Pendal bolsters capability in volatility strategies, credit and ESG

Murray Ackman, Anna Hong and Thomas Ciszewski (l-r) have joined Pendal's Bond, Income and Defensive Strategies team

Murray Ackman, Anna Hong and Thomas Ciszewski (l-r) have joined Pendal’s Bond, Income and Defensive Strategies team

PENDAL’s Bond, Income and Defensive Strategies team is excited to share details of three new appointments and a promotion.

The new hires will focus on areas of growth in the boutique and support our ambition to be a leader in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) fixed income investing while providing objective-based income solutions and defensive strategies.

Assistant Portfolio Manager

Oliver Ge, a portfolio analyst who has been with the team for six years, has been promoted to Assistant Portfolio Manager in recognition of his increased experience and responsibilities.

Volatility Analyst

Thomas Ciszewski has been appointed a Volatility Analyst. He will work on the Active Long Volatility Strategy Fund as well as structuring defensive strategies across a range of funds. Tom joins us from SouthPeak Investment Management where he successfully implemented volatility risk premia and delta one strategies. Prior to this Tom held a number of positions in a trading capacity for Deutsche Bank in Hong Kong and Sydney, managing global equity derivatives, delta one, ETF and cash facilitation trading teams.

Tom has also worked in Chicago for Actis Capital as an equity options Volatility Portfolio Manager. He holds a Master of Applied Finance with a focus in derivatives valuation, exotic options and risk and portfolio management from Macquarie University, Sydney. He also has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Vanderbilt, Nashville.

Assistant Portfolio Manager

Anna Hong is joining the team as an Assistant Portfolio Manager working on the Australian Composite and Cash Funds. She is currently a Portfolio Manager at Uniting Ethical Investors for their enhanced cash and fixed income funds. Prior to this Anna held positions at BlackRock and Challenger and was responsible for investment analytics and quantitative solutions. Anna holds a Master of Business Finance from the University of Technology, Sydney and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of New South Wales.

Credit/ESG Analyst

Murray Ackman has been hired into the team as an ESG Credit Analyst. He will work across our range of credit funds with a particular emphasis on Pendal’s new Credit Impact Fund (CRIMP). Most recently Murray worked as an independent consultant for Australian private equity firms reporting on ESG measurements of Australian companies with less than $1 billion market cap.

Prior to this Murray was a Research Fellow at the Institute for Economics and Peace where he led research for the Institute on SDGs, violent extremism and engagement with business which included projects determining the strategic priorities and direction of clients such as UNDP and the OECD. Murray holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and International Relations, a First Class Honours degree and a Bachelor of Law specialised in International Law from the University of New South Wales.


Finally, Arpit Mathur, one of our quantitative analysts, has resigned to join a friend’s business. We wish him well for his next role and thank him for his contribution and the hard work he has given Pendal.



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