Advisory Board & Management

Advisory Board & Management

Since its inception in 2002, the Brandes Institute has benefited from the guidance and insights provided by our Advisory Board members. Reflecting a mix of Brandes colleagues and investment industry leaders, the Board currently consists of 26 members worldwide who are responsible for:

  • Developing research hypotheses and methodologies and helping to prioritize projects
  • Assisting in the analysis of findings
  • Writing and editing research reports that communicate results
  • Identifying other progressive thinkers for collaboration opportunities

In addition, Advisory Board members may serve as mentors on specific projects or work closely with Brandes colleagues, consultants and academics on projects in which they have strong interest. They also may be invited to present Institute findings at seminars or conferences.

External Board members are considered permanent members of the Board, while internal Board positions are designed as 2-year terms.  The goal of having both permanent and “rolling” Board members is to provide continuity, depth and breadth of experience, and fresh insights and perspectives.

We believe we have created a dynamic group of inquisitive thinkers who, through regular meetings, an ongoing exchange of ideas and the periodic publication of findings, contribute to meaningful work that benefits our industry.


Our Mission

Investigate potential opportunities arising from structural and behavioral factors in global markets.

We strive to further establish the Brandes Institute as a leading, trusted source of useful information and practical guidance within the investment industry.


Management


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Robert Schmidt
Manager, Brandes Institute

Bob Schmidt oversees project research and analysis, development of publications and presentations, and special events for the Brandes Institute, a division of the firm that seeks to develop ideas and research to expand the investment community’s understanding of market behavior and portfolio management. He also is a part-time lecturer in the Master of Finance program at the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego.

Mr. Schmidt’s roles prior to joining Brandes include Head Writer with Nicholas-Applegate Capital Management and Associate Vice President with Western Financial Corp. Mr. Schmidt earned a BA (magna cum laude) from Duquesne University and an MA from California State University, San Marcos. His relevant experience began in 1990, and he joined Brandes Investment Partners in 2000.

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External Advisory Board Members - Asia-Pacific


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David Iverson
Head of Asset Allocation, Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation

David Iverson is Head of Asset Allocation with the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation Fund. In this role, he is in charge of the team that supports the Fund’s long-term benchmark (reference portfolio) and the strategic tilting program. The team is also responsible for the risk-capital allocation (risk budgeting) across the Fund’s other value-add activities.

Prior to starting with the Fund, he was Director of Institutional Investment Services and Quantitative Research at Goldman Sachs JB where he was responsible for advising equity fund managers and for the sales of institutional pension products to New Zealand-based institutional funds.

His other previous positions were Head of Consulting with Russell Investment Group's Institutional Investment Services Division in New Zealand, Regional Risk Manager with ING Investment Management (Asia-Pacific), and Equity and Quantitative Strategist with ABN Amro New Zealand.

Mr. Iverson is a member of the CFA Society and EDHEC-Risk Institute International Advisory Board. He is also the author of Strategic Risk Management: A Practical Guide to Portfolio Risk Management (Wiley-Finance, 2014).

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Tham Chiew Kit
Head of the Total Portfolio Strategy Division at GIC

Tham Chiew Kit is Head of the Total Portfolio Strategy (TPS) division in the Economics & Investment Strategy department (EIS) at GIC in Singapore. He leads TPS in providing recommendations regarding the construction and management of the GIC portfolio and its active strategies. Mr. Kit joined GIC in 1993 as a Senior Economist in the Economics department. He was transferred to the Foreign Exchange department in 1994 where he spent 6 years, with his last held position as Senior Investment Manager. In 2001, after a stint at Morgan Stanley, Chiew Kit re-joined GIC’s Foreign Exchange department and was subsequently deployed to the Investment Policy & Strategy (IPS) department in 2004. In 2011, Chiew Kit was appointed Head, Strategic Asset Allocation (SAA) of the newly formed EIS, following the merger of IPS and the Economics & Strategy department. As Head, SAA, he advised management and the Client on asset allocation and investment strategy. Chiew Kit graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) with 2nd Upper Class Honours in 1985 and a Master of Arts (Economics) in 1989 from Cambridge University. He was awarded the President’s Scholarship from the Singapore Public Service Commission in 1982.

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Dr. Geoff Warren
Associate Professor at the Australian National University and Fund Convenor of the Student Managed Fund

Dr. Geoff Warren is Associate Professor for the College of Business and Economics at ANU. An active researcher, he previously was Research Director with the Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR) where he was responsible for furthering CIFR’s internal program. His research is focused on investment-related areas, including superannuation, fund management, portfolio construction, asset pricing and valuation.

Prior to pursuing an academic career, he spent over 20 years in investment markets, including three years as the Director of Capital Markets Research at Russell Investments; as an analyst, Chief Strategist and Head of Research with investment bank Ord Minnett/JP Morgan Australia; and as an equity portfolio manager at AMP Capital. He also sits on the Salvation Army Investment Advisory Board and the Atlas Infrastructure Macro Advisory Board. Dr. Warren earned a doctorate in Finance from the Australian Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) with the University Medal from the University of New South Wales.

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External Advisory Board Members - Europe


Wim Antoons

Wim Antoons
Head of Portfolio Desk at Portolani 

Wim Antoons is Head of Portfolio Desk at Portolani, an independent Family office for entrepreneurial families in Belgium. In this role, he is responsible for the selection of third-party funds for clients. He also oversees the tactical asset allocation for the portfolios and implementation of new asset classes. Previously, Wim was Head of Asset Management at Bank Nagelmackers. In this role, he oversaw the investment process for the private banking and fund of funds businesses. He established the firm's value investment philosophy and its open architecture fund platform. He was also co-manager of the Nagelmackers Funds and manager of the Nagelmackers Privilege Fund. Before joining Nagelmackers, he worked for 6 years in the unit-linked business at BNP Paribas Bank, responsible for the selection of value equity funds. He earned a Master of Commercial and Financial Sciences at the Hogeschool-Universiteit Brussel and has 25 years of investment experience.

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Peter Branner 
Chief Investment Officer, APG Asset Management 

Peter Branner is Chief Investment officer of APG Asset Management (APG). In this role, he is responsible for the overall investment operations and optimization of long-term and responsible returns in line with the APG strategy. APG is the largest pension delivery organization in the Netherlands. APG ensures that more than 4.5 million people can be confident that their accrued pension rights are being invested, administered and paid out correctly.

Mr. Branner has more than 30 years of investment experience. Before joining APG Asset Management, he was CEO/CIO of SEB Investment Management in Sweden. He was responsible for the overall investment process at the firm and its broad range of institutional mandates and mutual funds covering all major asset classes. He was a member of the investment committees for Private Equity as well as Micro Finance activities.

Previously, Mr. Branner was Chief Investment Officer of Fortis Investments’ Multi Management Division based in London. Before this, he served as Manager Director of IKANO Fund Management in Luxembourg and held other investment positions within the IKANO Group. Mr. Branner was also the Investment Director at a major bank in Denmark, where he started his career in 1987.

Mr. Branner graduated from Copenhagen Business School with a BSc in Economics, a MSc in Economics and a graduate diploma in Business Administration. From 2008 to 2018, Peter served on the board of SIFA, the Swedish Investment Fund Association and later EFAMA, the European Fund & Asset Management Association.

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Anette Eriksson
Senior Portfolio Manager, Keva

Anette Eriksson is a Senior Portfolio Manager at Keva, the largest pension fund in Finland that serves a total of 1.2 million public sector employees and pensioners. Anette specializes in managing Keva’s external manager program in listed equities, which is an essential part of Keva’s investment portfolio. Recently, she has been working on building a thematic portfolio focused on sustainable investing. Before focusing on equity investments, Anette concentrated on developing the thinking for—and building—Keva’s external fixed income portfolios in high yield credits and emerging markets debt.

Before joining Keva in 2009, Anette worked for SEB Investment Management in Finland. She was responsible for managing fixed income portfolios and funds. Prior to that she worked at Carnegie Asset Management in Helsinki. Anette graduated in 2002 from The Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki with an MSc in Finance.

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External Advisory Board Members - North America


Machel Allen, CFA
President & Chief Investment Officer, Metis Global Partners

Machel Allen is the President and Chief Investment Officer at Metis Global Partners. She leads the firm’s business strategy efforts as well as the investment team responsible for researching and managing the firm’s portfolio strategies. Ms. Allen's investment career spans more than 20 years, including ten years with Brandes Investment Partners where she led the quantitative investment team that designed and implemented the investment process used by Metis today. Prior experience includes Lord Abbett, as an Equity Analyst to international and domestic portfolios, as well as institutional investment consulting roles at LCG Associates and Watson Wyatt. Ms. Allen earned an MBA in Investments from the Robinson Business School at Georgia State University (GSU) as well as a BBA in Finance from GSU. She is a Past President and Board Director of the CFA Society San Diego and is a member of the Chicago Quantitative Alliance.

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Gary Bader
Retired Chief Investment Officer, Alaska Department of Revenue

Gary Bader served as Chief Investment Officer (CIO) of the Alaska Department of Revenue, which provides staff to the Alaska Retirement Management Board. Of the $45.5 billion managed by the Department of Revenue, the Alaska Retirement Management board has responsibility for $20.8 billion of defined benefit and defined contribution assets. Mr. Bader was CIO for over 13 years. Prior to his appointment, he served in numerous public office positions including Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Administration, Director of Alaska’s Division of Retirement and Benefits, Superintendent of Juneau Schools, and Chair of the Alaska State Pension Investment Board. Mr. Bader earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from California State University and a Master’s degree from University of Alaska, Southeast.

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Edward Blodgett, CFA
Independent Investor

Before retiring in 2014, Ed Blodgett was a limited partner at Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. As a Director of Brandes’ Private Client Group, Mr. Blodgett managed the firm’s Private Client Services, Strategic Relationship Management and Private Client Portfolio Management departments. Prior to his 21 years at Brandes, Mr. Blodgett held management positions at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Dean Witter Reynolds. A graduate of Cornell University, Mr. Blodgett is a member of the CFA Society San Diego and has over 30 years of investment experience. Mr. Blodgett serves on the boards of the Rancho Santa Fe Community Foundation and the Coastal Community Foundation.

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Jim Brown, CFA
Former Director, Brandes Investment Group

Jim Brown is a former member of the Brandes Global Large Cap Investment Committee, having retired from the firm in 2016. Previously, he was the leader of the firm’s Financial Institutions and Utilities Research Teams. Prior to joining Brandes, Mr. Brown was a Senior Vice President with First Interstate Bank of Texas (later acquired by Wells Fargo) where he served in various capacities, including Senior Portfolio Manager, Regional Director of investments and head of Texas private banking. His professional experience also includes 10 years as an Air Force pilot.

Mr. Brown earned his BS from the United States Air Force Academy and his MBA from Harvard Business School. His relevant experience began in 1984; he was with Brandes Investment Partners from 1996 until his retirement in 2016.

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Brian Bruce
CEO and Chief Investment Officer, Hillcrest Asset Management

Brian Bruce is CEO and Chief Investment Officer (CIO) at Hillcrest Asset Management, an investment management firm specializing in applying aspects of behavioral finance. Previously, he served as CIO for Putnam/PanAgora Asset Management and President/CIO for InterCoast Investment Group. Mr. Bruce also has served as Vice President for State Street Global Advisors. He is Editor-in-Chief at The Journal of Investing and Editor at The Journal of Behavioral Finance. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago and his MS in Computer Science from DePaul University.

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Dr. Aswath Damodaran

Dr. Aswath Damodaran
Professor of Finance, New York University

Dr. Aswath Damodaran has been teaching corporate finance and valuation courses at New York University since 1986. He has received the Stern School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award (awarded by the graduating class) nine times and, in 1990, was the youngest winner of the University-wide Distinguished Teaching Award.

He earned his MBA and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests lie in valuation, portfolio management and applied corporate finance. He has written more than a dozen books and his papers have been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, The Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics among others.

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Barclay Douglas
Founder, Criterium Advisors

Founded in late 2007, Criterium Advisors is a consulting firm providing investment and strategic counsel to both institutional fund sponsors and money managers. Mr. Douglas's prior industry experience separates into three, eight-year periods. Joining Kansas City-based consultant DeMarche Associates in 1983, Mr. Douglas was the lead consultant on 19 institutional relationships. Moving to Philadelphia in 1991 to work for Delaware Investments, his role evolved by 1994 into EVP, responsible for the firm’s institutional business. In 1998, Mr. Douglas joined Baring Asset Management as President and CEO, heading their efforts in North America. His primary interests and activities over time have focused on understanding the variety of investment philosophies, approaches, and implementation strategies that correlate to superior performance in total fund portfolios, and the essential qualities within asset managers that drive their ability to generate excess returns. Mr. Douglas attended the Ohio State University and the University of Arizona, and graduated from the University of Iowa.

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Zev Frishman
Senior Strategic Advisor at Morneau Shepell Asset & Risk Management Ltd.

Zev Frishman has been with Morneau Shepell Asset & Risk Management since February 2016. He has over 40 years of investment-management experience. Previously, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer with Open Access Limited. Additionally, he was a member of the Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan investment team for 18 years.

Zev has extensive experience in all aspects of fund management – development of policies, strategic and tactical asset mix, risk management, selection of external managers, as well as internal management of global equity and overlay of derivative portfolios.

He is a regular conference speaker on a variety of investment management topics and wrote several articles for Benefits Canada, the Canadian Investment Review, the Brandes Institute, Non Profit News and others. He also received the 2010 Benefits Canada award for outstanding achievement and is on the 2010 list of “Top 25 Most Influential Plan Sponsors.”

Zev holds a B.A. in Economics and Statistics (Cum Laude) from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, a M.Sc. in Economics from the Israeli Institute of Technology and has completed Ph.D. comprehensive exams in finance at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is currently a Crown Trustee of ONE-T (Ontario Non-union Education Trust – the Principals' and Vice-Principals' Associations and other non-unionized employees Employee Life and Health Trust). He also served for 5 years as a board member and treasurer of a not-for-profit organization.

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James Herrington, CFA, CAIA
Private and Public Equity Investment Officer, West Virginia Investment Management Board

James Herrington is the Private and Public Equity Investment Officer at the West Virginia Investment Management Board (WVIMB), the state’s pension fund. He is the Head of Public Equity, a position which involves manager selection and monitoring. And he is the Head of Private Equity, with direct responsibility for building the private equity portfolio, a new program when Mr. Herrington joined WVIMB in 2008.

Mr. Herrington started his investment management career in 1985, and graduated from business school in 1992. In his professional discipline, he has worked as a securities analyst exclusively for the first seven years, a corporate credit analyst for a then top-ten international bank, and as a private client and portfolio design manager for a then billion dollar AUM registered investment advisory firm in New York City. In April 2002, he created his own company, Herrington Investment Solutions, Inc., which offers strategic solutions, portfolio management, and financial planning.

Mr. Herrington earned his BA from Emory University, with full double majors in Economics and Political Science, and his MBA from Georgia Tech, majoring in Investments. Originally from Pittsburgh, he graduated from Shady Side Academy. He holds a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh, and graduated from the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA) Institute.

Mr. Herrington volunteers with the ILPA, specifically the Education Committee. This group produces the curriculum and content for annual conferences, webcasts, and the ILPA Institute. He also serves as the co-leader of the CFA Society of Pittsburgh’s Endowments and Foundations Conference.

As a CFA charter holder, Mr. Herrington is a member of the CFA Institute and its local society in Pittsburgh. Prior to that, he had been a member of the CFA societies in Los Angeles and Orange County, and was among the founding members of, and board member for, what was then the Southern Nevada society. Mr. Herrington was a member of the New York (City) Society of Securities Analysts for over ten years, beginning right after business school. In 2015, he completed the CFA Institute’s Continuing Education Program’s 10-Year Milestone. Mr. Herrington has been named as the Secretary of the CFA Society Pittsburgh, a board-level position.

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Robert M. Maynard 
CIO, Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho

Robert M. Maynard is Chief Investment Officer for the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho. Previously he served as Deputy Executive Director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation and as Assistant Attorney General for the state of Alaska.

In addition to his duties for the Idaho Retirement System, Mr. Maynard serves on the boards of directors for a number of investment-related organizations, including the College of Western Idaho Foundation and the Boise State University Foundation. He also serves on the Board of Advisors for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation.

Mr. Maynard is also on the boards of directors of the City Club of Boise and the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation, and was a National Trustee for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Mr. Maynard graduated from Claremont Men’s (now Claremont McKenna) College and received his JD from the University of California, Davis School of Law.

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William J. Raver 
Managing Director, Alban Row Investments, LLC

After serving as Corporate Treasurer of Young & Rubicam, Inc. and Cadbury Schweppes, Inc., William J. Raver moved to the buy side of global capital markets, becoming Director of Research at Evaluation Associates, then Managing Director/Chief Operating Officer of Verizon Investment Management ($65 billion in assets under management [AUM]) and finally CEO/Chief Investment Officer of the National Railroad Retirement Investment Trust ($32 billion in AUM). Today he manages his own firm, Alban Row Investments, providing consulting and advisory services to retirement plans, endowments, foundations and money managers. He also serves as a Director or Investment Committee Member for a number of financial institutions, including a NYSE-listed insurance company. Mr. Raver holds an MBA in International Business from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (where he was a Joseph P. Wharton Fellow) and a BA in International Affairs from Lafayette College, where he has served as a trustee and alumni association president.

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Kim Shannon, CFA 
President & Chief Investment Officer, Sionna Investment Managers

Kim Shannon is the founder of Sionna Investment Managers. She is responsible for the firm’s investment strategy and corporate strategic direction. As Chief Investment Officer, she leads and motivates the portfolio managers and analysts on the investment team. Prior to founding Sionna, Ms. Shannon was Chief Investment Officer and Senior Vice President for the Canadian affiliate of a large multinational investment firm. Ms. Shannon earned her Bachelor of Commerce and Economics and her MBA at the University of Toronto and holds the CFA designation. Ms. Shannon has served on numerous community and industry boards and is the Chair of the Chartered Financial Analysts Seminar Board of Regents. She has over 28 years of experience in the industry.

Ms. Shannon was awarded the Morningstar Fund Manager of the Year for 2005. Further, Ms. Shannon was awarded the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur Award and the WXN’s Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award in 2007.

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Internal Advisory Board Members - North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific


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Mauricio Abadia
Senior Analyst

Mauricio Abadia is a Senior Analyst on the Utilities Research Team. He is also a member of the Emerging Markets Investment Committee. He is responsible for fundamental research on companies in the global electric, gas and diversified utilities sectors. Before joining Brandes, he worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte. Mr. Abadia earned his MBA with honors from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and his BS in systems engineering with distinction from the University of Virginia, and is fluent in Spanish. His experience began in 2006, and he joined Brandes Investment Partners in 2010.

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Bryan Barrett, CFA
Analyst

Bryan Barrett is an Analyst on the Industrials and Financial Institutions Research Teams, covering global capital goods and commercial services companies, as well as global banks, insurance, holding companies and capital markets firms. He is also a non-voting member of the Small Cap Investment Committee. Prior to joining Brandes, Mr. Barrett completed the Research Associate program at Brandes Investment Partners on the Financial Institutions Research Team. He earned a BA in philosophy (with honors) and a BA in economics from the University of Southern California. His relevant experience began in 2008 and he joined Brandes the same year.

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Rhonda Berger
Director, Institutional Portfolio Management

Rhonda Berger leads the firm’s Institutional Portfolio Management group, and is a member of the Investment Oversight Committee. She works with institutional clients and their consultants to provide insights and interpretation of the firm’s portfolio strategies and investment philosophy, and coordinates with Investment Committees to accommodate client-specific guidelines and consider existing portfolio allocations when implementing investment decisions.

Previously, Ms. Berger was a Product Specialist for the firm’s Mid Cap strategies. Prior to joining Brandes, she was a Managing Director in international equities with Dresdner Kleinwort Benson where she oversaw the Japanese Equity Research Sales Desk. Ms. Berger earned her BA in Economics from Wellesley College and her MBA with a concentration in Finance from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Her experience began in 1988, and she joined Brandes Investment Partners in 2002.

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Glenn R. Carlson, CFA
Executive Director

Glenn Carlson is a member of the firm’s Investment Oversight Committee, which monitors the processes and activities of the firm’s investment committees. Mr. Carlson earned his BA from the University of California, San Diego. His relevant experience began in 1983, and he joined Brandes Investment Partners in 1986.

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Anita Krishnamoorthy, CFA
Chief Executive Officer, Brandes Asia

Anita Krishnamoorthy is Chief Executive Officer for Brandes Investment Partners (Asia) Pte. Ltd. (Brandes Asia), which is headquartered in Singapore and is a sister entity of Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. She joined Brandes Investment Partners in 2015 and is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with consultants and plan sponsors in the Asia-Pacific region. She is also an analyst on the Financial Institutions Research Team, covering companies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Her relevant experience began in 2000. She was previously a Fund Manager with Value Partners Singapore, Chief Executive Officer and Senior Research Analyst with Third Avenue Singapore, and Senior Vice President with First Eagle. 

She holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor degree in Accounting (with honors) from Nanyang Technological University.

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Oliver Murray
Managing Director, Portfolio Management and Client Services

Oliver Murray is responsible for the firm’s global client service, sales and marketing efforts. He is a member of the Senior Management Team, which is responsible for the firm's day-to-day operations and long-term strategic direction. Mr. Murray also serves as Chief Executive Officer of Brandes Investment Partners’ Canadian operation, Bridgehouse Asset Managers, and is responsible for all of the firm’s Canadian functional areas.

Prior to joining Brandes, Mr. Murray was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer with Mackenzie Investments, as well as EVP Operations with Trimark Investment Management Inc. Mr. Murray is the Chair of the Ireland Fund of Canada, and is past Chair of both the Board of Directors of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada (IFIC) and FundSERV (Canada). His relevant experience began in 1996 and he joined Brandes Investment Partners in 2002.

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Dylan Turner, CFA
President and Chief Executive Officer, Brandes Investment Partners (Europe) Limited

Dylan Turner is responsible for Brandes’ business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as well as for developing and maintaining relationships with consultants and plan sponsors across EMEA.

Prior to joining Brandes, Mr. Turner was Vice President of Sales with AGF Funds Inc., serving the investment community in eastern Canada, and was an investment advisor with RBC Dominion Securities in Montreal. He holds a BComm from the University of Ottawa. His relevant experience began in 1995 and he joined Brandes Investment Partners in 2004.

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Research Director, Brandes Institute Advisory Board


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Barry M. Gillman, CFA
Research Director, Brandes Institute Advisory Board

Barry M. Gillman is the Research Director for the Brandes Institute Advisory Board. He joined Brandes Investment Partners in 2002, and was a founder of the Brandes Institute and is the firm’s former Director of Portfolio Strategies. Since 2012, he has been Principal at Longevity Financial Consulting LLC, providing consulting services to Brandes and other financial organizations worldwide.

Prior to joining Brandes, he led a global investment consulting firm and held senior positions with investment institutions in the United States and the United Kingdom. He is a graduate of Cambridge University, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. Mr. Gillman has over 40 years of investment experience, including equity and fixed-income portfolio management, marketing and business management.

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