Serene is Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of HighVista Strategies and is responsible for overseeing the enabling functions across the Private Equity and Venture Capital strategies including fund operations, performance & analytics, legal & compliance, client service and investment systems. She joined HighVista in 2023 as part of its acquisition of the abrdn US private markets business. At abrdn, Serene had a similar role where she was the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to her appointment as COO, she served as Head of Business Management focused on abrdn’s broader US Private Markets business including Real Assets, Fund Financing and Minority Investment strategies. Serene joined abrdn in August 2015 following the acquisition of FLAG Capital Management. Before joining FLAG in 2007, Serene was a Senior Financial Analyst at IBM and spent four years with the company. Serene holds a BS from Babson College. She has over sixteen years of experience in private equity.