Dr. Paul O'Connell is President and Managing Partner of FDO Partners, LLC, an investment management and research firm established in 1997. Based in Cambridge MA, FDO currently manages $3bn for a diversified client base of institutional investors.
A native of Ireland, Dr. O'Connell received a B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin in 1992, and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 1997. He has 19 years experience in the research and practice of international finance and capital allocation. He has written and published articles on a wide variety of related topics including exchange rate behavior, international capital flows and labor migration. From 1994 to 1997, he served as an international economics Teaching Fellow at Harvard University. He has also served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Emerging Markets Review, as a member of the Review Board for the Research Foundation of the CFA Institute, and as a referee to a number of academic journals.
Dr. O'Connell has also engaged with a number of non-profit enterprises. He has spoken at TED on how private capital markets can fund development goals in poor countries. Since 2008 he has served as a Director of the GAVI Campaign, the US charitable wing of the Vaccine Alliance which works to expand access to vaccines in poor countries. He has also worked with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, as an outside advisor to the Task Team on Resource Mobilization. He serves as Trustee and Treasurer of the Nashoba Brooks School in Concord MA.
Dr. O'Connell lives in Concord MA with his wife Elaine and their two children.
Commitment to Water.org
I am passionate about global development causes. Alongside the moral and human rights arguments, the economic rates of return on many global development investments are compelling. Clean water and sanitation exemplify this. Water.org's approach targets resources where they can be most effective. It's a privilege for me to work alongside this focused and talented team.