Nicholas Blain MA FCA FCSI CFA
Principal

Nicholas graduated with a maths degree from Queens’ College, Cambridge in 1990. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse (now PwC) then joined Ernst & Young as a management consultant, specialising in emerging markets banking sectors. Nicholas spent a few years in investment banking with ING Barings before realising that teaching financial markets was as much fun as working in them.

He has taught classes for financial markets and the CFA® Program since 2001, including three years based in Singapore, and has presented in places as diverse as Johannesburg, Shanghai, Taipei, Tokyo, Zurich and Dublin.

As chief executive of Quartic he is proud to have built a business founded on quality of tuition and excellence of client service.

Outside class Nicholas is treasurer of an investment partnership, successfully disproving theories of market efficiency. His guru is Warren Buffett, who is on a distant corner of Nicholas’ family tree.

Dianne Ramdeen MSc FCCA CFA CCIBS

Dianne has been a Financial Training Instructor since 2003 and has both designed and delivered training programmes for clients across the retail banking, investment banking and corporate finance sectors.  Specifically, she has provided training on a range of accountancy and financial services programmes including CFA, ICAEW Corporate Finance, ACCA, IMC, CISI and the Chartered Banker Diploma.

Not only is Dianne a CFA charterholder and a fellow of the ACCA, she also has an MSc. in Accounting and is a certificated member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland. In addition, Dianne has successfully completed the IMC, the CISI’s Certificate in Corporate Finance and Certificate in Securities.

Prior to her career in financial training, Dianne worked as a management accountant for a private training company and provided business consultancy services to SMEs.   Dianne has also, in the past, held a senior editorial role with a company involved in the publication of textbooks relevant to the ACCA qualification where she acted as a subject matter expert on Financial Management and Corporate Finance and gained insight into the creation of learning materials to meet a variety of learning styles.

In addition, Dianne has written articles for a London based magazine aimed at students studying towards the ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA qualifications, has been interviewed by Corporate Financier magazine, has acted as a panel member for a Guardian debate on forecasting for SMEs and made media comments to londonlovesbusiness.com on the effect of Brexit on the value of the pound.

Dianne recently discovered a hidden talent for cake decorating so when she is not in the classroom she can be found creating 3D cakes, sugar flowers and life like figurines of her friends and family.

Duncan Hughes MSc

Duncan Hughes has 25 years experience in financial markets, gained in senior positions at leading financial institutions including Rothschild and Threadneedle Asset Management. His experience spans all major asset classes including fixed income, equity and property investment. Responsibilities have included investment strategy formulation, portfolio construction, treasury management, risk analysis and the use of derivatives for position taking and risk management. In his early career Duncan was a quantitative analyst and was the recipient of the Institute of Investment Management and Research (IIMR, the precursor to the CFA (UK) organisation) prize for Statistics and Financial Mathematics. Through board level positions at specialist boutique finance houses he has gained considerable experience of alternative asset classes, structured products and derivatives.

Duncan was a member of the CFA UK’s examination panel for over ten years, having had particular responsibility for the Fixed Interest and Economics subject areas for the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) qualification. He has been a guest lecturer at the London Financial Academy and on MSc Finance courses at London Metropolitan University. Duncan has published a book on asset management and recently authored an article on risk management for Bloomsbury Press.

A lawn tennis tour professional in his youth, Duncan now spends his leisure time participating in, and recovering from, Triathlon events.

Julia Russell Energy, Passion, Relevance & Focus

Julia is an experienced facilitator and coach specializing in holistic leadership, team communication and building employee engagement, resilience and motivation through the connections we make with others. Julia strongly believes that success and results are determined by our relationships and seeking to understand and adapt to others.

With an extensive background working in sales roles for high profile brands in the publishing industry, she worked across Europe before working as Regional Sales Director roles in Singapore and South-East Asia. Julia was based in Singapore for over 20 years and her practical, real-world experience of building relationships, designing and delivering training to a variety of clients, markets and cultures as well as senior positions managing sales functions gives her the insight needed to make her facilitation relevant and add commercial value to those she works with.

Working in facilitation roles for over a decade, Julia specialises in developing individuals to improve their skills, confidence and performance. Her style is supportive, highly engaging but challenging and she focusses on getting the best out of people and to build their confidence to deliver into the future.

Julia is passionate about supporting individual growth and empowerment and has been a guest speaker at several high-profile Women’s Leadership events across Asia.

Sandor Fekecs Jur. Dr.

Sandor is a Juris Doctor. Before joining Quartic, Sandor was involved with Legal Advising, Online Publishing and Business/Sales Development and Management.

Sandor believes in daily learning and development, being a jack-of-all-trades and master of some, and believes that building new things is the essence of professional life.

Sandor is originally from Hungary where he studied Law and Political Scienses while acquiring some self-taught IT knowledge as well, with which he filled in different roles in Hungarian and international companies as well.

On his rare spare time Sandor enjoys family life, films, and is an avid videogame player of 35 years practice on this field.

Willard-Hans Shongue BSc

Hans holds a BSc in Banking and Finance from the University of Buea in Cameroon, and he has over 7 years experience working in logistics and distribution industries in Cameroon and the UK.

At Quartic, he is in the Operations Team and is responsible for the virtual classroom live lecture recordings and builds databases to support the Marketing Team.

During his leisure time, he enjoys listening to good music, travelling and playing volleyball at a competitive level.

Elohor Emmanuel Itoje CFA

Emmanuel graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Benin, Nigeria and has been awarded various professional accounting qualifications by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

He began his teaching career 2002 and has taught at different levels ranging from secondary, undergraduate and professional .

His career moved into finance in 2005 he became a CFA charterholder in 2009 .

Emmanuel is also an avid investor in stocks specializing in emerging markets and has started an investment club with like minds using principles of Benjamin Graham and investment tactics of Warren Buffett.

Adam Moon BSc CFA

Adam has worked in the City for over twelve years helping a wide variety of clients manage their investment portfolios. He has extensive experience in investment research, asset allocation and portfolio management. He has helped manage investment portfolios for high net worth and charity clients at Mazars Wealth Management as well as managing discretionary multi-asset fund of funds at Metlife/Alico. His career began at Aon Consulting advising corporate pension scheme trustees on investment issues.

In addition to being a CFA charterholder Adam has passed the IMC and holds a BSc in Management Science from the University of Manchester. In his spare time Adam is a keen traveller and sportsman trying to master the arts of golf, football, cricket and snowboarding .

Paul Meadows ASIP CFA Institute

Paul has fifteen years experience on the Buyside of the Market, working in both Institutional and High Net Worth Portfolio Management (including Royal Insurance Asset Management and Lloyds Private Banking). His roles ranged from managing the UK Equity component of a larger Portfolio on behalf of a Scandinavian Insurer through to Heading up the Global Research effort in London for a Bermudan-domiciled Private Bank.

Paul also has ten years experience designing and delivering both Public and tailored in-house training programmes, with audiences ranging from Graduates and new starters, through to one-to-one coaching of Senior Managers. He has delivered programmes on Wealth & Portfolio Management, Equity Valuation, Technical Analysis & Hedge Funds in the Middle East, Asia, Emerging and Western Europe, Russia and South Africa as well as London, for blue chip Investment Banks, Fund Managers, Regulators, Hedge Funds, Private Banks and Law Firms.