Karan Trehan has been a thought leader in the field of International Finance for over 45 years. He was the President & CEO of Alliance Capital International from 1990 to 2000 and oversaw the international expansion of Alliance Capital in Europe, Latin America and Asia. Karan also led the establishment of Alliance Capital Asset Management India Pvt. Ltd. (a joint venture between Alliance Capital and Karan Trehan’s local entity, Ankar Capital) and served as its Chairman. He has been on various mutual fund boards, including that of the India Liberalization Fund which in 1994, was one of the first offshore open-end fund investing in India.
Karan launched a private equity fund (Ankar Asia Partners LP) to invest in Asian banks following the Asian financial crisis, with leading institutional investors including The Asian Development Bank. He also established an offshore fund distribution platform (Emerging Managers Group) with former colleagues of Alliance Capital which was then sold to a large US asset manager. Karan is presently the Chairman and co-founder of Esoterica Capital, which is in the process of launching a family of exchange traded funds (ETFs) which will be listed on US exchanges.
Prior to his role at Alliance Capital, Karan was at Goldman Sachs, New York for 10 years commencing in 1980, during which time he led the firm’s fixed income and derivatives coverage of non-U.S. banks. Karan began his career at The World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Karan received his BA Economics Honors degree from Delhi University and his MBA degree from IMD, Switzerland. He has served on various “not for profit” boards and has been a Trustee of the United World Colleges. Karan lives in New York City and pursues his passion in oil painting.