Rajan Krishnan is an Industry veteran with over 30 years of experience in senior management and leadership positions across different sectors. He started his career in Advertising with stints at Lintas, O&M and other reputed agencies. He then moved to the Asset Management Industry. With close to 2 decades of experience in the Asset Management industry and stints with Kothari Pioneer AMC, Zurich India AMC, Principal Pnb AMC etc Rajan is amongst the first few business leaders who helped shape the industry during its formative years. Rajan was also the MD of the Baroda Pioneer AMC where he helped set up the AMC business.
Rajan is currently the Founder & Director in a web based startup – Retyrsmart Advisory and Support Services (India) Pvt Ltd. The startup is focused on building an online community of older Indians through its portal Retyrsmart.com. This for-profit business is working towards helping older people enrich their retired life.
In an independent capacity, he is also currently in the process of building a practice focused on HR Development through Executive Coaching and Mentoring, especially in the Financial Services space. Rajan is formally qualified as PCC (Professionally Certified Coach) from ICF (International Coach Federation).
Rajan is a graduate from SRCC, Delhi and a PGDBM from XLRI, Jamshedpur
Lalit Vij is C’ level business leader with over 30 years of experience in delivering, global strategic mandates across the Financial Services and Insurance sectors using experience backed judgement, strong work ethics and impeccable integrity. Hands on experience of working with global executive leadership, advising global & regional boards, driving organisation integrations & building CoE’s for global companies. As a board member and frontline leader, he led the efforts to deliver on stakeholders strategic and operational expectations of creating sustainable best in class Global Capability Centre for Principal Financial Group and later on leading the Principal Mutual Fund – India, business. Other leadership engagements include leading start-up efforts and managing interdisciplinary & complex change management efforts with industry leaders such as ExlService and American Express.
Samipendra (Sami) Chaudhury leads Business Finance for Nielsen. Nielsen Holdings plc (NYSE: NLSN) is a leading global data and analytics company that provides a holistic and objective understanding of the media industry. Sami has deep finance & leadership experience and has spent 20+ years in various finance leadership roles in multiple industries and across US, Europe, SE Asia, Mid East & Africa and India. Sami is also a board member in the Nielsen Catalina Services JV.
Sami has been with Nielsen since 2010, and has been in Finance Leadership roles with increasing responsibility. Prior roles for Sami include Chief Finance Officer for Nielsen Emerging Markets based in Dubai ( 65+ Countries across Asia, Mid East, Europe, Africa & LATAM) & Finance leader for Nielsen Asia & Pacific based out of Singapore .
Prior to joining Nielsen, Sami was with General Electric for over ten years. He held various finance leadership roles across GE Aviation, GE Healthcare, GE Corporate Audit across US, Europe & Asia . Sami’s last role in GE was the CFO for GE Healthcare, Korea based out of Seoul.
Sami started his career as an Engineer with the TATA Motors Group in Jamshedpur, India & holds an undergraduate degree in Engineering and MBA with specialization in finance.
Gautam heads the Firm’s disputes practice in Mumbai and has over two decades of experience across varied across sectors. Gautam is well regarded and recognized his cross-border disputes representing clients including multinational financial institutions in recovery actions, asset trace and freezing over assets of debtors both in first instance cases and enforcement of judgement debts. Gautam has worked across continents in various jurisdictions including Europe, South East Asia, Middle East and Africa and US. Some the Banks Gautam has represented in the recovery actions across the globe are Antwerp Diamond Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, ICICI Bank-Bahrain, HDFC Bank. China Merchants Bank, Sber Bank of Russia, Promsvyazbank, National Bank of Fujairah, Malayan Bank, Dubai Islamic bank, Islamic Investment Company Ltd-Bahamas.
Gautam’s practice focuses on infra and construction disputes in transportation sector. He advises clients on a wide range of disputes involving construction and infrastructure, marine & shipping matters, insurance claims and investigations, civil disputes, shareholders’ disputes, commercial contracts, enforcement of security, recovery of debts, bankruptcy, regulatory and fraud and economic offences.
Gautam has represented clients in their commercial disputes across all Indian Courts and arbitrations. On cross border disputes Gautam has been representing Clients before the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and regularly represents and advises on matters before the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), London Maritime Arbitration Association (LMAA), and Singapore Chamber of Maritime Arbitration (SCMA).
Gautam advises on international trade disputes, disputes on offshore energy projects, constructions and infrastructure projects both onshore and offshore, roads and highways, airports and ports sector etc. Additionally, Gautam regularly advises shipowners and P&I, H&M, cargo owners, ports and terminals, insurers and re-insurers. Additionally, Gautam is widely regarded as the go to lawyer on admiralty matters in relation to charterparty and bills of lading claims, bunker supplies, mortgage claims, damage caused by operation, salvage and towage, etc.
Gautam also represents some of the largest insurers and reinsurers on all aspects of advisory relating to high value and complex claims, investigations and disputes on liability insurance, property insurance and other business insurance. He regularly advises clients on high value and multi-jurisdictional claims and investigations. Gautam also represents and advises insurance companies and intermediaries on regulatory matters including representations before the sector regulator, the IRDAI.
Gautam has been regularly featured in the ‘Recommended Lawyers’ list of leading publications such as AsiaLaw, Chambers & Partners, IFLR, and Legal500, and ranked as a ‘Distinguished Practitioner‘ by Asialaw Profiles for his maritime, disputes and insurance practice.
Pradeep Mukerjee works on enhancing organizational and leadership effectiveness. Given his strong business orientation, his specialty is to identify and help build organizational capabilities and supportive organization structures and systems for effective organizational performance; define and implement people strategies that enable business success and develop leadership talent through coaching. Currently, he runs his own firm Confluence Coaching & Consulting and is also a partner at Global HR Lead Partners LLP.
Pradeep has over 31 years of rich corporate experience in India and overseas, having managed an organization as a CEO and having led the human resources function for many years. Pradeep’s experience includes defining and driving a business strategy, enhancing profitability of consulting business, defining organization structures, defining and driving the human resource and people agenda in corporations in the IT and financial services sectors for 19 years, in-depth assessment and development of leadership talent, executive coaching and career counseling, enabling creation of high performing work organizations, facilitating visioning for organizations, re-engineering HR processes, and introducing and managing appropriate interventions for enhancing organizational effectiveness. He has a number of achievements to his credit including pioneering introduction of cafeteria approach to compensation in 1991 in India and introducing sales incentives in the banking industry in the country in 2000.
Pradeep has worked in the Middle East and United States during the course of his career. His last corporate assignment was as CEO of Mercer India Pvt.Ltd., part of the largest global HR Consulting firm. From 2000 to 2007, he headed Human Resource function for all of Citigroup’s different businesses in South Asia covering banking, consumer finance, BPO, KPO, brokerage and technology infrastructure space in ten different legal vehicles. He is also regularly invited to the Indian School of Business (ISB) as an Executive Coach on their leadership program for top managers. He has also designed and developed programs for HR professionals on behalf of Society for Human Resources Management, India. Client Results:
Defined vision, mission, values for an infrastructure company
Facilitated change in leadership and redesigning structure
Defined roles & responsibilities for professional managers and owners in an owner managed logistics firm
Facilitated institution of business planning process
Defined HR Road map for a bank
Designed grade structure in a bank and defined generic roles & competencies at various levels.
Designed Performance Management process
Evaluated Job Evaluation exercise done in an educational institute
Coached over 125 Executives to help them realize their potential
Rajib Chakravorty has more than 25 plus years of experience in Financial Services Business, Risk Management, Target Operating Model, Data Management, Data Strategy, Data Governance, Business Architecture, BI, Analytics, Project Management, Implementation, Design, Development of Data Warehouses. He has successfully consulted and implemented the data strategy and data governance framework for the Global Risk Functions of leading Global banks in line with regulatory requirements/priorities. His assignments involve handholding country teams comprising of CDO (Global Chief Data Officer) and Programme Managers for data definitions, governance, data lineage and other standards to comply BCBS239 requirements. His achievements include the successful launch of first ever Temenos Data warehouse Module for Management Information which is now subscribed by a host of top banks around the world. He has developed the OFSAA (formerly Reveleus) Basel II solution framework, Credit Risk and Transfer Pricing solutions which have become an accepted solution globally for large Tier 1 banks like Citibank, Lloyds Banking Group, Wells Fargo and Indian Banks like Axis Bank, IndusInd Bank. His clients include some of the largest global and regional banks like HSBC, Lloyds Banking.
The group, RBS, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Nationwide – UK, African Banking Corporation – Zimbabwe, ICICI Bank-India, OCBC Bank -Singapore and Malaysia, Woori Banking Group- South Korea, Bank Islam – Malaysia, Citi Group, GE Consumer Finance – UK. Rajib is a prominent speaker on BCBS239 Data Management & Liquidity Risk Data.
Nandip Vaidya is B.Tech. (Mechanical Engineering) from IIT, Mumbai and PGDM from IIM, Ahmedabad. He is member of the CFA Institute, USA (and its Indian counter-part) and Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), USA.
After over 25 years of work experience in financial services and management consulting in India, Prof Vaidya has found his calling in academics. He teaches courses in business analytics and quantitative techniques in Finance at Anil Surendra Modi School of Commerce, NMIMS. These courses are part of the NMIMS under-graduate programs of BBA and B.Sc. (Finance) and post-graduate program of M.Sc.(Finance).
Prof Vaidya is the program chair for M.Sc. (Finance) and is also actively involved in curriculum design for all the three programs. While at the NMIMS, he has acquired certification and teaching accreditation from the SAS Institute Inc., USA for Predictive Modelling and Visual Analytics. Data analytics is becoming the backbone for various business decisions including in the domain of Finance and hence the students across the programs ie BBA, B.Sc. (Finance) and M.Sc.(Finance) are exposed to the techniques for data analytics at NMIMS. Prof Vaidya has played an active role in evolving and in consistently delivering this part of the academic curriculum.
A firm believer in experiential and application based learning, Prof Vaidya has found his varied financial services (including consumer lending, life insurance as well as capital markets) and management consulting experience extremely useful in improvising the pedagogy for the courses he teaches.
A research paper by Prof Vaidya on an Empirical Study of Market Timing Abilities of Mutual Fund Managers in India using the Treynor-Mazuy (TM) and Henriksson-Merton (HM) models has been accepted by Finance India for publishing in a forthcoming issue of the journal. He has also presented a paper on examining hypothesized performance of select Indian equity funds by constructing their portfolio using Markowitz mean variance optimization model without changing the underlying securities.