Bharat is the CEO and Founder of Bravia. He serves on the Investment Committee and has leadership responsibility for Bravia’s investment strategy. He is an experienced global investor in transportation and logistics, having built the world’s 4th largest aircraft leasing business and the world’s 2nd largest container leasing business.
Prior to Bravia, Bharat served as consultant to leading aviation companies advising on freighter conversions. As President of C-S Aviation Services (“CS”), a Quantum fund investee company, he built the world’s first system integration business and developed Aviation Investments Group for Soros-Chatterjee companies. Bharat led CS’s investment in Hainan Airlines in 1995, and was the first foreigner to hold a Board Directorship of an airline in China. With the help of CS, Hainan Airlines grew from a 4 aircraft company to a 75 aircraft and 4 airlines company by 2000.
After leaving CS, Bharat continued to help Hainan Airlines to grow its fleet and its routes. From 2008 onwards, Bharat through Bravia has led HNA Group Co., Ltd’s outbound China investments in transportation and logistics.
Bharat holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors), Delhi University, India and M.B.A., Adelphi University, New York.
Stewart is a Senior Advisor and Chairman of the Bravia Group. Stewart is involved in strategic decision-making, risk assessment, and troubleshooting across Bravia’s investment portfolio, with a focus on shipping.
Stewart is an illustrious senior banker, with a career spanning more 40 years in the United Kingdom, specialising in equipment and aircraft leasing with firms such as DNB Bank ASA (“DNB”) and Nordic Bank Limited (“Nordic Bank”). During his days with DNB, Stewart was an Executive Director and the Head of Equipment Leasing/Tax based structured financing, Non-Marine Asset Finance and Project Finance, managing a book value of loans and leases averaged in excess of US$900 million. He was also a member of the General Management Committee and Credit Committee of DNB and the head of internal fraud investigation for the bank’s shipping business. Prior to DNB, Stewart held a number of positions with Nordic Bank, including Head of Corporate Finance (M&A Nordic Region for SMEs), Head of Equipment Leasing, Head of Asset Finance and was a member of its management and credit committees.
Stewart holds a B.A. (Honors) in Accounting and Finance, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, and was a lecturer on leasing (finance, tax-based and operating) in the United Kingdom and China. He was appointed to the Management Committee of Equipment Leasing Association (a United Kingdom trade body, now known as Finance & Leasing Association) during 1981 to 1989.
Helen is the Chief Operating Officer of Bravia. Helen was the founder of Lapis Global Ltd., an investment management and advisory firm specialising in working with family offices in Asia, the United States and the Middle East, with more than 30 years of operational and financial experience.
Helen was formerly the CEO of Cushman & Wakefield Capital Asia, the investment management and investment banking platform for Cushman & Wakefield in Asia. Previously, Helen was the Managing Director of IFIL Asia (now known as EXOR), an Agnelli group investment company and deputy CEO of Lazard Asia Fund, successfully leading ground-breaking transactions in Hong Kong and Indonesia. Helen was also the CFO of Pacific Century Regional Developments Limited, a Singapore listed company focused on infrastructure, real estate, and financial services in Asia.
Helen has also held senior positions at the Hong Kong Provisional Airport Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Moody’s Investors Service.
Helen holds a B.S. in Biology, University of Dayton and M.B.A., Finance, Fordham University.
Julius is the Managing Director of portfolio investments at Bravia, responsible for managing all aspects of Bravia’s investments in the Asia Pacific region to ensure all investments are within the investment parameters and guidelines. Julius also works with the management of investee companies to execute growth plans and monitor their performance targets.
Prior to Bravia, Julius was an advisor to a Hong Kong family office, where he was responsible for managing a diverse investment portfolio. He was previously a Managing Director and Responsible Officer of Samena Capital Hong Kong, managing a portfolio of seed investments in Asian alternative funds. He was also actively involved in the fundraising for, and execution of, private debt financing and private equity investment transactions. Previously, Julius was a Senior Managing Director of Search Investment Group and managed a portfolio of US$1 billion of funds and invested globally in multiple strategies and asset classes. Earlier in his career, Julius ran a number of manufacturing and distribution businesses. Julius has over 22 years of experience in Asian investment management, operations and development.
Julius holds a B.A. in Economics, University of New Hampshire and M.B.A., Harvard Graduate School of Business.
Robin is the Managing Director of Investments for Bravia, responsible for sourcing, developing, assessing and valuating investment opportunities in the Asia Pacific transportation and logistics sector.
Robin is an investment professional with more than 9 years’ experience in global acquisitions in excess of US$5 billion in the transportation and logistics industries. Robin has been a member of Bravia since the inception of Bravia’s private equity strategy in 2008 and has managed a number of Bravia’s investments to date, most notably, (i) the acquisition of Bac Ky Investment Joint Stock Company, a Vietnamese logistic company in 2016, (ii) US$600 million acquisition of TIP Trailer Services, Europe’s largest trailer leasing company in 2013, and (iii) US$2.5 billion acquisition of SeaCo Srl from General Electric, then the world’s 5th largest marine container leasing company in 2011. Prior to Bravia, Robin was a consultant at Oliver Wyman Group in New York.
Robin holds a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cornell University.
Mr. Chang joined Bravia in 2015 and is currently responsible for managing the firms strategic relationships. Prior to Bravia, Mr. Chang was a Director at EMP Belstar, a New York based alternative asset manager in their Seoul office where he participated in deal origination, structuring, and execution. Mr. Chang earned his B.A. In Economics from Cornell University as well as an M.B.A. From the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University.