Meet the candidates: 19th Annual IFP Awards – Best Int’l Young Talent

This year for the first time we have introduced a readers’ vote element in two categories. Below we have a few lines on each of the shortlisted candidates for 19th Annual IFP Awards Best International Young Talent award to help you make your decision.

While this is not solely a votes-based award – with our judges comments and additional criteria playing a factor in the overall decision as to who wins the award – the readers’ vote is an integral part of that process.

There are just two days to go until voting closes, so please cast your vote (using the link at the bottom of the page) if you haven’t already. Deadline for this and the International Personality of the Year award closes at 12pm UK time on Wednesday 15 August.

James Green
At only 31 years old, James Green is already a respected and high profile figure in the international financial industry.

His current role is divisional manager of Western Europe for deVere Group. The region is, for a myriad of reasons – including the many different and multifarious tax and regulatory landscapes – arguably the most complex in the world for our industry to do business.

Green oversees a total of 13 offices, namely Milan, Rome, Geneva, Zurich, Vienna, Barcelona, Madrid, Costa Blanca, Marbella, Frankfurt, Munich, the Algarve and Paris.

Emma Furzer
Emma Furzer specialises in real estate administration for corporations, offshore holding structures and high net worth families. She has also worked on the establishment of asset holding and financing structures.

Her experience encompasses residential and commercial real estate portfolios including shopping centres, office buildings, industrial estates, development properties, student accommodation and trophy assets. She holds the ICSA Diploma in Offshore Finance and Administration.

Since joining Fairway Group Furzer has gained a wealth of experience from within the private client team.

Christopher Mourant
Chris Mourant is assistant trust manager for the entities which form part of Emirates NBD Trust Company (Jersey) Limited, a trust company managed by Fairway.

In his degree in Financial Services, he gained a 1st in his dissertation entitled “Succession Planning For Arab Families in the Middle East”.

Recently, Mourant has been involved in the restructuring of entities that hold UK real estate due to the introduction of the Annual Tax on Enveloped Dwellings and also collective leasehold enfranchisement.

Samuel Thomas
Samuel Thomas’ current role as a wealth manager in the West Africa team at Standard Bank focuses on meeting the wealth management needs of HNW Nigerian clients.

As their direct interface with Standard Bank International Wealth and Investment, Thomas is responsible for coordinating and actioning their banking and investment requests, as well as informing them of new products, services and opportunities.

Nathan Prior
Nathan Prior joined Partners Wealth Management from Julius Baer in 2015.

At Partners Wealth Management he is currently advising on about £40m of client assets. As head of PWM International, Prior also acts as an independent adviser to clients that have international financial needs.


David Sutton
David Sutton was promoted to the role of head of commercial at Canada Life International in March 2018. Sutton is responsible for identifying and developing opportunities for growth focused commercial strategy, ensuring profitable business growth and that commercial success is achieved.

His role also includes developing product, proposition, key relationships and developing the firm’s digital strategy. He implemented a series of improvements in his previous role as head of customer experience, a role specifically created in 2016 to implement a customer-led strategy.

Carl Turner
Carl Turner is a British IFA currently based in Hong Kong with Infinity Financial Solutions. He works with hundreds of expatriate and repatriate clients around the world.

Turner’s aim, in his own words, is “to provide bespoke advice and planning for as many people as I can to help them achieve financial success, something which I find immensely satisfying.”


Sam Barrie
Sam Barrie has worked at Infinity Solutions in Kuala Lumpur since 2011, where he provides financial planning advice to individuals in Malaysia.

Barrie currently manages around 80 high-net-worth clients and provides a very personal service, “reviewing their situations regularly, keeping abreast of any changes to regulations or to their personal financial situation and ensuring that they are all on target towards their goals.”

Voting for International Personality of the Year and Best International Young Talent closes on Wednesday 15 August at 12pm BST. Be sure to cast your vote in plenty of time by clicking on the following links:

Best International Young Talent: Vote here

International Personality of the Year: Vote here

The 19th annual Awards will take place on 4 October in the City of London. To reserve a table, or for further information, please contact Christopher Copper-Ind, publisher, International Investment, at

Christopher Copper-Ind
Christopher Copper-Ind is Publisher and Editor of International Investment.

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