Polar Capital Holdings plc (Polar Capital), the specialist active asset management group, has announced that Jasper Wright will join Polar Capital’s Emerging Markets and Asia team led by Jorry Nøddekær later this quarter.
Jasper will join on 1 June as a Fund Manager, after six years at Federated Hermes where he was an Associate Director in the firm’s Global Emerging Markets Equity team, with both fund manager and analyst responsibilities, specialising in Latin American and CEEMEA equities. Prior to this, he worked at Aberdeen Asset Management. He has a first-class Honours BSc in Economics from the University of St Andrews .
Polar Capital is also pleased to announce that it has engaged the services of independent research consultant Aatman Ajmera, through his company Addison Advisors, to provide investment research and advisory services to Polar Capital’s Emerging Markets and Asia team.
Based in Mumbai, Aatman started his role as an independent research consultant on 1 April, providing on-the-ground insight into potential investment opportunities in India. Previously, he was co-manager of the Nordea Asian Stars Fund at Nordea Asset Management. He holds a BA in Economics and Finance from the University of McGill and a master’s degree in Finance from the Stockholm School of Economics.
Jorry Nøddekær, Lead Fund Manager, Polar Capital Emerging Markets Stars Fund said: ‘We are very pleased to welcome Jasper to the team and to work with Aatman, who provides us with his research services. Both individuals have significant expertise in emerging market equities which will greatly support our strong track record of investing in companies in some of the most innovative and rapidly developing economies in our investment universe.
‘Having founded the team a little over five years ago, we now have six sector specialists working across a range of funds that currently have over £1.1bn of emerging market equities, as well as access to a specialist investment research consultant in India. All members of the team, as does Aatman, have a strong belief that investing in sustainable companies will generate long-term performance.’
Iain Evans, Global Head of Distribution, Polar Capital said: ‘Under Jorry’s leadership, our Emerging Markets Stars Fund has gone from strength to strength and as a consequence we’ve seen consistent and growing client demand for the investment team’s expertise. The expansion of the team will enable them to further grow their expertise in key geographies and discover those companies with significant long-term investment potential.’