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Seema Hingorani  

Founder and CIO, SevenStep Capital; Former Chief Investment Officer, Bureau of Asset Management, City of New York

Seema R. Hingorani is the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of SevenStep Capital, a joint venture partnership with Permanens Capital based in New York City, and has over 20 years of investment experience. Ms. Hingorani is also a Senior Advisor at Crestview Partners and an Advisory Group member at Walter Scott & Partners Limited. Ms. Hingorani served until June 30, 2014 as chief investment officer for the New York City Retirement Systems, which had assets of $160 billion at that time. Previous to this appointment, Ms. Hingorani was interim chief investment officer and before that head of public equities and hedge funds for the pension funds. She launched the NYCRS hedge fund portfolio and led the investment of $3.5 billion out of a $4.5 billion board approved allocation in direct hedge fund investments across strategies and geographies in 3 years. Under Ms. Hingorani’s leadership, the pension fund was named Hedge Fund Manager of the Year – Large Public Pension Plans by Institutional Investor. Additionally, Ms. Hingorani substantially repositioned the existing NYCRS Public Equities portfolio and the portfolio grew from $60 billion to $85 billion under her leadership. She was also responsible for expanding and overseeing a $2 billion long only Public Equities Emerging Managers portfolio. Prior to Ms. Hingorani’s four years of public sector experience, she served as global director of Fundamental Research at Pyramis Global Advisors; a general partner, portfolio manager and senior equity analyst with hedge fund Andor Capital Management; a general partner and senior equity analyst at hedge fund Pequot Capital Management; co-founder of hedge fund Mirador Capital Management; and an equity analyst with T. Rowe Price.

Ms. Hingorani is the founder and chair of Girls Who Invest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the asset management industry by bringing more women into portfolio management and leadership. She was honored as the 2016 Woman with Impact by the Connecticut Women's Business Development Council, Wall Street Women Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015 by Traders magazine and received the 2015 Women in Finance Achievement award from MarketsMedia for her work with Girls Who Invest. Ms. Hingorani is an active member of The Economic Club of New York and 100 Women in Finance.

Ms. Hingorani graduated with a BA in psychology/philosophy from Yale College, and holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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