Audra joined the international business of Federated Hermes in 2015 as a senior credit analyst and became Deputy Head of Credit Research in March 2019. Audra is responsible for analysis and idea generation of the energy and technology sectors. Prior to this, she was an analyst at CDP Capital, a New York-based hedge fund that is a subsidiary of Canada-based La Caisse. Before making the move to the buy side, Audra worked at Barclays Capital in New York, where she was an assistant vice president in credit research. Audra graduated with a BA from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in Economics and International Relations (honours) and is a CFA charterholder.
Ilana joined the international business of Federated Hermes in November 2015 as a credit analyst covering the automotive, leisure, retail and consumer sectors. Prior to this, she spent three years as a credit analyst at Fitch Ratings, where she performed fundamental credit analysis on a portfolio of European investment grade and high yield issuers. Prior to this, Ilana had completed various internships as part of her Master’s degrees, including equity research at Natixis specialising in the luxury goods segment in 2012, and M&A research at KPMG in 2011. Ilana has a Master’s in Management, specialising in Corporate Finance, from the ESSCA Grande Ecole, France, and an Advanced Master’s in Finance from ESCP Grande École (ranked second in the world by the FT in 2016). She holds the Certificate in ESG Investing from the CFA UK.
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