Prashant Khemka, CFA
Prashant founded White Oak Capital Management in June 2017. He is the former CIO and lead portfolio manager of GS India Equity at Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) during March 2007 to March 2017, and also for the Global Emerging Markets (GEM) Equity during June 2013 to March 2017. As lead PM, he managed all mutual funds and separate accounts under these strategies.
Prashant began his professional investing career in 1998 at SSGA in Boston as senior portfolio officer of Enhanced International equity in the quant group. He joined GSAM in 2000 as a research analyst in US Growth Equity, and by 2004 he rose to become Senior Portfolio Manager and Co-Chair of the Investment Committee. Prashant returned to Mumbai in 2006 to start GSAM India business and served as the CIO and CEO/Co-CEO of their domestic Asset Management Company. In 2013, in addition to India he was also made the CIO and lead PM of GEM equity. He won several accolades as the CIO and Lead PM of GS India Equity. He and his fund won several awards including AAA rating from Citywire and Elite rating from Fund calibre among others.
Prashant has a BE in Mechanical Engineering from Mumbai University and an MBA in Finance from Vanderbilt University in the United States, where he received the Matt Wigginton Leadership Award for outstanding performance in Finance. He was awarded the CFA designation in 2001 and is a fellow of the Ananta Aspen Centre, India.
FOUNDING PARTNER, SENIOR INVESTMENT ANALYST
Prior to joining White Oak Capital, Kamlesh spent 6 years with Goldman Sachs Asset Management providing investment research for Latam, EMEA and India covering Industrials, Healthcare, Utilities and Infrastructure sectors. Before joining Goldman Sachs, Kamlesh spent 10 years with ENAM group as a research analyst with primary research coverage of Capital Goods, Utility, Real Estate and Retail sector. Earlier, he spent a year as an Industrial Trainee at Kopran and two years as Trainee Accountant at Price Waterhouse Coopers.
Kamlesh received a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Bombay in 1997 and was awarded the Chartered Accountant designation in 2001.
SENIOR INVESTMENT ANALYST
Ramesh has 14 years of experience in investing and financial analysis across sectors. Ramesh had founded Ashoka Capital Advisers that advised a fund and family offices on equity investment in South Asia. Earlier, he was part of the two-member team which invested in South Asia in equity and debt for Alden Global Capital, a US based hedge fund for over 7 years. Prior to this, he was an analyst at CRISIL (majority owned by Standard and Poor’s), India’s leading rating agency and covered the financial sector.
Ramesh is a CFA charter holder, MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi and a Chartered Accountant.
Parag Jariwala, CFA
Parag Jariwala, CFA
SENIOR INVESTMENT ANALYST
Parag has over 10 years of experience in institutional equity research in Banking and Financial Services Institutions (BFSI) sector. Prior to joining White Oak Capital, he worked as a lead analyst with Religare Capital. Before that, he has worked with Macquarie and other brokerage firms covering BFSI sector. He was highly rated by marquee institutional clients for his original think pieces and primary research work.
Parag is a Chartered Accountant under the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). He did his MBA from K J Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai University. He also holds CFA charter from the CFA Institute (AIMR).
SENIOR INVESTMENT ANALYST
Rishi has 15 years of private equity and investment banking experience gained in the US, India and Middle East. Prior to his current role, he served as a Managing Director of The Abraaj Group’s deal execution team in South Asia. His responsibilities included investment strategy development, local relationship management (including regulators), deal sourcing & execution and portfolio monitoring (including board participation).
Prior to joining Abraaj, he worked in the Investment Banking Division at Goldman Sachs in New York & Chicago before moving to India as a part of Goldman’s start-up team. At Goldman Sachs, Mr. Maheshwari was a part of the Industrials Group and was involved in 10+ transactions, including sellside and buyside M&A’s, bank & bond financings and equity offerings. Additionally, he assisted the Executive Office in various capacities regarding India operations. Mr. Maheshwari holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the Indiana University, Bloomington.
Prior to joining White Oak Capital, Ayush has worked as an Investment Analyst at Avendus Capital. Before starting his career in Investment Management, he worked with Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse across macro and equity structuring in Mumbai. He also had a short stint with UBS Investment Bank in Singapore.
Ayush holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Delhi and a PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad.
Trupti has 10 years of total work experience, since starting her career as a statutory auditor with Ernst & Young’s affiliate in India, S. R. Batliboi & Co. She later joined the credit team at L&T Infrastructure Finance Limited where she was responsible for evaluating credit for large projects and corporate finance deals across Infrastructure, Resources and Capital goods. She has also been an entrepreneur and has run her own ecommerce venture prior to joining White Oak Capital.
Trupti is a Chartered Accountant and a graduate of commerce from Osmania University.
Sagar has 4 years of experience in credit and venture capital. Prior to joining White Oak Capital, he worked as a Senior Associate at DMI Capital and was responsible for investment decisions across sectors like Healthcare, Renewables, Chemicals and Consumer. He also worked as an Investment Advisor at Angaros, a Singapore based Venture Capital firm. He is pursuing CFA and is a Level 3 candidate.
Sagar received a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Delhi University has a Masters in Finance from SP Jain.
Chaitanya has three years of work experience, working as an Articled Assistant at Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP. He is a Chartered Accountant and has received a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from Mumbai University. He has worked on statutory audits in the Automobile, Financial services, Pharmaceutical, Chemicals and Industrial sectors.
Business and Operations Team
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Prior to joining White Oak Capital, Saurabh spent 10 years with JP Morgan – Global Real Assets business as Chief Financial Officer responsible for fund and property level reporting and management of their India Real Estate funds. The role encompassed fund accounting, cash management, investment/divestment structuring, investor and internal reporting’s, valuations, tax, audits, compliance, etc. Prior to joining JP Morgan, Saurabh was a director with BSR & Associates, a full member firm of KPMG. He has worked with KPMG for more than 10 years in their audit discipline. Saurabh was part of the financial services practice with KPMG and has diverse experience across various constituents of the financial services sector including banks, NBFCs, brokerage houses, private equity/venture capital funds, BPOs/KPOs, investment banks etc.
Saurabh is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
HEAD – OPERATIONS
Ajith has 24 years of experience in investment operations, fund accounting, risk management, regulatory reporting, accounts and client servicing. Prior to joining White Oak Capital, he has worked with Edelweiss Financial Services as Vice President at their Prime Brokerage, Securities and Fund Services business advising Foreign Portfolio Investors on accessing Indian capital markets and on-boarding related matters. Before that, he was working with IIFL Capital (Singapore), a regulated investment manager under the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), as the head of operations and client services at their Singapore office. Earlier, he has handled various assignments based out of Dubai and Mauritius with Kotak Mahindra group for their India bound asset management business.
Ajith is a graduate in commerce from the University of Madras.
Head – Compliance
Sandeep has 10 years of experience in the financial services industry. He began his career with Kotak Securities Limited and worked for close to 5 years. Prior to joining White Oak Capital, he headed Compliance and Legal functions at Ladderup Finance, Religare Wealth Management and Crest Wealth Management. Over the years, he has handled compliance, secretarial and legal profile for multiple businesses including broking, portfolio management service, AIF, FPI, merchant banking, wealth management and insurance broking.
Sandeep is a Company Secretary under the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI). He is a graduate in Law and Commerce from the Goa University.
Sales & Business Development
Bibek has over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining White Oak Capital, he was co-head of sales and distribution at Goldman Sachs Asset Management India responsible for Institutional clients and Private banks. He started his career with Benchmark Asset Management, pioneers in quantitative and passive asset management.
Bibek holds a Law degree from Symbiosis Law College, Pune.
Head – Information Technology
Avinash has over 15 years of experience in IT Infrastructure Planning & Management, Networking, System Administration and Technical Support, out of which nearly 14 years he has spent in financial industry. Prior to joining White Oak Capital, he was Senior Manager – IT Infrastructure in ICICI Prudential Asset Management Company for around 12 years. Before that, he was working with HDFC Bank, Bangalore as a Team Leader.
He has done his Engineering in Computer Science from Dharwad.
AVP – Operations
Heena has 10 years of experience in diverse areas of Finance and Operations. She has handled functions including risk management and surveillance, compliance, accounting, budgeting, operations management and business process improvements. She has worked with both Corporate and Government. Before joining White Oak Capital in June 2017, she has worked with PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Govt. of Bihar and Ambit.
She has done her Executive MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode.
Nazneen has 5 years of experience in financial services industry. Prior to joining White Oak Capital, she has worked as an Executive Assistant at Edelweiss Alternative Asset Advisors Limited. Earlier, she has worked as an Executive at CIMB Securities (India) Private Limited and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS).
Nazneen is a graduate in commerce from the University of Mumbai.
Associate – Finance
Mithil has over 6 years of experience in the finance, taxation and accounting space. Prior to joining White Oak, Mithil worked as a Manager with Kamdar Desai & Patel, wherein he was responsible for audit and taxation of large corporate and non-corporate clients across various sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, IT etc. Mithil started his career as an article assistant with the Global Tax Advisory Team in Haribhakti & Co, a member firm of BDO International. Mithil has extensive knowledge and experience in carrying out audit, advisory, taxation and regulatory compliances of corporates in India.
Mithil is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI).
ASSISTANT MANAGER – OPERATIONS
Siddharth has 6 years of experience in asset management and banking starting with ING Vysya Bank. Later on, he joined the PMS division of Invesco Asset Management (India) Ltd where he was responsible for regulatory reporting, fund accounting and client servicing. He holds Post Graduate Diploma in Banking, Insurance and Finance and a bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mumbai University.
ASSISTANT MANAGER – OPERATIONS
Nilesh has 8 years of work experience, starting his career with a operations & settlement (debt capital markets) role with Derivium Tradition Securities (India) Pvt Ltd. He later joined the Invesco Asset Management (India) Pvt Ltd where he was responsible for operations and back office processes of Portfolio Management Services business.
Nilesh is an MBA in Finance and has received a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from Mumbai University.
ANALYST – FINANCE
Purva has three years of experience, working as an Articled Assistant at Kamdar Desai & Patel. She is a Chartered Accountant and has received a bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from Pune University. She has worked on statutory audits & taxation in the Automobile, Financial services, Real estate and Industrial sectors.