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CFA Institute Research Challenge in India Central Zone Final : Judges Profile

posted Nov 23, 2012, 2:24 AM by Research Challenge India

Indian Association of Investment Professionals (IAIP) is delighted to announce the panel of Judges for CFA Institute Research Challenge in India – Central Zone Final to be held on 24th Nov 2012 at Bloomberg Office, Parel, Mumbai (See google map)

The distinguished panel of experts include Mr. Magesh Anaokar (Whosale Banking & Strategy Functions, Kotak Group), Mr. Neelkanth Mishra (Equity strategist, Credit Suisse), Mr. Harsha Upadhyaya (Senior Vice President and Head of Equities at Kotak Mahindra AMC ) and Mr. Prashanth Narayan (Executive Vice President and Head of PMS Investments at ING Investment Management (I) Pvt. Ltd.) Please register online In case of question, email


Mangesh Anaokar

Mangesh is a Chartered Accountant and a Post Graduate from Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. Mangesh has more than 12 years of experience in Advisory, Wholesale Banking & Strategy functions at Kotak Group and more recently at Religare. Mangesh has worked with leading clients in the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors across the range of transactions including fund raising, joint ventures, acquisitions, divestments and re-structurings. Select transactions in the pharmaceutical & healthcare domain include Dr. Reddy's on their Joint Venture with Fujifilm Pharma in Japan, Cipla for divestment of 'i-Pill" brand, Fortis Group for their international expansion, Apollo Healthcare and SRL for fund raising through Financial Sponsors and Cipla, Jubilant Life Sciences and Strides Arcolab for QIP.      

Neelkanth Mishra

Neelkanth Mishra is the India Equity Strategist for Credit Suisse, and is rated among the best analysts in India in Institutional Investor and AsiaMoney polls. He also covers Metals & Mining stocks. He has earlier worked on Indian Pharmaceuticals, Taiwan IC design, semiconductor foundries and Asian tech strategy research when based in Mumbai, Singapore and Taipei. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, he was a Senior Technical Architect with Infosys Technologies. He has also worked with Hindustan Lever Limited and has been an entrepreneur. He is a gold medallist from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, graduating in Computer Science and Engineering, and was ranked fourth in the prestigious entrance exam to the IITs. He is currently based in Mumbai.

Harsha Upadhyay

Harsha Upadhyaya is Senior Vice President and Head of Equities at Kotak Mahindra AMC. He has an overall experience of over 17 years in the areas of Fund Management, Equity Research and Corporate Finance. He is an engineering graduate (B.E, Mechanical) from NIT, Karnataka, and a post-graduate in management (PGDM) from IIM, Lucknow. He also holds CFA charter conferred by the CFA Institute, USA. Prior to joining Kotak Mahindra AMC, Harsha was a fund manager with DSP BlackRock Investment Managers. He also worked as Fund Manager at UTI AMC, and during his stint at UTI AMC he was recognized as India’s Best Fund Manager (Runner –up) in Equity category by Outlook Money Awards in 2010. In his earlier assignments, he gained considerable experience on Indian equity markets working as research analyst in local and foreign broking houses. He also gained valuable experience in the areas of business analysis and finance working at Reliance Group.

Prashanth Narayan

Prashanth is Executive Vice President and Head of PMS Investments at ING Investment Management (I) Pvt. Ltd. Prashanth brings more than 10 years of experience to ING IM PMS Investments Team. With his engineering background & an MBA with specialization in Analytical Finance, he has meticulously developed his expertise in both investments & platform solutions.  Prior to joining ING Investment Management, he has worked with Citibank Investment Bank, Singapore where he was a Structured Products Specialist managing a deal flow in excess of USD 200 million a month. He has also been instrumental in setting up the Private Banking Platform for Citibank and building their investments business. Prashanth received his post graduate degree (MBA) in Analytical Finance from Indian School of Business.