First State’s Helene Williamson to take part in Lausanne Summit

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Helene Williamson, head of Emerging Market Debt at First State Investments, is set to take part in the Pan-European Fund Selector Summit hosted by InvestmentEurope in Lausanne 28-30 April.

Williamson will be speaking on emerging market debt, an area for which she is responsible at the manager – covering all EMD portfolios at First State. This will include looking at the current themes and drivers of the asset class, such as oil prices, Chinese central bank policies, politics and structural reforms.

She will address how macroeconomic factors combine with country specific views to arrive at investment decisions.

Prior to joining FSI in September 2011, Helene worked at F&C Asset Management where she was head of Emerging Markets Debt for 16 years. In this position, Helene managed F&C’s Emerging Markets Debt Sicav from 1997 to August 2011, and built the emerging markets debt team’s successful investment process. Under her leadership, the team’s assets under management increased substantially.

Before that Helene worked for Bankers Trust Company in New York in emerging market lending, restructuring and portfolio management. Her last assignment at Bankers Trust was in the role of senior trader in emerging markets, based in London.
Helene holds a Licence en Lettres from the University of Lausanne, an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton Graduate School. Helene is fluent in French, German and Spanish.


Jonathan Boyd
Editorial Director of Open Door Media Publishing Ltd, and Editor of InvestmentEurope. Jonathan has over two decades of media experience in Japan, Australia, Canada and the UK. Over the past 17 years he has been based in London writing about funds and investments. From editing the newsletter of the Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Japan in the 1990s he now focuses on Nordic markets for InvestmentEurope. Jonathan was awarded Editor of the Year at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Independent Publisher Awards 2017. Shortlisted for the same in 2016, he was also shortlisted in 2017 and 2015 for the broader PPA Awards category Editor of the Year (Business Media).

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