Mohammed Riad is Chief Executive and Chief Investment officer of Elephant Capital Advisors, LLC a company he founded in 2011. He is responsible for the overall business leadership role at ECA, including business development, administrative, and compliance functions. Mo also directs the firm’s investment strategy and portfolio management process and Chairs the firm’s Investment Committee.
Mr. Riad has nearly 20 year of experience in the investment management industry. From 1999 to 2010, Mo held the titles of Managing Director, and Senior Portfolio Manager at Fiduciary Asset Management Co., LLC (FAMCO) an investment subsidiary of the middle market investment bank Piper Jaffray Cos. Mr. Riad served on the firm's Strategy, Investment, and Risk Management Committees and has held a wide range of senior portfolio management and executive roles at FAMCO. Mo developed extensive experience in portfolio strategy, research, and trading through his lead portfolio management roles in large and small cap equity, hedged equity, and quantitative enhanced portfolios. Mo was instrumental in the development of the firm’s option-based institutional hedged products and trading methodologies. Early in his career, Mr. Riad worked in Wealth Management where he obtained his licensed advisor and securities principal licenses for his roles in branch management at Legg Mason (Smith Barney) in the Washington D.C. and New York offices. Mo serves on the Institutional Advisory Board at CBOE and is active in the options community as a frequent speaker and panellist at industry conferences and events. Mr. Riad received a Bachelor of Science in Business from Wake Forest University and his Masters of Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. He was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and resides in St. Louis, MO.
Kris Loganathan is a Partner and joined the Elephant Capital Advisors team in South East Asia in February 2011. He provides leadership for the firm’s custodial, banking, trading, and legal operations in Asia. Kris also directs the ECA’s local data aggregation efforts and supports the firm’s fundamental research efforts.
Kris began his career as an Analyst for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He then moved to New York to join the Emerging Markets Equities Group at UBS where he spent six years as a Sales Trader advising on South Africa, Latin America and Emerging Asia markets for institutional buy-side clients. Kris has also worked for the firm’s Equity Derivatives Desk focusing on hedging concentrated equity positions for U.S. asset managers, hedge funds and high net worth clients. Kris currently resides in his hometown of Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is an independent consultant providing strategic advisory services to multinational firms and foreign investors. He is an active investor in the public and private markets in Sri Lanka and South Asia. Kris received his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hampden Sydney College in Virginia.
Dr. Abdur Chowdhury is an Advisor and Partner and joined the Elephant Capital Advisors team in April 2011. Dr. Chowdhury serves as the firm’s global economic advisor. Dr. Chowdhury utilizes his vast international experience to help the CIO in assessing the economic, financial, trade and political landscape, and their implications for the portfolio investment companies.
With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Abdur Chowdhury has served as a senior economist in the world’s foremost economic policy and research institutions. Most recently as Chief Economist and Director, Dr. Chowdhury led the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Economic Analysis Division located in Geneva, Switzerland. In addition, Dr. Chowdhury served as Senior Researcher at the Institute for Transition Economics for the Bank of Finland in Helsinki, Finland. While in Finland Dr. Chowdhury also worked as Visiting Researcher at the World Institute for Development Economics Research of the United Nations. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome, Italy named Dr. Chowdhury as a Consultant in 1998. Recognized as an expert in macroeconomic analysis, Dr. Chowdhury has continued to serve as Professor of Economics at Marquette University since 1989.
Riz is and Advisor and Partner and joined the ECA team in October 2012. In this role, Riz assists the CEO with introductions to investor communities throughout the world that have strong connections and interests to the South Asia frontier markets.
As a senior sales professional with 20 yrs of experience, Riz has held executive sales management roles for multinationals in India, United Kingdom, and the US. He is an accomplished specialist in brand building, large account management, product portfolio development, as well as channel and distribution management, Riz spent 9 years with FedEx India as Manager Sales- Corporate Accounts responsible for all-India corporate clients. He was also a Sales Supervisor for Sonex Communications PLC, one of the largest electronics resellers in the United Kingdom. Riz held the position of regional and country head for Airex Logistics in Delhi, India. While in the United States, he has continued his association with Airex by performing consulting and advisory services. He is also a co-founder and principal with BGH India, an India-based construction company with 3 locations in India. Riz also an active member and volunteer of National MS Society. Riz earned his Business Leadership Management Program certificate from Cornell University, NY, USA in 2011.
Huq is an Advisor and Partner and joined the Elephant Capital Advisors team in February 2011. He was instrumental in the development of the investment process and is responsible for maintaining the fundamental and country specific models utilized in security selection and economic analysis. Huq is actively involved with the business development and client service activities of ECA. He also directs ECA’s full-time Internship Program as well as oversees the contributions for the firm’s strategic advisors.
Huq has extensive experience in the financial services industry and began his banking career in the Consumer Banking division of integrated financial services firm Regions Financial. Huq graduated from Regions Leadership Development Program and later joined the bank's Commercial Loan Department as a Relationship Manager in Business Banking. Huq actively managed a portfolio of major commercial relationships, developed new business relationships, and consulted Branch Managers in the Consumer Banking Team for small business development. He coordinated client service activities with other areas of the organization such as treasury management, private banking, public funds, trust, mortgage, and investments. He has also led numerous civic, business and charity events for the bank. Huq served as a liaison between the U.S. Small Business Administration and Regions Bank in Arkansas. Huq has served on the local boards of many organizations in Arkansas including Civitan International. His education background includes a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Arkansas - Little Rock and a Bachelor's of Science degree in Computer Science from University of Central Arkansas.
Sagar assists in the investment decision process by building and working on ECA’s proprietary financial models. At ECA, he works with the firm’s stock screening models and analyzes investment opportunities. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra in India and worked in the technology sector for 5 years for clients like AT&T and Vodafone. He is graduating with an MBA in Corporate Finance and Investments from Washington University in St. Louis in May of 2014.
Firoze Ahmed serves as a consultant to the Elephant Capital Advisor team. He offers technology support advice to the research team and also assists in U.S. business development efforts. Firoze brings IT consulting experience as head of Business Development at a small business federal IT solutions provider working with the US Government and its many agencies .
Ara Pararajasingham serves as a consultant to the Elephant Capital Advisor team. He offers analytical database support advice to the research team and also assists in Asian business development efforts. Ara held a variety of financial analysis and database support positions at JP Morgan in NYC.