Fund Management Team

The fund management team comprises of seasoned and passionate investment professionals to deliver long term sustained compounding of capital to both Policy-Holder’s and Share-Holder’s.


Mr. Akhilesh Gupta: Chief Investment Officer

Akhilesh has an extensive experience of over 25 years in managing investments in various asset classes such as Equities, Fixed Income, Foreign Exchange & Trade and Structures Finance. His core skills include Asset Allocation, Portfolio Construction, Asset & Liability Management to contribute to economic value & Governance. He has already had a successful stint with Aviva India as Associate Director and founding team member from 2002 to 2011. Previously, he has worked as Chief Investment Officer with Reliance Nippon Life Insurance, Dundee Mutual Funds and Cargill India & has a track record of long term compounding of capital. He is a member of NSE – Index Committee and an alumnus of Institute of Management, BHU and IIM-A. He has been credited with the ET – S&P Micropal award for the best performance of Dundee Liquidity Fund for FY 2000.


Mr. Jayesh Sundar: Head – Equity

Jayesh is a Chartered Accountant & brings to the team more than 15 years of experience in Equity Research. He is responsible for asset allocation & portfolio construction to deliver sustained long term out-performance along with maintaining highest standards in terms of Governance.

Prior to joining Aviva, he has worked as an equity research analyst with Tata Securities, IL&FS and CRISIL.


Mr. Kunal Shah: Head - Fixed Income

Kunal is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charter holder and holds a MBA (Finance). He brings with him 17 years of rich experience in Fixed Income. He is responsible for asset allocation & portfolio construction to deliver sustained long term out-performance along with maintaining highest standards in terms of Governance.

Prior to joining Aviva, he was Fund Manager - Fixed Income & Alternative Assets at Kotak Mahindra Life Insurance Co. Ltd. & prior to that as an Assistant Fund Manager with Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Co. Ltd.


Mr. Nitin Garg: Fund Manager - Fixed Income

Nitin holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from University of Delhi and PGDM from IIPM. He brings more than 11 years of experience in Fixed Income Market. He is responsible for managing Unit Linked Fixed Income Funds along with maintaining highest standards in terms of Governance.

Prior to joining Aviva, he was Dealer - Fixed Income team with Max Life Insurance Company Limited.


Mr. AS Senthil Kumar: DVP / Equity Research Analyst

Senthil holds an MBA in Finance & IT from University of Madras as well as done Advanced Management Program (AMP) from INSEAD He has an overall experience of 20 years in diverse fields spanning across Fund management, Equity research and Credit Research. He is responsible for equity research.

Prior to joining Aviva he has worked with Fitch Ratings as Director Corporate and was Head of Research in Ageas Federal Life Insurance Co Ltd.


Mr. Vishal Biraia: AVP/ Equity Research Analyst

Vishal holds a BE (Engineering) from University of Mumbai and is the candidate for Level 3 at CFA Institute, USA. He brings more than 16 years of experience in equity research/ sales & Investment Banking. He is responsible for equity research and manages equity investments in the traditional portfolios.

Prior to joining Aviva, he has worked with Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd., Batlivala & Karani Securities and Antique Limited.


Gurpreet Singh Arora: AVP / Equity Research Analyst

Gurpreet is a Post-graduate in Management with dual specialization in Finance and Insurance & Banking from MSRIM, Bangalore and also holds a PG Diploma in Securities Law from GLC Mumbai.

A consummate investment professional with a firm belief in fundamental research & value investing, He carries over 14 years of cross-cycle experience in equity research across sectors and has also been exposed to active fund management. He is responsible for equity research.

Prior to joining Aviva he has worked with Quest PMS, Family Office of Mr. Narotam Sekhsaria and Bajaj group treasury.


Mr. Dharmesh Shah: Senior Manager / Equity Trader

Dharmesh holds MIFA (Masters of Investment and Financial Analysis) by ICFAI University & Bachelor’s in Electronics Engineering from University of Mumbai

He brings to the team 15 years of rich experience in equities and derivative trading. He is responsible for equity trading.

Prior to joining Aviva, he has worked with Taurus Mutual Fund.


Mr. Mukund Agrawal: Manager / Fixed Income Trader

Mukund is a Chartered Accountant (CA), and has also passed Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Management (FRM) from CFA Institute, USA and GARP Institute, USA respectively.

He brings to the team 3 years of experience in treasury. He is responsible for fixed income trading & credit analysis.

Prior to joining Aviva, he has worked with Indiabulls Housing Finance Limited & Grant Thornton India LLP.