General Investing >> Money Manager Interviews >> November 3, 2003

David Semple – Van Eck Associates Corporation

DAVID A. SEMPLE joined Van Eck Global as a Director, International Equity in February 1998. A veteran of emerging markets investing, Institutional Investor ranked him among the top Asia strategists in 1996. Mr. Semple manages Van Eck's Emerging Markets Fund, Asia Dynasty Fund and Worldwide Emerging Markets Fund. He is also adviser for the Worldwide Absolute Return Fund. His primary responsibilities include asset allocation and stock selection in global emerging markets. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Semple was Regional Strategist at Peregrine Brokerage. He joined Peregrine in 1993 after serving as Head of Emerging Markets at Murray Johnstone, a United Kingdom investment management company. There, he was also an investment manager specializing in Asian equity markets. Mr. Semple graduated with an Honors degree in Law and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the University of Edinburgh and practiced law in Scotland. He became an Associate of the Institute of Investment Management and Research in 1993. Profile
TWST: Can we start with a brief overview of Van Eck Associates and your

specific responsibilities in the Emerging Markets Fund?

Mr. Semple: Van Eck Associates is a private firm that has been