Sonal Desai, PhD, is a portfolio manager and director of research for the Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Group's international bond department. She is responsible for shaping the research agenda of the international bond department and providing macroeconomic analysis to the fixed income team. This includes facilitating broader research efforts leveraging the fixed income group's local resources across global markets. Dr. Desai acts as a key resource for the firm's Fixed Income Policy Committee, which provides policy views on sectors, markets and currencies. Dr. Desai has over 18 years of experience in the financial sector. She joined Franklin Templeton in 2009 from Thames River Capital in London, where she was responsible for shaping the top-down global view on macroeconomic and market developments. She started her career as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh, and then worked for over six years at the International Monetary Fund, in Washington DC. She was involved in the negotiation and monitoring of IMF programs in several emerging market countries and in the assessment of the overall design and effectiveness of IMF adjustment programs. Dr. Desai holds a PhD in economics from Northwestern University and earned a BA with honours from Delhi University in New Delhi.
Michael Hasenstab holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Asia Pacific School of Economics and Management at Australian National University. He has earned a master's degree in economics of development from the Australian National University and a B.A. in international relations/political economy from Carleton College in the United States. Michael joined Franklin Templeton Investments in July 1995 and since 2001 he is senior vice president, portfolio manager and co-director of the international bond department.
The Fund seeks current income with capital appreciation as a secondary goal. The Fund invests at least 80% of its net assets in a non-diversified portfolio of bonds issued by governments or government-related entities located in emerging market countries as well as bonds issued by emerging market corporate entities.
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