M.R Raghu, Head of Research, Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz), Kuwait

Topic

Fintech adoption among Kuwait banks

BIO

Raghu is the Head of Research at Kuwait Financial Center (Markaz), a leading asset management company based in Kuwait with AUM exceeding $3b. He is also the Managing Director of Marmore Mena Intelligence, a research subsidiary of Markaz. He leads the strategic research initiative at Markaz with specific focus on big picture research. He is a member (voting) of the Investment Advisory Committee at Markaz. Prior to this assignment, he was involved with a wealth management firm based in Bahrain as Director of Investment Management (2002-2006). He was advising Middle Eastern high net worth clients on asset allocation and money manager selection. In a career spanning more than 29 years, Raghu has dedicated nearly 18 years in the Gulf region (Riyadh, Bahrain and Kuwait). Prior to his stint in the Gulf region, Raghu worked with several institutions based in India including the largest mutual fund Unit Trust of India and the largest engineering consultancy MECON. Raghu has obtained CFA Charter from the CFA Institute, USA (2003) and is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) from the Global Association for Risk Professionals, USA (2005). He is also a Fellow member of The Institute of Cost Accountants of India. He is associated with CFA Institute as a volunteer since 2003.. He was the founding board member of CFA Bahrain Society and founding President of CFA Kuwait Society. He is presently a member of Education Advisory Committee of CFA Institute. Raghu attended a 2-week Investment Management Workshop at Harvard Business School in 2007.

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