Cayman Alternative Investment Summit Announces Jay Leno as 2016 Keynote Speaker

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands, Jan. 25, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Cayman Alternative Investment Summit (CAIS), set for Feb. 4 and 5 at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, has today announced renowned comedian, actor, writer, producer and television host Jay Leno as its keynote speaker. Leno joins a star-studded line up of special guest speakers at the conference including Jamie Lee Curtis, Julia Immonen, David Jones, Kerry Kennedy, Jonathan MacDonald, Meghan Markle, Kevin Mitnick and Robert J. O’Neill.

Jay Leno has been one of the most popular late night chat show hosts in America for the last 20 years and was recently inducted into the Television Hall of Fame. Leno is also a self-confessed petrol-head whose ‘Big Dog Garage’ houses one of America’s greatest collections of ‘supercharged’ cars and motorcycles. Leno’s key-note address, scheduled for 5.30pm on 4 February, will provide CAIS delegates with an insight into his own investment strategies mixed in with a stand up routine.

Chris Duggan, from event host, DART, comments, “Jay Leno is one of the most popular and recognizable late night TV hosts and we are delighted to be welcoming him to the Cayman Islands as our keynote speaker. He headlines an outstanding line up of speakers and we are really excited to have someone of his stature and personality on board to deliver an interesting and entertaining keynote address.

“This year’s speaker line-up is our best yet with some of the greatest experts in the industry on hand to discuss and debate supercharging the Alternative Investment industry. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our speakers and delegates to what is sure to be a very entertaining and informative event.”

Since its launch in 2012, CAIS has quickly established itself as a leading conference centered on alternative investments, private equity and hedge fund management. The conference, with its timely theme “Alternative Investments: Supercharged,” is expected to attract 500-plus executives from prominent pension plans, endowments, family offices, hedge funds and more. The summit provides opportunities for attendees to learn from and network with global alternative investment leaders.

Anthony Cowell, partner for KPMG and editorial chair for the 2016 Cayman Alternative Investment Summit comments: “Jay Leno is one of the most recognizable personalities in the entertainment business, and we are thrilled to have him as our keynote speaker. CAIS hosts the leading voices in the global financial community, and this year’s insights will continue to deliver extraordinary value and benefit for investors.”

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About the Cayman Alternative Investment Summit

The Cayman Alternative Investment Summit is an annual global conference designed to help shape, guide and sustain a vibrant alternative investment industry and provides a platform for the industry to share ideas, insights and networking opportunities. For more information, please visit

Jay Leno has been one of the most popular late night host’s in America for the past 20 years. The comic toured as a stand-up in the 1970’s— sometimes booking as many as 300 gigs annually — and made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. In the 1980’s, Leno warmed Johnny Carson's seat as the show's regular guest host. When Carson retired in 1992, NBC passed hosting duties for The Tonight Show to Leno, who carried the position until 2009, and then from 2010 to 2014.

Jamie Lee Curtis is an American actress and author of best-selling children’s books. She has sold over 5 million books under the banner “Books To Grow By” and her latest and tenth book entitled, “My Brave Year of Firsts: Tries, Sighs and High Fives,” was published in 2012. Curtis has a deep and active connection to many children’s charities, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Julia Immonen comes from the world of sport and media and works at Sky Sports News. Immonen became passionate about the injustice of human trafficking five years ago, turning an initial half marathon into rowing the Atlantic Ocean and leading the Row For Freedom campaign. She is the founder of Sport for Freedom, a charity who uses the positive power of community and sport to bring freedom from human trafficking and slavery globally.

David Jones has distinguished himself as an industry visionary and proponent of corporate responsibility and social change. He is the youngest global CEO in the history of advertising, heading both Havas and Havas Worldwide. He co-founded One Young World, a non-profit organization that provides brilliant young people with a global platform through which to effect positive change. Jones is the creator of the Social Business Idea and author of best-selling book Who Cares Wins: Why Good Business Is Better Business.

Kerry Kennedy is the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. For more than 30 years, Kennedy has devoted herself to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the preservation of the rule of law. Nominated by President George W. Bush, Kennedy serves on the board of directors of the United States Institute of Peace, Human Rights First, HealthEVillages and Inter-Press Service.

Jonathan MacDonald is an internationally acclaimed speaker, author and entrepreneur who expands people’s thinking around the potential of technology, the shaping of society and the realities of business. He is trusted by the senior executives of the most successful global companies including Google, Apple, P&G, Unilever, Nestlé, Lego, Heineken and IKEA to stretch their thinking and provide new perspectives and avenues of thought. MacDonald is also the founder of the Thought Expansion Network (TEN), which facilitates positive change through empowering powerful missions across all industry verticals.

Meghan Markle is an American actress, model, lifestyle entrepreneur and humanitarian who currently portrays Rachel Zane in hit US show Suits. Through her early career, politics, humanitarian and societal issues have always been at the forefront of her agenda. Hoping to redefine our perception of beauty, Markle launched and curates The TIG, a lifestyle website sharing content on food, travel, fashion and lifestyle.

Kevin Mitnick is the world's most famous hacker. Once one of the FBI’s Most Wanted, he is now a trusted security consultant to the Fortune 500 and governments worldwide. Mitnick also helps consumers — from students to retirees — learn how to protect their information and themselves from harm using understandable terms and a friendly approach. He has been called before Congress (both the House and the Senate) to testify on security matters affecting the United States.

Robert J. O’Neill is one of the most highly-decorated combat veterans of our time. He was a team leader with the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, deployed more than a dozen times, and held leadership roles in more than 400 combat missions in four different theaters of war. Having trained more than 800 special operations and tactical operators, O’Neill brings this unique expertise to organizations and translates his elite SEAL team training into high-impact, actionable insights on leadership, decision-making, operating in uncertain environments and how to become the ‘best of the best.’

The summit brings the world’s leading institutional investors, fund managers, academics, economists, regulators and professional services providers to the Cayman Islands – the world’s leading domicile for investment funds – to discuss and debate Supercharging the Alternative Investment industry.


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