Our Team

Deep industry knowledge

Leadership Team

Tom Scheibelhut

Managing Principal

Sandy Halim

Client Relationship Manager

Mike Heale

Global Business Development

John Simmonds

Client Relationship Manager

Business Development
Europe


Kam Mangat

Client Relationship Manager

Michael Reid

Client Relationship Manager

Business Development
Canada


Edsart X. Heuberger

Client Relationship Manager

Business Development
Netherlands


David Jennings

Client Relationship Manager

Business Development
Europe


Investment Team


Dave Wilson, CFA

Manager

Dave joined CEM in 1998 from Scotia Cassels Investment Council where he was an Associate Portfolio Manager for private client portfolios. Dave is currently responsible for the team that produces the Global Investment Benchmarking reports ensuring quality data and delivery.  In addition, he has some direct client responsibilities.  Dave is a CFA charter holder and has a degree in Economics from the University of Toronto.


David Dupont, CFA

Senior Analyst

Client Relationship Manager

David is a Director at CEM Benchmarking. Prior to joining CEM in 2006, David worked at CIBC Mellon for eight years in a variety of departments ranging from pension accounting to sales and marketing.  David is a CFA charter holder and has a degree in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Toronto.




Franco Wang, CFA

Senior Analyst

Client Relationship Manager

Franco is a Director at CEM Benchmarking who is responsible for client service in North America and parts of Asia. He was previously an analyst on the Investment Benchmarking Service team, where he performed analysis and research for institutional investor clients. He continues to leverage his extensive familiarity with CEM’s database to deliver insights to clients. He is a CFA Charterholder and has a degree in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Waterloo.



Wladimir Hinz

Senior Analyst

Wladimir is an Analyst on CEM’s Investment Benchmarking service. Prior to joining CEM in 2017, Wladimir was completing his graduate studies while working for one of the large Canadian Pension Plans. He holds a Master of Financial Economics from the University of Toronto and is currently a candidate in the CFA program.




Janjaap Weeda

Senior Analyst

Janjaap joined CEM in the position of investment benchmarking analyst early 2017. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, Janjaap obtained extensive experience in data analytics during his master program in Business Economics in Vienna, Austria. As an analyst at CEM he is involved in the full cycle of data cleaning, analysis, reporting, research, and product improvement.


Maaike van Bragt, PhD

Senior Analyst

Maaike is an analyst on the Investment Benchmarking team. Prior to joining CEM in 2017, she applied her analytical skills to her postdoctoral research in the biomedical field, first in Boston (USA) and later in Ottawa (Canada). Maaike earned her PhD in stem cell biology at the University of Utrecht (the Netherlands).
 
 


Shayan Bokhari

Analyst

Shayan is an Analyst on CEM’s Investment Benchmarking team. Prior to joining CEM in 2018, he worked in various roles in the financial services industry, including roles in trading analytics and actuarial consulting. Shayan holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.





Palwasha Saaim, CFA, FRM

Senior Analyst

Palwasha is an Investment Benchmarking Analyst at CEM Benchmarking, responsible for analyzing client data and producing actionable reports. Prior to joining CEM, Palwasha worked in various analytical roles in the financial services, IT and digital media industries. Palwasha is a CFA charterholder, a certified FRM (Financial Risk Manager) and holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and Finance.


Rhijuta Dahal

Analyst

Rhijuta is an Analyst at CEM Benchmarking. Prior to joining CEM Benchmarking, Rhijuta was working in Mercer’s manager research team. Rhijuta has previous experience in DC Consulting, Client Reporting from Towers Watson and has also spent few years in Nepal working with social enterprises. Rhijuta has a master’s degree in Mathematics from Lancaster University.


Joao Barata

Analyst

Joao is an investment analyst on CEM’s investment benchmarking team. Prior to joining CEM in 2019, Joao was an investment analyst at LCP and Mercer, where he provided investment analysis for UK pension funds. Joao is a CFA charterholder and holds a Masters degree in Finance and Investments from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.


Daniel Griffiths

Analyst

Daniel is an Analyst at CEM Benchmarking. Prior to joining CEM Benchmarking, Daniel was working for New Zealand's stock exchange, NZX. Daniel worked as an analyst across NZX's Capital Markets and Finance teams. Daniel has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance (Hons) and Economics from Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand).

Pension Administration Team


Brenda Yuyitung, CFA

Manager

Since joining CEM in 2000, Brenda has been involved in all aspects of CEM’s Investment and Administration Benchmarking services including research, design, client service, data analysis, and report production. Brenda's current responsibilities include North America, Australia and the UK. Prior to joining CEM, Brenda had extensive experience in the brokerage industry specializing in corporate compliance and governance.  Brenda holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto and is a CFA charter holder.



Flo Vaughan

Quality Control, Production Coordinator

Flo joined CEM in 2004 and has been involved in CEM’s Investment and Administration Benchmarking services including design, data analysis, and report production. Flo is currently the quality control manager and production coordinator for North America, Australia and the UK. Prior to joining CEM, she accumulated over 17 years experience in the insurance industry specializing in investment and portfolio analysis.  Flo holds an Accounting and Financial Management degree from Centennial College of Toronto, and a degree from Life Office Management Association (LOMA).


Yvette van Velsen, MSc

Analyst

Yvette joined CEM in 2012 and is involved in all aspects of CEM’s Pension Administration service for our North American, Australian and Dutch clients. Prior to joining CEM, Yvette held financial and operational management positions with charity organizations in Indonesia and Malawi. Yvette holds a Master’s degree in Earth Sciences, Engineering Geology from the Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands.






Carl Ka Ho Ng

Business Solutions Analyst

Carl is a Business Solutions Analyst at CEM Benchmarking, responsible for analyzing client data and implementing product reports. Before joining CEM, Carl accumulated over 12 years of experience in the pension industry specializing in actuarial pension calculations and pension software developments. Carl holds a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and is currently a candidate in the Fellow of the Society of Actuaries.

Research and Product Solutions Team


Chris Flynn, CFA

Manager

Chris has been with CEM since 2003 with increasing responsibilities.  He is currently responsible for CEM’s IT strategy and for working with client service representatives to ensure the best solutions for clients' needs.  He provides structure to CEM's development processes and product solution designs, oversees solution implementation and communicates technical requirements to the Engineering team. Chris has experience presenting benchmarking results and research to clients and has testified as an expert on pension fund costs.  Prior to working at CEM, Chris worked as a developer at an investment management firm. 






Norayr Vardanyan, MBA

Senior Analyst

Norayr joined CEM in 2012 and provides development support for CEM’s benchmarking models as well as analytical support for CEM best practice research projects.  Experience in Canada and the United States as a business systems analyst and IS Manager complements years of experience gained at the World Bank IT Enterprise Incubator in Armenia as an IT, financial and business analyst.  Norayr has conducted requirements analysis, business analysis, financial modeling, reporting, automation, software development and testing, project management, data and statistical analysis.  He has an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a MS Computer & Electronics Engineer from the State Engineering University, Yerevan, Armenia.  


Alex Beath, Ph.D.

Senior Research Analyst

Having joined CEM in 2010, Alex is responsible for modeling and programming support to the business teams. Prior to joining CEM, he was engaged in post doctoral research at the Center for Biological Physics at University of California at San Diego.  His work included unsupervised machine learning, Monte Carlo simulation, minimum entropy models, belief propagation, multiple sequence alignments, maximum likelihood solutions of evolution rates, paramagnetic data clustering, non-linear regression, finite sample size data correction and exact, computational and heuristic mathematical modeling.