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Naina Lal Kidwai
Naina Lal Kidwai
Chairman & Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms.Naina Lal Kidwai is Independent Non-Executive Director of Altico Capital. Ms.Kidwai is Chairman Advent Private Equity India Advisory board; a Non-Executive Director on the boards of Max Financial Services, CIPLA, Nayara Energy and Larsen and Toubro and Past President of FICCI. She retired December 2015 as Executive Director on the board of HSBC Asia Pacific and Chairman HSBC India. Her 33 years in banking also span 8 years at Morgan Stanley / JM Morgan Stanley where she was Vice Chairman and Head Investment Banking and 12 years at ANZ Grindlays Bank including as Head of Investment Banking.

An MBA from Harvard Business School, she makes regular appearance on listings by Fortune and others of international women in business. A recipient of many awards and honours in India, she was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for her contribution to Trade and Industry. She has authored 3 books, "Survive Or Sink - An Action Agenda for Sanitation, Water, Pollution and Green Finance", "Contemporary Banking in India" and "30 Women in Power: Their Voices, Their Stories."

Her interests in Water and the environment and empowerment of women are reflected in her engagements with Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation, International Advisory Council of the Inquiry of United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Commissioner for the Global Commission on Economy & Climate, Chair of FICCI’s Sustainability, Energy and Water Council and Chair of the India Sanitation Coalition.

She is one of the Government of India’s representatives on the BRICs Business Council and the INDO - ASEAN Business Council. She is also on the investment advisory committee of the Army Group Insurance Fund, one of the World Bank’s South Asia “Champions” and on the Governing Board of Lady Shriram College and Harvard Business School South Asia Advisory Board. She has been a member of the Government of India’s Industry Task Force, the Prime Minister’s Trade and Industry Council, the National Manufacturing Council, the National Trade Council, and on the Working Group on Banking, Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission and the National Institute of Bank Management.

Robert Petty
Robert D. Petty
Non-Executive Director

Rob Petty is the Non-Executive Director of Altico Capital India Limited. He is the Co-Founder of the Clearwater Funds and Co-CEO and Co-CIO of Fiera Capital (Asia). Since founding the Clearwater Funds in 2001, Rob and his partner Amit Gupta have invested profitably across cycles, sectors and geographies, building an Asia-focused business that is one of the largest credit investing firms in the region today. Over his career, Rob has focused on Asia-dedicated credit investments, with broad expertise in direct lending, secondary credit and special situations strategies.

Rob’s principal responsibilities at Clearwater encompass portfolio management, origination and overall management of the Firm. Prior to founding Clearwater, Rob worked as a capital committer in Asian credit for fifteen years at Lehman Brothers and Peregrine Fixed income, before moving to the investment side of the business working for Marc Lasry at Amroc Investments for three years.

Rob sits on the Board of three Clearwater portfolio companies and also serves as Chair of the Boards of two non-profit organizations, The Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and EngenderHealth. Rob holds a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Brown University and is based in Hong Kong with his wife and they have three adult children.

Amit Gupta
Amit Gupta
Non-Executive Director

Mr.Amit Gupta is Co-Founder of Clearwater Capital Partners as well as Co-CEO and Co-CIO of Fiera Capital Asia and is a member of the Firm's Investment and Management Committees.Mr. Gupta is Non – Executive Director of Altico Capital. Throughout his nearly 26-year investment career,Mr. Gupta has been on the forefront of credit analysis and deal execution in Asia.

Prior to founding Clearwater in 2001,Mr.Gupta garnered experience while holding positions at Goldman Sachs (Asia) LLC where he was an Executive Director, at Peregrine Fixed Income Ltd. and at ICICI Ltd. Mr.Gupta sits on the Board of two Clearwater portfolio companies.

Mr.Gupta holds a post graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta and a bachelor of engineering degree in Electronics and Communications with Honors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee.

Subhashree Dutta
Subhashree Dutta
Non-Executive Director

Ms.Subhashree Dutta is a member of Clearwater’s Investment and Management Committees. Ms.Dutta is Non – Executive Director of Altico Capital . She is responsible for overseeing credit analytics and has been involved in numerous restructurings. Ms.Dutta’s regional experience spans Asia, Australia and Europe and during her 20-year career she has developed industry expertise across various sectors.

Prior to joining Clearwater, Ms.Dutta was with ICICI Ltd. for more than nine years where she was largely focused on credit underwriting and relationship management. In her last assignment as Senior Vice President of the Special Asset Management Group, she was involved in performing workouts and settlements for large accounts. Ms.Dutta helped establish Clearwater’s office in Mumbai and has worked for extensive periods from Clearwater’s Hong Kong and New York offices.

Ms.Dutta holds a post graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, is a CFA charter holder and is a graduate of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India.

Yao Chye Chiang
Dr.Yao Chye Chiang
Non-Executive Director

Dr.Yao Chye Chiang joined Clearwater in 2008 and is a member of the firm’s Investment and Management committees. Dr.Chiang is Non-Executive Director of Altico Capital.

Based in Singapore, Dr.Chiang oversees Clearwater’s business and operating platforms, is responsible for the firms’ risk management and portfolio hedging strategies and plays a lead role in the institutionalization of organizational processes and infrastructure. Dr.Chiang also monitors global macro trends and the impact of current events on Asian markets. Prior to joining Clearwater, Dr.Chiang worked at Cargill Financial Services Asia and Black River Asset Management (Asia) from 1999 to 2008. At Black River, he was Co-Director with joint oversight responsibility for the fund management platform in Asia as well as Managing Director with principal responsibilities including risk, strategy and compliance.

Prior to that, he worked at CIBC World Markets as Executive Director of Country Risk Management and Head of Asia-Pacific Research.

Dr.Chiang graduated from the University of Adelaide with first class honors under a Colombo Plan Scholarship and holds master and doctorate degrees in Economics from Princeton University where he attended as a joint Princeton fellowship and George Murray Scholarship holder.

Mark Cutis
Borja Cuellar
Non – Executive Director

Mr.Borja Cuellar is head of Special Situations – Real Estate, at Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC). He joined ADIC in 2013.

Prior to joining ADIC, Mr.Cuellar spent six years at Private Equity fund Citi Venture Capital International. Prior to that, he worked at the Leveraged Finance department of Lehman Brothers. Mr. Cuellar started his professional career in management consulting.

Mr.Cuellar graduated from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas-ICADE (Madrid, Spain) with a B.A. in Business Administration and a B.A. in Law, and received an M.B.A. from Columbia University (New York, USA)

Ali Haroon
Ali M. Haroon
Non-Executive Director

Mr. Ali Haroon is a Senior Advisor of Värde. Based in New York, he joined Värde in 2005.

Mr. Haroon previously served as a Partner of the firm (2011-2018) and a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. During his time as Partner, Mr. Haroon was initially based in Singapore where he led and managed Värde’s business in Asia and helped grow the firm’s presence in the region across credit, real estate and private equity. From Singapore, Mr. Haroon moved to New York where, as a part of the global real estate team, he was responsible for the firm’s Real Estate business in North America and Asia. His real estate experience includes the acquisition of commercial real estate credit, hard assets, real estate related companies and residential land development activities. Mr. Haroon started his career at Värde in the firm’s London office focusing on European real estate investments and commercial mortgage-backed securities.

Prior to joining Värde, Mr. Haroon worked as an Investment Banking Associate at Bear Stearns in London and an Investment Banking Analyst at Bear Stearns in New York.

Mr. Haroon graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics and received an M.B.A. from INSEAD, France.

Rahul Merchant
Rahul Merchant
Independent Non – Executive Director

Mr.Rahul Merchant is Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at TIAA. Mr.Merchant is Independent Non-Executive Director of Altico Capital. He has more than 30 years of public and private sector experience as a transformation leader, including expertise in business, technology, operations and private equity.

Prior to joining TIAA in April 2015, Mr.Merchant ran his own advisory firm. Previously, he was Citywide Chief Information and Innovation Officer for the City of New York; Executive Vice President, Chief Information and Operations Officer and Member of the Executive Committee at Fannie Mae, and Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer at Merrill Lynch. He also has served as a senior executive with Dresdner Bank, Sanwa Bank, and Cooper Neff and Associates.

Mr.Merchant holds Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bombay University, a Master of Science in Computer Science from Memphis State University, and a Master of Business Administration from Temple University.

Stephen Marzo
Stephen Marzo
Independent Non – Executive Director

Mr.Stephen Marzo is Independent Non – Executive Director of Altico Capital. Mr.Marzo has over 30 years of experience in financial management at various financial institutions and commodity trading and resource investment companies.

Mr.Marzo has spent most of his work life in Asia including the past 18 years in Hong Kong. Mr.Marzo’s recent roles include being Chief Financial Officer of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx) and Group Chief Financial Officer of the Noble Group Limited (“Noble Group”), one of the largest commodities supply chain management companies in the world. Mr.Marzo held senior risk management positions at Goldman Sachs Asia LLC and Bear Stearns (Asia) LLC. He also previously worked as the European Treasurer for Phibro Energy Inc.

Mr.Marzo holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA.

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Vishal Kumar
Alternate Non-Executive Director

Vishal Kumar is a Managing Director on the Asia Real Estate investment team of Varde Partners Asia. Based in Singapore, he joined Varde in 2018. Prior to joining Varde, Vishal was a Managing Director, Private Investments for The Xander Group where he focused on real estate investments and asset management in India. Prior to that, he was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte.

He has over 12 years of work experience in real estate investments and asset management.

Vishal received a Bachelor in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad. He is a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accounts of India.

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Hitesh Gupta
Alternate Non-Executive Director

Hitesh Gupta is Principal, Global Special Situations at Abu Dhabi Investment Council (ADIC).

Prior to joining ADIC in 2018, Hitesh Gupta was a Managing Director at AnaCap Financial Partners, a private equity firm specialised in investments in the financial services sector. Prior to that, Hitesh worked at Merrill Lynch and HSBC in London.

Hitesh Gupta has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, and a B.Com from Bangalore University.

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