The Magni Team

Dr. Roger Conant
Founder & Chief Investment Officer

  • Over 35 years of experience in investment management
  • Consistently achieved top-quartile performance as CIO for St. Paul Companies’ $25 billion portfolio, including international and asset-class diversification programs
  • Launched highly successful St. Paul Venture Capital fund
  • CIO of First Fidelity bank
  • Started CREF’s international investment program
  • Coordinator of the International Pension Conference (IPC)
  • Founder of Magni Global Asset Management
  • Mentor to portfolio management and research team
  • PhD, Economics, Columbia University
Kurt Lieberman
Kurt Lieberman
Chief Executive Officer | Chief Research Officer

  • More than 30 years of business experience with focus on entrepreneurs, general management, and strategy
  • Magni CEO since 2012
  • Featured presenter on governance at the United Nations, Responsible Finance Institute and World Islamic Banking Conferences
  • Launched five companies
  • Senior executive with Thomson Reuters, Reynolds & Reynolds, and Ecolab
  • Helped start and grow The Information Consulting Group which was sold to McKinsey & Company
  • MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • BS, Engineering, Harvey Mudd College
Matthew Zimmer
Research Director

  • Over 20 years of experience in researching countries
  • Developed proprietary process for researching Sustainable Wealth Creation principles
  • Former COO of eStandards Forum
  • Developed the research methods, quality control, and publishing process for eStandards
  • Former Program Officer for the Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee
  • Former worker in the US Peace Corps
  • MBA, Pace University
  • MA, International Affairs, Columbia University
  • BS, Economics, University of Florida
Laura Gideon
Managing Director, Business Development

  • Over 25 years of experience in institutional Investment Management
  • Former Manager of Sales and Client Services at Blue Rock Advisors, a leading Hedge Fund of Funds. Director of Sales and Client Services at Galliard Asset Management. Led Midwest sales team at American Express Retirement Services
  • Experienced in building strong relationships with clients and consultants
  • Instrumental in the development and roll out of new offerings at her prior firms
  • BA in Business and Sociology, Concordia College
Brad Hanson
Managing Director, Business Development

  • Over 30 years of experience in financial services
  • Former sales leadership positions with major financial companies, including HighMark Capital, First American, John Hancock, Alliance Bernstein, and J&W Seligman
  • Wholesaled mutual funds and annuities to all distribution channels while at Seligman
  • Former investment executive at Piper, Jaffray, and Hopwood
  • MSE, Guidance and Counseling, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
  • MA, Physical Education, Ball State University
  • BA, Economics, Gustavus Adolphus College
Don DeCourcy
Portfolio Manager, Manager of Operations

  • Over four years of experience in investment management
  • Two years of mentorship under Magni CIO
  • Over two years of experience in the commercial banking industry, specifically in the corporate and business credit divisions
  • Former Compliance Officer and Analyst for the Carlson Fixed Income Fund
  • MBA, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
  • BA, Economics, Trinity University
Eleanor Hoagland
Senior Managing Director, Chief Compliance Officer

  • More than 39 years of experience in investment and fund management
  • Former CCO for the asset management businesses and mutual funds of Ameriprise Financial. Integrated the compliance programs during the acquisitions of Seligman and Columbia
  • Former Managing Director, Partner, Risk Manager and Fund CCO for J. & W. Seligman & Co.
  • Established Seligman hedge fund business which grew to $4 billion
  • JP Morgan institutional portfolio manager with consistent top quartile performance
  • Launched more than 10 funds, including the first pan-European funds and the first Emerging Markets fund
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