Multi-Asset Strategy Leaders

Mohamed A. El-Erian

chair of gramercy funds management

41 Years Experience

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Dr. El-Erian is a global economist and leader in emerging markets investment and research, having previously held senior roles in investment management and international policymaking. He was on Foreign Policy’s list of Top 100 Global Thinkers for four years in a row and writes regularly for Bloomberg and the Financial Times.

As Chair of Gramercy Funds Management, Dr. El-Erian actively contributes in the following areas: (i) providing the investment team with global, regional and country perspectives on economic, market and geopolitical developments; (ii) offering insights on a range of investment-related matters (in particular, global investment trends and their immediate and longer-term impacts on emerging markets asset classes); (iii) helping to decode economic and policy developments, focusing on their potential emerging markets effects; (iv) macro themes that inform and influence individual trades and; and (v) advising on specific investment issues, including multi-asset allocations.

Dr. El-Erian was most recently CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO (2007-14), which he originally joined in 1999 to lead its emerging markets portfolio management business. Dr. El-Erian served as Chairman of the U.S. Government’s Global Development Council under President Obama, spent 15 years at the International Monetary Fund, where he was a Deputy Director, and was CEO and President of the Harvard Management Company. He also spent time as a managing director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in London. Dr. El-Erian is a member of the IMF’s External Advisory Group on Surveillance and MIT’s Visiting Committee for the Department of Economics, and sits on several non-profit boards as well as Under Armour’s and Barclays. He is the author of two best-selling books on economics and finance.

Dr. El-Erian received a B.A. and an M.A. from Cambridge University in economics, and an M.Phil and doctorate from Oxford University.

Robert Koenigsberger

Managing Partner, Chief Investment Officer

37 Years Experience | Located in Greenwich

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Mr. Koenigsberger is Founder, Chief Investment Officer and the Managing Partner of Gramercy. He founded Gramercy in 1998 with a vision for the firm to become a global, institutional investment management firm focused on emerging markets. Mr. Koenigsberger has 37 years of investment experience dedicated to emerging markets with a specialization in distressed opportunistic credit strategies.

Prior to founding Gramercy, Mr. Koenigsberger was a Senior Vice President at Lehman Brothers from 1995 to 1998, where he managed the bank’s sovereign debt restructuring group. Prior to that, he was a Vice President at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. for three years, where he traded performing and distressed emerging markets debt securities in New York, London and Hong Kong. From 1987 to 1991, he held the position of Vice President at CR-P Associates, a financial advisory firm with offices in Central and South America that led sovereign debt restructurings, debt buy-backs and debt-equity swap transactions in Latin America.

Mr. Koenigsberger is a member of the Lauder Institute’s Board of Governors at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the President’s Advisory Council at Elon University and the Chancellor’s Advisory Council at Texas Christian University. Mr. Koenigsberger was until recently a member of the Board of Trustees for the Millbrook School and served as the Chair of the Investment Committee for the Millbrook School Endowment.

Mr. Koenigsberger received a MBA in Finance from Wharton, a MA in International Studies with a concentration in Latin America from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Latin American Political Science and History of Latin America with a minor in Economics from the University of California, San Diego where he graduated with honors. Mr. Koenigsberger completed his undergraduate and graduate theses on the Historical Origins and Implications of the Latin American Debt Crisis.

Philip Meier

partner, deputy Chief Investment Officer

17 Years Experience | Located in London

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Mr. Meier brings more than 17 years of investment experience to Gramercy. He is Head of EM Debt and the Portfolio Manager of Gramercy Multi-Asset Strategy. Based out of the London office, Mr. Meier is also an integral part of expanding the firm’s coverage of CEEMEA and Asia and serves as a member of Gramercy’s Credit Investment Committee, Global Research Committee and Top-Down View Group.

Prior to joining Gramercy, Mr. Meier spent nearly five years at Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) where he was a senior member of the Emerging Markets Debt Portfolio Management Team. Mr. Meier was instrumental in developing LGIM’s emerging markets credit capabilities from inception, which grew to nearly $2 billion in dedicated funds during his tenure. Mr. Meier was the Co-Portfolio Manager of the L&G Emerging Markets Bond Fund, L&G Emerging Markets Short Duration Bond Fund and LGIM’s Emerging Markets Debt Absolute Return Strategy. The former two funds generated significant alpha in the 1, 3 and inception to date categories, and the Absolute Return Strategy had a Sharpe Ratio of 2 during his nearly 4 year management.

In addition to LGIM, Mr. Meier’s emerging markets credit experience includes time with AXA Investment Managers as Senior Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Fixed Income, in London. He began his emerging markets credit investing career with Deutsche Asset Management in Frankfurt.

Mr. Meier graduated from the European Business School in Germany and holds an MBA-equivalent (“Diplom-Kaufmann”) in Finance & Banking.

Thomas Agostino

Director, deputy Portfolio Manager 

14 Years Experience | Located in Greenwich

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Mr. Agostino has 14 years of industry experience.  He currently serves as a Deputy Portfolio Manager for Gramercy’s Multi-Asset strategies. Mr. Agostino also serves as a member of Gramercy’s Global Investment Committee and Global Research.

Prior to joining gramercy Mr. Agostino was employed by State Street Absolute Return Investment Strategies (SSARIS), a systematic macro and multi-strategy global asset manager.  At SSARIS, Mr. Agostino provided analytical support for executive management, portfolio managers, and clients.  He additionally served as a backup on the execution desk and worked with research teams to produce advanced attribution modeling for algorithmic strategy development.

Mr. Agostino received a BS in Business Administration from Bryant University, with concentrations in Finance and Actuarial Mathematics, where he graduated Cum Laude. Additionally, Mr. Agostino is a CAIA Charter holder.

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