Reza, a founding partner of Parala, brings over thirty years of finance sector expertise in various investment strategies, including derivatives, absolute return, and private equity. He began his career as a fixed income analyst at Salomon Brothers and later joined Rogers, Casey & Associates, a leading US investment consultancy. There, he advised major corporate and public pension funds on investment strategy, asset allocation, and served as the head of the firm’s Fund of Funds activities. He also worked as a strategic consultant for prominent asset management firms.
In 1997, Reza joined Schroders, a global asset manager, where he established and managed the Structured Investment team, overseeing derivatives-based solutions for clients. Additionally, he spearheaded the development of the firm’s single-strategy and fund of hedge fund businesses in 2000. Reza then joined Insight Investment in 2003 as the Head of Alternative Investments. In this role, he led various businesses, including Private Equity, Multi-Asset, Equity, Absolute Insight, and Farmland. He also chaired Insight’s Absolute Return Investment Committee.
Reza joined the RSL Council as Treasurer in 2023.
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