ROBERT PICARD

Senior Advisor

Robert isbased in NJ and known for his work as a practitioner in the alternative asset management sector.

Robert is the President of the North American business unit of InfraHedge, the State Street managed account platform with $11.5 billion in client assets. He has 20 years of hands on experience building three multi-billion dollar hedge fund platforms at Rock Creek, Optima Fund Management and RBC Capital Markets. Most recently, Robert has been a leader at Lyxor Asset Management, Navigant Consulting’s Financial Institutions Restructuring and Solutions Team (FIRST) and Boxtree Capital LLC advising emerging hedge fund managers.

From 2004 until 2008, Robert was the CIO of Optima Fund Management where he oversaw $4.5 billion in hedge fund investments. Prior to joining Optima, he was a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, where he built and managed the process and portfolio of an innovative business that provided a platform for institutional investments in alternatives. Prior to joining Carlyle, Robert was Managing Director at RBC Capital Risk Advisors, working with the Global Equity Derivatives Group of Royal Bank of Canada. The Group actively managed more than US $10 billion of Royal Bank’s proprietary assets through arbitrage trading, hedge fund investments and structured private equity investments. 

Robert graduated from College de Genève and attended the University of Geneva School of Law. He speaks English, French and German. Robert was Chairman of the 2007 GAIM Fund of Funds conference in New York and remains an advisor for the GAIM USA 2012 event.