Mr. Sayles holds a MS in Management from MIT‘s Sloan School of Management and a BS in Chemistry from Yale University. With over 25 years of industry experience in corporate finance, risk management, trading, financial systems and client advisory, his past work includes working at and consulting for the World Bank Group, as well as serving as a Sr. Vice President for Lehman Bros., a VP for Alliance Capital Management and a Managing Director for Blackrock Financial Management. He was also Director of Risk and co-Chief Investment officer at Armour Capital Management. Mr. Sayles has taught as an Adjunct Professor of Finance at NYU’s Stern School of Business. He currently works as an advisor to RiskSpan, an institutional mortgage investment consulting and analytics firm.
Michael Cheah has more than 30 years of market experience. Until recently, he was the executive vice president of Capital Position, one of the financial industry’s premier positioning, growth strategy, and global marketing firms. Before that, he worked as the senior vice president and senior portfolio manager responsible for all investment-grade fixed income portfolios at AIG SunAmerica Asset Management Corp. He also spent 17 years at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, where he was the head of the U.S. Bond Division, Markets, and Investment Department, and chief representative of the New York office. His responsibilities at the monetary authority included managing foreign-exchange reserves and overseeing external relationships with financial and government institutions in the United States.
Professor Cheah also has taught global finance and macroeconomics at New York University, where he was senior adviser for the private sector concentration. He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the National University of Singapore and a master of science degree in management from London Business School, where he was a Sloan Fellow and a Monetary Authority of Singapore postgraduate scholarship recipient. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and financial risk manager.