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Key Personnel

Mr. Suresh Soni

Chief Executive Officer

Qualification : 
B.Sc., ACA, Grad CWA

Mr. Suresh Soni is a seasoned Asset management professional with rich experience of over 25 years. His experience spans across investment and business management. He has varied experience of working with start-ups as well as global giants and across retail as well as institutional clients. In his prior roles, he has worked for around 15 years at Deutsche Asset Management, leading it to become the most successful foreign bank promoted asset manager in the country. Recently, he was CEO at Edelweiss Alternative Asset Advisors, one of the largest alternative asset managers in the country.


Mr. Kiran Deshpande

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Qualification :
B.Com, Master in Invement Managment,  CMA, ACS, CFP, Fellow of Insurance Institute of India

Mr. Deshpande joined Baroda Asset Management India Ltd (formerly known as Baroda Pioneer Asset Management co Ltd) in May 2014. Here he  is responsible for overall Operations, IT, Finance, Planning & controlling functions

Prior to joining the AMC, he worked with Deutsche Asset Management (India) Pvt Ltd for about 6.5 years. He was designated as Director & COO with the role of Business management, oversight of all Operations, coordination on shared services, implementation of local and global policies. The responsibilities also included planning and execution of strategies by working closely with Business Head & APAC Regional Business Managers.  Prior to that, his immediate association was with Birla Sun Life Distribution (now Aditya Birla Money) for over 7 years and was last designated as Vice President & Company Secretary.

His total work experience is 30 years. During the course of his employment with different organisations, he worked in various roles & functions that included Finance & Accounts, Sales & Marketing, Client Services, Distribution Operations, Channel Management,  Product Development, Corporate Agency Life Insurance, Compliance, Corporate Secretarial and Business Planning & Strategy.

Mr. Sanjay Chawla

Chief Investment Officer

Qualification :
MMS from BITS, Pilani

Mr. Chawla has over 30 years of experience in fund management, equity research and Management Consultancy. Prior to joining the AMC, he has worked with Birla SunLife AMC as Sr. Fund Manager-Equity, managing various schemes with different strategies. Mr. Chawla has also worked as Head of Research with SBI Capital Markets and in various capacities in the equity research space in Motilal Oswal Securities, IDBI Capital Markets, SMIFS Securities, IIT Invest Trust & Lloyds Securities.  He is the fund manager along with Mr. Dipak Acharya for few equity schemes of the Mutual Fund.


Mr. Mahmood Basha

Head - Sales & Marketing

Qualification :
MBA (Finance) Osmania University, CFP

Mr. Mahmood Basha brings with him 22 years of total experience. In his previous assignment, he was National Sales Head for Pine Bridge Investment Asset Management Company (India) Private Ltd. He has also worked for companies like Franklin Templeton Investments and Karvy Consultants.

Mr. Umang Shah

Compliance Officer

Qualification :
B.Com, LLB, CS (Executive)

Mr. Shah has over 8 years of experience in the Mutual Fund Industry. Prior to joining Baroda AMC in March 2021, he was associated with Nippon Life India Asset Management Limited, Aditya Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company Limited, BNP Paribas Asset Management India Private Limited & Motilal Oswal Asset Management Company Limited in roles & functions within the Compliance, Legal & Secretarial department.

Mr. Alok Sahoo

Head, Fixed Income

Qualification :
BE, MBA (Finance, Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar), CFA, FRM
Mr. Alok Sahoo has been working in the investment area in the asset management industry for over 18 years. Prior to joining the AMC, he was fixed income fund manager at UTI Mutual Fund and at HSBC Mutual Fund. He was also the Fund Manager for Employee Provident Fund at HSBC Asset Management. He has experience in the credit research of companies as well.

Mr. Dipak Acharya

Fund Manager Equity

Qualification :
Mr. Dipak Acharya has been working in the investment area in the asset management industry for over 15 years. He is the Fund Manager for the equity schemes of the Mutual Fund and has been with the organization since September 2008. He was also the Fund Manager at BoB Mutual Fund from August 2003. Prior to this, Mr. Acharya was with Bank of Baroda, where he worked in the Treasury Dept. and Credit Dept for 10 years.

Mr. Karn Kumar

Fund Manager & Senior Credit Analyst

Qualification : CA, B.Com (Hons)
Mr. Karn Kumar has more than 13 years of experience in Fixed Income, credit research and corporate finance. Prior to joining the AMC, he worked with CRISIL Ltd. and ICICI Bank in areas of credit research  and structured finance. He has also worked with Sterlite Industries Limited in the Corporate Finance team.

Mr. Pratish Krishnan

Fund Manager & Senior Analyst

Qualification : B. Com, MMS (Finance)
Mr. Pratish Krishnan has over 15 years of experience in equity research. Prior to joining the AMC, he was working with leading institutional brokerage houses such as Antique Finance (April 2012- August 2014) and Bank of America Merrill Lynch (Sept 2006- April 2012) as a sell side analyst.

Mr. Abul Fateh

Senior Equity Analyst & Fund Manager

Qualification : M.Sc. (Mathematics), Post Graduate Diploma in Securities Markets
Mr. Abul Fateh has 15 years of experience in Equity Analysis. Prior to joining the AMC, he was working with Geecee Investments for 1 year (Sep 2018- Sep 2019) as a Senior Equity Analyst and prior to that, for Baroda Pioneer AMC (Aug 2008 – Sep 2018) as Senior Equity Analyst, L&T Mutual Fund (erstwhile DBS Chola Mutual Fund) (July 2007 – Aug 2008) as Deputy Manager, Investments and Parag Parikh Financial Services (May 2006 - July 2007) as an Equity Analyst.

Mr. Amitabh Ambastha

Head - Transfer Agency Services (Investor Relations Officer)

Qualification : B.Sc (Hons), PGDM, CAIIB, EEPSM (IIM Kozhikode)
Mr. Amitabh Ambastha has over 23 years of experience in Asset Management Industry primarily in Investor Service, Operations & Risk (AML, KYC). He is a management graduate, holds Strategy Management Diploma from IIM Kozhikode (EEPSM) and is a Green Belt certificate holder. He also holds KYC & AML certification from Indian Institute of Banking & Finance and Licentiate Certificate from Insurance Institute of India. Prior to joining Baroda Asset Management India Limited., he was associated with TATA Asset Management Co. Ltd and UTI Technology Services Ltd.

Ms Reesha Varma

Head - Human Resources

Qualification : BSc I.T & EPYM (IIM-C)
Ms. Reesha Varma has over 13 years of experience in the Human Resources function. Prior to joining the AMC, she was associated with Equifax Software Services and JM Financial Products Limited and has worked as an HR Business Partner for various functions of the said organisations.


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