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Daphne Richards
Managing Partner
Anson Way Advisors LLC
Ms. Richards is a senior investment professional in the asset management industry with over 22 years of direct hedge fund experience, with top-tier global financial services organizations.

Ms. Richards was most recently a Managing Director at Bessemer Trust, where she was Director of Hedge Fund Investments and Co-Head of Bessemer's Alternative Investments Group. As Co-Head of the firm's alternative investment business, she co-managed the team responsible for Bessemer's global investment activities in hedge funds, private equity, and real estate, overseeing a team of 22 dedicated members.

As Director of Hedge Fund Investments, she was responsible for building out the firm's hedge fund investment platform. She was portfolio manager for Bessemer's suite of hedge fund portfolios for 14+ years, built out best practice procedures in manager research, due diligence and operations, as well as business systems and infrastructure. She was also responsible for working with Bessemer's high net worth and institutional advisory clients on their overall investment goals and objectives, asset allocation, manager selection and portfolio management needs.

Ms. Richards was a member of Bessemer's Investment Policy and Strategy Committee, a group responsible for the firm’s overall asset allocation and tactical positioning, among other duties. She was also a member of the Private Equity and Real Estate Investment Committees, the Overall Advisory Client Investment Committee and Chair of the Hedge Fund Investment Committee. She was also a member of the Investment Committee for select Bessemer's mutual funds.

Prior to joining Bessemer Trust, Ms. Richards was a Senior Investment Strategist and Consultant in Russell Private Investment Services at Frank Russell Company, providing asset allocation and manager recommendations to high net worth clients, with an emphasis on hedge fund investment allocations. Prior to that, she worked at Union Bank of Switzerland, as a Credit Officer, overseeing derivative trading activity with hedge funds and insurance companies. Prior to that, she worked at Credit Suisse New York as a Corporate Finance Analyst and Hambros International Venture Fund LLC.

Ms. Richards currently serves as a member of the Independent Board of Directors of Cartica Capital Management, a Washington DC-based asset management firm focused on corporate governance investing in the emerging markets. She is also a member of the Investment Committee of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation. She is a member of the Global Association Board of 100WHF and Chairs the organization's Advisory Council. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Greenwich International Film Festival.

Ms. Richards received a B.A. from Georgetown University in English Literature. She also completed Credit Suisse’s International Banking School Corporate Finance and Capital Markets Training Program.