President: Paul Richards
- Erin Blanton Global Natural Gas and Renewables
- Mohammad Darwazah Middle East and Africa
- Yasser Elguindi Macro Oil Strategy
- Earl Han Korea/Taiwan/East Asia
- Tim Jones European Central Bank/EU Political Risk
- Ignacio Labaqui Latin America
- Josh May US Politics
- Kenichi Nagura Bank of Japan/Ministry of Finance/Japan Politics
- Luisa Palacios Latin America
- Andrew Polk China
- Fernando Posadas Latin America
- Nigel Rendell EMEA
- Regina Schleiger Fed
- Yasuhiko Seki Bank of Japan/Ministry of Finance
- Daniel Sternoff Emerging Markets and Energy
- Bernardo Wjuniski Latin America
Paul Richards, MGA's President, joined MGA in 2016 from UBS where he spent 20 years in a variety of global roles, most recently as a Managing Director in charge of FX, Rates and Credit Sales in the Americas. Passionate about markets, Mr. Richards is a regular commentator on CNBC and served on the New York Federal Reserve Foreign Exchange Board from 2012 to 2015. Paul is a New Zealander who has been involved in Global Financial Markets for 30 years and was educated at Victoria University in Wellington.
Erin Blanton Global Natural Gas and Renewables
Erin Blanton has headed MGA's global natural gas coverage for the last 10 years, with a focus on gas and power markets as well as the LNG industry. Erin joined MGA in 2004 after receiving her M.A. in international energy policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. Prior to that she worked for several years on Wall Street as a trader for NASDAQ. Erin also has a B.A. in economics from Cornell University.
Mohammad Darwazah Middle East and Africa
Mohammad Darwazah joined MGA as an intern, working his way to a full-time position in 2011. Before joining MGA, Mohammad developed his experience through several positions, most notably with HSBCís CEMEA equity research team in Cairo, Egypt and the United Arab Emiratesí Trade and Commercial Office in Washington DC. Mohammad holds a B.A in Economics and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.I.A in International Economic Policy from Columbia Universityís School of International and Public Affairs.
Yasser Elguindi Macro Oil Strategy
Yasser Elguindi serves as MGA's Macro Oil Strategist, having covered oil markets for the past 15 years. Yasser originally joined the firm in 2000, when he initiated oil policy coverage with a strong global emphasis on oil market fundamentals. He returned to MGA in 2011 after leaving in 2007 to join the trading firm SIG, based in Bala Cynwyd, PA. While at SIG he developed proprietary strategies and provided regular commentary in support of the groupís global trading operations in commodity and currency markets. Yasser launched his career as a journalist at the respected Middle East Economic Survey (MEES) oil journal, where he developed his extensive network of industry and policy contacts. He holds an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina.
Earl Han Korea/Taiwan/East Asia
Earl Han was an intern at MGA before moving to his current position. His previous experience includes working for the US Commercial Service, General Electric, ABC News, and national think tanks. Earl received his B.S. in electrical engineering, B.A. in economics-political science, and M.A. in international security policy from Columbia University, as well as a master's degree in public affairs from Sciences Po in Paris, France.
Tim Jones European Central Bank/EU Political Risk
Tim Jones joined MGA in 2002 after a 12-year career in journalism, specializing in European monetary and business affairs. He helped found the Economist Group's Brussels-based weekly newspaper, European Voice, and became the journal's deputy editor. He covered economics, antitrust and trade policy, the creation of the Eurozone and the EUís northern and eastern expansion. Before this, he was a correspondent for Knight-Ridder Financial News in Brussels and London reporting on monetary policy and currency markets, and an equities reporter for Financial Times Business Information. He has a degree in history from the University of Sheffield but reads far more of it now than he ever did then.
Ignacio Labaqui Latin America
Ignacio Labaqui is a Senior Analyst for Latin America at MGA based in Buenos Aires. Ignacio has a Masterís degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Universidad Catolica Argentina. He has published papers and book chapters on IMF Argentina relations, US-Latin American relations, regional trade integration in South America and Defense Policy in Latin America. He has worked for FLACSO-Argentina as researcher in the International Relations Department, and the Eurasia Group as analyst for Argentina. Ignacio is based in Buenos Aires and also teaches Latin American Politics and International Relations at the Institute of Political Sciences and International Relations at the Universidad Catolica Argentina.
Josh May US Politics
Josh May came to MGA from Dresdner Bank, where he traded Emerging Market and Sovereign Eurobond Debt, spending three years in Frankfurt as a key member of the top-ranked DM-Eurobond desk. Josh has proprietary trading experience in German, French and Italian government bond markets, and has also worked in the US dollar Eurobond and money markets and trained as a commercial banking industry analyst. He has an undergraduate degree from Haverford College and an M.B.A. from New York University.
Kenichi Nagura Bank of Japan/Ministry of Finance/Japan Politics
Kenichi Nagura joined the firm after working as a journalist and economist for more than a decade. Kenichi wrote for the Kyodo News Agency in Tokyo covering monetary and fiscal policies, financial markets and Japan's foreign economic relations. After studying economics in the US for two years, Kenichi became a senior economist at Norinchukin Research Institute in Tokyo, monitoring financial markets and macro- and micro-economic policies, as well as making economic forecasts. Kenichi has a B.A. from Waseda University in Tokyo and an M.P.A from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Luisa Palacios Latin America
Luisa Palacios is the Head of Latin America at MGA based in New York. She joined MGA from Barclays Capital where she was a macro strategist for the Andean Region at the Emerging Markets Fixed Income Desk. Before this, Luisa was a Senior Economist for the Japan Bank of International Cooperation, where she focused on Latin America energy and debt issues. Luisa has also worked for Societe Generale in both Paris and New York, where she started out following Middle East/North Africa and Turkey and, later, as the Latin American economist. Luisa has also served as a consultant for the World Bank in the office of the Chief Economist for Latin America. Luisa has a Master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and holds a Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She has published papers in international journals on economic policy and debt issues in Latin America and on regional energy policy issues. Luisa is an adjunct professor at the center for Energy Studies at IESAís MBA School in Caracas, Venezuela.
Andrew Polk China
Andrew Polk was the senior economist at The Conference Board China Center for Economics and Business in Beijing prior to joining MGA. Previously, Andrew worked at the Institute of International Finance, where he conducted macroeconomic analysis on emerging markets in the Asia/Pacific region. His research focus has included monetary policy, capital flows, and financial market development throughout East and Southeast Asia, with a particular emphasis on China. He has also conducted growth and inflation forecasting and country risk analysis for the region.
Andrew has held research positions at the East Asia Desk of the U. S. Treasury Department, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Foreign Policy magazine. He earned his BA in American studies and communication at Texas A&M University and holds an MA with distinction in economics and China studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Fernando Posadas Latin America
Fernando Posada is an Analyst for Latin America based in New York. Fernando joined MGA after working as consultant for LMM Consulting in Mexico City, where he conducted market research to assist foreign companies investing in Mexico. Fernando has a M.P.A in Economic Policy from Columbia University and a B.A. degree in International Relations and Political Science from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE).
Nigel Rendell EMEA
Nigel Rendell joined MGA's London office in 2012 to cover Emerging Markets, including Russia, South Africa and Turkey. Nigel has spent the past 25 years working in the financial markets as an economist and strategist for HSBC, Credit Agricole/CLSA and the Royal Bank of Canada. Initially covering Western Europe in the 1980s, he has spent much of the past 20 years analyzing various emerging markets across the global and has lived in London, New York and Singapore. Nigel was educated in the UK, gaining a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Hull and an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Southampton.
Regina Schleiger Fed
Regina Schleiger heads the firm's G7 central banking analysis with primary focus on the US Federal Reserve. Regina joined MGA after more than a decade of financial and political coverage with various media organizations, including Knight-Ridder and Bridge News, where she held chief editing and reporting positions specializing in real-time international capital markets and policy news. Before transferring to New York in 1994, Regina covered economic policy and finance for leading media in her native Australia.
Yasuhiko Seki Bank of Japan/Ministry of Finance
Yasuhiko Seki joined MGA in 2013 after serving at Thomson Financial News, Reuters, Bloomberg and Market News International as financial journalist. Yasuhiko covered financial markets, corporate news, economic policy and monetary policy and served as Tokyo bureau chief while he was at Thomson Financial News. He graduated from Waseda University with a B.A. in trade policy.
Daniel Sternoff Emerging Markets and Energy
Daniel Sternoff heads MGA's emerging markets and energy research, with a primary research focus on oil markets, geopolitics and China. Prior to joining MGA, Daniel covered Middle East politics as a Jerusalem-based correspondent with Reuters, and subsequently led coverage of global macroeconomics and international capital markets as director of Reuters' Foreign Exchange Group in New York. Daniel contributes to policy roundtables with groups including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Aspen Institute, the Carnegie Center for Ethics in International Affairs and the Council on Foreign relations. Daniel received a Fulbright Scholarship after completing his M.A. in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He also holds an undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Bernardo Wjuniski Latin America
Bernardo Wjuniski is a Senior Analyst for Latin America at MGA. Based in Sao Paulo, Bernardo joined MGA in 2011 after working as a Senior Macro Analyst in the economics consultancy Tendencias Consultoria Integrada, where he covered monetary policy, inflation and economic activity in Brazil. Bernardo has a Master degree in Economic History from the London School of Economics (LSE), where he wrote a dissertation on the political economy of fiscal policy in Brazil, and a B.A degree in Economics from Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV-EESP). He is also a visiting professor in FGV-EESP, teaching undergraduate courses in Brazilian Economic History and Macroeconomics.
Brendan Fitzsimmons, is responsible for integrating global market intelligence with MGA's policy intelligence. He brings more than 10 years of strategy, intelligence, and policy analysis experience from trading, banking, consulting, and government service. Brendan began his career at Manufacturers Hanover in London working on North Sea energy and policy risk issues, subsequently consulting at Cambridge Energy Research Associates, Petroleum Finance, and McKinsey & Company. Prior to joining MGA, Brendan was a Senior Market Specialist at Enron Global Markets, working with the Financial Trading Group covering global interest rates, FX, and commodities. Brendan was a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellow at Harvard University, pursued graduate studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and graduated magna cum laude from Boston University.
Dustin Reid is a Senior Managing Director and Chief Market Strategist for MGA. Prior to joining our team, Dustin was Global Head of FX Strategy at a large European bank where he was tasked with building product, personnel and forecasting methodology to service the Bankís institutional and corporate client base; Dustin also served on the Bankís FX Management as well as the Fixed Income Research Committees. Dustin began his career on the Quantitative Equity Research team at a large Canadian bank and later worked as an Economist and Strategist at a large Swiss bank. Dustin has also managed fixed-income assets as a part of the Foreign Reserves Portfolio Management team at Canada's central bank. A native of Toronto, Canada, Dustin obtained his B.A. in Economics from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec and his MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario; he has also completed level I of the CFA designation.
Masaaki Shimizu joined MGA after working for J.P. Morgan for nearly two decades. During his J.P. Morgan career, Masaaki worked in Tokyo, New York, and Brussels in the areas of foreign exchange advisory and sales, capital markets products, corporate finance, global custody, and credit risk analysis. Over the years he has worked with a broad array of clients including many of the leading Japanese institutional investors and a number of Asian central banks. Masaaki has an M.A. in linguistics from the University of Kansas and a B.A. in economics from Keio University in Tokyo.
Paul Silk, based in New Zealand, brings over 20 years of experience in global financial markets to MGA. Prior to joining the firm, Paul was head of interest rate trading for National Australia Bank in London, which followed an extensive career in fixed income markets in Wellington, Sydney, and London including tenures at Bain and Co, Deutsche Bank as head of fixed interest in Australia and at Greenwich Natwest as head of German government bond trading.
Philip Tyson brings over 25 years experience in global financial markets as a strategist and economist to MGA. Having started his career as a bond analyst at UBS, he also worked at CSFB, spent a decade in fixed income research and institutional sales at HSBC and then had more recent stints at MF Global and ICAP, where he specifically oversaw all macro and rates research. Philip has focussed on generating trade ideas in both cash and derivative markets for a broad array of clients over the years. He holds a first class degree in Economics from the University of Portsmouth and an M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Bristol.
Tugba Colpan is the Head of Business Development and has more than fifteen years of experience in assisting sophisticated financial institutional clients with global risk issues. Before joining MGA, Tugba spent five years in institutional sales for Eurasia Group in New York, focusing on global emerging markets. Previously, she managed marketing relationships for two German media companies in London, assisting them in adapting to the UK marketplace. Tugba holds a M.Sci. in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in International Relations from Ankara University.
Kevin Malone, Director, Business Development has over eight years of sales and relationship management experience with institutional investors and corporations. Prior to joining MGA, Kevin worked with Roubini Global Economics managing and expanding relationships with hedge fund and asset management clients. Previously he was with financial information firms, Mergermarket and InsiderScore, where he provided proprietary intelligence to investors and Dow Jones where he provided financial news and analysis to traders and publicly traded corporations.
Mary Sheridan is the Operations Manager. Prior to MGA, Mary was an Account Manager for an exclusive magazine (Project Finance International) at Thomson Reuters. In addition she was the Circulation Manager for a small NYC newspaper chain (including The Villager and Downtown Express.) She has also worked as the Operations Manager for a tech start-up and a recruiting firm. Mary holds a bachelorís degree in history from Yale University.