Samir Arora is the main founder & fund manager at Helios Capital. From 1998 to 2003, he was the Head of Asian Emerging Markets at Alliance Capital Management in Singapore (both fund management and research, covering 9 markets). From 1993 to August 2003, Mr. Arora was the Chief Investment Officer of Alliance Capital’s Indian mutual fund business and, along with managing Alliance Capital’s Asian Emerging Markets mandates, he managed all of Alliance Capital’s India-dedicated equity funds.
In 1993, Mr. Arora relocated to Mumbai from New York as Alliance Capital’s first employee in India to help start its Indian mutual fund business. He also managed ACM India Liberalization Fund an India-dedicated offshore fund from its inception in 1993 till August 2003. Prior to 1993, Mr. Arora worked with Alliance Capital in New York as a research analyst.
India-dedicated funds managed by Mr. Arora received over 15 awards during his tenure, including AAA rating from Standard and Poor’s Micropal for four years in a row (1999 to 2003) for the India Liberalization Fund. In 2002, Mr. Arora was voted as the most astute equity investor in Singapore (rank: 1st) in a poll conducted by The Asset magazine. In 2007, Helios Strategic Limited was rated the Best India Hedge Fund by Eureka Hedge.
Mr. Arora received his undergraduate degree engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi in 1983 and his MBA (gold medalist) from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1985. Mr. Arora also received a master’s degree in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1992 and was a recipient of the dean’s scholarship for distinguished merit while at Wharton.