Speakers List - Fund Selector Summit Channel Islands 2019


Aneeka Gupta

Associate Director, Research


Aneeka Gupta is Associate Director of Research at WisdomTree. Prior to the acquisition of ETF Securities in April 2018, Aneeka worked as an Equity & Commodities Strategist at the company. Aneeka has 13 years of experience working as a Research Analyst across a wide range of asset classes. In her current role she is responsible for conducting analysis for all in-house commodity and macro publications and assisting the sales team with client queries around products and markets. Prior to ETF Securities, Aneeka began her career as an equity analyst at Bear Stearns International Ltd in London. She also worked as an Equity Sales Trader at Sunrise Brokers across US and Pan European Exchanges. Before that she worked as an Equity Derivatives Sales Manager at Mashreq Bank in Dubai. Aneeka holds a Bsc in Mathematics from the University of Delhi and a Masters in Mathematics from Oxford University and is also a CFA Charterholder.

Joseph J. Urciuoli

Managing Director and Head of Research

Principal Global Investors

Mr. Urciuoli joined Spectrum in 1998 as a fixed income analyst and most recently held the position of Senior Vice President and Director of Research until his appointment to Managing Director in January 2010. Prior to joining Spectrum, Mr. Urciuoli was an analyst and assistant portfolio manager in the Investment Division of Presidential Life Insurance where he was instrumental in reviewing and recommending investment in high grade corporates, structured products and preferred securities for the general account. Mr. Urciuoli started his career in 1980 as a leisure time equity analyst for six years at Standard & Poor's, responsible for companies in the gaming, motion picture, lodging and recreation industries. Mr. Urciuoli also was a generalist in the Securities Division managing IPO and secondary equity issuance seeking listing on the American Stock Exchange, and manager of business valuations at American Appraisal Associates, where he was principally involved in LBO analyses, debt and equity capital valuations and rendering fairness opinions. Mr. Urciuoli holds a BA/MBA (Finance) from Long Island University.



Andrew Acheson

Co-Portfolio Manager, Amundi Pioneer Asset Management


Andrew Acheson is a Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, and Director of the US Growth team based in Boston. He works with a team of portfolio managers who specialize in large- and mid-cap growth equities. As Portfolio Manager, he focuses on large-cap growth equity strategies, and specializes in fundamental research, security selection, portfolio construction and risk management. Andrew has been actively managing U.S. equity portfolios since 1994, and was a Captain in The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars. He served in the UK, Germany and the Middle East, including Gulf War I; and holds an MBA from Cranfield School of Management, England.

Richard 'Dickie' Hodges

Head of Unconstrained Fixed

Nomura Asset Management

Dickie Hodges’ Fixed Income asset management career stretches back some 31 years. He joined Nomura Asset Management in 2014 to launch the Global Dynamic Bond Fund, prior to which he managed the L&G Dynamic Bond Trust for 7 years. He also spent 18 years at Gartmore, where he was Head of Pan European Portfolio Construction with responsibility for European bond funds.

Andrew Draycott

Portfolio Manager

Coupland Cardiff Asset Management

Andy has been with Coupland Cardiff Asset Management LLP (CCAM) since 2008 and is responsible for managing the CC Indian Subcontinent Fund, launched in 2018. Prior to this Andy worked on the CC Asia Alpha Fund as deputy to Angus Coupland and the CC Asian Evolution Fund, from 2010.

Prior to CCAM Andy spent 3 years in Hong Kong with Macquarie Securities, and before that Merrill Lynch Asia, and TT investment Management on the Asian desk in 2001.

Andy was appointed a member of CCAM in 2014.