Ara joined Verdant Capital as an Analyst in 2018. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce in Finance degree (Cum Laude) in 2017 and a Bachelor of Commerce Honours in Investment Management degree majoring in Financial Engineering, Equity Investment Analysis and Quantitative Investment Analysis in 2018 both at the University of Johannesburg. Ara also passed his CAIA Level 1. During his university career, he was the team leader of the UJ Financial Planning Institute team who took first place at the 2017 FPI Challenge. He is also a member of the Golden Key Society.