P.S. Jayakumar is a Non-Executive Independent Director and the Chairman of the Board. He was appointed to the Board on October 15, 2020. He has approximately 30 years of work experience, covering both the financial sector and real estate sector. He is a chartered accountant, and holds a master’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras and a postgraduate diploma in business management from the Xavier Labour Relations Institute. Previously, he worked at Citibank N.A. and has also served as the managing director and chief executive officer of VBHC Value Home Private Limited and the Bank of Baroda.
Dr. Kshama Fernandes is the Non-Executive Vice Chairperson of our Company. She served as the Managing Director and CEO of Northern Arc Capital from 2012 to 2022. She holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Goa University, and a master’s degree as a well as a PhD in management studies from Goa University.
She has over 25 years of experience spanning across management, risk advisory and academia. Dr. Fernandes is a financial risk manager certified by the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP). Prior to joining us, she was a professor at the Goa Institute of Management. She has also served as our chief risk officer from 2009 to 2012.
Anuradha Rao is a Non-Executive Independent Director of our Company and was appointed to the Board on October 31, 2019. She holds a bachelor’s degree in science from Osmania University and master of science degree in physics from the University of Hyderabad. She has approximately 36 years of experience in banking and finance and has worked at the State Bank of India, where she contributed significantly towards the bank’s progress and growth. She also served as the managing director and chief executive officer of SBI Funds Management Private Limited
N.T. Arunkumar (Arun) is a Non-Executive Independent Director of our Company and was appointed to the Board on February 14, 2022. Arun holds an Honors Post Graduate Diploma (MBA) from XLRI, Jamshedpur, after graduating as a topper in Math & Statistics. He is the MD for Telstra in India and leads Telstra’s Global Business Services’ Innovation function. Arun’s professional experience ranges across functions (Operations, P&L, Technology/Digital, analytics, supply-chain & sourcing) in different business models and a significant portion in global banking and financial services. Prior to joining Telstra, he served in several senior leadership positions, including the positions of MD and Global ODC (service delivery & strategic partnerships) head for UBS AG, the CEO of Dun & Bradstreet TransUnion, as well as technology management stints with Citigroup and PepsiCo.
Ashutosh Arvind Pednekar is a Non-Executive Independent Director of our Company and was appointed to the Board on September 14, 2020. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from H.R. College of Commerce and Economics, University of Bombay. He has been a practising chartered accountant for over 30 years.
Ashish Mehrotra is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of our Company. He also serves as the Non-Executive Chairperson of Pragati Finserv, the microfinance subsidiary of Northern Arc Group and is the member of the Board for Northern Arc Investment Managers, that houses our Alternate Investment Fund and Portfolio Management Service.
Ashish has over 25 years of experience across Retail & Commercial Banking, Wealth Management, and Insurance. In his last role, he was the MD & CEO of Niva Bupa Health Insurance (previously known as Max Bupa Health Insurance). Before that, Ashish spent over 20 years at Citibank. He was previously a Managing Director and also the Retail Bank Head for Citibank India.
Ashish holds a Master of Business Administration Degree.
Bama Balakrishnan is the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of our Company. She currently oversees the Financial Institutions, Mid-Market Origination Business and Markets Distribution for Northern Arc. She has also served previously as our Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer. In her role as chief financial officer, she played a key role in deepening access to liabilities and completing a significant capital raise for our Company. She joined our Company on August 13, 2012, as a senior risk officer. In this role, she led the strengthening of the risk management approach as the Company scaled up across multiple new sectors. Prior to joining our Company, she worked with ICICI Bank for 10 years.
She is a Director on the Board of Dvara Research Foundation, an organization engaged in research and policy advocacy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the University of Madras, a post-graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and a professional diploma in software technology and systems management from the National Institute of Information Technology. She is also a member of the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India and a CFA® Charterholder.
Michael Jude Fernandes is a Non-Executive Nominee Director of our Company and was appointed to the Board on March 28, 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Calcutta and a post-graduate diploma from the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta. He co-leads LeapFrog group’s investments in South and Southeast Asia, with approximately 20 years of experience in consulting and investing. He was formerly an executive director at Khazanah India Advisors Private Limited, an entity under the Khazanah Nasional group, the sovereign fund of Malaysia and served on the boards of IDFC Limited and Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited in India. He has been an executive director at Piramal Enterprises Limited. Previously, Mr. Fernandes was a partner with McKinsey & Co, focusing on healthcare and consumer sectors across South and Southeast Asia.
Samir Amrit Shah is a Non-Executive Nominee Director of our Company and was appointed to the Board on January 19, 2018. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Poona and is a graduate of the Wharton Advanced Management Program. He is the executive vice-chair of the Dvara Trust. He was earlier the managing director and chief executive officer of the National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange Limited and previously the chief business officer of the Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange. He has over 20 years of experience and has also previously served as the global head business planning and operations at Thomson Reuters Asia Pte. Ltd.
Vijay Nallan Chakravarthi is a Non-Executive Nominee Director of our Company and was appointed to the Board on January 19, 2018. He holds a master of business administration degree from the J. L. Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, a master’s degree in science from the Ohio State University and bachelor of engineering degree from the University of Madras. He is currently a managing director at Affirma Capital India and formerly was an executive director, private equity at Standard Chartered Bank. He is involved with Affirma’s investments in certain portfolio companies.