• Mr. Amit Krishnakant Desai Mr. Amit Krishnakant Desai, is a Graduate in Commerce and Law from the Bombay University. He is a senior advocate and has about 32 years of experience in criminal, economic and revenue laws. He is associated with the Sponsor.
  • Mr. Noshir Dastur Mr. Noshir Dastur, is a B.Com, Fellow Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accounts of India. He is a Partner with Dubash & Patil, Chartered Accountants from January 1992. He was also a Partner with Bhandari Dastur Gupta & Associates, Chartered Accountants for period of ten years ending in March 2008.
  • Mr. Chandrashekhar Sathe Mr. Chandrashekhar Sathe, is a Graduate with B.Tech. (Chemical Engineering) from IIT, Mumbai. He has over 36 years' experience in Banking and Finance. He has been a part of the Senior Management team of the Kotak Mahindra Group since 1992 and was responsible for setting up the Fixed Income Securities capability of Kotak Mahindra Capital Company. Prior to Kotak Mahindra, he was with the Bank of Nova Scotia and Bank of Maharashtra and has wide ranging experience in Banking, Finance, Administration, Credit, Foreign Exchange and Money Markets. Mr. Sathe was the Chief Executive Officer of the AMC for the period, 1st April, 1998 to 30th November, 2001. He retired from Kotak Mahindra Bank as Head of Risk in the year 2009. He is also associated with the Sponsor.
  • Mr. Balan Wasudeo Mr. Balan Wasudeo, B.Sc. from the University of Madras and PGDBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, has over 37 years experience in the areas of Treasury, Finance, Projects, Strategic Planning, Risk Management and General Management. His significant achievements include financing large organic and inorganic growth through various debt and capital market instruments in India and abroad. Mr. Balan's career spans a unique combination of Multinational Companies, Public Sector Company and Family Owned Companies. It also involves developing sound relationships with International Multilateral agencies, International Commercial banks and Financial Institutions and banks in India. Mr. Balan is presently a consulting CFO. Mr. Balan Wasudeo was Chief Financial Officer of Great Eastern Shipping Company Ltd. Mr. Balan Wasudeo has also received the Best Performing CFO Award in Logistics Sector from CNBC TV18 in 2006
  • Mr. Arun Palkar Mr. Arun Palkar, B.Com.(Hons.), F.C.A. Mr. Arun Palkar has more than 30 years of extensive experience in corporate advisory, power & infrastructure sector advisory, corporate restructuring, share valuations, audit & assurance, and taxation. He has also provided consultancy services to large corporates in structuring investments, carrying out financial feasibility and appraisals, privatisation advice, Compliance with Regulatory Provisions, Taxation and Law. He has advised a large number of corporates on compliance with Clause 49 of the Stock Exchange Listing Agreement for developing the Risk Management Frameworks and Internal Control Frameworks for assisting CEO/CFO certification and advising on stressed assets. Mr. Palkar is a Director on the Board of Transparent Energy Systems Private Limited. His current responsibilities include corporate strategy, fund raising and business relationships management. He is also a Director on the Board of Transparent Technologies Private Ltd and Decimin Control Systems Private Ltd. Before joining Transparent Energy Systems Private Limited ,he was a Senior Partner with Deloitte Haskins & Sells in India in their the Financial Advisory Services Group in Mumbai. and headed Corporate Law and Advisory, Corporate Governance and Re-organization practice Group.

  • Mr. Uday S. Kotak Mr. Uday S. Kotak, is a graduate in Commerce and a post-graduate in Business Administration from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies of Mumbai University. Mr. Kotak is the Managing Director and CEO of the Sponsor, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd., and the chairman of various other companies, and has over 26 years of experience in the Financial Services industry. He is associated with the sponsor.
  • Mr. Nilesh Shah Managing Director Nilesh Shah is Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co Ltd. In his previous assignments, Nilesh has held leadership roles with Axis Capital, ICICI Prudential Asset Management, Franklin Templeton and ICICI securities. Nilesh is a gold medalist chartered accountant and a merit ranking cost accountant. He has been the part of the teams that received ¿Best Fund House of the Year' award at Kotak Mutual Fund, ICICI Prudential and Franklin Templeton.
  • Mr. Chengalath Jayaram Mr. Chengalath Jayaram, holds a postgraduate diploma in Management from IIMC, Calcutta, Mr. C. Jayaram, Joint Managing Director, Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd., has been with the Kotak group since 1990. He has been a member of the Kotak Mahindra Board since October 1999, and a whole-time director on the board of Kotak Mahindra Bank since 2003. Mr. Jayaram heads the wealth management business and international operations for Kotak Mahindra group. He also oversees the alternative investments business which includes private equity funds and real estate funds. With over 25 years experience in many areas of finance and business, Mr. Jayaram has been instrumental in building numerous businesses for the Kotak Mahindra Group and has headed Kotak Securities Ltd as CEO in the past. He also played a crucial role in the setting up the car finance business. Prior to joining Kotak, Jayaram had worked with ICICI, and the consultancy division of A.F. Ferguson. He is associated with the sponsor.
  • Mr. Gaurang Shah Mr. Gaurang Shah, Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Member of The Institute of Cost and Work Accountants of India, Member of The Institute of Company Secretaries of India. M. Com. from Gujarat University. Mr. Gaurang Shah is the Group Head - Asset Management and Life Insurance at Kotak Mahindra Group and is responsible for Domestic and International Asset Management and Life Insurance businesses of the Group. In his immediate prior assignment, he was the Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Limited, (a 74:26 joint venture between Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd., its affiliates and Old Mutual plc) among India's leading Life Insurers. Mr. Shah has over 29 years of rich and varied experience primarily in the Financial Services sector, several of which are in the Kotak Mahindra Group. He is associated with the Sponsor.
  • Mr. Nalin Shah Mr. Nalin Shah, 68 years, B.Sc( Bus Admin)(USA), FCA(England & Wales) and FCA (India). He Joined S. B. Billimoria & Co. in June 1974 and became a partner of the firm in February 1977. S. B. Billimoria & Co. became an affiliate of Deloitte Haskins & Sells in 2000 and also became a partner of Deloitte Haskins & Sells. He has been an Audit Partner throughout his career. He has retired from Deloitte Haskins & Sells 1st April, 2012. He was member of the Governing Board of Deloitte India for several years and was also the National Professional Practice Director of Deloitte India for 2 years and Chairman of the firm's Audit Technical Committee for over five years. He was a member of the Accounting Standards Board of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for 1 year and a member of the Institute's Expert Advisory Committee (for 5 terms). Technical Reviewer for the Financial Reporting Board (FRRB) of the Institute and a member of the Institute's Shield Panel for the best published Accounts 2012 and 2014. Technical Reviewer for the FRRB and for the Qualified Audit Report Committee of SEBI/ICAI. He was also a member of the Corporate Laws Committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce & Industry for one year. He is Director on the Board of Eimco-Elecon (India) Ltd., Artson Engineering Ltd. (a subsidiary of Tata Projects Ltd.) DCB Bank Ltd., ABC Bearings Ltd., Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Co. Ltd., Omnigrid Micropower Co. Pvt. Ltd., Tata Capital Ltd., Cholamandalam Distribution Services Ltd. and Cholamandalam Securities Ltd.
  • Mr. Sanjiv Malhotra Mr. Sanjiv Malhotra, 65 years, is a Chartered Accountant (England & Wales, Canada and India). He has 40 years of Global Banking & Finance experience in senior positions in Risk Management, Private Equity, Corporate and Investment Banking, Consumer Finance, Micro Enterprise lending & Wealth Management, Seasoned Business and Risk management professional with a sound knowledge of Global Financial Markets and well versed in Crisis Management. He acts as an Independent Director on the Board of State Bank of India. He Was Citigroup's Chief Risk Officer for Thailand, during the Asian Crisis and Bank Danamon's Chief Risk Officer, during the 2008/09 Global Financial Crisis. He had worked in Canada, England, India, Indonesia, The Philippines, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates, with Global Financial Institutions i.e. Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Bank Danamon (A Temasek Group owned Financial Institution), Bank of Montreal, and Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu. He had close connections with Senior Leadership teams in large Corporates, Financial Institutions & Private Equity Firms in India, Indonesia & Singapore. He is well versed in dealing with and establishing close professional relationships with Senior Banking and Market Regulatory Authorities.
  • Ms. Anjali Bansal Ms. Anjali Bansal was born on February 25, 1971. She has 30 Years of experience. She is the founder of Avaana Capital, a growth fund platform that invests in and supports the scaling up of promising revenue stage start-ups by providing capital as well as business building support. She was previously global Partner and Managing Director with TPG Growth PE, Spencer Stuart India CEO, and strategy consultant with McKinsey and Co in New York and India. She has also been an active angel investor in India with investments in various early and growth stage consumer companies. She started her career as an engineer. She is non-executive independent chairperson of Dena Bank, and serves as an independent non-executive director on the public boards of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Pharmaceuticals India, Bata India Limited, Tata Power as well as Delhivery. She is on the Advisory Board of the Columbia University Global Centers, South Asia. Previously, she chaired the India board of Women's World Banking, a leading global livelihood-promoting institution. She is a charter member of TiE, serves on the managing committee of the Indian Venture Capital Association, angel investor and mentor to Facebook SheLeadsTech, NITI Aayog's Women Entrepreneurship Platform and others. An active contributor to the dialogue on corporate governance and diversity, Anjali co-founded and chaired the FICCI Center for Corporate Governance program for Women on Corporate Boards. She serves on the managing committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce and Industry. She is a member of the Young Presidents' Organization. She has a Bachelors in Computer Engineering from Gujarat University and a Masters in International Finance and Business from Columbia University.
  • Mr. Krishnakumar Natarajan Mr. Krishnakumar Natarajan is a leading authority in the global IT sector, he co-founded Mindtree in 1999 and has played key roles in building the company's innovative approach to delivering IT services and solutions to global 2000 enterprises. In his role as Executive Chairman he focused on leadership development and ensuring a high quality of governance. He also actively mentored different business groups within the company and worked closely with the start-up ecosystem to bring in innovative models of business transformation for clients. His key skill is to help Enterprises navigate the ¿Digital transformation' agenda and help technology deployments by which enterprises enhance customer experience and Industry leading growth. In his prior role as CEO and Managing Director (April 2008-March 2016), He was responsible for making Mindtree a global IT player. His effort as a business leader has been recognized worldwide, winning him several laurels. Business world & Forbes ranked him amongst the most valuable CEOs in India in 2016. He won Bloomberg UTV's award as the CEO of the Year in 2010, Business Today CEO of the year award in 2014 and was recognized by Chief Executive Magazine's as one of the twelve global leaders of tomorrow. EY honored him with Entrepreneur of the year 2015 in Services. His efforts resulted in Mindtree winning the "Most promising company of the Year" in 2013 by CNBC TV18. A 37-year IT industry veteran, Mr. Krishnakumar held several key positions at Wipro before co-founding Mindtree. In 2013, He served as Chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), where he worked to strengthen the Indian IT industry to build a globally competitive ecosystem. He now serves as the Chairman of Nasscom Foundation. Social enterprises and Philanthropy are other Key interests of Mr. Krishnakumar. He is an active partner of Social Venture Partners- an organization involved in impactful Philanthropy. Along with his wife Akila he runs their Personal foundation "Mela" which is focused on helping high potential rural girls to attain professional qualifications and helping Senior Citizens age gracefully. Krishnakumar is an active member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). He is also a regular speaker at international IT industry conferences and a faculty member at management schools around the world. He has a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the College of Engineering, Chennai, India, and a master's degree in Business Administration from the Xavier Institute, Jamshedpur, India.

  • Mr. Nilesh Shah Managing Director Nilesh Shah is Managing Director of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co Ltd. In his previous assignments, Nilesh has held leadership roles with Axis Capital, ICICI Prudential Asset Management, Franklin Templeton and ICICI securities. Nilesh is a gold medalist chartered accountant and a merit ranking cost accountant. He has been the part of the teams that received ¿Best Fund House of the Year' award at Kotak Mutual Fund, ICICI Prudential and Franklin Templeton.
  • Mr. R. Krishnan Chief Operations Officer Mr. R. Krishnan, is a Chartered Accountant and Cost Accountant with over 19 years of experience in the fields of Operations, Systems, Finance, MIS, Accounting, Audit and Taxation. Prior to joining the Kotak Group in August 1994, Mr. Krishnan was a practicing Chartered Accountant for two years, handling Accounting, Audit and Taxation matters for clients. Since joining the Kotak Group, Mr. Krishnan has handled major assignments like the US GAAP implementation for the erstwhile Kotak Mahindra Finance Limited (KMFL) and subsidiary/group companies, Systems Development and Implementation, for the Retail Assets Group and KMFL's transition to Kotak Bank. Mr. Krishnan's latest assignment was as Head ¿ Operations/Finance, Retail Assets, at Kotak Bank. Mr. Krishnan joined Kotak Mutual in August 2004 as Senior Vice President, and Chief Operations Officer, and oversees the Operations, Accounting, Admin and IT functions of the Fund.
  • Ms. Jolly Bhatt Compliance Officer Ms. Jolly Bhatt, is a B.com, ACS. She began her career in Kotak Mahindra AMC Ltd in the year 2005. She has experience of over 11 years in Compliance & Secretarial areas.

Debt Team

  • Ms. Lakshmi Iyer Chief Investment Officer ( Debt) & Head Products Lakshmi heads fixed income and products team at KMAMC. She has been with the organisation since 1999. Lakshmi joined KMAMC as a fund manager, and was responsible for credit research as well as deal execution, managing fund performance across all debt funds and assisting sales in client interaction. She has also been a portfolio specialist, and managed product related initiatives, product pricing and coordination with the funds management and sales team in that role. Prior to Kotak, Lakshmi worked with Credence Analytics Pvt Ltd, as a research analyst where she was tracking corporate bond markets in India and generating research reports. She was also instrumental for conceiving various financial software tools in collaboration with software and technical teams.
  • Mr. Abhishek Bisen Vice President Mr. Abhishek Bisen has been associated with the company since October 2006 and his key responsibilities include fund management of debt schemes. Prior to joining Kotak AMC, Abhishek was working with Securities Trading Corporation Of India Ltd. where he was looking at Sales & Trading of Fixed Income Products apart from doing Portfolio Advisory. The schemes managed by him are Kotak Monthly Income Plan, Kotak Bond, Kotak Gilt Investment (Regular & PF-Trust), Kotak Multi Asset Allocation Fund, Kotak Balance, Kotak Equity Savings Fund, Kotak Global Emerging Market Fund, Kotak Gold Fund and Kotak Gold ETF. He has been awarded twice as one of the Highly Commended Investors in Indian Rupees Bonds from the Asset magazine Hong Kong. Abhishek's educational background is B.A (Management) and MBA (Finance). His Hobbies include Numismatics, sketching, playing piano and cycling.
  • Mr. Deepak Agrawal Vice President Mr. Deepak Agrawal's career has started from Kotak AMC when he joined the organization in December 2002 where he was initially in Research, Dealing and then moved into Fund Management from November 2006 where he is managing Kotak Bond Short Term, Kotak Banking & PSU Debt Fund, Kotak Dynamic Bond Fund, Kotak Savings Fund, Kotak Liquid, Kotak Money Market Scheme, Kotak Credit Risk Fund, Kotak Medium Term Fund, Kotak Corporate Bond Fund, Kotak Low Duration Fund, FMPs & QIPs. Deepak is a Post Graduate in Commerce, Chartered Account and Company Secretary.

Equity Team

  • Mr. Harsha Upadhyaya Chief Investment Officer - Equity Harsha Upadhyaya heads the equity desk at KMAMC, and also directly manages funds such as Kotak Standard Multicap Fund, Kotak Equity Opportunities Fund and Kotak Tax Saver. Harsha has over two decades of experience spread across equity research and fund management. He has previously worked with DSP BlackRock, UTI Asset Management, Reliance Group and SG Asia Securities. Harsha completed his Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical) from National Institute of Technology, Suratkal and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Finance) from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. He also holds Chartered Financial Analyst charter from the CFA Institute, US. Harsha follows various sports, and was a hockey player while at the university.
  • Mr. Harish Krishnan Sr. Vice President & Fund Manager - Equity Harish currently manages large cap, thematic equity funds at KMAMC, including Kotak Bluechip Fund, Kotak India Growth Fund, Kotak Infrastructure & Economic Reform Fund. Harish has more than a decade of experience spread over Equity Research and Fund Management. Prior to joining Kotak Mutual Fund, he was based out of Singapore and Dubai, managing Kotak's offshore funds, having varied experience managing all-cap diversified, concentrated mid-cap strategies for overseas investors. He has also worked at Infosys Technologies Ltd in his earlier stint. Harish is a Bachelor of Technology (Electronics & Communications) from Government Engineering College, Trichur, a post Graduate in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode and a Chartered Financial Analyst from the CFA Institute. On the personal front, Harish has a passion for travel, reading and technology.
  • Mr. Pankaj Tibrewal Sr. Vice President & Fund Manager (Equity) Pankaj Tibrewal manages schemes such as Kotak Emerging Equity, Kotak Small Cap (Erstwhile Kotak Midcap Fund) and Kotak Equity Hybrid (Erstwhile Kotak Balance) at Kotak AMC In his earlier stint at Principal Mutual Fund, Pankaj managed schemes like Principal Emerging Bluechip, Principal Tax Saver and MIPs. Pankaj has been featured in the top 10 fund managers in India for four consecutive years from 2016 to 2019 as per Outlook Business. He also featured in the top 10 fund managers in Economic Times (Morning Star) in 2016 and 2017. A commerce graduate from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata, Pankaj also holds a Master's degree in Finance from Manchester University. His hobbies include listening to Hindi music, travelling and reading.
  • Mr. Devender Singhal Fund Manager - Equity Mr. Devender Singhal has been associated with the Kotak Group since July 2007. He is responsible for the research coverage of FMCG, Automobiles and Media sectors at Kotak AMC since Feb 2009. Devender has an overall working experience of 14 years in equity research and fund management. Prior to joining Kotak AMC, Devender worked with the PMS divisions of Kotak, Religare, Karvy and P N Vijay Financial Services.
  • Ms. Shibani Sircar Kurian Fund Manager - Equity Shibani has 20 years of experience in the Indian equity markets, of which more than eleven and half years has been with Kotak Asset Management Co. Ltd. Shibani heads Equity Research at Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Company. Her primary responsibility is to identify macro and sector trends, which provide a top down thematic overlay to the bottom up approach to stock picking. Apart from her responsibilities as Head of Equity Research, she actively tracks banking and financial services as well as the information technology sector. Shibani has previously worked with UTI Mutual Fund for close to six years as an Economist and Research Analyst. She has also worked with Dawnay Day AV Financial Services as a Senior Economist and Research Analyst. Shibani holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics (Hons) from St. Xavier's College, Kolkata and has a PGDM (Specialization in Finance) from T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal.
  • Mr. Rukun Tarachandani Fund Manager - Equity Associate Vice President & Fund Manager ¿ Rukun currently manages the Kotak Equity Arbitrage Fund. He has over 6 years of experience in Capital Markets, of which he has spent 4 years with Kotak Mahindra Asset Management (KMAMC). Prior to his current role, he was part of the PMS Fund Management team at KMAMC where his primary responsibility was Equity research and New idea generation across sectors and market capitalization. He has previously worked with Goldman Sachs Global Investment Research as an Equity Research Analyst. Rukun is a Post Graduate in Management (Finance) from Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and an Engineering Graduate (Information Technology) from Institute of Technology, Nirma University. He has cleared all the three levels of CFA Program. He is an avid reader with particular interest in behavioural finance and quantitative-factor investing.