Asset Management

Meet The Professionals

In total, TIAA-CREF Asset Management consists of more than 300 investment professionals, including over 100 portfolio managers with an average of 17 years of investment experience and 10 years with TIAA-CREF. Take a closer look at the people behind the performance

Jayesh Bhansali

Jayesh Bhansali is a Managing Director, Head of Global Derivatives and Quantitative Portfolio Management for the TIAA-CREF organization. He oversees and manages derivative overlay activities (including interest rate, currency, credit and equity derivatives) and is responsible for quantitative portfolio management on the fixed income side. He works closely with the Chief Investment Officer General Account on asset allocation, portfolio construction, ALM and risk compliance matters. He is the lead Portfolio Manager of TIAA’s $32 bln Immediate Annuity (Payout) Portfolio. He contributes to the enterprise risk management oversight function.

Mr. Bhansali has more than 20 years of industry experience. He joined TIAA-CREF in 1996. Prior to joining TIAA-CREF, he worked with Citicorp’s Analytics & Information Technology Solutions Group as a derivatives specialist. Before that, he worked in investment banking with Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation of India.

Regulators have sought his thought leadership on topics such as prudent use of derivatives, risk based capital provisioning and counterparty risk management. He has presented at various institutional investors’ conferences both in the US and overseas, on contemporary topics such as managing systemic risk, the alpha / beta optimization, asset allocation under uncertainty, smart commodity beta strategies, credit derivatives and Liability Driven Investing. He has taught at the Columbia Business School as an adjunct professor of finance. He currently serves on the Board of Advisors for University of Connecticut’s Masters in Financial Risk Management Program.

Mr. Bhansali has published articles in professional journals on wide ranging topics such as credit derivatives, interest rate and emerging markets equity risk management, and inflation-indexed bonds. He also contributed to the Counterparty Risk Management Policy Group’s report titled “Toward Greater Financial Stability: A Private Sector Perspective.” He co-authored a paper titled “Risk Management Challenges Facing Institutional Fiduciaries”.

He is a member of the CFA Institute®, the Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst® and the New York Society of Security Analysts. Mr. Bhansali earned an M.S. in financial engineering from Polytechnic University (NYU-Poly), New York, and a B.Com with honors from the University of Mumbai. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®), CAIA® designation, as well as the Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant designations from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and the Institute of Cost Accountants of India respectively

Fixed Income Professionals

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Kenneth Adams

Director,
Global Public Markets

Michael Ainge

Michael Ainge 

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

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Karina Bubeck

Director,
Global Public Markets

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Cynthia Bush

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

John Cerra

John Cerra 

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Kevin Chen

Lijun (Kevin) Chen

CFA, Director,
Global Public Markets

Richard Cheng

Richard Cheng

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

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Dorothy Craig

Director,
Global Public Markets

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Anupam Damani

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

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John Espinosa

Director,
Global Public Markets

Michael Ferraro

Michael Ferraro

CFA, Director,
Global Public Markets

Joseph Higgins

Joseph Higgins 

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

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Daniel Knight

Director,
Global Public Markets

Stephen Liberatore

Stephen Liberatore 

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Jean Lin

Jean C. Lin

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Andrew Lipton

Andrew Lipton 

Director,
Global Public Markets

Kevin Lorenz

Kevin Lorenz 

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

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Ava Mao

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

Aashh Parekh

Aashh Parekh 

CFA, Director,
Global Public Markets

Anders Persson

Anders Persson 

CFA, Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

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Steven Reis

Director,
Global Public Markets

Katherine Renfrew

Katherine Renfrew 

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

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Joseph Rolston

Director,
Global Public Markets

Barnet Sherman

Barnet Sherman 

Director,
Global Public Markets

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Doug Smith

Director,
Global Public Markets

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Thomas Solano

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

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Sylvia Tong

Managing Director,
Global Public Markets

James Tsang

James Tsang

CFA, Director,
Global Public Markets

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Kristal Yee

Director,
Global Public Markets

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