Emerging Markets Debt Hard Currency Fund

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Marcelo Assalin, CFA

Portfolio manager and head of the Emerging Markets Debt team. He is also a member of William Blair Investment Management's leadership team. Before joining William Blair, Marcelo was head of EMD at NN Investment Partners, a role he began in 2015, and lead portfolio manager for blended debt portfolios. Previously, he was the lead portfolio manager for NNIP's local currency strategies. Before joining NNIP in 2013, Marcelo was a senior EMD portfolio manager and head of emerging market sovereign debt and local currency at ING IM USA (now Voya Financial). Before that, he worked in various capacities, including CIO from 2005 to 2008, at SulAmerica Investimentos. Marcelo began his career as a credit analyst at Bank Boston in Sao Paulo, covering Brazilian companies.

Education: B.A., Universidade de São Paulo

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2020

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Marco Ruijer

Hard Currency portfolio manager on the Emerging Markets Debt team. Before joining William Blair, Marco was the lead portfolio manager on NN Investment Partners' EMD team, where he was responsible for managing EMD hard currency portfolios. Before joining NNIP in 2013, Marco was a senior fund manager for EMD at Mn Services in the Netherlands, where he managed various EMD portfolios. Before that, he worked with Mn Services' investment strategy and risk management team. Marco began his career in 1998 as an investment trainee at Mn.

Education: M.A., International Financial Economics, University of Amsterdam

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2020

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Jared Lou, CFA

Hard Currency portfolio manager on the Emerging Markets Debt team. Before joining William Blair, he was a portfolio manager on NN Investment Partners' EMD team, where was responsible for Latin American hard currency sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt. Before joining NNIP in 2016, Jared was a sovereign analyst on Grantham, Mayo, van Otterloo's EMD team. Previously, Jared worked in risk management at State Street Global Markets and quantitative research at Property and Portfolio Research.

Education: B.A. (cum laude), M.A., Economics, Tulane University; M.B.A., MIT Sloan

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2020

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Yvette Babb

Hard Currency and Local Currency portfolio manager on the Emerging Markets Debt team. Before joining William Blair, she was a portfolio manager on NN Investment Partners' EMD team, where she focused on frontier market analysis and portfolio management, working with both the hard currency and local currency teams. Before joining NNIP in 2018, Yvette was chief economist and strategist for sub-Saharan Africa for J.P. Morgan. She also held a similar role at Standard Bank in Johannesburg, South Africa. Yvette serves on the PRI's Sovereign Advisory Committee (SDAC).

Education: BSc, International Economics and Business Studies, Erasmus University of Rotterdam; MSc, Economics, University of Amsterdam

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2020