David (Dave) Iben is the managing member, founder and chairman of the Board of Governors of Kopernik Global Investors. He serves as chairman of the Investment Committee, sole portfolio manager of the Kopernik Global All-Cap strategy, lead portfolio manager of the Kopernik Global Unconstrained strategy, co-portfolio manager of the Kopernik Global Real Asset strategy and co-portfolio manager of the Kopernik International strategy. From July 2012 through March 2013, Dave managed the $2.7 billion Global Value Long/Short Equity portfolio at Vinik Asset Management, where he was a director and head of the Global Value team. Prior to this, Dave was co-founder, chief investment officer, co-president and lead portfolio manager of Tradewinds Global Investors, LLC, a $38 billion (at February 2012) investment firm. He was the portfolio manager for the firm’s Global All-Cap strategy, North American All-Cap strategy, and Global Long/Short strategy, among others and directly managed more than $20 billion assets at the time of his departure. Dave directed Tradewinds’ investment activities, including portfolio management, research, trading and risk management and has been recognized by nationally known publications from Bloomberg and won several awards by nationally known rating agencies such as Lipper. In addition to serving as the portfolio manager of several of the firm’s investment strategies, he also chaired the Investment Oversight Committee.
The Tradewinds global investment platform evolved from Dave’s efforts during his six years at Nuveen affiliate NWQ Investment Management Company, LLC. Dave was previously chief executive officer, lead portfolio manager and founding member of Palladian Capital Management and, prior to that, senior portfolio manager at Cramblit & Carney. He began his career with Farmers Group, Inc. where over the course of 14 years, he served as senior analyst, lead portfolio manager, and director of research for both equity and fixed income strategies. At the time of his departure in 1996, Dave was acting as Farmers’ chief investment officer responsible for $16 billion of investable assets.
Dave earned his bachelor’s degree from University of California, Davis, and his MBA from the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He has received the CFA designation and is a member of CFA Institute and CFA Society of Tampa Bay.