Rajesh Chelapurath, as Founder, President and Managing Member, drives the firm’s investment strategies, portfolio and client management. Prior to setting up CEERA in 2005, Rajesh worked for several years at Burnham Financial Group (Houston) helping manage assets for high net worth individuals, profit sharing and pension plans, trusts, and endowments. Rajesh earned his MBA in Finance from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, New Orleans in 1998 and completed his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Electrical & Electronics and a Masters of Science degree in Physics from the Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS), Pilani, India in 1993. Outside of CEERA, Rajesh serves as a Trustee of the Post Oak School, a premier Montessori K-12 school based in Houston, TX. He is also on the Board of Trustees of BITSAA International, a BITS Pilani alumni organization and is the Chief Investment Officer of the BITSAA Investment Committee. Rajesh is currently a member of the Houston Society of Financial Analysts and the CFA Institute, and has been a Charter Member of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), Houston Chapter.

Pragadeesh “Arjun” Chokkalingam, as Analyst, supports activities across the board, primarily in Research, Investment and Portfolio Management, and assists with Operations. Arjun graduated from the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business in 2013 with a major in Finance and a minor in Accounting. He is a member of the CFA Institute and is currently in the process of earning his CFA charter.

Piyapat “Noo” Kiewsakul, as Associate, provides Operational, Administrative, and Office support to the team. She graduated from the University of Houston’s C.T. Bauer College of Business in 2014 with a major in Supply Chain Management.

In addition, back office teams at Morningstar and TD Ameritrade Institutional support our portfolio reporting and custodial functions, rounding up our broader support ecosystem.