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Robert is a member of BlackRock’s Global Executive Committee, responsible for oversight of Blackrock’s key operating units including Investment Strategies, Client Businesses, Strategic Product Management, Technology and Operations, Risk and Quantitative Analysis. He is a Director of iShares Inc., a Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania and member of Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors.
Robert Higginbotham is Head of Global Investment Services, which encompasses Institutional distribution globally and distribution via financial intermediaries outside of the US. GIS is one of two key distribution channels at T. Rowe Price and sits alongside the US retail, retirement and intermediary distribution channels. He is a vice president of T. Rowe Price Group, Inc. and a director of T. Rowe Price International Ltd. Before joining the firm, he was CEO for the Europe, Middle East and Africa and Latin America regions of Fidelity Worldwide Investment.
Hans is Managing Director of Architas, AXA’s open architecture asset manager in Europe. In the 4 years since Hans joined, Architas has grown four-fold and is now responsible for £20bn assets and is delivering strong profit growth. Prior to Architas, Hans spent 15 years at Barclays Wealth across a number of senior roles.
Helena was appointed CEO of Newton in 2001. In 2010, Helena founded the 30% Club, a cross-business initiative to achieve 30% women on boards. She is chair of The Investment Association and Opportunity Now. Helena was twice voted one of the 50 Most Influential People in Finance by Bloomberg Markets Magazine. A Cambridge philosophy graduate, she began her career as a global bond analyst with Schroders in New York. Helena is married with nine children.
Andy is Investment Director at Prudential's Portfolio Management Group, responsible for Prudential's Investment fund range encompassing construction and operational structure of funds as well as selection, oversight and governance of external and internal fund managers. With over 20 years' experience in the Investment Management industry, Andy has held a number of senior investment positions at Prudential, Deutsche Bank and Head of Product and Morley Fund Managers.
Fiona Frick started at Unigestion in 1990, initially, as a bond manager. In 1995, she pioneered the development of the company's equity approach based on the Minimum Variance anomaly. Fiona became CEO in 2011. She remains involved in the equity activity as Chairman of the Equity Investment & Research Committee. Fiona holds an MBA from ISG, a degree in Literature from the University of Dijon and completed executive programs at the IMD.
Stéphane moved to BNP Paribas Inspection Générale in 2005, where he was responsible for several international posts mainly in Corporate & Investment Banking and Asset Management. He has actively participated in the 2009 Fortis Investment Management and BNP Paribas Investment Partners merger and joined FundQuest at the end of the year as Head of Strategic Development. Stéphane was then nominated in 2010 as the Delegated Director of FundQuest France and was appointed in 2012 as FundQuest
Lillian Goldthwaite directs Zurich's UK Pension Investment Strategy and Governance since 2012. Her prior roles have included similar DC investment proposition and governance oversight leadership for Friends Life and Aviva. She has also held institutional investment development roles over the past 25 years with FTSE, Morningstar, and Dresdner RCM.
As Head of Fund Research, Andrew is responsible for the team that covers collectives research, incorporating the firm’s UK and international businesses. He is also involved in asset allocation and portfolio management for a number of Investec Wealth & Investment’s business units. He joined Investec in 2006 as a product specialist before becoming Head of Fund Research in 2007. Previously he was with Goldman Sachs, latterly in the firm’s offshore fund product development team.
Omar is Director and head of Fixed Income Fund Selection at Credit Suisse's Private Banking & Wealth Management (Switzerland) and joined the firm in July 2005. Prior to Credit Suisse, Gadsby was a senior fixed income fund analyst at Standard & Poor's in London from 2001to 2005. He started his investment career at Merrill Lynch Asset Management in 1995 as a foreign exchange trader on the fixed income team in Princeton New Jersey, USA.
Juan Luis joined Andbank España in 2014 to develop an area involved in distribution and support for private bankers network. He was previously working as General Manager of Inversis Gestión SGIIC. He also gathered experience as Chief Investment Officer at Inversis Banco, Chief Investment Officer at Inversafei SGIIC or lecturer at Carlos III University in Madrid.
Borja is a founding member of Allfunds Bank and part of the Executive Committee. Since 2012 he has managed the global team dedicated to the relation with all the funds groups present in Allfunds Bank, currently over 500, with total assets in the platform in excess of €170 billion. Previously Borja was Chief Investment Officer at Allfunds Bank. Under his responsibility he developed the activities of analysis and funds selection, asset allocation, risk management, operational due diligence and R&D.
Silvia joined LCL in September 2007 as Chief Investment Officer (CIO). A Member of the Board of Private Banking Unit, she is responsible for asset allocation in discretionary mandates, and the advisory management. Previously, Silvia was Senior Portfolio Manager of Funds of funds at Credit Agricole AM (Amundi) and the Head of the LCL Advisory for third party funds. Silvia was in charge of UCITS funds selection at the French arm of Credit Agricole Indosuez Private Banking and managed discretionary portfolio Multi Manager Mandates.
Christian became CEO of Nordea Asset Management (NAM) in January 2015. NAM is a leading European asset manager displaying above market growth for the last many years with approx. EURbn 175 AuM. Before taking up the CEO position, Christian acted as CIO of NAM since 2011. Christian holds a M.Sc. in Engineering from The Technical University of Denmark where he specialized in Statistics and Operations Research.
Allan has more than 15 years of experience from the industry and have been working with Fund Selection for more than ten years. Since 2012 he has been Head of Fund Selection in Danske Capital which is a part of the Danske Bank Group.
Roderick has been Robeco's CEO since 2009. Prior to this, he was a member of the management board and chief investment officer of APG All Pensions Group. Previous roles include member of the main board (Investments) of PGGM and a range of positions at NV Interpolis, including that of portfolio manager.
Jan has been the Global CIO of LOIM and a Partner of Lombard Odier & Co Capital Partners since January 2013. He joined LOIM in March 2012. Prior to this, Jan was global chief investment officer at ING Investment Management, overseeing EUR 330 billion of client assets and 800 investment professionals across 30 locations. Previously, he was chief executive officer/chief investment officer at Pearl Group's Axial Asset Management from 2006 to 2008. Before that, he was chief investment officer for capital markets at ABP Investments, one of the largest pension funds in the world.
Anne is Chief Investment Officer, Head of Alternative Investment Strategies and a Member of Aberdeen’s Group Management Board. Anne was Chief Investment Officer and Joint Managing Director of Edinburgh Fund Managers, which was purchased by Aberdeen in 2003. Prior to joining EFM, Anne worked for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers where she was responsible for the UK alpha team.
Philippe has over twenty years' experience in the asset management industry. He joined Schroders in 2003 as Managing Director of Schroder Investment Management France and was Head of Global Financial Institutions Business for Schroder Investment Management London from 2005 to 2008. In May of 2012, Philippe came on board with La Française AM as CEO of La Française AM International and as Managing Director of La Française AM Finance Services. Prior to this he has worked for Invesco Continental Europe and Invesco France.
Hendrik is Chief Executive Officer at Investec Asset Management and a director of Investec plc and Investec Ltd. He joined the Investec Group in 1991 as a Portfolio Manager and founding member of Investec Asset Management. Under his stewardship, Investec Asset Management grew from a small South African start-up to an international specialist asset management firm entrusted with over USD 112 billion of client assets (as at end Dec ‘14). In 2008 Global Investor named him Asset Management CEO of the Year.
A pioneer in global investing, Peter heads emerging markets investments at Loomis, Sayles & Co. He joined in 2013 from HSBC Global Asset Management, where he was Chief Business Strategist and Senior Portfolio manager for their emerging markets group. He was also Founding Partner of The Atlantic Funds, which was acquired by HSBC in 2005. Peter teaches at Harvard University, has authored several books and more than 100 articles, and serves on several boards including the Emerging Markets Trade Association.
Paloma has been Head of Global Asset Management at BBVA since January 2012, a company that has local presence in Spain, Luxembourg, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Perú and Argentina. Her responsibilities include BBVA´s platform of due diligence, analysis and selection of third party managers (Quality Funds) and BBVA Switzerland. This has given her wide experience in the asset management business
Marcel joined HQ Trust in 2008 and is Partner at the firm. He is heading the manager selection team and is also a client advisor. Prior to joining HQ Trust, Marcel worked as an analyst for UBS Wealth Management in London, Frankfurt and Zürich. Marcel received his BA degree in Finance from Wiesbaden Business School.
Manuela is Head of the AllianzGI Multi Asset Multimanagement business in Germany and Senior Portfolio Manager of MultiManagement products. She oversees a team of 8 investment professionals, who are in charge of fund manager research as well as management of a range of multi asset, equity and target return funds of funds. Manuela joined the company in August 2009.
Alex is Chief Executive Officer of BlueBay. Prior to becoming CEO on 1 January 2014, he was the firm’s Chief Operating Officer. Alex joined BlueBay in June 2004 as Head of Structured Products before taking up the role of Chief Operating Officer in October 2005. Prior to joining BlueBay, he spent his career at Morgan Stanley, latterly as an Executive Director in the Securitised Products Group.
Philip devises and executes the Global Investment Lab strategy across regions and client segments. Specialising in portfolio construction, risk analytics and investment strategy, Philip's team provides holistic wealth management advice, tailored to meet clients' financial needs and individual objectives across the globe. Prior to leading the team, in 2011 Philip became Global Coordinator of the Investment Labs, developing global processes and controls, and creating common policies and procedures around the delivery of intellectual capital to clients.
Neill is a managing director and the co-chief investment officer of the Global Portfolio Solutions (GPS) Group in Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM), based in London. He also serves as chairman of the GPS Investment Committee. The GPS Group provides multi-asset class products and solutions for institutional and individual investors, focusing on customized asset allocation, tactical implementation, risk management, and portfolio construction. Neill joined Goldman Sachs as a managing director in GSAM in 2014.
Mr. Kidane and his team are responsible for selecting best-in-breed fund managers across all asset classes for Pictet Wealth Management unit globally. They partake an active role in the portfolio construction of the bank’s fund-based discretionary mandates. Mr. Kidane is also the portfolio manager of a US$2.2billion absolute return fund-of-fund run for Pictet Wealth Management clients since the product’s inception in 2007. Previously Mr. Kidane was analyst & portfolio manager within the fund selection and multimanagement team at LODH & Cie.
Martin is also Adjunct Professor of Finance at Imperial College Business School and a member of the Scottish Government’s Financial Services Advisory Board, the EFAMA President’s Advisory Council and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He divides his time between Aberdeen, where the business has always been headquartered, and London, as well as overseeing the international operations of the Group.
Mads Gosvig works with Portfolio Construction at ATP and as CIO of ATP’s venture NOW: Pensions in the UK. Mads has worked at ATP since 2001 as Chief Risk Officer and Head of Liabilities Hedging and co-head of the Beta Investment team. He is a former employee of Danske Bank, Realkredit Danmark and Nationalbanken (the Danish Central Bank).
Nicola Horlick is CEO of Money&Co. She has been a leading fund manager in the City of London for over thirty years. During that time, she has set up and managed several investment businesses. She now chairs a private equity business, is CEO of a film-development company, and is a director of an NHS Foundation Trust.
Nick started in UK financial services with Skandia in 2002, working as Strategy Director 2002-07 and Marketing Director 2007-13. Nick has been Investment Director at Aegon since September 2013, where he is driving Aegon’s investment proposition and developing solutions for retirement. He started his career at Royal Dutch Shell and his roles included restructuring the UK filling station network and assessing gas investments in Russia.
Tom Caddick has 17 years’ experience in fund management and has held several senior fund manager roles during this time. Tom has overall department responsibility and heads a team of over 20 investment professionals across five locations with in excess of €16 billion assets under management and the same again under advice. He is a Member of the Santander Global Asset Allocation Committee, UK Management Committee and chairs the UK Investment Committee
Love joined SEB in 2010 and is currently Chief Analyst at SEB Manager Research. The team of 8 investment professionals advises on some €17 billion and has been awarded “Best Manager Research team” in Sweden 2012 and 2013. He has for the last 10 years been solely dedicated to selecting managers within basically all regions and several asset classes. He began his career within Danske Bank and in 2008 joined the privately owned family office IKANO Fund Management as a Portfolio Manager.
Prior to assuming her current role in November 2013, Rachel worked at Citigroup where she was the Global Head of Corporate Equity Derivatives. She joined Citigroup in 2009 after thirteen years at Morgan Stanley, where she had a variety of senior roles in the equities and capital markets businesses, in London and Hong Kong.
In 2012 Mr Tosato was appointed Chief Executive for Schroder Investment Management Limited, in addition to his responsibility as Executive Vice Chairman of Schroders plc. Since joining in 1995, Mr Tosato has held numerous international roles within the company. He is currently also Chairman of SISF, SICAV Luxembourg Funds and a member of the Board of Overseers, Columbia Business School, New York since 1992.Mr Tosato was Vice President of EFAMA from 2011 to 2013.
Pascal is also Head of Institutional Investors and Third Party Distributors and has been a Member of the Executive Committee since 2005. As an economist and a financial historian Pascal Blanqué is the author of several contributions. His research interests and his academic work focus on monetary issues, the functioning of financial markets and the philosophical foundations of economics. Pascal Blanqué was awarded European CIO of the Year 2013 by Funds Europe Magazine.
Jim also serves as president of global asset management for the Principal Financial Group. In this capacity, Jim oversees investment activities across asset classes and market regions, with primary responsibility for the strategic development of Principal’s asset management business globally. Prior to joining Principal Global Investors in 2002, Jim served as Chief Executive Officer, Americas, with Credit Suisse Asset Management, New York.
Christian joined Deutsche Bank in 2007. Previously he worked for over 6 years in London at UBS and Nomura. Christian heads up Deutsche AWM’s Multi Asset Group in EMEA, managing €38bn in AuM and another €39bn in Risk Overlay Notional, across a wide spectrum of Multi Asset funds and bespoke mandates for all client types. He is part of the CIO Global Management Committee as well as the MAG Global Investment Committee.