Indian banking industry stood out for its resilience after it emerged unscathed from the global financial crisis of 2008. A lot has changed since then. The banks that were feted for their rootedness then, seem shaky today as they stand crushed under bad loans worth $1.45 billion as of March 2018.


August 28, 2018 | Mumbai
08:00am - 09:30am Registration & Breakfast
09:30am - 09:40am Opening Address by

Jaideep Mehta - CEO, News Corp VCCircle

09:40am - 10:05am Welcome Address by Avendus Capital
10:05am - 10:20am Keynote Address by Guest Speaker
10:20am - 11:00am Panel I: Bank's adversity, NBFCs' advantage

Riddled with scams, investigations and debilitated by toxic loans, most large banks are shying from lending directly to customers, corporate as well as retail. Instead, they are lending to NBFCs, which, in turn, are servicing corporate and retail customers. Has bank’s adversity turned out to be an opportunity for NBFCs?

11:00am - 11:40am Panel II: Small Banks, big challenges

Loan waivers, demonetization and GST threw a spanner in the works for small finance banks. Sudden surge in bad loans on one hand and complying with stringent RBI regulations as well as lending to weaker sections of the society have made the going tough for them. Yet the promise of more than Rs 30 trillion untapped opportunity continues to inspire the small finance banks.

11:40am - 11:55am Networking Break
11:55am - 12:20pm Fireside Chat - The menace of NPAs

Are recapitalization, IBC, and the non-stop action at NCLT enough to tackle the NPA crisis? Is there an opportunity to kick off deep rooted banking reforms and restructure the public-sector banks?

12:20pm - 01:00pm Panel III: Affordable housing – taking stock

Reports from the ground suggest that affordable housing (priced at less Rs 25 lakhs) has proven to be uneconomical and most of the action, so far, has remain centered around ‘economic housing’ targeting middle-class population that couldn’t afford houses in big urban centers. While ‘economic housing’ segement is getting crowded, ‘affordable housing’ still remains on the periphery. Should ‘economic housing’ get govt's attention? What more is needed to give a meaningful push to affordable housing?

01:00pm - 02:00pm Networking Lunch
02:00pm - 02:15pm Presentation by Avendus Capital
02:15 - 02:45pm Fireside Chat - Financing finance: which finserv segments are PE investors chasing?

According to VCCEdge, private equity investments in the financial services sector touched a record high of $ $7430.61 million during calendar year 2017 across 96 deals, a steep rise compared to $3133.26 million in 2016 across the same number of deals. What changed?

02:45pm - 03:45pm Digital Track: Transformation in Banking & Financial Services

Track 1: Digital Banking:
Government’s push towards digitization, a young population and millions of smart phone users on one hand and the frenetic exploration of analytics, block-chain, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in making services accessible and efficient for both users and service providers on the other, are changing the face of finserv sector as we have known it. Gauging the big developments.

Track 2: Digital Payments:
The Reserve Bank of India recently kicked off a discussion on allowing more entities in the digital payments business. The objective seems to be pushing digital payments that seem to have slowed post demonetization. At present, only 12% of transactions in India are digital. Along with more players, what other steps need to be taken to push digital payments in India?

Track 3: New age fin-tech companies and legacy banks: 
Thanks to their size and legacy, old banks have not been able to keep up with the young and nimble-footed fin-tech companies that are disrupting all segments of financial services. Building, acquiring or incubating – what is a better option for banks to gain tech prowess?

03:45pm - 04:00pm Networking Break
04:00pm - 04:40pm Panel IV: The future of Digital Lending

Paperless lending has come a long way over the last five years reducing costs for lenders and easing the lending process for borrowers. With lower average interest rate as compared to traditional banks, digital lending has found early adoption in India. From merely offering consumer and personal loans, lenders are now growing their lending books by offering educational and micro loans. With more investors picking stake in lending platforms what is the future of digital lending?

04:40pm - 04:50pm Closing Keynote by

Shalil Gupta - CBO, News Corp VCCircle


Krishnan Vishwanathan

Founder & CEO, Kissht

Sachin Sharma

Head - Digital Lending, RBL

Seasoned C-Suite executive with 22 years of proven leadership experience in strategy, business development, business transformation and P & L management across various geographies in India.

Currently leading the Digital Lending (Personal & Business) for India's new age private bank RBL. Launched and grew financial services products as sales and business head in various banks and financial services companies in both consumer and commercial segments. Credited with establishing a unique digital credit business, utilising advanced customer analytics and focused on small and medium enterprises with a robust and frugal technology driven platform in supply chain finance. Leveraging business experience, executive education from London Business School and deep knowledge of product development, operations, customer service, analytics and technology to lead business transformation in current role.

Sandeep Menon

Founder - Director, Vastu Housing Finance

R Baskar Babu

MD & CEO, Suryoday

R Baskar Babu is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Suryoday Small Finance Bank – a new age bank that transited from a micro finance institution and has served over a million customers as on date. Baskar had Co-Founded Suryoday Micro Finance in 2008 which has a loan portfolio of over Rs. 1700 crores and a deposit base of over 800 crores.

Suryoday Small Finance Bank was launched in Jan’2017. Suryoday Small Finance Bank has 26 Bank branches, in addition to over 215 Door Step Service Centers spread across Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Maharashtra.

Baskar has more than 25 years of experience in banking and financial services. He has worked in organizations like Cholamandalam, HDFC Bank and GE Capital in various leadership positions, handling diverse portfolios in Products, Quality & Operations.

His dream has always been to create a world class financial services organisation with a focus on best in class ‘employee and customer experience’.

Baskar Babu is a Mechanical Engineer from SRM University, Chennai with a Masters’ in Business Administration from the School of Management Studies, Pondicherry.

Munish Dayal

Senior Partner, Barings Private Equity

Shankar Subramaniam

Managing Director and India Head, Financial Institutions, Bank of America

Shankar Subramaniam leads the Global Transaction Services team in India, responsible for covering Large Local & Multi-National Corporate, FI Banks, Non-Bank Financial Institutions and Public Sector/Government Clients from a transaction banking sales & product perspective.

He has been with Bank of America for 8 years, starting out as a Director in the Financial Institutions team in Mumbai in 2010. He has been part of various transitions within the FI group in India and took charge as Head of the business in Oct 2013. He has presided over the restructuring of the FI coverage model and managed the transition from a high asset growth strategy to a more return focused growth in revenues.

Prior to this stint with BofAML, Shankar has worked in the FI space for the last 13 years both in India and in various locations internationally. He spent 3 years with Standard Chartered Bank in Capital markets and then as Head of FI for South India. Prior to this he worked with American Express Bank for 10 years from 1996. In AEB, he had long stints in Japan and Germany as a Product Manager and in London as a Relationship Manager handling the Israel, Irish and Scandinavian markets.

Shankar is a Cost Accountant and a Bachelor of Commerce from the Mumbai University.


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