Fund Manager Interview

Mr. Gopal Agarwal

Fund Manager – Equity, HDFC Mutual Fund

Mr. Gopal Agarwal is a seasoned equity fund manager, aged 50, whose career has been characterized by an unwavering commitment to delivering excellence in the world of fund management. Armed with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (B.E.) and a Master’s in Business Management (MBM), Mr. Agarwal has forged a remarkable journey in the realm of finance. With over 19 years of collective experience in fund management, accompanied by 2.5 years of dedicated equity research, he stands as a paragon of financial acumen and strategic insight.

His journey in fund management began in earnest on July 9, 2020, when he joined HDFC Asset Management Company Limited. Before that, his strategic contributions were felt at DSP Investment Managers Private Limited from July 23, 2018, until June 30, 2020, where he held the position of Senior Fund Manager and Head of Macro Strategy, leaving an indelible mark on the organization’s growth trajectory.

Prior to his tenure at DSP, Mr. Agarwal played a pivotal role at TATA Asset Management Company Limited from April 3, 2017, to July 16, 2018, where he served as the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) for Equity, demonstrating his prowess in steering investment strategies towards excellence.

His illustrious career extends further back, showcasing his leadership and strategic foresight during his tenure at Mirae Asset Global Investments (India) Pvt. Ltd. From October 1, 2007, to March 31, 2017, Mr. Agarwal held the esteemed positions of CIO-Equity and Chief Strategist, leaving an indelible imprint on the company’s growth journey.

Presently, Mr. Agarwal skillfully manages a portfolio of funds, exemplifying his deep understanding of the market dynamics and his commitment to delivering optimum returns. He is the guiding force behind funds like the HDFC Balanced Advantage Fund (co-managed Scheme), HDFC Capital Builder Value Fund, HDFC Dividend Yield Fund, and HDFC Multi Cap Fund. His unique blend of experience, education, and expertise positions him as a transformative figure in the mutual fund landscape, dedicated to shaping financial futures with his strategic brilliance.