Christian O’Dwyer, CFA, VICE PRESIDENT


Christian is a vice president at Innovest and a member of the Investment Committee, which drives the firm’s investment related research and due diligence. He serves as both a consultant working directly with institutions, families and retirement plans.  He is a member of the Due Diligence Group, responsible for independently sourcing investment managers, as well as monitoring recommended products and strategies. The group utilizes both quantitative and qualitative analysis evaluating performance, understanding return attribution, and meeting management teams both at Innovest and at their offices. The group works in conjunction with Innovest’s Investment Committee. Christian is also a member of the NexGen Society. Members of the NexGen Society are dedicated to leadership and instilling the Innovest culture into future generations. The elite NexGen members are selected by Innovest’s executive team and receive specialized training and responsibilities.

He is responsible for covering traditional equity and fixed income investments as well as alternative investments including hedge funds, private equity and private real estate strategies. He is also a member of the Capital Markets Research Group, responsible for monitoring the global macro-economic environment, asset allocation modeling and portfolio construction.

Prior to joining Innovest, Christian worked as an equity derivatives trader at Spot Trading LLC in Chicago, IL. There, he served as a portfolio manager enacting a volatility arbitrage strategy on behalf of the firm. His duties included applying directional volatility, spread, and risk arbitrage trading strategies based on volatility that should be associated with a firm’s risk versus the implied market pricing. Through these efforts, he developed skills in managing risk resulting from changing market conditions, and has comprehensive experience in equity derivative products.

Christian received his finance degree from the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame. Christian holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation from the CFA Institute. A Denver native, he remains active in the community by supporting many charitable organizations and serving on the Board of Directors at Boys Hope Girls Hope of Colorado. Christian is also on the Investment Committee of Regis Jesuit High School. He is happily married with two young sons and enjoys spending time outdoors with his family.