“The LSE AIC reinforces the gradual transition from academia into the world of alternative investments,” says PhD Finance candidate, Daniel Drabarz, who travelled from Warsaw in Poland to attend the two-day conference held at London’s Marriott Hotel in February 2020. “It was a great opportunity to listen to interesting speeches from alternative investments leaders. What they said provoked several stimulating discussions about changes to the industry and its challenges”, Drabarz tells me. I met other students who had travelled from Ireland; France; Spain; Germany; Sweden; Italy; Switzerland and the Netherlands to attend, while others closer to home had endured overnight buses from colleges in the North of England to be there. According to Aditya Rajan, the President of the society organising the conference, it is now in its 15th edition and has had over 4,000 student delegates attend over its lifetime. Past speakers at the conference have included Paul Singer of Elliott, Marc Rowan of Apollo and David Rubenstein of The Carlyle Group.
The 320 student delegates attending this year came from 100 different universities – mainly in Europe, though some travelled from as far as Rice University and MIT in the United States. The split between undergraduates, masters and PhD students seemed to be fairly equal with most delegates coming from a finance and economics background.
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