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The Polar Capital Emerging Markets Income Team

William Calvert is the lead manager in a team of three fund managers running the firm’s emerging market income franchise. He joined Polar Capital in 2010 to launch the emerging markets investment team, before which he was head of the emerging markets desk as well as part of the global investment team at Axa Framlington. Ming Kemp followed him from Axa Framlington with Sam Wightman joining them three years later from PwC.

Total AUM (as at 31.01.2020)




Combined years of experience


Team members


William Calvert

Lead Fund Manager

Ming Kemp

Fund Manager

Sam Wightman

Fund Manager

William Calvert

William joined Polar Capital in October 2010 as a fund manager to establish the Emerging Markets investment team. Prior to joining Polar Capital, William spent thirteen years at AXA Framlington, where he was head of the emerging markets desk, working on both dedicated emerging markets portfolios and as part of the global investment team.

William was portfolio manager for the AXA Framlington Emerging Markets Fund from 2004 until his departure. He joined AXA Framlington from LCF Edmond de Rothschild Securities where he was part of the country fund broking team. Prior to this, he was a fund manager with Citibank, Municipal Mutual Insurance and English Association.

  • BSc in Economics, University of Bristol
  • 33 years

Ming Kemp

Ming joined Polar Capital in October 2010 as a portfolio manager. Prior to joining Polar Capital, Ming spent 5 years at AXA Framlington as an Asian specialist, managing Asian equity portfolios for global emerging market funds and global balanced funds.

Following a post graduate career in China, Ming moved to London in 1990. Ming took up a position as an equity investment analyst at American Express Asset Management in 1995. She moved to Sarasin Investment Management in 1999 as a senior equity analyst for the Asia Pacific Market, before joining AXA Framlington in 2005.

  • 24 years

Sam Wightman

Sam joined Polar Capital in August 2013 and is a Fund Manager for the Polar Capital Emerging Markets team.

Prior to joining Polar Capital, Sam joined PWC in 2008 and became a senior associate in 2010 providing assurance services to FTSE 100 clients.

  • BA in Economics and Business Studies, Newcastle University
  • CFA Charterholder, Chartered accountant with the ICAEW (ACA) and Investment Management Certificate (IMC)
  • 6 years

Funds managed by the Emerging Markets Income team

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