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Profile of Board of Directors

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Mr. Brij Mohan (Chairman of the Board)


Mr. Mohan, Former Executive Director of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI),Lucknow, was closely involved in setting up of SIDBI Foundation for Micro Credit (SFMC) as an apex financing & development micro-finance entity in 1998. He took the lead in setting up the development department in Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI) during 1980-1990 and worked as Manager and Officer on Special Duty in IDBI. Before joining IDBI he was member of Indian Statistical Service & held the position of Deputy Director in Planning Commission (1976-80) & Assistant Director (1970-76) in Department of Statistics.He did his Masters in Mathematics from Punjab University & post graduate degree in statistics from Indian Statistical Institute/Institute of Agricultural Research Statistics.

He is presently the Chairman of Ananya finance for Inclusive Growth Ltd.- a wholesaler lender to microfinance institutions and chairman of ACCESS Holding Ventures India Ltd, a knowledge platform. He is a Director on the Board of Micro Rating International Ltd. and MSME Foundation and was the founding chairman of ACCESS Development Services as well as MicroSave India till recently. He is now the mentor & director on the Board of Sa-Dhan. Mr.Mohan is credited with building the microfinance movement in India starting 1994. He is associated with RGVN since July 2008

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Ms. Suvalaxmi Chakraborty - Nominee Director (Oiko Credit)


Suvalaxmi 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.

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Mr. Robert Dunn
Nominee Director (Dia Vikas)


Robert Dunn has been the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Opportunity International, Australia since August 2008, having joined the organisation in November 2006 as Chief Financial Officer. Robert is also a Director of Opportunity’s Indian subsidiary, Dia Vikas Capital, which manages the provision of microfinance services in India. Since 2008, Dia Vikas has invested or lent to local microfinance institutions who serve over 3 million clients in India. Part of a global network, Opportunity has programs in more than 20 of the world’s poorest countries. Using innovative financial solutions and training, it empowers people living in poverty to transform their lives. Robert serves on the Boards of the Port Authority of New South Wales and Logosdor Limited. Prior to joining Opportunity, Robert was the Finance Director with Patrick Corporation for 14 years. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. He has been associated with RGVN(NE)MFL since 21st Dec 2016.

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Mr. Ugen Tashi
Nominee Director (IDBI)


Shri Ugen Tashi (B.Tech, MBA), General Manager, IDBI Bank, is heading the Retail Banking Group for North East Region – I. He has been with IDBI Bank for over 17 years and has exposure in different areas viz. Retail Banking, Priority Sector Lending, Corporate Finance, Venture Capital, International Banking etc. He was previously on the Board of North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Limited (NEDFi) and Sikkim Industrial Development & Investment Corporation Limited (SIDICO).

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Mr. Srijib Kumar Baruah
Nominee Director (NEDFi)


Mr Baruah is presently the General Manager & Company Secretary of North Eastern Development Finance Corporation Ltd. He has been nominated by NEDFi as Director from July 2011. He looks after Corporate Affairs, Human Resource, Administration, Finance at NEDFi. He is a qualified Company Secretary and represents NEDFi in most of the NBFC-MFIs operating in North East Region. He has been associated with RGVN since July 2011.

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Mr. Njord Andrewes
Designation – Nominee Director (NMI)


Mr. Andrewes has worked for the past five years at NMI AS. NMI AS is an asset management firm that seeks to balance financial and social returns through investments in financial institutions serving the underprivileged. As an Investment Director, he has the overall responsibility for developing and managing the funds, the funds’ investments, including implementing the investment strategy. He is currently responsible for NMI Global Fund and NMI Fund III, which invests in financial institutions in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Mr. Andrewes’ duties include (I)sourcing and identifying investment opportunities and performing due diligence and deal analysis; (ii) closing investments including deal negotiation and execution of investment contracts and other legal agreements; (iii) liquidity management and capital planning; and (iv) responsibility for governance issues, including board and committee representation where appropriate.

Prior to joining NMI, he was an Equity Research Analyst at U.S.-based Lazard Capital Markets. Before Lazard, he was an Equity Research Analyst at U.S.-based Janney Montgomery Scott, LLC. He received an MBA in Finance from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and a B.A. in Economics from Hope College. He is associated with RGVN since July 2014.

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Mr. Sanjeev Gupta
Nominee Director (SIDBI)


Mr. Gupta has been working with Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) since September 1991. During the last 26 years, he has served in different capacity in various Head Office departments viz. Credit Operations, Venture Capital, Audit, Vigilance & Administration. He has also worked as Branch in-charge at Gandhidham (Gujarat) and Nariman Point, Mumbai branch offices and on deputation to associate institution viz. SIDBI Venture Capital Limited (SVCL) for 4 years. He is presently heading the Guwahati Region as Regional Head for North East Region. He has been associated with RGVN(NE)MFL since 19th October, 2015.

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RV Dilip Kumar


RV Dilip Kumar, 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.