Profile of Board of Directors
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]
CA. Kaberi Bhuyan passed her ICSE examination from Shillong and thereafter completed her graduation from Guwahati Commerce College holding the second rank position in the University. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the year 1989 as the first lady CA from Guwahati. She has been practicing together with her husband who is also a Chartered Accountant under the firm name Bhuyan & Associates for the past 29 years. She also qualified for the DISA degree in the year 2004.
She was the Chairperson of the Guwahati Branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for the year 2013-14 and emerges as the 1st Lady Chairperson from the whole of Eastern Region, including the states of West Bengal, Orissa, Sikkim, besides the North Eastern States.
She is a “Paul Harris Fellow” member of the Rotary Club of Guwahati South & has also served as the Treasurer of that Club.
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.
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.
Anirudh works as an Equity Officer at Oikocredit and leads the equity strategy in India. He is responsible for managing the equity portfolio and assessing new investment opportunities in financial inclusion and agriculture sectors.
He accumulates over 12 years of experience in private equity, investment banking and project finance across several countries and sectors. An Indian national, Anirudh is a CFA Charterholder and an MBA in Finance from IMT, Ghaziabad.
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
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.
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.
After initial service of about 3 years with Air India and Ministry of Finance, Government of India [Banking Division], I have joined Small Industries Development Bank of India [SIDBI] in December 1996. I have completed more than 22 years with SIDBI and worked across verticals and geographies and have long experience in project appraisal, finance, stress asset management, resolution, promotional and development activities of the Bank for MSME. I am presently heading the Regional Office of SIDBI, Guwahati serving all the entire North Eastern States, Sikkim and West Bengal
Ms. Smriti Chandra is an Investment Director with Nordic Microfinance Initiative, Norway (NMI) since 2017. NMI is an impact fund, focused on partnering with institutions in financial inclusion space across South Asia, South East Asia and Africa. Prior to joining NMI, she was a co-founder of a boutique Investment Banking outfit – First League Ventures – based out of New Delhi, India for 3 years, focused on supporting start-up companies in M&A and raising seed to Series A venture capital funds across technology and consumer sectors. Previously, Ms. Chandra also worked at EY for 10 years where she served clients in multiple sectors with a focus on transaction advisory services, including investment banking (M&A and private equity fund raising), financial due diligence and bid advisory services. She has also worked with KPMG in their transfer pricing division. Ms. Chandra is a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Commerce graduate from Bangalore University.
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