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The Polar Capital Emerging Markets & Asia Team

Jorry Rask Nøddekær arrived at Polar Capital from Nordea Investment Management in June 2018 to set up an EM growth franchise. The team runs one single country fund (China Stars) and three regional funds (Asian Stars, Emerging Market Stars, and Emerging Market ex-China Stars). ESG is central to how they run all four propositions.

Total AUM (as at 31.01.2024)

2018

Established

90

Combined years of experience

6

Team members

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Jorry Nøddekær

Fund Manager
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Jerry Wu

Fund Manager
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Naomi Waistell

Fund Manager
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Jasper Wright

Fund Manager
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Peter Andersen

Analyst
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Andy Chen

Head of China Research (Shanghai based)
Aatman Ajmera

Aatman Ajmera

Independent Research Consultant (Mumbai based)

Jorry Nøddekær

Jorry joined Polar Capital in June 2018 to set up the Polar Capital emerging markets growth franchise.

Prior to joining Polar Capital, Jorry worked at various firms including Nordea Investment Management, Danske Capital, F&C Investment Management, New Star Asset Management and BankInvest Asset Management.

  • MSc in Economics and Finance, Aarhus University
  • 24 years
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Jerry Wu

Jerry joined Polar Capital in June 2018. Prior to joining Polar Capital, Jerry was the fund manager of the Nordea Chinese Equity Fund and prior to his tenure at Nordea, Jerry was an equity analyst at Generation Investment Management specialising in China.

Jerry has also worked for BlackRock as a fundamental equity research analyst based in London and the US, specialising in the global consumer and technology sectors. Further to this, Jerry is a native speaker of Mandarin and fluent in English.

  • BSc in Economics, Peking UniversityMSc in Management, London Business School
  • CFA Charterholder
  • 13 years

Naomi Waistell

Naomi joined Polar Capital in August 2020 as a Fund Manager on the Polar Capital Emerging Market Stars Fund, launched in July 2018.

From February 2010, she worked at Newton Investment Management where, since September 2014, she was an investment manager on the emerging markets and Asian equity team. Before this, she was an investment manager on their European and global equity teams. Naomi began her career as an associate at Praefinium Partners Investment Management in 2007 before moving to the financial consultancy arm of the Capita Group in 2009.

Her specific area of interest and expertise is managing portfolios with an ESG focus.

  • BA in English literature, University College London (UCL)Executive MBA (focusing on sustainability management), Cambridge UniversityMA in Shakespeare, UCL
  • CFA Charterholder
  • 16 years

Jasper Wright

Jasper joined Polar Capital in June 2023 as a Fund Manager in the Emerging Markets & Asia team. He previously worked for six years at Federated Hermes in London as an Associate Director on their Global Emerging Markets team. Prior to this, Jasper worked for two years as an Analyst at Aberdeen Asset Management in London and completed a summer internship at Arisaig Partners in Singapore.

  • BSc in Economics, University of St Andrews
  • Passed CFA Level 1
  • 9 years

Peter Andersen

Peter joined Polar Capital in April 2018. Prior to joining Polar Capital, Peter worked for Nordea Asset Management as an analyst on their Emerging Markets team and prior to his tenure at Nordea Asset Management he worked as a junior sell side analyst for Jyske Bank in their corporate bonds team.

  • MSc in Economics and Management, Aarhus University
  • Passed CFA Level III
  • 11 years

Andy Chen

Andy joined Polar Capital in June 2018. Previously, Andy was a portfolio manager at Laxey Partners Ltd, having joined the firm in 2008. During his tenure at Laxey, Andy specialised in Chinese and China-related equities. Andy is a native speaker of Mandarin and fluent in English.

  • BSc in Accounting and Finance, Lancaster UniversityMPhil in Real Estate Finance, University of Cambridge
  • 15 years

Aatman Ajmera

Aatman has provided investment research and advisory services on Indian equities to Polar Capital’s Emerging Markets and Asia team since April 2023. Previously, he was the co-portfolio manager of the Nordea Asian Stars Fund, having joined the firm in 2019, before which he worked with East Capital in Sweden, focussing on frontier markets. He is based in Mumbai, India.

    Funds managed by the Emerging Markets & Asia Team

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    Asian Stars Fund

    Launch date31.12.2018
    AUM
    5Team size

    Asian Stars Fund

    The Fund’s investment objective is to achieve long term capital growth. The Fund seeks to achieve its objective by investing in a broad range of shares from companies domiciled in developed and developing (emerging market) Asian countries, or from companies which generate a significant amount of their business from these countries.
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    China Stars Fund

    Launch date31.08.2018
    AUM
    3Team size

    China Stars Fund

    The Fund’s investment objective is to achieve long term capital growth. The Fund seeks to achieve its objective by investing in a broad range of shares from companies in The Peoples’ Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan (known as ‘Greater China’), or from companies which generate a significant amount of their business from Greater China.
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    Emerging Market ex-China Stars Fund

    Launch date30.06.2023
    AUM
    4Team size

    Emerging Market ex-China Stars Fund

    The Fund’s investment objective is to achieve long term capital growth. The Fund seeks to achieve its objective by investing in a broad range of shares from companies in emerging markets (developing countries) excluding China, or from companies which generate a significant amount of their business from emerging market countries.
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    Emerging Market Stars Fund

    Launch date29.06.2018
    AUM
    6Team size

    Emerging Market Stars Fund

    The Fund’s investment objective is to achieve long term capital growth. The Fund seeks to achieve its objective by investing in a broad range of shares from companies in emerging markets (developing countries), or from companies which generate a significant amount of their business from emerging market countries.

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