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CFA Institute Research Challenge in India –National Final 2015-16 – Judges Profile

posted Jan 28, 2016, 12:47 AM by Research Challenge India   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 9:17 PM ]

Neelkanth Mishra is Managing Director and India Equity Strategist at 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.

Over the last 9 years with ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, S Naren has managed flagship schemes like Infrastructure Fund, Discovery Plan and Tax Plan. In his current role, Naren is CIO - Equity and Fixed Income. He is also fund manager of Dynamic and Top 100 Fund. He has 24 years of experience in broking, project finance, investment banking and fund management. By qualification, he holds a B-Tech degree from IIT Madras and PGDM from IIM Kolkata. Recently S Naren won the Business Standard Best Fund Manager Award - Equity. The products managed by S Naren have won many accolades in the past from both domestic and international agencies of repute.

Mr. Prasun Gajri is the Chief Investment Officer of HDFC Standard Life. He joined HDFC Standard Life in April 2009 with a rich experience of 14 years in investments and banking industry. He started his career in 1995 with Citibank and was associated with it for over 6 years delivering various roles. He joined Tata AIG Life Insurance Company in October 2001 to start the investment function and stayed there until April 2009, the last role being that of the Chief Investment Officer. He holds a PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad and is also a CFA Charter holder.


Mr. Pankaj Murarka is head of equity at Axis Mutual Fund. He has over 18 years experience in the capital markets & equity fund management. In his current role, Pankaj is responsible for managing the entire equity investment team, process and performance and managing various funds namely Axis Mutual Fund, Axis Equity Fund, Axis Midcap Fund, Axis Smallcap Fund. Before joining  Axis MF in Nov 2009, he worked with DSP Merrill Lynch, Motilal Oswal Securities, UTI AMC and Rare Enterprise. He has managed Funds at UTI AMC - UTI MEPUS, UTI Master Value, UTI MIP.  He is a Chartered Accountant.