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Speaker's Biography:

Sharmila Chatterjee Kassam
Deputy Chief Investment Officer, Employees Retirement System of Texas

Sharmila Kassam, Esq., CPA, is the deputy chief investment officer for the investments division at the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS). She works closely with the chief investment officer and staff, managing investments in all asset classes to develop internal best practices, analyze asset allocation, oversee external management, and pursue new initiatives. Sharmila is a liaison between internal and external stakeholders working on policy and agency strategic initiatives, including the $25 billion pension trust and $2 billion Texa$aver 401(k) / 457 program, the voluntary defined contribution plan for employees of state agencies and some higher education institutions. Prior to her current role, she served as an assistant general counsel at ERS for five years during the initial stages of its private equity program, leading legal negotiations with multiple fund sponsors and later working closely with the private real estate and hedge fund teams as they developed their programs.

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