Middle East and Asia
Chief Investment Officer
Animesh Saxena is a seasoned investment professional and has led many large-ticket acquisitions in his 12-year career. He manages the investment activities of the GROWMORE and oversees deal origination, transaction management, fund activities and directly manages key investments for the Group. His expertise lies in portfolio management, investment assessment, due diligence, structuring and transaction execution for capital markets, M&As and private equity transitions across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Growmore Asset Management Limited and is also a board member of Growelite Solar City Pvt. Ltd. He has previously held senior positions in financial services and investment companies in the GCC, India and UK. He is also a director on the board of several other investment and education businesses in the region. An Alternative Investment Analyst chartered by the CAIA Association and a Financial Risk Manager chartered by the Global Association of Risk Professionals, Animesh has an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, and a Bachelor of Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Group Head Finance
Dipen Jivrajani is a Qualified Chartered Accountant (Institute of Chartered Accountants of India) with over 15 years of financial experience across multinational firms in diverse industries including hospitality, manufacturing and recycling, engineering, oil and gas, marine, food and beverage, financial services and automotive. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in Advanced Accounting, Finance & Management from Saurashtra University.
Manager – Legal & Compliance
Annita is a Legal and Compliance Professional with 16 years ‘of experience in Europe and Middle East. She graduated from the Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Greece, she has a Masters in International Relations and a Master Thesis in “Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing” from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus. She is also a Barrister of the Supreme Court of Cyprus, and she has been acting as a Litigator for 11 years.
In addition, she holds the Advance English Certificate (Financial Services Regulatory Framework) of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI). Annita has been approved from the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) since she has been acting as a Head of Compliance for Cyprus Investment Firms (CIFs), Forex and Investment Banking, and she has been also the contact point with the Regulatory and other authorities.
She participated in meetings with Regulatory Authorities in Lithuania, with the Central Bank of Lithuania and Germany with Bafin and Cyprus with CySEC as a Head of Compliance. Annita has been traveling also in Branches of the Companies that she was working with (Ukraine, Lithuania, Germany and Israel) to provide relevant trainings to employees and to participate in meetings. She has extensive experience in Regulatory Compliance and Anti-Money Laundering, and she has been responsible for ensuring the compliance of the Investment Firms with the relevant Laws, Rules and Regulations.
UK and Europe
Chief Executive Officer
Raj spent some twenty years advising several companies and SMEs and governments across the globe. A specialist in risk and compliance, he has conducted a number of training programs worldwide. He has written many articles for Tolley, Elsevier, European Commission etc. His government policy work was delivered at a global level and involved assisting on compliance issues. Raj also advised financial institutions such as Standard Chartered, BNP Paribas, Bloomberg, Moody’s and private equity firms. In 2015, he assisted the UK Government develop its strategy on ‘taking UK healthcare global’. Raj’s past deal flow experience includes UK real estate, UK hotels, healthcare and education sectors. His main focus is on Treasury Finance, Public Sector Finance and Emerging Markets, particularly the use of digital currency by governments of emerging markets.
Raj has a degree in Economics & Government, MBA (International Business) and various professional qualifications in risk management/compliance.
Aftharb is responsible for setting up fund structures and constructing multi-asset class portfolios to facilitate investment activities in various geographies and sectors with focus on Emerging and Frontier Markets. He has previously worked at Moody’s Investor Services, OakNorth Bank, Bearing Point Consultants and at London Clinic of Medicine and Surgery (LCMS). He was the ‘Chair’ of the Student Staff Committee and a member of the Deans Advisory Council at Imperial College London. He has an MSc & DIC in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Management and a first class honors degree in International Economics and Finance.
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