Asset manager list shows who is best in class

Steve Dinneen
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A NEW list of the top young asset managers has highlighted the growing importance of emerging markets.

More than a quarter of the young asset managers who made the Financial News “40 under 40” list either invest directly in emerging markets or have spent time working or researching in developing countries.

The list also reflects the continuing need for investors to diversify away from equities, not just into investment grade bonds but also emerging market and high yield debt, as well as different product areas such as the booming markets for commodities and exchange-traded funds.

The youngest listed rising star was Edward Stileman, an assistant fund manager at JO Hambro Investment Management, who is aged just 27. Another notable inclusion is Ian McKnight, who at just 33 is responsible for heading up investment for the huge Royal Mail Pension Plan, which has 450,000 members.

The youngest woman to make the list was Sharonjit Clare, a senior investment strategy manager at Telent Pensions

Katie Koch, 31, a senior portfolio strategist at Goldman Sachs Asset Management and chief of staff to its chairman, industry veteran Jim O’Neill, also made the cut.

The short-list was whittled down from 150 asset managers to reveal the cream of the sector. All of the asset managers were aged under 40 on 12 September

Christophe Akel
Fund manager, GLG Partners
Age 31

Nathalia Barazal
Senior convertible portfolio manager, Lombard Odier
Age 38

Ariel Bezalel
Fund manager, fixed-income team director, Jupiter Investments
Age 36

Simon Brazier
Head of UK equities, Threadneedle
Age 35

Wahid Pierre Chammas
Co-portfolio manager, Janus Capital Group
Age 35

Cindy Chan
Head of risk and quant analysis, Universities Superannuation Scheme
Age 38

Esther Chan
Portfolio manager, emerging market debt, Aberdeen Asset Management
Age 31

Sharonjit Clare
Senior investment strategy manager, Telent Pensions
Age 30

Emmanuel Collinet de La Salle
Global head of wealth management business development, BNP Paribas Investment Partners
Age 32

Nathalie Dauriac-Stoebe
Chief executive, Signia Wealth
Age 33

Richard Dowell
Jead of clients, Cardano UK
Age 37

Harald Espedal
Chief executive, Skagen Funds
Age 38

Sam Finkelstein
Head of macro strategies within the global fixed-income team, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Age 37

Stefan Garcia
Executive director, Source
Age 35

Robert Gardner
Founder and co-chief executive, Redington Partners
Age 32

Chetan Ghosh
Pensions investment manager, Centrica
Age 37

Maria Gordon
Emerging markets equity portfolio manager, Pimco
Age 37

Britt Hoffmann
Associate director, P-Solve
Age 28

Ruby Jones
managing director, investment solutions, Matrix Asset Management
Age 35

Mark Julio
portfolio manager, Baring Asset Management
Age 33

Nick Kirrage
Fund manager, Schroders
Age 32

Katie Koch
Senior portfolio strategist and chief of staff to chairman Jim O'Neill, Goldman Sachs Asset Management
Age 31

Blanca Koenig
Fixed-income strategist, BlackRock
Age 31

Polina Kurdyavko
Senior portfolio manager, BlueBay Asset Management
Age 32

Alasdair Macdonald
Head of the UK investment strategy team, Towers Watson
Age 33

Ian McKnight
Head of investment, Royal Mail Pension Plan
Age 33

Pau Morilla-Giner
Head of alternative investments, equities and commodities, London & Capital
Age 34

Kevin Murphy
Fund manager, Schroders
Age 32

Hemal Naran
Alternative assets fund manager, British Steel
Pension Scheme
Age 36

Colin O'Shea
Head of commodities, Hermes Fund Managers
Age 31

Alexander Preininger
Head of overlay management, DB Advisors
Age 36

Stuart Rhodes
Fund manager, M&G Investments
Age 31

Philip Rodrigs
Portfolio manager, Investec Asset Management
Age 30

Tom Ross
Portfolio manager fixed income, Henderson Global Investors
Age 31

Luca Serino
Portfolio manager and partner, Thurleigh Investment Managers
Age 29

Richard Staveley
UK equity fund manager, River and Mercantile
Age 36

Edward Stileman
Assistant fund manager, JO Hambro Investment Management
Age 27

Merrick Styles
Head of absolute return, Amundi
Age 33

Ewan Thompson
Investment director and head of emerging market equities, Neptune Investment Management
Age 28

Steve Turner
Principal, Mercer Investment Consulting
Age 35