• Homiyar Vasania  Founding Partner and Fund Manager

    Homiyar Vasania
    Founding Partner and Fund Manager

    Homiyar is a passionate investor with a deep understanding of businesses built over 25 years. He has developed a robust bottom-up fundamental style of investing which is complemented by a strong understanding of long term macro cycles. His experience through multiple market cycles in Asia has enhanced his skill in identifying opportunities and risks early on in the investment cycle.

    Prior to founding River Valley Asset Management, he was one of the senior most members of Morgan Stanley Investment Management’s Emerging Markets investment team, working with them for over 12 years. Homiyar was one of only two Managing Directors leading a group of investors managing the Asian investments for this team. At his time of leaving, MSIM’s EM team managed USD 25 bln of client assets of which over USD 12 bln. was invested in Asia.

    Prior to his roles at Morgan Stanley, Homiyar was a regional technology analyst and part of the regional sales team at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson (January 1998 to March 2000) and Head of Research at PPFAS, then one of the top brokerage houses in India (October 1994-December 1997).

    Homiyar is a mechanical engineer from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. He is a Singapore citizen.

  • Jamshed DesaiPartner and Fund Manager

    Jamshed Desai
    Partner and Fund Manager

    Jamshed has 25 years of experience in investment management. He brings to bear at RVAM his disciplined approach to equity research and investing and the ability to combine top-down macro analyses with keen bottom-up stock-picking skills. He has extensive experience and understanding of the economic and business environment in India and South East Asia having witnessed and invested over multiple business cycles.

    Prior to joining River Valley Asset Management, Jamshed was a director and equity fund manager in the Emerging Markets team of Rexiter Asset Management, an emerging markets specialist institutional long-only asset management company, majority owned by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), Boston. Rexiter’s EM team managed a total of US$5bn of assets. Jamshed was primarily responsible for investments into Indian equities within the Global Emerging Markets (GEM) and Asia ex-Japan (AxJ) strategies.

    Prior to moving to Singapore in 2006, Jamshed held senior positions in private client portfolio management and equity research at reputable companies in Mumbai, India. Jamshed has a Bachelor of Science degree from Mumbai University. He is a Singapore citizen.

  • Vidya Vasania  Chief Operating Officer

    Vidya Vasania
    Chief Operating Officer

    Vidya has in depth experience in a number of areas that have helped her develop an ideal skill set for her role as Chief Operating Officer. As Chief Operating Officer since July 2012, Vidya has fulfilled all River Valley Asset Management’s regulatory, statutory, legal and operational obligations during this time in a timely and efficient manner.

    Her initial years in investment banking with the joint venture of JP Morgan and ICICI in India (July 1994-May 1998) and her later CFA qualification (2005-2007) have given her a deep understanding of deal structuring, valuation, accounting, ethics and compliance. As part of the sales and marketing team for a large software solutions company in Singapore (September 1998-February 2005), she was responsible for putting together and presenting client pitches and coordinating project execution; this gave her an excellent understanding of operations, project management, budgeting and contingency management. As a partner of the event management company Phi Events (May 2008-April 2014), she helped organize India-centric art, theatre and corporate events in Singapore. As the CFO of the company, she gained an understanding of accounting, taxation and statutory compliance.

    Vidya is an engineer from VJTI Mumbai (1992) and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. She is a Singapore citizen.