Team EMM
VanEck's Emerging Markets Equity 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 portfolios of small- and mid-cap stocks. David Semple, a veteran of emerging markets investing, is the primary portfolio manager, and he is supported by Angus Shillington, Patricia Gonzalez, Ola El-Shawarby, and Dominic Jacobson.
David A. Semple David Semple
David A. Semple
  • Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets Equity Strategy
  • Oversees the Emerging Markets Equity team; responsible for company research, stock selection, and portfolio construction
  • Investment Management Team member since 1998
  • Prior to joining VanEck, served on the team sub-advising VanEck's Emerging Markets VIP Insurance Fund at Peregrine Asset Management (Hong Kong)
  • Previously held regional strategy and regional sales positions at Peregrine Brokerage (Hong Kong)
  • Formerly a portfolio manager specializing in Asian equity markets at Murray Johnstone (Glasgow)
  • Member of the Association of Investment Management and Research (AIMR); member of the CFA Institute
  • Media appearances include CNBC, Bloomberg, and NPR; quoted in Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Barron's, among others
  • Bachelor of Law with Honors, University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

Angus Shillington Angus Shillington
Angus Shillington
  • Deputy Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets Equity Strategy
  • Responsible for company research and stock selection; covers Asia/Broad EME
  • Investment Management Team member since 2009
  • Prior to joining VanEck, headed International Equity for ABN AMRO; responsible for equity cash and derivative distribution to North American institutions
  • Earlier career experience includes several senior roles in research, sales, trading, and portfolio management with a focus on the Asian and European markets for BNP Paribas (NY/LA), UBS Securities (Hong Kong), and Hill Samuel/BLW (Edinburgh)

Ola El-Shawarby, CFA Ola El-Shawarby
Ola El-Shawarby, CFA
  • Deputy Portfolio Manager for the Emerging Markets Equity Strategy
  • Specializes in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region of emerging markets
  • Investment Management Team member since 2017
  • Prior to joining VanEck, Director and Investment Analyst at Caravel Management LLC, responsible for identifying and analyzing investment ideas and economic and political evaluations of growth and risk for Middle East, North Africa, and Emerging Europe equities and companies
  • Previously Private Equity Summer Fellow at Kaust Investment Management Company, helping to set the private equity investment strategy for the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology Endowment
  • Prior to this, held several roles at EFG-Hermes Asset Management, including Analyst, Vice President, and Portfolio Manager
  • CFA charterholder; member of the CFA Society Egypt
  • MBA, Harvard Business School
  • BA (summa cum laude), Business Administration (concentration in Finance), The American University in Cairo (Egypt)
  • BS, Political Science (minor in Economics), Cairo University (Egypt)

Patricia Gonzalez Patricia Gonzalez
Patricia Gonzalez
  • Senior Analyst for the Emerging Markets Equity Strategy
  • Specializes in Latin America and Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA)
  • Investment Management Team member since 2014
  • Prior to joining VanEck, a financial analyst at Newgate Capital Management; specialized in Latin America and EMEA financial sectors
  • Previously a financial controller at Anystream Media Inc. (formerly Cauldron Solutions); actively involved in the merger of Cauldron Solutions/Anystream Inc.
  • Formerly held an associate corporate finance position at Scotia Bank and a financial analyst position at Grupo BBVA (Venezuela)
  • MBA, Loyola University
  • BA, Economics, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello (Venezuela)