Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer
David Cornell joined Ocean Dial in January 2010 from Henderson Global Investors. He is based in London having been resident in Mumbai for three years until July 2013. He started his career in 1995 covering India for Robert Fleming Securities, ran the BDT Emerging Market Fund from 2004 to 2008 which compounded at over 25% per annum during his tenure and then co-managed New Star’s Institutional Emerging Market Fund. He has a degree in English and History from the University of Durham and was in the British Army from 1991-1995.
Chief Executive Officer & Compliance Officer
Robin Sellers joined Ocean Dial in December 2011 having spent 16 years at Close Brothers Group as Head of Group Finance, Group Company Secretary and Finance Director of the group’s regulated bank. Robin qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1984 and spent the early part of his professional career with accountants, Coopers & Lybrand, both in the UK and Australia.
Investment and Advisory Team
Fund Adviser & co-Head of Equities India
Gaurav Narain joined Ocean Dial in November 2011, having been immersed in the Indian equity markets for the previous 18 years. He has held senior positions as both a fund manager and an equities analyst in New Horizon Investments, ING Investment Management India and SG (Asia) Securities India. He holds a Masters degree in Finance and Control and a Bachelor of Economics degree from Delhi University.
Co-Head of Equities
Tridib Pathak is the Principal Advisor to the Gateway to India Fund and has over 30 years’ experience in managing Indian listed equity assets for domestic and international investors. He joined Ocean Dial in 2019 from the Enam Group, where he was a senior portfolio manager. His previous roles included CIO of Lotus Asset Management (a JV with Temasek’s Fullerton Fund Management) and CIO of DBS Cholamandalam, a JV with DBS of Singapore. Over his long career he has maintained a consistent investment style, based on a process orientated, bottom up, fundamental approach to stock picking and portfolio construction, regardless of benchmark considerations and with a long term outlook.
Assistant Fund Manager & ESG Analyst
Shahil Shah was part of the original Ocean Dial investment team which was set up in 2005. He specialises in Telecommunications, Consumer, Healthcare, and Media sectors, and is responsible for integrating ESG analysis into the investment process. He holds a Masters in Commerce and Finance from Mumbai University and is based in London.
Saurabh Chugh has been a part of the original Ocean Dial investment team since 2006. He specialises in Information Technology, Energy, Transport, Infrastructure and Soft Commodities. He holds an MBA in Finance from Nirma Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and is based in Mumbai.
Ritika Behera joined Ocean Dial in April 2021 and is based in Mumbai. She has 12 years of experience in equity research covering the BFSI sector. She previously worked in the institutional equity research team of Elara Capital, as Lead Analyst for Diversified financials, covering Non-banking financial, insurance and brokers. Prior to this, Ritika worked for B&K securities. Ritika is currently studying for her CFA level II exam and has an MBA in Finance.
Dhaval Somaiya joined Ocean Dial in January 2021. He has four years of work experience in public equities and FinTech, previously working for PhillipCapital with a primary focus on the Indian Real Estate Sector. Prior to PhillipCapital, Dhaval worked for Ebix Cash Financial Technologies. Dhaval holds a Masters in Finance (Gold Medallist) from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai and B.E in Electronics and Telecommunications Engineering from Mumbai University. He has cleared his CFA Level -II examination.
Vishal Agarwal joined Ocean Dial in February 2022 and is based in Mumbai. He has 18 years of equity research experience. He previously worked with the Enam group in their Investment Management team as an analyst covering the Technology, Media, Telecom, EMS, Logistics & Aviation sectors. Prior to this, Vishal worked for Franklin Templeton, Citi India, Jefferies India, ASK Raymond James & Irevna Research (part of CRISIL now). Vishal holds an MBA from IIM Bangalore and a B. Tech from IIT Bombay
Head of Global Sales and Distribution
Swati Jain joined Ocean Dial in January 2022 as Global Head of Sales and Distribution. Over her sixteen year career, Swati combines a wealth of experience in asset raising, strategy and distribution with strong relationships across a wide range of investor types and geographies. Prior to Ocean Dial, she has worked for Kratos Capital, IIFL, Ashburton, Kotak and HSBC. Swati has a post graduate diploma in Business Management from the Management Development Institute and a BA (Hons) in Economics from the University of Delhi.
Latesh Mota has over 10 years’ experience in Operations and Compliance. He is an MBA from the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, U.K. Prior to joining Ocean Dial he worked with Avezo Advisors Private Limited (associate company of Avendus Capital Private Limited), a private equity fund focused on early stage Venture capital investing. He has also worked as Operations manager for Portfolio Management services.
Assistant Manager Operations
Sagar has 7 years’ experience in Fund Operations. Prior to joining Ocean Dial, Sagar worked with Best Alternative Advisory Services, specialising in back/middle office fund operations for US and UK-based fund houses. He has a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management from the N.L Dalmia Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.