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About Me

I am presently Head of Research at Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz), a leading asset management company based in Kuwait with AUM exceeding $3b. I am also the Managing Director of Marmore Mena Intelligence, a research subsidiary of Markaz.


I lead the strategic research initiative of Markaz with specific focus on big picture research. Prior to this assignment, I was involved with a wealth management firm based in Bahrain as Director of Investment Management. In this role, I was advising Middle Eastern high net worth clients on asset allocation and money manager selection. In a career spanning more than 30 years, I dedicated nearly 18 years in the Gulf region (Riyadh, Bahrain and Kuwait). Prior to this stint in the Gulf region, I worked with several institutions based in India including the largest mutual fund Unit Trust of India and the largest engineering consultancy MECON.

I obtained CFA Charter from the CFA Institute, USA (2003) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) certification from the Global Association for Risk Professionals, USA (2005). I am also a Fellow member of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India. I am associated with CFA Institute as a volunteer since 2003. I was the founding President of CFA Kuwait Society and am also a founding member of CFA Bahrain Society. I attended a 2-week Investment Management Workshop at Harvard Business School in 2007.

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Recent Blogs

March 8, 2020

This Article was originally published in The Global Analyst

On the day of the budget presentation on Feb 1st, I was asked by Khaleej Times (a UAE based newspaper) about my initial reaction and this is what I said:

“It is a budget high on speech time and low on delivery. As expected the budget reduced income tax burden on tax payers. However this will leave more money in the pockets of tax payers but will that result in incr...

January 7, 2020

This Article was originally published in The Global Analyst

It is this usual time of the year when we have to play the role of “astrologers”.

The Indian stock market returned 12% (in 2019). While this is an impressive performance compared to 2018 when the index registered only 5.9%, it is by no means a stellar performance. The key question is: Can we expect 2020 to be a “Stellar” year as that’s what every investor wants (pr...

November 7, 2019

This Article was originally published in The Global Analyst

Among many mistakes investors make, not having an independent financial planner assist your investment planning can be the main one. There are many reasons why we don’t approach a financial planner to assist us in our financial planning. Before that, let us first understand what is financial planning from the lens of income and expenses.

We generally depend on our...

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