Sandesh Pandhare, managing director and head of private equity at Istithmar World in Dubai, has more than 20 years of experience in investment management and private equity. A management and engineering graduate, Pandhare also holds certification as a chartered financial analyst from the CFA Institute. He has previously worked as financial controller at the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority, assistant vice-president at Oriel Investment, Dubai, senior manager and senior analyst at Financial Services Company, Muscat, and as assistant vice-president at SBI Funds Management in Mumbai.