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CFA Institute Research Challenge in India – Central Zone Final 2014-15 – Judges Profile

posted Dec 24, 2014, 2:34 AM by Research Challenge India



Harsha is currently Chief Investment Officer – Equity at Kotak  Mahindra AMC. He joined the organisation 2012.  Harsha has over 19 years of rich experience spread over Equity Research and Fund Management.

Prior to joining Kotak, he was a Fund Manager with DSP BlackRock Investment Managers with domestic and offshore portfolio responsibilities. He also managed funds at UTI AMC for over 5 years. In the initial years, Harsha gained considerable experience on Indian Equities by working as Equity Research Analyst at various local and foreign broking houses. At Kotak Mahindra AMC, apart from overseeing the equity fund management function, he also personally manages Kotak Select Focus and Kotak Opportunities Fund. Harsha was adjudged the Best Fund Manager- Equity (Runner-up)  in India by Outlook Money Awards in the year 2010.

Harsha is a Bachelor of Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Suratkal and a Post Graduate in Management  from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He also holds Chartered Financial Analyst  charter from the CFA Institute.

Ajit is currently Heading Domestic PMS at SBI Funds Management Private Limited. He joined the organisation in 2007.  Ajit has over 17 years of rich experience spread over Equity Research and Portfolio Management.

Prior to joining SBIFM, he was with, HDFC Securities, UTI Securities, & SICOM. In the initial years, Ajit gained considerable experience on Equities by working as Equity Research Analyst.

Ajit is a Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgy, an MBA and a CFA charter holder.




Amit Khurana is currently the Director - Research with Dolat Capital, Mumbai leading a team of twenty covering India listed equities. Amit has previously worked with IL&FS on the proprietary book managing USD 1 bn with the CIO. Amit also had stints with Birla Group, PNB MF and Collins Stewart in senior management positions. He has been working in India Equities for over sixteen years with exposure to multiple asset classes. Amit is actively involved with the IAIP as a founding member, currently on the Directors in charge of the JobLine and Employer Outreach efforts. Amit is the guest lecturer at IIT Kharagpur, BSE Institute and IBS, Delhi.  He was awarded the CFA charter in 2006. Amit’s qualification also includes the MBE program from Delhi University (1996 batch).