Management Team

Management Team has a collective track record of over 75 years in the financial services industry across high yield debt, equity fundraising and portfolio management.

Rajagopal A

Managing Director

Rajagopal A [Raj] is Managing Director of Scient. He was formerly the Global Head of Equity Capital Markets and Regional Head of Capital Markets for South Asia for Standard Chartered Bank. Prior to joining Standard Chartered Bank, Raj worked at UBS and Kotak Mahindra, in multiple leadership roles. He maintains strong relationships with Corporates, Banks, Institutional Investors and Regulators. Raj has significant experience in fund raising and credit evaluation, and has worked on an array of Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets and Financing transactions, including Leveraged Finance. Raj was formerly on the National Advisory Council of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment [CISI]. Raj has 26 years of Banking experience in India and Asia, and has worked in Mumbai and Hong Kong. He holds PGDM from IIM, Calcutta, and is a B.Tech in Electronics & Communication Engineering from University of Kerala.

Chhavi Moodgal

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Chhavi Moodgal has 13 years of experience in the Indian financial services industry advising corporates on capital structuring, fund raising, financial advisory as well as mergers and acquisitions. She has helped market fund raising transactions to institutional as well as HNI investors. She has worked with global investment banks such as UBS and Kotak Investment Banking. Prior to Scient Capital, Chhavi was Director, Equity Capital Markets at Standard Chartered Bank. She has an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College for Women.

Sridhar A.

Senior VP

Sridhar A. has close to 19 years of rich experience in Sales, Business Development and Operations; of which 17 years have been in the Banking, Asset Management and Insurance Industry. Prior to Scient Capital, He was Zonal Head – West & South of Sales & Distribution with Principal Mutual Fund Co. Ltd. Before moving to the Zonal role, he was the National Channel Head for Private Banking and National Distribution. He has also worked with HSBC Bank, ICICI Group and Birla Sun life Insurance and Kotak Life Insurance in various capacities. He is B.A in Economics from Mumbai University and has done his Masters in Marketing Management from K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai

Ramesh Rachuri

Fund Manager

Ramesh Rachuri brings in over 14 years of experience across markets ranging from forex, equity derivatives and quant, to the entire panoply of debt sub markets ranging from g-secs to credit and structured products. Post his PGDM from IIM, Indore, he worked with Securities Trading Corporation of India Ltd, Reliance Mutual Fund and Reliance PMS, and BOI AXA Mutual Fund. He has demonstrated excellence in operationalizing new verticals while scaling them up into sustainable & profitable operations. A particular focus has been to incorporate quantitative techniques in fund management, and fund strategy to extract value from size and trading environmental changes.

Palak Nanjani

VP, Products

Palak Nanjani has worked at the Wealth and Asset management arms of an India Diversified Financial Conglomerate for nearly 8 years. Her work experience includes setting up investment products like High Yield Debt and managing various products like Alternate Investment Fund and Investments under Liberalized Remittance Scheme. She was last working in the wealth management arm of TATA Capital setting up the real estate structured product desk. Her experience also includes managing debt portfolios of clients on a day to day basis to provide a high return and reduce risk and work on various reports in order to take decision for further investments. She is a CFA from ICFAI, Hyderabad and has completed her Bachelors in Commerce from the Mumbai University.

Board of Advisors

Srikant Subramanian

Independent Consultant

Srikant Subramanian has previously been associated with Morningstar Inc., an investment management and ratings firm, as a Senior Research Analyst researching mutual funds on a qualitative basis for the Asia Pacific region. Using Morningstar’s forward looking qualitative approach; Srikant developed a strong track record with over 85% of his recommended funds beating their relevant benchmarks. As part of his MBA curriculum, Srikant briefly interned with Ibbotson Associates (USA), an asset allocation and investment management specialist and subsidiary of Morningstar USA, to create India focused investment strategies and asset allocation models. Prior to Morningstar, Srikant worked with Karvy Private Wealth, an India-based wealth manager as a Research Associate, where he researched mutual funds, exchange traded funds (ETFs), alternative assets, and advised on asset allocation strategies. Overall, he has a cumulative work-experience of seven years in fund research and portfolio management. Srikant has been frequently quoted in the media and has written over 25 articles in various print media.  He has completed his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from SP Jain School of Global Management (Dean’s list).