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Investment Team

Global EM & EM Mid Cap

Edward Robertson Founding Partner & Manager, Global EM & EM Mid Cap

Edward is the Lead Manager of the Global EM and Mid Cap products and manages the investment team. He worked in Hong Kong and London before joining Lloyd George Management in 1999 where, along with Jacob Rees-Mogg, he built the Emerging Market products. He also ran the top performing Russian Fund – SIBINCo. He co-founded Somerset Capital along with Jacob Rees-Mogg and Dominic Johnson in April 2007. Edward graduated from the University of East Anglia.

Anthony Linehan Co-manager, Global EM Mid Cap & Assistant Manager, Global EM

Anthony joined Somerset in 2013 and works as a Senior Analyst on Asia. He has fifteen years’ experience of investing in emerging markets, having worked as a fund manager and analyst at F&C Asset Management where he managed a range of Asian equity portfolios for institutional clients. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh where he read Economics & Politics, and is a CFA Charterholder.

Dhawal Mehta Senior Analyst & Assistant Manager, Global EM & EM Mid Cap

Dhawal joined Somerset in September 2014 as a Senior Analyst covering India in our Singapore office. He has 15 years’ experience in investing in emerging markets, most recently as manager of the Indian Equity Growth Fund at Reliance Asset Management. He graduated from Mumbai University, where he read Mathematics, and is a CFA Charterholder. He has also completed a PGDM in Finance, and is a graduate of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

EM Dividend Growth & Asian Income

Mark Williams Co-Manager, EM Dividend Growth & Asian Income

Mark Williams is Co-Manager of the EM Dividend Growth and Asian Income Strategies. He joined Somerset Capital in 2020 from Liontrust Investment Partners where he was Head of Asia Pacific Equities and Co-Manager of the Liontrust Asia Income Fund, which he launched with Carolyn Chan and Shashank Savla in 2012. Prior to Liontrust he specialised in Asian Equity mandates at Occam and F&C where he ran the flagship Asia Pacific Growth Funds. Mark has over 27 years’ portfolio management experience.

Kumar Pandit Co-Manager, EM Dividend Growth

Kumar Pandit is a partner at Somerset Capital and Co-Manager of the EM Dividend Growth Strategy. He joined Somerset Capital in January 2011 (our very first external hire for the investment team) and has expertise across global emerging markets with a particular emphasis on EMEA, Frontier Markets and Latin America. Kumar graduated from Kingston University where he read Computer Science and Business Studies and is a CFA Charterholder.

Carolyn Chan Co-Manager, Asian Income

Carolyn Chan joined Somerset Capital in 2020 as Co-Manager of the Asian Income Strategy. She started her career in 1992 with WI Carr Securities and spent 18 years in Asian equity sales at ING Barings, Citigroup and Daiwa Securities. Carolyn moved over to the buy-side in 2010 with Hampton Investment Management, before joining Liontrust in 2012 to launch the Asia Income Fund with Mark Williams.

Shashank Salva Senior Analyst, Asian Income

Shashank Savla is Assistant Manager of the Asian Income Strategy and has over 16 years’ experience in financial markets. Shashank started as a research analyst at J.P. Morgan in 2004 covering the Equity Strategy and Consumer sectors. He then joined Mark Williams at Occam in 2010 and transferred to Liontrust Asset Management in 2011. Shashank holds a postgraduate diploma in Management (MBA) from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and is a CFA Charterholder.

Andrew Stone Analyst, EM Dividend Growth

Andrew Stone joined Somerset Capital as a Senior Analyst on the Dividend Growth Strategy in the summer of 2020. He holds a BA in History from Cambridge University and a post-graduate diploma in Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics. His experience includes working as a strategic advisor to Playtech PLC management, consulting for global hedge fund Lansdowne Partners, in addition to analyst and associate positions at GLG Partners and Morgan Stanley.

Thomas Hartley DG Analyst

Thomas graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2008 where he read Natural Sciences. He has 6 years’ experience in consulting in the technology and financial services sectors. He joined the Investment team in September 2015.

Sarah Shiels DG Associate

Sarah graduated from the University of Newcastle having read Politics and Sociology. She joined Somerset in March 2015 and is an associate for the DG portfolio manager assisting him in all areas of the business. Prior to joining SCM she was an assistant to the Chairman and Managing Director of Cartier U.K.

Edward Lam Partner, EM Dividend Growth

Edward is a Partner at Somerset Capital Management.

EM Small Cap & EM SMID Cap

Mark Asquith Manager, EM Small Cap & EM SMID Cap

Mark is the Lead Manager of our Small Cap and Small Mid Cap strategies, having joined Somerset in 2007. Previously he worked at Lloyd George Management, where he was instrumental in helping to build the smaller companies product along with Edward Robertson and Jacob Rees-Mogg. He also had a focus on Latin America. Mark graduated from St Andrew’s University prior to joining Lloyd George.

Henrietta Seligman Co-manager, EM Small Cap & Assistant Manager, EM SMID Cap

Henrietta is co-manager for the Small Cap Strategy, having worked with Mark Asquith on the product as Fund Assistant for a number of years. She joined Somerset Capital in 2011 and covered EMEA for five years before rotating coverage to Asia. She graduated from St. Anne’s College, Oxford in 2010, where she read Classics.

Christopher White Co-Manager, EM SMID Cap & Assistant Manager, EM Small Cap

Christopher is co-manager of the Small Mid Cap Strategy, having worked with Mark and Henrietta on the Small & Small Mid Cap Strategies since 2018. Christopher joined Somerset as an analyst covering EMEA in August 2016, having completed an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated from the school’s Value Investing Program. He previously worked in investment banking for Goldman Sachs in London. Christopher graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford in 2010, where he read Classics. He is a CFA charterholder.

China

Min Chen Manager, China Strategy

Min Chen is Portfolio Manager of the China Strategy, having joined Somerset in November 2020. He has extensive portfolio management and research experience in China, having previously managed the long-only China equities Strategy at Dymon Asia and the China portion of the GEM account at RWC Partners. He has also previously been in charge of China research at Everest Capital and Arisaig Partners since 2006. Min has completed an MBA at Yale in 2006, and is a participant of Executive MBA programme at Tsinghua PBC School of Finance.

Lilian Tai Analyst, China Strategy

Lilian Tai joined Somerset in November 2020 as a China analyst. She has been focused on China research since 2011, having most recently worked with Min Chen at Dymon Asia where she focused on bottom up ESG analysis of Chinese equities. She graduated from the University of Southampton where she read Mathematics with Actuarial Science. She is fluent in Mandarin, English and Malay and is a CFA charter holder.

Dave Heng Senior Analyst, China

Dave graduated from Nanyang Technological University in 2015 where he read Accountancy. He joined the team via the internship programme, and covers Asia from the Singapore office.

Frontier Markets

George Birch Reynardson Manager, Frontier Markets

George joined Somerset as an analyst when it was founded in 2007. He moved to Singapore in 2010 to cover ASEAN and Asian frontier markets. In 2013, he returned to London to take on coverage of global frontier markets. He now manages the Frontier Strategy, which was launched in December 2013. George graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford, and holds an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Fergus Argyle Assistant Manager, Frontier

Fergus re-joined Somerset Capital in August 2020, after four years with the firm (2014-18) as working partner. He previously spent two years as investment manager at Mobius Capital Partners. Before Somerset he worked as an analyst at Blackrock in London & New York, and Herald Investment Management a technology fund. He graduated from Oxford University and studied in Damascus & Yemen.

Analysts

Vijai Atal Analyst, Frontier Markets

Vijai received an MBA from INSEAD, France, in 2018 and graduated from Duke University, USA, in 2011 where he read international relations and economics. He covers global frontier markets from the London office.

Ariadne Baden-Powell Analyst, EMEA

Ariadne joined Somerset in July 2015 via our internship programme and currently works as a Junior Analyst covering EMEA. Ariadne graduated from CASS Business School in 2015 with an MSc in Investment Management, and previously graduated from the London School of Economics.

Sherwin Chan Analyst, Asia

Sherwin joined Somerset in 2016 via the internship programme, and covers Asia from the Singapore office. He graduated from the University College of London in 2015 where he read Economics and has completed level 3 of the CFA.

Scott Oh Senior Analyst, Asia

Scott joined Somerset in 2019 as a Senior Analyst on Asia from our Singapore Office. He has ten years’ experience investing in emerging markets, having previously worked as a senior analyst at Ivaldi Capital and Artha Capital covering TMT and North Asia. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania where he read Systems Engineering.

Olivia Seddon-Daines Sustainability Specialist

Olivia joined Somerset in November 2019 from capital markets think tank, New Financial. She has a background in Social Anthropology and significant experience leading and communicating original research on a wide range of global governance issues (notably climate change and diversity) to public and private sector audiences. Olivia graduated from Jesus College, Cambridge, and holds an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Jovan Yeow Senior Analyst

Jovan joined Somerset in 2020 as a Senior Analyst on Asia from our Singapore office. He has 4 years of experience covering Asia during his time at Capital Group. He graduated from Nanyang Technological University where he read Accountancy, and is a CFA Charterholder.

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