Emerging Markets Debt Hard Currency Fund

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Marcelo Assalin, CFA

Portfolio manager and head of the Emerging Markets Debt team. Prior to joining William Blair, Marcelo was the Head of Emerging Markets Debt at NN Investment Partners, a role he began in 2015. Additionally, he was the lead portfolio manager for blended debt portfolios. Previously, Marcelo was the lead portfolio manager for NNIP’s local currency strategies. Before joining NNIP in 2013, he was a senior EMD portfolio manager and then head of EM Sovereign Debt and Local Currency at ING IM USA (now Voya Financial). Prior to ING IM, Marcelo was with SulAmerica Investimentos in various investment capacities, including CIO from 2005 to 2008. He 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. Prior to joining William Blair, Marco was the lead portfolio manager within the Emerging Markets Debt team at NN Investment Partners, 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. Prior to this, he worked with the 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. Prior to joining William Blair, he was a portfolio manager for EMD Hard Currency strategies at NN Investment Partners. In this role, he was responsible for Latin American hard currency sovereign and quasi-sovereign debt for NN IP’s global portfolios. Prior to joining NNIP in 2016, he was a sovereign analyst in the Emerging Markets Debt team of Grantham, Mayo, van Otterloo (GMO), based in Boston. Previously, Jared worked in risk management at State Street Global Markets and in 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. Prior to joining William Blair, she was a portfolio manager on the EMD team for NN Investment Partners. Yvette focused on frontier market analysis and portfolio management, working with both the hard currency and local currency teams. Prior to joining NNIP in 2018, Yvette held the role of chief economist & strategist Sub-Saharan Africa for J.P. Morgan, and before that held a similar role at Standard Bank in Johannesburg in South Africa.

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

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2020