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Board of Directors

Rohit Walia

Rohit Walia
Executive Chairman and CEO

Hans Kurmann

Hans Kurmann
Member of the Board

Eddie Villiers

Eddie Villiers
Member of the Board

Management

Sanjay Bhatia

Sanjay Bhatia
Managing Director

T. M. Lakshmanan

T. M. Lakshmanan
Chief Operating Officer

Sameena Ahmad

Sameena Ahmad
Managing Director - Corporate Affairs

Senior Team

Hameed Noor Mohamed

Hameed Noor Mohamed
Executive Director

Krishna Dhanak

Krishna Dhanak
Executive Director

Dilip Samanthilaka

Dilip Samanthilaka
Senior Director

Sharmin Karanjia

Sharmin Karanjia
Senior Director

Rohit Walia

Rohit Walia

Executive Chairman

  • Rohit Walia founded Alpen Capital in 2005 in Dubai International Financial Centre. He is also the Executive Chairman of Alpen Asset Advisors Limited, which is an independent financial advisory and asset management firm that he set up in the DIFC in 2013.
  • He was also instrumental in setting up Bank Sarasin-Alpen in the GCC and India and was the Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of the Sarasin-Alpen entities from 2004 to 2013.
  • Rohit has 35 years of international banking experience with financial institutions based in Middle East and Asia.
  • His last assignment was with Mashreq where he was a part of the key management team, Dubai for more than 12 years. He has also worked with American Express and Bank of America.
  • Rohit holds an MBA degree from the Schiller International University, London, UK.
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Rohit Walia

Rohit Walia

Executive Chairman and CEO

  • Rohit Walia founded Alpen Capital in 2005 in Dubai International Financial Centre. He is also the Executive Chairman of Alpen Asset Advisors Limited, which is an independent financial advisory and asset management firm that he set up in the DIFC in 2013.
  • He was also instrumental in setting up Bank Sarasin-Alpen in the GCC and India and was the Executive Vice Chairman & CEO of the Sarasin-Alpen entities from 2004 to 2013.
  • Rohit has 35 years of international banking experience with financial institutions based in Middle East and Asia.
  • His last assignment was with Mashreq where he was a part of the key management team, Dubai for more than 12 years. He has also worked with American Express and Bank of America.
  • Rohit holds an MBA degree from the Schiller International University, London, UK.
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Hans Kurmann

Hans Kurmann

Member of the Board

  • Hans has over 40 years of International Banking experience in Europe and the Middle East.
  • He has in-depth knowledge and expertise of Swiss private banking, asset management and relationships with global financial institutions.
  • He has also worked with Union Bancaire Privee and American Express Bank.
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Eddie Villiers

Eddie Villiers

Member of the Board

  • Over 30 years of experience in the international capital markets in a variety of roles.
  • He was at Rabobank for 20 years, the last 10 years as Global Head of FI Sales and Head of Markets Europe. He was also a member of the bank’s European governing body, The Executive Committee Europe. He was also a member of the Risk Committee, ALCO, FEC Committee and Client Committee.
  • Eddie is also Chair of Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy.
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T. M. Lakshmanan

T. M. Lakshmanan

Chief Operating Officer

  • As the Chief Operating Officer, Lakshmanan heads the areas of Operations/IT, Products and Finance. He is also the Senior Executive Officer of Alpen Asset Advisors.
  • Lakshmanan has been with Alpen Capital for 13 year and has a total of 34 years of experience in international banking in UAE and India.
  • He was also the Chief Operating Officer of Bank Sarasin- Alpen entities across GCC and India from 2007 to 2013. Prior to this, he was the SVP, Head of Planning & Management Accounting for Mashreqbank Group. Prior to this, Lakshmanan was also with Citibank for 5 years.
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Sameena Ahmad

Sameena Ahmad

Managing Director - Corporate Affairs

  • Sameena heads the Corporate Affairs function, responsible for Marketing, Public Relations and Administration across Alpen Capital group covering its offices in Middle East and India. She is also responsible for the industry research function that publishes Alpen Capital´s highly acclaimed industry research reports on various sectors across the GCC.
  • Sameena has been with Alpen Capital for 12 years and has a total of 32 years of human resources/marketing experience in the financial industry in the UAE and India.
  • In her previous assignment, she was an SVP of Human Resources at Mashreqbank. She was a faculty member at Xaviers Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar in India.
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Sharmin Karanjia

Sharmin Karanjia

Senior Director

  • Sharmin is a part of Debt Execution team.
  • Sharmin has been in Alpen Capital for 14 years and has a total of 19 years of work experience in the financial services & investment banking experience working with institutions across the Middle East and India.
  • Prior to joining Alpen Capital, Sharmin was a part of the Audit and Business Advisory Services Department, KPMG in Dubai. Prior to that, Sharmin has worked with Pricewaterhouse Coopers in India.
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Sanjay Bhatia

Sanjay Bhatia

Managing Director

  • Sanjay is responsible for Client Origination at Alpen Capital Dubai and also heads the investment banking operations in Qatar. He has been actively involved in various corporate finance transactions, including debt advisory / syndications, cross border M&A / joint ventures and private equity placements.
  • Sanjay has been with Alpen Capital for 16 year and has a total of 29 years of experience in Investment Banking across Middle East & India.
  • Sanjay has previously worked with Ambit Corporate Finance and RSM & Co, India.
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Siraj Bhavnagarwalla

Siraj Bhavnagarwalla

Managing Director

  • Siraj heads the Investment banking operations in Oman.
  • Siraj has been with Alpen Capital for 12 years and has a total of 26 years of experience in Corporate Banking and Credit Risk Management in the Middle East and India.
  • His previous assignment was with National Bank of Oman as Unit Head – Structured Finance. He has also worked with BNP Paribas, National Bank of Bahrain and Bank Dhofar.
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Yogendra Khurana

Yogendra Khurana

Managing Director

  • Yogendra heads the Investment banking operations in India.
  • Yogendra has been working with Alpen Capital for 11 years and has a total of 22 years of work experience in the financial services sector. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
  • Prior to joining Alpen Capital, he has worked with Price Waterhouse Coopers, India as a senior manager in the M&A division. His previous employers also include Ambit Corporate Finance Ltd. and Ernst & Young.
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Dilip Samanthilaka

Dilip Samanthilaka

Senior Director

  • Dilip is a part of the execution team focusing on Sri Lanka.
  • Dilip has been with Alpen Capital for 8 years and has a total of 16 years of work experience in financial services industry having worked for organisations in Dubai, Singapore and Sri Lanka.
  • He last worked as Manager Finance at Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore. He was also associated with Mashreq Bank, in Dubai and Sampath Bank, Srilanka.
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Krishna Dhanak

Krishna Dhanak

Executive Director

  • Krishna leads the Equity Capital and M&A Advisory function working on originating executing and placing transactions.
  • Krishna has been in Alpen Capital for 12 years and has a total of 18 years of experience in M&A, private equity placements, due diligence, transaction advisory services in the Middle East and South East Asia and audit in India. He has extensive experience across multiple sectors in advising clients on structuring, pricing and negotiating M&A and equity capital raising transactions including business valuations, consolidations, financial due diligence, financial reporting and management accounting.
  • Prior to joining Alpen Capital, Krishna worked with KPMG’s Transaction Services team in UAE. He has also worked with KPMG in India in their Financial Services Audit division.
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Hameed Noor Mohamed

Hameed Noor Mohamed

Executive Director

  • Hameed leads the Debt Execution Team and is responsible for structuring and raising debt finance in the commercial and capital markets. He also specializes in raising impact and development finance in emerging markets.
  • Hameed has been in Alpen Capital for 3 years and has a total of 26 years of experience in the Financial Services and Banking Industry.
  • Prior to joining Alpen, Hameed worked with Emirates Islamic Bank, Mashreqbank and ANZ Grindlays Bank in various leadership roles. He is an alumnus of Harvard Business School.
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Gaurang Mudbhatkal

Gaurang Mudbhatkal

Senior Director

  • Gaurang is a part of the Client Origination team and works on corporate advisory mandates.
  • Gaurang has over 25 years of Wholesale and Investment Banking experience. Prior to joining Alpen Capital, Gaurang has worked with Standard Chartered Bank, Alpen Capital and Vistas Global in Qatar.
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Sunil Narula

Sunil Narula

Executive Director

  • Sunil Narula is a part of the Client Origination team and works on corporate advisory mandates.
  • Sunil has over 23 years of Corporate and Investment Banking experience. He joins us from IDFC Bank where he worked as Senior Director – Large Corporates, MNC, IT & E-Commerce.
  • Sunil has also worked with ING Vysya Bank, Induslnd Bank and Alpen New Delhi.
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