Samir Arora is the Founder and Fund Manager of Helios Capital based out of Singapore.
Prior to starting Helios in 2005, Samir was the Head of Asian Emerging Markets at Alliance Capital Management in Singapore (both fund management and research, covering nine markets). From 1993 to August 2003, Samir was also the Chief Investment Officer of Alliance Capital’s India business and managed all of their India-dedicated equity funds.
In 1993, Samir 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 the ACM India Liberalization Fund, an India-dedicated offshore fund from its inception in 1993 to August 2003. Prior to 1993, he worked with Alliance Capital in New York as a research analyst.
India-dedicated funds managed by Samir received over 15 awards during his tenure, including an AAA rating from Standard and Poor’s Micropal for four years in a row (1999 to 2003) for the India Liberalization Fund. In 2002, he was voted as the most astute equity investor in Singapore (rank: 1st) in a poll conducted by The Assetmagazine. Helios Strategic Fund has been nominated four times for the Best India Hedge Fund award in the Eurekahedge Asian Hedge Fund Awards and won the award in 2007.
Samir Arora received his undergraduate degree in 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. He 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.