Director of Risk and Operations
Christopher Rapcewicz is Director of Risk and Operations at the Helmsley Charitable Trust. He is part of the development and implementation of the overall investment strategy and is principally responsible for the risk management of Helmsley’s investments across all asset classes and for ensuring the integrity and effectiveness of the investment operations. Christopher received the Investor Intelligence Award: Risk Management in 2016.
Prior to joining Helmsley, Christopher was chief risk officer and global head of quantitative solutions at UBP Asset Management, a multi-billion dollar fund of funds. Prior to that, he was vice president of risk at Blackstone Alternative Asset Management, where he was involved in all aspects of hedge fund risk management and was responsible for the selection of quantitative and systematic hedge funds. Christopher joined Blackstone after four years at Measurisk, a risk measurement vendor that was acquired by MSCI in 2010. At Measurisk, he was managing director responsible for the development and operation of the core risk factory.
Christopher’s article ‘Aligning Interests Over the Long Term: An Incentive Structure for US 501(c)(3) Private Foundations’ was published in the Journal of Financial Transformation in November 2017. Christopher is also an adjunct professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Christopher received a Ph.D. in theoretical physics from Cornell University and his B.Sc. (summa cum laude) from McMaster University in Canada. He has worked as a risk professional for 19 years.