Behavioral Alpha is a one-day thought leadership event for portfolio managers and investment leaders, focused on the application of behavioral science to active investment management.


Join forward-thinking investors for a fascinating event exploring how human decision-making is evolving in the light of recent developments in science and technology.


Maria Konnikova

Dr. Maria Konnikova

Author of Mastermind and The Confidence Game

A New York Times best-selling author, Maria graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.

In 2018, while researching her next book, she learned to play poker from scratch and now has over $260,000 in tournament earnings. “Emotional decision-making is exactly what poker is,” she said. “You can actually see it happening. Even the most mathematical stoic players are not computers”.
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Henry Timms

Henry Timms

Co-Author of New Power

Recognised as visionaries by Fast Company and The Ford Foundation, Henry and his co-author, Jeremy Heimans, are two of the world’s most prominent social movement pioneers.

In their book, New Power, How it’s Changing The 21st Century and Why You Need to Know, they draw on examples from business and culture to explain how old power works like a currency, whereas new power operates like a current, flowing through social channels to change the world.
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Anastasi Buyalskaya

Anastasia Buyalskaya

Behavioral Scientist and Asset Management Changemaker

Now pursuing a PhD at Caltech, Anastasia was formerly VP of Behavioral Finance at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager.

She has worked in London and New York, and operates at the bleeding edge of behavioral science application. As a former intrapreneur and consultant, Anastasia has launched a number of decision-making initiatives aimed at educating and improving investment processes for portfolio managers and their teams.

Tim Hathaway, CFA

Tim Hathaway, CFA

Head of U.S. Institutional Business
Brown Advisory

Dr. C. Thomas Howard

Dr. C. Thomas Howard

CEO and Director of Research

Robert T. Willis

Robert T. Willis, Jr., CFA

Founder, CEO and CIO
Willis Investment Counsel


  • Portfolio Managers

  • CIOs

  • Directors of Research

  • Heads of Strategy

  • COOs

  • Heads of Trading


Behavioral Alpha 2017 explored a range of key topics for asset management innovators. Guest speakers included:

Dan Ariely
Denise Shull
Dave Winsborough
Clare Flynn Levy

Mark Baumgartner
Cameron Hight
Paul Sonkin
Paul Johnson

“A well-paced, well-planned set of presentations and a very nice environment to meet interesting industry people with plenty of new ideas. Highly recommended.”

Geraud Charpin, Portfolio Manager, BlueBay Asset Management
Delegate, Behavioral Alpha 2017 

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“Behavioral Alpha was an optimal way to learn about the roles cognitive bias, team dynamics, and other behavioral patterns/pitfalls can play in investment decisions and the investment process itself. A brilliant set of speakers – I could listen to them (and ask questions) for many days rather than just one!”

Dana Lambert, CFA, CAIA, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch
Delegate, Behavioral Alpha 2017


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Saffron Road Cuisine

“The Behavioral Alpha Conference sponsorship facilitates our strategic goal of aligning our platform, team and relationships with the advancing fusion of behavioral finance and machine learning.”

John Quartararo, Founder of Chestnut Ridge Partners

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