A keen childhood passion. Presently I ride a Thunderbird 500 cc Roya Enfield bike. During the last five years, I made several long distance trips, both in groups and solo. Riding enables me to rediscover myself constantly!
I play mostly online chess in Chess.com. Keeps my brain cells active. Chess is more about avoiding making mistakes (and therefore not losing) than winning. Playing with real human beings at random provides the extra spice.
I am an avid music listener which also led me to learn classical Carnatic flute. It is a great example of how one should devote time to practice. Playing instrumental music is a great stress buster.
I take every opportunity to travel to hinterlands of India mostly through family holidays but also through riding. It is said that you learn more in life when you travel, interact with people, eat local food and experience the culture.
Fortunately my day job is research which forces me to read a lot. Also, I constantly look for good books to read. I usually go by recommendations and read mostly non-fiction where I can apply what I read and learn.
I am currently CEO of Marmore Mena Intelligence, a research subsidiary of Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz), a leading asset management company based in Kuwait with AUM exceeding $3b. I also function as Economic Advisor to Kuwait Financial Center, Markaz.
In a career spanning more than 33 years, I dedicated nearly 22 years in the Gulf region (Riyadh, Bahrain and Kuwait). Prior to this stint in the Gulf region, I worked with several leading institutions based in India including the largest mutual fund Unit Trust of India (UTI) and the largest engineering consultancy MECON.
I provide regular strategic research opinions on markets, economy, sectors and other business angles through various blogs, columns and speeches. I specialise in big picture research with a keen interest in asset management, investment research, capital markets, energy markets and GCC.
I obtained CFA Charter from the CFA Institute, USA (2003) and a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) from the Global Association for Risk Professionals, USA (2005). Also a Fellow member of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India (1987). I actively associated with CFA Institute as a volunteer since 2003. I was the founding board member of CFA Bahrain Society and founding President of CFA Kuwait Society. I was also a member of Education Advisory Committee of CFA Institute (2012-2019).
I attended a 2-week Investment Management Workshop at Harvard Business School in 2007. I enjoy motor biking, playing online chess, watching Cricket and reading books.