Q4-2022 FDP Charter Exam 
Registration opens May 25, 2022



About Us

Management Team | Advisory Board | Curriculum Committee 


MEHRZAD MAHDAVI

Mehrzad is the Executive Director of the FDP Institute. He is also the Chairperson of the Board of LanesX and TenRivers. Prior to his current position, Mehrzad was CEO of CyberSafe ID, the Chief Digital Officer of Weatherford Intl, and a Global Vice President of Schlumberger. Mehrzad began his career as a Research Scientist at Battelle Labs. Mehrzad is a business and technology leader with an international reputation and career focusing on digital transformation in multiple sectors including financial services, high technology, industrials, and energy.
PhD, Nuclear Science, University of Michigan
Post Doc, University of Michigan



JANE BUCHAN

Jane is a strategic advisor to the FDP institute. Jane is co-founder and recently retired CEO of PAAMCO Prisma Holdings, which grew to $32 billion in AUM.   She served as the Chairwoman for CAIA.  She was formerly an Assistant Professor of Finance at Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. Jane began her career at J.P. Morgan Investment Management in the Capital Markets Group.
In March 2020, Jane was named to the Barron's 100 Most Influential Women in US Finance and in 2015 she was named to the Investhedge Hall of Fame.
PhD and an MA in Business Economics (Finance) from Harvard University.
BA in Economics from Yale University. 


WILLIAM J. KELLY

William (Bill) J. Kelly is the CEO of the CAIA Association. Bill has been a frequent industry speaker, writer, and commentator on alternative investment topics around the world since taking the leadership role at the CAIA Association in January, 2014. Previously, Bill was the CEO of Boston Partners and one of seven founding partners of the predecessor firm, Boston Partners Asset Management. In addition to his current role, Bill is a tireless advocate for shareholder protection and investor education and is currently the Chairman and lead independent director for the Boston Partners Trust Company.  Follow Bill Kelly on Twitter @CAIA_BillKelly 

KEITH BLACK, CAIA, CFA, FDP

Keith Black has over thirty years of financial market experience, serving approximately half of that time as an academic and half as a trader and consultant to institutional investors. He currently serves as Managing Director, Program Director FDP Charter at the FDP Institute.

During his most recent role as Managing Director of Content Strategy, Keith was responsible for Curriculum development at the CAIA Association. Previously, Keith was a valued team member at Ennis Knupp + Associates, where he advised foundations, endowments and pension funds on their asset allocation and manager selection strategies in hedge funds, commodities, and managed futures. Other experience includes commodities derivatives trading, stock options research and Cboe floor trading, and building quantitative stock selection models for mutual funds and hedge funds. Dr. Black previously served as an assistant professor and senior lecturer at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Keith has contributed to the CFA Digest, and has published in The Journal of Wealth Management, The Journal of Trading, The Journal of Investing, and The Journal of Alternative Investments, among others. He is the author of the book “Managing a Hedge Fund,” as well as co-author of the second, third, and fourth editions of the CAIA Level I and Level II curriculum. Dr. Black was named to the Institutional Investor magazine’s list of “Rising Stars of Hedge Funds” in 2010.

Dr. Black earned a BA from Whittier College, an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a PhD from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and was a member of the inaugural class of both CAIA and FDP Charterholders.

Full bio and speaking engagement topics here. Follow Keith on Twitter @CAIA_KeithBlack.


HOSSEIN KAZEMI

Dr. Hossein Kazemi, Ph.D., CFA, is the Senior Advisor to the CAIA Association’s Program and the FDP Institute. He helps with the development of the CAIA program's curriculum, directs the CAIA Association’s academic partnership program, and leads the curriculum development of the FDP Institute.. In addition he serves as the editor of Alternative Investment Analyst Review, which is published by the CAIA Association. Dr. Kazemi has been involved in the CAIA Association since inception as a senior adviser and board member. In addition, he has worked with universities and industry organizations to introduce them to the CAIA program. Dr. Kazemi is a Professor of Finance at the Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Dr. Kazemi is currently the Director of the Center for International Securities & Derivatives Markets, a nonprofit organization devoted to research in the area of alternative investments, a co-founder of the CAIA Association, and home to CISDM Hedge Fund/CTA Database and the Journal of Alternative Investments, the official research publication of the CAIA Association. His research has been in the areas of valuations of equity and fixed income securities, asset allocation for traditional and alternative asset classes, and evaluation and replication of active management investment products. He has a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Michigan. Dr. Kazemi lives in Northampton, MA, with his wife and son.




KIM DURAND 

Kim is the Project & General Operations Manager at the FDP Institute, leading operations, and owning the master project plan for program implementation.

Kim comes to us with a history in management and administration in the telecommunications and millimeter wave technology industries.  Kim served as Director of Operations, Director of Sales and Senior Sales Executive at Normandeau Technologies, a privately held provider of telecommunications equipment and services.  Previously Kim was Project Manager and Sales Coordinator for Telaxis Communications (formerly Millitech Corporation), a publicly held millimeter wave designer and equipment manufacturer for broadband wireless access market.

Most recently Kim served as Manager of Special Projects and Executive Assistant at CAIA Association, managing high-level international projects throughout the association while supporting the CEO, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Kim has a Bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University and is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Riders. 

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