Essdar is a market leader in the region, both in terms of its people, as well as its track record, expertise, products, governance standards, processes and systems. Essdar’s management have backgrounds in global financial centres including New York, London, Hong Kong and Singapore as well as regional experience in Abu-Dhabi, Dubai, Doha, Bahrain, Kuwait, Muscat, Riyadh and Mumbai.

Mohammad Sotoudeh

Chairman
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Mohammad has more than 20 years of experience at senior levels in global banking and capital markets. His focus has been sovereign and corporate debt financings and investments, fixed income, credit trading and structured finance across the globe from the U.S. to the Middle Eastern and Asian markets.  Prior to founding Essdar Capital, Mohammad served  in senior roles  in the United States and the MENA region in organisations like Citigroup, Daiwa Securities and Nomura Securities amongst others.

Mohammad has a unique insight in managing complex global transactions for Sovereign  and corporate financings and investments involving G7 and Emerging Markets.

Mohammad holds a Masters Degree in Management from Harvard University and a B.Sc. in Engineering and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts.

 


Suketu Sanghvi

Director and CEO
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Suketu has more than 22 years experience in capital markets products in Asia Pacific. He has emerging market expertise having done numerous transactions from Middle East, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Taiwan, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea, Mauritius and New Zealand. Prior to joining Essdar, Suketu’s global experience was gained with Emirates National Securitization Company (ENSEC), ABN AMRO Bank (now RBS), Axis Bank, Khandwala Securities Ltd. and Prime Securities Ltd.

Suketu holds a Bachelor in Commerce Degree from Mumbai University and is also a Qualified Chartered Accountant and passed the Company Secretary examinations from India.


Syed Kashif Hussain

Principal and Head of Investment Banking
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Syed Kashif has over 15 years experience of working in the Middle East and a cumulative experience of over 20 years and brings significant local markets knowledge to the team. Syed Kashif has been involved in pioneering transactions in the regional commercial and residential real estate and consumer receivables sectors, both Shariah compliant and conventional. Prior to joining Essdar, he has worked with Emirates National Securitization Corporation as a lead transactor and with the Big Four advisory firms in various capacities for their assurance, corporate finance, risk management and financial consultancy service lines.

Kashif is qualified as Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan.


Ram Chandran

Director and Head of Finance
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Ram has over 25 years experience in the fields of finance and accounting. He has completed many audits including statutory, revenue and compliance audit of banks, insurance, corporate and non-corporate bodies. Ram also has wide experience in taxation.Ram has worked in various capacities in different companies based in GCC and India engaged in different segments from manufacturing, trading, hospitality to investment firms. Ram holds a CPA from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and CA from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Ankit Gupta

Principal and Head of Origination
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Ankit is responsible for all the research analytics to assist the Company. He also has valuable experience in performing data and due diligence analysis and providing operational support for the transaction due to his in-depth operational understanding of the debt capital markets transactions. Ankit was actively involved in the acquisition and management of Essdar portfolio of distressed debt investments of over USD 600 million and restructuring of the portfolio. Ankit also assists in completing all corporate actions for the Essdar.

Ankit holds degree in Engineering and Masters in Business Administration with specialization in International Finance.


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