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Mark Carney

Mark Carney is Governor of the Bank of England and Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee, Financial Policy Committee and the Board of the Prudential Regulation Authority. His appointment as Governor was approved by Her Majesty the Queen on 26 November 2012. The Governor joined the Bank on1 July 2013. 

In addition to his duties as Governor of the Bank of England, he serves as Chairman of the Financial Stability Board (FSB), First Vice-Chair of the EuropeanSystemic Risk Board, a member of the Group of Thirty and the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum.

Mark was born in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories, Canada in 1965. He received a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard University in 1988. He went on to receive a Master’s degree in Economics in 1993 and a doctorate in Economics in 1995, both from the University of Oxford. 

After a thirteen-year career with Goldman Sachs in its London, Tokyo, New York and Toronto offices, Mark was appointed Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada in August 2003. In November 2004, he left the Bank of Canada to become Senior Associate Deputy Minister of Finance. He held this position until his appointment as Governor of the Bank of Canada on 1 February 2008. Mark served as Governor of the Bank of Canada and Chairman of its Board of Directors until 1June 2013.


Robert Boyda 

Robert Boyda is senior managing director and senior portfolio manager, Portfolio Solutions Group, at Manulife Asset Management. PSG is responsible for the developmen tand growth of Manulife’s asset allocation solutions for individual and institutional investors in the US, Canada, and Asia. Solutions include individual target date and target risk strategies, alternative and international asset allocation portfolios, and highly customised corporate pension plans. Robert is responsible for the day-to-day monitoring and portfolio management of John Hancock’s Lifestyle and Lifecycle portfolios as well as a wide array of other asset allocation portfolios offered in the US, Canada and Asia.

Previously, Robert was senior vice president, investment management services, for John Hancock Financial, the US division of Manulife Financial Corp. In 1994 he originated what are now John Hancock’s Lifestyle funds and developed the framework for the IMS function responsible for sourcing, performing due diligence and replacing third party managers for John Hancock. Robert holds a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.


Zanny Minton Beddoes

Zanny Minton Beddoes is the Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, appointed in February 2015. She was formerly Business Affairs Editor overseeing the paper's business, finance, economics, science and technology coverage. From 2007 to 2014, Ms Minton Beddoes was Economics Editor, based in Washington, DC, where she led the paper's global economics coverage. She has written special reports on the world economy, Germany, Latin American finance, global finance and Central Asia. 

Ms Minton Beddoes joined The Economist in 1994 after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Previously, she worked as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland, as part of a small group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard University. Ms Minton Beddoes is a frequent television and radio commentator on both sides of the Atlantic, including on the “Bill Maher Show” (HBO), “Fareed Zakaria GPS” (CNN), “Newsnight” (BBC), “Newshour” (PBS), CNBC and “Public Interest” (NPR).


Ian Goldin

Professor Ian Goldin is the founding Director of the Oxford Martin School at the University of Oxford and the University Professor of Globalisation and Development. The School brings together over 300 leading scholars in interdisciplinary teams to address critical global challenges. Until 2006 Ian was Vice President of the World Bank and the Bank Group’s Director of Policy and was previously the Chief Executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa and Economic Adviser to President Nelson Mandela. Ian has also held senior roles at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Ian has a BA and BSc from theUniversity of Cape Town, an MSc from the London School of Economics, an MA and Doctorate from the University of Oxford and an AMP from INSEAD.

The latest of his 19 books are The Butterfly Defect: How globalization creates systemic risks and what to do about it (Princeton University Press, 2014) and Is the Planet Full? (Oxford University Press, 2014). His other recent books include Divided Nations: Why Global Governance Is Failing and What We Can Do About It (Oxford University Press, 2013).

Ian has been knighted by the French Government and nominated Global Leader of Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum. He has extensive private sector experience including as an independent non-executive director for a number of listed companies. His non-profit engagements include as a Trustee of Comic Relief, the Overseas Development Institute and other charities.


Alexa Lam

Professor Alexa C Lam joined the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong as Professor of Legal Practice in May 2015. Prior to taking up her current position, she was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and Executive Director, Investment Products, International & China. Alexa was the architect of the landmark RMB Qualified Foreign Institutional Investors (RQFII) program and the Mutual Recognition of Funds platform between Hong Kong and Mainland China, and led initiatives for the development of Hong Kong’s offshore RMB business and capital market linkage with Mainland China. Alexa also played a leadership role in international regulatory initiatives. She co-chaired, with the Director of Banking Supervision and Regulation of the US Federal Reserve Board, the Working Group on Margining Requirements (WGMR) of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and the International Organisation of Securities Commissions to establish global standards for margin requirements on non-centrally cleared derivatives, a part of the G20 global reform programme. The WGMR published the Margin Requirements for Non-centrally Cleared Derivatives in September 2013. 

Immediately before joining the University of Hong Kong, Alexa gave a series of lectures as the Inaugural Distinguished Visitor at the University of Michigan Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies.


Xavier Rolet

Appointed to the Board in March 2009 and appointed Chief Executive on 20 May 2009. Prior to this, Xavier was CEO of Lehman Brothers in France from July 2007 to 7 January 2009. He became a member of Lehman Brothers’ European Operating Committee in 2003, having joined the firm in February 2000 in NewYork as co-head of Global Equity Trading.

Xavier started his career on the International Arbitrage desk at Goldman Sachs in New York in January 1984. In 1990, he moved to London as co-head of European Equity Sales and Trading. He joined Credit Suisse First Boston in 1994 as global head of European Equities before moving to Dresdner Kleinwort Benson as global head of Risk and Trading, and deputy head of Global Equities in 1997.

Xavier attended Columbia University Graduate School of Business, where he gained an MBA in January 1984. He is also a 2008 graduate of the post graduate Institut des Hautes Etudes de Défense Nationale in Paris.

He is a member of the Board of Overseers of Columbia Business School, an Honorary Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, FSCI (Hons), and a member of the Financial Services Trade and Investment Board.


Jaco Van Der Walt

As the Head of the Investment Management Office at FirstRand, Jaco fulfils the chief investment officer role for the wealth management business, life insurance and off-balance sheet group guaranteed funds. He serves as a member of the Board of trustees of several of the Group’s pension funds and chairs their investment committees, including those of the FNB Pension Fund and the RMB Pension and Provident Fund. His current role enables him to combine his experience in pension funds, investment management, insurance and banking. He holds a master’s in economics from the University of Toronto and a doctorate in economics from the University of Pretoria.


Mark Walker

Mark is Managing Director and Global Chief Investment Officer of the Univest Company, Unilever’s internal investment group. The Univest Company oversees the investments of Unilever's pension plans in over 40 countries. Prior to joining Unilever, Mark was a Partner at Mercer and was head of the London Investment Consulting Unit.

Mark has over 20 years of experience in actuarial, pensions and investment work. Whilst at Mercer he was the lead consultant to Unilever in relation to the set up and ongoing advice to Unilever's multi-country asset pooling vehicles.

Ang Eng Seng

Mr Ang Eng Seng is GIC’s President for Europe, Head of the Integrated Strategy Group and Adviser to the Direct Investment Group. Before this, he was the Global Head of GIC’s Direct Investment Group as well as Head of the Infrastructure Group.

Prior to joining GIC SI in 1994, Eng Seng was a Director of the Auditor-General's Office in Singapore. From 1996 to 1998, he was seconded from GIC SI to China International Capital Corporation in Beijing, first as the Deputy General Manager and subsequently as the General Manager of its Direct Investment Department. He was Head of the Greater China Team for GIC Special Investments from 1999 to mid 2003, before becoming the Head of Europe Private Equity Group till 2009. Eng Seng holds a Masters from Cambridge University. He is a qualified Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a charter holder of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


Geoffrey Yu 

Geoffrey Yu is an Executive Director with UBS’s Fundamental Strategy team in London. He covers G10 currencies and China, in which capacity he is responsible for originating trade ideas and for short- and medium-term forecasts of global currencies for both internal and external clients. He authors the FX Flow Report, FX Comments and other publications.

In London since July 2008, Geoffrey originally joined the bank in Singapore in July 2006 before spending 20 months in Zurich. Prior to this he interned with the strategy group during the summers of 2004 and 2005.

Geoffrey was born in Beijing, but spent the bulk of his childhood in the UK before returning to China for secondary education. He attended college in the US, graduating in June 2006 with a double BA in Mathematics and Economics from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. He received his Master's in Finance from the London School in Economics in 2010.

In his free time Geoffrey enjoys classical singing, having sung in choirs since the age of 7 and started solo training at 17. He also loves travelling, musicals, ‘Yes Minister’ and skiing. He speaks English, Mandarin, German and some French. He is married with one daughter.

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Hendrik du Toit

Hendrik du Toit is Chief Executive Officer at Investec Asset Management and a director of Investec plc and Investec Ltd. Hendrik 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 US$107 billion of client assets*. Hendrik holds a MPhil in Economics and Politics of Development from the University of Cambridge, as well as a MCom in Economics and International Finance (cum laude), BCom in Economics honours degree (cum laude) and a BCom (Law) from Stellenbosch University.

In 2008 Global Investor (a Euromoney publication) named him Asset Management CEO of the Year. In 2011, he was named as one of Financial News’ top 10 most influential individuals in asset management and was awarded The European Asset Management Personality of the Year award by Funds Europe. In 2012, Hendrik was named Chief Executive of the Year at the Financial News 11th annual Awards for Excellence in Institutional Asset Management. In 2013 he was presented with a special recognition award by Funds Europe, marking his achievements as CEO.

*As at 30.09.15.


Peter Eerdmans

Peter is co-head of Emerging Market Fixed Income at Investec Asset Management. He is jointly responsible with Werner Gey van Pittius for all emerging market debt strategies. Peter is also responsible for Asian markets within the team. He joined the firm in 2005 from Watson Wyatt, where he was responsible for bond and currency manager research.

Prior to his time at Watson Wyatt, he spent six years as a senior portfolio manager responsible for global bond management at Robeco, where he helped develop the credit process and lead on numerous projects improving the process and tools of the department. He graduated in 1995 with a Master’s degree in Econometrics from Erasmus University Rotterdam.


John Green

John is currently responsible for the Global Client Group at Investec Asset Management. In this role he is responsible for all of the firm’s client related activity including sales, client management and marketing. John is a member of the Investec Asset Management global executive committee. He assumed this role in February 2009 having previously served as the managing director of Investec Asset Management’s operation in Africa. Previously, John served as the managing director, Investec Asset Management South Africa since 2004. John joined the company as the head of personal investments, following the Investec acquisition of Fedsure in March 2001. John joined Fedsure in 1998 and worked as an advisor to the chief executive officer on strategy and group matters.

In mid 2000 he moved across to manage the retail business. Prior to joining Fedsure, John worked for six years in consulting at Andersen Consulting and Bain & Co, where he gained experience in the banking, insurance, consumer retail, wholesale, technology, and transport sectors. John graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and Bachelor of Laws degree.


James Hand

James is co-chief investment officer and co-head of 4Factor Equities at Investec Asset Management. He is the portfolio manager of the Global Core Equity Strategy. James joined Investec Asset Management in 2000 and has covered a range of global sectors including consumers, industrials and services before returning to technology in 2009. James is the author of “The 4Factor Process” and has guest lectured on behavioural finance at Reading University’s ICMA Centre.

During his time at the firm, James has managed a range of global portfolios for predominantly institutional clients including sovereign wealth funds and corporate pension schemes. Prior to joining Investec Asset Management, James spent three years at Schroder Investment Management where he specialised in small cap technology stocks. James graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Economics.


Michael Hugman

Mike is an emerging market debt strategist for the Emerging Market Debt team. He is responsible for the in depth analysis of major emerging market economies, generating trade ideas including top-down/global themes, quantitative modelling, and building dialogues with policy makers.

Prior to joining Investec Asset Management, Mike worked at Amiya Capital, a global/emerging market equity hedge fund where he was an economist, and before that, he was an emerging market economist and strategist at Standard Bank, London. Prior to Standard Bank, he spent two years working as a technical advisor to the Budget Office, Nigerian Ministry of Finance. Mike graduated with distinction with a Master of Philosophy in Economics and a first-class Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, both from the University of Oxford.


Greg Kuhnert

Greg is the portfolio manager for the Asia Pacific ex Japan and Asia ex Japan Equity strategies and also co-portfolio manager of the China Equity Strategy in the 4Factor Equity Team at Investec Asset Management.

Greg joined Investec Asset Management in 1999 working as an analyst researching Asian and global equities. Prior to this, Greg spent five years at Ernst & Young inJohannesburg, South Africa, within auditing and consulting, where he specialised in mining and financial companies. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997.Greg graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, SouthAfrica, in 1994 and achieved a first-class degree in Accountancy and is a CFA Charterholder.


Clyde Rossouw

Clyde is co-head of Quality at Investec Asset Management. He is portfolio manager with a focus on multi-asset absolute return and low volatility real return equity investing. His portfolio manager duties include our flagship Opportunity strategy that he has run since 2003 and our equity oriented Global Franchise and Global Quality Equity Income strategies. Clyde joined the firm in 1999, initially as an asset allocation and sector allocation strategist. Prior to Investec Asset Management, Clyde was awarded a study bursary by Sanlam where he worked for eight years, including five years in asset management.

His experience in investments there included fixed income analysis and portfolio management. Clyde graduated from the University of Cape Town with a Bachelor of Science degree in Statistics and Actuarial Science. He was awarded the Certificates in Actuarial Techniques in 1995, and Finance and Investments in 1997 by the Institute of Actuaries in London. Clyde is a CFA Charterholder.


Philip Saunders

Philip is co-head of Multi-Asset at Investec Asset Management, he is also a portfolio manager for Multi Assettotal return, global multi-asset and protected strategies. He began his investment career in 1982 as an analyst at Guinness Mahon & Co Limited, assuming management responsibility for the company’s managed currency funds in 1984. In 1987, he became a founding director of Guinness Flight Global Asset Management, which was later acquired by Investec Asset Management in 1998, and led its successful Global Fixed Income team. In 2000 he joined the Multi-Asset team, becoming Head in 2004. Philip graduatedfrom Cambridge University with a Master of Arts degree in History in 1980.


Katherine Tweedie

Katherine Tweedie is executive director of the Investment Institute at Investec Asset Management. In this role she is responsible for providing research and insight to global financial institutions on geopolitical, economic and investment trends that shape portfolio strategy and asset allocation decisions. She coordinates strategic partnerships and knowledge transfer programmes with a number of Investec Asset Management’s clients and oversees the partnerships with leading academic institutions and industry associations affiliated with the Institute.

Katherine was formerly a director and head of Africa at the World Economic Forum. Her career commenced in private equity and investment banking where she specialised in mergers and acquisitions in the financial services industry.

Katherine holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was selected as an Edward S. Mason Fellow, and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons.) degree in Finance and Economics from the University of Victoria, Canada.


Wilfred Wee

Wilfred is an investment specialist in the Global Emerging Market Debt team and a portfolio manager. He is responsible for the Asia Local Currency and Renminbi Bond funds. Prior to joining Investec Asset Management, Wilfred worked for the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) for nine years, three of which were based in New York. At the GIC, he was a portfolio manager and lead credit analyst for Emerging Market credit, focused on Asia. He was also a credit analyst and strategist responsible for European financials.

Wilfred holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge, a Master’s degree in Financial Mathematics from Stanford University, and is also a CFA Charterholder.


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