Jamie Grant
Head of Emerging Markets and Asian Fixed Income

Jamie Grant is the Head of Emerging Markets and Asian Fixed Income. Jamie joined the business in 2013 in the role of Head of Asian Fixed Income, responsible for the development of the team’s Asian fixed income capabilities. His role was expanded in September 2017 taking responsibility for the further development of the group's Emerging Markets business. Jamie has more than 20 years’ industry experience specialising in corporate credit. He has experience in funds management and credit analysis across Europe, the US, Latin America and Asia and has managed investment teams in the UK, Asia, Latin America and Australia. Jamie’s most recent role was Global Head of Fixed Income at QBE Insurance. In this role Jamie was responsible for the QBE Group’s fixed income business across Asia Pacific, Europe, the UK, US and Latin America. Prior to this Jamie spent more than eight years working for AXA Investment Managers, comprising seven years in London as a Senior Investment Manager and two years in Singapore as the Head of Fixed Income Asia. Jamie holds a Bachelor of International Business Relations from Griffith University, Brisbane.

Helene Williamson
Head of EM Investments

Helene Williamson is the Head of EM Investments. In her role, Helene has overall responsibility for the management of all Emerging Markets Debt portfolios. Prior to joining the business in September 2011, Helene worked at F&C Asset Management where she was the Head of Emerging Markets Debt for 16 years. In this position, Helene managed F&C’s Emerging Markets Debt SICAV (which received a 5-star rating from Morningstar) from 1997 to August 2011 and built the emerging markets debt team’s successful investment process. Under her leadership, the team’s assets under management increased substantially. Before that Helene worked for Bankers Trust Company in New York in emerging markets lending, restructuring and portfolio management. Her last assignment at Bankers Trust was in the role of Senior Trader in emerging markets, based in London. Helene holds a Licence en Lettres from the University of Lausanne, an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton Graduate School. Helene is fluent in French, German and Spanish.

Nigel Foo
Senior Portfolio Manager

Nigel Foo is a Senior Portfolio Manager in the Asian Fixed Income team. In his role, Nigel is responsible for formulating investment strategies for the Asian bond market which includes both USD and local currency debt. Prior to joining the business in September 2010, Nigel spent six years with State Street Global Advisors as a fixed income portfolio manager, where he gained extensive experience managing one of the largest Asian local currency bond funds in the region, amongst other global fixed income mandates. Nigel has developed strong research and risk skills throughout his career working as an equity research analyst with HSBC and a market risk analyst with both JP Morgan and Credit Suisse First Boston. Nigel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Major in Finance) from National University of Singapore. He is also a CFA charterholder.

Nicole Hsieh
Senior Portfolio Manager

Nicole Hsieh is a Senior Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets and Asian Fixed Income team. In her role, Nicole is responsible for formulating investment strategies and analysing Asian portfolios with a focus on Asian Credit and Hong Kong Dollar bonds. Nicole joined the business in 2003 as a Quantitative Analyst and was appointed as Portfolio Manager in 2006. Prior to FSI, Nicole spent two years as a Regulation Officer for the Hong Kong Exchange and Clearing Limited and one year as an Economist at Standard and Poor’s (DRI) Toronto. As a Portfolio Manager, Nicole has been voted one of the Most Astute Investors in HK local currency bonds in each of the year during 2008-2017 by The Assets. In addition, the MPF Hong Kong dollar bond fund for which Nicole is the portfolio manager has won the Lipper Fund Awards for the Best Fund in the Bond HK Dollar sector for the MPF / Pension division in each of the year during 2007-2011. Nicole was also voted one of the Most Astute Investors in Asian G3 Bonds in 2008 and 2011. Nicole holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Minor in Psychology) from the Simon Fraser University, Canada and a Master of Financial Economics from the University of Toronto, Canada. She is also a CFA charterholder.

Mark Bodon
Portfolio Manager

Mark Bodon is the Portfolio Manager in the Emerging Markets Debt team. In his role, Mark is responsible for the emerging markets corporate credit asset class and investment research covering corporates and financial institutions across all emerging markets regions. Prior to joining the business in August 2012, Mark held Senior Analyst roles at PineBridge Investments and Standard Asset Management. Mark was previously a corporate ratings analyst with Moody’s in London. He also held various corporate finance roles in New York, London and Australia with National Australia Bank and began his career with KPMG. Mark holds a Masters of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia and is a Chartered Accountant.

Bilal Khan
Portfolio Manager

Bilal Khan is a Portfolio Manager in the Emerging Markets Debt team at First State Investments. In his role, Bilal has responsibility for research coverage across a number of emerging markets regions. Before joining First State Investments in January 2017, Bilal was Director at Renaissance Capital responsible for Turkey and Africa credit markets covering sovereigns, corporates and financials. Prior to this, Bilal was an Executive Director at UBS and Barclays Capital and was responsible for a wide range of EM markets including bonds, CDS and structured products for over 10 years. Prior to this, Bilal started his career as a quantitative analyst developing risk and pricing models for G10 and EM trading desks at Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank. Bilal holds an MA (Hons) Maths & Computer Science from St Johns College, Cambridge University. Bilal is also a proficient Urdu speaker.

Helena Cairns
Credit Analyst
Helena is a Credit Analyst in the Emerging Markets Debt team and is responsible for credit research covering corporates and financial institutions across emerging market regions. Prior to joining FSI in February 2014, Helena spent three years at Moody’s in London where she was an Associate Analyst in the Corporate Finance Group. Before that, Helena was an Associate at KPMG in London and Stuttgart, and worked in corporate and private banking at Kreissparkasse Tuttlingen in Germany. Helena holds a Diplom in Wirtschaftswissenschaften (Master equivalent in Economics/Business Administration) from the University of Ulm, Germany, and is a CFA Charter Holder. She also qualified in the graduate programme at Kreissparkasse Tuttlingen, Germany.A native German speaker, Helena is also proficient in Russian.
Joanna Woods
Portfolio Manager

Joanna Woods is a Portfolio Manager. In her role, Joanna is responsible for sovereign research coverage across Middle East, North Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining the team as an Analyst in 2013, Joanna spent a number of years working in the First State Investments Global Fixed Income team as a Portfolio Analyst across a number of rates, inflation-linked and corporate credit portfolios. Joanna joined the firm in 2010. Joanna holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Accounting majors) from the Australian National University and is a CFA Charter Holder.

Adrian Au
Senior Manager / Credit Analyst

As Senior Manager Credit Analyst, Adrian is responsible for in-house credit risk evaluation with a focus on Asian corporate and global telecommunication corporates, in particular high yield credit. Adrian has over 24 years' experience. Prior to this, Adrian worked as a Senior Credit Analyst for more than ten years in the Global Financial Risk Management Division of Barclays Capital in Hong Kong. Adrian holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Accounting from Thames Valley University in London. He has also completed postgraduate studies in Risk Management at the Hong Kong University.

Jin Hur
Credit Analyst

Jin Hur is a Credit Analyst, Emerging Markets and Asian Fixed Income at First State Investments (‘FSI’). In his role, Jin is responsible for the in-depth credit research analysis of Asian credits, with a focus on financial institutions. Prior to joining FSI in February 2018, Jin worked at ANZ Hong Kong as an Associate Director in Financial Institutions Group Research & Analysis covering India, Korea, Japan, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Prior to ANZ Hong Kong, Jin was an analyst at Fitch Ratings Hong Kong’s Financial Institutions Group covering Hong Kong, Macau, Korea and Mongolia. Before that, he was a senior consultant at Ernst & Young Sydney’s Infrastructure Advisory team. Jin started his career with Ernst & Young Sydney’s Assurance and Advisory Services focusing on technology, communications and entertainment sectors. Jin is a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) and FRM charter holder. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Sydney.

Anna Vaugrante
Portfolio Research Analyst

Anna is a Portfolio Research Analyst in the Emerging Markets Debt team. Prior to joining the business, Anna worked as an Analyst at AXA, latterly for the Architas Multi-management investment team. Prior to this Anna gained industry experience at internships with Amundi Asset Management, French Private Finance, Rothschild & CIE and Societe Generale. Anna holds a Master’s degree in Financial Management from Toulouse Business School. Anna is bilingual in French and English, and she is also proficient in Spanish.

Clarissa Soputro
Fixed Income Analyst

Clarissa is a Fixed Income Analyst for the Emerging Markets and Asian Fixed Income team. In her role, Clarissa is responsible for research coverage within Asian Market and assisted the team in daily fund management. Upon completion of her studies, Clarissa joined the business in January 2016, as a Fixed Income Analyst in the Emerging Markets and Asian Fixed Income team. Prior to relocating to Singapore in March 2018, Clarissa was based in Jakarta and was part of the Indonesian fixed income business covering local rates and corporatesClarissa holds a Bachelor of Commerce (majoring in Accounting and Finance) from Monash University. 

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