The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Benjamin Happ ’98

Benjamin Happ '98 (psychology) recently relocated to Boston, where he is responsible for coverage of international hedge fund clients of Credit Suisse. Previously, he was head of Capital Services, Asia Pacific, at Credit Suisse in Hong Kong. In this role he advises both institutional investors on their hedge fund investments and hedge fund managers on their capital raising activity. Prior to this, he was the head of business development at Abax Global Capital, a Hong Kong-based hedge fund focused on private transactions across Greater China and South Asia. In this role, Happ was responsible for capital raising, investor relationships, and strategic business development.

Before his move to Hong Kong, Happ was a vice president of Morgan Stanley Investment Management in New York, responsible for strategic acquisitions of alternative investment managers for the firm. Previously at Morgan Stanley, he was a senior member of the Capital Introductions group in Prime Brokerage, serving as the lead advisor for several multi-billion dollar hedge-fund launches. He also was a vice president of Allianz Hedge Fund Partners, the multi-manager hedge fund platform of Allianz Group, where he was responsible for due diligence and investment recommendations for global fixed income strategies. Before that, he had responsibility for long/short equity-related investments in Europe and Asia.

A summa cum laude graduate of UMass Amherst, Happ is also member of Phi Beta Kappa. As an undergraduate, he was awarded the American Psychological Association's Psi Chi National Convention Research Award for his thesis work. This research was later published with Professors Robert S. Feldman and James Forrest in Basic and Applied Social Psychology (June 2002).

In 2001 Happ earned an MA in psychology from the University of California Berkeley. His studies of behavioral economics and investor decision-making were funded by the National Science Foundation. As a graduate student, he also was a visiting scholar at Beijing University in China.

He lives in Acton, MA, with his wife Amy and their daughters Abigail and Charlotte Jane.