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Adrian Harris – Co-Founder, CEO (Guernsey) and SEO (ADGM)

Adrian is a co-founder of Freedom and Director of the funds. Prior to Freedom, Adrian was a shareholder and headed Distribution for Renaissance Asset Managers for close to 5 years, building from scratch a UCITS specialist emerging and frontier markets range which peaked at $750m AUM.

Until February 2010 Adrian was at Schroder Investment Management, where he was Head of Central & Eastern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Prior to joining Schroders in 2007, Adrian spent 9 years at BlackRock and its predecessor firm, Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, where he held a number of senior roles including Chief Operating Officer for the international fund business and Head of Central and Eastern European Sales. Adrian engaged with client groups from Government sponsored institutions to private pension funds, from institutional asset managers to private banks and their high net worth investors.

Sandrine Reynaud – Co-Founder and Senior Board Advisor

Sandrine is a Senior Board Advisor of Freedom. She has extensive Financial Services experience in investments and operating an Asset Management firm. She co-founded Freedom and was CEO until June 2023. Until 2014, Sandrine was an independent consultant, offering introductory services to boutique Asset Managers to harvest opportunities into Continental Europe Private Banks, Family Offices and large institutions.

Previously at Ernst & Young in Corporate Finance for 13 years in London and Frankfurt, she was part of the leadership team that established the Private Equity advisory group. Sandrine was also in charge of Business Development as the Private Equity group and advised Private Equity clients on a wide range of transactions, Real Estate, LBO, MBO/MBI in a variety of sectors. Sandrine is a member of CISI.

David Clark – Non-Executive Director and Chairman

David is a well-respected professional with extensive experience in the offshore environment.

David currently has a select portfolio of Non-Executive Directorships, including Funds and Fund Managers in Guernsey. Between 2007 and 2014, he was Executive Chairman for a Private Equity Group with overall responsibility for Corporate Governance and day-to-day operations of the Guernsey based head office.

Prior to 2007, David was also Chief Officer for the Treasury and Resources Department & States Treasurer. Prior to this, David enjoyed roles in both Deloitte and Touche in Guernsey and KPMG, both in Birmingham and in Guernsey. David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales since 1987.

Mark Burbach – Investment Committee member

Mark Burbach joined Freedom in 2024 as Investment Committee member. He is an international investment management professional with more than 25 years of experience in managing institutional investment portfolios. Having been Chief Investment Officer for several pension funds over the last 15 years.

Mark held the position of Chief Investment Officer at Abu Dhabi Pension Fund from 2019 till 2023, Osool Asset Management in Bahrain (since 2017) and of Blue Sky Group in The Netherlands (since 2009). Prior to this, he was Chief Investment Officer of TNO pension fund, investment manager at HBG pension fund and began his professional career in private banking in The Netherlands. 

Ramon Eyck – Investment Committee member

Ramon Eyck joined Freedom in 2024 as Investment Committee member. He is an investment professional with more than 20 years’ experience. Until March 2023 he was Head of Emerging Markets at Abu Dhabi Investment Council in the UAE, overseen multi-billion capital allocation. Additionally, he was a board member of the Inversis Investment Advisory Board, the Spanish investment firm.

Prior 2014, Ramon was Executive Director at Goldman Sachs AIMS Long-only group, leading a team of 7 analysts. Until 2011, he was head of Equity Manager research at Skandia. 

Robert Brown – Director/Head of Risk & Compliance

Dr. Robert (Bob) Brown joined Freedom in June 2023 to head up Compliance and Risk and to oversee the Compliance function of the ADGM Branch.

He is an experienced Company Secretary with a focus on Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Compliance, with over 25 years’ experience in the Trust and Funds Industries. 

Previously he has been a Director at Renaissance Asset Management, where he was Head of Global Product and was a director of Freedom Asset Management in its early days. More recently he has become involved in the compliance and corporate governance within the online gaming industry.

Dr Brown has a PhD in Petroleum Geochemistry from the Newcastle University, together with a Masters and Honours Degrees in Geology (Newcastle & Oxford). In addition, he has a Masters in Corporate Governance (Bournemouth).

Anson Chau – Investment Director

Anson joined Freedom in Hong Kong in February 2024 as an investment Director. He has 10 years’ experience in the investment, previously working with a specialist China fund manager MTI Management (HK) Limited which managed over $1bn. He is also the responsible Officer and regulated by the SFC.

Anson holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and finance from the University of Hong Kong and. Is studying towards the Chartered Financial Analyst, having already sat the CFA level I.

Michael Griffith-Dixon – Investment Manager

When Michael joined Freedom in 2020, he was focusing on the investment process and risk management, eventually moving in to trading and investment research.

Prior to 2020, Michael worked for advertising technology and software companies as an operations manager working with demand clients and specialising in data visualisation.

Michael has a BSc in Economics & Politics as well as an MSc in International Management, both from the University of Exeter. He also holds a level 7 qualification in Strategic Management from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Michael holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC), passed CFA level 1 and is a member of the CFA Society UK.

Shawn Welgemoed – Director – Private Clients Middle East and Africa

Shawn joined Freedom in January 2020 to be responsible for private client business in the Middle East. He has over 9 years’ experience in the UAE financial services sector and prior to that, worked as an actuarial consultant for a South African firm specialising in quantum of damages.

Shawn holds a Certificate in Investment Management and is currently studying towards a Diploma in Capital Markets. He is an Associate Member (ACSI) of the CISI.

Shawn was also instrumental in the launch of Freedom’s Luxembourg VC Fund which invests primarily in VC deals anchored by an Abu Dhabi Sovereign Wealth Fund. The fund was initially set up for an cornerstone institutional investor, but has now developed into an access vehicle for HNWI’s to get access to institutional VC deal flow.

Alan Walker – European Institutional Sales

Alan became part of Freedom in November 2017. He has over 20 years’ experience in Sales and Business Development and has worked in Germany, Austria and France as well as the UK, most recently for the WPP Group.

Alan holds a Modern Languages degree from the University of Durham and is fluent in German and French. Alan holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and is a member of the CFA Society UK.

Monir Fulayfil – Senior Advisor – Sovereign Wealth Funds

Monir joins the Client Team as “Senior Adviser – Sovereign Wealth Funds”.

He is based in Bahrain. Monir has an excellent institutional background previously covering Sovereigns, Institutions and Banks in the Middle East for BNP Paribas, where he was based for 10 years.  He started out in Investment Banking and then saw the light of Asset Management.

He has excellent institutional relationships in Saudi, Bahrain, Kuwait, the UAE and more broadly.

William (Bill) Francis – Director – UK and European Institutional Sales

Bill joins the Client Team as “Director – UK and European Institutional Sales.

Bill joins Freedom from Templeton where he spent 16 years covering Intermediaries and Institutions in the North of England, Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar and Malta.

He is involved in driving our effort with our third-party funds and some of Freedom unique alternative funds.

Toby Francis-Bromley – Compliance Officer & MLRO (ADGM)

Toby Francis-Bromley serves as the Compliance Officer and Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) at Freedom Asset Management Limited Middle East Branch. With a robust career in the financial services industry, Toby brings a wealth of experience and expertise in regulatory compliance, risk management, and anti-money laundering practices.

Previously, Toby held key positions in compliance and risk management, both UAE (State Street) and UK (RBS), where he successfully implemented comprehensive compliance programs and ensured strict adherence to evolving regulatory landscapes. Toby holds a degree in International Relations and is also undergoing certification for CAMS – Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist, underscoring his commitment to professional development and excellence in his field.

Charles Vorster – Director of Operations

Charles joined Freedom in March 2022 as Operations Senior Manager based in Guernsey and has over ten year experience in financial services, including fund administration and fund accounting.

Prior to joining Freedom, Charles was the Head of Alternative Funds and Client Accounting for a Fund administration business in Guernsey. Charles started his career as an accountant with PWC in South Africa where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and was then promoted to Manager in Guernsey.

Charles holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Jack Mancini – Finance Manager

Before joining Freedom, Jack spent 4 years at Deloitte where he was involved in the audit of Private Equity funds, regulated entities and financial services in general. He has extensive knowledge of IFRS and accounting standards and is responsible for all financial matters at Freedom.

He holds an M.A.(Hons) in History from the University of Aberdeen and is an ACCA qualified accountant.

Maria Rajmankina – Fund Investment – Manager

Maria joined Freedom in August 2023 as an investment analyst in the ADGM team. She has over 15 years experience in Investment Banking working for Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets and Merrill Lynch in London and Sydney, where she covered large, international clients including public sector entities, supranationals, financial institutions and corporates across various debt markets and products. Maria started her career in the oil & gas industry working for Shell in the UK and Australia.

Maria holds a Masters Degree in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College in London, an ICMA Diploma in International Primary Markets and a Certificate in Securities & Financial Derivatives from CISI. Maria is fluent in Spanish and Italian.

Charles Harris –  Junior Investment Analyst

Charles joined the Freedom Middle East branch in September 2023 as a junior investment analyst having previously spent time in the Freedom Guernsey office, between his studies.

Charles is bilingual having studied in both French and English during his academic career. Charles is also a graduate from the School of Oriental African Studies (SOAS) having completed a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies and Economics.

Currently studying for the Investment Management Certificate.

 

Shireen Elghrbawy – Junior Investment Analyst

Shireen joined Freedom’s Middle East branch in October 2023 as a junior investment analyst.

Shireen is bilingual having studied in both English and Arabic during her academic career. She graduated from Alexandria University in Egypt having completed a Bachelor degree of Commerce (Accounting).

Shireen was a volunteer for AIESEC Turkey in 2018 where she embarked on a journey to gain an international perspective on how organisations function effectively in teams and interact with different communities through empowered engagement and dialogue. She has experience working as an account manager specialist on large accounts such as Vodafone UK, AT&T and Walmart.

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