Investment Teams

Van Eck Hard Assets Investment Team Photo
VanEck 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).
David A. 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 Schillington
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)

David Feygenson
David Feygenson
  • Senior Analyst for the Emerging Markets Equity strategy; specializes in Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and Asia
  • Investment Management Team member since 2014
  • Prior to joining VanEck, a senior analyst at Mirae Asset Global Investments (Mirae) responsible for EMEA company research for the firm's long-only strategies; also served as portfolio manager on country and regional strategies (Russia, Eastern Europe and EMEA)
  • Previously a research associate at Wellington Management Co.; assisted in managing long-only emerging markets equity products focusing on Retail, Media, and Food and Beverage sectors in EMEA and Latin America
  • MS (with Merit), Finance and Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science; BS (magna cum laude), Economics, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Patricia Gonzalez
Patricia Gonzalez
  • 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