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. SOMNATH SENGUPTA
Mr. Somnath Sengupta joined the State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur in December, 1976 as a Probationary Officer, and worked in various roles over the next 19 years. In January 1996, he joined UTI Bank (which became Axis Bank in 2007) as Head of Treasury Operations. In 2003 he became the Head of Finance & Accounts, and then CFO of the Bank, thereafter. At the time of his retirement from the Axis Bank in September 2014, he was Executive Director, Corporate Centre, heading the Finance, Risk, Operations, IT, Law, Compliance, Inspection and Investor Relations functions.
Mr. Sengupta was a whole-time Director on the Board of the Axis Bank, a Nominee Director on the Board of Axis UK (the Bank's subsidiary in London) and a member of the Axis Foundation (the Bank's CSR arm) Board. After working as a banker for nearly 38 years, he is now actively involved in the social sector in Kolkata.
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. ARUP KUMAR
Mr. Arup Kumar, is a B.Tech. (Hons.) in Electrical Engineering having 27 years industry experience, including 23 years in SIDBI, a principal Development Finance Institution for MSME sector in the country. The diversified experience of Mr. Kumar includes his experience in debt and equity investments to MSME sector, policy formation, product development and process layout with the help of IT in SIDBI.
Mr. Kumar is presently working as General Manager with SIDBI at their Lucknow office, and having field level working experience in Northern, Eastern, Western and Central regions of the organization along with his senior level policy making experience in Credit, Risk Management and Asset Recovery Department of SIDBI. Before joining SIDBI, Mr. Kumar has worked with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. in the Marketing Division.
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.