Valérie Bénard

Head of Aksia Europe

Valerie has over 22 years of experience in research and advisory within alternatives. She joined Aksia in September 2009 as Head of Aksia Europe in London and manages all business operations in the U.K. Valerie’s responsibilities include overseeing the London based team covering hedge funds and private credit, managing client relationships in Europe and the Middle East, and advising Aksia’s institutional clients on their alternative allocations.

Prior to Aksia, Valerie was Managing Director and Head of Business Development and Investor Relations for Blackstone Asset Management (BAAM) in Europe from 2007 to 2009. She joined BAAM in 2001 to establish Blackstone’s hedge fund presence in Europe. Her responsibilities included identifying and researching hedge fund managers based in Europe and developing and maintaining client relationships.

In 2003, she became Head of BAAM London and was a member of the Executive Committee. Valerie was promoted to Managing Director at the end of 2005, and led BAAM’s business development effort in the U.K., Europe, Asia ex-Japan, and the Middle East.

In 1994, Valerie started her career at TASS Investment Research Limited where she was responsible for marketing, sales and client service for the TASS databases in Europe, and was involved in researching hedge funds and CTAs. Valerie became a partner of TASS Investment Research Limited in 1998. When TASS was acquired in 1999, Valerie became Director of Business Development and was responsible for promoting the firm’s advisory services outside the United States, as well as managing the database sales team globally. Valerie graduated from the Faculté des Affaires Internationales in Le Havre, France in 1994 with a Masters of International Finance and Business. In 2011 and 2012, Financial News included Valerie in their rankings as one of the FN100 Influential Women.

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