Sandesh Pandhare has more than 25 years of experience in the global corporate finance and investment industry. He has expertise in deal origination, investment valuation, new project development, strategic and business planning, capital structuring, financing, investor relations and portfolio management. Currently, Mr. Pandhare is the Chief Financial and Investment Officer at Dubai Parks & Resorts, a US$ 2.9 billion integrated development comprising three world class theme parks and one water park.
Earlier, Mr. Pandhare was the Managing Director and Head of Private Equity at Istithmar World, the investment arm of Dubai World, where he managed a global portfolio of over US$ 2 billion across diverse industry verticals. He has also worked with Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, where he was in charge of driving the firm’s financial performance and evaluating investments in international free zones. Early in his career, he worked as a Fund Manager at SBI Funds Management, Mumbai and Financial Analyst in Oman.
Mr. Pandhare has been a former board member and observer of various international companies, including Barneys New York in USA, Inchcape Shipping Services and ESPA in UK, Bumrungrad International Hospital in Thailand and Gulf African Bank in Kenya. He has also been a former board member of CFA Society Emirates, a member of the CFA Institute, promoting ethical and professional standards within the investment industry.Mr. Pandhare was ranked among the 100 Most Powerful Indians in the Gulf (Arabian Business, 2010 & 2011) and 65 Most Influential Indians in the UAE (Gulf News, 2012).Mr. Pandhare is a CFA charter holder. He holds a master’s degree in Management Studies from JBIMS, Mumbai University and a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Pune University.