Nandita Agarwal Parker – Managing Partner
Nandita Parker is one of the pioneers of Equities Research in India. Nandita is a Portfolio Manager and CEO with 20 years of combined experience in Emerging market investing, asset management and equities research. Nandita has demonstrated the ability to build and maximize the efforts of a research team utilizing the unparalleled domestic and international relationships that she developed over the span of her Wall Street and asset management career. Nandita established and founded Karma Capital Management LLC, the first India-dedicated Alternative Investment platform, in 2003. Spanning 3 decades, Nandita’s professional experience includes Emerging Markets Portfolio Management roles at two U.S based hedge funds; an International Equities Research role at American Century Investment Management, Inc.. From 2004-2005, Nandita was the India market strategist at Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. Nandita began her professional career as a U.S. Media/Entertainment analyst at Gerard Klauer Mattison & Co. Inc., in New York, from 1991 to 1994.
Nandita is the founder of the Asset Managers Roundtable of India (AMRI), an initiative which brings together members of the Investment industry of India to engage and work together with the government and the market regulators for Capital Market reforms. Ms. Parker has an MBA in Finance from the College of William & Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia), and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, with Honors, from Delhi University.
Douglas F. Parker – Partner & Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Parker has more than 20 years of combined experience in investment fund operations, process and project management and risk management analysis. Prior to joining Karma in 2004, Mr. Parker was Relationship Manager and Project Manager, at GE Capital. Previously, he was Treaty Underwriter, at Swiss Reinsurance America and at General/Cologne Reinsurance. Mr. Parker served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1982 to 1987 in select leadership roles in operations and engineering on board multiple warships. Mr. Parker has an MBA in Finance from the College of William & Mary, and a BA in Economics, from the University of Rochester.
Mathias B. Pontoppidan – Business Development Manager
Mr. Pontoppidan has spent more than 6 years in the Indian market and worked in several cross-border capacities. Prior to joining Karma, Mathias led the Cross-border desk for the Indian investment bank, Cipher-Plexus Capital, where he developed international partnerships in Europe, the US and Japan, while he simultaneously led M&A and Private Equity transactions across sectors such as logistics, shipping, agriculture, education (K12 and higher education), bus transportation, IT solutions, construction equipment, energy, etc. Prior to that, Mathias worked for the India-entry consulting firm, Tecnova, where he developed Tecnova’s Nordic client group. Previously, Mathias worked for the Indian SME focused investment fund, LogicTree Capital, where he focused on strategic development efforts and value investments. Mathias holds a BA Honour degree in Global Marketing from the University of Greenwich (London), and an IBB Global degree from Niels Brock Business College (Copenhagen) where one semester was studied at RMIT University (Melbourne).
Thomas Joseph Priju, CFA – Senior Analyst, Equities Research
Mr. Priju has more than 20 years experience in Equities Research, Portfolio Management, Financial Valuation and Business Analysis. Prior to joining Karma, Thomas was Fund Manager and Equity Analyst at TATA Asset Management covering multiple sectors including Pharmaceutical, Healthcare, Information Technology, Textiles and Specialty Chemicals; and an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of Mumbai teaching Security Analysis. Prior to that, he was Manager – Research Analyst for Capital Market Research at Mercer covering both onshore and offshore Equity, Debt and Alternative Asset Funds. Previously, he worked as a Securities Analyst covering capital goods and engineering sectors at First Global. He has published his research in both the US and India. Thomas holds a Masters in Management Studies from NMIMS and a Bachelors degree in Commerce from the University of Bombay.
Basavraj Shetty – Senior Analyst, Equities Research
Mr. Shetty has more than 15 years experience in Portfolio Management, Investment Analysis & Equities Research. Prior to joining Karma, Basavraj was Fund Manager and Equity Analyst at Mirae Asset Management covering multiple sectors including Information Technology, Pharmaceutical, Agrochemical, Chemical and Cement sectors. Prior to that, he was an Equity Analyst with Techno Shares & Stocks Ltd. and an Equity Analyst and Associate Vice President – Investment Banking, with Centrum Broking Pvt. Ltd. Previously Basavraj was an Offshore Associate – Investment Banking, with JP Morgan India Pvt. Ltd. He began his career in finance in 2003 as an Analyst with First Global covering the US and European Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Sectors. Basavraj holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Sydenham Institute of Management and a Bachelors degree in Science (Technology) from the Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), University of Mumbai.
Varun Arora, CFA – Analyst, Equities Research
Mr. Arora has more than 5 years experience in Investment Research. Prior to joining Karma, Varun worked in an asset management firm based in Hong Kong, where he focused on macro research across many markets with India as the main focus point. During this period, he has covered the consumer, technology and housing finance sectors. Varun holds an MBA from the Partnership Program of the University of Hong Kong and London Business School and a Bachelors degree in Electronics & Communications from Delhi College of Engineering.