Born in Berlin in 1971, David Dudding graduated in modern history and European politics from Oxford. In 1993 he moved to Hong Kong to work for John Swire and Sons, a multi-disciplined commercial group whose business includes property and marine services. In 1997 Dudding returned to Oxford and took a masters of philosophy. He joined Columbia Threadneedle two years later and currently manages the Threadneedle European Smaller Companies fund. Dudding describes his investment style as predominantly GARP.