About Elena Shaftan
Elena Shaftan attended Riga Aviation University where she studied radio electronic engineering. Following a stint in the early 90's at the Institute of Space Research in Yakutsk, Russia, she was employed by various publishing firms in Riga and London. Her first role as a fund manager came in 1995 when she joined AIB Govett. Shaftan was responsible for eastern European equity funds, a position she held for six years. Jupiter hired Shaftan in 2002 and launched the Jupiter Emerging European Opportunities unit trust, to which she was appointed lead manager. She adopts a stock picking approach to investment and primarily invests in companies which operate or reside in Eastern or Central Europe.