Alastair Short is an independent director, Vice Chairman of the board and Chairman of the board’s audit committee for the Van Eck Funds. He also is an independent director and Chairman of the board’s audit committee of Market Vectors ETFs (both advised by Van Eck Global); Chairman of EULAV Asset Management (advisor to the Value Line mutual funds), and, from June, 2009 to July, 2016, sole independent director of certain Tremont Group Holdings offshore funds, which he joined to help address issues arising in the aftermath of the Madoff investment fraud. Mr. Short is the former Vice Chairman of W.P. Stewart & Co., Inc., a publicly-traded asset manager. He co-founded and is the former President and Chief Operating Officer of Matrix Global Investments, established to make strategic acquisitions of asset management firms.
Mr. Short began his career as an attorney with Rogers & Wells in New York City, where he practiced corporate and securities law for several years before joining Quadrex Securities Corporation, an investment bank and broker-dealer, where he co-founded Quadrex’s corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions groups. He subsequently co-founded Apex Capital Partners to focus on smaller cross-border US – Canadian principal investments. At both Matrix Global Investments and Apex Capital Partners, Mr. Short served on the boards of the various businesses in which he invested as principal and worked closely with the managements of those companies.
Mr. Short graduated magna cum laude from Queen’s University at Kingston (Ontario, Canada) and completed a portion of his undergraduate studies at The London School of Economics and Political Science. He graduated magna cum laude from Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto, Canada), and has a Certificat de Maîtrise (mention <bien>) en Droit Communautaire from Université de Paris II.