Emerging Markets Equity

Strategy Focus (as of 9/30/2017)

Our Emerging Markets Equity Strategy is a concentrated portfolio of our best ideas across emerging markets. It is invested in at least five sectors at all times and can have a maximum 20% absolute overweight relative to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

Portfolio Management

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Matthew Benkendorf

Chief Investment Officer

20 years of investment experience

18 years with Vontobel


Mr. Benkendorf joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in October 1999 in trade support. After being promoted to trader in 2000, Mr. Benkendorf became a research analyst in 2002 and moved into portfolio management in 2006 as deputy portfolio manager of Vontobel’s European Equity Strategy. In 2008 Mr. Benkendorf continued to grow in his portfolio management role becoming lead portfolio manager of European Equity and deputy portfolio manager of Global Equity and in 2010 became deputy portfolio manager of the Vontobel U.S. Equity Strategy ultimately becoming lead portfolio manager in 2012. As a co-architect of Vontobel’s quality growth philosophy and style and proven success in managing Vontobel’s strategies he was named Chief Investment Officer in March 2016. Mr. Benkendorf received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in finance from the University of Denver.

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Brian Bandsma

Deputy Portfolio Manager

19 years of investment experience

15 years with Vontobel


Mr. Bandsma joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in November 2002 as a senior research analyst. Mr. Bandsma focuses on researching companies in the Information Technology, Financial, Telecom Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors. In 2013, in addition to his research responsibilities he was promoted to deputy portfolio manager of the Vontobel Far East Equity Strategy and became the lead portfolio manager of the strategy in 2016 while also becoming deputy portfolio manager on the firm’s Emerging Markets Equity Strategy. In addition to his portfolio management duties, Mr. Bandsma continues to conduct research analysis on individual stocks which may be included in the firm’s other strategies. This is consistent with the investment team structure at Vontobel. Prior to joining Vontobel, Mr. Bandsma began his financial career in 1998 at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co where he was a senior associate and analyst until 2002. He received an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in finance from Grand Valley State University.

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Jin Zhang, CFA

Deputy Portfolio Manager

17 years of investment experience

12 years with Vontobel


Mr. Zhang joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in November 2005 as a senior research analyst and was promoted to deputy portfolio manager of the firm’s Emerging Markets Equity Strategy in June 2016. In additional to his portfolio management responsibilities Mr. Zhang maintains his research responsibilities focusing on the consumer staples and financial sectors. Prior to joining Vontobel, from 2000 to 2005, he was an equity analyst at Lehman Brothers. He began his financial career in 1995 working in the finance department of General Electric (China) where he graduated from the Financial Management Program in 1998. Mr. Zhang received an M.B.A. in financial management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in economics from Beijing University. Jin Zhang is a CFA® charterholder.

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Mr. Benkendorf joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in October 1999 in trade support. After being promoted to trader in 2000, Mr. Benkendorf became a research analyst in 2002 and moved into portfolio management in 2006 as deputy portfolio manager of Vontobel’s European Equity Strategy. In 2008 Mr. Benkendorf continued to grow in his portfolio management role becoming lead portfolio manager of European Equity and deputy portfolio manager of Global Equity and in 2010 became deputy portfolio manager of the Vontobel U.S. Equity Strategy ultimately becoming lead portfolio manager in 2012. As a co-architect of Vontobel’s quality growth philosophy and style and proven success in managing Vontobel’s strategies he was named Chief Investment Officer in March 2016. Mr. Benkendorf received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in finance from the University of Denver.

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Mr. Bandsma joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in November 2002 as a senior research analyst. Mr. Bandsma focuses on researching companies in the Information Technology, Financial, Telecom Services and Consumer Discretionary sectors. In 2013, in addition to his research responsibilities he was promoted to deputy portfolio manager of the Vontobel Far East Equity Strategy and became the lead portfolio manager of the strategy in 2016 while also becoming deputy portfolio manager on the firm’s Emerging Markets Equity Strategy. In addition to his portfolio management duties, Mr. Bandsma continues to conduct research analysis on individual stocks which may be included in the firm’s other strategies. This is consistent with the investment team structure at Vontobel. Prior to joining Vontobel, Mr. Bandsma began his financial career in 1998 at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co where he was a senior associate and analyst until 2002. He received an M.B.A. in finance and accounting from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in finance from Grand Valley State University.

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Mr. Zhang joined Vontobel Asset Management, Inc., in November 2005 as a senior research analyst and was promoted to deputy portfolio manager of the firm’s Emerging Markets Equity Strategy in June 2016. In additional to his portfolio management responsibilities Mr. Zhang maintains his research responsibilities focusing on the consumer staples and financial sectors. Prior to joining Vontobel, from 2000 to 2005, he was an equity analyst at Lehman Brothers. He began his financial career in 1995 working in the finance department of General Electric (China) where he graduated from the Financial Management Program in 1998. Mr. Zhang received an M.B.A. in financial management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a B.A. in economics from Beijing University. Jin Zhang is a CFA® charterholder.

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