Robert Fisher joined Barclay’s Global Investors (BGI) in 2001, which later merged with BlackRock 2009. In his current role, Fisher is a senior portfolio manager and a member of the European Equities team in the Scientific Active Equity division of BlackRock's Portfolio Management Group. Prior to joining BGI, he worked at the Bank of New York. Fisher earned a masters in aeronautical & astronautical engineering from Southampton University in 1999.
Jeff Shen, PhD, managing director, is the head of BlackRock's emerging markets and co-head of investments for BlackRock's Scientific Active Equity. He is a member of the Global Operating Committee, Human Capital Committee and Asia Pacific Operating Committee. His service with the firm dates back to 2004, including his years with Barclays Global Investors (BGI), which merged with BlackRock in 2009. At BGI, Jeff was the head of Asia and emerging market equity investment. Prior to joining BGI, he was the global head of asset allocation research and macro absolute return investment at JP Morgan Asset Management. Jeff began his career in 1997 and worked in fund of hedge funds, risk management research and macro investment functions for JP Morgan in New York and London. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at NYU teaching an MBA class on international investment. He earned a BA in Economics from Hobart College, an MA in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a PhD in Finance from the New York University.
The Fund seeks to generate an above average income for investors. The Fund invests in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, with no prescribed country limits. The Fund may make use of derivatives in a way that is consistent with its investment objective in order to generate additional income or gains. To achieve its investment objective, the Fund invests at least 70% of its total assets in equity securities of companies listed on the stock exchanges in Asia Pacific, excluding Japan.
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