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Insparo hires new chief strategist Graham Stock

Monday, September 06, 2010
Opalesque Industry Update - Insparo Asset Management (“Insparo”) has appointed emerging markets veteran Graham Stock as Chief Strategist. Graham will play a decisive role in continuing the success the firm has enjoyed since launching in 2008.

Graham will join the core management team, led by CIO Mohammed Hanif, which will be responsible for plotting the firm’s strategic investment direction as it enters its third year. Primarily, Graham will be responsible for generating trading ideas and thematic strategies to capture the opportunities presented by Africa and the Middle East’s high growth potential.

Insparo’s Africa and Middle East Fund has registered outstanding performance since launch, returning over 43% in the last 18 months and significantly outperforming the MSCI Frontier Market Index over the same period. Graham will be critical in helping the firm sustain and build on that performance in the future.

Graham brings a vast amount of frontier and emerging market experience with him to Insparo. He spent the last twelve years at JPMorgan in a range of senior roles with responsibility for areas such as CEEMEA FX Strategy in London and Latin American Sovereign Strategy in New York. For the last three years at JPMorgan, he has led an expansion of the research output and business activity in frontier markets in Africa.

Graham will be responsible for shaping Insparo’s top-down strategy in partnership with the firm’s portfolio managers. He will also lead in-country research trips, meeting with government officials and other key sources to build on the company’s existing relationships and intelligence network.

Graham’s appointment represents a further step in Insparo’s rapid growth plan. He becomes the sixth hire in the last 12 months, as Insparo has moved to reinforce its investment, operations and strategy teams.

Mohammed Hanif, Chief Investment Officer at Insparo, commented:

“With Africa and the Middle East accelerating out of the downturn faster than the vast majority of global markets, there is a wealth of opportunity available for our strategy. Identifying and capturing those opportunities early is the key to making the most out of them. Graham’s firsthand knowledge and experience of emerging markets gives us the best chance of doing that, and he will be essential for the continued success of the fund. We have enjoyed great results in our first two years, and having Graham on board will help us formulate a strategy that will keep us ahead of the crowd. I’m delighted to welcome him to our team.”

Graham Stock added:

“I have long admired the professionalism and dedication of the team at Insparo and I am excited to be joining them for the next stage of the company’s expansion. I am convinced that the frontier markets of Africa and the Middle East offer very attractive investment opportunities, particularly when deploying Insparo’s multi-strategy approach, and look forward to adding value for the fund’s investors.”

(press release)

Insparo Asset Management, founded in July 2007 is a UK-based limited liability company, whose investment team has collectively 40 years of emerging markets experience, focused on esoteric investments. The firm is backed and sponsored by institutions with a proven performance track record as well as first class business management experience. Insparo Asset Management Ltd is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Services Authority. Source


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