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Dr. Kshama Fernandes

IFMR

Dr Kshama Fernandes has been the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of IFMR Capital Finance Private Limited since August 1, 2012 and serves as its Managing Director and Senior Partner. Dr. Fernandes served as the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Risk Management at IFMR Capital Finance Private Limited. Prior to joining IFMR Capital, she was Professor and Head of Finance at Goa Institute of Management. She has worked on consulting assignments for the World Bank, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Ministry of Finance, Government of India, and NSEIT. She developed the SEBI mandated certification programme for derivatives for the National Stock Exchange (NSE) and NCDEX. Dr. Fernandes is a Director of IFMR Investment Managers Private Limited. She has extensive experience across financial advisory, consulting, and academia.

Ms. Linda Broekhuizen

FMO

Linda Broekhuizen is FMO’s Chief Investment Officer since 2014. In her role, she is responsible for an investment portfolio of over EUR 9.2 billion. FMO is one of the largest bilateral private sector development banks worldwide and has fully integrated environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) into every aspect of its business.

Linda Broekhuizen started her career at Fortis Bank in the Financial Institutions team for Latin America. In 2000 she started working at FMO as an Investment Officer, where she continued her career as Manager of Sustainability Development. She initiated the fundamental change from perceiving Environmental, Social and Governance aspects as a risk tools to being a real business case. Later on she became the first Manager of Agribusiness, from which she moved on to becoming Director of Financial Institutions, FMO’s largest sector focused department.

Linda Broekhuizen has a Master Degree in International Relations and in Business Administration. In 2010 she finalized a postgraduate program on Corporate Social Responsibility Management. She is member of the Supervisory Board of the Netherlands Council for Trade promotion (NCH) and member of the Appeal Board Disciplinary Banks.

Mr. SHRI SURESH PRABHAKAR PRABHU

HON’BLE MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS

SHRI SURESH PRABHAKAR PRABHU, HON’BLE MINISTER FOR RAILWAYS

A Chartered Accountant armed with a Law degree Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu, Hon’ble Minister for Railways, is known as a man of action, having penchant for undertaking reforms and scripting turnarounds. He is well respected for his impeccable integrity, passion and commitment towards society at large.

Under his leadership, Railways has transformed from a slow moving behemoth into a fast, responsive organization. A complaint resolution mechanism through social media, innovative project financing by leveraging extra budgetary resources, quantum jump in infrastructure creation and integrating sustainability into the core strategy of Railways are just some of his
successes.

Four times Lok Sabha MP, he is currently representing Andhra Pradesh in The Rajya Sabha. As the Minister for Power he transformed the Indian power sector by introducing the landmark Electricity Act (2001). He was chosen to Chair the Task Force for Interlinking of Rivers.Known for his passion for environment conservation, he also held the position of Minister for Environment and Forests. He was also the Minister for Chemical and Fertilizers and Ministerfor Industries.

In his early career, he was the Chairman and Director of Saraswat Bank, and was also
appointed as the Chairman of Maharashtra State Finance Commission. He owned a Chartered Accountancy firm before joining politics in 1996.

Mr. Prabhu is known as a global visionary and renowned though leader. He has travelled to over
100 countries and engaged with various international forums. He featured among the top three Indian leaders of the future by Asia Week magazine, Hong Kong in its cover story "Giant on the Move.”

He has been actively involved with a large number of social, cultural and Co-operative organizations. He is the Chairperson of Manav Sadhan Vikas Sanstha, an NGO working towards empowerment of people.
Mr. Prabhu is currently working on his Ph.D. in Climate Change from Frei University, Berlin and Public Finance from Mumbai University.

Mr. Guilaume Barberousse

Proparco

Guillaume Barberousse started his career as an M&A professional at BNP Paribas, more specifically in charge of transactions in agribusiness, media and telecommunication. He subsequently took the position of valuation manager within the mergers and acquisitions consultancy department.
In 2007, Guillaume joined Proparco, AFD’s subsidiary dedicated to the private sector, as an investment officer within the risk and portfolio department prior to being appointed deputy head of the corporate department with a focus on agribusiness.
From 2013 to 2016, Guillaume was posted in Istanbul as Proparco’s regional representative for Turkey, Caucasus & Middle East.
In 2016, Guillaume was appointed head of Proparco’s Banking and Capital Markets Department in Paris.
Guillaume is an engineer in agriculture and holds a masters’ degree in finance from ESCP Europe.

Mr. Nishant Kumar

GuarantCo

Nishant Kumar is Executive Director (Asia) at GuarantCo's Singapore office where he is responsible for origination and execution of transactions in South and South-East Asia. Prior to GuarantCo, Nishant worked as M&A/Corporate Finance banker in mid-market space and led origination and execution of infrastructure, natural resources, agriculture, F&B and consumer transactions in South East Asia and India. Nishant has also worked with a prominent renewable energy fund  within their principal investments team in Hong Kong and Singapore undertaking investments in clean energy projects in SE Asia and India. Nishant started his career with KBC Bank N.V. in Infrastructure project finance division in Hong Kong.

Nishant has an MBA from University of Hong Kong & London Business School programme and Bachelor of Technology in Mining Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, BHU (Varanasi).

Mr. Rana Kapoor

YES BANK

Mr. Rana Kapoor, Managing Director & CEO of YES BANK

As a professional entrepreneur, since 2003, Mr. Kapoor is progressively establishing a high quality, state-of-the-art private Indian Bank with a vision of “Building the Finest Quality Bank of the World in India” by 2025. Under his leadership, YES BANK has steadily evolved as the “Professionals’ Bank of India” with exemplary business and financial outcomes as evidenced in the financial results since inception, with highest RoA/RoE, and the best asset quality amongst leading Public and Private Banks in India.

Prior to establishing YES BANK, Rana Kapoor was CEO & Managing Director, and main Managing Partner of Rabo India Finance (RIF) Pvt. Ltd. (a corporate finance and investment banking organization). He successfully spearheaded RIF as a foreign joint venture financial services organization in partnership with Rabobank (AAA rated) in India and assiduously built RIF as a Professional Entrepreneur from 1998-2003. Prior to starting Rabo India, he was the General Manager & Country Head: ANZ Grindlays’ Investment Bank (ANZIB, from 1996-98). He spent 15 years at Bank of America (1980-1995), where he last headed the Bank’s Wholesale Banking businesses and held several positions of increasing responsibility, including assignments in Asian countries. He was presented the Eagle Pin by the Chairman of Bank of America in 1990, the highest professional recognition for consistent performance excellence at Bank of America, amongst several other enterprising achievements. Rana Kapoor, was recently felicitated by the Hon'ble Governor of Maharashtra, Shri CH Vidyasagar Rao and the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Shri Devendra Fadnavis, for his ‘commitment to the development of the State of Maharashtra’. He has also received the 2013 Godfrey Phillips ‘National Special Social Award’ for actively driving the vision of Responsible Banking.

In a span of 12 years, YES BANK has received significant national and global recognitions and accolades including the prestigious Bank of the Year, India Award 2015 from The Banker magazine, UK, IMC RBNQA Business Excellence Award, 2013, Best Midsized Bank for 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009 & 2008 in the Business Today-KPMG Best Banks Annual Survey. YES BANK received the Rank 1 Sustainable Bank of the Year (Asia/Pacific) award at the FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Awards 2012 and 2011, London and was included as a Foundation Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF), Geneva.

Mr. Ashishkumar Chauhan

Bombay Stock Exchange

Ashish is the MD & CEO of BSE (Bombay Stock Exchange), the first stock exchange of Asia. He is one of the founders of India's National Stock Exchange (“NSE”) where he worked from 1992 to 2000. He is best known as the father of modern financial derivatives in India due to his work at NSE. He was instrumental in setting up India’s first fully automated screen based trading system and first commercial satellite communications network. He also created several path breaking frameworks including Nifty index, NSE certifications in financial markets etc.

From 2000 to 2009, he worked as the President and Chief Information Officer of Reliance group and was also the CEO of the cricket team Mumbai Indians in its formative years. He also handled additional responsibilities as the Head, Corporate Communications for Reliance Group from 2005 – 2006.

He joined BSE as Deputy CEO in 2009 and was appointed as CEO in 2012. He is credited with reviving BSE including making it the fastest Exchange in the World with less than 6 microseconds response time, introduction of Mobile Trading first time in India, state of the art online real time surveillance system, introduction of several market leading products like SME, Currencies, Mutual Funds, Corporate Bonds distribution, Offer for Sale, Offer to buy etc. He was also instrumental in setting up India’s First International Exchange “India International Exchange”, which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi in January 2017 at Gandhinagar, Gift City.  He has successfully completed the IPO of BSE which was pending for over 10 years. BSE IPO was oversubscribed 51 times with close to 12 lakh applications in January 2017.
He holds a B Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay and a PGDM from IIM Kolkata. He is a Distinguished Visiting professor at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

 

Mr. Santhosh Jayaram

KPMG

Santhosh is a partner at KPMG in India, leading the Climate Change and Sustainability practice, which works with private sector companies, PSUs, State Governments, central governments and Developmental agencies. He has led the team to publish the world’s first sustainability profit and loss statement. Santhosh is a renowned specialist in extra-financial risk assessment, responsible investment, climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies, climate finance, sustainability reporting, Integrated reporting and Impact evaluations. He has been involved with 6 green bonds issued in India. He has also played an instrumental advisory role in developing NAMA projects for the Governments of Sri Lanka and Bhutan.

He has held key positions in the development of G4 guidelines at Global Reporting Initiative, Netherlands in 2012, and was a Standards Committee member for the development of AA1000SES standard at AccountAbility, UK in 2011 and was the Director of the board at Consortium of Humanitarian Agencies, Sri Lanka from 2006 to 2008.

He is an alumnus of University of California – Berkeley Campus and ISB – Hyderabad through the executive education program. He holds a Master of Technology in Environmental Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from Calicut University, India.

 

Mrs. Barnali Mukherjee

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE BOARD OF INDIA (SEBI)

Mrs. Barnali Mukherjee is currently in the leadership team of the Investment Management Department as a Chief General Manager in the Securities And Exchange Board Of India.

Her responsibilities include Regulation of Issues and listing of Debt  Securities, Securitization, Municipal Bonds, Non-convertible Redeemable Preference Shares, Regulation & Supervision of Alternative Investment Funds including Angel Investing, Private Equity,  FVCI, Regulation & Supervision of REIT and InvIT, Regulation & Supervision of Portfolio Management Schemes and Investment Advisory Services and Research Analysts.

She is a member of the Corporate Bonds & Securitization Advisory Committee, and Alternative Investment Policy Advisory  Committee of SEBI, and also a member of the Infrastructure Working Group of IOSCO

Mrs. Mukherjee has been with SEBI since 1994, and has contributed extensively to the Investigation department and Adjudication departments in her earlier roles. Prior to SEBI, she had worked with Pressman Leasing Ltd in Kolkata.

She holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Kolkata, and is professionally qualified as a Company Secretary from the Institute of Company Secretaries of India.

Ms. Chandni Khosla

National Stock Exchange

Chandni  Khosla  is a  seasoned  financial  sector  woman  with  over  17  years  of  experience  in  the emerging and frontier countries. In her current role, she leads international affairs at the National Stock Exchange of India (NSE India), where she facilitates strategic collaborations & advocacy at global  stages for  NSE  India  and  its  Group  companies. She is responsible for  developing multi- lateral arrangements internationally with Exchanges; Regulator; Government and several Global Associations.

Prior to joining NSE India, she has been associated with Natixis Global Asset Management and SHUAA Capital PSC, in developing multi-jurisdictional and multi-channel businesses and executes all strategic, operational, and business development activities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

She is a post graduate in management; Bachelors in Commerce Honors and she has academically pursued  further  certification  in  the  area  of  General  Management;  Regulation;  Compliance;Private equity and Venture capital.

Ms. Khosla  passionately  contributes  to  sustainability  and  social  responsibilities  conversations. She lives in Mumbai and she is a single mother to her teenage son.

Dr. Emandi Sankara Rao

Whole-time Director and CEO of IIFCL Asset Management Company Ltd -Infra Debt Fund (MF) and CGM at IIFCL

Dr. Emandi Sankara Rao is currently serving as the Whole-time Director and CEO of IIFCL Asset Management Company Ltd -Infra Debt Fund (MF) and CGM at IIFCL. With over 29 years of experience with leading institutions in infrastructure industry and banking & finance sectors..

Dr. Rao has served prestigious organizations like IDFC Group as Director & Business Head and IDBI as DGM. He holds extensive experience in Project & Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Investment Banking, and Infrastructure Development in sectors such as Power, Telecom, Gas pipelines, SEZs, Ports, Airports, and Urban Infrastructure. He has also been instrumental in raising funds for IIFCL from both domestic and foreign sources and developing financial products like Credit Enhancement-cum-Takeout and Acquisition Finance.

Dr. Rao was also a member in the Sub-Group on Infrastructure (under Working Group on Savings Formulation) of the 12th Five Year Plan, member of Sub-Group on Financing Urban Infrastructure in the 12th Five Year Plan, and a member in the Ministry of Finance – DFS Committee on Debt Market Development.

He has a Doctorate in Project Finance from the  Indian Institute of Technology Bombay and a Masters of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur.

Ms. Nutan B Zarapkar

International Finance Corporation

Nutan is a Chemical Engineer with 22 years of experience working for private sector, multilateral agency, ngo  covering environment, energy, and climate change areas. Prior to joining IFC, she worked as Executive Director at Ernst & Young and was responsible for driving climate change and sustainability advisory work for  EY . She worked for USAID, Clinton Foundation and Ion Exchange India Ltd in various capacities.  She has worked on various international projects covering countries like Saudi  Arabia, Manila, Singapore, U.S., China and Hongkong.  Her work focused on climate change strategy development for government and  industries; facilitating and developing climate change policy and helping clients implement climate change programs. With IFC, she is responsible for promoting and facilitating Green Financing Solution to Financial Institution clients across South Asia

Ms. Ayaan Adam

GCF

Ms. Ayaan Adam is the Director of Private Sector Facility at the Green Climate Fund. The PSF invests in private sector entities and projects that address climate change in developing countries and emerging markets. Since 2014, Ayaan has been serving as an independent senior advisor to a number of leading sustainable investment institutions, including Oikocredit International.

In addition to serving as Managing Director of Africa Funds at UK-based CDC Group Plc, she spent 17 years at the International Finance Corporation where her last role was Chief Investment Officer- Head of Financial Institutions, South Asia based in Mumbai, India.

Mr. Marnix Monsfort

FMO

Marnix Monsfort is Manager of the Financial Institutions - Asia department of FMO (the Netherlands Development Bank). We support sustainable private sector growth in emerging markets by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs. We believe a strong private sector leads to economic and social development, empowering people to employ their skills and improve their quality of life.

At FMO, Marnix leads a team of investment professionals responsible for the structuring and monitoring of debt transactions in the financial institutions sector in Asia. The focus is on supporting employment via the SME segment and financial inclusion and on mitigating climate change. Marnix joined FMO in 2014. Prior to FMO, he held positions at ABN AMRO in various countries mostly in Asia and other international commercial banks. Marnix holds a Master degree in Economics from VU University in Amsterdam.

Mr. Naveen Khandelwal

Hero Future Energies Private Limited

Naveen Khandelwal is Head – Investment & Strategy and Project Finance at Hero Future Energies Private Limited. He has been with the company since its early days & has contributed to the growth of the portfolio by assuming active role in selection of projects, acquisitions, capital structure and risk management function of the company. He has more than 12 years of experience in similar field. In his last assignment with Green Infra, where he worked on various investment functions including deal origination, deal analysis, deal structuring & negotiation, deal documentation & closure. He also played a key role in various corporate finance functions including mergers and acquisition, equity capital raising, debt raising, project finance etc. 

Prior to Green Infra, he worked with SBI Capital Markets for a little less than 2 years. There he had an in-depth exposure to project finance, structured finance, debt syndication and bid advisory. Also, pre-MBA he has served in NTPC Ltd for about three and half years in various functions like Project Management, Commissioning, Operations and General Management. Academically, he is a charter holder of CFA, USA apart from post graduate diploma in management from XLRI, Jamshedpur and an engineering degree from National Institute of Technology, Jaipur.

 

Ms. Namita Vikas

Yes bank

Namita Vikas is a distinguished Indian business leader with over 27 years of expertise in Climate Finance and Business Sustainability. Under the visionary guidance of Mr.  Rana Kapoor, MD & CEO, YES BANK LTD, Namita leads the green finance, climate strategy, and environmental sustainability verticals, at India’s 4th largest private sector Bank. Her astute guidance has led YES BANK to emerge as a global front-runner in climate finance.

Her well-rounded global experience also spans specializations in triple bottom-line accounting, ESG performance, and CSR. She is also involved in climate action and advocacy efforts in India and at the global stage.

A prominent speaker at influential national and international platforms such as the UN General Assembly and G20 amongst others, Namita has been associated with key global institutions such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, International Finance Corporation and the United Nations, through her active role in mainstreaming climate action and green economics, globally.

In the past, she has successfully held leadership positions with Marico, Microsoft Corporation and Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

For her exemplary efforts at integrating sustainability into business strategy and aligning it towards achieving global SDGs, Namita was awarded the WBCSD Leading Women Award by The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), in March 2017.

Mr. Arjun Guha

KFW

Arjun Guha is a renewable Energy Specialist with KFW, Germany′s development bank. For the last 6 years with KFW, he has been working on financing energy projects in India including solar rooftops, solar parks and energy efficiency measures across the power system.

He is co-lead for the programming and implementation of the Indo-German Solar Partnership through which Germany has committed 1 Billion Euros through KFW to support India’s solar energy program.
In the past, he was with SunEdison Solar as the global program manager for reducing the cost of solar energy delivery.
He earned his Electrical Engineering degree from Purdue University, USA and an MBA in Finance from the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad.

Mr. Anshul Gupta

IFMR

Anshul Gupta works in Product Development Vertical of the structuring desk at IFMR Capital. He has played a leading role in developing new products at IFMRC including PAR Mosec and Pooled Loan Issuance . Prior to joining IFMR Capital he was working with Deutsche Bank in Structured Finance Vertical of Global Transaction Banking. He completed his B-Tech from IIT Roorkee in 2012 and has completed all the three levels of CFA and level one of FRM.


 

Mr. Ravi Saraogi

IFMR

Ravi Saraogi is currently the Investment Strategist at IFMR Investments. He has played a key role in IFMR Investments’ growth as a specialized asset manager, primarily focusing on fund raising, product design and risk management. IFMR Investments manages five alternative investment funds with a diverse investor base and has won awards for innovation in design and use of structured finance.

Ravi was previously working in the institutional equities research team at IIFL Capital servicing large domestic and foreign institutional investors, specialising in economic and financial research for the Indian markets. Prior to IIFL Capital, he worked with J.P. Morgan India, in their Emerging Markets Strategy team, primarily focusing on the Asia Pacific region. He has also worked at HSBC India’s Analytics division with experience in model building and data analytics. Ravi writes for leading media outlets on matters relating to tax, structuring and economy. He is a CFA® charterholder from the CFA Institute, US.


 

Mr. Xavier Echasseriau

Proparco

Xavier Echasseriau started his career as a junior analyst at Société Générale in France, where he covered a portfolio of European and Asian global and investment banks, prior to joining AFD Group, France’s bilateral international co-operation operator. He was first posted in French Guiana, where he contributed to launching a guarantee fund dedicated to SMEs. From 2001 to 2008, he held several positions within AFD’s central banking unit, successively in Paris where he took part in overhauling the monetary policy for the French territories of the South Pacific, then in New Caledonia as head of the credit department, and then in Reunion as head of the corporate department, more specifically in charge of mediating between corporates and banks during the financial crisis. From 2009 to 2013, he was posted in India as a programme officer for South Asia and as an attaché for international development to the Embassy of France in New Delhi, where he structured and implemented various projects in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Xavier currently serves as a senior investment officer within Proparco’s Banking and Capital Markets Department in Paris where he has been in charge of investments in the field of green finance and sustainable development. Xavier holds a masters’ degree in management and business administration and a post graduate degree in finance from the University of Paris.

Mr. Piyush Mathur

Simpa Networks

Mr. Piyush Mathur is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Simpa Networks, an award-winning energy access company, using innovative packaged finance models to make energy accessible and affordable for the energy-poor households in rural India.  Under Mr Mathur’s leadership, Simpa has employed innovative financing structures to make solar energy affordable and accessible to rural energy-poor households and shops in rural India.  Simpa is now expanding its footprint in existing and new districts across India.  The path-breaking model established by Simpa marrying Fintech with Cleantech, is not only opening up possibilities for the entire off-grid sector in India, but also changing the lives of people.

Mr Mathur is a private equity and corporate finance professional with over 15 years’ experience in Investments, Cross-Border M&A and Capital Raisings.  Immediately before Simpa, Mr Mathur was a Director at Kleinwort Benson Bank in London where he established and led the Principal Investments business. During this time, Mr Mathur led investments in the renewable energy space ranging from distributed micro power to utility-scale solar mini-grids in Europe.   Mr Mathur also invested in emerging market development businesses e.g. a sustainable agro-forestry and fisheries business in West Africa, demonstrating how commercial investments can be structured for developmental businesses operating in high country-risk regions.
 
Earlier, Mr Mathur was a partner in a private equity firm based out of London, where he originated, invested and managed a number of investments in high-growth cleantech and TMT businesses, several of which like Envirofone in UK established themselves as category leaders.  Prior to that, Mr Mathur was at KPMG where he advised global corporations like Cisco and Cemex on acquisitions in US, Europe and India. He has also worked in Strategy Consulting with Marakon Associates where he advised the Board of BP on reconfiguring their Alternative Energy portfolio to attract external capital.  Mr Mathur is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has received MBA from London Business School.

Mr. Avnish Misra

Simpa Networks

Mr. Avnish Misra is the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) of Simpa Networks, an award-winning energy access company, using innovative packaged finance models to make energy accessible and affordable for the energy-poor households in rural India. 

Mr. Misra is a private equity and corporate finance professional with over 17 years’ experience in Strategic Business Planning, P&L Management, Internal Control & Governance, Debt raise etc.  Immediately before Simpa, Mr. Misra was Portfolio Finance Director at Berkeley Energy, a fund manager engaged in setting up renewable energy plants in Asia and Africa. During this time, Mr. Misra managed and established investments in India and Philippines.
 
Earlier, Mr. Misra has supported an Oil & Gas exploration company in its AIM listing journey. Prior to that Mr. Misra worked in Assurance Advisory at PwC & EY India.

Mr. Misra is a qualified Chartered Accountant.