Geir joined in May 2007 to establish the Global Equities strategy. Prior to this, he was Chairman of Bergen Yards in Bergen, Norway, where he was responsible for restructuring and focusing a holding company. Bergen Yards changed name to Bergen Group and was listed on the Oslo stock exchange in June 2007. Geir started his career in 1991 at Frank Russell, moving to Chancellor LGT and then Putnam Investments, where he was a senior vice president before returning to Norway in 2003. Geir studied Mechanical Engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology and earned an MBA at the Pacific Lutheran University, Washington. Geir has been on the board of 17 companies in four different countries.
Head of Financials (Credit), Federated Hermes Limited
Filippo joined in 2011 and is Head of Financials in the Credit team. He is responsible for researching global financials. Prior to this, he served in a similar capacity at Fortis Investments in the global credit and hybrids group and subsequently at BNP Paribas Asset Management in Paris. Other roles at Fortis included securitisation analyst and regulated utilities and property analyst. Filippo began his career in Germany at Sal Oppenheim & Cie and Berenberg Bank, where he was responsible for derivatives trading and M&A financing. Filippo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Business Administration from the Universita’ La Sapienza in Rome.
CFA, Head of Fixed Income – Public Markets, Federated Hermes Limited
Fraser joined in February 2010 and is Head of Fixed Income – Public Markets and lead manager on the range of credit strategies. Based in London, he is responsible for leading the strategic development of the Credit platform and investment teams, offering solutions accessing all areas of the global credit markets. Prior to this, he was at Fortis Investments, where he was responsible for European High Yield. Fraser graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA (Hons) in Economics; he earned an MSc in Investment Analysis from the University of Stirling and is a CFA charterholder. In 2017, Fraser joined the board of CFA UK, a member society of the CFA Institute, where he also sits on their Sustainability Steering Committee, as well as the Professionalism Steering Committee overseeing the society’s advocacy and thought leadership work. He has previously featured in the Financial News’ ‘40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Asset Management’, an editorial selection of the brightest up-and-coming men and women in the industry, and was also named as one of the top 10 star fund managers of tomorrow by the Daily Telegraph. Other notable accolades have come from Citywire Americas, which named Fraser number one in their global high yield manager review, and InvestmentEurope and Investment Week, which both named the Federated Hermes Multi-Strategy Credit Fund top global bond fund at their respective 2017 Fund Manager of the Year Awards.
CFA, Lead Portfolio Manager, Asia ex-Japan, Federated Hermes Limited
Jonathan joined in March 2009 as portfolio manager responsible for Asia ex-Japan within the Emerging Markets strategy. Jonathan has been lead portfolio manager for the Asia ex-Japan strategy since its launch at the start of 2010. Prior to joining, he was a fund manager at RAB Capital and an analyst at Orbis Investment Advisory in London. Jonathan grew up in South Africa, where he was a partner at PKF Johannesburg. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, is a CFA charterholder and a chartered accountant. Jonathan was awarded with Investment Week’s Fund Manager of the Year Award for Asian equity in 2018 and 2016 and, under Jonathan’s management, the Asia ex-Japan strategy has been awarded Asian Investor's Asset Management Award for best Asia ex-Japan equity strategy; Portfolio Adviser’s Platinum Award for Asia Pacific ex-Japan Equity in 2017; and Citywire Asia's Asia ex-Japan Group Award in 2016.
Lead Portfolio Manager, Global Emerging Markets, Federated Hermes Limited
Kunjal joined in February 2012 as a senior analyst on the Global Emerging Markets team focused on Asia ex-Japan. He became co-portfolio manager for pooled products and segregated mandates in September 2016. In January 2020, he became co-portfolio manager for all portfolios managed by the Global Emerging Markets team and was subsequently named lead portfolio manager in September 2020. Kunjal joined from Her Majesty's Government, where he worked from October 2008 as an assistant director in The Shareholder Executive, the in-house portfolio management and corporate finance arm of the UK Government. Prior to this he was a senior financial analyst at Morgan Stanley Investment Banking from December 2004, responsible for both business development and execution of M&A and strategy mandates within the consumer products coverage banking team. Previously he worked for Thomas Cook (India) in the management information systems division (September 2003), and PricewaterhouseCoopers in the Assurance and Business Advisory Service (August 2001). Kunjal has a Bachelor of Commerce from Mumbai University and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in India.
Martin joined as a senior analyst on the European Equities team in March 2013 and is now lead portfolio manager of the Sustainable Global Equity strategy, and co-portfolio manager of the Impact Opportunities strategy. Prior to joining, he was an investment director at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership. Martin joined SWIP as a graduate and spent eight years there, with spells investing in UK, US and Japanese equities. Martin graduated from the University of St Andrews with an MA in Economics & Modern History and is a CFA charterholder. In 2015, Martin featured in Financial News’s ‘40 Under 40 Rising Stars of Asset Management’, an editorial selection of the brightest up-and-coming people in the industry.
Silvia joined in October 2017 as Senior Economist. As an experienced global economist, she is responsible for providing macroeconomic analysis and commentary, non-standard macroeconomic modelling, and developing relationships with key central banks and monetary authorities. Silvia previously spent 10 years at Prologue Capital Ltd, latterly as a global economist responsible for the team’s macroeconomic view. She holds a Master of Science in Economic and Social Sciences, as well as a Bachelor’s in Economic and Social Sciences, from Bocconi University in Italy.
At Federated Hermes we believe the investment industry can be a powerful force for good, building a fairer, more equitable world for all – and that active ownership and engagement is the best way to achieve this. In this, our second annual Stewardship Report, we provide an update on our efforts towards effective and outcomes-driven stewardship.
Climate Change High Yield Credit strategy, interim report 2021
In this inaugural report, we delve into what makes the Federated Hermes Climate Change High Yield Credit strategy unique. As well as introducing our process and team, the report provides an overview of our proprietary Climate Change Impact (CCI) score, complete with portfolio examples to illustrate the scoring system in practice.