Anshul Agarwal, Executive Director and Co-head, Consumer and Financial & Business Services (CFB), Avendus Capital
Anshul co-heads the Consumer and Financial & Business Services (CFB) vertical for Avendus’ investment banking business and is based in Mumbai.
He has over 16 years of investment banking experience across sectors including financial services, consumer and business services. Additionally, he has wide experience of working across aviation and metals & mining sectors.
Prior to joining Avendus, he worked for over 13 years at Rothschild India. At Rothschild, he was responsible for coverage and execution of financial services and aviation verticals. He has rich experience of working on multiple cross border transactions in M&A, private equity syndication and IPO advisory.
Anshul has spent some early years of his career working with Lazard’s investment banking team.
He holds an MBA from IIM Calcutta and a Bachelor of Technology in Production Engineering from Pantnagar University.
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.
Alok Mittal, Co founder and CEO, Indifi
Alok is Co-founder and CEO of Indifi, a platform for enabling debt financing for small businesses. He serves as the President of Digital Lenders Association of India.
Alok is also an active angel investor, co-founder of Indian Angel Network, and on the board of TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Delhi.
Prior to starting Indifi, Alok setup and ran Canaan Partners' venture investment business in India, investing in high growth technology and internet startups. Earlier, Alok co-founded JobsAhead.com, a leading web-based recruitment business in India, which was acquired by Monster.com, the global leader in online recruitment.Alok earned a BE in computer science and engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and a MS in computer science from UC Berkeley.
Anuj Puri, Chairman, Anarock
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.
Abha Agarwal, Executive Director and Co-head, Consumer and Financial & Business Services (CFB), Avendus Capital
Abha co-heads the Consumer and Financial & Business Services (CFB) vertical for Avendus’ investment banking business and is based in Mumbai.
She joined Avendus in 2007 and has over 12 years of investment banking experience across sectors including financial services, consumer (including food & beverages, education, fashion & lifestyle) and business services comprising of logistics and payments. She has a wide experience across private equity fund raising, M&A and structured solutions with a track record of closing 20 transactions, few of which being the most complex ones in the history of Avendus.
Prior to joining Avendus, she had a brief stint with Accenture Consulting.
Abha holds an MBA from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research and is also a ranker Chartered Accountant.
Sharad Mittal, CEO, Motilal Oswal Real Estate
Sharad has been instrumental in rebuilding and scaling up the MORE business from an AUM of INR 200 crore to over INR 2,000 crore in last 4 years. Prior to joining MORE, was associated with ICICI Prudential AMC leading the fund raising and was part of the investment team in the commercial office fund and mezzanine fund;he has also previously worked with ASK Property Investment Advisors and ICICI Bank and First Rand Bank.
He is a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Committee on Real Estate & Housing and a member of IMC Chamber of Commerce & Industry committee on Urban Development. He is also a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He is a Chartered Accountant from Institute of Chartered Accountant of India and a Commerce graduate from Delhi University.
Puneet Bhatia, Head real estate, Mirae Asset Global Investments
Asanka Rodrigo, Partner - Private Equity, Actis
Munish Dayal, Senior Partner, Barings Private Equity
Pankaj Naik, Executive Director and Co-head, Digital & Technology, Avendus Capital
Pankaj co-heads the Digital & Technology vertical for Avendus’ investment banking business and is based in Mumbai.
He has over 18 years of investment banking experience across sectors including technology, media and diversified industries. His areas of expertise include M&A advisory, private placements, leveraged finance and capital markets.
Prior to joining Avendus, Pankaj worked with JP Morgan’s investment banking team for over 11 years. During his stint with JP Morgan, he led several marquee transactions amounting to over 10 Bn USD across various industries. Before JP Morgan, he worked with DSP Merrill Lynch’s investment banking team for 4 years.
Pankaj holds an MBA from IIM Calcutta and a Bachelor of Engineering from Government College of Engineering, Pune. He is a speaker at leading industry events focused on internet technology.
Krishnan Vishwanathan, Founder & CEO, Kissht
R Baskar Babu, MD & CEO, Suryoday Small Finance Bank
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.
Sandeep Thapliyal, MD & CEO, Avendus Finance
Sandeep joined Avendus in 2016 and heads the Credit Solutions business at Avendus. He is based in Mumbai.
Sandeep has over 22 years of multi-functional experience in Commercial Banking, Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Project Finance and Asset Reconstruction. Sandeep has been successful in turning around various businesses during his long spanning career and has been instrumental in guiding them on high growth trajectory.
Prior to joining Avendus, Sandeep worked with RBL Bank for four years as head of Commercial Banking. He was responsible for advising mid-market businesses to raise equity capital. Additionally, he was also responsible for setting up the investment banking business for the Bank. Prior to RBL, he worked with Religare as Managing Director for its investment banking business.
Before Religare, he has spent 10 years with Citibank’s commercial banking business where he was a part of the initial team that was set up to build the business. He successfully built the bank’s North India franchise and subsequently spearheaded the mid-market and SME businesses. Additionally, he has also worked with Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation’s corporate banking team and has spent 4 years with the project finance and asset reconstruction team of Industrial Finance Corporation of India, where he started his career.
Sandeep has a successful track record of building highly profitable and sustainable businesses. He is widely acknowledged by clients for his superior understanding on making businesses profitable and building long term credible relationships with high quality promoters and business owners.
Sandeep Menon, Founder, Managing Director & CEO, Vastu Housing Finance
Sandeep Menon is the Founder Managing Director and CEO at Vastu (post change of ownership and control) He is a senior banker with over 20 years of Diverse experience in General Management, Business Strategy and Risk Management with various country level business leadership roles across Consumer Lending, SME Lending, Home Loans, Personal Loans and Commercial Finance across leading Foreign Banks and Financial Institutions such as GE Capital, Standard Chartered Bank and Barclays Bank Plc.
He has built large lending business across Secured and UnSecured Lending. Sandeep was part of the founding team at Barclays Bank PLC in India as the Director and Head of Retail Assets and Banking Strategy.
Ganesh Rengaswamy, Co founding partner, Quona Capital
Anil Mehta, Managing Director & CEO, Indiashelter
Mr. Mehta has over three decades of experience in Mortgage, Banking and Insurance space. He's the Managing Director and CEO of India Shelter Housing Finance Cor. Prior to setting ISFC, he had led consumer credit and business functions and helped build multiple new businesses.
He has worked with HDFC ltd, Bank of America, American Express, Max New York Life Insurance Co. Mr Mehta is an MBA from SP Institute of Management & Research and a graduate in Economics.
Prashanth Ranganathan, Founder & CEO, PaySense
Prashanth is the founder and CEO of PaySense - a leading digital lending startup based out of Mumbai India. Prashanth is a serial entrepreneur with a track record of building mobile tech companies. Prior to founding PaySense, Prashanth spent 4 years at PayPal where he held the position of head of Product for Asia Pacific. Prashanth joined PayPal in 2011 with the successful acquisition of Truvie Security, a mobile payment security startup. Prashanth has spent over 7 years working on various consumer mobile and security solutions resulting in two successful acquisitions.
Prashanth holds a bachelors degree from the University of New South Wales in Engineering and a Masters in Bioinformatics from Stanford University.
Asish Mohapatra, Co founder & CEO, OfBusiness
Asish Mohapatra is the founder CEO of OfBusiness, a SME focused financing company that provides fulfillment of bulk raw materials on the back of credit. OfBusiness is present in over 10 states and is powered by its in house technology for origination and fulfillment.
Prior to being an entrepreneur, he was a venture capitalist with Matrix Partners India and led the healthcare investments of the firm (Cloudnine, Centre for Sight, Mewar, etc.). Earlier, he was an Engagement Manager in Mckinsey & Co’s India practice, serving several pharmacos and healthcare organizations in marketing and manufacturing. Prior to Mckinsey, he was an Operations Manager in ITC Limited. He is an MBA from the Indian School of Business and graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur.
Smita Aggarwal, Director - Investments, Omidyar Network
Smita leads strategy and investments for Omidyar Network’s Financial Services initiative in India. In her current role she looks at equity investments in technology led innovative start-ups in financial services sector and works closely with visionary entrepreneurs in supporting their ideas to create opportunities for people to improve their lives. Smita plays an active Board and governance role across portfolio companies.
Smita has over 25 years of experience in banking and finance. Before joining Omidyar Network, Smita served as senior program director at CAFRAL, a global think tank promoted by the Reserve Bank of India, where she led the industry and policy dialogues on strategy, risk management, digital banking, financial inclusion, and governance for bank CEOs and directors. Prior to her time at CAFRAL, Smita was business head, Gramshakti at Fullerton India Credit Company, a Temasek subsidiary, where she set up a business model to offer loans and other third party products to rural customers.
She began her career with ICICI Bank, where she held various leadership positions including head of rural and agricultural insurance business, head of strategy, head of e-channels, head of CRM, and head of international resources. She was instrumental in introducing innovative products and channels to improve convenience and access for customers. Smita has also taught microfinance courses as a visiting faculty member at NMIMS School of Business Management.
Smita volunteers with the Indian Cancer Society and spearheads one of the largest pan-India projects for providing financial grants for treatment of poor cancer patients. She was also instrumental in conceptualizing and launching the first debt mutual fund for supporting cancer cures.
A Chartered Accountant, Smita graduated from Sydenham College in Mumbai and attended executive programs at Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management.
Ashwini Hooda, Deputy MD, Indiabulls Housing Finance
Mr. Ashwini Kumar Hooda is the Deputy Managing Director at Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd. He has more than 16 years of experience in Retail Mortgage Finance and Corporate Lending. Prior to joining Indiabulls, Mr. Hooda was with HDFC Ltd. for over 10 years.
Mr. Hooda is a Mechanical Engineer from Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee and a Master in Management Studies from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He has also completed his advanced Studies in International Housing Finance from Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Furthermore he has over 11 years of academic experience and was a Visiting Professor of Finance at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Mr. Hooda is extremely passionate about fitness. A short distance runner often completing distances of 5 kms in less than 20 minutes. He is also a national level footballer and a yoga enthusiast.
Ashwin Ramanthan, Partner, AZB & Partners
Ashwin Ramanthan is a partner at AZB & Partners, Mumbai. He graduated with a B.A. LLB. (Hons.) degree from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore in 2000. He is registered as an advocate with the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa.
Ashwin began his career with ICICI Limited (the development finance institution that later merged into ICICI Bank) and joined AZB & Partners in 2004. He has been a partner at the Firm since 2007.
Although Ashwin’s initial focus at the Firm was on banking and structured finance, his practice areas now include mergers and acquisitions, the distressed debt markets, fintech and private equity transactions. Ashwin is also active in the derivatives and aviation finance space.
In recent times, he has advised Fairfax in its acquisition of Thomas Cook in India, The Royal Bank of Scotland in its sale of its mortgage and credit card businesses to Ratnakar Bank and ING Vysya Bank in relation to its proposed merger with Kotak Mahindra Bank, besides acting on a number of private equity growth investments in both publicly listed and privately held companies. He is also a part of the regulatory advisory practice at the Firm and regularly advises clients on banking and securities laws and regulations.
Ashwin has been recognized as a leading individual by Asia Pacific Legal 500 for Banking & Finance since 2012, by Chambers & Partners for Aviation since 2013 and Banking & Finance since 2014 and by Who’s Who Legal for Mergers & Acquisitions since 2013.