Douglas King, CIO
Doug has over twenty years of experience in trading grains, non-grain feeds and petroleum. After graduating in mathematical engineering from Loughborough University in 1990, he joined Cargill as a graduate trainee. Over the next seven years, he rose to head both the UK non-grain import business and the UK grain business based in Liverpool and Swinderby. In 1997, he moved to Cargill’s petroleum business in Geneva as head of gasoline and crude trading and rose to head global petroleum trading by his departure in 2000. Over 2001 and 2002, he was head of global petroleum trading in Crown Resources and an energy market consultant for a large US hedge fund in 2003. In June 2004, Doug joined Mike at Aisling Analytics becoming co-owner/partner shortly after.
Michael J. Coleman, COO, CRO, CCO
Mike has over thirty years of trading experience in commodities. He graduated from Exeter College, Oxford University in 1982 and joined Cargill as a graduate trainee. In a 19-year career at Cargill, Mike held a variety of trading and trading management positions including head of Cargill’s Global Rubber Division and regional manager for Cargill’s petroleum trading business in the Asia Paciﬁc region. In 2001, Mike joined with Marubeni to establish U Derivatives Pte Ltd, where he was COO. In Apr 2004, Mike left U Derivatives to found Aisling Analytics and launch The Merchant Commodity Fund.
Chandrakant Bhima, Coal, Freight and Industrials Trader, CCO
Chan has over ﬁfteen years in the commodities business and twelve years of trading experience across coal, natural gas, power, freight and oil/oil products. Chan started his career at Mobil Oil (now ExxonMobil) before joining NV Nuon (now Vattenfall), where he established a fuels trading business focusing on coal, gas and oil products and managing the fuels supply to Nuon’s power plants. In 2005, Chan joined Merrill Lynch to set up a leading dry bulk trading business. After a brief spell at JP Morgan, Chan joined Tong Teik in Singapore to help establish a physical coal trading business.
Alastair Jones, Grain, Oilseed and Softs Trader
Alastair joined Cargill in 1991 after graduating from Loughborough University and was appointed commercial manager for UK Softseeds and Soya business for Cargill. Alastair then moved to Geneva with Cargill as a commercial manager in its European Rapeseed and Soya Crush Department. Alastair resigned from Cargill in July 2006 to join Aisling as a grain trader.
Bron Sharman, Global Petroleum and Tanker Freight Trader
Bron has over twenty years of experience trading petroleum and tanker freight. He gained his MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance in 1992 from Cass Business School and after one year of post graduate research he joined Traﬁgura as a graduate trainee in the oil business. In 1996, he moved to Texaco to develop their European and USGC businesses and in 2001, joined Williams Energy and then Chevron to build out their trading desks. After a year with Sinochem, he joined RWE’s petroleum and freight desk in 2005 and in 2012, he moved to SOCAR Geneva. In September 2015, Bron joined the fund as a portfolio manager for global petroleum and tanker freight.
Conor O’Malley, Analyst
Conor ﬁrst joined Aisling Analytics in Singapore as a commodity analyst in 2006 covering agricultural analysis and Asian energy markets. In 2011, he moved to Switzerland and then to London with the subsidiary company focusing on coal, freight and iron ore markets. Conor joined JP Morgan’s commodity research team in May 2013 as a global commodity strategist and ran the agricultural research from September 2013 to July 2014. He left JP Morgan after the sale of the commodity business to Mercuria and worked as an independent commodity consultant in London before rejoining RCMA Asset Management in April 2015.
Silke Bleser, Execution Trader
From 1999 to late 2002, Silke was appointed supervisor with Dresdner Bank Ags Futures & Options Clearing Foreign Exchanges in Frankfurt. During this time, she graduated from VWA Frankfurt as a ﬁnance and investment economist. In 2003, Silke moved to Chicago and joined Bank One Capital Markets, which later merged with JP Morgan, as a Futures and Options Commodities broker. Silke left JP Morgan in April 2011 as Vice President before joining RCMA Asset Management in May 2011.