Alistair Thompson joined First State's Asia Pacific/ Global Emerging Markets team in January 2003 in the role of Senior Portfolio Manager for Asia Pacific Equity. Alistair plays a supporting role in the management of Global Emerging Markets product, and has specific responsibility for research on Australasian companies. Following the merger of the Edinburgh-based Asia Pacific team with the Hong Kong and Singapore Asian teams in September 2003, Alistair took on the role of Deputy Head of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) and relocated to Singapore in December 2003.Alistair joined First State from Edinburgh Fund Managers where he worked for nine years and was Head of Asia Pacific (ex Japan). Alistair was the portfolio manager for a range of open ended funds and a leading investment trust. Prior to joining Edinburgh Fund Managers in November 1993, he worked for CIM Fund Managers where he started managing their money market funds from 1990 and their Asian funds from 1992, having joined the firm in 1989. Alistair holds a Diploma in Fund Management from the Securities Institute of London.
Richard Jones is a Director of First State Stewart Asia, part of First State Investments. Richard has more than 29 years of investment experience in Asia, focused on both company research and portfolio management. He joined the First State Stewart Asia team in January 2010 and is based in Hong Kong. Richard is the lead manager of the First State Asia Opportunities Fund, the First State Asian Growth Fund and the First State Singapore and Malaysia Fund. He is also responsible for managing a number of Asia Pacific Leaders portfolios on behalf of key client segregated accounts. Richard graduated from the London School of Economics with a first class degree in Economics (Government).