Speaker profile

Sanchit Arora

Sanchit Arora is an Economist at E\&Y, where he is currently providing consulting services to the Indian Income Tax Department. He uses machine learning and knowledge of macroeconomics and economic research to solve clients’ business and policy problems. He has 5+ years of corporate experience and 5+ years of academic (PhD) experience in advance analytics. Earlier, he worked for Nielsen and CRISIL. He has a Post. Doc. (International Economics) from Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW), Germany and a PhD (Economics) from Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai.

Jahangir Aziz

Jahangir Aziz is J.P. Morgan's Head of Emerging Market Economics and Commodities Research. He led Asia Emerging Market Economics over 2013-16 after having joined the firm in late 2008 as the India Chief Economist. Prior to that, he served as Principal Economic Advisor to India's Minister of Finance having spent 12 years at the IMF where he headed the China division from 2004-07. Jahangir holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota.

Vimal Balasubramaniam

Vimal Balasubramaniam is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Warwick Business School, United Kingdom. His research interests span household finance, asset pricing, behavioral finance and international finance. Prior to joining the University of Warwick, he was a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oxford and a consultant at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi. For more details, see www.vimalb.com

Jonathan Brogaard

Professor Jonathan Brogaard is a full professor of finance at the University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business. His research interests include high frequency trading and empirical asset pricing He has published in the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies, among other top journals. He has worked with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the U.K. Financial Services Authority, and the Canadian Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, in analyzing large datasets. Professor Brogaard’s work has been featured in numerous media outlets including the Economist and the Wall Street Journal.

Brian Broughman

Brian Broughman's research focuses on corporate governance and financial contracting, particularly in startup firms financed by venture capital. Professor Broughman entered the legal academy after earning his Ph.D. in jurisprudence and social policy at the University of California, Berkeley, where his dissertation examined how governance arrangements mitigate the risk of opportunistic conduct between business founders and venture capital investors. His research also includes empirical studies related to mergers and acquisitions, shareholder voting, founder control rights, and the dominance of Delaware corporate law nationwide. Broughman’s work has been published in law reviews and peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Legal Studies and Journal of Corporate Finance. Before joining Vanderbilt's law faculty, Broughman taught for 11 years at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, where he also served for two years as associate dean for research. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. He practiced corporate law in Chicago immediately after earning his J.D. from the University of Michigan.

Greta Bull

Greta Bull is the CEO of CGAP and a director at the World Bank Group. Ms. Bull has 20 years of experience in development finance, primarily focused on small and medium enterprise finance, microfinance, and digital financial services. She has worked with both financial services providers and policy makers in Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and South Asia. Her clients and partners have included banks, microfinance institutions, mobile network operators, fintechs and bigtechs. Before joining CGAP, Ms. Bull was a manager for Financial Institutions Advisory Services at the International Finance Corporation. Other career highlights include serving as director of the Finance, Banking and Enterprise Division at DAI Europe and holding senior-level positions at the Eurasia Foundation. Ms. Bull has a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government and an undergraduate degree in International Studies from the University of Washington.

Monami Dasgupta

Monami Dasgupta works at the Household Finance Research Initiative at Dvara Research. Her research is focused on understanding low-income individuals and households particularly on issues of access, product design and delivery. Her recent work includes creating a comprehensive evidence gap map of research related to financial well-being of people, conducting comprehensive research on savings in gold by low-income households in India and a systematic review of household finance research in India. Monami is a fellow at the Bharat Inclusion Initiative by CIIE-IIM(A) (2018-2020). She has previously worked at IDBI Bank and holds an MPhil Degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

Leslie Djuranovik

Leslie Djuranovik is a Financial Economist at the Central Bank of Indonesia. With a PhD degree in Finance from Warwick Business School, he contributes actively the expertise he gained to shape the monetary policy in an emerging market. Leslies main research interests are in international finance, empirical asset pricing, and exchange rate economics. He also has broad interests in macroeconomics and its interaction with financial markets. His research has been and will be presented in AFA, EFA, SFS Asia-Pacific Cavalcade and many other institutions and conferences.

Adam Feibelman

Adam Feibelman’s teaching and research focus on bankruptcy law, regulation of financial institutions, legal issues related to sovereign debt, and international monetary law. He joined the Tulane faculty in 2009. Prior to that, he was a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of Law and University of Cincinnati School of Law and taught as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Gilbert S. Merritt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. His recent scholarship includes: Legal Shock or False Start: The Future of India’s New Consumer Insolvency and Bankruptcy Regime (forthcoming in American Bankruptcy Law Journal), Law in the Global Order: The IMF and International Financial Regulation (NYU Journal of International Law), Europe and the Future of International Monetary Law (Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems), Involuntary Bankruptcy for States (Duke Journal of Constitutional Law & Public Policy) and American States and Sovereign Debt Restructuring (in Skeel & Conti-Brown, eds., When States Go Broke).

Josh Felman

Joshua Felman formerly served as head of the International Monetary Fund office in India. Prior to this, he was a senior official at IMF headquarters in Washington DC, where he was in charge of the Funds operations in Korea and responsible for its research on Asian issues. He has had a long involvement in Asia. During the Asian crisis, he was the Funds representative in Indonesia, where he worked closely with the countrys authorities in restoring its banking sector back to financial health. Subsequently, he was in charge of the IMFs operations in the Philippines, as that country was working to overcome the lingering effects of the crisis. Mr. Felman did his graduate work at Oxford University. He now runs an economic consulting firm, JH Consulting, focused on understanding the Asian markets.

Kshama Fernandes

Kshama is the CEO of Northern Arc Capital and its founding Chief Risk Officer. Over the last decade, she has been closely involved in setting up the business and taking it to scale. Kshama has an MBA, a Ph.D. in Finance, and is a GARP certified Financial Risk Manager. Prior to joining Northern Arc, she was the Head of the Finance Department at the Goa Institute of Management. She has been a member of several committees set up by the Government of India related to capital markets as well as financial inclusion, and has extensive experience across policy, financial advisory, consulting, and academia. Kshama is an avid biker, sky diver, sailor, trekker and mountaineer.

Jesse M. Fried

Jesse M. Fried is a Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. Before joining the Harvard faculty in 2009, Fried was a Professor of Law and Faculty Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE) at the University of California Berkeley. Fried has also been a visiting professor at Columbia University Law School, Duisenberg School of Finance, Hebrew University, IDC Herzilya, and Tel Aviv University. He holds an A.B. and A.M in Economics from Harvard University, and a J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. His well-known book Pay without Performance: the Unfulfilled Promise of Executive Compensation, co-authored with Lucian Bebchuk, has been widely acclaimed by both academics and practitioners and translated into Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian. Fried has served as a consultant and expert witness in litigation involving executive compensation and corporate governance issues. He also serves on the Research Advisory Council of proxy advisor Glass, Lewis & Co.

Abhishek Ganguly

Abhi(shek) Ganguly is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Oklahoma. He is interested in theoretically motivated causal questions in a corporate setting, with an emphasis on the role of institutional investors, biased managers, and corporate disclosures. He has presented his papers at top conferences such as AFA, EFA, SFS Cavalcade, and FMA. His work has received several awards, including Outstanding Paper from SFA 2020, Best Paper from SWFA 2019, Outstanding Doctoral Student Paper from SFA 2019, and Best Paper Semi-Finalist (Corporate Finance) from FMA (2019, 2020). He received his Ph.D. in finance from Indiana University in 2020.

Anna Gelpern

Anna Gelpern is an Agnes N. Williams Research Professor at Georgetown Law and a nonresident senior fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics. She has published research on government debt, contracts, and regulation of financial institutions and markets. She has co-authored a law textbook on International Finance, and has contributed to international initiatives on financial reform and government debt. She co-directs the Sovereign Debt Forum, a collaboration among Georgetown Law’s Institute of International Economic Law and academic institutions in the United States and Europe, dedicated to cutting edge research and capacity building in sovereign debt management. Before coming to Georgetown, she held full-time appointments at the American University Washington College of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Newark and Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs. She has held visiting appointments at Harvard and Penn law schools. Between 1996 and 2002, Professor Gelpern served in legal and policy positions at the U.S. Treasury Department. Earlier she practiced with Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in New York and London. Professor Gelpern has taught International Finance, Contracts, Commercial Law, Financial Institutions and International Law. She earned an A.B. from Princeton University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Sean Hagan

Professor Hagan was the IMFs General Counsel for fourteen years (2004-2018). In this capacity, Professor Hagan advised the IMF’s management, Executive Board and membership on all legal aspects of the IMF’s operations, including its regulatory, advisory and lending functions. He also led a number of policy initiatives, including, most recently, the reform of the IMF’s anti-corruption policy. Professor Hagan has published extensively on both the law of the IMF and a broad range of issues relating to the prevention and resolution of financial crisis, with a particular emphasis on insolvency and the estructuring of debt, including sovereign debt. Professor Hagan received his Juris Doctor from the Georgetown University Law Center and also received a Masters of Science in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. During the 2018-2019 Academic year, Professor Hagan has been Visiting Fellow at Oxford University (Exeter College).

Sharjil Haque

Sharjil is a PhD Candidate in Economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His specialization is in International Macroeconomics and Empirical Corporate Finance with a focus on Private Equity. Before PhD, he has worked as Research Analyst at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington D.C., in the Advanced Economies and Multilateral Issues Division. He hold a Masters in International Economics and Finance from Johns Hopkins University. He is from Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Guanming He

Guanming is a tenured associate professor at the Durham University, and is serving as a PhD program director for the business school. His research appears in varied prestigious international journals, and has been presented in the leading finance and economic conferences such as American Economist Association annual meeting, Society of Government Economist conference, Money, Macro, & Finance conference, European Meeting of Econometric Society, China International Conference in Finance, etc. He attained teaching evaluation scores of 90%+ for an array of teaching in the Nanyang Technological University, University of Warwick, and Durham University, respectively, and won varied teaching excellent awards accordingly.

Kose John

Kose John is the Charles William Gerstenberg Professor of Banking and Finance at New York University, Stern School of Business. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Columbia University and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po). He has won several awards, including the Batterymarch Fellowship in 1983 and the Jensen Prize for the best paper published in 2000 in the Journal of Financial Economics. He has been on the Nomination Committee for the Nobel Prize in Economics for several years. He is the author of two books (on futures markets and dividend policy), and the editor of 26 books and special issues in finance journals on topics such as financial stability, financial distress, and valuation of distressed securities; orporate governance; and investments innovations in finance. He has published over 102 research articles in the major finance and economics journals. He served as the president of the Financial Management Association International during 2014-15. He also serves as the program chair of the Association of Financial Economists (AFE). He has been a mentor and advisor to 103 doctoral students who are finance professors and finance practitioners all over the world.

Pab Jotikasthira

Chotibhak (Pab) Jotikasthira is an Associate Professor o fFinance and Corrigan Research Professor at the Edwin L. Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Jotikasthiras research interests include financial intermediation, international finance, and fixed income, with a particular focus on trading behaviors of institutional investors and their impact on asset prices. He has written extensively on the effects of market and institutional frictions, including regulatory capital and accounting rules, on financial intermediaries investment and trading incentives, which in turn shape the overall risk, efficiency, and liquidity of asset markets. His research has been published in top academic journals in finance, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies.

Madhu Kalimipalli

Madhu is currently an Equitable Life of Canada Fellow and Full Professor in Finance at the Lazaridis School of Business and Economics, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Canada, and the Director of PhD and Research-based Masters Programs in Management, where he oversees the graduate research programs. He is an affiliated member of the Waterloo Research institute in Insurance, Securities and Quantitative finance (WatRISQ), University of Waterloo, and MS2Discovery Institute at Laurier, where he is a part of the mathematical finance models cluster; and is Senior Fellow Senior Fellow at Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis (RCEA). Prior to joining Laurier in 2000,he was a visiting Assistant professor at the Faculty of Management in McGill University. Laurier, His research has appeared in premier finance journals such as Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, among others. His industry experience includes various assignments in risk assessment at Bank United and Duke Energy, both based in Houston, and as a Quantitative analyst with the Fixed Income R & D Group at Bloomberg, New York. He has held number of visiting positions including (a) Auckland Institute of Technology Business School, New Zealand (b) Risk Management Institute (RMI) at National University of Singapore (NUS), (c) CAFRAL (Reserve Bank of India), Mumbai, and (d) Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad.

Marcin Kacperczyk

Marcin Kacperczyk is a Professor of Finance at Imperial College London with research interests in the areas of sustainable investments, information economics, financial intermediation, and artificial intelligence. His research has been published in leading academic and practitioner journals, including Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. Marcin is a Research Associate at the Center for Economic Policy Research, and former Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is the Editor of the Review of Finance, and Associate Editor for Financial Management, the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Management Science. Marcins work has been widely covered by media, such as CNN, CNBC, Bloomberg, WSJ, FT, NYT, Business Week, U.S. News, and Washington Post. He is a current holder of the European Research Council research grant and former President of the European Finance Association. He is also a research advisor at the European Central Bank.

Gunchang Kim

Gunchang Kim is a Ph.D. candidate in Finance at Rutgers Business School, Rutgers University. His primary research interests lie in 1) examining the role of information (e.g., news articles, financial reports) on capital markets with applications in empirical corporate finance and behavioral finance and 2) financial networks. As a research methodology, he is interested in sentiment analysis and machine learning techniques.

K.P. Krishnan

Dr K P Krishnan is the IEPF Chair Professor in Regulatory Economics. The Chair has been established with the support of the Investor Education and Protection Fund Authority of the Government of India. Dr Krishnan leads a group focused on research and policy outreach in the broad area of regulatory and public economics, including concerns about investor protection and financial sector reforms, land policy and records, public finance and public administration, and law, economics, and justice. Before his retirement from public service in December 2019, Dr Krishnan was the Union Secretary in the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship. Prior to that he was Special & Additional Secretary, Department of Land Resources, Ministry of Rural Development; Additional Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance; Principal Secretary, Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms in the Government of Karnataka (his parent cadre); Secretary to the PM’s Economic Advisory Council in New Delhi; Joint Secretary, DEA; Secretary Finance in Karnataka; Advisor to the Indian ED at the World Bank, Dr Bimal Jalan; and a number of other positions after joining the Indian Administrative Service in the 1983 batch.

Sudha Krishnan

Smt Sudha Krishnan is from the 1983 batch of the Indian Audit and Accounts Service. She retired on 30.11.2020 as Member Finance to the Space Commission and Atomic Energy Commission. Smt Krishnan has close to four decades of experience in public finance, especially matters related to government expenditures. She has worked at the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Urban Development in Govt of India, where she has handled overnment procurements, regulated personnel matters of Central Govt. employees, and prepared reports on improving the overall effectiveness of Govt spending. In her parent department ( which is the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General), she has coordinated and led several audits, and was also responsible for developing and strengthening professional standards in audit.

Amit Kumar

Amit Kumar is a finance Ph.D. student at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). His research centers on the cross-section of law and finance. Specifically, he does research in the areas of household finance, municipal finance and banking. In his job market paper on credit reports, he finds that providing credit reports to consumers for free results in significant increase in mortgage demand and borrower pool. His another (co-authored) work on financial advice finds that women receive worse financial advice, which is a result of the interaction of advisors incentives and their prior that women have less financial knowledge.

Shekhar Hari Kumar

Shekhar Hari Kumar is a PhD. candidate in international economics working on monetary policy, exchange rate regimes and capital flows in emerging markets at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. In his day job, he works as the research programmer for the Intrepid Project which looks to build and train deep learning algorithms to interpret foreign and monetary policy announcements. He has previously worked for the macrofinance team at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy and is an alumnus of IIT-Madras.

Rajiv Lall

Rajiv Lall has over three decades of experience in academia, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, international investment banks and private equity, working in South East Asia, China, Africa, the U.S. and India. His expertise spans infrastructure finance, sustainable and impact investing, capital markets, and trade, and macroeconomic policy issues. He has played an active role in shaping the finance and policy landscape internationally. He is Chairman of IDFC Institute and Visiting Faculty at Singapore Management University.

Ramesh A. Mashelkar

Dr R.A. Mashelkar, National Research Professor, has been the Director General of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Chairman of National Innovation Foundation and President of Indian National Science Academy. He has been on the boards of Reliance, Tata Motors, Hindustan Unilever, etc. 43 universities from around the world have honoured him with honorary doctorates. The sixty plus awards won by him include the prestigious Fellowship of Royal Society, TWAS-Lenovo Science Prize, Business Week (USA) award of ‘Stars of Asia& JRD Tata Corporate Leadership Award. Dr. Mashelkar, was a member of the Scientific Advisory Council to Prime Minister for over thirty years. He is Padmashri, Padmabhushan, and Padma Vibhushan.

Aakriti Mathur

Aakriti holds a PhD in international economics from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID) in Geneva, and have Aakriti Mathure recently joined the Bank of England as an economist. My research interests cover topics in banking and banking regulation, corporate governance, and monetary policy transmission and communication. I have previously worked at the Bank for International Settlements, World Bank, World Trade Organisation, and National Institute of Public Finance & Policy. Prior to my PhD, I studied at University College London and University of Delhi.

Tristan Caballero-Montes

After studying management sciences at the University of Mons (UMONS), and microfinance through a specialization master at ULB and UMONS, Tristan started a PhD in 2018 and joined the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi), and the Department of Economics and Business Management at UMONS. His PhD focuses on the regulation of the microfinance sector, and its contributions to the social and sustainability objectives of microfinance institutions. Tristans research interests relate to regulation and interest rate restrictions, market dynamics and competition, and self-regulation in microfinance. The thesis mobilizes qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and multiple fieldworks in Benin, Tanzania and Cambodia.

Shailesh Pathak

Mr. Shailesh Pathak is Chief Executive Officer and Whole-Time Director of L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Ltd. Mr. Pathak has over 3 decades of experience shared evenly between the private sector and Government of India's IAS (Indian Administrative Service). He completed his MBA from IIM Calcutta and his B Com (Hons) from SRCC Delhi. He also has an LLB and a Diploma in Business Finance. He attended a leadership program at Said Business School, University of Oxford in 2011.

Srivatsan Rajan

Sri Rajan is a partner in Bain & Company’s San Francisco office. Prior to this, he was the Chairman and Managing Director of Bains India offices. He has over 24 years of management consulting experience across India and the United States. He has supported the creation and execution of turnaround strategies for multiple diversified firms across sectors. Additionally, he serves on the board of Delhivery, a logistics start-up in India, and is an investor in and advisor to numerous start-ups and funds. He is on the Board of Akshaya Patra US, and on the Advisory Boards of Bridgespan India and Central Square Foundation.

Elisabeth Rhyne

Elisabeth Rhyne is an independent consultant working on financial inclusion and financial health. She is the founder and former managing director of the Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion, a research center dedicated to expanding access to financial services to low income people. She co-founded the Smart Campaign, a global client protection campaign. She was a senior vice president at Accion and directed the Office of Microenterprise Development at US-AID. She has worked in all major world regions and published numerous books and articles on microfinance and financial inclusion. Ms. Rhyne holds a master’s and Ph.D. in public policy from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.

Renuka Sane

Renuka Sane is an Associate Professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy (NIPFP). Her research interests are in household finance, especially on household choice in financial instruments such as credit, pensions, insurance and equity markets, as well as consumer protection in finance. She is also interested in research and policy on the criminal justice system in India. She was a peer reviewer for the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) on consumer protection. She was also on the research team for the Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee (BLRC) on the insolvency of individuals (2015) and the research team for the DEA Committee on Mis-selling (2015). She is also a member of the Pension Advisory Committee of the Pension Fund Regulatory Development Authority (PFRDA). She has a PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales and holds an M.A. in Economics from Mumbai University.

Ajay Shah

Ajay Shah studied at IIT, Bombay and USC, Los Angeles. He has held positions at CMIE, IGIDR, Ministry of Finance and NIPFP. He does academic and policy-oriented research on India, at the intersection of economics, law and public administration. His second book, co-authored with Vijay Kelkar, is ”In service of the republic: The art and science of economic policy”, was published in 2019 by Penguin Allen Lane. His areas of focus are macroeconomics, finance, health, and technology policy. His work can be accessed on his home page (http://www.mayin.org/ajayshah) and on the blog that he edits, http://blog.theleapjournal.org.

Samir Shah

Samir joined Dvara Trust in February 2018 as Executive Vice Chair to take on responsibility for the strategic direction of the Dvara Trust’s mission of financial inclusion and portfolio management of group companies. He has over two decades of experience in building institutions and market infrastructure.

Prior to joining Dvara Trust, he was the Managing Director & CEO of NCDEX, India’s largest agri focused commodities exchange. During his tenure, the exchange had transformational impact on India‘s agri economy through various technology and digital initiatives. He also worked closely with the warehouse regulator WDRA and the capital markets regulator SEBI to launch National E-Repository Limited (NeRL) to provide India’s first repository services for electronic negotiable warehouse receipts, which farmers can use to avail formal sector agri credit.

Before NCDEX, he was the Chief Business Officer of the Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange (DGCX). At DGCX he led the growth of the exchange to make it the one of fastest growing exchange in the world, winning several global awards, amongst them were Contract of the Year and the Best Commodity Exchange in 2012.

Prior to this, he worked at global information company Thomson Reuters for 17 years, where he held various capacities including being the Global Head of Business Planning and Operations for a new inside-Sales unit at Thomson Reuters called Direct; also led Reuters’ India operations as the Managing Director in South Asia. Samir began his career as an investment banker in Mumbai helping companies unlock value through public offerings and buy-out deals. He is an MBA in Finance, a Mechanical Engineer and has completed an Advanced Management Program from Wharton.

Sanjiv Shah

Sanjiv Shah is a M.Sc (Econ) from The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and FRM from GARP. Sanjiv worked at Merrill Lynch for over 14 years after graduation. He was responsible and head of FII sales and Debt division, and set up the derivatives business.

After that, he co-founded Benchmark Asset Management in 2001, a company that pioneered passive and quantitative investing in India. Benchmark introduced several unique and noteworthy low-cost investment products - Nifty BeES (Indias first ETF), Liquid BeES (worlds first money market ETF), Gold BeES (Indias first commodity ETF). Benchmark AMC was eventually acquired by Goldman Sachs in 2011.

At Goldman Sachs, he helped pitched the idea of disinvestment through ETF to the Government of India with a maiden offering of CPSE ETF in 2014. On the back of this success, ETFs have emerged as a vital instrument in the ongoing disinvestment program undertaken by the government.

He has served as member on several industry wide committees, formed to deliberate on the better functioning of financial markets.

At present, he has set up a couple of Fintech ventures, 1 Pay, 1 Move

Anjali Sharma

Anjali Sharma is currently a Doctoral candidate at SPJIMR. She is a collaborator at the Finance Research Group. Her research interest is in understanding the institutional design and development of financial markets, firm finance and bankruptcy reforms. At FRG, she leads the team that provides research support to the Ministry of Finance, Government of India, on policy questions relating to securities markets. In the past, she led the work of the research secretariat for the Standing Council on International Competitiveness of Indian Finance, a committee set up by the Ministry of Finance. She was also a team member in the research secretariat for the Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee. Prior to her work at FRG, she was a corporate finance professional in the TATA group, holding positions in companies in the telecommunications and financial services sectors. She has a Bachelor‘s degree in Economics and an MBA in Finance.

Misha Sharma

Misha leads the Household Finance Practice at Dvara Research. Her current role focuses on identifying key research gaps and opportunities in the field of Household Finance and advancing the field through rigorous research in collaboration with relevant sector stakeholders. Prior to this, she worked as a Researcher with the Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Ashoka University, researching on the state of the Indian philanthropy sector. Misha also has six years of experience working with the Financial Inclusion vertical at IFMR LEAD, running and managing two large scale randomized controlled trials on the impact of access to financial services on low-income households in rural Tamilnadu. During her time with IFMR LEAD, she was awarded the CFI Accion Fellowship to research on the role of agent network in transitioning low-income households to digital financial platforms. She has also worked with Goldman Sachs for two years as an Operations Analyst. Misha holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Ankit Singhal

Ankit is currently a final year PhD student at the Department of Finance & Accounting, Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida, India. His thesis investigates the impact of family control on corporate restructuring decisions namely divestiture in particular and corporate risk-taking in an emerging market like India. Specifically, how family firms unlock shareholder value by engaging in divestitures and also determine risk-taking choices is the essence of my thesis. His research interests have also been motivated by the foundation laid during my MBA in Banking and Finance from Panjab University, Chandigarh. To complement it, he hase also done B.A. (Hons.) and M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics from Ramjas College, university of Delhi and MDU, Rohtak respectively.

Prasanna Tantri

Prasanna Tantri is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Indian School of Business. He also serves as the Executive Director of the Centre for Analytical Finance and heads the NSE ISB Trading Laboratory at the ISB Hyderabad Campus. His research is primarily in the area of banking, financial inclusion, financial contagion, regulation, and relationship between politics and finance.

Ram Thirumalai

Ramabhadran S. Thirumalai is a Practice Associate Professor of Finance at the Indian School of Business, based out of the Mohali campus. His research interests are broadly in empirical asset pricing with a specific focus on market microstructure. He is currently working on papers on the impact of a number of regulatory changes in India on security market liquidity and efficiency. He teaches courses on Derivatives, Securities Markets and introductory finance courses. He has a PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington, an MS from the University of South Carolina, Columbia and a BE from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani.

Susan Thomas

Susan Thomas is faculty at the Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research, Bombay, with research interests in financial econometrics and market microstructure in India. Her engagement with markets includes designing the stock market index, real-time risk management system for the clearing corporation, and the use of call auctions. She has had various policy engagements with the Ministry of Finance including being a member of the Standing Council of the competitiveness of the Indian Financial Sector (2013 onwards), and the Bankruptcy Legislative Reforms Committee (2014-2015).

Shekhar Tomar

Shekhar Tomar is an Assistant Professor in the Economics and Public Policy area at ISB. He completed his PhD from Toulouse School of Economics in 2017 and worked as a Research Economist at RBI between 2017-2019. His research lies at the intersection of macroeconomics, trade and finance and he extensively uses micro-data to answer macro questions in his work. During his stint at the RBI, he also contributed regularly to the policy work on monetary policy and trade issues in India.

Harsh Vardhan

Harsh is a Senior Advisor with management consulting firm Bain & Company. He is also the Executive-In-Residence at the Centre for Financial Services at the SP Jain Institute of Management Research in Mumbai. He works primarily in financial services where he has advised top management of companies in India, North America, Europe, South East Asia, and Greater China, on issues of strategy, operations, organisation, risk management, etc. He has worked extensively on issues of corporate finance including mergers and acquisitions, alliance structuring and negotiations, valuations, review of major investment decisions for private equity and strategic investors, etc. Harsh is actively involved in policy making related to financial services in India. He Chaired the Committee on the Development of the Housing Finance Securitisation that was appointed by the RBI to review and redefine the policy framework for mortgage backed securitisation. He was a member of the Banking Working Group of the Financial Services Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC) set up by the Government of India as well as the Dr. P. J. Nayak Committee on Governance in Banking set up by the RBI. He regularly contributes articles and thought pieces on important sector issues. Harsh has a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engg from VNIT Nagpur followed by an MBA from IIM Kolkata, and an MS in Quantitative Finance and PhD in Business Economics from the Smith School of Business of the University of Maryland USA.

Kumar Venkatraman

Kumar Venkataraman is a Professor of Finance and the Maguire Chair in Energy Management in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Venkataraman specializes in the area of market microstructure and writes about functioning of equity, fixed-income and energy markets. His research has been published in top-tier academic journals. He serves as member of the U.S. SECs Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee (FIMSAC), a visiting economist with FINRA, and on the Editorial Board of several journals. He was the Chairman of SMUs Finance Department between 2012 and 2015 and teaches courses in the area of Investments and Energy Finance. He has a Ph.D. in Finance from Arizona State University.

Nikhil Vidhani

Nikhil is a final year Ph.D. student at the Finance and Accounting department of IIM Bangalore. His broad interests lie in empirical asset pricing, return anomalies, models of trading volume, and textual analysis. For his dissertation, he explores the origins of investor disagreement and how it affects trading volume. His dissertation work has been selected for presentation at several prestigious conferences like the Society of Financial Markets (SFM), Southern Finance Association (SFA), Southwestern Finance Association (SWFA), and Emerging Market Finance Conference. Before joining his Ph.D., he completed a master’s from IISc Bangalore and worked with Cisco systems for four years.

Pradeep Yadav

Pradeep Yadav is the Johnston Chair of Finance at University of Oklahoma, and Chairman of the European Finance Association. His earlier academic appointments have included UCLA, NYU, Lancaster, and Strathclyde. He serves/has served as: Director on Boards of several companies; Member/Chair of Advisory Boards/Committees of several academic institutions, journals, and international conferences; “expert” in several major legal cases; and consultant for several financial institutions. His papers have won “Best Paper Awards” from NYSE, CBOT, INQUIRE, Fisher Black Memorial Foundation, and International Association of Financial Engineers. Before academia, he was in senior-level public sector management - the Indian Administrative Service - for ten years.

Yesha Yadav

Yesha Yadav’s research interests lie in the area of financial and securities regulation, notably with respect to the evolving response of regulatory policy to innovations in financial engineering, market microstructure and globalization. Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty in 2011, Professor Yadav worked as legal counsel with the World Bank in its finance, private-sector development and infrastructure unit, where she specialized in financial regulation and insolvency and creditor-debtor rights. Before joining the World Bank in 2009, she practiced from 2004-08 in the London and Paris offices of Clifford Chance, in the firm’s financial regulation and derivatives group. She has served as honorary advisor to India’s Financial Services Law Reform Commission and on the Atlantic Council’s Task Force on Divergence and the Transatlantic Financial Reform and G-20 Agenda. She is a member of the Commodities Futures Trading Commission’s Technology Advisory Committee and the Tennessee State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Bhargavi Zaveri

Bhargavi Zaveri is part of the Finance Research Group, an inter-disciplinary research think tank in Mumbai. She works in the areas of financial regulation, land and access to finance and regulatory governance. She has previously held research positions at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy, New Delhi and the Harvard Law School. She has advised the Ministry of Finance on issues relating to financial regulation. She contributed to the work of the team that wrote the report of the Bankruptcy Law Reforms Committee, which drafted the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. She was part of the MCA-constituted working group for setting up the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI). She has also worked on the legal framework governing monetary policy and the resolution of financial firms. Bhargavi has published work on Indian financial regulation in Indian and international journals, has been a monthly columnist for Money Control and an occasional columnist for the Business Standard. A lawyer by training, Bhargavi has previously worked at a Mumbai based law firm, where she advised on transactional laws and financial sector regulation.

Bhavyaa Sharma

Bhavyaa Sharma is a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her fields of interest are Macroeconomics and International Finance, with a focus on financial intermediaries and systemic risk. Before starting her Ph.D., she completed her Masters at IGIDR, after which she joined NIPFP as a Research Fellow, working on topics of Macro-Finance and Exchange Market Pressure, as well as Fintech, Blockchain, and Crypto-currencies.

Ajit Ranade

Ajit Ranade is the President and Chief Economist at Aditya Birla Group. Dr. Ranade has earlier served as an Executive Officer of Financial Technologies India Ltd, and Chief Economist at ABN AMRO Bank. His professional career has spanned academic and corporate assignments, including teaching in universities in India and U.S. Dr. Ranade serves as a Director on the Board of Hindalco Almex Aerospace Limited, a joint venture company of Hindalco and Almex Inc. of USA. He was Independent Director of Multi Commodity Exchange of India Ltd. He has served on various committees of the Reserve Bank of India, most recently in the committee for Fuller Capital Account Convertibility. Dr. Ranade is a member of the Board of India Today Economists, Chairman of the CII West Zone Sub Committee on Economic Affairs and the Research Advisory Panel of the Indian Institute of Banking and Finance. He is a member of the Senate and Advisory Council of Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.