The Award for Outstanding Contribution to Finance was established in 2015 to mark the fund’s 5th anniversary. The award seeks to acknowledge the achievements of a business leader or academic who has inspired and contributed to the education of our fund’s membership. As a recipient of this award, we acknowledge the phenomenal work they have done in their specialist area, and their decision to make this work public, for the enjoyment and learning of students across the globe. The Trinity Student Managed Fund has been an example for student investment funds across the UK and Ireland. In accepting this award, they acknowledge the importance of students in the future of the world economy.

2020/21 Speakers

Annie Duke

On November 23rd, Trinity SMF had the honour of welcoming Annie Duke. Annie is an author, corporate speaker, and consultant in the decision-making space. She has leveraged her expertise in the science of smart decision making to excel at pursuits as varied as championship poker to public speaking. Annie’s first book for general audiences, Thinking in Bets became a national bestseller and her latest book How to Decide was released in September.

For two decades, Annie was one of the top poker players in the world and has won more than $4 million in tournament poker before retiring from the game in 2012. Prior to becoming a professional poker player, Annie was awarded a National Science Foundation Fellowship to study Cognitive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Anne Richards

On 7th December, Trinity SMF had the honour of welcoming Anne Richards as part of our 2020 Speaker Series.

Anne joined Fidelity International as CEO in December 2018 from M&G Investments where she was CEO and a director of its parent company Prudential plc. Anne was appointed a Director of FIL Limited in September 2019.
She has worked in the asset management industry since 1992. Anne has almost three decades of experience as an analyst, portfolio manager and CIO and is a strong proponent of ESG investing. Her career path spans many blue-chip global names in the financial sector including Alliance Capital, JP Morgan, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Aberdeen Asset Management.

Rupal Bhansali

On December 10th, Trinity SMF had the honour of welcoming Rupal Bhansali. Rupal is a first-generation immigrant and woman of colour who came to America with no network or net-worth, but through personal grit and professional acumen broke through the glass ceiling on Wall Street to become the Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager of Ariel Investments’ multi-billion dollar international and global equity strategies in New York.

She is among the rare 1.3%* of women to solely manage a mutual fund in the US. In 2020, she was featured as one of the “Top 100 Influential Women in US Finance” by Barron’s.

John O'Farrell

On October 8th, Trinity SMF had the honour of welcoming John O’Farrell. John is a General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z), a leading venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. The firm is best known for investing in companies such as Twitter, Skype, Facebook, Airbnb, Pinterest and Slack. John joined the firm in 2010 as the first non-founding General Partner and currently serves on the boards of Slack, IFTTT and GoodData. He’s also a member of the board of UNICEF USA and the Silicon Valley executive committee of Human RightsWatch.

Howard Marks - Podcast Guest

Howard Marks is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Oaktree Capital Management, a leading global alternative investment firm with more than $120 billion in assets under management. Prior to founding Oaktree, Howard spent 10 years at the TCW Group where he was responsible for investments in distressed debt, high-yield bonds and convertible securities. Before this, Howard worked in Citi Corp for 16 years where he served as Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager in charge of convertible and high yield securities.

Alan Dargan - Podcast Guest

Alan Dargan is a Founder and Partner of Lonsdale Capital Partners, a leading private equity firm in London. He is also Founder and Chairman of Lansdowne Capital Limited, a corporate finance advisory firm.

With over 40 years of experience in investing and investment banking on Wall Street and the City of London, he also holds several chairmanships and board positions around Europe and in addition is Chairman of the Trinity Student Managed Fund Advisory Board. He is also a trustee and ex-President of Trinity Rugby. He graduated with a BBS degree from Trinity College Dublin and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

Dr. Martin Naughton - Podcast Guest

Dr. Martin Naughton is Founder of the Glen Dimplex Group and Chairman of the Glen Dimplex Supervisory Board. He studied Mechanical & Production Engineering in Southampton, England and worked as an Industrial Engineer and Plant Manager for 12 years. In 1973, he founded the private, family-owned Glen Dimplex. Glen Dimplex now has 23 manufacturing plants worldwide.

Martin is also a philanthropist with his wife Carmel and the Naughton family. In 1994, Martin and Carmel founded the private family foundation, “The Naughton Foundation.”

Previous Award Recipients

Bill Browder20210129040456

Bill Browder

Founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management
Jim Rogers20210129040019

Jim Rogers

American Economist and Financial Commentator
Burton Malkiel20210129035336

Burton Malkiel

American economist and writer
Joshua Pearl20190819192945

Joshua Pearl

Author - "Investment Banking: Valuation, Leveraged Buyouts, and Mergers & Acquisitions"
Joshua Rosenbaum20190819192753

Joshua Rosenbaum

Managing Director - RBC Capital Markets
Mads Faurholt-Jorgensen20190819192409

Mads Faurholt-Jorgensen

Founder & Managing Partner - Nova Partners Capital
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw20190819192209

Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Chairperson & M.D. - Biocon LTD, Chairperson - India Institute of Management
Aswath Damodaran20190819191923

Aswath Damodaran

Professor of Finance - Stern School of Business, New York University
Governor Howard Dean20190819191728

Governor Howard Dean

Former Chair - Democratic National Committee (DNC)
Brian Sullivan20190819191455

Brian Sullivan

Anchor - CNBC's “Worldwide Exchange ”
Fahmi Quadir20190819191233

Fahmi Quadir

Founder & Chief Investment Officer - Safkhet Capital
David Swensen20190819191016

David Swensen

CIO - Yale University
James Rickards20190819190854

James Rickards

Author - Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global Crisis
Patrick Lynch20190819190644

Patrick Lynch

Founder - First Circle
Mohnish Pabrai20190819190513

Mohnish Pabrai

Founder & Managing Partner - Pabrai Investments Funds, Founder & CEO - Dhandho Funds, Author - The Dhandho Investor and Mosaic: Perspectives on Investing​.
Mary Robinson20190819190217

Mary Robinson

Former President of Ireland