Mr. Rajiv Agarwal, B. Sc. in Physics, followed by 2 years course in Materials Science in Cranfield Institute of Technology in the UK.
Mr. Agarwal has around 38 years of experience in ‘Small Scale Industries’ segment.
Mr. Agarwal had started his career in the family business at JG Vacuum Flasks Pvt Ltd. manufacturers of thermos flasks and vacuum refills, with significant exports to Europe.
During his career, Mr Agarwal has been a promotor in several small-scale ventures, primarily manufacturing concerns.
Mr Agarwal is presently working as a Director in Rightsource Technologies Pvt. Ltd. and Autopress India Pvt Ltd. He is also a partner in Sensory Solutions.
Rightsource Technologies Pvt Ltd is a Consulting Company working as a local strategic buying office for large international company manufacturing home and kitchen appliances and cookware.
Sensory Solutions is a firm in partnership with his sons. The activity is to conduct training programs with corporate as well as individual customers.
Autopress India Pvt. Ltd., a manufacturing company making high end cookware. Autopress was one of the first companies to bring the Indian market “Triply” cookware “made in India” under the brand name of STAHL. This brand, in a short period of 5 years, has pan India presence. STAHL is there in about 1400 top retail counters across India. STAHL has also brought to the market the first Triply Pressure Cooker to the market in India.
Mrs. Chitale was the Senior Finance Manager at SICOM before she set up her own professional practice as a Chartered Accountant. At SICOM, she handled various functions including Project Assessment/Appraisal and Accounts. She managed the legal and the company’s Secretarial functions and operations of the newly set up State Government Corporation MOPEC while on deputation from SICOM during 1982-83. She also handled the overseas project assignment in Baghdad in 1982. In her practice for nearly 20 years, her main functional areas include Internal and Management Audits of corporates and specialised/concurrent audits of commercial banks and financial institutions. Mrs. Chitale has had extensive Internal Audit exposure as Associate Director of M/s M. P. Chitale & Co., a leading accounting firm in India associated with big corporate names in infrastructure/construction and in banking industries. She has contributed articles and given talks on professional topics at seminars and conferences.
Mr. Romesh Sobti is a career banker with 43 years of experience in all 3 sectors of banking - public, foreign and private. He took over as Managing Director & CEO of IndusInd Bank Ltd. during the financial year 2007-08. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Sobti was the Executive Vice President – Country Executive, India and Head, UAE and Sub-Continent, at ABN AMRO Bank N.V. He joined ABN AMRO Bank N.V. in November 1990 and over a 17 year period, was CEO for 12 years. In his banking career, Mr Sobti has been associated with ANZ Grindlays Bank plc (now Standard Chartered Bank) and State Bank of India in the past. He holds a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Electrical Engineering and has also done a Diploma in Corporate Laws and Secretarial Practice.
Mr. Shanker Annaswamy holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree (B.E), in Electronics and Communications from Madras University and a Diploma in Business Management Education from AIMA, New Delhi. Mr. Shanker Annaswamy was the Managing Director of IBM India Private Limited from July 2004 to December 2012. He had also served as President and Chief Executive Officer for GE Medical Systems, South Asia and before that Managing Director of Wipro-GE Medical Systems. He was a member of NASSCOM’s Executive Council from 2004 to 2008 and Chairman of the CII National Committee of IP owners. He was also on the National Executive Committee of FICCI. In 2009, he was nominated to the Prime Minister's Advisory Group on Science and Technology. In 2009, Business Week listed him as among India’s 50 Most Powerful People. In October 2011, he was conferred the Best CEO – Multinational Company Award as part of Forbes India Leadership Awards 2011 for Transformational Leadership.
Dr. T. T. Ram Mohan, Professor of Finance & Economics at IIM Ahmedabad, graduated from IIT Bombay and IIM Calcutta and obtained his doctorate from Stern School of Business, New York University.
Prof Ram Mohan worked in consultancy and in the financial sector before entering academics. He has been Divisional Manager, Tata Economic Consultancy Services, Head of Strategy, Standard Chartered Bank, India, Vice President Bear Stearns, Hong Kong, and Head of Research, Birla Marlin Securities. For over 15 years, he wrote a fortnightly column for The Economic Times.
Prof Ram Mohan’s research interests include banking sector reforms, privatisation and corporate governance. He was Visiting Faculty at Stern School of Business, NYU in 2001. He has served on numerous committees of RBI and has been member of the Primary Markets Advisory Committee of SEBI. He has also been on the board of directors of several companies, including many in the financial sector: Brics Securities, IndusInd Bank, Rural Electrification Corporation, SBI Pension Fund and SBICaps Securities.
Prof Ram Mohan is also Advisor to Acacia Partners, a New York-based Asset Management Company, and advises them on a range of matters, including macroeconomic conditions in India, Policy and Regulatory issues impacting the financial sector, and the competitive position of various firms in the financial sector.
He has authored six books and numerous papers. His most recent title, Rethinc: What’s broke at today’s corporations and how to fix it, published by Penguin Random House, was judged the co-winner of the Best Business Book of the Year award at the Tata Literary Festival in November, 2015.
Mrs. Akila Krishnakumar holds a Masters degree in Management Studies. She was President – Global Technology and Country Head until February 2013 at SunGard – a Fortune 500 Company and a global leader in Financial Services Software.
During her career spanning 30 years, she has led Technology-driven companies which were building enterprise-scale solutions across the world.
Mrs. Akila Krishnakumar’s focus has been on operational excellence, talent engagement and customer relevance, which repeatedly has delivered robust returns for the many businesses she managed.
She had been on the Board of State Bank of Mysore from June 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.
Mr. Arun Tiwari (M. Sc in Chemistry), has over 38 years of professional experience in Banking and Financial Market Operations.
He had been Chairman & Managing Director of Union Bank of India from December 2013 to June 2017.
Prior to that, Mr. Tiwari was Executive Director of Allahabad Bank from June 2012 to December 2013.
He was also General Manager of Bank of Baroda from January 1979 to June 2012.
He has also held the position of Deputy Chairman of Indian Bank’s Association, and has been Member of Governing Council of Indian Institute of Banking and Finance.
Mr. Tiwari is currently a Member of the Governing Council, Bankers’ Institute of Rural Development.
Mr. Seshasayee, a Chartered Accountant, had been Non-Executive Vice Chairman of Ashok Leyland Ltd., since 2011, after having been the Managing Director for 13 years. He had been a Member of the Board of ICICI Bank Ltd. from May 6, 1997 to October 31, 2003. Mr. Seshasayee has also been President of the Confederation of Indian Industry and of the President of the Society of Indian Automobile Industries. Mr. Seshasayee has been Non-executive, Part-time Chairman of IndusInd Bank Ltd. since July 24, 2007.
Mr. Siraj Chaudhry held the position of Chairman earlier, and is presently Advisor to Cargill India. His association with Cargill spanned nearly 24 years, and included handling the leadership role in India, as well as a global Commodity Trading role in Geneva.
Under his leadership since 2007, Cargill India successfully built both consumer FMCG businesses in India, and institutional businesses, backed by world-class manufacturing facilities, and a robust distribution network for a wide brand portfolio. Cargill has built a significant share of the packaged oils market in the country, through organic growth and acquisitions and leadership, expanded its footprint in India in spaces of Corn Wet milling and Green Transformer fuels.
Mr. Chaudhry has served on the Board of Tata Global Beverages Ltd. and Tata Coffee Ltd. as an Independent Director. He has been a member of the Audit Committee, the Risk Management Committee and the NRC of the Board.
Mr. Chaudhry holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) and is a graduate of SRCC, University of Delhi. He has been the past Chair of the National Committee on Food Processing at FICCI and the National Alliance for Edible Oil Fortification, a joint initiative by CII and GAIN to address malnutrition through food fortification. He is a thought leader in the space of Agriculture and Food and is consulted by Central and State Governments.
Mr. Chaudhry is actively involved with several non-Governmental organizations, and provides leadership to a few including India Food Banking Network, United Way of Delhi and Enactus India.