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20-20 Investment Association is a group of the world's most prestigious and economically powerful institutional investors who together represent nearly US$9 trillion in investment capital.

Members include sovereign wealth funds, endowments, foundations, family offices and money management organizations with headquarters in 10 countries. Over the past thirty years, 20-20 members have invested billions of dollars in emerging and frontier markets.

Membership is by invitation only and provides opportunities to participate in two yearly events: an annual meeting and an annual exploratory trip to an emerging market country or region. More information on our events is here.

Members have the opportunity to collaborate with senior level decision-makers representing other organizations in a membership that is increasingly diversified internationally.

Networking includes: the exchange of ideas and information between owners and investors of capital; insight into best practices in the global investment industry; and meeting and building relationships with government, investment, and business leaders around the world.

The dialogue created during 20-20 Investment Association events helps shape the framework used by individual members to make their investment decisions.

Consistent with George Russell's original vision, 20-20 Investment Association is a non-profit organization, not oriented toward a bottom line but rather toward educating its members about the world's emerging and frontier markets and fulfilling a commitment to corporate social responsibility in the countries we visit. As more investments are directed into emerging and frontier markets, the resulting improved standards of living will hopefully play a role in helping reduce poverty and ultimately global conflict.

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20-20, much like the emerging markets we focus on, has changed considerably since that trip to China. And yet, I learn just as much from each annual meeting and trip we organize. Perhaps just as critical - I learn from 20-20 members themselves.

Message from the Chairman

Since the 1980s when emerging markets extended beyond currency trading, institutional investors have looked to the asset class for diversification and growth. I remember conference calls and internal discussions in those early days spent analyzing where the next debt or peso crisis might arise. With a dearth of publicly available information, face-to-face meetings were invaluable tools to assess how a country’s leaders - corporate and political - were managing local, regional and global business conditions. But assembling a mix of CEOs, ministers and content experts for a country visit was not logistically easy.  

Then, in 1997, I went on my first 20-20 trip to Chongqing, Beijing and Hong Kong. I learned so much on that trip from meetings with local officials, to visiting a Briggs & Stratton plant in the outskirts of Chongqing and sharing thoughts with fellow 20-20 members around the dinner table about how to turn this knowledge into investment action. That trip gave me actionable insights that helped shape GE Asset Management’s investment strategy on China for years to come.  

20-20, much like the emerging markets we focus on, has changed considerably since that trip to China. And yet, I learn just as much from each annual meeting and trip we organize. Perhaps just as critical - I learn from 20-20 members themselves. The diversity of perceptions within the group - whether it be due to institution type, asset class focus, geographic location, or beyond - delivers a rich experience I’ve yet to find elsewhere. I strongly believe 20-20 is the perfect vehicle for institutional investors to explore, learn and help make sense of changing investment conditions around the globe.

In the midst of this pandemic, 20-20 is pivoting yet again and providing valuable, on-the-ground insight and expertise via virtual sessions. When international travel resumes, I look forward to in-person learning from and with my fellow 20-20 members once more.

We welcome all new thoughts and perspectives, so please contact us if you’re interested in learning and exploring as part of the 20-20 Investment Association family.  

Ralph Layman
Chairman, 20-20 Investment Association

Board of Directors

Ralph Layman

Ralph Layman

CHAIRMAN

Ralph is currently Chairman of 20-20 Investment Association, a non-profit emerging markets global peer group that engages in investment-related dialogue with key stakeholders in developing markets. Ralph is also the Managing Partner of Blue Ocean Management Partners, LLC, invested in technology that facilitates an overnight trading platform for US listed equities.

During Ralph’s 40 year investment career, he was Vice Chairman of State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), serving on the Executive Management Group and Investment Committee. Prior to SSGA’s acquisition of GE Asset Management (GEAM) in 2016, Ralph spent 25 years at GE, as EVP & CIO and lead portfolio manager for GEAM’s International Equity strategy. He was a Trustee for the GE Pension Trust & member of GEAM’s Asset Allocation Committee, which he chaired in 2003 & 2004. Ralph also served on the boards of the Elfun Funds, GE’s Savings & Securities Trusts & GEAM’s London office. Before joining GE, Ralph started his career as an analyst and portfolio manager for Wausau Insurance Company’s Retirement Trust, and moved on to become a global portfolio manager for Templeton International. While there, he led the firm’s efforts in forming Templeton’s Emerging Markets Fund in 1987, the first listed emerging equity fund in the US. Ralph also represented Templeton on the advisory boards of two Unit Trusts – The India Fund & The Bangkok Fund – from 1985 to 1989.

Ralph is a holder of the CFA designation and has served as a member of the New York Stock Exchange International Capital Markets Advisory Committee. From 2003 to 2016, Ralph represented GE as a delegate, including serving as Chairman in 2007, to the International Pensions Conference, an annual CIO meeting of 40 large global pension and sovereign wealth funds. He also serves on an advisory board to BuildOn, a non-profit group that partners after school service programs in US inner cities with communities in developing countries to build schools internationally.

Ralph holds a BS in Economics, an MS in Finance and is a member of the class of 1979 Applied Security Analysis & Portfolio Management Program of the University of Wisconsin.

Tania Zouikin

Tania Zouikin

VICE CHAIRMAN

Tania is currently Vice Chairman of the 20-20 Investment Association, a non-profit organization with members representing investment firms from all corners of the globe, and with particular interest in investments in developing markets.

Tania was affiliated with Batterymarch Financial Management for 25 years as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and as co-founder of Batterymarch: Canada. Batterymarch was a pioneer in global market investing with particular emphasis on emerging markets. Prior to joining Batterymarch, Tania was a global pension fund manager for Alcan Aluminium Ltd in Montreal. Tania holds a BA in mathematics from McGill University and an MS in Management from the MIT Sloan School of Management and is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Tania currently serves on the Presidential Advisory Councils of Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, the Advisory Board of Brandeis International Business School, and is an honorary Board member of the International Advisory Board of the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid. Tania is on the Board of Advisors of the Boston Lyric Opera.

Tania has served on Advisory Boards at MIT Sloan School, Northeastern University College of Business and the Conference Board’s Research Council on Global Investment. She has been a guest lecturer on international finance, management and entrepreneurship at Sloan School of Management, Northeastern College of Business Administration, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, Brandeis University and served as adjunct professor at Bentley College. Tania was President of the French-speaking Financial Analyst Society and Women in Finance Group in Montreal.

 

James Donald

James Donald

BOARD DIRECTOR

James M. Donald is a Portfolio Manager on the Emerging Markets Equity team and Head of the Emerging Markets Group. He began working in the investment field in 1985. Prior to joining Lazard in 1996, James was a Portfolio Manager with Mercury Asset Management. He has a BA (Hons) in history from the University of Western Ontario.  

In the twenty-three years since James has been working at Lazard, he has been instrumental in developing and coordinating the Emerging Markets activities which today comprise nine different strategies. There are two fixed income approaches, six equity strategies and one which focuses on closed-end funds and investment trusts. Considerable efforts are made to share information across these teams so that Lazard can gain an informational advantage in emerging markets countries.  

Mr. Donald is also a Board member of EMPower, a charity of EM investment professionals across the World, which gives monies to worthy efforts aimed at health care, women's issues, among others, in the emerging markets.

 

Drew Guff

Drew Guff

BOARD DIRECTOR

Drew Guff is Managing Director and Founding Partner of Siguler Guff & Company, LP, a multi-strategy private equity investment firm with over $13.0 billion of assets under management. Siguler Guff manages specialized private equity funds in the areas of U.S. and European real estate, emerging markets, small and mid-size U.S. buyouts and global distressed opportunities. Siguler Guff serves over 450 institutional clients, including corporate and public employee benefit plans, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth funds and family offices. The firm is headquartered in New York with offices in Boston, London, Moscow, Mumbai, São Paulo, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Houston, TX, employing 160 professionals worldwide.

Mr. Guff has 35 years of private equity experience. In addition to his oversight of the Firm, he leads Siguler Guff’s Emerging Markets investment strategy and execution. Siguler Guff has over $4 billion invested in the emerging markets across China, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Siguler Guff was an early pioneer investing in Russia as the country transitioned to a market economy through the creation of one of the very first PE funds in that region, Russia Partners.  

Mr. Guff is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on its Investment Advisory Committee. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and the U.S.-Russia Business Council. Mr. Guff is an International Council Member of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He sits on the board of directors for a number of portfolio companies and previously served on the board of directors of EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE: EPAM). Mr. Guff is the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Award for corporate citizenship in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of U.S.-Russia relations. He is a key representative for the private equity industry and is a frequent speaker at global industry conferences and investment forums. For 30 years, Mr. Guff has been a trustee of the Phillips Academy Institute for the Recruitment of Teachers, a national program that prepares historically underserved and underrepresented U.S. college students for careers in teaching and academic administration. Mr. Guff holds an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College.

Louisa Mojela

Louisa Mojela

BOARD DIRECTOR

Louisa is a founder and Group CEO and Chairman of Women Investment Holdings Limited (WIPHOLD). Louisa has held positions at Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank as Manager in the Emerging Markets, Development Bank of Southern Africa (during which time she was seconded to the World Bank in Washington DC), as Business and Entrepreneurial Manager and the Lesotho National Development Corporation as Project Manager. 

Louisa graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from the National University of Lesotho. She also completed the Executive Leadership Program at Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. In 2000, Louisa was selected as one of 40 women from different continents and countries for “The Leading Women Entrepreneur of the World”. In 2006, Louisa was the finalist of the Ernest and Young World Entrepreneur Award for South Africa Chapter. In 2008, Louisa was recognized as one of South Africa’s most influential women in business and government. In May 2009, Louisa was the winner of the Inaugural African Business Leadership Award in Dakar, Senegal by the African Development Bank (AfDB). In January 2010, Louisa received ’The Builders of the African Economy Award’’ in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. In February 2015, she was awarded a Women Leadership Award in Mumbai – India "for Outstanding Women Professionals”, and in March 2015, Innovation Award “ an award centered around individuals who have done exceptional work to uplift and develop underprivileged people in South Africa, especially youth” by Student Sponsorship Programme (SSP). Best Manager of the year awards by European Business Assembly at the Institute of Directors in London March 2016 and Honorary Doctorate Degree from NUL September 2016 . 

Louisa served on several boards including Distell Limited, Life Healthcare Group Holdings Limited (all listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange) and currently serves on Sasol Limited, Ixia Coal and AFGRI Group Holdings.

 

Gloria Serobe

Gloria Serobe

BOARD DIRECTOR

Gloria is a Founding Member and Executive Director of WIPHOLD and Chief Executive Officer of Wipcapital. Her professional experience includes positions at Exxon Corporation in the USA, Munich Reinsurance Company of SA, the Premier Group and Standard Corporate and Merchant Bank. She was the Executive Director – Finance, Transnet Limited and was a member of the Transnet Board and its major subsidiaries.

Gloria is chairman of the Solidarity Response Fund, incorporated in March 2020 in response to President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call for national unity at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in South Africa.

She serves on several Boards including Hans Merensky Holdings, Adcorp Holdings and Denel. She is an honorary member of the Actuarial Society of South Africa and is a member of the SAICA Advisory Council.

Gloria obtained a B.Com degree from the University of Transkei and holds an MBA degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

Her previous non-executive Directorships include Chairman of the Board of the Independent Ports Regulator, Chairman of the Life Office’s Association (LOA), Chairman of the Metropolitan Group, Old Mutual, Nedbank, Sasol Mining, Sasfin, Export Credit Insurance Corporation, Airports Company South Africa, Express Kenya Limited, M-Cell, MTN, the Financial Markets Advisory Board and the JSE.

 

Diana Strandberg

Diana Strandberg

BOARD DIRECTOR

Diana Strandberg is a Senior Vice President & Director of International Equity at Dodge and Cox, an investment management firm in San Francisco. She has been with the company since 1988.

Diana currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Dodge and Cox, and she is a member of the firm’s international and global equity policy committees. She is also a Trustee of the Dodge & Cox Worldwide Funds, the firm’s overseas UCITs offerings.

Diana also serves on the Board of Directors for 20-20 Investment Association; the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian; and the National Board of Summer Search, a youth mentoring organization.

Diana graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981 (Phi Beta Kappa); and received her M.B.A. degree from the Harvard Business School in 1986. Diana and her husband, Steven Strandberg, live in San Francisco and have two sons.

Craig Thorburn

Craig Thorburn

BOARD DIRECTOR

Craig joined the Future Fund after 13 years working for both the Commonwealth Treasury and Australia’s sovereign debt manager, the Australian Office of Financial Management. Craig has been with the Future Fund since inception in 2006 and was a senior member of the in-house Strategy team from 2007 to 2012.  

In July 2012 Craig took up the new role of Director – Emerging Markets; leading the Future Fund’s efforts in better understanding the complexities of investing in Emerging Markets across all asset classes.  

In 2019 Craig joined the in-house Private Equity team with investment responsibilities cutting across venture, growth and buy-out sectors and with a focus on China and other emerging economies.

From September 2020 Craig is working directly to the Chief Investment Officer, with a focus on strategic portfolio and investment initiatives.

Craig has often represented the Future Fund at high level governmental interactions and continues to represent the organisation and investment forums worldwide.

Craig graduated from the Australian National University with both a Bachelor of Commerce degree and post graduate qualifications in Economics.

Vera Trojan

Vera Trojan

BOARD DIRECTOR

Senior Managing Director, Partner, and Equity Portfolio Manager

Vera leads Wellington Management’s Emerging Markets Equity Team and manages emerging markets equity portfolios — a product she founded in 1994. She monitors investment opportunities in more than 30 countries in Latin America, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Vera is a former member of Wellington Management’s Executive Committee, which functions as the firm’s internal board of directors.  She currently serves on the firm’s Audit Committee and Equity Review Group II.

Prior to joining the firm in 1989 as an asset allocation analyst, Vera worked at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York (1987 – 1989), where she assessed international financial markets, policies, and economics. Before business school, she worked on the Eurobond team at C.S. First Boston (1983 – 1985) and taught English and  economics at the University of East Asia in Macau (1982 – 1983).

Vera earned her MBA from Harvard Business School (1987) and her AB in economics, magna cum laude, from Princeton University (1982). She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and is a member of the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations and the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations. She is also a director of the 20-20 Investment Association.

Christopher Bush

Christopher Bush

Executive Director

Christopher is the Executive Director of 20-20 Investment Association and is responsible for developing the agenda, liaising with foreign officials and overseeing logistical support of 20-20’s two yearly events. 

Prior to joining 20-20, Christopher worked as a Senior Research Analyst with Russell EMPulse. Russell EMPulse reports presented the perceptions of senior decision-makers in leading international investment firms about the investment climate in emerging markets and were presented to leading government and private sector representatives primarily through 20-20 visits. From 2000 to 2007, Christopher co-wrote 24 EMPulse reports, tracked economic and political trends across the emerging market universe and supported 20-20 by providing additional research and analysis related to 20-20 events. Before that, Christopher worked at the US Department of State as a Presidential Management Fellow from 1996 to 1999.  

Christopher received a Master of International Affairs from the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Idaho.

 

Kathy Floyd

Kathy Floyd

Program Manager

Kathy's two decades of service to the 20-20 organization symbolizes one simple premise – members always come first.

As Program Manager, Kathy works tirelessly to ensure that each and every member is receiving the highest level of service and support – whether it's from the home office or on the ground wherever 20-20 travels around the world.  With 30 years of experience in supporting distinguished global government and business leaders, Kathy brings the focus, flexibility and composure necessary to manage high profile programs in the US and emerging market countries.

2019

20-20 Chair Ralph Layman leads his first delegation on a visit to the Philippines and Thailand.  

2018

20-20 visits Nigeria, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Morocco. The trip marks the group's first visit to West Africa and the third visit to the African continent. 

2017

20-20 hosts an annual meeting in Mexico City - only the second international meeting site (the first was Toronto in 2009). 

2015

20-20 celebrates its 25th anniversary with an annual meeting in Seattle (home of 20-20 founder George Russell) and kicks off its annual trip in Prague - one of the first two cities on the inaugural trip in 1992. 

2014

20-20 delegation meets with recently inaugurated President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in Jakarta - marking the President's first meeting with an international group. 

2013

20-20 Chair Tania Zouikin leads her first delegation on a visit to Beijing, Western China and Mongolia. 

2012

Russell and 20-20 end a 22-year relationship. The group changes its name to 20-20 Investment Association and enters into an association with the EastWest Institute. 

2006

Russell 20-20 visits Ukraine and Turkey - the Ukraine visit marks the first official inclusion of a "frontier market" (the first frontier market index was established the following year).

2002

Russell 20-20 Chair Michael Phillips leads his first delegation on a visit to Russia and Poland.

2001

The tragic terrorist attacks of 9/11 postpone a planned trip to Russia and Poland.

2000

George Russell leads the group to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam - it would be his last trip as Chair.

1999

Russell 20-20's first emerging markets trip: Chile, Brazil and Argentina.

1998

George Russell and 20-20 members expand the group's scope beyond command and transition economies to all emerging markets.

1995

Russell 20-20 incorporates as an independent, non-profit organization.

1992

Russell 20-20 takes its inaugural trip to Czechoslovakia and Poland. Later that year, Russell 20-20 holds its first annual meeting in New York City.

1990

George Russell attends an Aspen Group talk and is inspired by EastWest Institute President John Mroz's speech about the pending dissolution of the Soviet Union. George comes up with the idea of assembling a group of experienced investors - 20 corporate pensions and 20 asset managers - to travel to former command economies as they transition to more open economic systems and learn about investment opportunities by "kicking the tires."