Natalie Portman has starred in more than 40 films and won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the critically acclaimed film “Black Swan.”
At CAIS, Portman will not only discuss her success in the film industry, but also her role as a social activist, where she has in recent years spoken out against gender inequality in the workplace and encouraged young women to become leaders.
Portman has supported several organisations related to promoting women’s educational opportunities, economic advancement, health and safety, and full participation in policy formulation and political activism. Her humanitarian efforts led her to co-found the “Time’s Up” movement against sexual harassment. Among her achievements, she has also dedicated her time to helping empower youth to become active local and global citizens as an ambassador of WE.
Chris Duggan, director of CAIS and VP of business development for event sponsor, Dart, said the conference is excited to welcome Portman as the 2019 keynote speaker.
“Natalie’s keynote will provide attendees a glimpse into her philanthropic involvement, which will complement the two days of thought-provoking conversations on the role of the alternative investment industry in making a positive global impact, and how every business has a social responsibility to its people and to its communities,” Duggan said.
In addition to Portman, CAIS19 speakers and attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from world-famous magician and illusionist David Blaine, who will participate in a fireside chat on the first night of the conference. He will discuss how he revolutionised the way magic is experienced and shown on television and will perform live on stage for attendees, giving them a glimpse into the street magic and feats of endurance he is recognized for around the world.
While on Grand Cayman, both Portman and Blaine will spend time meeting with local school children to share their stories of success and tips to building their careers.
DIVERSE INDUSTRY SPEAKERS
Duggan says the fact that the majority of this year’s 30 new speakers are women was an intentional decision on behalf of the organisers.
“We are committed to providing a diverse speaker line-up featuring both men and women with a range of viewpoint and experiences,” Duggan said. “We’re pleased to welcome such an esteemed group of speakers from across all corners of the global alternatives industry to CAIS this year.”
New industry speakers for this year’s event include: Scott Kupor, managing partner at Andreessen Horowitz; Marisa Drew, CEO of the Impact Advisory and Finance Department at Credit Suisse; Dr. Jianbo Lu, head of robotics & intelligent vehicles at Ford Motor Company; Mark Foster, senior vice president at IBM Global Business Services; Mike Penrose, executive director at UNICEF UK; Travis Kling, founder & CIO of Ikigai Asset Management; Teresa Barger, CEO of Cartica Management; and Christina Qi, co-founder & partner at Domeyard LP.
For more information, visit www.cais.ky.