Meet the Macro Hive Team

Bilal Hafeez
Bilal Hafeez

Bilal Hafeez
CEO & Head of Research

Bilal Hafeez is the Founder and CEO of Macro Hive. Prior to this, Bilal was Global Head of International Fixed Income Strategy at Nomura between 2016 and 2019. Before that Bilal held various senior roles at Deutsche Bank between 2002 and 2015 including Head of Multi-Asset Research, Advisor to the CEO, Head of Asia Research in Singapore and Global Head of Foreign Exchange Research. Bilal started his career at J.P. Morgan in 1998. During his sell-side career, Bilal was rated #1 market strategist by Euromoney and Institutional Investor for most years between 2004 and 2013. He also pioneered FX investment and smart beta benchmarks. Academically, Bilal was an Honorary Visiting Professor of Finance at Cass Business School. He studied Economics at St Johns College, Cambridge. Bilal has seven cats, four chickens, a beehive and one dog.

Andrew Simon
Andrew Simon

Andrew Simon
Chief Operating Officer

Andrew has spent over 25 years in finance on both the buy side and sell side. Andrew co-founded Eschaton Opportunities Fund, a $100 million+ hedge fund focused on global thematic value investing. Earlier, he led JP Morgan's institutional sales business across foreign exchange and emerging markets for Europe. He also spearheaded initiatives around tail risk hedging and cross asset structuring. Before JP Morgan, he ran Lehman's global derivative sales business and at Deutsche Bank, he managed the European currency option trading and derivative research business. He started at Cooper Neff/ BNP. He credits them for giving him an amazing foundation to begin this journey in finance. Andrew currently lives in London with his wife Valeria and son Alexander. Andrew loves to ski and still holds on to the dream of outlasting Rodger Federer in a best of five on the tennis court.

Caroline Grady
Caroline Grady

Caroline Grady
Head of Emerging Markets Research

Caroline Grady is Head of Emerging Markets Research at Macro Hive. Formerly, she was a Senior EM Economist at Deutsche Bank covering Central Europe and other countries within the EMEA region. She has also worked as a Leader Writer at the Financial Times writing the FT View on various macro themes. She started her career at Oxford Economics where she worked on EM Asia and also worked on Asia at BMI Research (now Fitch Solutions). Caroline has an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Alamin Hussain
Business Development Strategist

Alamin was formerly an oil trader at Mandara Capital, a hedge fund focused on trading commodity derivatives. He has previously interned within Sales & Trading at Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and Fixed Income Sales & Business Development at Eurex, Deutsche Börse. Although Alamin has a keen interest for the financial markets, he is obsessed with innovative growth initiatives and the idea of developing things from scratch. Alamin graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) having studied BSc Economics in 2017, and received two scholarships for his academic merits and his entrepreneurial acumen by Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of EasyJet.

David Vasey
Chief of Staff

David has spent over 20 years in the Banking sector and most recently was the CAO for the Nomura G10 and EM Foreign Exchange business in EMEA. Prior to Nomura David worked at Lehman Brothers in a variety of Finance roles spanning Real Estate Product Control & Capital Markets MIS. David's career started at Zurich Financial Services where he qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant.

Manan Shah
Manan Shah

Manan Shah
Financial Controller

Manan is a macro researcher with 8 years of experience on the sell-side including Nomura & J.P Morgan. At Nomura, he specialised in scenario analysis for G10 and major EM economies.

Sam van de Schootbrugge
Sam van de Schootbrugge

Sam van de Schootbrugge
Research Analyst

Sam van de Schootbrugge is a Macro Research Analyst at Macro Hive, currently completing his PhD in Economics. He has a master’s degree in economic research from the University of Cambridge and has worked in research roles for over 3 years in both the public and private sector. His research expertise is in international finance, macroeconomics and fiscal policy.

Ben Ford
Ben Ford

Benjamin Ford
Researcher

Benjamin Ford is a Researcher at Macro Hive. Benjamin studied BSc Financial Mathematics at Cardiff University and MSc Finance at Cass Business School, his dissertations were on the tails of GARCH volatility models, and foreign exchange investment strategies during crises, respectively. He has previously worked as a Summer Research Student at Cardiff University School of Mathematics where he designed the risk pricing model for their £600 million campus developments.

Dalvir Mandara
Dalvir Mandara

Dalvir Mandara
Quantitative Researcher

Dalvir Mandara is a Quantitative Researcher at Macro Hive. Dalvir has a BSc Mathematics and Computer Science and an MSc Mathematical Finance both from the University of Birmingham. Prior to joining Macro Hive, he worked in the FinTech space applying quantitative analytics, machine learning and high-performance computing methods to investment analytics. His areas of research are in the applications of machine learning, deep learning, and alternative data for predictive modelling of financial markets.

Dominique Dwor-Frecaut
Dominique Dwor-Frecaut

Dominique Dwor-Frecaut
Senior Researcher

Dominique Dwor-Frecaut is a macro strategist based in Los Angeles. She has been producing alpha generating trade ideas in FX and rates in EM and G10 at established and startup macro hedge funds in the US since 2011, including at Bridgewater. She has also produced in depth analysis of central banks policies and procedures drawing on her experience at the New York Fed, the IMF and the World Bank as well as on the buy and sell side. Before moving to the US she covered Asian and global EMs at Barclays capital, ABN AMRO and RBS from Singapore. She holds a PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.

John Tierney
John Tierney

John Tierney
Senior Researcher

Over a 30-year career as a sell side analyst, John covered the structured finance and credit markets before serving as a corporate market strategist. In recent years, he has moved into a global strategist role.

Charlotte Leysen
Charlotte Leysen

Charlotte Leysen
Data Scientist

Charlotte is specialised as a consultant in Data Science and Data Analytics. She has a strong entrepreneurial background; co-founding an online marketplace company called EmptyChair. She has completed a Master in Big Data and Business Analytics from IE Business School and a BSc focused in Economics and Statistics from University College London. Now Charlotte consults for various businesses predominantly in finance, healthcare and ecommerce, building data pipelines and dashboards to aid in strategic business decisions.

Craig Buckler
Craig Buckler

Craig Buckler
Web Technology Engineer

Craig has been a senior web developer for more than 25 years. He's led award winning online projects for organisations including the UK Parliament, European Parliament, Microsoft, HP, Vodafone, ITN, Sky, The Times, The Guardian, FT.com, The Wall St Journal, and more. Craig is passionate about web technologies and performance and has written many books, articles, and courses. He lives in Devon with his wife Claire and two children and enjoys cycling and motor racing when not tinkering with code.

Sahil Sakhrani
Sahil Sakhrani

Sahil Sakhrani
Sales & Marketing Associate

Sahil studied Business Management at the University of Warwick and has previous internship experience in various sales and marketing roles. He was born and brought up in Hong Kong, moving to the UK after graduating from high school. Sahil has a keen interest in football and follows Manchester United closely.

Sarah Blaseby
Sarah Blaseby

Sarah Blaseby
Editorial Assistant

Sarah studied English and History at the University of Leeds and has two years of work experience in the publishing/creative industry. She also has a keen interest in politics and international relations.

Suzgo Mee
Digital Editorial Assistant

Suzgo studied Sociology and Psychosocial Studies at the University of Essex and has worked in marketing as well as digital publishing. She was born and raised in London with an interest in almost anything of a creative nature.

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