The Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association has launched CAIA Cayman Islands, the association’s 22nd global chapter.
CAIA Cayman Islands will support the local alternative investment community, offering educational and networking opportunities and also raise the profile of the chapter and the CAIA charter, according to a press release.
“The Cayman Islands have long been the leading offshore jurisdiction for alternative investments, and that status has only been further solidified by the presence of a deep pool of experienced industry professionals,” said William J. Kelly, chief executive officer of CAIA. “Our new chapter will allow us to further collaborate with our members who call these islands home, while introducing CAIA to new candidates and making deeper connections in the local community.”
The launch was marked by an educational session and reception on May 14, hosted by CAIA and the newly named CAIA Cayman Islands executive committee, which includes: Daniel Santiago, chapter head and director at Harmonic Fund Services; Robert Aspinall, director, Fiduciary Services at Intertrust; Philip Dickie, director at Harbour Trust Co. Ltd.; Marco Calleja, senior manager at EY; and Jeffrey Goddard, associate director at ManagementPlus Group.
“Our extraordinary concentration of leading industry practitioners provides the foundation for a dynamic, diverse, and robust membership,” said Danny Santiago, chapter head, CAIA Cayman Islands. “Our goal is to provide access to exceptional educational events, support a vital public and private sector collaboration, and to play an active role in the community.”
The CAIA Association offers the only educational program uniquely designed for individuals specializing in institutional quality alternative investments, the organization’s press release stated.
The CAIA Charter is granted upon successful completion of two levels of qualifying exams combined with relevant professional experience and joining the association membership.
Since its inception in 2002, CAIA now supports chapters in financial centers around the world. In the last six months, the association launched new chapters in China, Australia and Texas, as well as in the form of a virtual chapter. The effort brings together members from more than 60 countries that do not have a physical chapter.