Team

Kris Walesby
CEO

Kris Walesby is the Sydney-based CEO of ETF Securities.

Kris has more than a decade’s experience in the ETF industry and was previously based in London, where his roles in the ETF industry there gave him a broad perspective on the development of ETF products in European markets.

Kris joined ETF Securities from Invesco Powershares, where he was Head of Capital Markets for Europe with responsibilities for distribution. Before that he worked at a number of ETF and asset management firms including ETF Securities, Deutsche Bank and BlackRock.

Kris can discuss trends in global and Australian ETF markets, how ETFs can be used in SMSF portfolios, the growth of smart beta ETFs and any other topical issues affecting the development of ETFs.

Evan Metcalf
Co-Head of Portfolio Management

Evan has over 17 years of financial markets experience across ETFs, equities, derivatives and structured investments. He joined ETF Securities in late-2014 and was involved in the launch of the joint venture between ETF Securities and ANZ Bank. He is responsible for ETF portfolio management, product development and capital markets. Evan previously worked as a structurer for equity derivatives at ANZ, providing product solutions to private wealth and institutional clients. Prior to that, Evan spent eight years at Credit Suisse in London where he was responsible for structured equity products, exotic options and custom indices. He started his finance career as a quantitative analyst for derivatives and credit at Westpac. Evan is a CFA® charter holder, and he holds a Master of Science (Financial Mathematics) from Kings College, London as well as a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales.

Cliff Man
Co-Head of Portfolio Management

Cliff is responsible for the portfolio management function of the business. Cliff joined ETF Securities in 2013 and he was based in Hong Kong. Prior to joining ETF Securities, Cliff was a portfolio manager at Guotai Junan International and Hang Seng Bank. Cliff has more than 12 years of experience in portfolio management and equity research. Cliff is a CFA® charter holder, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Computing from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Kanish Chugh
Co-Head of Sales

Kanish Chugh is the Co-Head of Sales at ETF Securities. Kanish has more than nine years’ experience in the investment management industry. Prior to joining ETF Securities he undertook distribution roles at Blackrock and Fidelity Worldwide Investments and was a foundation member of ANZ ETFS, the joint venture between ETF Securities and ANZ. Before entering the investment management industry Kanish worked in the financial media industry at both the Australian Financial Review and Insto publications taking on both sales and editorial responsibilities.

Kanish has considerable experience in investment product development and distribution, and is currently responsible for building brand awareness, education and promotion of ETF Securities’ exchange traded funds in the Australian market.

Ganesh Balendran
Co-Head of Sales

Ganesh joined ETF Securities in March 2016. Beginning his career with Oasis Asset Management in 2004 as a Business Support Officer, he later became a Business Development Manager helping to grow the AUM from $1bn to $5bn by 2010. With the sale of Oasis to ANZ Wealth, Ganesh moved into the distribution team to grow the AUM in ANZ’s range of managed/mutual funds and wrap platforms across ANZ aligned and independent financial advisers.

Through his 14 years’ experience working in financial services and the asset management industry, Ganesh has developed a broad and thorough knowledge of the financial advice channels. In addition to building a wide range of industry contacts he is well versed in the needs of financial intermediary clients.

Ganesh holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Information Systems from the University of New South Wales and holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and investment from Kaplan.

Mathew Knapman
Assistant Portfolio Manager

Mathew Knapman is responsible for portfolio management and supporting Evan Metcalf and Cliff Man. He joined ETF Securities in 2018 and has previous experience with Suncorp and Morningstar. Mathew holds a Bachelor of Finance.

Gemma Weeks
Business Development Manager

Gemma Weeks is responsible for servicing stockbroker and wealth manager relationships across Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. She joined ETF Securities in 2015, after initial experience with the London team from 2012. Gemma holds a Bachelor of the Arts in English and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Finance.

Chad Hitzeman
Business Development Manager

Chad Hitzeman is responsible for servicing financial advisers and private banks across New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. He joined ETF Securities in 2017. Chad holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of International Relations.

Larry Achike
Business Development Manager

Larry Achike is responsible for supporting financial brokers and planners in meeting their clients’ investment goals with information and analysis around the ETF Securities’ range. He joined ETF Securities in 2018 and has previous experience with Surgical Ltd and ConMed Linvatec. Larry holds a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science (Hons).

Andrew Duncan
Business Development Manager

Andrew is responsible for servicing financial planners and stockbrokers across Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia. He joined ETF Securities in 2019 and has previous experience with Shaw & Partners. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Diploma of Financial Planning and is an Accredited Derivatives Adviser, level 1.

Nicola Culey
Marketing Manager

Nicola Culey is responsible for management of the marketing team and the marketing and brand strategy. She joined ETF Securities in 2018. Nicola holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons).

Amelia Serdoz
Marketing Associate

Amelia Serdoz is responsible for planning and execution of marketing activities. She joined ETF Securities in 2018, initially in London and is currently based in Sydney.

Sara Allen
Head of Content

Sara Allen is responsible for content strategy, creation and curation. She joined ETF Securities in 2019 and has previous experience with BT Financial Group, Macquarie Group and DDB Sydney. Sara holds a Bachelor of Art – Psychology.

Carolina Anagnostou
Graphic Designer

Carolina Cantillo is responsible for the design and development of the brand and visual identity for ETF Securities. She joined ETF Securities in 2019 and has previous experience with Bank of Bogota. Carolina holds a Bachelor of Marketing and Advertising.