Bush Center Dallas
May 8, 2018  |  Dallas, Texas 

Join us for the FEG 2018 Investment Symposium at the George W. Bush Institute in Dallas, Texas on May 8, 2018. During the event, industry leaders will discuss economic and investment trends. Guests will also have ample opportunities to connect with peers.

Space is limited and seating is reserved for clients and invited guests only. There is no registration fee for this event; however, guests are responsible for their own travel and lodging. 

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8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Coffee

9:00 – 9:05 a.m.

FEG Welcome

9:05 – 10:15 a.m.

Ken Hersh Presentation, George W. Bush Presidential Center

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Morning Break

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Tony Crescenzi Presentation, PIMCO

11:45 – 1:00 p.m.


1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Ben Hunt Presentation, Salient Partners

2:00 – 2:15 p.m.

Afternoon Break

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.

Christopher Morrell Presentation, Sloane Robinson

3:15 – 3:20 p.m.

FEG Closing

3:20 – 5:00 p.m.

Self-guided tour of the Bush Library (Optional)



Please note conference agenda items, speakers, and times are subject to change.



We are excited to welcome the following confirmed speakers: 
Tony Crescenzi
Executive Vice President and Market Strategist at PIMCO

Mr. Crescenzi will give attendees a look at the state of the global economy and an investment outlook.

Tony Crescenzi
Executive Vice President and Market Strategist at PIMCO

Mr. Crescenzi is an executive vice president, market strategist and generalist portfolio manager in the New York office. He is also a member of the Investment Committee. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2009, he was chief bond market strategist at Miller Tabak, and worked for both Lehman Brothers and Prudential Bache.

Mr. Crescenzi has written five books, including "The Strategic Bond Investor" and "Beyond the Keynesian Endpoint." He regularly appears on CNBC and Bloomberg television and in financial news media. Mr. Crescenzi taught in the executive MBA program at Baruch College from 1999-2009. He has 34 years of investment experience and holds an MBA from St. John's University and an undergraduate degree from the City University of New York.

Ken Hersh
President and Chief Executive Officer of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

Our opening speaker, Mr. Hersh will give an overview of the global energy landscape.

Ken Hersh
President and Chief Executive Officer of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

Kenneth A. Hersh, 55, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, a Dallas-based non-partisan institution which houses the George W. Bush Library and Museum and the George W. Bush Institute. The Bush Center’s mission is to engage communities in the U.S. and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Under his leadership the Bush Center focuses its efforts on domestic excellence and global leadership initiatives.

He also serves as Co-Founder and Advisory Partner of NGP Energy Capital Management where he assists with the strategic direction of the firm. NGP is a premier private equity investment franchise in the natural resources industry managing over $17.0 billion of cumulative committed capital since inception in 1988. Through 2015, Mr. Hersh served as NGP’s Chief Executive Officer. From 1988 through 2015, under his leadership, NGP invested over $10 billion and achieved a 27-year gross IRR of 30% (net IRR of 19%), making it one of the nation’s leading investment firms during that period.

Mr. Hersh currently serves as a Senior Advisor and the Deputy Chief Investment Officer for The Carlyle Group’s natural resources division and sits on the Board of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club. In addition, Mr. Hersh serves on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Council of the American Enterprise Institute, the Dallas Citizens Council, and the World Economic Forum. He also sits on the Dean’s Council of the Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Hersh served on the Advisory Council of Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business from 2009 through 2015. In 2014, he was recognized as Master Entrepreneur of the Year for the Southwest Region by Ernst & Young during its Entrepreneur of the Year program, and in 2017 received the Oil & Gas Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mr. Hersh has also been very involved in the nonprofit arena both nationally and locally on a personal basis and through the efforts of The Hersh Foundation, his family’s private foundation. He serves on the boards of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Baylor Health Care System Foundation, and the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues. From 1998 through 2015, Mr. Hersh served on the board of St. Mark’s School of Texas, where he held numerous positions including President from 2010 through 2012. In 2015, Mr. Hersh received the St. Mark’s School of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award.

Prior to co-founding NGP, Mr. Hersh was employed by Morgan Stanley & Co. where he was a member of the firm’s energy group specializing in oil and gas financing and merger and acquisition transactions.

Mr. Hersh was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from St. Mark’s, he attended Princeton University where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Politics in 1985. In 1989, Mr. Hersh earned his M.B.A. from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business where he graduated as an Arjay Miller Scholar.

Mr. Hersh and his wife, Julie reside in Dallas, Texas.

W. Ben Hunt, PhD
Chief Investment Strategist at Salient Partners, L.P.

Mr. Hunt, author of Epsilon Theory will present on AI and the Game of Markets.

W. Ben Hunt, PhD
Chief Investment Strategist at Salient Partners, L.P.

Ben Hunt is the chief investment strategist at Salient and the author of Epsilon Theory, a newsletter and website that examines markets through the lenses of game theory and history. Over 100,000 professional investors and allocators across 180 countries read Epsilon Theory for its fresh perspective and novel insights into market dynamics. As chief investment strategist, Dr. Hunt helps develop investment strategy for the firm, works with portfolio managers and key clients to incorporate his investment views into their decision-making process, and manages certain portfolios directly. Dr. Hunt is a featured contributor to a wide range of investment publications and media programming.

Dr. Hunt received his Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University in 1991. He taught political science for 10 years: at New York University from 1991 until 1997 and (with tenure) at Southern Methodist University from 1997 until 2000. Dr. Hunt wrote two academic books: Getting to War (Univ. of Michigan Press, 1997) and Policy and Party Competition (Routledge, 1992), which he co-authored with Michael Laver. Dr. Hunt is the founder of two technology companies and the co-founder of SmartEquip, Inc., a software company for the construction equipment industry that provides intelligent schematics and parts diagrams to facilitate e-commerce in spare parts.

Dr. Hunt began his investment career in 2003, first in venture capital and subsequently on two long/short equity hedge funds. He worked at Iridian Asset Management from 2006 until 2011 and TIG Advisors from 2012 until 2013. Dr. Hunt joined Salient in 2013, where he combines his background as a portfolio manager, risk manager, and entrepreneur with academic experience in game theory and econometrics to provide a unique perspective on investment risk and reward on behalf of Salient and its clients.

Christopher Morrell
Portfolio Manager and Managing Executive at Sloane Robinson

Mr. Morrell will present on the opportunities and risks of select Emerging Market and Frontier Market countries.

Christopher Morrell
Portfolio Manager and Managing Executive at Sloane Robinson

Christopher “CJ” Morrell, portfolio manager and managing executive, joined Sloane Robinson in 2010 and is the manager of the frontier and co-manager of the emerging markets strategy.

In 2012 Christopher was appointed as a managing executive within the investment team. Within this role, he is responsible for the day-to-day management of the investment team alongside the CIO.

Having joined the industry in 1987, he spent the first nine years in Tokyo initially at James Capel and subsequently at Merrill Lynch as their head of international equity sales. For the next six years he was based in North America undertaking international equity sales, where he also oversaw Merrill Lynch’s acquisition of Midland Walwyn securities. Following this, he returned to London in 2002 as Merrill Lynch’s global head of Asian and Emerging Market equity sales. In 2006 he moved to JP Morgan Asset Management where he was responsible for the management of the JPM Emerging Alpha Plus and Ultra funds.

Christopher attended Westminster School in London through to 1984 and then the Japanese Missionary Language Institute in Tokyo from 1985-1987.