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Investment Teams

Van Eck Emerging Markets Investment Team Photo
Van Eck's emerging markets investment team seeks secular growth trends, such as domestic consumption, that contribute materially to the economic health of the emerging markets. The strategy often results in a portfolio of small- and mid-cap stocks. David Semple, a veteran of emerging markets investing, is the Fund's portfolio manager, and he is supported by Angus Shillington, David Feygenson, and Patricia Gonzalez. 
David A. Semple
David A. Semple
  • Joined Van Eck in 1998
  • Serves as Portfolio Manager of Emerging Markets Fund and Van Eck VIP Emerging Markets Fund; responsible for asset allocation and stock selection in global emerging markets
  • From 1996 to 1998, served as Sub-Advisory Co-Portfolio Manager of Van Eck VIP Emerging Markets Fund at Peregrine Asset Management  
  • From 1993 to 1998, a Regional Strategist at Peregrine Brokerage
  • Prior to 1993, Head of Emerging Markets at Murray Johnstone, a United Kingdom investment management company; also an investment manager specializing in Asian equity markets
  • Member of Association of Investment Management & Research since 1993       
  • Ranked among top Asia strategists by Institutional Investor, 1996  
  • Bachelor of Law with Honors, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1985; post-graduate work, 1985-1986

Angus Schillington
Angus Shillington
  • Joined Van Eck in 2009
  • Serves as Deputy Portfolio Manager of Emerging Markets Fund and Van Eck VIP Emerging Markets Fund, with a broad focus on global emerging market equity investment strategies
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, served as Head of International Equity for ABN AMRO, responsible for restructuring Asian and European equity cash and derivative distribution to North American institutions
  • Earlier career experience includes several senior roles in research sales, trading, sales trading and portfolio management with a focus on the Asian and European markets for BNP Paribas, UBS Securities and Hill Samuel/BLW in offices based in New York, Los Angeles, Hong Kong and Edinburgh
  • Holds FINRA Series 7, 9, 11, 24 and 63 licenses

David Feygenson
David Feygenson
  • Joined Van Eck in 2014
  • Serves as Senior Analyst on the emerging markets equity team primarily focusing on the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia regions
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, served as Senior Analyst at Mirae Asset Global Investments (Mirae) focusing on company specific research in EMEA used across Mirae’s long-only strategies globally. In addition, served as Portfolio Manager on a country and two regional strategies (Russia, Eastern Europe and EMEA)
  • From 2008 to 2010, Research Associate at Wellington Management Co. Assisted in managing long-only emerging markets equity products focusing on retail, media, and food and beverage sectors in EMEA and Latin America
  • Fluent in Russian; proficient in Spanish
  • MS, Finance and Economics, with Merit, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2004; BS, Economics, Magna Cum Laude, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, 2002

Patricia Gonzalez
Patricia Gonzalez
  • Joined Van Eck in 2014
  • Currently serves as Investment Analyst for the Emerging Markets Fund and Van Eck VIP Emerging Markets Fund with a specialized focus on the Latin America and Emerging Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) regions
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, worked at Newgate Capital Management as a Financial Analyst specializing in Latin America and EMEA financial sectors; from 2004 to 2007 was a Financial Controller at Anystream Media Inc. (formerly Cauldron Solutions) and was actively involved in the mergers of Cauldron Solutions with Anystream Inc.; from 2002 to 2003 was employed by Scotia Bank as an Associate of Corporate Finance and from 1996 to 1998, worked as a Financial Analyst for Grupo BBV in Venezuela
  • MBA, Loyola University, 2000; BA, Economics, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Venezuela, 1995