Standard Life appoints director to EM team

Imran Ahmad has joined from JP Morgan Asset Management as an investment director.

Scotland-headquartered investment firm Standard Life has appointed an investment director to its emerging market debt investment team.

Imran Ahmad has joined the firm from JP Morgan Asset Management, where he served as currency portfolio manager since 2013. Before that he worked as global emerging markets strategist at RBS Global Banking & Markets, as well as holding other roles at the bank.

In his latest role, Ahmad will be based in London and will be focused on currency overlay strategies across the firm’s emerging markets team. He will report to Richard House, head of emerging markets fixed income at Standard Life.

House said: “His appointment reflects our commitment to and belief in the long term opportunities the emerging market debt asset class has to offer.”

The appointment follows the firm’s launch of its Emerging Market Debt Unconstrained SICAV. The fund operates with the mandate of investing in hard and local currency sovereign debt and hard currency corporate debt across 70 countries.

As of 30 June, the Scottish investment firm has £269 billion of assets under management. In addition to its UK offices, the firm has bases in the US, Europe and the Asia-Pacific.