Our Team

Kassim Gaffar, CFA

Principal, Head of Distribution & Client Service

Kassim Gaffar is a principal at Kopernik Global Investors. He serves as the head of distribution and client service. Previously, Kassim served as director of research and client service at Vinik Asset Management. Additionally, he was a managing director at Tradewinds Global Investors, LLC, a $38 billion (at February 2012) investment firm. At Tradewinds, he was a client portfolio manager and deputy director of research. His responsibilities included product management and client communications, in addition to facilitating the research efforts of Tradewinds’ analysts. Previously, Kassim was a global equity analyst/manager at Smith Barney/Citigroup Global Wealth Management, responsible for selecting global managers and offering investment and asset allocation advice to several channels within the bank. He was also an analyst with SEI Investments where he was involved in the portfolio construction of their EAFE/Japan/emerging markets fund of funds. Prior to that, he was a researcher with Morgan Stanley Dean Witter’s private client group.

Kassim earned his bachelor of arts in economics from the University of Virginia. He has received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.