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David Murrin

Banking, Hedge Funds, Private Equity, Entrepreneur, Author and Speaker
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    EntrepreneurshipBusiness StrategyTechnologyBusiness Authors/Strategists

    David started his career as a senior seismologist for SSL and Shell in the oil exploration business in the jungles and swamps of Papua New Guinea where he worked for over two years with indigenous tribes.

    In 1986, he joined JP Morgan and was trained in New York on their internal MBA equivalent finance program. Once back in the London, he profitably traded the FX, bonds, equities and commodities on JPM’s first European Prop desk. In 1991, as a Vice President, he founded and managed JPM’s highly successful European Market Analysis Group, developing new behavioural investment techniques which were utilised at the highest level of the bank. Since joining JPM David has spent the past 32 years in the world of financial markets.

    In 1993, David founded Apollo Asset Management, one of the first European Hedge Funds that combined advisory services and macro fund management. Then, in 1997, David co-founded Emergent Asset Management (FCA registered) as CIO until 2011 when he became the CEO. His primary role was overseeing trading across all its fund products, as well as being particularly active in the firm’s private equity business. In addition, through Emergent’s advisory business which focuses on key investment themes, David was responsible for critical fund raising for Heritage Oil which allowed it to expand significantly by investing in its Uganda exploration program. He took full control of Emergent in 2011, combining his management of the GeoMacro fund with the role of Chief Executive Officer.

    David co-founded EmVest Africa in 2006, focussing on African agriculture which resulted in the launch of Emergent’s African Land Fund in 2008. EmVest was an integrated agricultural businesses dedicated to increasing food production, sustainability and SRI. David acted as its Chairman until its sale from the group in late 2011. The African Land Fund managed investments on behalf of large institutional investors and was one of the first movers into the space that combined the compelling themes of agriculture in socially responsible investing and economic sustainability in Africa. The investment operated across the SADAQ region with great success.

    In early 2011, after five years of extensive research David combined his fascination with military history, geopolitics and finance into a unified geopolitical model and published “Breaking the Code of History” (BTCH). This book highlights the key factors in today's changing world, as power shifts from the West to the East. David speaks widely on the topics in his book, appearing regularly as a keynote speaker on television and to company boards. His next book will be called “Lion led by Lions” which gives a new slant on the BEF in WW1 and provides some critical lessons that are relevant to today’s world.   

    As an entrepreneur, David has funded and built a number of business, based on the themes with BTCH:

    • Spartent Global Solutions. In January 2012, together with two partners, both experienced former Special Boat Service officers, David set up this independent security consultancy company providing a comprehensive range of security services including maritime security, security training, private client services, security consultancy, project security management and security risk assessment.
    • Emergent Capital Partners. In 2014, together with his partner, David set up this boutique corporate consulting and advisory business with a unique operating model and pool of advisors providing fund raising capabilities for innovative projects and companies.
    • Agrient Africa was set up in 2016 as a dedicated African agriculture business with a new model for impact investing with a social responsibility dimension, deigned to pick up where Emvest left off. David acts as its chariman.
    • Helient was set up in 2016 as a dedicated helium acquisition company focused on US assets.

    David is a keen racing and classic yachtsman, co-founding the British Classic Yacht Club in 2002 which has grown over the past decade into a substantial organisation. He is currently the Commodore of the club.

    David joined PS21 as a global fellow in 2015. The Project for the Study of the 21st Century is a new global think tank for a new global era.

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