Dr. Ben Meng

Former Chief Investment Officer of California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS)

Dr. Yu (Ben) Meng has two decades of experience working in the global finance industry across three continents. His career has been a systematic accumulation of product knowledge of all major asset classes through the various roles he has held in both the sell side and buy side that culminated with his most recent roles as the DCIO at State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) and CIO at California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), which are the largest asset owners in the world and in the US.

His holistic investment experience spans the gamut of various investment dimensions. In geographic markets, he has worked in Asia, Europe and the US. In approach, he is a “Quantimental.” He has both a bottom-up and a top-down experience that represents the perfect blend of the quantitative and fundamental approaches. In investment horizon, he has a deep knowledge about fast money investment as well as experience with asset owners with decades long time horizon. Finally, in managing pools of assets, he has been at the helm of two of the largest asset owners in the world with respectful performance, which demonstrates his investment acumen and leadership skills to successfully lead these organizations. He is a leader with the highest level of integrity with an approach of cohesive team building and the ability to positively turn around an organization’s culture and financial performance.

In additional to his professional pursuits, Dr. Meng finds the time to also actively engaged with the academic community. He believes that great investment ideas often originate from the academic community. He serves on the editorial board of Journal of Investment Management (JOIM) and frequently teaches at top business schools globally such as Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley where he was the recipient of the 2014 Cheit Award of Excellence in Teaching.

Dr. Meng holds a Master of Financial Engineering degree from Haas School of Business at University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from University of California at Davis.