Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 26th September 2018: Emirates NBD Asset Management has announced the strengthening of its investment team, with two senior hires for its Equities and Fixed Income strategies. Marwan Haddad has joined the business as Senior Portfolio Manager in the Equities team, having previously been at Al Mal Capital, while Chandru Bhatia has joined the Fixed Income team – also as Senior Portfolio Manager – from Rasmala Investment Bank.
Haddad will be the named portfolio manager, along with Yong Wei Lee and Richard Lee on the Emirates MENA Top Companies Fund (USD 115.2 million as at 31 August 2018), Emirates MENA Opportunities Fund (USD 59.3 million as at 31 August 2018) and the ENBD Saudi Arabia Equity Fund (USD 49.9 million as at 31 August 2018).
Bhatia will assist the Head of Fixed Income, Angad Rajpal and Director Fixed Income, Parth Kikani, in managing the MENA and Emerging Market Fixed Income strategies. His areas of responsibility will include the Emirates MENA Fixed Income Fund (USD 216.8 million as at 31 August 2018), Emirates Global Sukuk Fund (USD 260.6 million as at 31 August 2018) and Emirates Emerging Market Corporate Bond Absolute Return Fund (USD 72.6 million as at 31 August 2018), as well as a number of segregated mandates.
Salman Bajwa, Senior Executive Officer at Emirates NBD Asset Management, commented:
"We are delighted to welcome both Marwan Haddad and Chandru Bhatia to Emirates NBD Asset Management. We see them as fantastic additions to our existing team, to help provide the high quality of service and results that our clients expect and deserve. Marwan has over 12 years’ investing experience in MENA equity markets, having previously been a named portfolio manager at both Al Mal Capital and Rasmala Investment Bank. Meanwhile, Chandru brings with him 14 years of fixed income experience, gained at Rasmala Investment Bank and with Credit Suisse in New York."
Salman Bajwa concluded:
"We have exciting growth plans for the business, including the expansion of the product range and we look forward to these new team members driving that journey forward with the existing team. Having hired some industry-leading talent, our investment strategies are now run by two of the strongest teams for their asset classes in the region – in terms of depth, experience and stability."
Emirates NBD Asset Management offers regional and international investors a range of Shari’a-compliant and conventional funds, covering Equities, Fixed Income, Global Multi-Asset and Real Estate (through Nasdaq Dubai-listed ENBD REIT). Co-managed funds are run by blue-chip global partners, including Jupiter Asset Management and UTI International. As at 31 August 2018, total Assets under Management (AuM) stood at USD 4.3 billion.
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