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. He is a world-renowned expert on Sovereign Wealth Funds, having acted as practitioner and advisor for many years and published several articles in leading academic journals. He has worked as an external consultant for the World Bank and the United Nations and supported the establishment or reformulation of a number of SWFs around the world.

Diego is a seasoned banker and consultant with over 16 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. He started his career in Santander, and spent several years in Accuracy and KPMG.

He 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.

Diego is a prolific open water and ice swimmer, having raced in all seven continents including Antarctica, and acts as 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.

Andrew Waddington

Senior Consultant at Global SWF, based in New York. He started his career as a staff assistant at the US House of Representatives, before joining the International Monetary Fund in Washington DC. He spent 4.5 years at the IMF working as a division coordinator and project analyst.

At the IMF, Drew focused on fiscal affairs as part of the Tax Administration Diagnostic Assessment Tool (TADAT) Secretariat, conducting workshops on leadership and emotional intelligence for senior government officials in multiple international locations.

He graduated from Loyola University Maryland cum laude, completing a BA in Global Studies and Minor in Spanish. He recently completed a Master of International Business focused on Finance and International Security at Tufts University in Boston.

Drew was a four-year member of NCAA Division 1 soccer team while at school and is an avid traveler, having visited c.30 countries for work and leisure. He is advanced in Spanish and intermediate in Arabic.

Adhrika Nair

Research Intern of Global SWF, based in Qatar. She is a recent graduate of Qatar University, where she completed a bachelor's degree in finance and economics with Honors (Order of Excellence).

She completed an internship at UBS Qatar as part of the Global Wealth Management team and was also a research intern at the CEO’s Office of Mentor Match India, an ed tech start up.

Adhrika is a passionate blogger on global affairs, economics and finance and was a volunteer at FIFA WC’22.

Jack Leversidge

Research Intern of Global SWF, based in the UK. He is a final year student at Northumbria University, where he is completing a bachelor's degree in finance and investment management.

He completed a one-year placement at UBS Asset Management as a member of the Global Sovereign Markets team and also a summer internship at MUFG’s Debt Capital Markets Team.

Jack is an avid golf player (+1 handicap) and runner (marathons and half marathons).

Note: We are currently expanding the team in Asia and will have some team members in Singapore, Hong Kong and/or Mainland China soon.

Advisory Board

A Board of highly seasoned and trusted Advisors provides us with an important point of view and oversight, and it ensures that our growth is superior and sustainable.

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Paul O'Brien


Trustee Wyoming RS
ex-Deputy CIO, ADIA
ex-PM, Morgan Stanley
PhD Minnesota, SB MIT

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Andrew Rozanov


Coined the term “SWF”
ex-Board Member, NIC
ex-State Street, UBS
Masters MSU

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Eugene O'Callaghan


Co-Founder, EHA
ex-CEO, Ireland’s ISIF
ex-COO, Irish Life IM
BComm, UCD Dublin

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Kristian Flyvholm

(Abu Dhabi)

Inaugural CEO IFSWF
ex-IMF, ECB, BoB
MBA Aarhus

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Guan Seng Khoo


Adjunct Lecturer SMU
ex-VP/Head ERM, AIMCo
ex-Snr Director, Temasek