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Rupal J. Bhansali

Rupal J. Bhansali

Chief Investment Officer, International & Global Equities
Portfolio Manager
Rupal Bhansali is chief investment officer and portfolio manager of Ariel’s international and global equity strategies. In this capacity, she oversees our global research effort and manages multi-billion dollar portfolios for both institutional and retail clients. Rupal joined Ariel in 2011 after 10 years with MacKay Shields where she was senior managing director, portfolio manager and head of international equities. Previously, she spent 5 years at Oppenheimer Capital, where she was responsible for international and global equity portfolios and was promoted to co-head of international equities. Additionally, Rupal has held various roles at other financial services firms since she began her career in 1989, including Soros Fund Management. In 2009, Forbes International Investment Report named her a “Global Guru,” in 2015, Barron’s recognized her as a “Global Contrarian,” and in 2017 PBS’s Consuelo Mack referred to her as an “unconventional thinker.” In January 2019, Rupal became the newest member of the prestigious Barron’s Investment Roundtable, which showcases “10 of Wall Street’s smartest investors.” A frequent guest on financial programs on Bloomberg, CNBC and Fox Business News, she is also the author of a forthcoming book on non-consensus investing. Fluent in several Indian languages including Hindi, Rupal earned a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting and finance, as well as a Master of Commerce in international finance and banking from the University of Mumbai. She later earned an MBA in finance from the University of Rochester, where she was a Rotary Foundation Scholar.
Krishna Chintalapalli

Krishna Chintalapalli

Vice President, Research
Krishna focuses globally on the telecommunications and media sectors. When he joined Ariel in 2016, he had more than a decade of experience having worked for various firms, including Aricent Group, Communications Media Advisors, and most recently PwC Strategy&, where he advised Fortune 100 telecommunications and technology clients on strategic transformations and growth initiatives. Krishna earned his Bachelor of Engineering in Information Technology from West Bengal University of Technology, India and an MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University.
Micky Jagirdar

Micky Jagirdar

Senior Vice President
Head of Investments, International & Global Equities
Micky focuses globally on autos, health care and technology as a research analyst. He joined Ariel in 2011 after spending over 10 years as an equity research analyst at various investment firms, including Smith Jacobs and September Group Partners, where he focused on global absolute return strategies. Fluent in several Indian languages including Hindi, Micky earned a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting and finance from the University of Mumbai and an MBA in finance and investments from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.
Brent Merlis

Brent Merlis

Senior Vice President, Head Trader
International & Global Equities
With more than 20 years of international trading and operations experience, Brent is responsible for executing Ariel’s international and global strategies. He joined the firm in 2011 after spending more than 10 years at Deutsche Bank Asset Management, most recently on the active equity trading desk. In this capacity, he implemented trades for both the domestic and international portfolios and collaborated with fund managers on best execution and risk mitigation. Prior to his tenure at Deutsche Bank, he started his career in the Bear Stearns management training program. Brent graduated from Syracuse University with a BS in political science.
John Rowley

John Rowley, CFA

Client Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst
International & Global Equities
John works side by side with our international and global investment team, as both a client portfolio manager and research analyst in a generalist capacity. Prior to joining Ariel, John was the co-founder and portfolio manager at Coanjo Capital. This followed a successful career spanning 18 years at Oppenheimer Capital, most recently as a managing director. During his tenure there, he also served as a senior analyst and led the global technology investment team. John earned a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
Chaim Schneider

Chaim Schneider, CFA®

Senior Vice President
Director of Research, International & Global Equities
Chaim focuses globally on basic resources, consumer staples, financials, and utilities as a research analyst. When he joined the firm in 2012, Chaim had more than a decade of research experience having previously worked for Deloitte LLP, MacKay Shields and Citigroup. As an active member in his community, he cofounded Nefesh Yehudi Academy, a unique after-school program in New Jersey. Chaim graduated magna cum laude from Yeshiva University in New York with a BS in accounting and information systems, and earned his MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University. He is also a CFA charterholder.
 
 
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