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Investment team

The core of Karara's investment team have worked together since 1988. The group has built an outstanding long term track record.

The team structure is flat and all members spend most of their time researching investment ideas.

David Slack

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Managing Director, Investment Manager - Small Companies

David has more than 40 years experience and is a founding Director of Karara Capital.

David has a history of establishing successful equity managers in Australia having previously co-founded County Natwest in 1984 (which later became Invesco Australia) and later Portfolio Partners. 

As Head of Australian Equities at County Natwest David established a durable investment process and outstanding performance record. Portfolio Partners had $5.3 billion in funds under management when it was sold to Norwich Union in 1998. 

He is a former a Non-Executive Director of the Victorian Funds Management Corporation where he was Chair of the Board Investment Committee. David holds a BEc(Hons) from University of Queensland and is a Fellow of FINSIA.

 

Rohan Walsh

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Director & Investment Manager

Rohan Walsh has more than 29 years investment experience and is a founding Director of Karara.

Rohan worked in the Australian Equities team at Invesco Australia for 18 years from 1988 until forming Karara in 2007. Over this period Rohan worked with David Slack and Luke Sinclair for between six and eight years.

From 1994 Rohan was Head of Equities responsible for portfolio management, investment process and the investment team. Under Rohan's direction the Invesco team delivered consistently strong outperformance to clients.

Rohan holds a BSc(Hons) in Petroleum Geology from Univeristy of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA.

Luke Sinclair

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Director & Investment Manager

Luke has over 24 years investment experience and is a founding Director of Karara.

Prior to the formation of Karara Luke worked at Invesco Australia for eight years. From 2001 he co-managed the Australian equity portoflio alongside Rohan Walsh. Prior to Invesco Luke was an Investment Manager at Jardine Fleming Australia with reponsibilities for an award winning Australian equity portfolio within the regional team.

Luke holds a BSc(Hons) from Canterbury University, an MA from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Nick Greenway

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Investment Manager - Small Companies

Nick Greenway joined Karara as Investment Manager in 2010. Nick has over 20 years investment markets experience.

Prior to joining Karara, Nick worked for more than eight years as a portfolio manager and analyst focusing on listed Australian small companies, with Patriot Asset Management where he was also managing director and co-founder. Nick's portfolio delivered strong outperformance over this period.

Prior to Patriot, Nick worked as an investment banker with UBS Warburg Corporate Finance and Merrill Lynch where he held the position of Vice President Investment Banking. 

Nick has a BCom/LLB (Hons) from University of Melbourne.

Akshay Chopra

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Portfolio Manager

Akshay Chopra has 17 years investment experience and has been with Karara since inception.

Prior experience was at Bell Asset Management as an equity analyst and as an investment consultant at research firms Intech and Mellon Global. At Intech, Akshay was involved in fund manager selection, asset allocation strategy, portfolio construction and investment research, working with some of Australia’s largest pension funds.

Akshay holds a BBus(Bkg&Fin) from Monash University and has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance from the University of Melbourne.

Peter Kormendy

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Portfolio Manager - Small Companies

Peter Kormendy has 16 years investment experience and has been with Karara since inception.

Peter has seven years buy side experience analysing small companies. Previously he spent five years as a stockbroking analyst with Deutsche Bank and ABN AMRO.

He holds BEc and BCom degrees from the University of Sydney and is a Senior Associate of FINSIA.

Rod Hine

Rod Hine

Investment Analyst - Small Companies

Rod commenced with Karara Capital in August 2013, joining from Ironbark Asset Management. Rod has over 12 years experience in the investment management industry across a broad range of roles, including business management, finance, M&A and as a Small Companies Analyst at Patriot Asset Management where he worked for over 4 years with Nick Greenway.

Rod holds a BBus and attained his CA qualification in 2003 and completed a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investments in 2006.

Anthony Stafford

Anthony Stafford

Investment Analyst 

Anthony commenced with Karara Capital in October 2013, joining from Deutsche Bank. Anthony has over 13 years experience undertaking roles in sell-side equities research, foreign exchange structuring and investment banking working in London, Singapore and Melbourne. Over that time he had exposure to telecoms, Infrastructure, Oil & Gas and Mining industries.

Anthony holds a BComm(Hons) from the University of Melbourne and is a CFA charter holder.

Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Investment Manager - Market Neutral Strategy & REITs 

Andrew commenced with Karara in March 2016, joining from Freehold Investment Management where he was responsible for managing an absolute return fund and dedicated REIT and Infrastructure portfolios. Andrew has over 22 years experience undertaking senior positions for several respected funds management firms including Goldman Sachs, APN Property Group and Portfolio Partners.

Andrew holds BComm and BSc degrees from Deakin University and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from FINSIA.

Jefta Ongkodiputra

Jefta Ongkodiputra

Investment Analyst - Market Neutral Strategy & REITs

Jefta commenced with Karara in February 2017, joining from the ANZ Institutional Bank. Prior to ANZ, Jefta worked at Monash University as a teaching associate and spent time at UniSuper as a research analyst.

Jefta holds BComm and BEc degrees from Monash University.