Damian Bird, CFA

Head of Team, Portfolio Manager & Analyst

“I don’t think it can be underestimated how incredibly motivating it is to be part of such a talented and successful group. I am excited to be able to help Polen Capital provide first-class investment products and services to our clients for years to come.”


  • Joined Polen Capital: 2019
  • Education: B.A. in History & Economics from the University of Oxford
  • Primary Responsibility: Head of the Emerging Markets Growth Team and lead portfolio manager of the Global Emerging Markets Growth strategy. He is responsible for leading the investment team, investment decision-making, and maintaining the firm’s investment philosophy. He also works as an analyst, identifying and researching investments for this strategy
  • Special Interests: Enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and trying to understand space. He is also an avid fan of Fulham Football Club

Mr. Bird joined Polen Capital Management in 2019. Prior to joining Polen Capital, Mr. Bird was an Emerging Market Portfolio Manager at LGM Investments. Mr. Bird began his career at Arisaig Partners as an Investment Analyst, primarily focusing on consumer companies in the developing world. Mr. Bird received his B.A. in History & Economics from the University of Oxford and has lived and worked in Singapore, Dubai and South Africa. Mr. Bird is a CFA® charterholder.

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