Team

Mike Edwards

Managing Director

Mike is responsible for Equipped’s overall strategic direction. Mike was instrumental in developing both the Minerva technology platform as well as building out the managed service solution that led to the formation of Equipped in 2017. He is a qualified accountant with over 20 years of investment and operational experience in the alternative investment and broader financial services sectors.

Atul Arora

Managing Director

Atul crystallized the concept of Equipped as a standalone technology solutions business for the alternative investment industry. After joining the team in 2019, Atul leveraged upon his two decades of experience to coherently define and integrate Equipped’s software and services into Equipped’s enterprise-grade platform offering. He is an alumnus of BITS (Pilani) and ISB (Hyderabad).

Stephen Connolly

Managing Director

Stephen oversees all aspects of Equipped’s analytics and machine learning activities, with a keen focus on leveraging data as a strategic asset to provide deep insights and operational intelligence. Stephen has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry, solving complex data, modelling and financial analysis problems across a wide variety of sectors. He holds a BSC, MA & MSC in Pure & Applied Mathematics and High-Performance computing for Trinity College Dublin.

Douglas Trafelet

Director of Business Development

Douglas heads Equipped’s business development efforts. He has more than 20 years of sales and marketing experience in the financial services industry. Douglas has opened offices, gone to market and built commercial and research teams in Europe, the US and Asia. His previous roles within private markets include leadership positions at firms including PitchBook, Moonfare, Dealroom and Coleman Research Group. Douglas holds an MBA from the University of Chicago in Finance & Economics.

Matthew McKenna

Head of Minerva

Matthew is responsible for Equipped’s Platform development and has been a key architect of Minerva, building on years of R&D and experience at AnaCap Financial Partners. He has 15 years of Business Intelligence, Software Development and Product Management experience.

Praveen Kumar

Head of Data Operations

Praveen is seasoned technical delivery manager having 15 years of experience in managing complex program deliveries across geographies. He has led high performing teams to build scalable and reliable solutions in Barclays, Cognizant and DXC Technology. Praveen has been awarded bachelor of technology (hons) from HBTI (Kanpur).

Vimal Chaudhary

Head of Analytics

Vimal has 15 years of experience in risk analytics, cashflow modelling, collection analytics and machine learning. Prior to joining Equipped, he held various roles at companies including JP Morgan Chase and Encore Capital. Vimal holds an MBA in Finance & Analytics from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) –Indore. He also completed his engineering degree from Kurukshetra University in Haryana.