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 works as an Assistant Portfolio Manager to Cliff and Evan providing day to day support for all ETF Securities funds. He previously spent over three years at Morningstar Australasia where he worked in various roles across data, operations and product focusing on indexes and adviser and asset manager software. He holds a Bachelor of Finance from the Australian National University

Gemma Weeks
Business Development Manager

Gemma is a Business Development Manager for ETF Securities, helping to service the stockbroker and adviser networks across Australia. She has worked in the ETF industry since 2012, having worked with ETF Securities in London before joining the Australian office in 2015. Gemma has a Bachelor of Arts (English) from the University of Exeter.

Chad Hitzeman
Business Development Manager

Chad joined ETF Securities in March 2017 and works in the intermediary space servicing financial advisers & private banks across NSW, VIC and QLD. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of International Relations from Macquarie University.

Larry Achike
Business Development Manager

Larry joined the ETF Securities team as a Business Development Manager. Olympian and former Great Britain team Captain, Larry has come from a Medical Sales background, As the Sales and Marketing Manager, he headed a large team across Australia and New Zealand. Larry holds a Bachelor of Science with Hons in Bio Medical Science from Kingston University Surrey. He recently attained his RG146 Certificate.

Andrew Duncan
Business Development Manager

Andrew has a background working in intermediary stockbroking as an Investment Advisor with a client base spanning across Australia. In this role he predominately serviced financial planners focusing on portfolio solutions for clients. This included portfolio construction by diversifying across different asset classes listed on the ASX.

Previously active in using ETF products Andrew has a thorough understanding of the Market and the Wealth industry. Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance as well as a Diploma of Financial Planning and is accredited in derivative products.

Nicola Culey
Marketing and Research Manager

Nicola joined ETF Securities in early 2018 and initially worked on both the sales and marketing teams. She was responsible for the integration of campaigns between departments. Nicola now works as the Marketing and Research Manager to coordinate the businesses marketing activities with Amelia. Nicola holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the University of Sydney.

Amelia Serdoz
Marketing and Research Associate

Amelia joined ETF Securities in October 2018. Working previously as the Office Manager for our London office, Amelia’s new role as a marketing associate is focused on supporting Nicola with the businesses marketing and research.

Sara Allen
Head of Content

Sara is responsible for content creation and curation for ETF Securities. She has more than 10 years of experience in content and marketing across investments, superannuation, insurance and financial advice. Prior to joining ETF Securities in December 2019, Sara held content and marketing roles at BT Financial Group, Macquarie Group and DDB Sydney. Sara has a Bachelor of Art – Psychology from Macquarie University.

Carolina Cantillo
Graphic Designer and Marketing Associate

Carolina is the Graphic Designer and Marketing Associate for ETF Securities, helping with corporate communications and giving the organisation a visual brand. She has worked in Marketing since 2010, having worked with Bank communications in Colombia before joining the company in 2019. Carolina has a bachelor of Marketing and Advertising from Politecnico Grandcolombiano University.