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Investment Team

Michael Petley
Chief Investment Officer
Chairman of the Global Macro Team

Michael Petley is ECU's Chief Investment Officer, Chairman of its Global Macro Team, and one of the three investment managers of ECU's Institutional Global Macro and Active FX Overlay Strategies. Michael founded ECU in 1988 and was Chief Executive for 19 years. He has 25 years of experience in managing FX mandates and presided over the management of ECU's flagship multi-currency debt management programme for two decades.

Stephen Jen
Global Macro Team
Institutional Global Macro & FX Overlay Strategies

Stephen Jen is managing partner of SLJ Macro Partners LLP and one of the three investment managers of ECU's Institutional Global Macro and Active FX Overlay Strategies, specialising in global macroeconomic policy. From 2009 to 2011, Stephen was MD of Macroeconomics & Currencies at Bluegold Capital. Previously, Stephen was with Morgan Stanley for 12 years, latterly as Global Head of Currency Research, having spent four years as an economist with the IMF, after attaining his PhD in Economics from MIT.

Fatih Yilmaz
Global Macro Team
Institutional Global Macro & FX Overlay Strategies

Fatih Yilmaz is one of the three investment managers of ECU's Institutional Global Macro and Active FX Overlay Strategies, specialising in quantitative modelling. After his MA and PhD in Finance and Econometrics, Fatih was Assistant Professor of Finance at Exeter, where he remains an Honorary Fellow. Previous roles include Currency Economist at Morgan Stanley, Chief European Currency Strategist and Head of Institutional Quant at Bank of America and Director of Quantitative Research and Trading at Bluegold Capital. Fatih is a founding partner of SLJ Macro Partners (ECU’s JV partner in Institutional Global Macro and FX Overlay Services).

Robin Griffiths
Global Macro Team
Chief Technical Strategist

Robin Griffiths is Chief Technical Strategist at ECU, a role he previously performed at HSBC Investment Bank for 20 years before becoming Head of Global Asset Allocation at Rathbones, and then a director and technical strategist for Cazenove Capital Management. Robin was a Partner of WI Carr and Head of Technical Analysis at Grieveson Grant. Robin has been a member of ECU's Global Macro Team for over twenty years.

Neil Staines
Global Macro Team
Head of Trading and Execution

Neil Staines is ECU's Head of Trading and Execution. He was formerly co-founder & Head of Investment at 3D Currency Management. Previously, Neil worked at RBS Global Banking & Markets, latterly as Head of FX Proprietary Trading. Neil and his team are responsible for the monitoring, execution and risk management of all ECU's trading programmes and strategies.

Professor Charles Goodhart CBE
Global Macro Team 
Economic & Central Bank Policy Adviser

Professor Charles Goodhart CBE is an independent member of ECU's Global Macro Team, specialising in global Central Bank Policy. Charles worked at the Bank of England for 17 years as a monetary adviser, becoming a Chief Adviser in 1980. Charles was a founder member of the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee, and he is Emeritus Professor of Banking & Finance at the London School of Economics and a Senior Economic Consultant for Morgan Stanley.

George Magnus
Global Macro Team
Senior Economic Adviser

George Magnus is a long standing and independent member of ECU's Global Macro Team, specialising in global macroeconomic trends and the global financial system. George is Senior Economic Adviser at UBS Investment Bank, where he was previously Chief Economist for seven years. His former roles include Chief International Economist at UBS and Head of Fixed Income Research and Chief Economist at S.G.Warburg.

Neil MacKinnon
Global Macro Team
Global Macro Strategy Adviser

Neil MacKinnon is a long-standing and independent member of ECU’s Global Macro Team and Global Macro Strategist at VTB Capital, having been ECU’s Chief Currency Strategist for six years. Previous roles include Chief Currency Strategist at both Citibank and Merrill Lynch. From 1982 to 1986, Neil was an economist with HM Treasury, where he worked for the Chancellor of the Exchequer and other UK Treasury ministers.

Kit Juckes
Global Macro Team  
Senior FX & Fixed Income Adviser

Kit Juckes is a long-standing and independent member of ECU's Global Macro Team and Head of FX Strategy at Société Générale. Kit has over 25 years’ experience having commenced his career in 1985 with Money Market Services International (which became part of Standard & Poor’s). His former roles include Chief Economist at ECU, Global Head of Research at RBS Global Banking & Markets and Head of Bond and FX Strategy at NatWest Markets.

Simon Hunt
Global Macro Team  
Strategic Adviser—China and SE Asia

Simon is a long-standing and independent member of ECU's Global Macro Team, specialising in China and some of the major industrial commodity markets, notably copper. In 1975, Simon Hunt founded Brook Hunt, a market leading provider of market analysis across the metals and mining markets (now part of Wood Mackenzie). In 1996, Simon left Brook Hunt to form Simon Hunt Strategic Services which provides global economic research services. Simon has spent 2-3 months a year for the past 17 years visiting factories across China and has an office in Beijing.

 
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