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David Schassler
David Schassler
  • Portfolio Manager for the VanEck NDR Managed Allocation Fund and VanEck Vectors Real Asset Allocation ETF
  • Head of VanEck’s Portfolio and Risk Solutions (PARS) Team
    • Serves as a quantitative analysis resource for VanEck’s active and passive investment strategies, particularly in the areas of asset allocation and risk modeling
    • Conducts asset allocation and product development research, utilizing objective macroeconomic/fundamental, technical, and sentiment data and metrics
  • Investment Management Team member since 1012
  • Previously served as Director of Manager Research and Investment Committee Member for VanEck’s multi-manager alternatives strategies; responsible for manager search and selection of alternative investment strategies
  • Prior to joining VanEck, served as Director and Portfolio Manager within the UBS Portfolio Strategy Group; responsible for a multi-manager portfolio of assets for domestic-based clients
  • Earlier career experience includes sales and client relationship roles at Oppenheimer & Co. and Georgeson, Inc.
  • MBA, Finance, New York University Leonard N. Stern School of Business
  • BS, Business Economics, State University of New York College at Cortland

Barak Laks
Barak Laks
  • Deputy Portfolio Manager
  • Investment Management Team member since 2017
  • Prior to joining VanEck, served as Chief Investment Officer and Chief Marketing Officer with several hedge funds
  • MS, Mathematics, New York University
  • MS, Financial Mathematics, New York University
  • BA, Mathematics and Economics, Yale University

John Lau
John Lau
  • Deputy Portfolio Manager for the VanEck NDR Managed Allocation Fund and member of the VanEck Portfolio and Risk Solutions (PARS) Team
  • Investment Management Team member since 2012
  • Responsible for quantitative model research and analysis, trade execution for the Guided Allocation ETFs, research portfolio performance and attribution, and other portfolio management tasks
  • Prior to his current role, served as Analyst for VanEck’s multi-manager alternative strategies
  • BS, Business Administration (concentration in Financial Analysis), State University of New York at Buffalo

Joseph Schafer
Joseph Schafer
  • Quantitative Analyst for the VanEck Portfolio and Risk Solutions (PARS) Team
  • Investment Management Team member since 2011
  • Serves as a quantitative analysis resource for VanEck’s active and passive investment strategies, particularly in the areas of analytic investment solutions and quantitative modeling
  • Prior to his current position, served as quantitative analyst and project manager for VanEck’s active and passive mutual fund, ETF, and SMA strategies.
  • MA, Statistics, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • MBA, Loyola University
  • BBA, Finance, Loyola University