About

Global Fiduciary Symposium

The 17th edition of the Global Fiduciary Symposium, held in Tokyo, provides the most comprehensive view of Japan’s pension and retirement plan leaders as well as leading pension and retirement systems from around the world. Our mission is to improve the outcomes for asset owners and, ultimately, beneficiaries by facilitating communication and transparency of information by bringing leaders together, live and in-person, at the Global Fiduciary Symposium.

Chris J. Battaglia
President
Global Fiduciary Symposium

Chris J. Battaglia is President of the Global Fiduciary Symposium, Japan’s most important neutral and educational conference for corporate, public, and government pension and retirement systems that collectively manage more than USD $4 trillion. Mr. Battaglia has been actively involved in the Japan pension and asset communities since the early 2000s. He is also the Founder and CEO of Pareto Partners LLC, a company focused on providing media, marketing, and communication solutions to global institutional investors. With decades of experience working with investors and asset management companies, he launched Pareto Partners LLC. 

Mr. Battaglia is also the retired president and publisher of Pensions & Investments, the leading global media organization serving institutional investors. During his tenure at P&I, Chris launched the first Japanese language news product and launched the Global Pension Symposium in Japan in 2007.

Mr. Battaglia has a passion for all things relating to investing and over his many years of experience in media and financial services, has been advising thousands of leading asset management companies, and asset owners (pension, retirement, insurance, corporate, family offices). He is especially focused on improving the outcomes for the “end-user”, or the ultimate beneficiary of the investment management process.

An experienced veteran of media, marketing, and financial information publishing, Chris has also served as Vice President, Associate Group Publisher of The Industry Standard, a start-up media company that made publishing history during the internet boom of the 1990s and early 2,000s and has held key executive and management positions with Yahoo Inc., Corporate Finance magazine and Investment Dealer’s Digest.

He began his career working on Wall Street in equity syndicate marketing at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith after earning a bachelor’s degree from Ithaca College. Chris enjoys meeting investors in their home countries where his cultural dexterity and skills are always kept sharp and have led many discussions on the most important investment themes as a conference chair, panelist, and moderator in hundreds of conferences in North America, the UK, Europe, Africa (Nigeria), and Japan.

 

Michiyo Ikeda
Program Director
Global Fiduciary Symposium

Ms. Ikeda has worked for 25 years in the asset management industry in Tokyo, London, and New York. She currently works for Soleil Global Advisors, mainly responsible for Investor Relations, organizing NY roundtable and informative study sessions for Japanese asset management firms and pension funds. Also, she was on the team that worked closely with Mr. Battaglia on the development of P&I Japan. Her expertise includes translating complicated investment language for a Japanese audience. Previously, she worked for JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) NY and got involved in research of US/European investment managers and contributed Japanese pension funds including GPIF. Ms. Ikeda started her career at Nippon Life Insurance and developed her career at PWC London and Mizuho London as Director. She received her MBA from Hautes Études Commerciales (HEC) and B.A. in French Language from Ochanomizu University.