Investment Team

Charu Fernando, CFAChairwoman, Chief Investment Officer

Charu has 33 years of investment experience and has been managing institutional assets since 1987. Prior to founding Edgbaston in 2008, she spent over 21 years at Pyrford International Plc where she was appointed the Head of Asian Equities in 1993. Charu has practiced a value-based investment philosophy in the Asian region for over three decades. She was born in India but grew up in Calgary, Canada. Charu received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary in 1984 and a Master of Arts from the University of Warwick in 1985. She attained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1990. Charu resides in Edgbaston, a suburb of Birmingham, UK.

Sarah Nichols Senior Portfolio Manager, Head of Research

Sarah has 20 years of experience in Asian equities. Sarah previously managed Asia ex-Japan institutional assets at both Singer & Friedlander Investment Management and Legal & General. She also previously worked at Credit Suisse and at UBS Investment Bank in institutional Asian equity sales. Sarah received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Christ Church College, Oxford University in 1996 and a Master of Sciences in Economics and Development Economics from the University of Nottingham in 1998. She qualified as an Associate of the Institute of Investment Management and Research in 2000.

Geraldine Arrigoni, CFA Investment Manager

Geraldine joined Edgbaston in November 2013 and has 19 years of experience in Asian equities. Geraldine was previously a portfolio manager at Pyrford International Plc where, from 2003 to 2008, she worked closely with Charu Fernando. She also has previous experience at Cazenove Fund Management and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Geraldine received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Wales, Cardiff. She attained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2003.

Sally Mason, CFA Investment Manager

Sally has 11 years of experience in Asian equities. Prior to joining Edgbaston, Sally worked at Lazard Ltd in London in corporate finance on the chemicals team. Sally received a Bachelor of Science in Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Leeds. She attained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2011.

Christian O’Kelly, CFAInvestment Manager

Christian joined Edgbaston in November 2016 and has 7 years of equity research experience. Prior to joining Edgbaston, Christian worked as an Investment Analyst at Eight Investment Partners in Sydney, Australia. He also has previous experience at Marathon Asset Management. Christian received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Bath. He attained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2015.