Paul O’Connell manages WaterEquity’s day-to-day activities. He brings 25 years of experience in the research and practice of international finance and asset management to the organization. 

Prior to joining WaterEquity, he spent more than 20 years as President and Managing Partner of FDO Partners, LLC, managing currency and equity portfolios for sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, and other institutional investors. His research interests include exchange rate behavior, international capital flows, and labor migration, and he has published a number of papers on these topics. He served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Emerging Markets Review, and the Review Board for the Research Foundation of the CFA Institute. 

Paul has spoken at TED about using the capital markets to help fund sustainable development in emerging and frontier markets. He serves on the Board of Water.org, the non-profit organization from which WaterEquity was founded. Formerly he was Chairman of the GAVI Campaign, the US arm of the GAVI Alliance, a global non-profit organization dedicated to expanding vaccine availability in poor countries. 

An Irish native, Paul received his B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin in 1992, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1997.