Claire Meier Underhill
Claire Meier Underhill, Managing Director, Emerging Markets Investors Alliance
Claire serves as Managing Director at the Alliance, responsible for the Alliance's asset manager and asset owner relationships. She also contributes regularly to the Alliance's sovereign research products.
She has over 15 years’ experience as a sovereign debt research analyst in both Emerging and Developed Markets. Prior to joining the Alliance, she worked at Northern Trust and Allstate Investments. She graduated from Smith College and received a master's degree from Columbia University’s School of Public Affairs. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Uruguay. Claire holds a Certificate in Investment Management from the CFA UK and lives in London with her husband and two sons.
Professor Stephen Chan
Professor of World Politics at SOAS University of London
Stephen is a Professor of World Politics at SOAS University of London, where he was also Foundation Dean. He has been Dean at two other UK universities and has lectured around the world. Previously an international civil servant, he is still seconded to diplomatic missions and projects today. He was a member of the Trilateral Dialogue, negotiating principles for trade between Africa, and both China and the USA, negotiating with the Africans.
Stephen is Ambassador Extraordinary of Chinese for Labour in the UK. He grew up in New Zealand as the first-born son of wartime refugees from China and his literary reputation has him described as the ‘precursor Asian poet’ in New Zealand. A long-time citizen of the UK, Stephen is a frequent adviser to the Foreign Office, and has worked with the State Council of the Chinese Prime Minister in Beijing. He has published 35 academic books, five volumes of poetry, and three novels.
Christian von Canstein
Christian von Canstein, Investment Research Specialist, Mercer
Chris is an Investment Research Specialist with the Global Strategic Research team, a unit within Mercer's investment business. Based in London he specialises in portfolio construction, modelling of capital market assumptions, strategic and tactical asset allocation as well as asset class- , thematic- and macro research.
Chris joined Mercer’s research team in August 2019 after spending two years in Mercer’s consulting business where he advised UK DB pension plans on investment strategy, liability hedging and manager selection. Prior to Mercer, Chris worked for Capita Employee Benefits as investment and actuarial analyst, also advising UK DB pension plans.
Chris has a bachelor with honours degree in Business Administration from the Open University, a masters of science degree in Money, Banking and Finance from Hull University Business School and also holds the CFA and CAIA charters.
Gareth Anderson, Equity Research Specialist, Mercer
Gareth is a researcher with the Manager Research team, a unit within Mercer's investment business. Based in London he specialises in researching long only equity strategies. Gareth is a member of Mercer’s emerging market equity and systematic equity lead research committees, is responsible for strategic research initiatives within the equity research team, and chairs Mercer's Strategic Research Group.
Gareth joined Mercer in April 2009 from Schroder Investment Management where he worked in the Investment Product Analysis team, providing fund analysis on both internal and competitor funds. Prior to Schroders, Gareth worked for Arcus Investment Management in New Zealand as a fund analyst, and was involved in the manager research and selection process for Arcus's range of multi-manager and multi-asset portfolios.
Gareth has a bachelor with honours degree in Economics and Finance from Victoria University, Wellington, and is also a CFA Charterholder.