Ashish Desai grew up in Worcester, MA in a typical Indian family. Outside of academics, he spent extended time at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL to pursue a career in tennis. He saw that it took a team to help people develop into strong players on the court – that everyone on that team must put forth their best efforts for that one person to shine. He brings this attitude to the MBA advising process and his Square One partnerships.
Ashish holds an MBA from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, a Masters in Economics from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Bachelors in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is the Founder, CEO, and portfolio manager of Desai Capital Management (DCM) in Atlanta, GA, and has over 17 years of investment management experience. Prior to founding DCM in 2013, Ashish had a decade-plus career in the financial industry in New York City.
In addition to his career, Ashish has been in the academic world: as an adjunct professor at Kenan-Flagler where he taught Applied Investment Management, and as a Course Leader for courses in Data Analysis at both Wharton and Judge.
In his free time, Ashish can be found either playing tennis or mentoring students, as he is a teacher at heart.