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Executive Officers

Mr. Sanjeev Dasgupta Mr. Tan Choon Siang Mr. Rohith Bhandary
Executive Director & CEO Chief Financial Officer Head, Investments 

Mr. Sumit Gera
Ms. Mary Judith De Souza
Mr. Hon Wei Seng
Head, Portfolio Management Joint Company Secretary Joint Company Secretary

Mr. Sanjeev Dasgupta
Executive Director & CEO

Sanjeev has around 25 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. Tan Choon Siang
Chief Financial Officer

Choon Siang has more than 19 years of experience in financial management, investments, corporate finance, treasury and investment banking. Immediately prior to joining the Trustee-Manager, he was the Head of Corporate Finance & Treasury at Ascendas-Singbridge Pte. Ltd., where he oversaw Ascendas-Singbridge Group’s corporate finance and treasury activities across the region. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Corporate Finance at Genting Singapore Plc, a company listed on the Main Board of the Singapore Exchange Securities Trading Limited. At Genting Singapore, he was responsible for the company’s investments, financing and treasury functions. Choon Siang joined Genting Singapore in 2011 and held various positions within the company, including Vice President of Investments and Director of Corporate Planning. Between 2006 and 2011, Choon Siang was at Goldman Sachs in Hong Kong and Singapore where he was an Executive Director in the Securities Division. Before Goldman Sachs, Mr Tan’s experience also included stints in the Investment Banking Division at Deutsche Bank and the Ministry of Finance, Singapore. 

Choon Siang holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Mr. Rohith Bhandary
Head, Investments

Rohith was appointed Head, Investments with effect from 9th May 2019. Rohith is responsible for developing and executing Ascendas India Trust’s investment and business development strategy. He leads the team in seeking asset acquisitions and development opportunities.

Rohith has over 21 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
Head, Portfolio Management

Sumit has over 14 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.

Ms. Mary Judith De Souza
Joint Company Secretary

Mary joined Ascendas in 2005 and has more than 20 years of practice as a corporate and commercial lawyer. Her experience was acquired during her appointment as legal counsel with a government-linked technology group and thereafter, while in practice in a local law firm based in Singapore with several branches in the region. She has worked with both local and foreign companies and has acquired a broad-based understanding of the concerns and needs of investors in Southeast Asia. As a result of her regional exposure while in legal practice, she has been able to acquire first hand knowledge of the commercial, business, cultural and operational issues encountered in doing business outside Singapore. Mary currently heads the Group's Legal team. She holds an LL.B. (Hons) degree from the National University of Singapore and is an advocate and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore.

Mr. Hon Wei Seng
Joint Company Secretary

Prior to his appointment with Ascendas-Singbridge in 2015, Wei Seng served as corporate counsel with Genting Singapore PLC, Stamford Land Corporation Ltd, Singapore Power, ST Telemedia and Frontline Technologies (since merged with BT Group).

Admitted as an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore, Wei Seng holds LLB (Hons) and LL.M degrees from the National University of Singapore, and a MTM degree from the University of Queensland, Australia.