Mr. Sanjeev Dasgupta
Sanjeev has around 26 years of experience in the areas of real estate fund management, corporate finance, strategy and financial control. Immediately prior to joining Ascendas, he was working as President of Real Estate at ICICI Venture Funds Mgmt. Co. Ltd., a leading private equity fund manager in India. In that role, Sanjeev was responsible for investments and portfolio management of the Real Estate funds of around USD 600 million. His key achievements included creation of a real estate structured investment product and a managed account platform through which he led investments in Mumbai, NCR and Bangalore. He also played a key role in significant performance improvements of certain assets through changes in the development mix, cost reduction, refinancing and other initiatives. Prior to joining ICICI Venture, Sanjeev managed real estate investments of around USD 430 million as Managing Director at Future Capital Real Estate, a leading real estate development oriented fund manager. He led several landmark investments in metros such as Mumbai and Bangalore and in high growth tier 2 cities.
Sanjeev's prior work experience included stints with organisations such as Tata Group and Merrill Lynch across India, Hong Kong and London. Sanjeev is a qualified chartered accountant, graduate company secretary and holds a Master of Business Administration from London Business School.
Mr. Cheah Ying Soon
Ying Soon oversees financial and regulatory reporting, treasury, investor relations, taxation, risk management and compliance matters.
Ying Soon has more than 20 years of experience in financial management, portfolio and asset management. Prior to his current appointment, Ying Soon was a senior director of CapitaLand Investment Limited, overseeing asset management and investor reporting of private funds with assets located in Asia-Pacific.
Prior to joining CapitaLand Investment in 2018, Ying Soon held various positions with ARA Asset Management, responsible for financial reporting and portfolio management of private funds. Ying Soon worked briefly in Alpha Investment Partners and was a senior finance manager at LaSalle Investment Management from 2006 to 2011, responsible for financial reporting of investments in the region. Ying Soon started his career with CapitaLand Limited in 2000, and was selected for overseas secondment as finance manager to its offices in China for a period of over two years.
Ying Soon holds a Master of Business Administration (Finance) from the Nottingham University. He also holds professional certificates issued by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Mr. Rohith Bhandary
As Head, Investments, Rohith is responsible for developing and executing CapitaLand India Trust’s investment and business development strategy. He leads the team in seeking asset acquisitions and development opportunities.
Rohith has over 23 years of work experience across real estate, private equity and corporate finance. His real estate experience spans across private equity, project finance and advisory. Prior to joining the Trustee-Manager, Rohith was co-head of Real Estate Investment Practice at ICICI Venture where he managed investments of about INR 13 billion across multiple equity and debt real estate funds. His track record includes funds which have delivered a gross Internal Rate of Return of over 22%. Prior to joining ICICI Venture, Mr Bhandary was an Investment Principal at Actis India Real Estate Fund. Earlier, he worked with ICICI Bank in the Construction Realty & Funding (CRFG) group where he managed bank relationships with large real estate developers.
Rohith holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mysore University, India and a Master of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.
Mr. Sumit Gera
As Head, Portfolio Management, Sumit is responsible for managing asset performance and driving value creation of the CapitaLand India Trust portfolio.
Sumit has over 16 years of experience in pan-Asia real estate investments, fund and portfolio management. Prior to joining the Trustee-Manager, Sumit was Head of India Investments and Capital Partnerships at Ascendas-Singbridge Group. In this role, he was responsible for managing India focused private equity partnerships, and also for portfolio and investment management for the Group's India investments.
Before joining Ascendas-Singbridge in 2016, Sumit was Vice President at Partners Group AG, a global private markets investment manager. At Partners Group, Sumit worked in Switzerland and Singapore and was responsible for over USD 400 million of real estate investments across Asia Pacific, with a focus on the Indian and Australian markets. He has also worked briefly at ICICI Bank and McKinsey & Company.
Sumit holds a Master's Degree in Business Administration from National University of Singapore and a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi, India.