The Team

Global SWF comprises seasoned professionals dedicated to Consulting & Banking, Data & Analytics, Academics & Editorial Content & Web Development. Some of our team members have worked for other data providers in the past and are highly experienced in tailoring key big data for different client segments. The Data Platform is complemented with Consulting and M&A and Fundraising capabilities, making Global SWF a one-stop shop for all SWF-related services.

Diego Lopez

Managing Director of Global SWF, based in New York. During the past two years, he has worked as an external consultant of the World Bank, of the United Nations and of the Asian Development Bank and supported the establishment of Mongolia’s SWF.

He is a seasoned banker and consultant with over 14 years of experience. Prior to founding Global SWF, he spent five years building up PwC’s footprint in the SWF industry as the Director and COO of the global practice. Before PwC, he spent five years in KPMG and two in Accuracy.

Diego has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, China, Brazil and the US. He earned his Masters in Finance from the London School of Economics (LSE) after graduating in the Universities of Madrid and Milan. He is a FINRA-registered representative with Series 62, 63 and 79.

He is a prolific open water and ice swimmer, having raced in all seven continents incl. Antarctica, and an ambassador for the Ocean’s recovery.

Daniel Brett

Head of Research & Data of Global SWF, based in London. He started his career in journalism before becoming managing editor of a business intelligence provider. He has since worked for 17 years as a consultant to Fitch with a focus on O&G, chemicals & finance.

Prior to joining Global SWF's team, he was head of data and research at Institutional Investor's Sovereign Wealth Center. He has also worked for OPEC and other organizations providing intelligence on oil, gas, electricity and renewables in Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Daniel is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and a member of the Royal Africa Society, having graduated in political science at Queen Mary University of London and obtaining a Master of Science in international development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

He has a black belt in Taekwondo and is a senpai student of Shotokan Karate. He has also fought competitively in fencing in the foil category.

Zoe Liu

Head of Editorial Content of Global SWF, based in New York. She is a postdoctoral research scholar at the Columbia-Harvard “China and the World Program”, a research associate at NYU Stern Business School and a lecturer at SAIS Johns Hopkins University.

She has over 14 years of experience on macroeconomic data and political risk. She has conducted extensive field research in eight different countries on SWF-related issues, having worked for the Delma Institute (Abu Dhabi), for MUFG (Tokyo) and for China’s MOFCOM (Beijing).

Zoe completed her PhD at John Hopkins University with a dissertation on SWFs and the landscape and different use of foreign reserves in China vs Japan. She also holds a Masters in International Relations from the George Washington University and is a CFA Level 3 candidate.

She is fluent in Chinese and English and can read Japanese and French. She was a coordinator of volunteers at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Note: We are currently expanding the team in Asia and will have some Singapore-based team members by the end of the year.

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