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Ellen Ellison

HICO Investment Group
Chief Investment Officer

Chief Investment Officer for large endowment, foundation, family office or other complex institutional investment management organization. I am an investor and asset allocator whose career has been evenly divided between managing global assets for families and for large, not-for-profit institutions. I began as a Portfolio Manager of Global Equities and Fixed Income and today have deep engagement managing all global asset classes including newer, pre-institutional assets and strategies such at litigation finance and agriculture/agribusiness. I have done four “start up” or de novo offices for both high net worth families and for endowments and am consulted often as an industry expert in how to build a new endowment and/or family office program. I am passionate about encouraging young women and minorities to consider careers in finance and investing: the current portfolio has 40% allocated to D & I managers. I have expertise in renewable energy and sustainable (controlled environment) agriculture strategies. In 2021, UIF was proud to anchor the ESG (Evanston Sustainable Growth) International Small Cap fund that invests in small and mid-cap companies around the world that provide solutions to ESG problems.

I have trained and mentored several dozen portfolio managers, analysts, and investment directors during my career. I started an Analyst Training Program at the University of Illinois Foundation in 2014.

Fluent in French, German and Spanish. Global work experience in Europe (France and Switzerland). I have a deep global network of LP and GP relationships built over the past 15 years.

Specialties: Multi-asset class portfolios; Global Equities including Emerging and Frontier Markets; Global Fixed Income; Private Equity/Venture Capital; Private investments; Private Real Estate and Real Assets; Marketable investments; Alternatives; Hedged and Long-Only strategies. Led due diligence on all prospective and existing investment managers. Worked with numerous new or emerging managers/first time funds to establish long-term partnerships. Extensive experience in negotiating fees and terms. Understand and have experience with the implementation of new technology to support the modern endowment or family office as well as the infrastructure requirements to right size not only for the current AUM size but also to accommodate future growth and complexity. (Source: LinkedIn)

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Ellen Ellison

HICO Investment Group
Chief Investment Officer
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