Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker at the Joint IDC/MFDF Event on Diversity and the Board of the Future

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Samantha Kappagoda, Chief Economist of Risk Economics® and Independent Director/Trustee of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, was invited to speak at the Independent Directors Council (IDC) / Mutual Fund Directors Forum (MFDF) joint event on Diversity and the Board of the Future, hosted by KPMG in New York City on April 25, 2024.

Samantha joined a panel entitled My Board Journey, moderated by Eddie Ramos, Independent Director of Calvert Funds, in which participants described their pathways to the boardroom and early experiences. Her fellow panelists were:

  • Sharmila Chatterjee Kassam, Independent Director of Calamos Investment Trust and
  • Thomas Melendez, Independent Director of SEI

Samantha previously presented on AI and Asset Management: Considerations for Fund Boards at the 2023 IDC Fund Directors Conference in Chicago. IDC represents independent directors and trustees who serve on the boards of mutual funds, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds and other registered investment companies. MFDF also serves independent directors of mutual funds and other U.S. registered investment companies.

Samantha Kappagoda was a Speaker at the Joint IDC/MFDF Event on Diversity and the Board of the Future

Samantha Kappagoda currently serves as an Independent Director / Trustee, Nominating Committee Chair and Audit Committee Member of Credit Suisse Mutual Funds, which are comprised of two closed-end funds (NYSE: DHY and CIK) and six open-end funds investing in commodity, quantitative and high yield and credit strategies. She is also Chief Economist and Co-Founder of Risk Economics® and Visiting Scholar at Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences NYU, advising research activities at RiskEcon® Lab for Decision Metrics @ Courant Institute

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