International Growth Fund

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Jeff Urbina, CFA

Portfolio Manager for the William Blair International Growth, International Small Cap Growth, and Emerging Markets strategies. Jeff is also a member of the firm’s executive committee. Previously, he was a Senior Vice President and Portfolio Manager of the Van Kampen American Capital Navigator Fund, an emerging market equity fund listed on the Luxembourg exchange. While at Van Kampen, he also served as the Director of Research and was a member of the Investment Policy Committee for the firm. Prior to joining Van Kampen in 1991, Jeff spent almost 15 years in the commercial banking business with Citibank where he was a Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager in the bank’s real estate group, and with Harris Bank in Chicago where he was an International Banking Officer. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago. 

B.A., Northwestern University; M.M., Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Management

Tenure with William Blair: Since 1996

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Simon Fennell

Portfolio manager for the International Growth and International Leaders strategies. Since joining the firm in 2011, Simon previously served as a TMT Research Analyst, also focusing on idea generation and strategy more broadly.  Prior to joining William Blair, Simon was a Managing Director in the Equities division at Goldman Sachs in London and Boston, where he was responsible for institutional, equity research coverage for European and International stocks. Previously, Simon was in the Corporate Finance Group at Lehman Brothers in London and Hong Kong, working in the M&A and Debt Capital Markets Groups.

Education: M.A., University of Edinburgh; M.B.A., Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University.

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2011

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Stephanie Braming, CFA

Portfolio Manager for the International Small Cap Growth and International Growth strategies.  Joining the firm in 2004 as an International and Global Equity Product Specialist, Stephanie has been instrumental in portfolio construction, portfolio design and has had a leadership role in the enhancement of the firm’s systematic research tools. She has also led the design and launch of several strategies including China A-Share and Japan.  Stephanie also served as portfolio manager for the Japan strategy from inception in 2013 to close in 2015.  Prior to joining the firm, Stephanie was a Principal at Mercer Investment Consulting, where she was responsible for the strategic investment direction of her institutional clients.  Prior to her role at Mercer, Stephanie worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Chicago where she served on the Society’s Board of Directors.

Education: B.A. DePauw University; M.B.A., University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Tenure with William Blair: Since 2004