Balls is PIMCO’s chief investment officer for global fixed income. Based in London, he manages global portfolios, oversees the firm’s global investment teams, and is a member of the Investment Committee. Before joining PIMCO in 2006, he was an economics correspondent and columnist for The Financial Times. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oxford and a master’s degree from Harvard Kennedy School, and was a lecturer in economics at Keble College, Oxford. He is a director of Room to Read, a nonprofit that promotes literacy and gender equality in education in low-income countries.