2016 India-US Symposium: Bios

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Mark Austen
CEO, Asia Securities Industry & Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA)

Mark Austen is the Chief Executive Officer of ASIFMA. Since joining ASIFMA in 2012, he has led the expansion of the association to encompass Equities, Compliance, Post-Trade and Asset Management in addition to its original division for Fixed Income, and its membership has grown to over 80 firms. Mark’s key objectives at ASIFMA are to expand its product divisions, continue to build a broad membership base and further strengthen its ability to act as a collective voice for the industry. Mark was formerly with the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME) as Chief Operating Officer. He joined AFME (then called The Bond Market Association or TBMA) in 2005 to head up the European Primary Dealers Association (EPDA), which addressed issues of specific interest to government bond markets. He is an active member of the board of the Global Financial Markets Association (GFMA) where he represents the Asian perspective on global regulatory issues. Mark holds an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and an LL.B. from Osgoode Law School in Toronto.

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Steven Chan
Vice President, Head of Regulatory, Industry and Government Affairs, Asia-Pacific

Steven Xavier Chan is a vice president and head of regulatory, industry and government affairs for State Street’s businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. Based in Hong Kong, he manages responses to regulatory changes in the financial services industry for State Street, and leads government advocacy and outreach efforts in the region. Mr. Chan has more than 15 years of combined government and industry experience in international trade and public policy. Prior to joining State Street in March 2014, he served as Director of Government Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility for the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai where he led government relations strategy, advocacy and outreach for nearly 4,000 corporate members on regulatory issues affecting key sectors. He also previously held various positions in the US government as a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State with overseas and domestic assignments in Mexico, China and Washington D.C.; and as Deputy Director for China and Mongolia Affairs with the Department of Commerce. He also worked at Booz Allen Hamilton and Deloitte Consulting supporting large scale change management and enterprise transformation projects for the US homeland security and defense departments and the US Transportation Security Administration in Washington D.C. Mr. Chan earned a Master of Arts in International Economics and China Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Economics from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Ripujit Chaudhuri
General Manager, ICICI Bank, Ltd.

Mr. Chaudhuri received his Mechanical Engineering degree in 1990 from the National Institute of Technology, Durgapur and a Masters in Management Studies with a concentration in Finance from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies in Mumbai. After that, he worked with an investment bank in the areas of project appraisals, advisory and syndication and thereafter with an international energy, commodity and services company in the area of project structuring. Mr. Chaudhuri joined ICICI Bank in 2001 and has been a part of the Risk Management Group Bank since then. He began at ICICI Bank as an analyst in the credit risk group and was soon promoted to lead a team involved in credit assessment of large corporate and infrastructure projects. In 2005 he was selected to set up the Market Risk Group in the Bank and has been heading this group since then. Over the last decade he has seen his role as the head of Market Risk for the Bank evolve significantly in line with the developments in the financial markets and in regulations. During this period his team has evolved from being primarily an analytics team engaged in valuation of financial instruments to a wide range of activities including formulation of market risk appetite, sizing of limit structures in alignment with risk appetite, developing risk management tools, designing stress tests and preparing the Bank for advanced approach of capital computation for market risk. His team is also involved in various aspects of risks management pertaining to asset liability management including liquidity risk and interest rate risk in the banking book. Since 2012, his role has expanded to encompass the risk management function associated with the Bank’s exposures to counterparty banks (domestic and global) as well as risks arising out of exposures to various countries.

Anil Choudhary
Partner, Finsec Law Advisors

Anil Choudhary is a Partner at Finsec Law Advisors, a financial sector law firm in Mumbai. With substantial experience in the areas of capital markets and securities law, Anil has worked for leading law firms in Delhi and Mumbai and has advised some of the largest corporate houses and investment banks in a variety of corporate and capital market transactions including many cross border listings. He practices securities and investment laws in both transactional and advisory capacity. Anil holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School and a B.A. LLB. (Hons.) degree from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad. At HLS, his primary focus was on securities and finance regulation. He is a dual qualified lawyer, admitted to practice law in both India and New York. He also co-authored India’s first book on laws relating to primary market offerings: Anil Choudhary and Rajneesh Deka, Securities Regulation: Primary Market Offerings in India (Wolters Kluwer CCH, 2015). He is interested in laws and policy relating to financial markets and can talk in lengths about cricket and politics.

Nick Collier
Head of EMEA Government Affairs, Thomson Reuters

Nick Collier joined Thomson Reuters on 1 March, 2011. He moved from Morgan Stanley, where he had been Head of EMEA Government Relations since June 2007. Nick previously held roles as the Head of Regulatory Policy at the International Capital Market Association, as the Director of International Risk, Compliance and Government Affairs at Instinet, and as the European head of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association. He started his career in the Bank of England, including a spell as the UK financial attaché to the EU. He holds a MSC in Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics and a BA from Oxford.

Andrew Cross
Deputy Treasurer, Asia and Pacific, International Finance Corporation (World Bank Group)

Andrew Cross is the Deputy Treasurer for Asia & Pacific at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector. Based in Singapore, he leads IFC’s treasury and debt capital market transactions across the Asia & Pacific region. Most recently, Mr. Cross was the Head of the Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and Caribbean teams responsible for the delivery of local currency products within IFC treasury. Mr. Cross joined IFC in January 2006 as a Principal Financial Officer and a member of the funding team. He was involved in the Corporation’s market borrowing operations, raising US$10 billion annually. In addition, Andrew was involved in the IFC program of emerging market local currency issuance. Prior to that, Mr. Cross was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch International from 1993 onwards initially based in London. He worked as a Director in Debt Capital Markets with responsibilities spanning Sovereign, Corporate and Financial Institution Clients in the Europe, Middle East and African regions. From 2000 to 2002, Mr. Cross was based in Johannesburg at Merrill Lynch International with responsibilities for Southern Africa Debt Capital markets. Andrew has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waikato, New Zealand and an MBA from the University of Cranfield, United Kingdom.

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Robert Dannhauser
Head, Global Capital Markets Policy, at CFA Institute

Robert W. Dannhauser, CFA is Head, Global Capital Markets Policy, at CFA Institute in New York City. Bob manages a global team of policy analysts responsible for regulatory consultations and outreach, as well as for developing thought leadership content related to the integrity of global capital markets. Bob is also responsible for advocacy communications functions, including serving as editor of the Market Integrity Insights blog and managing social media channels for CFA Institute advocacy work. He is a certified Financial Risk Manager and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst designations. He has a MBA from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a MPH in Health Policy from Rutgers University. Bob joined the CFA Institute staff in 2007 after serving in sales and client management roles for several institutional investment management firms.

Ajit Dayal
Founder, Quantum Asset Management

Ajit Dayal has over 25 years of experience in the investment management and financial services industry. In 1990 he founded Quantum Advisors Private Limited (Quantum Advisors); an India focused SEBI-registered Portfolio Manager and a SEC-registered Investment Advisor. Ajit has worked with leading US and UK investment management firms either as a key member of the executive management team or, through Quantum Advisors, as a joint venture partner. Between 1997 and 2003, Quantum had a partnership with Hansberger Global Investors and Ajit spent much of that time in Ft Lauderdale working with the late Tom Hansberger, the co-founder of Templeton, Galbraith, & Hansberger. Ajit is presently a Director of Quantum Advisors and its 100% subsidiary, Quantum Asset Management Company Private Limited. Ajit was voted best analyst for India by AsiaMoney in 1993 and 1994 and was also voted best analyst for India by Institutional Investor and nominated to All-Star Asian Team, 1994. Quantum and Ajit have started and supported 2 charity efforts: National Streets for Performing Arts – to get music and the Arts back in public spaces in urban India, and HelpYourNGO – a database that allows donors to better evaluate charities before making donations; HYNGO also provides the listed charities with tools and support to improve their efficiency and increase their capacity for doing more good. Ajit earned his B.A. in Economics from Bombay University in 1981 and an MBA from UNC at Chapel Hill in 1983.

Akash Deep
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government

Akash Deep is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy specializing in finance at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His expertise lies in public-private partnerships, infrastructure finance and valuation, financial risk management and derivatives, and the management and regulation of financial institutions, financial markets, and pension funds. He serves as faculty chair of the Infrastructure in a Market Economy and the International Finance Corporation executive programs, and has served as faculty chair of the Indian Administrative Service executive program at Harvard University. Professor Deep has provided advice on bank restructuring, infrastructure financing, capital markets reform and pension funds to various governments and private firms around the world, and his work has been cited in journals and publications such as the Financial Times and the Boston Globe. He has worked in the financial institutions and infrastructure section of the Bank for International Settlements, and served as consultant and expert for the World Bank, the United Nations, the International Finance Corporation, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, the US Federal Highway Administration, and the Latin-American Shadow Financial Regulatory Committee. He has also led executive programs at the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Inter-American Development Bank, National University of Singapore, Booz & Co, KPMG, and Goldman Sachs, amongst others. A Certified Financial Risk Manager by the Global Association of Risk Professionals, Akash Deep holds a PhD in economics and MA in operations research from Yale University, and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology.

Vikram Desai
Director, CPPIB India

Vikram serves as Principal Director for CPPIB India Advisors Pvt Ltd, the Indian advisor to the C$269BN Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) that invests the assets of the CPP Fund on behalf of over 18 million Canadian contributors and beneficiaries. Vikram joins CPPIB from VSG Capital Advisors, where he was responsible for launching the CPPIB Mumbai office, and has been integrally involved in CPPIB’s $1.2BN+ of commitments to the Indian market, including CPPIB’s investment into Kotak Mahindra Bank and L&T’s road subsidiary IDPL, the formation of the two real estate JV’s with Shapoorji Pallonji (commercial) and the Ajay Piramal Group (residential), and CPPIB’s various co-investments alongside its GP partners. Vikram has 15+ years of transactional and investment experience, serving as Managing Director/Member for the Sparta Group LLC, a Boston-based private investment office and in private equity at $2.1BN FFL Partners and M&A at the CSFB Technology Group where he worked on over $30BN of announced transactions. Vikram serves on the Executive Committee of the Indian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (IVCA).

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Donough Foley
Senior Vice President, Government and Public Affairs, Moody’s Asia Pacific Limited

Donough Foley is a Senior Vice President of Government & Public Affairs for Moody’s Investors Service in Asia Pacific. Donough has worked in Asia for the last 20 years. Prior to joining Moody’s, he was Head of Government & Regulatory Affairs for Qantas Airways. He has also worked as a Vice President of Government & Regulatory Affairs for Philips Electronics, and as a Vice President of Corporate Communications/Public Affairs & Branding at Lucent Technologies. Donough was also part of the team that helped build Burson-Marsteller’s business in China. Donough holds a BA in Economics and Politics from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

William Foster
Senior Advisor for International Financial Markets, U.S. Department of the Treasury

William Foster is the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Senior Advisor for International Financial Markets based in New York City. He serves as the Treasury Office of International Affairs’ first dedicated liaison to New York’s international financial and economic policy stakeholder community, including: financial market participants, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, representative offices of foreign central banks and sovereign wealth funds, academics and thought leaders. Mr. Foster joined Treasury’s Office of International Affairs in 2006 as an international economist in the International Banking and Securities Markets Office, where he covered Latin America. He subsequently served as desk economist for Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and then India. From August 2012 to March 2015, he served as the U.S. Financial Attaché to India at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, where he represented the U.S. Government as its primary economic expert and financial diplomat in India. Prior to joining Treasury, Mr. Foster worked for four years as a management consultant at Accenture. He holds a Master of International Affairs degree in International Financial and Economic Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and a BA from Wesleyan University. He is a member of The Economic Club of New York, an Industry Advisory Board Member for Columbia Business School’s India Business Initiative, and an Admissions Ambassador for SIPA.

Melissa Frakman
Advisor, Emerging Markets Institute, Cornell University

Melissa C. Frakman is a manager and investment strategist based in Washington, DC. She most recently served as Vice President, North America Operations and General Manager of Zomato, India’s most global consumer tech company with a presence in 23 countries, backed by Sequoia and Temasek. In her role at Zomato, which acquired Urbanspoon and NexTable in 2015, Frakman was responsible for setting up and managing operations for the startup including the U.S. enterprise sales, marketing, product and payments partnerships, data/content, and business development teams. Prior to Zomato, Frakman was Director for Financial Services of the U.S.-India Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce where she advised Fortune 500 companies, investors, and startups on cross-border business development, regulatory relations, and market strategy. During her tenure at the Council, Frakman led a working group of the U.S. payments industry aimed at growing India’s FinTech ecosystem, advised a U.S. state pension plan’s $100 million initial investment in India, and initiated a partnership between 3 household-name consumer tech companies for a new mobile wallet solution now serving 1 million transactions daily. Frakman served as Advisor to the Emerging Markets Institute of Cornell University’s Graduate School of Management and as guest lecturer on India business issues at Harvard Business School, New York University, Georgetown University, Copenhagen Business School, the U.S. Foreign Policy Institute, and the National Venture Capital Association. She has been quoted on U.S.-India financial issues in the Financial Times, Washington Post, India’s The Economic Times, and Italy’s La Repubblica. Previously, she lived in New Delhi working with microfinance institutions attracting global private equity funding. Frakman was International Business Development Lead for Sabre Systems, a Virginia-based professional services firm, and a Powell Fellow of the Colin Powell Center in New York. She organized Goldman Sach’s delegation to the 2010 Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship and was selected for participation in a “next-generation global leaders” program by the Legatum Institute in London. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Frakman studied at Columbia University, City University of New York (summa cum laude and Ward Medal for top graduate in economics), and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A). She is a member of the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) Society of Washington and is proficient in Hindi, Urdu, Spanish and French.

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Piyush Garg
Executive Vice President & CIO, ICICI Securities Ltd.

Piyush Garg is a result oriented business enabler who believes in taking risks, bringing change and taking charge. An IIM Kolkata Alumnus and a rank holder on the Honor Roll of the Institute, Piyush has been with India’s largest financial conglomerate, ICICI group for the last 2 decades. During these 20 years, Piyush has worked in Debt Sales & Debt Syndication. He also started the Interest Swap Book at I-Sec, worked in Debt Trading & Equity Trading, and was responsible for setting up the Fixed Income trading Desk at ICICI Securities Inc.; New York, USA (wholly owned subsidiary & NASD registered broker-dealer). Piyush is an expert in financial markets and macroeconomics and regularly features on various business channels and contributes to various business magazines. He regularly guest lectures at various academic institutions and has given presentations and sat on panels at various forums in India & abroad. As EVP and CIO, he currently heads the Treasury Department of ICICI Securities Limited (I-Sec). The treasury department has a team of professionals who run various proprietary trading books in equities, debt and currencies, and is also responsible for the balance sheet management of the company on a daily basis. As a Chief Advisor and Strategist for the wealth management team, Piyush’s efforts have been recognized by his organization by awarding him the Master Exemplar Award recently. Having an international exposure through comprehensive on-job training course at JP Morgan, New York early on in his career and meeting various FII clients across the globe over last decade has helped him develop an insight on global scenario. Piyush loves to read and travel and sees both as opportunities to nurture his soul and heart.

William Grimes
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of International Relations, Boston University

William W. Grimes is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of International Relations at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, where he has taught since 1996. Professor Grimes is the author of Unmaking the Japanese Miracle: Macroeconomic Politics, 1985-2000 (Cornell University Press, 2001) and Currency and Contest in East Asia: The Great Power Politics of Financial Regionalism (Cornell University Press, 2008), as well as co-editor (with Ulrike Schaede) of Japan’s Managed Globalization: Adapting to the 21st Century (M.E. Sharpe, 2002). Currency and Contest in East Asia was awarded the 2010 Masayoshi Ohira Prize for outstanding book on the Pacific Basin and received an Honorable Mention in the competition for the Asia Society’s Bernard Schwartz Book Award in 2009. He has published articles, book chapters, monographs, and commentary on East Asian financial regionalism, the impacts of financial globalization in Japan, Japanese monetary policy making, US-Japan relations, and related topics. His current research focuses on the effects of the 2008-9 global financial crisis on regional cooperation as well as on competition among financial market centers in East Asia. Professor Grimes received his B.A. in East Asian Studies from Yale University, his M.P.A. in International Relations from the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs at Princeton University, and his Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Anjan Ghosh
Executive Vice President and Chief Ratings Officer, ICRA Limited

Mr. Anjan Deb Ghosh is Executive Vice President & Chief Rating Officer of ICRA Limited and member of the rating committee of the Company. He holds a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Mr. Ghosh has an aggregate work experience of 26 years out of which he has been associated with ICRA for over 21 years.

Rahul Gupta
Joint Group Chief Executive Officer, Ambit Group

Rahul Gupta is the Joint Group Chief Executive Officer of Ambit Group and has been with Ambit since 2011. Rahul’s career in financial services spans over 30 years, across all of the major Asian economies, and has a formidable reputation as an Asian financial services expert. Prior to returning to India, Rahul was a Member of the Board of Directors, Senior Managing Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Shinsei Bank, Japan. He was the first Indian ever to be appointed to the Board of Directors of a Japanese financial institution. In reporting his departure, The Wall Street Journal, Asia noted that, “without the initiative led by Mr. Gupta to buyback capital at distressed levels, Shinsei Bank could have lost an additional 95 billion yen (over USD 1 billion) in fiscal years 2008 and 2009.” Rahul has also served as the Managing Director and Group Financial Controller of DBS Bank, Singapore; Chief Controller – Asia at Deutsche Bank AG, Asia Pacific Head Office, Singapore and Chief Controller – India for Deutsche Bank AG, India. He has held senior positions at both, HSBC and Societe Generale, India.

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Jerry Hultin
Chairman, The Global Futures Group, LLC; President Emeritus, Polytechnic Institute of NYU

Jerry Hultin is an authority on innovation and its role in creating a more dynamic 21st century global economy. He is the Chairman of the Global Futures Group, LLC, a company organized to support technology’s role in improving the quality of life and inclusiveness of cities around the world. Mr. Hultin recently completed a fifteen years of academic leadership in New York City, including the creation of business incubators, student competitions, angel funding, media labs, design centers, and more. Working closely with Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Mr. Hultin’s creation of these business, academic, and government initiatives helped transform NYC into one the world’s leading high-tech economies. From 2013 to 2015, Mr. Hultin served as Senior Presidential Fellow for global innovation at New York University and from 2005 to 2013 as president of Polytechnic University / Institute (now NYU Tandon School of Engineering). From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Hultin was dean of the school of technology management at Stevens Institute of Technology. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Hultin was President Clinton’s Under Secretary of the Navy. In this role, he was Secretary of Defense Bill Cohen’s adviser on innovation and business transformation at the Pentagon. Mr. Hultin is currently an urban strategy adviser to the World Economic Forum (Davos) and UN Habitat, chair of the Global Advisory Board for the Smart Cities Expo World Congress in Barcelona, a science and technology expert on Malaysia’ Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council, and an adviser to current Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on innovation. Mr. Hultin is a graduate of Yale Law School, Ohio State University and Harvard University’s new presidents program.

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Nishant Idnani
Associate Director – Project and Export Finance, HSBC India

Nishant Idnani has c.9 years of project finance experience, with transactions in power and infrastructure sectors, ranging from advisory, lead arranging to equity roles. Prior to joining HSBC in 2010, Nishant started his career with ICICI Bank at Mumbai in their Project Finance team with a focus on transactions in the power sector. Key transactions include: Lead Arranger for one of the largest project finance bonds in the Indian road sector; Lead Arranger for high yield bond for Delhi International Airport Limited; Sole Structuring Bank and MLA for Korean ECA covered facilities to finance the telecom venture of Reliance Industries; Sole Structuring Bank and MLA for Ksure, Coface and ECGD covered facilities in support of Reliance Industries’ $6bn+ multi-ECA financing programme for its petchem projects; Financial adviser to Orient Green Power’s Beta Wind Farm for arranging NIB supported financing for 300MW of wind power generation capacity spread across multiple states and multiple technology platforms; Mandated Lead Arranger for 1,300 MW domestic coal-fired Jhajjar power plant sponsored by CLP (PFI India deal of the year 2010); Structuring financing for a portfolio of wind projects; Structuring Bank and Lead Arranger for Genting’s 92MW wind power generation project in India, the first wind power project financing transaction in India to secure ECA support on a project finance basis from EKF; Structuring bank and MLA for CLP Group’s 100MW wind farm in Rajasthan and 50MW wind farm in Gujarat, India; Advisory to an Australian client for contract coal mining in India; Advisory to an international institution for feasibility of offshore-listed feeder fund to raise institutional capital for Infrastructure Debt Funds. In his previous organization, Nishant has worked on various power sector transactions including coal, gas, and hydroelectric power projects as well as transmission lines. Nishant holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, India.

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Ryan Jachym
Executive Director, Global Policy and Advocacy, Government Relations, J.P. Morgan

Ryan Jachym is Executive Director for Global Policy and Advocacy for J.P. Morgan Chase. She plays a coordinating role for global government relations and public policy issues impacting JP Morgan’s wholesale business. Prior to joining JPMorgan, Ryan was a Senior Advisor for Chatham Financial, where she launched the firm’s European derivatives regulatory advisory practice in London, advising clients on both E.U. and U.S. derivatives regulations.   Previously, Ryan served in Washington D.C. as Professional Staff for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture, where she developed the Committee’s derivatives policy agenda and led oversight of the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission. She was also a Senior Director for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets where she ran the Chamber’s policy and advocacy campaigns on the derivatives and consumer protection titles during the passage of Dodd-Frank. Ryan also served as Legislative Director to a U.S. Representative from New York City, where she oversaw the Congressman’s policy agenda and advised him on financial services and healthcare issues. Ryan resides in Washington DC and has a Bachelor of Science degree in political science from Ohio University.

Pratibha Jain
Partner, Nishith Desai Associates

Ms. Pratibha Jain is a Partner and Head of the Delhi Office of Nishith Desai Associates. Ms. Jain also heads the Banking & Finance and Regulatory practice at Nishith Desai Associates. She was till recently the Vice President and Counsel for Goldman Sachs in India. She has earlier worked as an associate with Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP in their New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong offices and with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom, LLP in their Hong Kong office. Ms. Jain’s educational qualifications include B.A (Economics) Hons. and LL.B. degrees from the Delhi University, a Bachelor of Civil Law (B.C.L.) degree from the University of Oxford, where she was a St. Catherine’s College Bursary holder, and a LL.M. degree from the Harvard Law School, where she was a Samuel Morse Lane Fellow. Her areas of practice include banking and finance, mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and structured finance. She has also led several litigation and arbitrations for financial services and PE clients. She is admitted to the Bar of the State of New York in the USA and the Bar Council of Delhi in India. She has keen academic interests and her research article on “Multiculturalism and its Impact on Women’s Rights in India” was published in the Berkeley Journal of International Law.

Lionel C. Johnson
President, Pacific Pension & Investment Institute

Lionel C. Johnson became president of the Pacific Pension & Investment Institute in July 2014. His career spans more than three decades during which he has been a leader in international business, public policy, and economic development. He has served as senior vice president of the Initiative for Global Development, as vice president of Turkey, Middle East, and North Africa Affairs at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and as senior vice president of Public Affairs at Fleishman-Hillard. Previously, Johnson was vice president and director of International Government Affairs at Citigroup and deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury for International Development, Debt and Environment Policy in the Clinton Administration. He was also a senior advisor for Resources, Plans, and Policy to Secretary of State Warren Christopher, and a member of the Department of State Policy Planning Staff. As a member of the U.S. Foreign Service, Johnson drew assignments in the U.S. Embassies in Haiti, the Philippines and Kenya. He also served as special assistant to Secretaries of State George P. Shultz and James A. Baker III. Johnson was a senior program officer at the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs. He was a graduate instructor of U.S. foreign policy and American politics at the City University of Manila, Philippines, and received his B.A. in political science from Rutgers University in 1982. Johnson is a member of the Board of Trustees of the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California and the Board of Trustees of Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Project on Middle East Democracy in Washington, D.C. He has two children, Alicia and Christopher.

Dharmakirti Joshi
Chief Economist, CRISIL Limited

Mr. Dharmakirti Joshi is currently the Chief Economist at CRISIL limited. Joshi has spent 26 years in economic research and consultancy. His areas of interest are policy reforms, macroeconomics, monitoring the impact of macroeconomic domestic and external shocks on the economy. He spent 11 years at the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) before moving on to the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), New Delhi, and then CRISIL. At NCAER, Joshi worked on short and medium term macroeconomic forecasting using Computable General Equilibrium and econometric models, macroeconomic reforms and fiscal policy related issues. At CERC, he worked on regulatory, competition and tariff related issues in the Indian power sector. He was member of the Working Group of Savings for the 12th Five Year Plan. He is also a member of the industry monitoring group of Reserve Bank of India and often gets invited to pre-monetary policy to discuss the Macroeconomic issues, chaired by the Governor. He was the Chairman of Economic Affairs Committee of Bombay Chamber of Commerce and is currently member of Economic Policy Group of Confederation of Indian Industry and Indian Merchant Chamber. He regularly writes for leading newspapers and expresses his views on the economy in the electronic media. Joshi holds a Master’s degree in Economics. He has attended program on Macroeconomic Policy and Management at Harvard University and was a visiting scholar to Economic Research Unit of University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Mumbai with his wife Nina and daughter Ira.

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Brian Kelly
Managing Partner, Asian Century Quest Capital, LLC

Brian Kelly is founder and Managing Partner of Asian Century Quest Capital, LLC. ACQ is an alternative asset manager focused on publicly traded equities across Asian equity markets. ACQ’s portfolio has historically included extensive exposure in Japan as well as greater China, Korea, Taiwan and India. At its peak ACQ managed over $3.5bn in gross assets with offices in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Today ACQ manages internal capital and consults for alternative asset managers focused on Asia. Prior to founding ACQ in 2005, Brian was a partner with US hedge fund Maverick Capital focusing on Asian markets. Brian also spent 14 years with Morgan Stanley in Tokyo, London and New York working in international capital markets. Brian is a graduate of Harvard Business School (1993) and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (1985) with a certificate in Asian studies. Having lived in Japan for 10 years, Brian is fluent in written and spoken Japanese. Brian currently resides in New York City with wife and two teenage daughters.

Amod Khanorkar
General Manager, CARE Ratings

Amod works as Rating Head with India’s second largest credit rating agency, Credit Analysis and Research Ltd. (CARE Ratings). His areas of specialization are infrastructure and project finance ratings. He has been associated with CARE Ratings since 2011. Prior to his current stint he worked with CRISIL, an S&P company, for more than six years where he headed infrastructure ratings. Amod holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Nagpur and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar. He has over 21 years of experience in the field of credit rating, valuations and project appraisal in infrastructure sector.

William Knottenbelt
Senior Managing Director International, CME Group

William Knottenbelt, Senior Managing Director, International, joined CME Group in November 2011. He is responsible for developing customer relationships, core business growth and new business opportunities internationally. Prior to joining CME Group, Knottenbelt most recently served as Global Head of Futures for the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) where he built out the global reach and product offering of RBS futures. He also served as Global Head of Central Counterparty Clearing where he worked on developing the bank’s over-the-counter clearing solutions. Knottenbelt held a number of leadership roles at RBS and its affiliates during the past 25 years, including Global head of Futures, FX and Interest rate derivatives prime brokerage. He began his career trading commodities at C Czarnikow commodity trading house. He also served as an Executive board member at both the Futures Industry Association and the Futures Options Association.

Jinu Koola
Financial Attaché to India, U.S. Department of the Treasury

Jinu Koola is U.S. Treasury’s Financial Attaché to India. Prior to this posting, Jinu was Treasury’s India economist in Washington D.C. and Treasury’s World Bank desk. Before joining Treasury, Jinu was a research economist at the World Bank and at MIT’s Poverty Action Lab. She has also consulted for the Delhi government on the use of Aadhar in targeting benefit transfers, and with the Gates Foundation in South Asia. Jinu received her MA and BA from Harvard University.

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Dinh Lai
Vice President, International Government Relations, MetLife

Dinh M. Lai is Vice President of International Government Relations, Asia, at MetLife. In his role, he leads the U.S. support for MetLife’s government and industry relations for the company’s international business segments in the Asia-Pacific region. He represents MetLife’s interests before U.S. and foreign governments and manages relationships with international business and financial services organizations, as well as international trade and industry associations. Prior to joining MetLife, Dinh served as Director for International Business Relations for Cargill Incorporated. Based in Washington D.C., he supported Cargill’s Asia businesses with developing and implementing government relations, corporate social responsibility, and communications strategies to build the company’s brand, strengthen strategic business partnerships, and advance its investment and trade agenda in the Asia-Pacific region. Dinh previously held positions as Director for East Asian Security and Oceania Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House, and Southeast Asia Country Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) at the Pentagon. He joined the U.S. Government as a Presidential Management Fellow, appointed in OSD. He holds a master’s degree in defense and strategic studies from Missouri State University, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations from Claremont McKenna College.

David Loevinger
Managing Director, Emerging Markets Group, Trust Company of the West

David Loevinger is Managing Director in the Emerging Markets Group of Trust Company of the West. Prior to joining TCW in 2012, he was the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Senior Coordinator for China Affairs. While at Treasury, he also served as Minister Counselor for financial affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Latin America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Mr. Loevinger was previously an economist for the International Monetary Fund and also worked in the office of the IMF’s U.S. executive director. He started his career in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Senate Banking Committee, and the U.S. Commerce Department. He earned a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a BA in Government and Economics from Dartmouth College.

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Tom Miller
Chief Correspondent for Emerging Markets and Editor-at-Large, China Economic Quarterly – Gavekal Research & Gavekal Dragonomics

Tom is a senior analyst at Gavekal Research, where he writes about China and India, focusing on economic affairs and geopolitics. A former journalist, he has reported from a dozen countries in Asia and given talks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Chatham House and the World Bank. He has been quoted by the Financial Times, Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Reuters and Bloomberg, and appeared on the BBC, CNN and CNBC. From time to time, he reviews books for The Spectator. Tom was educated at Oxford and the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, and spent two years studying Chinese in Beijing. His first book, China’s Urban Billion: The Story Behind the Biggest Migration in Human History, was published in 2012 and he is working on a new book about China’s ambitions in Asia. After 14 years in China, Tom now lives in Oxford.

Farid Moslehi
Managing Director, KCG Asia

Farid Moslehi is KCG’s Head of Asia Pacific. He has wide experience in risk management and trading. Farid was Head of Asia for GETCO from 2012 until the company’s merger with Knight Capital Group to form KCG in July 2013. He joined GETCO in 2005 and has served in a variety of capacities, including Chief Risk Officer, trader and team leader in both data services and risk management. Before GETCO, Farid was an independent trader for 6 years. Prior to that, he was a fixed income derivatives trader with Bank One and First Chicago. Earlier in his career he held positions in technology, quantitative research and risk management at Lehman Brothers, CIBC and First Chicago. Farid has a B.S. and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.

Sushil Muhnot
Chairman and Managing Director, Bank of Maharashtra

Shri Sushil Muhnot is the Chairman and Managing Director of Bank of Maharashtra (a Nationalized Bank) at present. Prior to this he was Chairman and Managing Director of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) since April 2011. He also held the posts of the Executive Director of IDBI Bank Ltd and MD&CEO of IDBI Capital Market Services Ltd. In SIDBI he has guided SIDBI in promotion and financing of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in India, in adopting new business model and moving away from its conventional approach in financing the sector. His focus has been to fill the gaps in the MSME ecosystem by extending assistance in niche gap areas like energy efficiency / clean technology projects, service sector projects, mezzanine debt and receivables finance. Mr. Muhnot’s recent initiatives for MSMEs include setting up ‘Credit Advisory Centres’ and launch of ‘smallB.in’ website to fill the information gap and support new entrepreneurs. Mr. Muhnot, with over 32 years of experience in Banking and Industry, is a B. Tech, MBA, Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers and Masters in Ecology and Environment.

As the Head of SIDBI, Mr. Muhnot has overseen working of its associates, viz. SIDBI Venture Capital Ltd. (SVCL), India SME Asset Reconstruction Company (ISARC) and Credit Guarantee Fund Trust for Micro and Small Enterprises (CGTMSE). At Bank of Maharashtra, Mr. Muhnot has changed the business culture in tune with the profitability of the Bank. His business strategies have changed the focus of the Bank which is now towards the bottom-line of the business rather than top line. Currently, he is Chairman, IBA Committee on MSE and also Chairman, IBA, GyanSangam Committee on priority Sector lending and also was a member of the Kamath Committee on Financial Architecture for MSME’s.

Kishor Mundargi
Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai

Kishor Mundargi is Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Canada in Mumbai with responsibilities for Infrastructure, Financial Services, Nuclear, Lumber and Automotive Sectors. Kishor joined the Consulate on August 23, 2008. Prior to joining the Consulate, Kishor worked as Assistant Vice President at Bank of Baroda Capital Markets and he was promoted to Associate Vice President just before he joined the consulate. Kishor has completed MBA from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax Canada and has completed BA in Economics from Jai Hind Collage, Mumbai. Kishor has also completed technical diploma courses in Banking and Securities Markets such as Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Banks, Certified Risk Professional and Securities Law Course.

Satoru Murase
Partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

Satoru Murase advises global corporations regarding cross-border investments and disputes in the United States, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East with the 2,000 lawyer firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. He is well known for his representation of major Asian corporations in their overseas operations and disputes, as well as major U.S. and European corporations operating in Asia. He provides advice regarding mergers and acquisitions, finance, litigation, corporate governance, compliance, crisis management, employment, and government relations. Satoru is identified in The Best Lawyers in America (2012 – 2015), The Best Lawyers in Japan (2012 – 2015), and as one of the 272 BTI Client Service All-Stars lawyers recognized in the United States for their client service excellence in 2012. Satoru regularly represents corporate and governmental entities on global government relations and regulatory matters. His media clients frequently consult him regarding intellectual property and technology issues. He also represents clients facing international trade disputes before the US Trade Representative, Department of Treasury, ITC, and the Department of Commerce. His affiliation with various organizations include Trilateral Commission, Japan Society, Asia Society, U.S.-Japan Foundation, Japan Center for International Exchange U.S., Table for Two USA, Georgetown Law National Alumni Board Emeritus, Georgetown Law Center Asian Law Alumni Board, National Committee on United States – China Relations, and INSOL International. He received his B.A. from Harvard College and J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is fluent in Japanese and conversant in Chinese.

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Nishant Parikh
Partner, Trilegal

Nishant Parikh is a partner at the Mumbai office of Trilegal and specialises in advising foreign equity and debt investors on their financial and strategic investments into India. Nishant also advises clients on the intricacies of exiting investments. He received his degree in law from the National Law School of India University.

Ila Patnaik
Professor, National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi

Dr. Ila Patnaik serves as a professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi. Prior to this, she was the Principal Economic Advisor to the Government of India. Other recent former positions include Non-Resident Senior Associate at Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and regular columnist at the Indian Express. She holds a BA (Economics) from Delhi University, an MA (Economics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, and a Ph.D.(Economics) from the University of Surrey. Her research interests include international macroeconomics, finance and emerging economy business cycles. Her research on these topics has been published in scholarly journals such as the Journal of International Money and Finance, the World Bank Economic Review, International Finance, and in collected volumes. Dr. Patnaik served on various working groups and task forces of the Ministry of Finance, such as those on taxation of financial products, and those to create agencies, including the independent Public Debt Management Agency, the Resolution Corporation, the Financial Redress Agency and the Financial Data Management Centre.

Ruby Pillai
Senior Attorney, Ropes & Gray

Ruby is a solicitor at Ropes & Gray’s Finance department in London. Prior to this, Ruby was a solicitor at international law firms Baker & McKenzie, CMS Cameron McKenna in their respective Capital Markets and Derivatives departments in London. Ruby was also an associate to the Hon Sir Laurence Street, former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Australia. Ruby is in the process of completing her doctoral thesis on macro-prudential regulation under the supervision of Professor Kern Alexander.

Thierry Porté
Managing Director, J.C. Flowers and Company

Thierry Porté is a Managing Director of J.C. Flowers & Co. LLC, a private equity firm focused exclusively on financial services. In this capacity, he currently serves as Executive Chairman of NPG Wealth Management, a Luxembourg-based insurance group, non-Executive Chairman of Equita, a Milan-based investment bank, Director of Compagnie Européenne de Prévoyance (CEP), a Nantes-based insurance brokerage firm, Board observer of Sicom, a Mumbai-based non-bank financial services company, Chairman of Eurovita, a Rome-based life insurance company and Chairman of KT Capital, a Korean non-bank lending institution. Mr. Porté worked previously at Shinsei Bank, Ltd., Tokyo, where he served as Vice Chairman (2003-2005) and President and CEO (2005-2008). From 1982 to 2003, he served in various capacities at Morgan Stanley in New York, London and Tokyo, including as President and Branch Manager of Morgan Stanley Japan (1995-2003). Mr. Porté holds a B.A., magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Economics from Harvard College and an MBA with high honors from Harvard Business School. He has held leadership roles in a number of Harvard related activities, including serving as President of the Harvard Club of Japan (1995-2008) and currently as a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors of Harvard Business School and a member of the Harvard Global Advisory Council. He is Chairman of the US-Japan Bridging Foundation. He served on the Board of Trustees of Regis High School from 2009 to 2015 and continues to serve as the Chairman of the Regis Investment Committee. He served from 2008 to 2013 as Chairman of the Japan-US Friendship Commission and the US-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange, appointments designated by the President of the United States.

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Bharat Reddy
Chief Representative, JP Morgan

Bharat Reddy is principally responsible for JP Morgan’s relationship with the Indian government and sovereign agencies and also heads the DR group in India. He has been based in New Delhi since 1993 and has extensive experience of working with private clients as well as the Indian government and public sector bodies. Reddy has over 25 years of experience in investment banking and previously worked at Bank of Tokyo in New York as an FX trader.

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Anuj Sah
Associate Partner, Khaitan & Co

Anuj is an Associate Partner at Khaitan & Co, one of the largest law firms in India. Anuj joined Khaitan in 2010 and is a member of the firm’s mergers & acquisitions, insurance and private client groups. Anuj regularly represents financial institutions, private equity investors, corporations and promoter families in a broad range of transactions and complex regulatory issues. Anuj has extensive experience in the insurance and financial services areas and has had a leading role in several of the most significant insurance M&A transactions in India in recent years. Anuj has authored various articles on subjects related to corporate laws, insurance laws and family succession. Anuj graduated from ILS Law College and Diploma in Securities Law from Government Law College, Mumbai. In March 2015, Anuj completed a six months secondment with Debevoise & Plimpton LLP across their various offices in London, New York and Hong Kong.

Shushoban Sarker
Director, National Insurance Academy

Mr. Sushobhan Sarker assumed charge as Director, National Insurance Academy, Pune w.e.f. 29th September 2014. Mr. Sushobhan Sarker had a distinguished career spanning over 36 years with Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) and superannuated from the position of Managing Director (MD) of LIC on 31/05/2014. As Managing Director, his areas of responsibility included Product Development and Marketing, Customer Relationship Management, Personnel & HRD, Corporate Planning and Organization Development, Corporate Communications, Investments and International Operations. Prior to his taking charge as Managing Director, he had held key leadership positions as head of International Operations and Investment Departments of LIC. He was the Director & CEO of LIC Mutual Fund Asset Management Company Ltd. as well. Mr. Sarker is an Honours graduate in Physics and has a degree of Master of Financial Management from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, University of Mumbai. He has a rich experience of Board Governance having been not only on the board of LIC and its associates and subsidiary companies but also served on the boards of other assisted companies as nominee Director of LIC. At present he is on the boards of three well-known companies. Mr. Sarker is an avid reader and loves Indian classical music. He is fluent in Hindi, Marathi and Bengali as well as English.

Alexander Sattler
India Representative, Deutsche Bundesbank

Mr. Alexander K. Sattler is the India Representative of the Deutsche Bundesbank, the central bank of the Federal Republic of Germany. He is also the Financial Counsellor of the German Consulate General in Mumbai. Until 2014, Mr. Sattler was economist at the International Department of the Bundesbank’s central office in Frankfurt (Germany). In spring 2014, he served on short-term secondment as Advisor to the Executive Director for Germany at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington D.C. (USA). Before joining the Bundesbank, Mr. Sattler was policy advisor at the Strategy Department of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the German federal enterprise for international development cooperation. Mr. Sattler holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Mannheim (Germany) and a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the University of Warwick (UK).

Hal S. Scott
Nomura Professor and Director, Program on International Financial Systems, Harvard Law School

Hal S. Scott is the Nomura Professor and Director of the Program on International Financial Systems (PIFS) at Harvard Law School, where he has taught since 1975. He teaches courses on Capital Markets Regulation, International Finance, and Securities Regulation. He has a B.A. from Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School, 1965), an M.A. from Stanford University in Political Science (1967), and a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School (1972). In 1974-1975, before joining Harvard, he clerked for Justice Byron White. The Program on International Financial Systems, founded in 1986, engages in a variety of research projects. Its book, Capital Adequacy Beyond Basel (Oxford University Press 2004), examines capital adequacy rules for banks, insurance companies and securities firms. The Program also organizes the annual invitation-only Symposium series on Building the Financial System of the 21st Century, attended by financial system leaders in the concerned countries. Professor Scott’s books include the law school textbook International Finance: Transactions, Policy and Regulation (20th ed. Foundation Press 2014); and The Global Financial Crisis (Foundation Press 2009). Professor Scott is the Director of the Committee on Capital Markets Regulation, a bi-partisan non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness of U.S. capital markets and ensuring the stability of the U.S. financial system via research and advocacy. He is also Co-Chair of the Council on Global Financial Regulation, an independent director of Lazard, Ltd., a member of the Bretton Woods Committee, a past President of the International Academy of Consumer and Commercial Law and a past Governor of the American Stock Exchange (2002-2005).

Chuck Scully
Managing Director and Chief Investments Officer, Asia – MetLife

Charles Scully is a Managing Director with MetLife and Chief Investment Officer for Asia, where he has executive management responsibility for MetLife’s investment efforts in Japan, Korea, China, India, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Australia, Nepal and Vietnam. He has held this position since February of 2011. The total assets under management in the region are in excess of US$100 billion. MetLife is a global provider of life insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management. Serving approximately 100 million customers and 90 of the FORTUNE 100® as clients, MetLife has operations in nearly 50 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Mr. Scully has 30 years of investment management experience in various roles. For the 10 years prior to his current responsibilities, he was in charge of MetLife’s structured finance business and the senior portfolio manager for the firm’s US$75 billion structured finance portfolio. In this role he was responsible for MetLife’s investments, both research and trading, in residential mortgage backed securities (agency & non-agency), commercial mortgage backed securities and asset backed securities (public and private). Other past management responsibilities include launching MetLife’s collateralized debt obligation asset management business, sector analysis of global asset backed securities, asset liability management and privately placed debt analysis and origination. Mr. Scully is on the Board of Directors for Sino-US United MetLife, the firm’s joint venture insurance operation in China in partnership with Shanghai Alliance Investment LTD. He holds an MBA in Finance, Applied Economics and Corporate Accounting from the William E Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester, and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the State University of New York College at Potsdam, New York.

Anand Shah
Joint General Manager, ICICI Bank Ltd.

Mr. Anand Shah, Chartered Accountant, served as a Joint General Manager of ICICI Bank Ltd. Mr. Shah has 15 years of experience in Finance and Treasury. He takes care of the Foreign Exchange and Derivatives Trading and Debt Capital Market Syndication business for the Bank. The foreign exchange and derivatives trading desk makes markets/trades in both local currency and foreign currency instruments and is a major participant in the Indian market. The debt capital market syndication business operates in the area of corporate bonds. This team acts as an intermediary/facilitator between issuers and investors (Retirement funds, Mutual Funds, etc.). Mr. Shah is currently also implementing technological infrastructure to help improve internal efficiencies and creating differentiated online experience for customers. Mr. Shah is an active participant in local forums – Fixed Income Money Market and Derivatives Association of India and Foreign Exchange Dealers Association of India and international forums like IIF Task Force on Asian Financial Markets Development and Integration (TFA) for Corporate Bond Markets and ISDA Asian Steering Committee. Mr. Shah is a Chartered Accountant from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), the second largest accounting body in the whole world.

Arun Kumar Sharma
General Manager, ICICI Bank Ltd.

Mr. Arun Kumar Sharma has over twenty years of experience in Corporate Banking, Infrastructure Finance and Investment Banking. He led several acquisitions, advisory and lending mandates in the infrastructure sector and has worked with various industry bodies advising them on various policies and initiatives related to the Infrastructure sector. He has been providing end-to-end advisory to his clients, starting from conceptualization to structuring and financing of the project and also monitoring of same. He is currently working in the capacity of General Manager in Project Finance Group of ICICI Bank Limited. He is in the Bank for more than six years and is taking care of Transportation and Oil & Gas Business of the Bank, which has a portfolio size of more than US$ 6 Billion. Prior to joining ICICI Bank Ltd, he was working with GE Capital in their Global Transportation division wherein he was responsible for financing of ports, roads and logistics businesses. Prior to that, he worked with SBI Capital Markets Ltd in their Project Advisory and Structured Finance division handling transportation sector. He started his career in Project Finance division of erstwhile IDBI (one of the premier Financial Institution in Project Finance during nineties) and moved to SREI Infrastructure wherein he was looking after Infrastructure Project Finance and Project Development activities of the Group. He holds a Master in Business Administration and is an all India rank holder Chartered Accountant (All India rank 33rd).

Vikas Sharma
President and CEO, Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Ltd.

Mr. Vikas Sharma serves as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Nomura Financial Advisory and Securities (India) Private Limited. Mr. Sharma has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Nomura India of Nomura Holdings Inc. since February 2009. Mr. Sharma serves as Equity Analyst of Nomura Securities Co. Ltd., Research Division. He has been Senior Managing Director of Nomura Holdings, Inc. since April 2013. He is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) with almost 5 Years of experience in Equity & Fixed Income Product Control, handling P&L attribution of Equity Swaps, Trade Equity Options, Exchange Traded Futures etc. Mr. Sharma has a strong understanding of Market risk, derivative Pricing, Greeks, Incremental Risk Capital, Basel, and Risk Management. He has worked with top financial institutions such as Nomura, BNY Mellon, and RBS. Mr. Sharma earned a B.sc in Maths from the University of Rajasthan and an MBA in Finance from the Amrita School of Business.

Vidhu Shekhar
Country Head, India, CFA Institute

Vidhu Shekhar, CFA, is the country head of the newly opened CFA Institute office in India. He has been instrumental in the establishment of the India office and is responsible for advancing CFA Institute’s mission in India and supporting CFA charterholders in the country. Mr. Shekhar is a seasoned financial and investment professional with over 25 years of industry experience in India and abroad. Prior to joining CFA Institute, he was vice president, New Products and Business Excellence at National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India, overseeing new product initiatives in debt and equity markets for the exchange. He also contributed to the development of Indian financial markets through his participation in the work of various committees including the Dr. Patil Committee on Corporate Bonds and Securitization, and the Raghuram Rajan Committee on Financial Sector Reforms. Prior to that, Mr. Shekhar served as senior vice president at IDBI Capital Markets and managing director at E*Trade Systems India Limited. Mr. Shekhar completed his postgraduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad in 1987 and bachelor’s degree in physics (Honours) from the University of Delhi. He is a CFA charterholder and has served as the vice president of the Indian Association of Investment Professionals, the CFA Institute member society in India.

James Shipton
Executive Director, Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC)

James is member of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) and a member of its board. He is also the Executive Director with responsibility for the integrated Intermediaries Supervision and Licensing Division. He is also a non-resident fellow of PIFS having been a resident visiting fellow in between March and June 2013. Prior to joining the SFC he was a managing director in Goldman Sachs’ executive office and head of Government & Regulatory Affairs for Asia Pacific, a role he assumed in 2009. Previously, James was head of the hedge fund consultancy team within Goldman’s Asian prime brokerage business. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, James ran the hedge fund consultancy business of Eurekahedge in Singapore and was a cofounder of Compliance Asia, Asia’s first independent regulatory consulting firm. Prior to that, James was head of Asian ECM transaction management for Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein (now Commerzbank) and a vice president in its European ECM team. James has lived in Asia for 20 years, having previously practiced funds and securities law with Linklaters in Hong Kong and Thailand. James was previously on the executive committee for a number of industry bodies in Asia including the Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (ASIFMA), the Hong Kong Treasury Markets Association, the Hong Kong & China Chapter of the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA), the Hong Kong Securities and Investment Institute and the business advisory board to the United Nations Economics and Social Commission for Asia Pacific. James earned a B.A. in Asian politics, history and economics from Melbourne University and a LLB (Hons.) from Monash University with component studies in Asian law at Hong Kong University.

Catherine Simmons
Managing Director and Head, Asia Pacific Government Affairs

Catherine joined Citi in September 2013 as the regional head of Government Affairs for Asia Pacific. Catherine works closely with senior management, business heads, and Citi Country Officers to protect and enhance Citi’s interests by engaging with policymakers and industry groups on a wide range of issues. Catherine also coordinates and manages the Government Affairs representatives in the region. Catherine also works on global regulatory reform issues. Prior to joining Citi, Catherine worked at State Street Bank and Trust as Head of Regulatory, Industry and Government Affairs, Asia Pacific for over 6 years. Before that Catherine was a diplomat at the Australian Embassy Beijing for 5 years, a research fellow in the Faculty of Law and Politics at Keio University Japan for 4 years and a policy advisor on political, strategic, economic and aid issues in the Australian Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Foreign Affairs and Trade for 15 years. Catherine has played an active role in various industry associations, including the APEC Business Advisory Council (Board Member), US-ASEAN Business Council (Financial Services Committee Member), Asian Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Alternate Board Member) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong (Financial Services Committee Head and Board member).Catherine speaks English, Mandarin and Japanese.

Amit Singh
Partner, Allen & Overy

Amit Singh is a New York, English, India and Hong Kong qualified partner at Allen & Overy, one of the leading global law firms and leads the India capital markets practice. He advises on a broad range of equity and debt capital market transactions with a special focus on India and has extensive experience of advising issuers and underwriters on equity and debt capital raisings and general corporate advice. Amit has advised on the majority of debt transactions by Indian issuers, including the majority of Indian banks (including State Bank of India (India’s largest bank), Export-Import Bank of India, Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank etc.) and corporates such as Bharti Airtel Limited, Tata Motors, Ballarpur Industries, ONGC Videsh, Bharat Petroleum, Indian Corporation etc. Allen & Overy advises on more Indian debt capital markets transactions than any other international law firm. He has advised on the only international issues of green bonds from India – for IDBI Bank and Export-Import Bank of India. Amit is also working on a number of masala bonds at the moment and was part of the A&O team which recommended changes to India’s policy framework to encourage the development of India’s bond markets as part of the India-UK Financial Partnership (an initiative between the Indian Finance Minister and the UK Chancellor). Amit is admitted to the New York Bar, as a solicitor in England & Wales and Hong Kong and as an advocate in India. He is a member of the Steering Group for the India Committee of the American Bar Association. Amit was educated at St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi and graduated with BA (Honours) in Jurisprudence from Balliol College, Oxford University on the British Chevening Radhakrishnan Scholarship (awarded to seven students from India). He has an LL.M. in Corporate Law from New York University School of Law.

Arun Subramanian
Executive Director, Global Business Development, CME Group

Arun Subramanian serves as Executive Director, Global Business Development, focusing on all business development activities for CME Group. Splitting his time between Chicago and Singapore, Subramanian is responsible for the management of partnerships with regional exchanges, geographic expansion, alliances as well as the development and execution of CME Group’s strategic initiatives globally focusing specifically on Clearing, Technology and Financial innovation. Prior to joining CME Group in 2011, Subramanian was Executive Director, Asia Pacific for Gain Capital where he led its Asian operations, and established offices in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan and Australia. He has also previously held consulting positions with Ernst & Young in their Corporate Advisory practice, and with Towers Perrin, both based in Singapore. He also managed Heller Financial’s Asia Pacific operations before he was transferred to Chicago as Heller’s (later GE Capital) Vice-President for International Strategy & Development covering Europe, Asia and Latin America. Subramanian holds a MBA in Finance and Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.

Ashu Suyash
Managing Director and CEO, CRISIL Limited

Ashu Suyash is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of CRISIL, a global analytical company providing ratings, research, and risk and policy advisory services. CRISIL’s majority shareholder is Standard and Poor’s (S&P). Standard & Poor’s, a part of McGraw Hill Financial (NYSE:MHFI), is the world’s foremost provider of credit ratings. As MD & CEO, Ms. Suyash oversees all of CRISIL’s domestic and global businesses and leads CRISIL’s efforts to deliver high-quality analyses, opinions and solutions to its rich and diversified client base, which ranges from small enterprises to the largest corporations, financial institutions, governments and policymakers based in India and around the world. Ms. Suyash has spent 26 years in the financial services sector. Prior to joining CRISIL in June 2015, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of L&T Investment Management Limited. She was appointed to the role after L&T Investment Management’s acquisition of Fidelity’s Asset Management business in India, which she helped launch in 2004. She was the country head of Fidelity India business. Earlier, Ms. Suyash was the Head of Strategy and Business Development at Citibank, where she was responsible for evaluating new opportunities and growth strategies. In all, she spent 15+ years with Citibank, during which she held several key positions across the Corporate, Consumer and Investment Bank. Ms. Suyash has been named amongst the Top 50 Women in Business in India several times by various publications like Business Today and Fortune India. In the year 2011, she was recognised as one of the 25 most influential women in the asset management industry in Asia by the Asian Investor Magazine. She is on the Advisory board of Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and PFRDA’s Pension Advisory Committee. She has a keen interest in the education sector and is associated with the Board of Studies at NMIMS and with N.M College. She is also on the Advisory Board of Aseema Charitable Trust, an NGO with a mission to provide underprivileged children with a nurturing and stimulating educational environment that helps them recognise their limitless potential. Ms. Suyash is a commerce graduate from Mumbai University (N.M. College) and a Chartered Accountant.

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Sravan Kumar Vajjula
Deputy General Manager, ICICI Bank Limited

Mr. Sravan Kumar Vajjula, Deputy General Manager, Markets Group, ICICI Bank Ltd. Mr. Vajjula has 10 years of experience in Finance and Treasury. He handles the Derivatives Trading business for the Bank. The derivatives trading desk makes markets/trades in both local currency and foreign currency instruments and is a major participant in the Indian market. He played a key role in setting up the offshore derivative trading desk of the Bank. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and an honours degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.

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Ravi Yalamanchili
Manager, CME Group

Ravi Yalamanchili is a manager at CME Group where he part of the team responsible for expanding CME Group business portfolio both organically and externally through acquisitions, investments, commercial arrangements or joint venture. He is currently based in Singapore. Previously, he was in strategy and operations consulting where he worked with Fortune 500 consumer goods companies to optimize their business performance.

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Jun Zhang
Senior Country Manager, International Finance Corporation

Mr. Zhang is IFC Senior Country Manager for India, based in New Delhi, India since December 2015. A Chinese national, he joined the World Bank’s Young Professional Program in 1990 and served as an Infrastructure Economist for the Bank’s Indonesia Country Department upon graduation. In 1992, he joined IFC’s Capital Market Department and has since worked in various regional and industrial departments in Washington, DC. From 2005 to 2010, he was IFC Financial Sector Manager for South Asia, based in Mumbai. In 2010, he was appointed as Regional Manager for the Caribbean based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Regional Manager. Since April 2015, he was Chief Investment Officer in Financial Institutions Group based in Washington, DC. Mr. Zhang holds a Ph.D. degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.A. from University of California, Los Angeles, and B.A. from Zhongshan University in China.