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Profile of Board of Directors

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Dr. Abhijit Sharma-Independent Director


Dr. Abhijit Sharma is presently engaged as Director, Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) under the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Dr. Sharma is a Ph.D from Guwahati University. Prior to joining IIE, he was the Associate Professor at Indian Institute of Bank Management, Guwahati. He also worked as a Lecturer in Guwahati University. He has vast experience as a trainer in the field of Microfinance, Group Mode of Financing, Financial Inclusion and Rural Livelihoods.

He represented the NER as the member of the working group set up by Planning Commission on National Rural Livelihood Mission. He is also associated with several studies and consultancies on microfinance and livelihood in the North East in collaboration with Microsave, CESS and Livelihood School, Hyderabad, Tufts University, Boston, USA etc. He was a renowned mentor for the upcoming entrepreneurs under the Bharat Yuva Shakti Trust programme in Assam. His interests and expertise include Micro-Enterprises and their promotion, Rural Financial Markets, Financial Systems and Livelihoods in the remote and mountain areas including microfinance and financial inclusion and urban development issues. He has numbers of publications published globally on the above-mentioned areas of work. [DIN- 08185287]

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Ms. Suvalaxmi Chakraborty - Nominee Director (Oiko Credit)


(Oikocredit, Ecumenical Development Cooperative Society, U.A.) Suvalaxmi Chakraborty is a Chartered Accountant by profession. Having spent over 17 years with ICICI Bank, she has been exposed to diverse set of businesses, including Project and Corporate Finance, Treasury and Integrated Multicurrency Fund & Asset Liability Management, Corporate Banking, Rural / Agri& Micro Banking. Thereafter, she had joined Barclays Bank in 2007 as the Commercial Banking Director to launch the Commercial Banking business in India which achieved a break even in a record time of 11 months and had thereafter grown exponentially and profitably month on month. During 2010, she joined State Bank Of Mauritius (SBM) where she led their India operations as the Chief Executive Officer for more than three years. She is presently the Founder Director of Espandere Advisors Pvt Ltd which provides Business Advisory and Transaction Advisory services in Banking & Finance, Agriculture & Rural, Infrastructure & Manufacturing sectors. She is also an Advisor to Fullerton India Credit Company Ltd, an NBFC engaged in lending to retail and Micro & Small Enterprises. She works with Fullerton in strategic initiatives in the areas of treasury, rural and new business initiatives. She also serves as an independent director on the board of Caspian Impact Investment Ltd. She has been associated with RGVN since March 2016.[DIN- 00106054]

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Mr. Anand Prakash Srivastava Nominee Director- Small Industries Development Bank of India


He has around 27 years of experience in MSME financing and development, covering a variety of industrial sectors. Besides, he has acquired extensive experience in NPA management and follow up and monitoring of MSME exposures. He is known for developing a criticality based monitoring system which is known as Simplified Monitoring System for monitoring MSME exposures. Having served in North East, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana and other states, Mr. Srivastava has wide and enriched experience of developmental and financing initiatives across varied geographies.
[DIN- 01718000]

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Mr. Manas Kumar Bid-Nominee Director –Dia Vikas Capital Private Limited


Manas holds a postgraduate degree in Rural Management from Xavier Institute of Social Service, Ranchi. He has over 20 years of experience in the microfinance sector, including with CARE India’s microfinance program in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal. His areas of expertise include sourcing and screening suitable equity investment opportunities in India, perform due diligence, analysing financial statements, risk assessments and equity valuations and monitoring equity investment portfolio. He is also proficient incapacity building need assessment of MFIs, training design and delivery, development of resource materials etc. He also represents Dia on the board of few Dia investees.
[DIN-02493180]

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Mr. Srijib Kumar Baruah
Nominee Director (NEDFi)


Sri S.K. Baruah, M.B.A., LL.B. and Associate Member of the Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), is the Executive Director of North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. (NEDFi). He has vast experience of more than 21 years in diverse and varied areas of financial systems. Sri Baruah has worked in operations all throughout his career and has vast knowledge and experience in the field of Project Finance, MSME & Micro Finance, NPA Recovery & Monitoring, Human Resource Development, Legal and Advisory & Consultancy.
[DIN-03591721]

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Mr. Njord Andrewes
Designation – Nominee Director (NMI)


Njord Andrewes is Investment Director in NMI. Prior to joining NMI, Mr. Andrewes was a Senior Equity Research Analyst at Lazard Capital Markets. Before Lazard, Mr. Andrewes was an Equity Research Analyst at Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. He began his career at Robertson Stephens in Sales and Trading. Mr. Andrewes received an MBA in Finance from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and a B.A. in Economics from Hope College.He has been associated with RGVN since July 2014.
[DIN-06520457]

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Mr. Mohit Verma- Nominee Director (pi Ventures LLP)


Mohit Verma is a Masters in Financial Management (M.F.M.) from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He started his career in financial sector as a Probationary Officer with SBI and has around 24 years of experience working in different roles and capacities, with specialisation in Debt Markets. He is working with NarotamSekhsaria Family Office since March 2009. He has been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Siddhesh Capital Market Services Pvt Ltd, a registered NBFC, since December 2009
[DIN-02647080]

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RANGANATHAN VARADARAJAN DILIP KUMAR (SIDBI Trustee Company Limited A/c Samridhi Fund)


Sr. VP & CFO, Samridhi In-Charge Dilip has been with SVCL since its inception in 1999 and was part of the core team which had set up SIDBI Ventures, SIDBI Trustee Company and NFSIT. He represents SVCL on the Boards of some portfolio companies, where he has played an active role in building up systems and processes. Prior to joining SVCL in 1999, Dilip was with SIDBI for nearly 8 years with experience in credit appraisal, accounts and audit functions. He is a Post Graduate in Commerce and Economics, AICWA, CS (Inter), PGDBA and CAIIB.
[DIN-01060651]

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Mr. Manish Thakkar- Nominee Director RNT Associates Private Limited


Manish has more than 23 years of experience in financial services, specializing in investment banking, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, deal negotiation and transaction structuring. After more 17 years in investment banking with KPMG Corporate Finance, ICICI Securities and Nomura, he turned entrepreneur and angel investor. Manish has expertise in financial services and investment banking space and has advised corporations, investors and governments on several transactions over the years. Manish is currently working with Avanti Finance a FinTech start-up promoted by Mr Ratan N Tata and Mr. Nandan Nilekani. Manish is a commerce graduate and a Chartered Accountant.
[DIN- 03233206]