Prior to the launch of Asteria Investment Managers, Katia Coudray spent more than seven years with Banque SYZ as head of asset management, a member of the group’s management committee, and head of the investment division. Before joining SYZ, she spent 11 years at Union Bancaire Privée as a member of the asset management division and the executive management team. This allowed her to develop and lead numerous departments such as multi-management, advisory, as well as the product innovation platform.
Angela Maragkopoulou is the CIO of B2B at Deutsche Telekom IT GmbH. Angela originally joined the Deutsche Telekom IT GmbH in 2019 to drive the agile transformation in the Telekom IT GmbH. Angela graduated with a MBA and Msc in Electronics, Radioelectrology and Core Data Science from the National Kapoditrian University of Athens. Angela is an Award-Winner, Lean-Agile Leader and World-leading IoT Technologist.
Ben Ritchie is the Head of European Equities at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Ben originally joined Aberdeen Asset Management in 2002 on the graduate scheme.
Ben graduated with a BA (Hons) in Modern History and Politics from Pembroke College, University of Oxford and is a CFA Charterholder.
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Topic: Europe in 2020: a perfect market for stock pickers
Ben will discuss why Europe remains a perfect market for well-resourced stock-pickers. How its currently unloved status gives the opportunity to find compelling mispriced investment opportunities and how our highly experienced team, world class research platform and integrated ESG capability makes us extremely well positioned to take advantage. Investment in Europe also demands a highly selective approach and our focus on true “best ideas” means we remain very enthusiastic about the portfolio’s prospects despite the macro-economic environment. This stems from our companies benefiting from powerful structural drivers such as demographic change, enabling attractive upside capture. While our focus on strong balance sheets, ESG risks and sustainable business models lends downside protection, a particularly desirable characteristic in today’s uncertain and late cycle market.
Andrew joined Hermes in April 2017 as Head of Fixed Income. He is responsible for leading the strategic development of Hermes’ credit and direct lending investment teams, and developing a multi-asset credit offering capable of accessing all areas of the global credit markets for pension funds and other long-term institutional investors.
Andrew joined from Cairn Capital, where he was Chief Investment Officer. In this role, Andrew was responsible for the development of the asset management business, which included designing new products and managing the investment teams, including strategy, portfolio management and research. He has managed assets across the spectrum of global credit and fixed income. He was previously vice president within the European credit structuring team at Bank of America and has held roles with Fitch Ratings and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Andrew holds a BSc degree in Mathematics & Theoretical Physics from Kings College London.