A Singaporean national and Chartered Accountant, Surinder is a dynamic senior executive with over 30 years’ experience in Singapore and across Asia as a senior executive with Standard & Poor’s, as an investment banker with HSBC in London and Mumbai, and as a principal with Ernst & Young in Singapore.
Surinder joined Nuvest Capital in October 2017 as Head of Business Development with responsibility for sales, marketing, investor services, communication and new products. Nuvest Capital manages the Nuvest Real Return Fund, a multi-asset fund that invests in an actively managed global portfolio of liquid assets. Its investment process that was first honed at the GIC has delivered good risk-adjusted returns over time.
Until December 2014 Surinder was Managing Director and Head of ASEAN & South Asia at Standard & Poor’s having co-founded its Singapore office in October 1996. He helped build Standard & Poor’s strong regional franchise and network through a series of management and market development positions, including Head of the Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong offices. He has pioneered the growth of several new businesses in the region: credit ratings, independent equity research, risk management and governance services. Revenues during his 15 years’ tenure as regional head grew more than ten-fold. Surinder also expanded the affiliate network in ASEAN establishing strategic partnerships with leading rating agencies in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, positioning the firm to double its revenues.
- Member of Board of Governors of the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA) since 2015; Chair of Audit & Risk Committee, Member of Governance Committee.
- Independent director of The Silent Foundation, Singapore, since December 2014, Chairman of Audit Committee.
- Independent director of EFA Real Economy Trust since March 2015. Chairman of Audit & Risk Committee.
- Independent director of RHT Rajan Menon Foundation since April 2015.
- Member of the International Advisory Council of the Indian Institute of Finance and advisory boards of Percipient Partners, Progress Capital and Rainbow Analytics.
- Following his retirement from Standard & Poor’s at the end of 2014, Surinder stepped down from the Executive Committee of the Investment Management Association of Singapore (IMAS).
- Surinder was previously a member of the advisory board of the Corporate Governance & Financial Reporting Centre at the National University of Singapore and sat on the board of Standard & Poor’s companies in Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia.