Stonehage Fleming appoints Pran Naidu as Senior Analyst in Global Best Ideas Equity Team

09 July 2024 Stonehage Fleming
Pran Naidu

Pran Naidu

Stonehage Fleming Investment Management (SFIM) has appointed Prandhana Naidu as a senior equity research analyst within the flagship USD4.8bn (GBP3.8bn) Global Best Ideas Equity Strategy (GBI), which South African investors can access via the Stonehage Fleming Global Best Ideas Equity Prescient Feeder Fund.

Pran joins the London-based team from Melville Douglas Investment Management, where she was a senior global equity analyst and co-fund manager. She has well over 10 years of experience in the investment industry.

Pran, who has particular expertise in consumer and industrial sectors, among other sectors, will report to Gerrit Smit, the Head of Global Equity Management. She will be an integral part of the investment team supporting Smit, who manages the GBI Strategy. This fund has outperformed its benchmark* since its inception over a decade ago, investing for strong compounding growth in best-of-breed businesses for their quality, strategic competitive edge, and attractive valuation.

Gerrit Smit commented: “Pran has significant experience at a senior level working on global equity mandates very similar to our own and will be able to hit the ground running as part of the team supporting the Global Best Ideas Equity Fund. Pran has demonstrated throughout her career her ability to add value through high quality company and industry research and we are pleased to welcome her into the GBI team.”

Pran Naidu added: “The Global Best Ideas Equity Fund has a stellar track record stretching back more than 10 years, and it is exciting to consider the investment opportunities that lie ahead given generationally powerful themes within areas such as artificial intelligence and healthcare. I am delighted to contribute to a strategy seeking to invest in the very best companies around the world and look forward to working with such a talented and experienced team.”


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