Bashar Zakaria

Senior EM Research & Strategy

Bashar Zakaria


Bashar Zakaria is leading CalPERS’ Emerging Markets (EM) research. He’s responsible for providing country views, macroeconomic analysis of EM (DMs when needed), hard and local currencies debt and FX trade idea generation and monitoring. He’s an active member of CalPERS International Fixed Income portfolio management team, where he presents his views and research findings in weekly and monthly meetings that cover global macro, commodities, sovereigns, and currencies. Mr. Zakaria frequently conducts due diligence trips to key EM countries; over the past eight years, he developed excellent relationships with more than 20 EM countries key government institutions, major banks and corporations in addition to key entities in the EM world (e.g., the IMF, rating agencies, brokers, and external money managers). Mr. Zakaria started his Fixed Income career at CalPERS as a junior country analyst, then his responsibilities grew in breadth and depth to cover the entire EM universe along with portfolio, risk, and performance analytics. Mr. Zakaria is an adjunct faculty at Sacramento State University where he teaches Investment and Finance classes (graduate and undergraduate). He holds an engineering degree from University of Jordan, an MBA in Finance and Marketing, and an MA in Economics—both from Sacramento State with honors.

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Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East 2020 - Virtual Conference

Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East 2019