Great minds to achieve great things
DR. V. S. SAMPATH
Dr. V. S. Sampath is a 1973 Batch IAS Officer retired from the prestigious post of Chief Election Commissioner of India, and has held several important postings in Central Government, including a stint in the Union Ministry of Rural Development. As Chief Election Commissioner, Dr. Sampath pioneered several reforms in poll management, the primary among them being expenditure monitoring, setting up of flying squads and surveillance teams.
Dr. Sampath had also been appointed as Director General, National Institute of Rural Development. Subsequently, he held the post of Secretary, Chemicals and Petrochemicals, where he was pivotal in conceptualizing and implementing the Petroleum, Chemicals and Petro chemicals Investment Regions (PCPIR) policy, to help the growth of the Petrochemical sector in India, by facilitating massive investments in the identified regions.
Dr. Sampath has also served as Secretary, in the Central Power Ministry, where he was instrumental in implementing several forward-thinking policies, which aided the sector. Among them was Restructured- Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (R-APDRP), a mega-package for the renovation and modernization of Indian power utilities, to help them improve their performance.
MR. KAJAL GHOSE
Mr. Kajal Ghose is a career banker, with more than 38 years of banking experience with SBI. He has rich experience in State Bank of India and retired as the CGM. During his career, he had varied experience, including heading retail operations at Branches. He has also handled key positions in Planning assignments, Inventory Management, Information Technology.
During the last decade of his career, he managed ATM Operations of the Bank and also worked in the Rural Business Group. During his career, he has looked after the Debit and Prepaid Cards and Mobile Banking Services division also. He headed Lucknow and Delhi Zone of State Bank of India.
Mr. Ghose also led the Business Intelligence Department of SBI in addition to running the Country's biggest Banking Data Warehouse.
MR. TANTRA NARAYAN THAKUR
Mr. Tantra Narayan Thakur has over 39 years of extensive experience, in Treasury Management, Financial Management (including Resource Mobilization, Investment decisions and Appraisal of Projects Financing), Accounts, Cash Management, Budgeting and Budgetary Control, Human Resource Management etc.
He worked for seven years in the offices of the Accountant General of three states in India, for four years in the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, for three years as Dy. Secretary/Director in the Government of India, for one year as Secretary to Chief Minister of a major State, for five years as Principal Director of Audit under the Comptroller & Auditor General of India, for over five years as Director (Finance) in Power Finance Corporation of India Ltd. and for twelve years as CMD, Power Trading Corporation (PTC) India Ltd. He was earlier deputed to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) at Geneva, for performance audit of that organization, on behalf of the United Nations Board of Auditors. He was a member of the Prime Minister's Task Force on Socio-Economic Development of Jammu & Kashmir, headed by Dr. C. Rangarajan.
MS. ANITA RAMACHANDRAN
Ms. Anita Ramachandran heads Cerebrus Consultants, and has about 35 years of consulting experience in Corporate Strategy and Human Resource Consulting. She is an alumni of Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai and began her career with AF Ferguson & Co, where she spent 19 years in the area of management consulting.
Ms. Ramachandran had set up Cerebrus Consultants in 1995 with a passion of making a difference in the HR environment, and making a significant impact with focus on diversity and women's relevance in the workplace. Ms. Ramachandran is an expert in the rewards area in the country and has worked with a large number of multinationals and major Indian companies across a wide range of sectors.
MR. GOVIND SINGH
He has an overall experience of more than 3 decades in Banking and Finance Sector with a wide range of experience at all levels of banking and finance. He is the promoter of Utkarsh Micro Finance Limited and is the Managing Director & CEO of Utkarsh Small Finance Bank. Prior to setting up Utkarsh, he was with ICICI Bank Ltd. in Rural, Micro & Agri-Business Group as the Business Head for Micro Banking. He also worked in the Retail Liabilities Group with ICICI Bank. Earlier to that, he had worked with UTI Bank Ltd. (Axis Bank), wherein he was responsible for budgeting and control, new products development & launching the Cash Management Services for the Bank. He also served as a member of the RBI Working Committee group to review the Business Correspondent (BC) Model in India and to examine the ways to improve the model.
Mr. Prakash Kumar
Mr. Prakash Kumar is the Chief General Manager at SIDBI. He had been the in-charge of the SIDBI Foundation for Microcredit (SFMC) as also led the prestigious Poorest State Inclusive Growth (PSIG) Project being implemented by SIDBI with support from DFID, UK. He has more than 24 years of experience in SIDBI, in areas such as Microfinance, SME Financing, NPA Management, Business Process Re-engineering etc. Prior to joining SIDBI, he worked for two years at Biotech Consortium India Limited, a company promoted by DBT, GOI and All India Financial Institutions. He has attended several training programmes / Conferences / Seminars both in India & abroad concerning MSME financing & development related areas. He is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi and postgraduate in Financial Management from the NMIMS, Mumbai.
Mr. PH Ravi Kumar
Mr. PH Ravi kumar is a seasoned Banker having 47 years of Financial Sector Professional experience with exposure at Top/Senior Management Levels which included 33 years of Banking experience at Bank of India (22 years) and ICICI Bank (11 years) and has been the founding MD & CEO of NCDEX Ltd, the premier futures commodity exchange of India with focus on agro commodities. Mr. Ravi kumar holds Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce, Certified Associate of London Institute of Bankers, Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers, Fellow of Securities Investments Institute, London ((honorary) and Senior Diploma in French. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI) U.K. (the first non-European to be a Director on this Board).