At KD Funds, fund assets are managed by our team of asset managers who have received numerous Slovenian and international awards for fund performance and returns. Our managers are consistently ranked among the 10 best Slovenian fund managers according to Moje finance magazine.
The Best Slovenian Fund Manager title went to:
David Zorman in 2010
Primož Cencelj in 2013 and 2015
Aleš Lokar in 2016
Professional approach and long-standing experience
With their professional attitude, long-standing experience in both domestic and regional capital markets as well as international relations, the KD Funds Asset Management team provides investors with excellent investment fund and financial asset management. This is reflected in the many Slovenian and international recognitions and awards we have earned. In Slovenia, Moje finance magazine has regularly rated many of our funds with 5 stars and the Best Mutual Fund title. At the end of 2015, the independent international agency Morningstar began to rate our funds with stars, thus recognising their successful management.
An experienced and highly professional team of portfolio managers
Our team of portfolio managers monitor and analyse developments in equity and capital markets, and invest in those securities who will deliver optimal returns with the lowest possible risk. The team consists of nine asset managers, three of whom are CFA holders whilst the others are in the process of obtaining this credential. Fund management at KD Funds always entails teamwork, with each team consisting of a team leader and several portfolio managers.
Winner of five stars for management performance, and the best mutual fund title
In Slovenia, Moje finance magazine has regularly rated many of our funds with five stars and the Best Mutual Fund title. At the end of 2015, the independent international agency Morningstar began to rate our funds with stars, thus recognising their successful management.
Luka Flere holds a degree from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana, and a Master’s degree from Bocconi University in Milan. In 2005 he assumed the office of Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of Analysis at the KD BPD stockbroking company, to then join KD Funds in March 2008. In 2010 he earned the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) professional financial designation. In mid-2012 he was appointed Director of Asset Management at KD Funds. He is in charge of managing two regional funds, KD Balkan and KD Eastern Europe.
Petra Lesjak has more than 10 years’ experience in banking and asset management. She started her career in 2003 at Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank d.d. as a credit analyst. She later worked for a number of financial institutions, namely as an analyst, Deputy Head of Research Department and Head of Private Banking for the Publikum brokerage company, Head of Credit Risk Management at Holding Slovenske elektrarne, and Head of the Investment Department and the Analysis Department at KD Banka. She joined KD Funds in 2012 as the Head of Asset Management for Institutionals, and acquired the prestigious CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) title in the same year.
Petra Lesjak ima več kot 10-letne delovne izkušnje na področju bančništva in upravljanja premoženja. Svojo poslovno pot je začela leta 2003 v banki Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank d.d. kot kreditni analitik. Kasneje je bila zaposlena v različnih finančnih institucijah, in sicer kot analitičarka, namestnica oddelka za raziskave in vodja privatnega bančništva na borzni hiši Publikum, vodja upravljanja s kreditnimi tveganji na Holdingu Slovenske Elektrarne ter vodja naložbenega oddelka in oddelka analiz na KD Banki. V družbi KD Skladi se je zaposlila leta 2012 kot vodja upravljanja premoženja za institucionalne vlagatelje in istega leta pridobila finančni strokovni naziv CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst).
Aleš Lokar has more than 10 years’ experience in finance. He worked as an analyst, asset manager and stockbroker for the BPH and PM&A stockbroking companies. From 2005, he was employed as an asset manager in the KD BPD stockbroking company. Since March 2008 he has been Senior Portfolio Manager at KD Funds. He is responsible for managing our two oldest and biggest funds, KD Galileo and KD Rastko, as well as KD Dividend, which transformed from an investment company. According to the selection of the Moje finance magazine Aleš Lokar was awarded for being the best Slovenian fund manager in 2016.
Samo Pliberšek graduated in Physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics in Ljubljana and took his PhD degree in Theoretical Physics at the Institute of Physics in Zürich. He has 10 years’ experience in finance; after obtaining his PhD, he first worked in investment banking for the companies NLB, NLB Skladi and Poteza. Running his own company, he later developed a considerable number of software solutions in Quantitative Finance, including in the areas of risk management, portfolio optimisation and equity and bond analysis. At KD Funds, he is the Head of Development.
Sašo Šmigić graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. He worked as an asset manager at the KD BPD stockbroking company from 2006, and at KD Funds from March 2008. In 2013, he was appointed Senior Portfolio Manager – Head of Research at KD Funds. He is charged with managing KD Raw Materials and Energy, a sector fund, and the funds focusing on emerging markets, KD New Markets, KD India – China and KD Latin America.
Primož Cencelj graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana. He gained experience as an analyst at the KD BDP brokerage company from 2006, and joined KD Funds in March 2008. In 2012 he earned the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) professional financial designation. He is responsible for managing two bond funds, KD Bond and KD Corporate Bonds, and KD MM, a money market fund. According to the selection of the Moje finance magazine, KD MM was ranked the best money market fund in Slovenia for four years in a row (2010–2013), whilst Primož Cencelj was awarded for being the best Slovenian fund manager in 2013 and 2015.
Grega Meden has more than 15 years’ experience in finance. He commenced his career in 1999 at the BPH and PM&A stockbroking companies as a stockbroker and asset manager, and then continued at KD BPD as the Head of Trading. He has worked for KD Funds as a fund manager since 2008. As a specialist for the region, he mainly focuses on the assets of the KD Balkan subfund. He was a member of the Management Board of KD Investments Skopje, Macedonia, and a member of the Supervisory Board of the investment company ZIF BLB Banja Luka.
Beti Bacetič Kern’s career started in 1992 at the PM&A stockbroking company where she worked as a stockbroker until 2006. She then joined the KD BPD brokerage company as an asset manager. In 2008, she joined KD Funds where she currently works as an Portfolio Manager and the Head of Cooperation with Stockbroking Companies. Her work experience is regularly upgraded through participation in various innovative projects.
David Zorman graduated from the Faculty of Economics in 2008. He delved into the area of asset management already as a student by joining the KD BPD stockbroking company as a financial analyst in 2005. He joined KD Funds in January 2008, where he manages KD First Selection, a global fund of funds, KD America and the KD Technology and KD Vitality sector funds. According to the selection of the Moje finance magazine David Zorman was awarded for being the best Slovenian fund manager in 2010.