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Guillaume Fonkenell  |  Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer 

Guillaume Fonkenell is the founder of Pharo Management and is a member of the Risk Committee.  He has extensive experience trading currencies, bonds and derivatives in developed and emerging markets.  Prior to founding Pharo Management LLC in 2000, he was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch in New York.  During his four-year tenure at Merrill Lynch, he initiated and successfully managed two businesses.  The first one, the Latin American Local Markets Trading Group, had the mandate to take positions in all currencies, bonds and derivatives in Latin America.  The second one, the Global Credit Derivatives Group, focused on structuring highly sophisticated emerging markets transactions for American, European and Japanese investors. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Guillaume was a Vice President at Bankers Trust in New York, where he traded interest rate swaps and options for four years.  After one year as the senior swaps trader, he was promoted to head all interest rate options trading activities.  At Bankers Trust, Guillaume used his quantitative background to design, structure and trade the most complex derivative products. Guillaume holds Masters Degrees in both Civil Engineering and International Business from Ecole Nationale Des Ponts-Et-Chaussées in Paris, France.  He is also an alumnus of Ecole Polytechnique in Paris.

Michael Skarbinski  |  Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager

Michael Skarbinski is a partner of Pharo Management and a principal of Pharo Management LLC. He is a senior portfolio manager and member of the Risk Committee. He has extensive experience trading emerging market currencies, bonds and derivatives.  Prior to joining Pharo Management, LLC in 2000, Michael worked at Deutsche Bank from 1999 to 2000 as a Vice President in the Emerging Markets Group, responsible for structuring and trading Latin American bonds, currencies and derivatives.  Before joining Deutsche Bank, Michael worked at Merrill Lynch from 1995 to 1998, and as a member of Guillaume Fonkenell's team from 1995 to 1997, where he was the head trader for emerging market credit derivatives and later for the Mexican Peso cash and derivatives books.  Prior to Merrill Lynch, he held positions at Bankers Trust, first in the Global Investment Management group, then in the Equity Derivatives group.  Michael received an M.B.A. from Columbia University and graduated with honors from Union College with a B.A. in Economics. 

JEFFREY HANLON  |  Partner and Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey Hanlon is a partner and chief financial officer of Pharo Management.  He is also a member of the Risk Committee.  He manages global operations, finance, legal, compliance, and technology and is responsible for adopting and implementing policies, procedures, and controls for the international business.  Jeffrey also oversees investor relations and operational due diligence for current and potential investors, negotiates and monitors the Fund’s credit lines, and is responsible for all external service provider relationships such as attorneys, prime brokers and administrators.  Prior to joining Pharo Management in 2001, Jeffrey worked at Barclays Capital from 1998 to 2000, where he managed the bank’s credit derivative and emerging markets product control groups.  Prior to that, he worked at Merrill Lynch from 1994 to 1998 where he created and managed the middle office team covering Latin American derivatives and was then part of the Latin American structured product trading team.  From 1991 to 1994, Jeffrey worked as a staff accountant for Price Waterhouse, focusing on the financial services area.  He holds a B.S. in Accounting from Georgetown University.

MARCELO CASTRO  |  Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager (currently on sabbatical)

Marcelo Castro is a partner of Pharo Management.  He is a senior portfolio manager and member of the Risk Committee.  He has 20 years experience with emerging markets. Prior to joining Pharo Management (UK) LLP in 2005, Marcelo worked at BNP Paribas from 1998 to 2004 where he traded Latin American local instruments in New York and then ran the local fixed income derivatives desk in Brazil.  Prior to BNP Paribas, Marcelo worked at UBS from 1997 to 1998, at Bankers Trust from 1993 to 1997, and at Banco Icatu from 1989 to 1993 focusing on  trading and risk management of Brazilian fixed income derivatives. He holds a B.S. in Economics from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and a one-year specialization course on pure mathematics from the University of São Paulo. He also wrote two chapters of the Handbook of Emerging Fixed Income & Currency Markets, edited by Fabozzi and Franco (1998).