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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 pioneered the company's flagship $1.8bn multi-currency debt management programme. He has over 25 years of experience in managing FX mandates, presiding over the successful management of all ECU's core currency products for 19 years.

Stephen Jen
Global Macro Team
Head of Global Macro Research

Stephen Jen is managing partner of SLJ Macro Partners LLP, of which ECU is a corporate member, 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. After attaining his PhD in Economics from the MIT, Stephen spent four years as an economist with the IMF.

Fatih Yilmaz
Global Macro Team
Head of Quantitative Research

Fatih Yilmaz is a founding partner of SLJ Macro Partners LLP, of which ECU is a corporate member, and 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 studies in Finance and Econometrics, Fatih was Assistant Professor of Finance at Exeter. 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.

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

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.

Monica Wang
Quantitative & Risk Analyst

Monica holds a BSc degree in Mathematics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. During her undergraduate studies, she won first prize in the National Mathematics Contest in Modelling. Monica holds an MSc in Financial Mathematics from the University of Exeter, for which she was awarded distinction. Monica was awarded her PhD at Exeter in the area of credit risk and default prediction models.

Joana Freire
Investment Analyst

With a focus on emerging markets, Joana was part of the Financial Markets Research team at the investment banking division of Millennium bcp, in Lisbon, where she was responsible for the macroeconomic outlook and publications for China and Brazil, as well as for the medium term forecasts for currencies. Joana holds an MSc Economics degree from the London School of Economics and an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.

 
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