Ajit Dayal
Founder, Member of Portfolio Team

Ajit Dayal has over 25 years of experience in the investment management and financial services industry. In 1990 he founded Quantum Advisors Private Limited (Quantum Advisors). Mr. Dayal has worked with leading US and UK investment management firms either as a key member of the executive management team or, through Quantum Advisors, as a joint venture partner.

Between 2000 and 2004, Mr. Dayal was the Deputy Chief Investment Officer for Hansberger Global Investors, Inc. ("HGI"), which provides investment advisory services to its own family of funds. HGI is also a sub-advisor and a manager of various separate accounts. Mr. Dayal was asked to join the firm in 1997 by the firm's founder and chief executive officer, Mr. Thomas Hansberger, as part of a planned joint venture between HGI and Quantum Advisors to launch India-dedicated products for international investors. Tom Hansberger was the co-founder of Templeton, Galbraith & Hansberger Ltd., a global fund management firm that is now a part of Franklin Templeton. During Mr. Dayal's tenure as Deputy Chief Investment Officer at HGI (2000 to 2004) assets under management grew from $2 billion to $5 billion. Mr. Dayal also served as the lead manager for the $2 billion Vanguard International Value Fund from July 2000 to April 2004, leading a four person team for the account. During his time at HGI, Mr. Dayal continued to manage the business of Quantum Advisors and was responsible for a $70 million allocation to listed Indian equities.

Prior to its exclusive relationship with HGI in 1998, Quantum Advisors acted as a sub-advisor to a $40 million allocation for listed Indian equities for the Prolific India Opportunity Fund, London and to a $25 million venture capital fund, the Walden Nikko India Ventures Fund. Mr. Dayal, as CEO and CIO of Quantum Advisors was instrumental in these relationships. From 1992 to 1995, Quantum Advisors was the local partner of Jardine Fleming Limited, Hong Kong, where Mr. Dayal was instrumental in building a 150 person organization that provided all of Jardine Fleming's research, broking, investment banking and investment management services in India. In 1994 Mr. Dayal helped to establish the NYSE listed Jardine Fleming India Fund and had local investing responsibility for approximately $300 million of the assets under management in this Fund. Mr. Dayal was voted best analyst for India by AsiaMoney in 1993 and 1994 and was also voted best analyst for India by Institutional Investor and nominated to All-Star Asian Team, 1994.

Prior to founding Quantum Advisors in 1990, Mr. Dayal was the Chief Executive Officer of UTI Investment Advisory Services Limited, the Delaware-based investment advisor of The India Growth Fund, a closed-ended fund listed on the NYSE. Mr. Dayal has also worked as a "jobber" on the floor of the Bombay Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in Asia, and as a Director of the Ashok Birla Group of companies, focusing on establishing new businesses through joint-ventures with multinational companies such as S. G. Warburg of the UK, Shearson Lehman of the USA, Yamaha Motor Company of Japan, and 3M of the USA.