Strategic Investment Funds UCITS Plc

Thanos A. Ballos, Chairman of the Board

Thanos is the Chairman of the Board and a founding Partner of Strategic Investments Group. Thanos is also a Managing Director of SIG Deutschland GmbH.  Prior to forming Strategic Investments Group, Thanos worked for Merrill Lynch & Co. in New York and in London. Thanos holds an MBA in Finance and Strategy from Boston University Graduate School of Management and has completed Executive Management Programs for strategy, product innovation and technology at Harvard Business School and MIT.

Soha Gawaly, Board Director

Soha is the Managing Director and founding Partner of Strategic Investments Group. Prior to forming Strategic Investments Group, Soha worked for Merrill Lynch & Co. in London. Before that, Soha worked for 5 years with Arthur Andersen as a Senior Management Consultant in the Corporate Finance and Emerging Markets Division covering the Middle & Far East and Central & Eastern Europe, assisting Central Banks and Capital Market Authorities in implementing privatization projects. Soha has also worked for Bechtel as a Financial Analyst providing consulting to the engineering industries company (EIC) in the implementation of its privatization program. Soha holds an MBA degree from AUC.

Paul McNaughton, Board Director

Paul was a Managing Director and former Global Head of Fund Administration and Custody for Deutsche Bank Group. Paul was also Chief Executive of Deutsche Bank Group’s fund administration and custody business in Ireland for ten years.  Prior to this Paul held several senior management positions in the financial services industry in Ireland including General Manager of IFSC operations with the Investment Bank of Ireland from 1987 to 1991.  Paul is a director of a number of collective investment schemes authorised by the Financial Regulator and other IFSC financial companies.

Gerry Grimes, Board Director

Gerry has over 25 years’ investment management experience. He previously worked for the Central Bank of Ireland for 11 years in a number of senior investment positions, including Head of Reserve Management with responsibility for the investment of the Official External Reserves across a range of fixed income and currency markets and Chief Foreign Exchange Dealer.  In addition, Gerry was a founder and Managing Director of Allied Irish Capital Management Ltd, where he managed a group of investment managers with c USD 1.4bn under management across a range of asset classes. Gerry holds a First Class Honours Degree in Economics and History from University College Dublin and is a member of the Advisory Group of the University College Cork Centre for Investment Research, Commodities and Managed Futures Research. Gerry is a past Deputy President of AIMA, the leading representative body for the global alternative asset management industry.