Handling Complexity, Confidently
Team Members at Ashton
Rajeev Sookur, LLB (Hons), LLM, FCCA, CFE, TEP, MCSI, ACIArb
Founder / Executive Director / Chief Executive Officer
Rajeev is the promoter of Ashton Financial Partners Ltd and is the CEO as well as an Executive director of the Company.
With over 22 years of combined exposure in the field of finance, auditing, fund accounting, anti-money laundering, capital markets, forensic investigation, financial regulations, law, tax, trust and global business, Rajeev has worked for various investigatory and regulatory bodies in Mauritius namely the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the Financial Services Commission and the Judicial Department. He also worked as Risk and Compliance Manager for a corporate service provider in Mauritius prior to joining Imara Group - a leading financial conglomerate in Africa.
For the last decade, he had been the Chief Operations Officer of the Asset Management arm of Imara Group - a financial conglomerate/investment banking group and the Company Secretary for the Imara Mutual Funds which are listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and foreign stock exchanges. He also served as Director on the board of Transparency International (Mauritius) Branch and that of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP Mauritius).
He holds a Diploma in Management and Marketing from the Institute of Commercial Management, a BSc in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, an LLB (Hons) from the Northumbria University UK and an LLM from the Sorbonne Assas International Law School. Rajeev is a Fellow member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP), Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
Rajeev is a FinTech, RegTech and Blockchain enthusiast.
Dharmendra Persad, FCCA | Executive Director
Dharmendra, is a non-executive director at Ashton Financial Partners Ltd. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA) with over 20 years of experience in the financial services sector.
He has professional expertise and proven track record in auditing, accounting, finance, leadership and management, governance, risk management, tax, financial services, coaching and mentoring.
Dharmendra started his career as a finance executive in the hospitality industry. He is also a partner in charge of auditing and assurance at Parker Russell Mauritius. Dharmendra oversees a varied portfolio of clients ranging from local companies to global business companies.
Guided by vast expertise in developing smart, incisive and strategic management initiatives, he excels in analysing business financial needs and assists in designing high-impact strategies to improve market presence and drive business growth.
Dharmendra is also a licensed auditor duly authorised by the Financial Reporting Council.
Neil Hunt | Non - Executive Director
During his career, Neil has accumulated more than 33 years’ experience in the insurance industry having worked for various firms including Minet/Bowring, Lion Insurance Company, Eagle Insurance Company, Alliance Insurance Company and Hunt Adams & Associates.
He has extensive experience in operations and management and emphasises on the development of insurance strategy and business planning.
He holds executive and non-executive directorship in various companies namely, Alliance Insurance Company Private Limited, Alliance Health (Pvt) Ltd, Africa Pride Insurance Company, Hunt Adams & Associates, Tropical Reinsurance and Africa Continental Brokers Ltd. He also holds a MSc in Strategic Management from the University of Derby, UK.
Vichal Pattoo, M.MIoD | Chief Business Development Officer
Vichal is an innovative consultant in business establishments whose well-established repertoire of abilities is complemented by excellent interpersonal skills, leadership and strong customer orientation.
Having spent over 15 years in the financial services industry, he occupied various senior positions in the accounting, fund administration and business development fields.
Vichal has served as a director on various Collective Investment Schemes as well as investment advisors and dealers.
Prior to joining Ashton, Vichal was the Chief Executive Officer at JurisTax International Ltd, a company focusing on market penetration, deal and lead sourcing and arranging for incorporation and licensing of companies in Mauritius.
During his career, he has also been involved on an advisory basis to CFD brokers among the UK top 100 companies.
Admitted as a member of the Mauritius Institute of Directors (MIoD) since 2011, he has been complying with the Code of Ethics thereafter and has since then maintained a clean record.
Rajiv Nagaisar, ACCA, AMABE, MCSI, ACIArb | Chief Operating Officer
Rajiv is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Ashton Financial Partners Ltd. He has 12 years of experience in global business sector and has spent the last 10 years at IQ-EQ Ltd (previously Cim Global Business Ltd/ SGG Global Business (Mauritius).
He has exposure in various functions for example Fund administration, NAV computation, Transfer Agency, Compliance, Accounting, Company Secretarial and has also been involved in company structuring and FATCA/CRS reporting initiatives.
He has acquired experience in managing portfolio of Companies and Funds - Close & Open End domiciled in Mauritius, Cayman, BVI, Singapore and Bermuda, having investments in African and Indian markets (listed and private equity), including Funds listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and Irish Stock Exchange.
Rajiv is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments, the Mauritius Institute of Directors and the Mauritius Institutes of Professional Accountants.
Rajiv is also an Associate member of the Association of Business Executive and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Rajiv has completed the Introduction to International Commercial Arbitration from University of Central Lancashire.
Noushreen Muhobuth-Allawoodeen | Manager - Accounting & Fund Administration
Noushreen has worked with a few well-known corporate service providers in Mauritius and has over thirteen years of combined exposure in global business, corporate services, compliance, anti-money laundering, fund administration and fund accounting.
Prior to joining Ashton, she worked for nearly seven years at Imara Asset Management Limited, which is part of the Imara Group – a leading investment banking group in Africa.
Noushreen has dealt with mutual and expert funds (listed and non-listed on domestic and European securities exchanges) and segregated mandates based in US, the British Virgin Islands, Ireland, Denmark and Mauritius.
She is well acquainted with financial laws and regulations such as the AIFM Directives, FATCA, Dodd-Frank Act etc.
Noushreen is a Certified Accounting Technician (CAT) and is currently studying the Strategic Professional level of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
She also holds various competence certificates from Thomson Reuters such as AML/CFT, Bribery and Corruption, Market Abuse, Financial Crime and Conflict of Interests.