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Portfolio Manager

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AKOS BELEZNAY, PH.D.

(Chief Investment Officer)

Dr. Beleznay serves as Chief Investment Officer for Easterly Funds and is a member of the Easterly Funds Investment Committee and responsible for manager research and asset allocation amongst the Easterly Funds suite of managers and funds.

Dr. Beleznay has been successfully allocating capital to hedge funds for over 15 years. Prior to joining Easterly Funds, formally James Alpha, he was the Chief Investment Officer at Riverside, the asset management arm of HFR (Hedge Fund Research, Inc.) managing over $1 billion of fund of hedge fund products. Before Riverside, Dr. Beleznay served as the Chief Investment Officer at Commerce Asset Management and CSG Asset Management with responsibility for managing funds of hedge funds and a hedge fund index replication product. He also served as the Director of Consulting Research for Equitas Capital Advisors, LLC from 2002 to 2010 and the Chief Investment Officer of Equitas Evergreen Fund LP, a fund of hedge funds with $300 million in assets, from 2003 to 2010.

Mr. Beleznay has a PhD degree in Physics from Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary and an MBA from Tulane University.

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SAL NARO

(Managing Director)

Mr. Naro is the Managing Director of Lazard Asset Management. Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer, and Chief Investment Officer of Coherence Capital Partners which he founded in January 2012. Prior, Mr. Naro was the Vice Chairman of Jefferson National Financial Corp and CEO of Jefferson National Asset Management. Prior to Jefferson National, Mr. Naro has held several senior management positions most recently as Executive Director at Markit Group, a financial services technology firm. After being a shareholder and board member from inception through UBS and Sailfish, Mr. Naro joined Markit Group as one of their senior executives. Over 2 1/2 years, Mr. Naro led various businesses and, as co-head of the acquisitions committee, oversaw four strategic and accretive acquisitions. Additionally he restructured two other business and drove the sale of some non core assets. Mr. Naro continues as an advisor and shareholder to Markit.

Prior to Markit, Mr. Naro was the Co-CEO and President of Sailfish Capital Partners, LLC, an asset management company he co-founded in 2005. Prior to Sailfish, Mr. Naro worked at UBS Investment Bank where he was a Managing Director and the Global Co-Head of Fixed Income. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of UBS Investment Bank. Prior to joining UBS, he was a Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Credit Trading at Bear Stearns from 1989 to 1998. Mr. Naro served on the global risk committees of both firms. While at UBS and Bear Stearns, Mr. Naro managed an investment team and traded a significant proprietary book. Mr. Naro began his career on Wall Street in 1982 as a fixed income associate for Dreyfus and has been a member of senior management in fixed income for the last 22 years. Mr. Naro is a 1983 graduate of C.W. Post College of Long Island University and currently sits on the Board of Trustees of Long Island University.

VINCENT MISTRETTA

(Director, Portfolio Management )

Mr. Mistretta is the Director, Portfolio Management at Lazard Asset Management. He previously served as President of Coherence Capital Partners. Prior, Mr. Mistretta was the Senior Portfolio Manager at Jefferson National Asset Management. Prior to Jefferson National, Mr. Mistretta was a founding partner and portfolio manager at L Plus LLC, an asset manager. Prior to L Plus, Mr. Mistretta worked at UBS Investment Bank where he was a Managing Director and Head of GCS (Global Credit Strategies), a multi-strategy proprietary investment business he founded in 2006. Prior to establishing GCS, Mr. Mistretta was the Global COO for Credit Fixed Income from 2004-2005 and Head of U.S. Credit Derivatives Trading from 2003-2004. Mr. Mistretta also served on several management committees and was instrumental in recruiting new talent to UBS. During his time at UBS, Mr. Mistretta was a member of the board of directors of ISDA (International Swaps Dealers Association 2005-2006) and Markit Group (2004-2005). Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Mistretta held senior Trading and Portfolio Management positions at SAC Capital Advisors, HSBC, DLJ and Bear Stearns. Mr. Mistretta is a 1986 graduate of Bucknell University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.

MICHAEL CANNON

(Portfolio Manager)

Mr. Cannon is a Portfolio Manager at Lazard Asset Management. Prior to Lazard, Mr. Cannon was a Portfolio Manager at Coherence Capital, and spent 16 years at UBS Investment Bank, most recently as Managing Director and Co-Head of Investment Grade Credit Trading. Mr. Cannon has extensive experience in trading Distressed, High Yield, and Investment Grade Credit. At UBS, Mr. Cannon worked directly for Coherence CEO, Sal Naro, from 1999 to 2005 in addition to trading alongside Coherence partner, Vincent Mistretta. Additionally, Mr. Cannon worked with fellow Coherence colleagues, Edgar Benavides and Robert Del Grande. Mr. Cannon is a 1993 graduate of the Cooper Union for Advancement of Science and Art where he earned a Bachelor’s of Engineering, Electrical Engineering.