Experienced ETF Sub-Advisory and Portfolio Management Team

Investment Team

Denise Krisko, CFA President and Co-Founder

Ms. Krisko has over 20 years of index management experience, with an expertise in ETF management. Prior to co-founding Vident Investment Advisory, she was the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director at Index Management Solutions, responsible for the development and oversight of an ETF sub-advisory business with over $1 billion in assets. Previously, she was Co-Head of Equity Index Strategies for Mellon Capital Management and Head of Equity Index Management for BNY Asset Management, where she oversaw the ETF sub-advisory business grow to over $5 billion in assets in over 100 funds. Before that, she was a Director for Northern Trust and Deutsche Asset Management, responsible for portfolio management and trading of index-based strategies. She began her career at The Vanguard Group, as portfolio manager and trader for numerous equity index mutual funds. She obtained a BS in Economics from the Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Finance from Villanova. She also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Shirish Malekar Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Malekar has over 25 years of investment management experience. He leads the development of long/short global asset strategies for Vident Investment Advisory and advises on risk-based smart beta ETF strategies for the Vident Group. Previously, he was Partner and Managing Director at Lattice Strategies, overseeing portfolio and risk management and research for global multi-asset portfolios and custom ETFs. Prior to that, Mr. Malekar developed and ran a global all asset hedge fund at SSGAM. He founded a similar fund at Deccan that was acquired by Allianz Global Investors. Before that, Mr. Malekar was at Strong Capital Management and he began his investment career at PIMCO. He obtained an MS from MIT, an MS in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mumbai (Bombay). He was a teaching and research assistant for International Finance at the MIT Sloan School of Management and an adjunct professor of Portfolio Management at the University of San Francisco.


Jumana Poonawala Chief Operating Officer

Ms. Poonawala has over 17 years of financial advisory experience, with an expertise in international investments and managing multi-currency exposures. Prior to joining Vident Investment Advisory, Ms. Poonawala was an Investment Officer and Co-Head of Global Trade & Supply Finance at International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group. Prior to IFC, Ms. Poonawala was a member of the Private Equity and Real Estate team at Chatham Financial. Previously, she worked at Deloitte Consulting in the Financial Services Group in New York. She began her career at Bank of America managing multinational corporate portfolios. Ms. Poonawala obtained an MPA from Harvard University and a BA from Brandeis University. She has served as Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s Public Policy program. Ms. Poonawala is also the author of an article on the forward market in emerging currencies published in the Journal of International Money and Finance.



Andrew Alden, CFA Head of Quantitative Research

Mr. Alden has over 8 years of investment management experience. Prior to joining Vident Investment Advisory, he was a senior portfolio strategist at Lattice Strategies and the lead researcher designing systematic equities strategies. Prior to earning his MFE, he was at Guggenheim Partners and Citco Fund Services. Mr. Alden obtained a Masters in Financial Engineering from the University of California Berkeley and a BCom in Economics & Finance from the University Of Cape Town, South Africa. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Jim Iredale, CFA Senior Portfolio Manager, Fixed Income

Mr. Iredale has over 15 years of investment management experience. Prior to joining Vident Investment Advisory, he was a Manager – Fixed Income at Ronald Blue & Co, where he was responsible for fixed income and macroeconomic analysis as well as fixed income portfolio evaluation and oversight. Mr. Iredale obtained a BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business and a JD from the University of Georgia School of Law. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.



Betty Tong Senior Portfolio Manager, International Equities

Ms. Tong has over 20 years of portfolio management and trading experience, with a specialty in international equities and stratified sampling of global equity portfolios. Prior to Vident Investment Advisory, she managed enhanced quantitative international equity funds as a Senior Associate/Portfolio Manager in Quantitative Management Associate LLC, a subsidiary of Prudential Financial Inc. Ms. Tong obtained an AB from Princeton University and an MBA in Finance from Rutgers University.




Austin Wen Senior Analyst

Mr. Wen has six years of investment management experience. His focus at Vident Investment Advisory is on trading, risk monitoring and investment analysis. Previously, he was an analyst for Vident Financial, working on the development and review of investment solutions. He began his career as a State Examiner for the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. Mr. Wen obtained a BA in Finance from the University of Georgia.