Francesc Balcells is investment manager of Aristea SICAV FIM GEM Debt and CIO of global emerging markets debt for FIM Partners. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of PIMCO, head of emerging markets for Rogge Capital Partners and portfolio manager for emerging markets at Harvard Management Company. He began his career as a sovereign securities analyst at Moody’s Investors Service in New York and worked for 4 years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. Francesc holds a master’s degree in international economics and foreign affairs from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Barcelona.
FIM Partners is a «boutique» firm founded in 2008, specializing in emerging and frontier market asset management with an exceptional record of generating alpha since its inception. It employs more than 30 experienced investment, finance and operations professionals in the UAE, UK and Saudi Arabia. It is a signatory of UNPRI and considers ESG criteria an integral part of its investment process.