Van Eck Global - Since 1955

Investment Teams

Van Eck Hard Assets Investment Team Photo
Van Eck Global is a recognized hard assets specialist, and the hard assets team employs 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).  
Charles T. Cameron
Charles T. Cameron
  • Co-Portfolio Manager for the Global Hard Assets strategy
  • Oversees the Hard Assets Equity team; responsible for macro analysis and portfolio construction including exposure management and sector positioning
  • Directs trade execution, specializing in commodity spread construction and directional trades; also oversees trading for Gold Equity and Emerging Markets Equity strategies
  • Investment Management Team member since 1995
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, a trader at Standard Chartered; specialized in Eurobond and emerging markets fixed income securities
  • Formerly held trading positions at various sell-side firms; specialized in commodity and fixed income securities
  • MBA, Finance, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University; BS, Finance, Boston College

Shawn Reynolds
Shawn Reynolds
  • Co-Portfolio Manager for the Global Hard Assets strategy
  • Oversees the Hard Assets Equity team; responsible for company analysis; specializes in energy companies
  • Investment Management Team member since 2005
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, an energy analyst at Petrie Parkman & Co.; covered U.S. oil and gas exploration and production companies
  • Previously an analyst at Goldman Sachs, Lehman Brothers (Australia), and Credit Suisse First Boston (London); covered North American, European, and global energy companies
  • Formerly an exploration geologist at Tenneco Oil Company
  • Former board member of several private Latin American oil and gas exploration and production companies
  • Current President of the Board of Trustees at the Rumson Country Day School; member of the Riverview Medical Center Board of Trustees
  • Media appearances include CNBC; quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Bloomberg Businessweek, among others
  • Contributing author for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists 
  • MBA (Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society), Finance, Columbia Business School; MA (Phi Kappa Phi), Petroleum Geology, University of Texas, Austin; BS, Engineering, Cornell University

Joe Foster 2010
Joseph M. Foster
  • Portfolio Manager for the Gold Equity strategy
  • Senior Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Precious Metals
  • Oversees the Gold Equity team; responsible for asset allocation, company research, and stock selection
  • Investment Management Team member since 1996
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, 14 years of dedicated experience in geology and mining; conceived and led key mine site and exploration programs
  • Previously a senior geologist at Pinson Mining Company; managed geology department; responsible for exploration, mine life extension through gold reserve discoveries, and coordinating projects with other mining departments
  • Formerly a mine exploration geologist with Pinson Mining and an exploration geologist at Lacana Gold Inc. (Reno, Nevada); planned and supervised the firms’ exploration drilling
  • Media appearances include CNBC, Reuters, and Bloomberg Television; quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Barron's, among others
  • Contributing author for Mining Engineering, Society of Economic Geology, and Geological Society of Nevada 
  • MBA, University of Nevada-Reno; MS, Geology, Mackey School of Mines; BS (magna cum laude), Geology, Tennessee Technological University

Imaru Casanova
Imaru Casanova
  • Senior Analyst for the Gold Equity strategy; specializes in Gold and Precious Metals; also serves on the investment team for the firm's Global Hard Assets strategy
  • Investment Management Team member since 2011
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, Managing Director and Senior Equity Research Analyst at McNicoll Lewis & Vlak; established the firm's metals and mining research department; specialized in undercovered and undiscovered precious metals companies
  • Previously an equity research analyst at Barnard Jacobs Mellet USA and BMO Capital Markets covering the gold mining sector
  • Formerly held positions as production technologist, offshore wellsite supervisor, and petroleum engineer for Shell Exploration and Production (Venezuela)
  • Media appearances include CNBC; quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, USA Today, Investor’s Business Daily and Reuters, among others
  • MS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University; BS (magna cum laude), Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Samuel R. Halpert
Samuel R. Halpert
  • Senior Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Agriculture, Coal, Steel, Tankers, and Timber
  • Investment Management Team member since 2000
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, an analyst/trader for $50 million global macro hedge fund at Goldman Sachs & Co.
  • Previously Vice President of institutional futures sales at Salomon Smith Barney; covered Steinhardt, Omega, Kingdon Capital, Soros Fund Management and Tudor
  • Earlier career experience includes institutional futures sales at Refco
  • Quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Markets, and USA Today, among others
  • AB, English Literature, Harvard University

Gregory F. Krenzer, CFA
Gregory F. Krenzer, CFA
  • Senior Trader for the Global Hard Assets strategy; also supports trading for the Gold Equity and Emerging Markets Equity strategies
  • Co-Portfolio Manager for the Commodity Index strategy
  • Oversees trade construction and execution, with extensive experience in commodities, natural resource equities, and global fixed income
  • Investment Management Team member since 1994
  • CFA charterholder; member of the New York Society of Security Analysts
  • BS (Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society), Finance (minor in Economics), Syracuse University

Charl P. de M. Malan
Charl P. de M. Malan
  • Senior Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Base and Industrial Metals; also serves on the investment team for the Gold Equity strategy
  • Investment Management Team member since 2003
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, an equity research sales analyst specializing in South African mining, natural resources, and financial sectors at JPMorgan Chase; actively involved in the merger of BHP Billiton/SAB Miller and unbundling of Iscor Steel/Kumba Resources as well as capital raisings and NYSE listing of Harmony Gold, Gold Fields, and Telkom SA
  • Previously an equity research analyst and junior portfolio manager at Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank, Asset Management (South Africa); developed and applied various fundamental and quantitative models within the natural resources, mining, and consumer sectors; established an equity research department and managed Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank, Asset Management (Namibia)
  • Media appearances include ROBTv; quoted in The Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Forbes, CNBC, and The Financial Times, among others; also featured in mining journals such as miningmx, Mining Journal, and Resource Investor 
  • MBA, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa); Honours in Business Administration, University of Stellenbosch (South Africa); BA, Arts, University of Pretoria (South Africa)

Mark Miller
Mark A. Miller
  • Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Energy (external to the U.S.) with focus on Oil Services, Seismic, and E&P
  • Investment Management Team member since 2007
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, Associate Director for Bear Stearns & Co. leading coverage of Latin American and Asian high-yield bonds in the telecommunications sector
  • Previously a director and financial analyst for US West
  • Formerly a petrophysicist for Dresser Atlas (Baker Hughes' predecessor); headed well log data analysis center covering the Rocky Mountains, California and Alaska; established and managed Saudi Arabian data analysis center
  • Earlier career experience includes field engineer for Schlumberger
  • MBA, Finance, University of Denver; MA, International Studies, University of Denver Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS); BS, Geology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Roland Morris
Roland Morris Jr.
  • Commodities Strategist for the Global Hard Assets strategy
  • Co-Portfolio Manager for the Commodity Index strategy
  • Responsible for macro strategies, commodities trading, and client development for the firm's Global Hard Assets strategy and alternative investments
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • Prior experience includes thirty years in the financial services industry as a macro/commodities trading specialist; manager of futures clearing and execution services; and client relationship management
  • BA, Economics, University of Vermont

Alan Shih
Alan Shih
  • Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Metals and Mining
  • Investment Management Team member since 2013
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, held an MBA internship as a venture financial analyst working with startups in the mobile, tech, and entertainment industries at Pulse Advisory
  • Earlier career experience includes equity trader at Opus Trading Fund; FX dealer at FXCM, and fixed income broker at Hennion & Walsh
  • MBA, Finance and Accounting, Fordham University; BA, Statistics, Rutgers University

Veronica Zhang
Veronica Zhang
  • Analyst for the Global Hard Assets strategy; specializes in Industrials and Alternative Energy
  • Investment Management Team member since 2013
  • Prior to joining Van Eck, worked in equity research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, covering the machinery, E&C, and transportation sectors
  • Earlier career experience includes database consulting for G2 (branch of WPP), in the corporate finance division
  • BA, Economics and Statistics, Columbia University

Luke Desmond
Luke Desmond, CFA
  • Trader for the Global Hard Assets strategy; also supports trading for Gold Equity and Emerging Markets Equity strategies
  • Responsible for trading and execution orders, performing research, maintaining performance valuations and other portfolio management tasks
  • Investment Management Team member since 2006
  • Prior to joining Van Eck Global, held an equity research sales position at Jefferies & Company, Inc. (London and NY)
  • CFA charterholder; member of the New York Society of Security Analysts
  • BS, Finance, Babson College
     

Christopher Mailloux
Christopher Mailloux, CFA
  • Trader for the Global Hard Assets strategy; also supports trading for the Gold Equity and Emerging Markets Equity strategies
  • Responsible for trading and execution orders, researching portfolio performance and attribution, and other portfolio management tasks
  • Investment Management Team member since 2010
  • Prior to his current role, held a portfolio administration position at Van Eck Global; settled trades and maintained cash and portfolio positions
  • Previously a global data analyst at Bloomberg
  • CFA charterholder; member of the New York Society of Security Analysts
  • BS, Finance, Lehigh University