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Claire Smith
Research Analyst, Partner
Albourne Partners Limited (Swiss Branch)
100 Women in Hedge Funds London Board Champion - Switzerland
Claire Smith is a research analyst and partner at alternatives advisory firm Albourne Partners, based in Geneva. Albourne consults to investors with over $200bn invested in hedge funds worldwide. Her specific coverage responsibility is all managers globally undertaking equity market neutral, statistical arbitrage, convertible arbitrage and volatility arbitrage strategies, including tail hedging. Claire is also in charge of a project to upgrade and expand Albourne's proprietary database on alternatives managers.

Prior to joining Albourne in 2004, Claire ran her own consulting business providing hedge fund research to London funds of funds and published well over 100 articles in the financial press. From 1986 to 1998 Claire was employed at various UBS group companies as a derivatives sales person, marketer and structurer. Career highlights include initiating a synthetic warrants issuance program in 1994, becoming head of European convertible sales in 1995 and head of investor derivative marketing in 1996. Claire started her career in 1985 as a credit analyst at Chase Manhattan Bank after having completed a Masters program in Chemical Engineering and Management at Imperial College London.

Claire initiated the founding of 100 Women in Hedge Funds in Geneva in 2007 and in 2008 was appointed to the London Board of 100 Women in Hedge Funds to oversee the development of the organisation in Switzerland. Launches in Zurich, Lugano and Milan followed in 2009 and 2010. 100 Women in Hedge Funds now numbers over 700 members across Switzerland and bordering Italy, and organises 12 education events per year across the various locations, as well as the annual Geneva Gala and other fundraising events through 8 separate committees. Claire’s specific focus is on further development through the creation of Peer Advisory Groups for senior practitioners and promoting the organisation’s campaign for more Women on Boards.