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Published on October 17, 2018 by Richa Gambhir

The business ecosystem has long relied on a defined set of data – economical, financial, and standard operational KPIs – to gauge efficiency and opportunities. With the revolution in information technology, businesses have realized that alternative data (Alt Data) is a very potent competitive tool.

As the name suggests, Alt Data is gathered from nonconventional data sources such as social media, flight and shipping trackers, credit card transactions, and email receipts. The analysis of this data yields additional insights for businesses, which complement the information they receive from conventional sources. Alt Data provides a significant competitive advantage to firms compared with those that rely on traditional data to run their business.

The hedge fund industry is at the forefront of Alt Data adoption

The ever-competitive hedge fund managers are always trying to find ways to gain an upper hand in the information market – and hence it isn’t surprising that they are gathering digital data from disparate sources (such as shopping mall traffic, liquor license applications, oil storage tanks, and FCC radio permits) to research new investment ideas and generate alpha. According to EY’s 2017 Global Hedge Fund and Investor Survey, around half (46%) the hedge fund managers surveyed used nontraditional data to support their investment process compared with 31% in 2016. Moreover, 32% of hedge fund managers are expected to use it in the near future, up 21% from last year.

Hedge funds leveraging Alt Data in analysis and investment decisions

Source: Various websites and articles

Alt Data is essential to gain an edge in the market

Over the next few years, Alt Data is expected to transform investment management systems of hedge funds. Firms that do not update their investment processes within this time span could face strategic risks, and may very well be outmaneuvered by players that efficiently incorporate Alt data into their trading processes. The focus on Alt Data is so strong that experts and veterans are considering it the data of the future.

According to BlackRock, “In order to generate sustained [returns], investors must embrace the task of acquiring, analyzing and understanding the ever-growing data universe. Those that fail to do so run the risk of falling behind in a rapidly changing investment landscape.”

Echoing BlackRock’s sentiment, Deloitte Center for Financial Services opined, “The lure of alternative data sets is largely the potential for an information advantage over the market with regard to investment decisions. True information advantage has occurred at various times in the history of securities markets, and alternative data seem to be just its most recent manifestation…Speed and knowledge are advancing with the use of advanced analytics, and there will be no waiting for laggards, no turning back.”

Man Group’s fund quintupled in three years on the back of Alt Data
Man Group, a UK-based hedge fund, began utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for one of its funds in 2014, along with the analysis of alternative data sets including container ship movements and weather forecasts. From 2014 to 2017, the AHL Dimension fund has quintupled its AUM due in part to its strong performance, driven by AI and Alt Data. This has led Man Group to deploy AI and data techniques for an additional four funds managing USD12.3bn (as of September 2017).

Alt Data won’t stay alternative for a long time

For Alt Data, the same report from Deloitte says that “today’s innovation could be tomorrow’s requirement.” Consider the following:

  • In 2017, Greenwich Associates revealed that more than one-fifth asset managers and hedge funds had geolocation data on their wish list.

  • Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters have included Alt Data in their offerings.

  • 75% of hedge funds already use news and feeds from social media as part of their investment process.

  • 80% of investors (including hedge funds) want greater access to Alt Data sources in general, with private-company data, logistics data, and evaluated pricing topping the list.

  • Opimas, a consultancy, said hedge fund’s spending on Alt Data was increasing by around one-fifth each year and was expected to hit USD7bn by 2020.

Going beyond wish list, players are striving hard to get hold of Alt Data. On one hand, top hedge funds (e.g., Two Sigma, Point72, Winton, and BlackRock) have already set up data units and are hiring data experts to remain at the top of the game. On the other hand, niche players with limited assets have mushroomed in the hedge fund industry, with unique investment strategies and innovative capabilities to leverage Alt Data to generate alpha.

Hurdles faced in implementing Alt Data

Source: EY’s 2017 Global Hedge Fund and Investor Survey

Funds need to acquire right data sets from reliable sources so that they can quickly interpret and run a hypothesis to detect promising opportunities. Further, the prevalence of same data sets in the market and potential legal issues surrounding data ownership are cause of concern for managers.

However, the biggest challenge for hedge funds using Alt Data lies in adding talent and technology to support data management and governance.

Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services extensively supports hedge funds, banks, and other financial firms in their research and analysis. We specialize in providing periodic updates, sector analysis, opportunity evaluation, and related services on a global scale. Our team of fundamental research experts and data experts can provide optimal solutions combining data management and technology expertise and design differentiated data research insights.

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Senior Associate, Corporates and Consulting

Richa Gambhir has over 5 years of experience in the research and consulting industry. As part of MAKS’ Corporate and Consulting practice, she is currently handling a media monitoring project for a US-based hedge fund. Richa’s expertise is in secondary research, and she is experienced in preparing company- and industry focused-reports, event updates, newsletters, and other related tasks. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University and a Master’s degree in Business Economics.

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Emmett Kiduff

18-Oct-2018 11:24:21 am

Buyside firms typically convert 5%-15% of their licenses to trials. Given there are already 1,500 alternative datasets relevant to the buyside knowing which datasets to considering testing is critical.


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Vipul Gupta

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Vipul has over 10 years of experience in supporting leading global organizations in the banking, commercial lending and consultancy domains. His experience spans core credit analysis, financial modelling, leveraged lending, industry coverage and onshore client-facing roles. At Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he leads a specialized leveraged lending credit analysis team covering diverse industries, including business services, manufacturing, transport and logistics.

Vipul holds a Master’s in Business Administration from ICFAI Business School (IBS), Hyderabad and a Bachelor in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU), Haryana.

Dipender Thapa

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Dipender Thapa has 12 years of experience in investment research and commercial lending. In his 7+ years at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services (MA Knowledge Services), he has managed several credit research and commercial lending teams. He is an expert in the financial institutions group (FIG) sector – covering banks, insurance companies, funds, and sovereigns – and has conducted analyst training sessions at MA Knowledge Services’ Bangalore and Colombo delivery centers.

He has set up two new commercial lending accounts in the past three years. He currently oversees a commercial lending analyst team supporting one of the largest investment banks in Europe in managing its FIG loan portfolio.

Somsukla Biswas

Senior Associate, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Somsukla has over 4 years of experience across various corporate and financial sectors, with special focus on Insurance. As a part of the Business Research and Consulting practice at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services (MAKS); She currently provides insurance research and analysis support to a global management consulting firm in multiple areas including model building, financial analysis, trend analysis, competitive benchmarking, market entry strategies and product segmentation studies. Prior to this, Somsukla performed financial analysis and opportunity identification for multiple companies across industry sectors. She is a post graduate in Economics from Jadavpur University, Kolkata.

Atul Gupta

Delivery Manager, Corporate & Consulting

Atul works in the Strategy Research and Consulting practice at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. He has 10 years of experience in the oil & gas sector and executed projects involving oil & gas industry research, corporate finance strategy, market entry & growth strategy, and M&A transactions. He worked and lead research and consulting projects supporting clients on developing results-driven strategies, including oil, gas & LNG market assessment, retail fuels market analysis, fiscal regime & policy recommendations, M&A support, opportunity identification & evaluation, oil & gas valuations, performance & best practices benchmarking, etc. across various geographies.

Prior to MAKS, he was associated with Deloitte’s Corporate Finance Advisory team and worked on corporate strategy engagements involving M&A support and strategic & general corporate finance advice.

Nitin Sonawane

Delivery Lead, Compliance Ops

Nitin is an Investment Guidelines Professional with over 10 years of experience in Coding, Monitoring, Reporting, and Testing in Compliance Systems. He is adept at logical coding and monitoring of investment guidelines in Sentinel and SimCorp for Equity, Derivatives, Mutual Fund and Fixed Income. At Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he works for leading global financial services clients for implementing Investment Guidelines on Sentinel System replacing various in-house legacy systems. Previously Nitin worked for AXA Business Services and served AXA Rosenberg, AXA Investment Managers Paris on various projects for implementing Guidelines Management Systems. He holds an MBA in Finance from University of Pune.

Rahul Thakur

Assistant Director

Rahul has over 10 years of experience in business research and analysis within private equity practice. He joined Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services in 2007 and currently oversees one of the largest private equity engagements within the company. His key focus areas include account management, client relationship and providing oversight to the teams’ day-to-day deliverables. He has an extensive experience of working on a variety of assignments covering the entire life cycle of a private equity investment including industry deep-dives, trend analysis, portfolio monitoring and similar assignments for clients.

Ambadas Yemul

Delivery Manager – Investment Compliance

Ambadas has over 8 years of experience in guideline monitoring. His expertise includes guideline interpretation, rules coding, list update & post trade monitoring with a good knowledge of UCITS, 1940 Acts & ERISA regulations. Ambadas holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Shivaji University.

Zahoor Bhat

Delivery Lead, Investment Research

Zahoor Bhat has over six years of experience in equity research, covering the technology, banking, telecom and cement sectors. At Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he supports a private equity and asset management team in the GCC with over USD2.5bn worth of assets under management. He covers different asset classes (fixed income, equities, REITs) and has developed different investment strategies to help the client earn the highest return on investment. He previously supported a sell-side client, covering Saudi Arabia’s banking, telecom and cement sectors.

He holds a B.E. (Computers) from Jammu University and an MBA (Finance) from ICFAI Business School, Pune.

Archana Kanojia

Delivery Lead, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Archana Kanojia started her career with Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services in 2010. She currently assists client business development teams with proposal content, requests for proposal/requests for information, due diligence questionnaires, lead generation and consultant databases. Previously, she set up fund databases for funds of funds, analyzing private equity (PE) firms and their funds from an investment standpoint, and extended investment support to PE firms through industry studies, information memoranda and similar activities.

Archana holds a Post Graduate in Business Management with a specialization in Finance and Marketing from New Delhi Institute of Management, Delhi. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (with honors) from Delhi University.

Wayomi Hemantha

Delivery Lead, Commercial Lending

Wayomi is part of the Commercial Lending team at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. Her responsibilities involve writing credit reports, monitoring covenants, and performing risk raters.

She holds a BBA degree from University of Colombo. Wayomi is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, UK. She has completed all three levels of the CFA examination from CFA Institute, USA and is currently pursuing a MBA from the University of West London, UK.

Zohair Haiderally

Associate Director

Zohair heads Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services’ Forensic Analysis business, and is responsible for product innovation in the area of quality of earnings, corporate governance, and financial health checks. He has over 20 years’ experience in accounting and finance.

Shenuk Alles

Associate, Fund Marketing Services

Shenuk is part of Fund Marketing Services (FMS) at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, where he focuses on the implementation of varied digital marketing strategies for clients.

He has over 11 years of experience in digital marketing and publishing, content management, business analysis, and client services. Additionally, he has experience in the application and execution of W3C standards, web design and applications, and web accessibility guidelines. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he was a Web Production Officer at a leading international bank.

Shenuk holds a Bachelor of Science (Business Information Systems and Management) and a Certificate in Telecommunication.

Mohit Mittal

Associate Director, Investment Research

Mohit Mittal has 10 years of experience in research and advisory, financial modeling, business planning, team management and training. During his eight-year tenure at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services (MAKS), Mohit has handled various positions of responsibility and leadership, including managing the Investment Research business for MAKS China. He contributes to the company’s automation initiative – Business Excellence and Automation Tools – and currently manages several client delivery teams, in addition to setting up new teams/projects.

Hitesh Acharya

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Hitesh has over 10 years of experience in working with leading global organizations in the banking and commercial lending domains. His expertise spans a broad range of analyses, including credit appraisal, leveraged lending, stressed assets, industry reports, cash flow modelling, and client pitch presentations. At Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he has led sector and product-specialist pilot teams in Commercial Lending, focusing on diverse sectors such as real estate, manufacturing, aerospace and defense, transport and logistics, and business services.

Hitesh holds a Masters in Management Studies from K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research, University of Mumbai, and a B.Com from University of Mumbai.

Maulin Thaker

Assistant Director, Commercial Lending

Maulin has over 12 years of experience across Equity research, Commercial Lending and Corporate finance/consulting. At Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he is involved in Pre-sales efforts and special client projects along with thought leadership and marketing initiatives for the commercial lending vertical.

Prior to joining Moody’s, Maulin was with an institutional equities team at New York based Brown Brothers Harriman for over 6 years, mainly providing US thematic-strategy research to global buy-side clients. He holds an MBA-Finance from Pace University – New York (USA) and is a qualified Chartered Accountant from India.

Harshwardhan Khandelwal

Delivery Manager, Investment Research

Harsh has close to 10 years of work experience in investment research, with a focus on financial institutions, sovereigns and supranational entities. He currently supports a large European buy-side client, providing opinion-based credit research (initiation and maintenance) and issuer rating recommendations by performing fundamental and technical analyses of issuers, and analyzing the capital requirements and structure of banks.

Prior to this, he supported the co-branded bottom-up research alongside onshore fixed income strategists for a major European investment bank’s private banking division. He is also actively involved in training, quality control of deliverables, and client discussions. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Rajan Kumar

Delivery Manager, Investment Banking

Rajan Kumar is responsible for working on end-to-end Equity Capital Markets (ECM) projects, quality reviews, and client interaction. His responsibilities also include executing a wide range of ECM analysis covering support during deal origination and execution stages.

Prior to joining Moody’s, Rajan worked with the Investment Banking team at HSBC and JP Morgan Services. He holds am MBA (Finance) from BITS Pilani and an Electrical Engineering degree from Bhagalpur College of Engineering.

Avishek Suman

Associate Director

Avishek Suman manages the Investment Research business in Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Beijing. He has close to 15 years of work experience in research, including 10 years in Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. Prior to assuming this responsibility in Beijing, Avishek served as Delivery Manager for a team supporting the private banking arm of a large bank. He has managed multiple buy-side and sell-side clients in the past.

Ayoma Peiris

Assistant Director Commercial Lending

Ayoma is part of the Commercial Lending team at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. She has over 10 years of experience, prominently in equity and credit research. She previously worked in the Projects and Transition team at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, she worked as Trader in a local investment bank. Ayoma holds an MBA and is a Fellow Member of ACCA (UK) and an Associate Member of CIMA (UK).

Ramesh Tunga

Assistant Director, Quantitative Services

Ramesh heads Data Management services at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, responsible for driving projects on data collection, cleansing, maintenance, analytics and visualization to help asset managers and banks form informed business insights. He has rich experience across different asset classes and multiple service lines, including operations, market research, data analytics, and financial services.

Subhrojyoti Mandal

Associate Director - Commercial Lending

Subhro has been with Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services for over six years. He has 12+ years of extensive experience in credit analysis in the commercial lending, counterparty and credit research space. Subhro manages transition of new clients encompassing the credit analysis function. He has extensive work experience in banking products, process and systems across the lending value chain for global corporate and commercial banks. He holds a Master of Commerce degree from Calcutta University.

Nuwan Jayawardana

Senior Vice President Investment Research

Nuwan is currently in charge of fixed income research delivery at our Colombo office. He is involved in capacity creation, driving revenue growth, profit optimization, and providing overall delivery leadership to the fixed income delivery platform in Sri Lanka. As a Senior Vice President and a member of the Colombo office’s senior management committee, he contributes to the planning and implementation of location-specific strategies and policies. Previously, at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he managed multiple teams, supporting buy- and sell-side clients in the credit and equity domains.

He supported a global investment bank by providing fixed income and credit research covering a portfolio of companies in the telecom and media sectors across key emerging and developed markets, and served the real estate finance team of a leading global investment bank, contributing extensively to modeling, valuation, and investment note writing. Nuwan is a CFA Charterholder and a CIMA Passed Finalist.

Priya Vaidyanathan

Associate Director, Investment Research

Priya Vaidyanathan has over 16 years of experience in equity research and financial auditing. She currently manages client relationship and delivery for leading private banks. She previously worked at Ocwen Financial Services and as an auditor at Deloitte. Priya Vaidyanathan is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce.

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Jia Guo

Associate, Credit Research

Jia Guo focuses on credit research delivery that helps investors better understand, estimate and benchmark the fundamental credit risk of China-listed companies at the firm’s Beijing office. He has 7 years’ experience in credit and auditing. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Jia worked at China Business Credit & Guarantee Company and KPMG China.

Jia Guo holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (Honours) from Napier University in the UK.

Eric Swecker

Director - Retail & CPG Analytics, North America

Eric leads the firm’s Retail & CPG Analytics sales organization in North America. He offers 20 years of progressive experience providing leading Retailers and CPG organizations with technology solutions to drive efficiency and productivity.

Prior to his current role, Eric has served in a sales management and business development capacity for leading technology firms; including GE Capital, IBM, Siemens AG, and 3M. He currently lives and works in the Boston, Massachusetts area.

Eric earned his bachelor degree from Tufts University with a double major in Economics and Spanish.

Dr. Paul Chen

Director – Credit Risk Analytics, US

Paul has nearly 20 years of experience spanning roles across risk analytics, consulting and general management. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he worked as a SVP and Client Initiative Leader at a boutique Risk Consulting firm. In one his previous roles he lead Barclay’s Western Europe Retail Credit Risk Analytics team and was based in London. Prior to that he worked with banks such as Citi and Chase Manhattan. He has also had a short stint in Shanghai where he lead the local office of Opera Solutions (a management consulting firm).

Rajesh Singla

Senior AVP, PE and Strategic Research

Rajesh is a senior member of the Private Equity and Strategic Research practice at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services and leads strategic projects across funds and portfolio companies of PE clients.

He has over nine years of experience across sectors such as aviation, transport and logistics, consumer goods, and health and fitness; and focuses on target due diligence, industry analysis, opportunity assessment, and portfolio growth strategy.

Vikas Arora

Senior Vice President, Private Equity and Consulting

Vikas has over 14 years of experience in strategy, research and corporate treasury. He joined MA Knowledge Services in 2006 and oversees one of the largest private equity engagements in Gurgaon. He has played a key role in setting up and scaling this engagement since inception. His key focus areas include account management, client relationship and expansion within the PE firm and their portfolio companies. Prior to joining MA Knowledge Services, Vikas worked with Genpact / GE where he led a team in treasury department. He holds an account technician certificate from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. Vikas graduated from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. He is six sigma certified from GE.

Gaurav Rulhan

Senior AVP, Investment Research

Gaurav is part of the Investment Research / Credit Research team at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. He is responsible for managing an investment research team for a leading asset management company.

He has nearly 10 years of experience in investment research, conducting research for asset managers/private equity firms across all stages of an investment lifecycle. In his previous stint at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he led a team serving distressed opportunity funds of a private equity firm and a team for a bulge bracket investment bank.

Gaurav is a CFA Level III candidate and holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance).

Vimal Tripathi

Senior Vice President, Fund Marketing Services

Vimal is a fund marketing professional with over 11 years of experience in capital markets and the fund marketing industry. He is experienced in project transition, setting up and managing core functional teams supporting preparation of investor reports, marketing materials, RFPs/RFIs, consultant databases, website content management, and MIS reporting. He has worked with several asset managers at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services to streamline their processes, helping them implement industry best practices and deploy high-performing teams to achieve process efficiencies. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.

Abhishek Singh

Senior Associate Vice President, Index Quants

Abhishek is part of Index Quants team at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. He leads the team responsible for publication of strategy indices and contributes to projects related to index quants. He has over nine years of experience in Index operations, Risk Management, Equity Research and Investment Banking with more than 6 years of experience in Index operations. Abhishek holds an MBA in finance and B.Tech in Computer Science.

Priya Chakkingal

Senior Vice President, Index and ETF Services

Priya has over 14 years of work experience, of which twelve years were in developing and maintaining fixed income benchmarks and multi-product indices across asset classes for various clients. She has been with Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services for 7 years and is responsible for managing clients in the index and ETF space. Prior to Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Priya has worked with Infosys Technologies Ltd and Clearing Corporation of India. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and Master and Bachelor of Economics from the University of Mumbai.

Adam Grant

Vice President, Risk Management Services

Adam Grant is a VP in the Risk Management Services team, focusing on Business Development for the UK, Ireland, Nordics and Russia. Previously, he worked as a Lead Consultant at Eames Consulting Group and Huxley Banking and Financial Services, focusing on the Risk and Quantitative Analytics markets.

Ambarish Srivastava

Delivery Manager, Private Equity & Consulting

Ambarish Srivastava is a delivery manager within Private Equity practice at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, and has about 13 years of experience in business research, analysis and consulting. He focuses on leading deep-dive strategic projects, due-diligence support, issue-focused trend analysis and similar assignments for our PE clients. His previous experience includes tenure with startups, Big Four and consulting organizations, where he focused on industry studies, price forecasting, company analysis, macro-economic studies, and other strategic engagements.

Rohit Agarwal

PE and Strategic Research

Rohit has around 10 years of experience across asset management and private equity (PE). His current role involves providing support to alternative asset management teams on salesforce and e-front maintenance, financial reporting, and investment due diligence. Rohit has extensive experience across a broad range of analyses, including financial reporting, industry reports, due diligence memorandum, fund cash flow modeling, track record creation, fund revaluation models, client pitch presentations, quarterly market overview reports, and newsletters.

Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Rohit has worked with Kotak Asset Management Company based in Delhi. He holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from Institute of Chartered Financial Analysts of India (ICFAI), Gurgaon.

Priyanka Jain

AVP, Corporate and Consulting Practice

Priyanka has nearly 10 years of experience in research and consulting, and has supported clients across sectors such as CPG, Retail, IT, and Supply Chain. At Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, she is part of the corporate and consulting practice with focus on retail and consumer goods, where she assists clients to improve their key processes and identify new avenues for growth.

Priyanka holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from University of Delhi and a Diploma in French from Alliance Française.

Vikash Kumar

Senior Vice President, Capital Markets Technology Solutions

Vikash heads product management for the BEAT (Business Excellence and Acceleration Tools) platform. He has over 15 years of experience including corporate banking and retail banking, with expertise in commercial banking (entire commercial lending life cycle), banking processes and operations, digital banking, domain consulting & business analysis, product conceptualization and management, and strategic alliances. Prior to Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Vikash worked as a Principal Consultant & Banking Practice Lead at Mindtree Ltd. He also worked in various roles for HSBC, YES Bank and ICICI Bank. Vikash holds Master of Business Administration from IRMA, Anand & B.Tech. from IIT (ISM), Dhanbad.

Karan Sehgal

Senior AVP, Private Equity Research

Karan is part of the Private Equity team at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services and is responsible for providing research and business development support to clients.

He has over 9 years of experience in account management and solutions selling in the KPO space, and has worked in different capacities in the pre-sales, sales, and operations functions over the course of his career. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Karan worked with Dun & Bradstreet as Account Manager and with another KPO in their Marketing and Sales Operations team.

Karan holds a Bachelor of Technology degree from Jaypee University of Information Technology, Solan, and has recently completed a postgraduate program in Business Analytics from Great Lakes Institute of Management.

Prashant Gupta

Vice President Investment Research

Prashant is part of the Investment Research / Credit Research team at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. He manages an investment research team that carries out in-depth counterparty credit analysis for the risk management arm of a leading investment bank.

He has around 10 years work experience and is proficient in credit and fixed income research. He has worked on both investment-grade and high-yield credit. In his previous stint at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he led a team that performed relative value analysis of HY bonds for a leading investment bank.

Prashant holds an MBA in Finance and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (Electronics). He is also a CFA charterholder.

Arquib Ismail

Delivery Lead, Fund Marketing Services

Arquib is part of Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services’ Fund Marketing Services (FMS) division. Within the FMS team, he focuses on digital marketing implementation for clients.

He has over 3 years of experience in both digital marketing and business analysis. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he was Marketing Executive and Business Analyst with a global provider of human resource solutions.

Arquib holds a Bachelor of Science (Information Systems and Business Management) and a Professional Graduate Diploma in IT.

Damian Burleigh

Managing Director and Global Head of Sales and Marketing

Damian leads the sales and marketing organization at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. He has more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, and product development and is responsible for developing the sales pipeline, achieving sales targets, and building and expanding senior client relationships. Prior to his role at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Damian was Senior Director of EMEA and Africa Sales. He managed a team covering key European markets, including the UK, Germany, and Italy. Prior to joining Moody’s, Damian was Managing Director – EMEA Sales, Marketing and Client Services for Standard & Poor’s Capital IQ. Earlier, he was Managing Director of S&P’s Investment Services group.

Sarath Gollanapalli

Senior Vice President

Sarath is responsible for identifying challenges and creating solutions that drive operational efficiencies, optimize costs, and build robust risk management systems for banking clients. He also works closely with the Business Development team and service line owners to drive a market-led strategy and marketing innovation at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. Sarath has over 13 years of experience in financial services and investment research.

Prior to his current role, he was involved in product management, pre-sales, and delivery. In the past, he has worked with OPI Global (now EXL) and Deloitte Consulting. Sarath holds an MBA from Cardiff University (UK) and is an Associate Company Secretary (ACS).

Manoj Fernando

Vice President

Manoj currently provides technical leadership across software development engagements. In addition, he provides solutions and architecture support to clients, trains and mentors employees, and sets up standards and best practices. He has over 15 years of experience in delivering enterprise scale system integrations and introducing IT strategy transformation initiatives for global clients across multiple domains.

Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he worked as Director at WSO2 Pvt. Ltd., leading a number of client-facing assignments, architectural reviews, and product presentations. Manoj holds a bachelor’s degree in Science (Information Systems).

Sailaja Devireddy

Senior Vice President, Quantitative Services and Fund Marketing Services

Sailaja currently manages operations of the Fund Marketing Services (FMS) division at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. She is actively involved in scoping, white boarding, hiring, transition, executing pilot projects and setting up teams for new projects and clients.

Prior to her current role at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, she managed the operations of a 20 member team working for a Top 5 Global Asset and Wealth manager. She has over 12 years of experience in capital markets covering equity research, fund marketing, operations and credit assessment. Sailaja is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.

Shikha Singh

Vice President, Head of Editorial Services

Shikha has been working with Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services for over 4 years. She works as an equity research editor and also provides training support on regulatory- and content-related issues to editorial teams. Before Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Shikha worked with Goldman Sachs (5 years) as a Supervisory Analyst and editor. She helped set up and manage their 8-member Bangalore editorial team. Before Goldman Sachs, Shikha worked with JPMorgan as an equity research editor. Shikha has also worked as an editor with Crisil Research (an S&P company) for 2 years. Shikha has a post graduate degree in finance.

Ramesh Punugu

Director

Ramesh has over 17 years of experience in global capital markets – research and investment banking. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Ramesh worked with the offshore research and analytics units of Crisil and iGate, managing sell-side research and investment banking teams for global clients. He started his career as an investment banker at Ind Global Financial Trust (currently part of Ernst & Young’s corporate finance practice in India), advising companies on M&A and capital raising. He holds an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in Technology.

Rajul Sood

Senior Director - Commercial Lending

Rajul has been with Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services for over a decade. She has extensive experience in investment banking analytics and commercial lending research services. Rajul heads the commercial lending practice and leads teams managing end-to-end activities across the lending value chain for global corporate and commercial banks. Apart from banks, the teams she oversees also have in-depth experience in working across different lending products, processes and systems for Fortune 100 companies, SMEs and real-estate businesses. She holds a Master of Finance and Control, and a Bachelor of Commerce from Delhi University.

Dinesh Saboo

Vice President

Dinesh has 7 years’ experience in investment research focusing on fixed income research and currently covers CEEMEA fixed income markets. He is actively involved in identifying strategic investment opportunities in the fixed income domain. Prior to Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Dinesh has worked with leading investment banks including HSBC and UBS.

Dinesh holds a PGDBM in Finance and Investment Banking from ICFAI Business School, Hyderabad and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Calcutta.

Ashish Juneja

Deputy Senior Associate, Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services

Ashish works with the CRM and Marketing Analytics team and is engaged in articulating specific client needs, framing the approach and managing the final analytics deliverables through tools such as SPSS, SAS, WebTrends, Test and Target. He has over three years of experience in Marketing and Web Analytics with a focus on building digital engagements and helping protect clients’ online footprints. Prior to Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he was working with a global strategic and management consulting group, delivering analytical insights for the client’s products.

Adarsh Gupta

Senior Vice President

At Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Adarsh leads the fixed income research practice for buy-side clients. He has over 9 years of experience in managing teams, clients and setting up and managing efficient research delivery processes across multiple strategies and geographies. Previously, he worked with a leading audit firm, where he was responsible for internal and tax audits.

Adarsh is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Delhi University.

Jacob Mario

Vice President

Jacob heads the Business and Research Content team at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. He has over seven years of experience in setting-up and managing efficient and well-organized outsourced delivery processes for global financial and corporate clients. Based out of Our Gurgaon office, Jacob overseas research engagements across delivery centres and domains, including business research, company and sector profiling, financial media and editorial support. He previously worked with a KPO, where his responsibilities included managing market and business research engagements out of the India and Chile offices.

Jacob holds a Masters in Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biotechnology. He is also a certified Six Sigma Green Belt professional (received from the British Standards Institution).

Rohan Fernando

Vice President, Quantitative Research

Rohan helps Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services Colombo identify technologies and involve in-system designing and implementation. He has over 9 years of experience in software development covering multiple domains with a special passion towards the capital markets domain. Previously, Rohan worked at Virtusa Pvt Ltd. and James Finlays.

Rohan holds a Master of Science in Enterprise Application Development from Sheffield Hallam University, a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Information Technology from Middlesex University and is pursuing a PhD in Information Technology at Management and Science University, Malaysia.

Miriam Manrique

Director, Country Head – Costa Rica

Miriam is Country Head at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Costa Rica. She has over 11 years of experience in finance; management consulting; strategy and economic and sell-side research. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Miriam worked at Banco Del Caribe in Venezuela leading the strategy and economic research department. She has also consulted on strategy, economics and finance in Costa Rica, Venezuela and Ecuador.

Miriam is a CFA charterholder, holds an MBA in Finance and Economics from INCAE and a Bachelor of Economics from Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela.

Karthik Vijayapalan

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Karthik manages Analytics business development and engagements at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. He works with senior management executives of leading financial services and Fortune 500 companies, in providing end-to-end Analytics solutions that combine industry domain and technology expertise across data aggregation, econometric modeling, visualization, dashboard design and reporting. Karthik has over 12 years of experience providing analytics, technology and outsourcing solutions in the financial services sector.

Karthik has completed doctoral coursework in finance and econometric modelling from Michigan State University, holds an MBA from Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras.

Chanakya Dissanayake

Country Head/ Director, Sri Lanka

Chanakya is currently responsible for all aspects of research delivery and client relationship management for engagements serviced out of the Colombo delivery centre. Chanakya also leads strategic initiatives at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, working very closely with the Senior Leadership team in seeking, evaluating, and overseeing the implementation of new ideas. He has also supervised sell-side equity sector coverage teams, credit research teams, and buy-side/hedge fund teams.

Chanakya has sector coverage experience in Financial Institutions and Telecommunications. He is a CFA charter holder, an Associate Member of CIMA (UK), and a Fellow Member of ACCA (UK).

Paul Alapat

Senior MD, Quantitative Services and Fund Marketing Services

 

Paul manages the Quantitative Services division at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. He has over 22 years of capital markets’ experience in both research and trading. Previously, Paul was Chief Economist Asia (ex-Japan) at Nomura, Regional Financial Economist at Lehman Brothers, and a visiting Professor of Finance at IIM, Bangalore.

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Rahul Narsian

Vice President, Investment Compliance

Rahul is the delivery manager for Investment Compliance division within the Compliance Services business unit. He is responsible for expanding and stabilizing the investment compliance team and enhancing client experience. He has 10 years of experience in asset management compliance. He has previously worked with firms such as AXA, Goldman Sachs & JP Morgan Asset Management. Rahul holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance and a Master of Commerce from the Gujarat University, India.

Suraj Atreya

Assistant Director, Marketing & Communications

I run solutions marketing for banking, research and lending business lines. I enable the marketing of technology and automation driven initiatives to supplement the services based model.

My work provides me an opportunity to be at the forefront of innovation and disruption impacting the financial services industry. I am excited about the application of emerging technology areas such as AI, ML, robotics and automation programs to fundamentally transform business models and inspire innovation across the ecosystem.

Puneet Prakash

Senior Vice President, Head of Compliance Services

Puneet is the product head of the firm’s Compliance Services business unit. He is responsible for strategizing and creating optimal solutions for the firm’s Compliance clientele, globally. He has over 14 years of experience in financial services and knowledge offshoring. He has previously worked with firms such as TCS and WNS.

Puneet holds an MBA (Finance & Marketing) from the Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, India.

Santosh Kumar

Manager, Data Processing

Santosh has around 12 years of experience in data cleaning, tabulation, and visualization. He has provided data support to marketing research agencies, helping them prepare key insights for business processes.

He has successfully delivered projects around diary data, pharmaceutical data, and product/concept test. He has been at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services for 11 years, where he is responsible for conceptualizing specific client needs and framing solutions to assist in business development efforts. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he worked at Annik, where he delivered tabulation projects.

Santosh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Delhi and Diploma in Computers from DOEACC.

Yugal Kishore Yadav

Practice Lead - Private Equity and Venture Capital

Yugal is part of the Private Equity and Venture Capital team at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. He is responsible for setting up, managing, and overseeing multiple accounts. Yugal is a fiction geek and enjoys following the technology startup ecosystem. He has nearly 7 years of experience in providing advisory and research services for PE / VC funds and corporates across the technology, financial services, infrastructure, and healthcare verticals.

Rahul Jain

Vice President

Rahul co-manages a large private equity team at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services and leads strategic projects across funds and portfolio companies of the client. He has over eight years of experience, and focuses on target due diligence, industry analysis, opportunity assessment and portfolio growth strategy. Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he worked as a management consultant with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company). He has over two years of consulting experience, working with clients across geographies and in multiple domains including telecom, technology, infrastructure and consumer products. His consulting engagements included commercial due diligence, long-range strategy, profitability turnaround and business process transformation.

Rahul holds an MBA in Finance from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, and a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

Abhijit Sahay

Vice President

Abhijit manages the pre-sales function at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services and is the acting bridge for the sales engagement team in Asset Management (Alternatives), Investment Banking, Business Research, and Analytics. He has over nine years of experience; previously, he managed the Alternative Asset Management accounts of Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services for a suite of service offerings across Investment Due Diligence, Business Development, Portfolio Monitoring, and Client Reporting. As part of the operations team at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he worked with some of the top global Private Equity Fund of Funds and Fund of Hedge Funds. Prior to working with Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he worked as a Senior Analyst with D.E. Shaw India, where he conducted due diligence for D.E. Shaw’s successful investments in DLF, and Amar Ujala (a leading national daily). He holds a degree in Economics from the University of Delhi, and an M.B.A from I.C.F.A.I Business School, Hyderabad

Pratap Narayan Singh

Vice President, PE and Strategic research

Pratap leads the private equity and hedge fund of funds practices. He has over 10 years of experience in investment banking, advisory alternative asset management including private equity fund of funds verticals. He is responsible for managing and developing client relationships and overseeing multiple accounts.

Pratap has extensive experience in alternative asset products, covering business development, investment due diligence, portfolio monitoring, co-investment valuation, revaluation, client reporting, database management processes.

Upendra Singh

Associate Vice President

Upendra is an expert in the energy sector within the corporate and strategic research practice. At Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he is responsible for project management and execution of projects in the power and oil and gas domains. He has over 8 years of experience in consulting and analytics. His previous stints include working in an energy sector market research firm and with an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM).

Upendra holds a Master of Business Administration in Power Management.

Karthik Seetharaman

Delivery Manager, Corporate and Consulting

Karthik Seetharaman is a member of the firm’s Corporate Strategy, Research & Aviation practice. He oversees multiple client engagements in the strategy space and is the practice lead for the Aviation practice. Karthik has more than 10 years of experience across diverse fields such as research, consulting, and aviation.

Prior to joining Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, he worked in a leading aviation consulting firm, where he largely served as a consultant for global airlines and airports and managed business relationships. He has a Master’s degree in Internal Business and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University.

Ananya Ghosh

Assistant Director, Corporate and Consulting

Ananya is part of the firm’s Corporate Strategy, Research, and Content practice. She oversees multiple client engagements, including those within the domains of media monitoring, content creation, validation, and research. Ananya has over 8 years of experience in research and outsourcing management in diverse fields, such as strategy, business, equity, and credit research.

Prior to her role at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, she worked at a KPO, where her responsibilities largely included supporting investment banks and managing clients and other research engagements. Ananya is a CFA charter holder (USA) and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics).

Abhishek Joshi

Senior Vice President, Data Analytics

Abhishek has around 12 years of analytics experience, working for clients across EMEA, APAC and Americas providing them consumer and operations analytics solutions. He has been with Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services for 5 years, and is responsible for managing client projects - articulating specific client needs, ideating and framing analytics solutions, and managing the delivery team.

Prior to Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Abhishek has worked with GE, Accenture and Dunnhumby in various analytical roles. He holds a post-graduate degree in Economics from Delhi School of Economics.

Mayank Dibya

AVP, Data Analytics

Mayank has around 6 years of experience in analytics and consulting. He has supported clients across Banking, Retail, Consulting, and Marketing Research and provided analytical insights to improve their key business processes. He has successfully delivered projects around predictive modeling using advanced statistical and machine learning techniques. He has been with Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services for 2 years and is responsible for delivering projects, conceptualizing specific client needs, ideating, and framing analytics solutions to assist in business development efforts

Prior to Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Mayank worked at TCS and Sutherland Global Services delivering analytics projects. He holds an MBA in Marketing from Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai, and a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering.

Bhavna Mehta

Associate Vice President

At Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services, Bhavna is our life sciences and healthcare expert within the corporate and strategic research practice. She is responsible for project management and execution activities for the pharmaceutical and life sciences domain. She has over nine years of experience across consulting, analytics and marketing roles. Her previous stints include a boutique life sciences consulting firm, and also large Indian and global pharmaceutical companies.

Bhavna holds a Masters in Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology.

Prabaldeep Paul

Associate Director, Strategy Research and Consulting

Prabaldeep Paul leads the Strategy Research and Consulting practice at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. He has over 11 years of experience working on assignments related to growth strategy formulation, go-to-market strategy, market entry and expansion (buy/build options), benchmarking, business transformation, process improvement and related areas.

He works closely with management, strategy, corporate development, competitive intelligence, innovation, procurement, and client teams across multiple industries, with focus on logistics and procurement, CPG and retail, hi-tech and digital services, private equity, and industrial goods.

Ritobrata Roy

Associate Vice President, Strategy Research and Consulting

Ritobrata works in the Strategy Research and Consulting practice at Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services. He has over 8 years of experience across the corporate and development sectors. In the development sector, he has worked on providing rating, research, and consulting services to multilateral development agencies, commercial banks, and donors in the areas of credit worthiness assessments, market entry and expansion strategies, product development, and customer awareness/satisfaction studies, among others.

He currently works on assignments related to growth strategy formulation, go-to-market strategy, market entry and expansion, procurement research and benchmarking for clients across multiple industries, such as FMCG, transportation, technology, and real estate.

Maulik Nagpal

Senior Vice President

Ankit Soni

Assistant Director, IB

Ankit Soni has been with Moody’s Analytics Knowledge Services’ Investment Banking (IB) vertical for over three years. He is responsible for engagement management and business development activities for investment banking clients and has been involved in transitioning and building up IB teams for clients based in the US and Europe.

Previously, Ankit was based in London, where we worked with CDC as a part of their Asia Funds team. Prior to that, he worked in Nomura’s investment banking division. He has completed his MSc in Management from Imperial College Business School, London, and his Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology, India.

Ankit Mehrotra

Assistant Director, Investment Banking

Ankit has over 12 years of experience in Consulting and Research. At Moody’s, he has led sector and product-specialist pilot teams in Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance, Syndicated Loans - Capital Markets, Strategy, Corporate Development and M&A Coverage. With McKinsey and Ernst & Young, he has worked on client engagements related to market entry strategy and competitive positioning.

Ankit holds an MBA with a dual specialization in Finance and Marketing from Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management and earned his B.Com (Hons.) from Delhi University.

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