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Thought Leaders

Jan van Eck

Chief Executive Officer
Jan van Eck
Innovator. Entrepreneur. Podcast enthusiast. Jan van Eck has firsthand knowledge of today’s markets and the complex web of information that investors encounter on a daily basis. He will highlight interesting market topics, filter out the jargon, and focus on important technological and geopolitical trends.

Natalia Gurushina

Chief Economist, Emerging Markets Fixed Income
Natalia Gurushina
Understanding the macroeconomic nuances of emerging markets takes a keen eye, developed over years of practice. However, more importantly, the ability to translate and clearly communicate the ramifications of these trends is an innate skill. Natalia combines these qualities through sharing her daily views on emerging markets.

Joe Foster

Portfolio Manager and Strategist, Gold and Precious Metals
Joe Foster
Joe brings a unique perspective developed over a 40-year career including experience as an exploration geologist. When not travelling around the globe to visit mining operations, he can be found writing his widely read monthly update, speaking with clients and journalists as a leading industry expert, and weaving through NYC traffic on his bike to and from the office.

Ed Lopez

Head of Product Management
Ed Lopez
As the person responsible for ETF product and marketing strategy, Ed is always on the lookout for untapped asset classes and opportunities to improve the core investor experience. Besides being an ETF industry expert, spokesperson and frequent panelist at conferences, Ed is also the host of VanEck’s Trends With Benefits podcast, talking to guests to uncover new ways of thinking about the markets, investing, work and life.

David Semple

Portfolio Manager, Emerging Markets Equity
David  Semple

David serves as Portfolio Manager for VanEck’s Emerging Markets Equity Strategy. He is responsible for company research, stock selection and portfolio construction. With over 30 years of dedicated EM experience, he brings perspective gleaned from his pursuit to identify and invest in forward-looking, sustainable and structural growth companies that are the driving force of emerging markets and global economies.

David Schassler

Head of Quantitative Investment Solutions
David  Schassler

David offers a comprehensive perspective on market trends, asset allocation, and strategy analysis. As Head of Quantitative Investment Solutions (QIS), his insights are driven by an analytical approach, anchored in data and objectivity. David also serves as Portfolio Manager for VanEck’s asset allocation strategies. At the intersection of quantitative expertise and traditional portfolio management and research is where David’s distinctive point of view resides.

Gabor Gurbacs

Director, Digital Assets Strategy
Gabor Gurbacs
Gabor is a pioneer in the digital assets space. Critical to the development of the first industry standard digital assets indices, Gabor is a leading voice in digital asset investing and market structure discussions with U.S. and global regulators. He spends his time exploring and managing digital asset investment opportunities related to fund, custody, exchange, data and other digital assets systems.

Fran Rodilosso

Head of Fixed Income ETF Portfolio Management
Fran Rodilosso
Fran has fixed income on his mind. He has spent more than 20 years trading and managing risk in fixed income investment strategies, with a specialty in emerging markets and high yield bonds. He looks for ways to provide investors with access to the fixed income markets in an intelligent and cost-effective way, particularly segments that may be more difficult to access.

James Colby

Portfolio Manager and Strategist, Municipal Bonds
James  Colby
A specialist in the U.S. municipal bond markets, Jim regularly shares his views on the municipal fixed income space across news media, from mainstream to targeted industry news organizations. He draws his insights from his over 20 years of experience in municipal fixed income portfolio management. This experience guides his approach to portfolio strategy and security analysis.

Matthew Sigel

Head of Digital Assets Research
Matthew Sigel
With a depth of knowledge in the fast-growing digital assets ecosystem, Matthew shares his research, analysis and insights with investors, exploring the disruptive business models emerging from this rapidly evolving space.