Rian Akey is the Global Head of Operational Due Diligence; he joined Aon Hewitt in 2015. Rian is responsible for developing and implementing operational risk identification and reduction strategies across Aon Hewitt’s global client portfolios, which have exposure to thousands of investment managers globally, across all asset classes. Rian was previously a Principal at Mercer Investments, working within the firm’s specialty operational due diligence practice. His role at Mercer offered perspective on financial and operations best practices among some of the world's most well-known and highly regarded asset management firms. He joined Mercer in 2011. Rian has been working in the financial industry since 1997. Prior to Mercer, he was the COO at Cole Partners, a Chicago-based hedge fund consultancy, and its investment adviser affiliate, Cole Partners Asset Management. He joined the Cole Partners organization in 1999 as the founder’s first hire and over twelve years he developed and implemented the firm’s research procedures, operations, and compliance. In 2005, he keyed the launch of the firm’s first proprietary fund of funds, a specialty product dedicated to alpha-based commodity and natural resource investments. Rian received a BA cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. His research on the relative merits of alpha and beta in commodity investments has been published in a variety of journals and books and has been delivered to conferences and symposiums around the world.