Alternative Investment Management Association

REGION: Global

Hedge Funds / Alternative Investments

Founded in 1990, the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) is the global representative of the hedge fund industry. We represent all practitioners in the alternative investment management industry – including hedge fund managers, fund of hedge funds managers, prime brokers, legal and accounting firms, investors, fund administrators and independent fund directors.

Our membership is corporate and comprises over 1,400 firms (with over 7,000 individual contacts) in more than 50 countries. AIMA’s manager members manage a combined $1.5 trillion in assets (as of March 2014). AIMA members benefit from our active influence in policy development, our leadership in industry initiatives and our outstanding reputation with regulators.

We address the real issues affecting the industry’s development. We represent the global hedge fund industry at national and international levels in ongoing discussions about the future regulatory framework for the industry.

Our focus on education, regulation, policy development and sound practices has resulted in a substantial body of work used around the world by members, institutional investors, policymakers and supervisors.

We are a dynamic organisation that reflects our members’ interests and provides them with a vibrant global network. We are committed to developing industry skills and education standards, and we are a co-founder of theChartered Alternative Investment Analyst designation (CAIA) – the industry’s first and only specialised educational standard for alternative investment specialists.

AIMA is governed by its Council (Board of Directors).


Title: Deputy CEO, Head of External Affairs

Christen Thomson

Christen is in charge of external affairs, communications, membership, events and international business development for AIMA. He is responsible for creating and executing the Association’s strategies to develop and maintain strong external stakeholder relationships, to grow the Association’s membership, and to construct the Association’s narrative through original thought leadership about the value the industry provides to investors, markets and the broader economy. He has overseen the expansion of the Association’s activities in the United States, Brazil and the Middle East. He has been with AIMA since December 2008.

Previously, Christen was in charge of coordinating global PR activities for Colliers Macaulay Nichols, a $1bn international real estate services provider. Prior to this he spent 12 years at the BBC, joining Radio 5 Live in 1995, and going on to work for Home Newsgathering as a duty news editor and then BBC World and News 24 as senior producer and reporter.

Christen has a degree in Modern History from Oxford University and is married with two children.

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Contact Details

2nd Floor, 167 Fleet Street, EC4A 2EA
United Kingdom
44 (0)20 7822 8380
Contact Person:
Christen Thomson
Deputy CEO, Head of External Affairs
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