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Mr. Sankaran Naren

1987/BT/ME CIO, ICICI Prudential AMC

Mr. Sankaran Naren, a pioneering personality in the financial services industry, is widely acclaimed for his remarkable achievements and invaluable contributions. With a career spanning over three decades, Mr Naren has established himself as an inspiring leader in the field, earning widespread acclaim for his ground-breaking contributions and exemplary leadership. He graduated with a Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) in 1991 and went on to do his Masters from the Indian Institute of Management of Calcutta.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mr. Naren has been at the forefront of innovation, particularly in the creation of hybrid mutual fund categories such as balanced advantage funds and multi-asset funds. His expertise in asset allocation has earned him the reputation of being an industry expert, with his insights sought after by investors and professionals alike. Mr. Naren’s journey in the financial services industry began over thirty years ago, encompassing diverse roles ranging from investment banking and fund management to equity research and stock broking operations. His comprehensive experience has equipped him with a deep understanding of the intricacies of the financial markets, making him a trusted advisor and mentor to many.

As a contrarian fund manager, Mr. Naren has consistently delivered significant returns over the long term, earning him widespread recognition as India’s mutual fund and capital market investment expert. His visionary leadership and strategic acumen have propelled him to the forefront of the industry, with numerous accolades and awards to his name. He has been featured in leading investment authors’ books and honoured with the CIO of the Year award at the Asia Asset Management-Best of the Best Awards in 2023. Mr. Naren is also a member of the AMFI (Association of Mutual Funds in India) Equity CIO’s Committee.

Mr. Naren’s leadership at the AMC has led to remarkable success, with robust investment processes and strong performance across product categories impacting millions of Indian and Overseas investors for the past couple of decades. He currently oversees flagship schemes of the ICICI Prudential Mutual Fund, further solidifying his influence and impact in the industry.
With a rich and varied career that includes stints at organizations such as Refco Sify Securities India Pvt. Ltd, HDFC Securities Ltd, and Yoha Securities, Mr. Naren’s contributions to the financial services industry are far-reaching and enduring.

In recognition of his exceptional achievements, unwavering dedication, and transformative impact across professional domains, the Indian Institute of Technology Madras and its esteemed alumni take great pride in presenting Mr. Sankaran Naren with the Distinguished Alumni Award for the year 2024.

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