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Brendan Ahern

Chief Investment Officer


Brendan Ahern is the chief investment officer at Krane Funds Advisors (KFA), where he leads the firms research and education efforts. Mr. Ahern joined KFA in 2012 and was an original member of the team that launched its first ETFs. He actively works with investors on a variety of subjects ranging from asset allocation to trading to articulating the growing influence that index providers hold in the asset management industry. Mr. Aherns career has spanned a period of tremendous growth for ETFs, which has contributed to his profound knowledge of the ETF landscape.

Mr. Ahern is considered a preeminent expert in global financial markets with a particular focus on China. He is a frequent visitor to China and actively maintains daily contact with a deep local research network comprised of investment banks, brokers, and regional and boutique research firms. He produces a daily update called China Last Night, which also appears as a column on Forbes.com. He is often sought after by leading business and financial outlets and has appeared on CNBC and Bloomberg. Mr. Ahern is a frequent guest of Bloomberg Radios Daybreak Asia, and he is quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Investors Business Daily. His prior experience includes over ten years with Barclays Global Investors (subsequently BlackRocks iShares), which he joined in 2001 during the rollout of their ETF business.

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Speaker Schedule

Friday, June 12, 2020 - 11:30 am to 12:00 pm EDT Beyond Amazon: Uncovering the Quarantine's Other Global Winners Focus: GLOBAL

In the US, the companies thriving during quarantine are household names, Amazon delivery trucks fill the streets and Zoom meetings are now indispensable components of our daily lives. While the US quarantine winners are household names, many of us are less familiar with their global counterparts. In South Korea, Kakao runs the country's leading work-from-home platform, Agit in China, Alibaba's DingTalk, saw daily active users on workdays reach 155 million by the end of March. South America's e-commerce platform of choice, MercadoLibre, saw triple-digit revenue growth in Mexico during the lockdown. Beyond technology, healthcare is also seeing a significant upgrade as per-capita spending in countries like China is three times lower than the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic renewed focus on upgrading healthcare networks and brought new opportunities to the healthcare sector across emerging markets. Join Brendan Ahern of KraneShares as he discusses trends and opportunities, beyond Amazon, that have emerged as a result of lockdowns.


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