“Gaurav Malhotra works for the CDC Group – the UK government’s Development Finance Institution. He is responsible for advising and supporting CDC on their investments in Financial Institutions in South Asia. His role has largely been in management consulting and advisory for financial institutions in India. Gaurav has a wide range of consulting experience, working for several financial institutions during his 10 years with The Boston Consulting Group in India and Europe. He has also worked for a year as the head of the strategy for an Indian family business. Gaurav has experience in several topics including growth strategy, consumer behaviour, distribution networks, operations and IT, for multiple types of financial institutions, particularly in Microfinance.
Gaurav holds a degree in Engineering from Delhi University and an MBA from IIM Bangalore.”
“Shiv Chaudhary is a Managing Director at NVP India where he serves as an advisor on growth equity investments in Indian companies across a wide range of sectors including consumer, healthcare, technology, business services and financials.
NVP India investments that Shiv has been involved with include Esskay Finance, Thyrocare, Snowman Logistics, Pepperfry, RBL Bank and Indusind Bank. Prior to re-joining NVP in 2019, Shiv spent a year with Edelweiss’ Private Equity Business. Prior to this, Shiv was with NVP for 9 years.
Shiv began his career with Morgan Stanley’s Investment Banking Division where he worked in New York, London and Mumbai over a 3 year period. Shiv holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Oberlin College.”
“Nishant Sharma is a Co-Founder & Partner of Kedaara Capital, a private equity investment fund focused on India. The firm’s investors include endowments, private and public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and global family offices. Kedaara Capital partners with entrepreneurs and management teams to build enduring value in growth-oriented businesses and support them to achieve higher levels of performance. Kedaara also actively engages with family owned businesses to identify and create carve out plays, which with a focused approach can create a win-win. It offers solution-oriented capital combining deep strategic & operational expertise in focused sectors, consultative approach and global connectivity to deliver superior returns. The firm has a strategic partnership with Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, an operationally oriented global private equity firm.
Nishant has over 13 years of investment experience, encompassing the full lifecycle of private equity in India across a variety of industries and across private and public markets. He has driven investments, managed the portfolio and successfully divested investments over this period.
Before co-founding Kedaara, Nishant served as a Principal and one of the core members of the India investment team at General Atlantic (“GA”), a leading growth oriented private equity firm with over $17bn under management. He co-led GA’s investments across financial services, healthcare, business services & technology including investments in IndusInd Bank, Jubilant Lifesciences, IBS Software among others. Prior to GA, Nishant worked with McKinsey & Company focused on clients across the information technology services, financial services, healthcare and government sectors. In addition, he worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in setting up the largest HIV/AIDS prevention program in India.
Nishant has been profiled as one of India’s hottest business leaders by Economic Times under the 40 under forty awards. Nishant served on the Board of Au Financiers (now Au SFB) and currently serves on the Boards of Aavas Financiers, Vijaya Diagnostics, Vishal Mega Mart, Ami Life Sciences and Veritas Finance. Nishant received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a Dual Degree (B.Tech. and M.Tech.) in Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.”
D Arulmany is the Managing Director &CEO of Veritas Finance.Arul has more than two decades of experience most of which is in the financial services industry. He has been part of Cholamandalam DBS and has been credited with many new initiatives and has driven the company’s foray into Light Commercial Vehicles, Three Wheeler Finance among other things. He also initiated the Captive DSA model and the Franchisee Model which helped the business expand to smaller towns and reach out to more than 300 locations.He was also a part of the Strategic Innovation forum at the the Murugappa Group and he was considered by the group as a successful mentor of the Management Trainees.
Before starting Veritas Finance, Arul was associated with Aptus Value Housing Finance as President & CEO since inception. Arul joined Aptus when it was merely an idea and leading from the front, he was an integral part of building the organization, to become a formidable player in the affordable housing finance segment.He has been invited to be in the Selection Board of TAPMI and visits Major business schools regularly for lecturing the Management Graduates.
Arul has done his Post Graduate Programme in Rural Management from (PGDRM) IRMA with graduation in Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), Madurai Kamaraj University. He has also done his GMP from University of Michigan.
Abhijit Sen served in Citi India as Chief Financial Officer – India Subcontinent for over 18 years. On retirement from Citi, Mr.Sen is associated with E&Y from August 3, 2015, as an External Advisor, for their activities in the Banking and Financial Services Sector. He currently serves on several Boards including IDFC Bank, Iindiafirst Life Insurance, Kalyani Forge Ltd, Trent Ltd. and Ujjivan Micro-Finance Ltd. and chairs the Audit Committees of IDFC Bank, Kalyani Forge & Trent Ltd in addition to participating on several other Board Committees.
In the past, he has served on the Board of National Securities Depository Ltd and has also been an External Advisor to General Atlantic. As Chief Financial Officer, India Subcontinent – Citi, he was responsible for the Finance function in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka for the entire Citi franchise including Controllership, Corporate Treasury, Financial Planning, Product Control and Tax.
M Sivaraman former Managing Director of GIC Housing Finance Ltd, is a veteran in the financial services and has more than three decades of experience and has experience spreading across Corporate Finance, Accounting and Secretarial. He has handled senior management and leadership positions in insurance and housing finance and has rich experience in every facet of the financial services business. He has spearheaded various functions including, secretarial, business generation, marketing, recovery, claims, reinsurance and bank assurance while at United Insurance.
As a Company Secretary at United India Insurance he has handled several critical situations during the various board meeting and several AGMs. During His tenure as Managing Director at GIC housing Finance Ltd during 2007-2012, he improved the company’s loan portfolio and reduced the non performing asset to zero and improved the efficiency of the organization across all functions. He also identified fresh fund raising opportunities and reduced the cost of borrowing significantly. Mr Sivaraman is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) and a Company Secretary (ACS) by profession. He is also a FIII (Fellow Member of the Federation of Insurance Institutes in India)
N MohanRaj former Director & Chief Executive Officer of LIC Nomura Mutual Fund and Executive Director of Life Insurance Corporation, is a seasoned professional with rich experience spanning over three decades in financial services cutting across insurance, mutual fund, investment. As Executive Director (Investment & Operations) he was responsible for and in charge of deployment of over Rs 2,00,000 crore per year in debt and equity markets. During his tenure at LIC, Mr.N.Mohanraj has worked across the length and breadth of the country handling operations of branches and divisions of all the Zones and handled all functions including Administration, Audit & Inspection, Marketing, Training.
He was a member of the High Powered Expert Committee, appointed by Ministry of Finance, Govt of India, on making Mumbai, an International & Financial Services Centre. As a Nominee of LIC, he served on Boards of many companies including Punjab Tractors Ltd, HEG, Larsen & Toubro, Grasim Industries Ltd and Venture Funds like UTI VF, India Value Fund and IDFC Fund. A passionate speaker, he has been the visiting faculty at FMS (Delhi), NIA (Pune). Mr.Mohan Raj holds a Masters in Economics from Loyola, Chennai.
Venkatesh Natarajan is the Managing Partner of Lok Advisory Services. He has been involved in microfinance and impact investing for 10+ years. He serves as a director on the boards of many financial services companies including Ujjivan Microfinance, Suryoday Microfinance, Equitas Finance. Prior to Lok, he spent 12+ years with Intel with experience spanning manufacturing, marketing and early stage venture investing.Venky holds an MBA from Cornell University and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State in Tempe.
Mr. Hemant Kaul has over 23 years of experience in the financial services sector in India, and has particularly focused on building out retail networks. He has been the CEO of Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Co Ltd from December 2009 to April 2012. He has previously served as president of Retail Banking at AXIS Bank Limited, where he oversaw the setup and expansion of its retail operationsHe has also been the chairman of TCI Finance Limited since January 2015, and Non-Executive Chairman of Transcorp International Limited since April 2017. He was also an Independent Director of Ashiana Housing Limited since May 30, 2013 He hold BSc degree from University of Rajasthan; and holds an MBA degree from Poddar Institute of Management, Jaipur.
Priyamvada has over 12 years of experience across investing, investment & commercial banking. She has evaluated many deals across the NBFC and housing finance space. Prior to Lok Capital, she has worked with Veda Corporate Advisors, a boutique investment bank, for 6 years, advising companies across sectors on private equity and M&A transactions. A gold medallist, Priyamvada completed her Bachelors in Commerce from Stella Maris College. She holds an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.