After graduating in Economics at the Free University of Amsterdam, Eddy Markus spent a number of years honing his skills at some of the foremost financial institutions in Europe and USA as both a professional investor and an analyst. As well as his oft published macro views on the global financial markets, he developed a reputation for insightful observations on interest rate and currency developments in particular. Eddy is frequently invited to talk in various media outlets, both in the Netherlands and abroad. He is a regular contributor to both the Dutch finance daily Het Financieele Dagblad, the radio stations Radio 1 and BNR and various blogs. Eddy is fluent in Dutch and English.
Financial Markets Analyst
Maarten joined ECR in 2006 and heads up our team of analysts. Graduating cum laude in International Economy from Erasmus University in Rotterdam, he has been a key driver at ECR in both increasing the research areas covered by the team but also fine-tuning the unique research method used here at ECR. Maarten’s initial work with the interest rate and currency market analysts, and his skill at combining both fundamental and chart technical approaches have led him to author our weekly G10 FX reports, currently read by over 28 Central Banks. He has also been working closely with Eddy and others to create the extensive suite of our popular Asset Allocation reports. In his spare time Maarten regularly attends meetings of both the VBA and EFFAS European Bond Commission. He speaks fluent Dutch and English.
Andy is an internationally published political commentator, who specialises in assessing the repercussions for the financial markets of economic and geopolitical events. His weekly Global Political Analysis is one of our most subscribed publications and its inclusion as a stand alone research area is a testament to Andy’s excellent analysis. Andy gained his extensive experience working in the foreign affairs editorial team of the Dutch quality daily, Trouw. He holds a masters degree in International Organisations and International Relations and has completed his postgraduate studies at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations. Andy’s articles, columns, and comments have appeared in well-respected domestic and international publications including Het Financieele Dagblad, De Tijd in Belgium, The Guardian in the UK and Forbes and Politico in the US. He has also been a regular contributor to media outlets like The Huffington Post, Real Clear Politics and The Hill and has been a guest on various radio shows.
Financial Markets Analyst
Henk-Jan has long been fascinated by the dynamics of financial markets and the influence of psychology on the behaviour of financial practitioners. He joined ECR Research in 2011 as a chart-technical specialist, using his vast experience to provide a balance with the fundamental research techniques also employed here. Among others, Henk-Jan is the author of the ‘Technical Trend Outlook’ report as part of the ‘Our Views’ service. In 2002, Henk-Jan graduated in Economics for Rotterdam’s Erasmus University and specialised in Financial Markets and Investments. He additionally read Financial Economics both at Hofstra University, New York and Uppsala University. He went on, in 2004, to work as a trader for an internationally recognized hedge fund, before starting up his own successful business trading derivatives. He developed a strong reputation for high potential trading strategies based on technical-quantitative analysis of price and rate behaviour. Information that has been invaluable in strengthening these aspects here at ECR. In 2019, he successfully completed the Chartered Market Technician® (CMT) Program - the preeminent, global designation for practitioners of technical analysis.
Treasury Management & Market Outlook
With the company since its inception, Ron is the first point of call for ECR’s view on the financial markets, with a particular focus on interest rate and currency developments. Over the years, Ron has worked with, or advised, a large number of financial directors and majority shareholders within the European business community, introducing ECR’s services and providing concrete advice on how to best manage their risks.
Eelco Ubbels is both Director and Owner of Alpha Research, an institute focused on producing market based Asset Allocation reports. The reports, brought about through a unique vision and discursive style, look in depth at both macro economic and asset allocation themes. As part of this discussion both negative and positive views are brought forwards in his detailed analysis. These reports are exclusively available to professional investors sitting on investment committees for pension funds, insurers and asset managers. Eelco has worked as an investment professional for over fifteen years with well known names like AXA IM, Sector Investment Managers and Petercam. His responsibilities have included the investment of mutual funds, pension funds and client mandates. Eelco is also highly active within the CFA as the head of the tactical asset allocation committee. He has, in addition, founded the Tactical Asset Allocation group on Linked which, at over 3,800 members, is one of the site’s most active asset allocation groups.
Arian joined the company in 1996, shortly after graduating in Economic, Public and Corporate Law from the University of Utrecht. In his early years at ECR Research, Arian successfully set up and ran the international sales department. Since 2002, as Managing Director, he has carried out the day-to-day management of the entire organization and as a ‘commercial driver’, he is steadily building on the organization’s growth and success. Arian is particularly interested in meeting professionals who, like him, see a growth market for independent advice on financial market risks. This can be in relation to strategic collaboration, product development, international expansion or a further career within ECR Research.
Now heading up the sales team at ECR, Maria joined the company in 2004 as an account manager. Throughout the years at ECR she has not only expanded the sales team itself, but also presided over many of the improvements to the manner in which the service is delivered and the increasing breadth of reports offered by us. Under her guidance ECR has become, particularly in Europe, to be considered one of the foremost research houses and has welcomed on board many contributing writers as a result of her highly successful sales team. Maria got her bachelors in Business & Management Studies from the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and spent some time working within the hospitality industr and as a consultant before coming to ECR. As native of Iceland she speaks fluent Dutch, English and Icelandic.
Senior Global Account Manager & Client Relations
Silvana is one of the longest standing members of the ECR team, having been around since the beginning of 2013. She currently heads up the Client Relations division, managing our large international clients base, which she juggles with her role as head of the rapidly expanding German and Austrian markets. Silvana read Business and Economics at the University of Kassel with a specialisation in International Management and Marketing. A native German speaker, Silvana also speaks fluent English and has a working knowledge of Dutch.
Senior Global Account Manager
Since 2015, Vladimir is one of the integral parts of the sales team and has over 20 years of international work experience in sales & marketing, account management, consultancy, and market research. With an extensive international network of clients, ranging from central banks, major financial institutions and private wealth managers, Vladimir works to maintain our excellent relationships with current and new clients. Vladimir is fluent in both English and Filipino and has a working knowledge of Dutch.
MARTIJN VAN DE BEEK
Senior Global Account Manager
Bjørn has been with ECR Research since 2016 and has successfully contributed towards the growth within the DACH, Benelux and Nordic markets, both within the financial and corporate treasury world. He studied Political Sciences (MSc.) & German History & Culture (MA.) at the University of Amsterdam. Before joining ECR, he worked at KPN (Dutch Telecom Provider) & at Treasury Intelligence Solutions (a German SaaS Provider). Dutch is his native tongue, and he is also fluent in English and German as well as having working knowledge of both French and Spanish.
Senior Global Account Manager
Petra has been with ECR Research since 2018 and has helped expand the European market, with a special focus on business development and client relations in Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering and holds an MBA in Strategic Marketing Management. Prior to joining ECR, Petra has fulfilled international roles such as Director of Marketing and Sales and also as Market Research and Development professional in North America. She is a native of Dutch and is also fluent in English and has a good working knowledge of Spanish.
Senior Global Account Manager
Alexandre joined ECR in July 2019 and tends to several European markets as well as South America. He brings with him extensive sales and marketing experience after having held commercial positions within a range of industries such as deign (hospitality and urban planning), industrial safety, and food. He holds a degree in Archaeology from the University of Porto, where he also completed a post-graduate degree in Cultural Communication and a master’s in museum studies. After that, Alex went on to complete a specialisation in Marketing Management at Porto Business School. Portuguese is his mother tongue, and he is also fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Sales Development Representative
Martijn joined the team in 2022. He is currently completing an Associate Degree at the Hogeschool Utrecht in Sales and Account Management and is heading towards his graduation next year. For the coming year, Matijn will carry out his internship here where he will help strengthen and carry out our online marketing activities and sales development. His prior training and theoretical knowledge serve as a perfect base to put things into practice. Martijn is Dutch and has an excellent working knowledge of the English language.
LINDA VAN MILTENBURG
HR Consultant & Recruiter
Esther joined the team in 2015 and brings with her a vast array of skills within the field of HR & recruitment. With almost 20 years of experience within her field, she has predominantly spent her career working within the financial industry, IT & consultancy. She has fulfilled roles such as HR and training consultant as well as corporate recruiter. Esther graduated in 2002, with a degree in Work-, Organizational- and Personnel Psychology and Applied Social Psychology, from the University of Groningen. Her native tongue is Dutch and she is also fluent in English.
Linda has been Office Manager at ECR Research since January 2019. She has a rich background in the supervision and operation of the accounts payable & receivable, as well as many other administrative responsibilities. Prior to joining the team, she fulfilled various office management and administrative roles within various companies in industries such as installation, automotive, fashion as well as at the Chamber of Commerce. Linda completed the Fashion School (entrepreneurial diploma) and in 2018 she obtained a degree in Professional Communication. She is a native of Dutch and fluent in English.