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Rupal J. Bhansali

Rupal J. Bhansali

Chief Investment Officer and Portfolio Manager, International & Global Equities
Co-Portfolio Manager, Ariel Global Concentrated
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. She also co-manages our global concentrated strategy. 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.” She is a frequent guest on Bloomberg, CNBC and Fox Business News, and authored the book, Non-Consensus Investing: Being Right When Everyone Else Is Wrong. 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.
Kevin Buttigieg

Kevin Buttigieg

Research Associate
Kevin leverages his 20 years of internet and software research experience to support our coverage of the global technology sector. Prior to joining Ariel as a research associate in 2018, Kevin had worked at various Wall Street firms including Collins Stewart/Canaccord Genuity, AG Edwards and UBS/Paine Webber. Kevin earned a B.S. from Union College and an MBA from the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania.
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.
Barry Cohen

Barry Cohen

Senior Research Associate
Barry became a member of Ariel’s international and global investment team in 2019 to focus on bottom-up, fundamental research in the financial services sector. With over 20 years of experience, he has been researching global financial companies at a variety of firms, including Knott Partners, Merrill Lynch, Glenview Capital and Maverick Capital. Barry received a BS and a BA in Finance and Accounting from Boston University.
Micky Jagirdar

Micky Jagirdar

Senior Vice President
Head of Investments, International & Global Equities
Co-Portfolio Manager, Ariel Global Concentrated
Micky serves as co-portfolio manager of our global concentrated strategy, and covers the autos, health care and technology sectors 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.
Victor Kovalkov

Victor Kovalkov, CFA®

Senior Research Associate
Victor joined Ariel’s international and global research team as an intern in 2014 while pursuing his MBA. He became a full-time teammate soon thereafter. Victor concentrates on the consumer and industrials sectors. Previously he served as a research assistant with the Weissman Center for International Business at Baruch College in New York. Fluent in Russian, Victor is also a CFA Charterholder. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in supply chain management from The National Research University-Higher School of Economics in Russia, and an MBA in finance and statistics from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College.
David Kwon

David Kwon

Research Associate
David assists with research in the utilities and basic resources sectors and transitioned from a consultant role to a research associate position in 2018. Before joining Ariel, he was an equity research vice president with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. David also has previously held research positions at CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets / Credit Agricole Securities and Wachovia Capital Markets. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from Baruch College/The City University of New York.
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.
Barney Rosen

Barney Rosen, MD

Senior Research Associate
Barney joined Ariel’s international and global investment team in 2019 to enhance our research effort by bringing expertise in the healthcare sector. Specifically, he has amassed over 20 years of experience researching global healthcare companies at buy-side firms such as Epoch, Axiom and GE Asset Management. Earlier in his career, after completing his medical residency at Washington Hospital Center, Barney joined the US Navy as a Medical Officer and was deployed in Japan. He received an MD from New York Medical College, an MBA in finance from Campbell University, and a BA in business administration from Franklin & Marshall College.
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.
Dong Zheng

Dong Zheng, CFA®

Research Associate
Dong spent seven years as a fundamental equity research analyst with JO Hambro Capital Management and Harding Loevner Management before joining Ariel in 2017. Dong’s area of focus are the industrials and technology sectors. A CFA Charterholder, Dong earned a B.S. in electrical and computer engineering from Cornell University.
 
 
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