Vident Financial

A systematic & rules-based investment process

Applying timeless wisdom & established principles

A distinct philosophy & rigorous global research

Our Team

Vince Birley Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Birley has over 30 years of experience in the personal and institutional financial services industry. Prior to co-founding Vident, he was the Chief Strategy Officer and Chairman of the Investment Policy Committee for Ronald Blue and Co. While serving in that role, he was responsible for leading the efforts to develop the Principled Reasoning investment philosophy that the Vident indices utilize. Prior to joining Ronald Blue & Co. in 2000, Vince was a Founder and Principal with Atlantic Capital Management, LLC, where he served as Managing Partner. Vince holds a B.A. in Business from Central College and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM certificant.


Deborah Kimery, CFA Chief Operations Officer

Deborah Kimery, CFA, has over 30 years of institutional investment management and financial services industry experience. As Chief Operational Officer, she is responsible for increasing the operational efficiency of the firm and enhancing our client service and investment deliverables. She works closely with our CEO to execute on firm strategy, innovation and building organizational alignment around our principles-based investing framework and its core principles. Prior to joining Vident, she was an Executive Vice President and Principal of Ronald Blue & Company and contributed to the development of the Principled Reasoning investment philosophy that the Vident indices utilize. Deborah began her career as an Institutional Portfolio Manager for Carillon Advisors and then ING North America Investment Centre, Inc. Deborah holds a BS in Accounting and Finance, and Masters in Organizational Behavior from Miami University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Shirish Malekar Chief Investment Officer

With over 25 years of investment experience, Mr. Malekar leads the development of innovative long/short global asset strategies for a Vident Financial entity, WeatherStorm Capital and advises on risk-based smart beta ETF strategies for Vident. Prior to founding WeatherStorm, he was Partner and Managing Director at Lattice Strategies, overseeing portfolio and risk management and research for global multi-asset portfolios and custom ETFs. Previously, 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. Prior to Allianz, Mr. Malekar developed the first global fixed-income fund at Strong Capital Management. He began his investment career at PIMCO, working on Bill Gross’ portfolio team. Mr. Malekar 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 MIT’s Sloan School of Management and an adjunct professor of Portfolio Management at University of San Francisco.


Denise Krisko, CFA Co-Founder and President of Vident Investment Advisory

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 Solution. Previously, she worked at Deutsche Bank, Northern Trust and BNY Mellon. She began her career at The Vanguard Group as a Portfolio Manager. Ms. Krisko obtained an MBA, Finance from Villanova University and a BS in Finance from Pennsylvania State University. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Rafael Zayas, CFA Senior Portfolio Manager, International Equities, Vident Investment Advisory

Mr. Zayas has over 15 years of trading and portfolio management experience in global equity products and ETFs. He specializes in managing developed, emerging, and frontier market portfolios, including currency and market hedged strategies. Prior to joining Vident Investment Advisory, he was a Portfolio Manager at Russell Investments for over $5 billion in quantitative strategies across global markets, including emerging, developed and frontier markets and listed alternatives. Before that, he was an equity Portfolio Manager at BNY Mellon Asset Management, where he was responsible for $150 million in internationally listed global equity ETFs and assisted in managing $3 billion of global ETF assets. Mr. Zayas holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Jim Iredale, CFA Senior Portfolio Manager, Vident Investment Advisory

Mr. Iredale has over 15 years of investment experience and manages the fixed income side of the Vident portfolio. Prior to joining Vident Financial, he was the Fixed Income Manager at Ronald Blue & Co. Mr. Iredale obtained a BBA, Finance from the University of Georgia, Terry College of Business and JD, Law from the University of Georgia, School of Law. He holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


Andrew Alden, CFA Head of Quantitative Research

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


Austin Wen Senior Analyst, Vident Investment Advisory

Mr. Wen has four years of experience in trading, portfolio management and operations. Mr. Wen focuses on trading, risk monitoring and investment analysis for Vident Financial. Prior to Vident, Mr. Wen was a State Examiner at the Georgia Department of Banking and Finance. Mr. Wen obtained a BA, Finance from the University of Georgia.

*An investor may not invest directly in an index such as VIEQX. In addition, emerging markets investments may expose investors to risks not typically associated with similar investments in more developed markets. The classification of a country as an "emerging market" is generally based on the relative economic, political and social development and is by necessity subjective.