Host Committee

In seeking to maximize the success and impact of our event, MacroMinds has formed a Host Committee consisting of individuals who have pledged to help us reach our fundraising efforts on behalf of the charitable organizations we have partnered with.

We are sincerely grateful for the help from these highly-engaged community leaders who will provide strategic input, help us spread the word on the event and ensure the success of our efforts. Thank you!

Brian Bier is President and Head of Equity Derivative Sales and Trading for Macro Risk Advisors. Brian leads the sales and execution team, utilizing his expertise in option analytics and deep understanding of risk relationships to deliver superior pricing and advisory services to MRA clients. Prior to joining MRA, Brian was Head of Listed Equity Derivative Trading at Nomura Securities, overseeing all Single Stock and Index/ETF derivative products. He previously ran energy, retail, and technology volatility trading books at Banc of America Securities. Brian began his career at Lehman Brothers where he was a structured equity derivatives trader. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science in Operations Research from Cornell University, where he graduated magna cum laude and was class valedictorian. He resides in Westchester with his wife and two young children.

Michael A. Hanin, partner at Kasowitz Benson Torres, focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts and in proceedings involving the Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice.  His practice includes advising investment funds on potential litigation and other issues relating to their investments, particularly with respect to complex financial products, securitizations, financing, securities, real estate and accounting.  He represents multiple leading investment funds – including Waterfall Asset Management, Serengeti Asset Management, One William Street Capital, Angelo Gordon, Davidson Kempner Capital Management and Deer Park Road Corporation – in ongoing public litigation involving commercial and residential mortgage-backed securities, CDOs, CLOs, and other structured products. Mike has been recognized as a leading litigator by Legal 500 and Benchmark Litigation.  He has also been named a 2020 MVP of the Year for Structured Finance by Law360, a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and included on Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Plaintiff Financial Lawyers in America 2020 list.

Samir Patel is a Managing Director and Head of Global Markets Americas Sales at Nomura, Asia’s global investment bank. Samir is responsible for the client franchise across all Global Markets in the Americas, including Equity Products, Flow Rates, Securitized Products, and Agency Mortgages.
Samir joined Nomura in March 2009 as Co-Head of Derivative Sales and was appointed to Head of Execution Sales in October of 2010. Previously, he spent six years at Bank of America Securities as the Co-Head of Flow Derivative Sales. Samir started his career with Lehman Brothers, where he worked for four years in structured derivative sales. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.


Kathy Peralta proudly wears several hats at Macro Risk Advisors. As office manager, Kathy oversees the daily administrative functions and assists with the implementation of policies and procedures within the firm. As corporate events planner, Kathy is responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of client events, both virtual and in-person. In her executive assistant role, Kathy provides high-level administrative support to MRA’s key executive members. Kathy’s most recent accomplishment is her collaboration with MacroMinds, utilizing her expertise in corporate event planning into the fundraising sector. Kathy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Media from Miriam College in Manila, where she is originally from.

Ali Samadi graduated from Duke University with a B.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering and received a J.D. from Georgetown University. After a stint as an intellectual property attorney, Ali switched careers and currently runs Equity Flow Derivative Sales as a Managing Director for Nomura in New York City. Literacy and education related philanthropic efforts have been a passion of Ali’s for nearly two decades. As a co-founder of Project A.B.L.E. (Aid on Behalf of Literacy and Education) and during nearly a subsequent dozen trips to the developing world with a more recent focus on the East African nations of Tanzania, Kenya, and Rwanda, Ali has also witnessed first-hand the remarkable impact that education projects have had on the local communities. Ali also serves as Chariman of the board of Komera, a non-profit dedicated to building self-confident young Rwandan women through education, community, and sport. In 2013, Ali was awarded the inaugural Kiongozi Award by The Foundation for Tomorrow for demonstrating exemplary commitment to the advancement of philanthropy.

Mr. Andrew Tsai is a member of the senior leadership team at PDT Partners and the Co-Founder and Chairman of Chalkstream Capital Group. Prior to founding Chalkstream in 2003, Mr. Tsai worked as CEO of GNR Ltd, a technology infrastructure company based in London, and before that as President and Director of Urbanfetch Ltd, an internet logistics firm based in New York and London. Mr. Tsai was formerly a co-founder and the Chief Investment Officer of Integrity Capital Management, a hedge fund that employed quantitative long/short strategies in equities, fixed income, currency and commodity markets. Prior to Integrity, Mr. Tsai was a Vice President and Head of the German Government Fixed-Income Trading Operations at Lehman Brothers International (London) and also served as part of the Global Arbitrage team at Lehman Brothers Inc. (New York). Mr. Tsai graduated in 1993 from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Economics. Mr. Tsai serves on the board of trustees for Cancer Research Institute and The Brearley School.