Client Relations

Katie Ryan

Client Relations, Dublin

Katie joined Algebris in 2023 to support the Client Relations team.

She is a recent graduate with a MSc in Finance (Investment and Asset Management) from University College Cork.
She also holds a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Limerick, where she majored in Economics and Finance and minored in Globalization.
Katie joins us from Alter Domus where she has been working as a Private Debt Analyst.

Outside of work Katie enjoys the outdoors, travelling and experiencing new cultures, as well as playing Camogie.

Benz Sng

Benz Sng

Client Relations, Singapore

Benz joined Algebris in 2019 to support the growing client base in Asia.

Prior to Algebris, Benz spent three years at Citco Fund Services as a Senior Operations Analyst where he worked with UK and regional Asian Fund clients, providing middle office support and client onboarding.

Benz is a CFA charter holder and holds a BSc in Banking & Finance (First Class Honours) from University of London.

Benz enjoys staying active and his hobbies include a continued interest in Badminton, which he used to play competitively.

Francesca Deregibus

Francesca Deregibus

Client Relations, Milan

Francesca joined Algebris in 2019 to support our Client Relations team.

Prior to joining Algebris, she gained working experience at Edmond de Rothschild as a Sales Support, covering both the Third-party and Institutional sales businesses in Italy.

Francesca obtained her MSc in Corporate Finance and Financial Markets from the Turin University and holds a BA in Economics, with major in Monetary and Financial Economy.

Francesca enjoys roller skating and volunteering.

Iliyana Tsankova

Iliyana Tsankova

Client Relations, London

Iliyana is a Manager in the Client Relations team, having joined Algebris in London in 2016. She works closely with Business Development, coordinating the onboarding of new distributors and new fund launches, while also supporting the existing distribution network and clients globally. 

She previously worked for Morgan Stanley as an analyst for the UCITS funds platform FundLogic. Prior to that, Iliyana was at NERA Economic Consulting, where she was part of the Securities and Finance team.

Iliyana is a CFA charter holder and has an MSc in Finance and Economics from the London School of Economics. In addition, she holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and BA in Business Administration from the American University in Bulgaria.

In her free time Iliyana enjoys travelling, yoga and hiking. 

Lilla Szasz

Client Relations, Luxembourg

Lilla joined Algebris in 2021 to support the Client Relations team.

Prior to joining Algebris, Lilla worked for Caceis Bank in Luxembourg as an Investor Services Officer and beforehand at Blackrock in Budapest as a Client Experience Associate.

She graduated in International Economy and Business at the Corvinus University and holds an Msc in International Management (CEMS) from HEC Paris.

She is fluent in English, French, Hungarian and also speaks some Italian and German. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, ballet, painting and hiking.

Magdalene Lim

Client Relations, Singapore

Magdalene joined Algebris in 2023 to support our business in Asia ex-Japan.

Magdalene brings with her 13 years of significant experience in both institutional and intermediary client servicing.
Prior to Algebris, she worked for Schroders and beforehand she spent 7 years at abrdn as a Client Service Manager where she covered the institutional and intermediary client relationship management for Southeast Asia and Korea.
Previously she was a Sales & Marketing Support Specialist at Natixis AM, focusing on institutional clients for Asia Pacific ex Japan.

She holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.

Outside of work, Magdalene loves travelling (especially road trips), good food and music.

Mariko Nishi

Head of Product Development, Japan

Mariko joined Algebris in 2019 to support and expand our business development in Japan.

She has 14 years of Product Development and Management experience with global asset management companies, and professional operations experience of 10 years at a Japanese trust bank as well as an asset management company.

She previously worked for the Product Development and Implementation team at Schroder.  Prior to that, she worked at Fidelity and Russell Investments, and her career started in Mitsui-Sumitomo Trust Bank. 

She graduated from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies.  Her hobby used to be riding motorcycles, but now she has three young daughters and changed to swimming, skiing and watching baseball games (she is a big fan of “Hiroshima Toyo Carp “ – her hometown’s professional baseball team) with them.

Nia Jenkins

Client Relations, Luxembourg

Nia joined Algebris in 2021 to support the Client Relations team.

Prior to joining Algebris, Nia worked for Sanne Group in Luxembourg as a Fund Administrator specialising in Real Assets.

She holds a BA in Business Management and French from the University of Manchester. She is currently studying for the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

She speaks English, French and Luxembourgish. She used to compete internationally in Alpine Skiing and was a former member of the Wales Elite Alpine Ski team. In her spare time she enjoys, travelling, hiking and cooking.

Niamh Gleeson

Head of Distribution, Ireland

Niamh joined Algebris as the Designated Person for Distribution (Ireland) in 2020. Niamh has over 20 years of experience in Asset Management, working in Ireland and Bermuda with UCITS and AIFs from a range of domiciles and investment strategies.

Most recently, Niamh worked as a senior member of the Outsourcing Control Team with Amundi (Ireland), responsible for oversight and support of international proprietary and third-party services providers to the management company; managing any regulatory, operational and product initiatives impacting those services. Previously, Niamh held positions in Business Development & Investor Relations at Pioneer Investments, BNY Mellon and JP Morgan.

Niamh holds a BA (Hons) Degree in European Studies from University College Cork.  Niamh is based in Dublin and in her free time enjoys road biking, hiking and yoga.

Phuong Nguyen

Client Relations, Germany, Austria & Switzerland

Phuong joined Algebris as Client Relations Senior Associate in November 2023 to support the grow of the client base in Germany, Austria & Switzerland.

Prior to joining Algebris Phuong spent more than 23 years at GAM where he worked five years as an Investment Controller, 15 years as a Portfolio & Business Manager and Client Support Manager. He graduated in business economics from the Swiss Institute for Business Economics.

Besides his mother tongue German (Swiss German), Phuong is fluent in English, and has good knowledge of French and Vietnamese.

Phuong enjoys playing Tennis on a competitive level. He also enjoys reading books, skiing, and traveling.

Pooja Shah

Pooja Shah

Client Relations, London

Pooja joined Algebris in 2016 to support the Business Development team.

She is responsible for managing operations due diligence, relationships with rating agencies and consultants, helping on distribution agreements, new client onboarding and a variety of other activities required for supporting business development. She has over ten years of experience in the financial services industry including financial research and client servicing. She had previous roles at Morningstar, AMBA (a Moody’s company), Goldman Sachs and HSBC.

Before moving to the UK in 2010 Pooja completed her MBA in Finance from India. Pooja enjoys spending time with her family especially in outdoor activities like cycling and travelling.

Sanjhali Agarwal

Client Relations, Dublin

Sanjhali joined Algebris in 2020 to help support the Client Relations team.

Prior to joining Algebris, she worked for BlackRock as an analyst where she was responsible for the production of due diligence questionnaires for institutional clients.

Sanjhali completed her MBA in International Business and B.Tech in Computer Science from Amity University, India.

In her free time, Sanjhali enjoys meditating and spending time with her family.

Shintaro Takada

Client Relations, Japan

Shin (Shintaro) joined Algebris in 2021 to support and expand our business development in Japan.

He previously worked for Fidelity as a DC pension sales and assistant product strategist, covering both WS and Institutional sales businesses.

He holds a Master of Business administration from Hitotsubashi University and is a CMA charter holder.

In his free time, he enjoys playing Shogi (Japanese chess) and running.

Susan Spagnolini

Client Relations, Milan

Susan joined Algebris in 2016 to support our Italian client base from the Milan office.

Susan obtained her MSc in Management and Strategy from the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2016. In addition, she holds a BA (Hons) in International Economics, Management and Finance from Bocconi University.

Susan worked as a tutor as part of the LSE Widening Participation program across London high schools, helping underprivileged students develop their quantitative and communication skills. While studying at Bocconi University she was an event manager and treasurer for the Bocconi Student Association Macropolo. She also volunteered for a number of non-profit organisations, mentoring children.

Susan enjoys ballet and has trained at the Royal Academy of Dance in Milan. She also enjoys reading Classical books, traveling and cooking.