Speaker Bios

Polina Kurdyavko

Partner, Co-Head of Emerging Markets, Senior Portfolio Manager, BlueBay

Polina is a Senior Portfolio Manager and Co-Head of Emerging Market Debt at BlueBay. She is responsible for the BlueBay long-only and alternative emerging market credit portfolios. Polina started her career in Emerging Markets after Russian financial crisis in 1998. She has gained expertise in a broad range of Emerging Markets financial assets.

Polina joined BlueBay in July 2005 from UBS where she worked as a credit analyst in EM corporate research. Her role involved secondary coverage of EM issuers and research support for primary issuance of select corporates. Prior to this, Polina was with Alliance Capital where she worked as an emerging markets equity analyst and then moved on to pioneer emerging markets quantitative research at the firm. She started her career in a macro research boutique in Russia. Polina holds an MSc (Hons) in Finance from the People’s Friendship University of Russia, Moscow and is a CFA charterholder.

BlueBay is one of Europe’s largest specialist managers of fixed income, entrusted by clients with over US$51 billion in AuM in corporate and sovereign debt, rates and FX. Our investment philosophy and approach is focused on delivering absolute-style returns, with an emphasis on capital preservation. We have an established track record of innovation and performance, providing a broad range of relative return, total return and alternative investment portfolios in both public and private debt markets. BlueBay is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada with full investment autonomy, flexibility and operational independence.