Van Eck Global - Since 1955

Investment Teams

Van Eck Hard Assets Investment Team Photo

Van Eck is a recognized global hard assets specialist. We employ a fundamental, value-oriented approach within a strong risk-management culture. Hard assets investing is our core competency, and it is supported by a dedicated team of investment professionals that includes three formally trained geologists (Reynolds, Foster and Miller).

Jan F. van Eck
Jan F. van Eck
  • Joined Van Eck in 1992
  • Heads alternative, international and institutional businesses for Van Eck
  • Also heads Van Eck's Market Vectors ETF business, which was launched in 2006
  • Has created a variety of international, emerging markets, and commodity-related investment strategies in mutual fund, ETF, and alternative investment formats
  • Serves as portfolio manager and investment committee co-chair for the Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund and the Van Eck VIP Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund 
  • 2013 Finalist for Fund Leader of the Year, Institutional Investor's Mutual Fund Industry Awards
  • From 1994 to 1998, established a fund management joint venture with Shenyin Wanguo Securities, one of the largest securities firms in China
  • Fellowship at The Council of Institutional Investors, focusing on shareholder rights, 1990
  • JD, Stanford University, 1991; BA (Phi Beta Kappa), Economics, Williams College, 1985

Stephen Scott
Stephen Scott
  • Joined Van Eck in 2009
  • Serves as portfolio manager and investment committee co-chair for the Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund and the Van Eck VIP Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, founding member and principal of Explorer Alternative Management LLC, a hedge fund manager search and selection firm
  • Founding member and general partner of the Pinnacle Fund, a multi-manager investment limited partnership. Subsequent to the acquisition of Pinnacle, formed Highland Partners LLC and in 1998, served as the managing general partner of The Highlander Fund and the Highlander Opportunity Fund LP
  • BS, Administration, University of Florida

Michael F. Mazier
Michael F. Mazier
  • Joined Van Eck in 2007
  • Serves as Portfolio Manager and Fixed Income Strategist for Van Eck's Market Vectors fixed income exchange-traded funds; responsible for portfolio strategy, market analysis, quantitative analysis and other research
  • Also serves as an investment committee member for the Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund and the Van Eck VIP Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund 
  • Experience prior to joining Van Eck: Morgan Stanley, Fixed Income Research Department, Bond Analyst; MSCI-Barra, developed fixed income indexes; Morgan Stanley IT Department, developed fixed income analytics; Merrill Lynch, Vice President, covered closed-end funds and recommended fixed income strategies; Citicorp Investment Services, Product Manager; General Electric, Electrical Engineer, designed hardware for military satellites
  • Quoted in various media, including Business Week, The Bond Buyer, Barron’s, Bloomberg News and Reuters
  • MBA, Columbia Business School, 1990; MS, Computer Engineering, Villanova University, 1986; BS, Electrical Engineering, Syracuse University, 1983

David Schassler
David Schassler
  • Joined Van Eck in 2012
  • Serves as Director of Manager Research and investment committee member for the Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund and the Van Eck VIP Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund. Responsible for the manager search and selection
  • Earlier career positions include Director and Portfolio Manager within the UBS Portfolio Strategy Group, responsible for a multi-manager portfolio of assets for domestic-based clients. Also held roles at Oppenheimer & Co. and Georgeson Inc.
  • MBA, Finance, New York University, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, 2012; BS, Business Economics, Cortland College, 2003

John Lau
John Lau
  • Joined Van Eck in 2007
  • Serves as fund analyst for the Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund and the Van Eck VIP Multi-Manager Alternatives Fund; responsible for supporting the research of alternative investment strategies and portfolio analytics
  • Prior to his current role, served as settlements supervisor for Van Eck
  • BS, Business Administration, with concentration in Financial Analysis, SUNY Buffalo

Marc Freed
Marc Freed
  • Joined Van Eck in 2012
  • Serves as Portfolio Manager for the Long/Short Equity Fund
  • Developed the True Alpha® rating and ranking methodology, patented in April 2010
  • In the 10 years prior to joining Van Eck, managed fund of hedge fund portfolios at Lyster Watson & Co. in New York
  • Co-founded Deutsche Bank’s Franchise Finance Group in 1996 and developed proprietary fixed income pricing models and structured commercial mortgage transactions 
  • Spent early career years running Salomon Brothers NY trading desk for U.S. Government zero coupon bonds (CATS® and STRIPS®), creating and managing Salomon’s UK Gilt trading desk in London, and managing the European government bond trading desk of Morgan Grenfell in London
  • MS, Management, Sloan School at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1982; BA, Mathematics & Economics, Brown University, 1975
  • Passed oral and written doctoral exams in Economics at NYU Stern School of Business, 1994

Ben McMillan
Ben McMillan
  • Joined Van Eck in 2012
  • Serves as Deputy Portfolio Manager for the Long/Short Equity Fund 
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, he worked at Lyster Watson & Co. where he was a quantitative analyst and responsible for the computation and production of the hedge fund strategy indices and maintained and developed the models associated with a series of long/short equity investment strategies 
  • Previously, while at American Express, he held a quantitative role in risk management, developing acquisition risk and profitability decisioning  
  • MSc, in Econometrics, London School of Economics, (2003); BA & MA in Economics, Boston University, (2001)