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Key Management Team

  • Mr. Rajiv Shastri

    Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

    Mr. Rajiv Shastri is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also holds a Post-graduation degree in Economic Management & Policy from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He has over 18 years of experience in the mutual fund industry with considerable exposure with entities & fund houses like DSP Merrill Lynch, Birla Sunlife, HDFC and ABN AMRO in investment related functions, corporate & institutional relationships, risk control methodologies, procedures & tools, product development, etc.
    Mr. Shastri had also been responsible for driving business led growth with Sahara Mutual Fund, Lotus Mutual Fund, where he had achieved phenomenal growth through increased brand awareness measures, management of different verticals, managing strategic partnerships with stakeholders etc.
    His last assignment was with Pramerica Mutual Fund as Director & Business Head – Portfolio Management Services and Products with overall responsibility for establishing & managing the portfolio management business and developing asset management products.

  • Mr. Aditya Biyani

    Chief Marketing Officer

    Mr. Biyani has over 17 years of experience in Mutual Funds, PMS and Insurance sectors. Proven success in streamlining operations, invigorating businesses, managing P&L and devising & implementing competitive strategies for expanding market share along with delivering/ sustaining revenue & profit gains within competitive markets.
    He has worked with top multinational companies at the national and zonal level and has an expertise in channel sales, new business development, key account management, distribution network management and nurturing relations with clients & channel partners.
    Mr. Biyani’s previous assignment was with Essel Finance Wealth Zone Pvt Ltd as Chief Executive Officer. He joined Essel Finance in December 2013 as Head of Business Development and continued driving the growth of the company for their distribution business as the Chief Executive Officer till March 2017. Previously, he has worked with ING Investment Management as Senior Vice President & Zonal Head for West, East and South (India) for 5 years and prior to that with ICICI Lombard General Insurance for 6 years as the National Sales Manager- Worksites Marketing and Cross Sell. He holds an MBA in Marketing from T.A. Pai Management Institute, Manipal and a CFA from ICFAI.

  • Mr. Madangopal Jalan

    Chief Compliance Officer & Company Secretary

    Mr. Madangopal Jalan has over 30 years of rich experience in handling compliance and secretarial functions across the financial services industry. In his last assignment, he was associated with Future Generali India Life Insurance as Executive Vice President - Legal & Compliance and Company Secretary. He has also worked with Lloyds Finance as Senior Vice President – Legal & Company Secretary.

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  • Mr. Viral Berawala

    Chief Investment Officer

    Viral Berawala is the Chief Investment Officer at Essel Finance AMC Limited. Previously, he has worked with Reliance Nippon Life Insurance Company Limited as Chief Investment Officer for about 5 years where he was responsible for a total asset size of USD 2.9 Billion.
    Prior to that, he worked at Reliance Capital AMC as an assistant Fund Manager, for the Reliance Equity Opportunities and the Reliance Tax Saver Fund. As an analyst, he has worked in IT, Oil & Gas, Real Estate and Retail sectors.
    Prior to that Viral worked for over 7 years in TCS in Corporate Finance as well as technical roles. Viral comes with over 18 years of experience in the Financial Services and Information Technology sectors.
    Viral is a Chartered Accountant and a PGPX from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

  • Mr. Killol Pandya

    Head - Fixed Income

    Mr. Pandya has a rich industry experience of 17 Years. Prior to joining PFMCL, Mr. Killol Pandya was Senior Fund Manager- Debt at LIC Nomura MF, and was responsible for management of the liquid and fixed income products with an AUM of around Rs.9000 crores. He was also instrumental in conceptualizing and managing India’s first G-sec ETF. Prior to LIC Nomura MF, Mr. Killol has also worked with Daiwa and SBI Mutual Funds.
    Mr. Killol Pandya has completed his Masters in Management Studies with specialization in Finance from K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research. He has also completed a Diploma Program in Capital Markets from The Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI).

  • Mr. Vikas R. Gupta

    Vice President – Fund Management

    Mr. Vikas R. Gupta is the Vice president – Fund Manager of Essel Mutual Fund and also the Key Personnel of Essel Finance AMC Limited.
    Prior to this, he was with Anand Rathi Share and Stock Broker Ltd as Vice President- Derivative Desk for 2 years 11 months.
    He has also worked with Alpha Alternatives Holdings Private Limited as Fund – Manager, Ventura Securities and Destimoney Securities Private Limited as Head – Derivatives, Bonanza Portfolio Limited as Product Manager and Sharekhan Ltd. as Assistant Manager.
    He has done his Masters in Tourism Administration (MTA) from Jiwaji University and B.SC. from Sagar University.

  • Mr. Suraj Makhija

    Vice President – Fund Management

    Mr. Suraj Makhija, Vice President - Fund Management is managing Essel Large Cap Equity Fund w.e.f. December 4, 2018.
    Prior to this, he has worked with Reliance Nippon Life Insurance as Fund Manager – ULIP and Research Analyst.
    He has completed CFA program of CFA Institute (USA), MBA from K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

  • Mr. Archit Shah

    Fund Manager - Fixed Income

    Mr. Archit Shah is a Fund Manager – Fixed Income of Essel Mutual Fund and also the Key Personnel of Essel Finance AMC Limited.
    Prior to this, he has worked with Acko General Insurance Ltd. as Head – Investments.
    He has completed CFA program of CFA Institute (USA), PGDBM from N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies & Research and B.Com from Narsee Monjee College of Commerce & Economics.

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  • Mr. Vilas Solanki

    Head - Operations & Customer Service

    He has over 21 years of experience in the related areas. His previous prime associations are as a Vice President -Operations with ING Investment Management (I) Pvt. Ltd, as a Manager - Operations with Zurich AMC and as an Executive - Operations in GIC AMC.