Since inception, people at the helm have shaped and executed ideas to leverage our unique perspective and experience. As visionaries, they have led us to the fore and continue to show us the way to the future.
Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Shri Anup Wadhawan is an officer of the Indian Administrative Service borne on the Uttarakhand cadre, currently posted as Secretary, in the Department of Commerce, Government of India.
His appointments have ranged from magisterial and development administration positions in the field to development policy related and regulatory assignments in areas like education, planning, hill development, rural development, panchayati raj, cooperatives, urban development, forests & environment, revenue, home and disaster management in the States of UP and Uttarakhand. He was District Magistrate in Etawah and Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission.
He has served in the Government of India in the Departments of Economic Affairs, Financial Services and Commerce, and the Prime Minister’s Office.
He was a member of an African Development Bank team that evaluated its lending to the public utilities sector in Ghana and Tanzania. He has worked for the Water and Sanitation Program of the World Bank providing technical assistance for enhancing accountability in Water Supply & Sanitation service-delivery through policy, institutional and utility reform.
He holds a doctorate from Duke University, Masters degrees from the Delhi School of Economics and Duke University, and a Bachelors degree from Hindu College, University of Delhi, in the area of Economics. His doctoral thesis was on the “Time Path of Macro Variables in Alternative Structural Settings”
Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
Mr. Abhishek has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School. He also has a Masters Degree in Business Administration in Finance as well as a Masters Degree in International Relations.
He has worked in Bihar in the posts of Divisional Commissioner, Patna and District Magistrate, Patna and East Champaran. In the Government of India, he has been Chairman of the Commodity Derivative Markets Regulator, Forward Markets Commission. During his term, he brought about far-reaching reforms in the regulation of the market.
He has also worked in the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Law and Justice. Mr. Abhishek has also worked in the Supreme Court of India as a key Member of the E-Committee that is entrusted with the task of bringing e-Governance in Judiciary. He has also worked in the United Nations in Kosovo as Civil Affairs Officer.
He is currently Secretary in the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, the key Department which is spearheading key Government initiatives such as Make in India, Start-up India, Ease of Doing Business and Industrial Corridors in the country. Prior to his joining as Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, he was Secretary, Performance Management in the Cabinet Secretariat.
Ministry of External Affairs
T.S. Tirumurti joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1985. His previous diplomatic assignments include postings in Cairo, Permanent Mission of India in Geneva, Representative of India in Gaza, Washington D.C, Deputy Chief of Mission in Jakarta and High Commissioner in Malaysia. He has also served as Under Secretary (Bhutan), Director (Foreign Secretary’s Office), Joint Secretary (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Maldives) and Joint Secretary (United Nations Economic and Social) during his stints at the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi. T.S. Tirumurti assumed his current assignment as the Secretary (Economic Relations) on 5thFebruary 2018.
Department of Financial Services
Pankaj Jain is an IAS officer of the 1990 batch, currently the Joint Secretary, Department of Financial Services, Ministry of Finance, Government of India. He is an alumnus of Shri Ram College of Commerce from where he has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce followed by an MBA from FMS Delhi. He also has a professional qualification in the discipline of accounting as an Associate of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.
He has worked for the Governments of Assam and Meghalaya. This encompasses being District Magistrate at Shillong and Tura along with assignments in the Secretariat and State Corporations dealing with Power, Planning, Information Technology, Livelihood Promotion and Industries as well as being Director with the Government of India in the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises. His work experience also includes a three year stint with the British International Aid Agency - the Department for International Development (DFID) as Governance Adviser and Senior Program Manager. His areas of interest include Intellectual Property Rights where he has collaborated with UNIDO to develop an IPR guide for the Indian Toy Industry. He has also been a consultant to the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Asian Productivity Organisation on adoption of IT by small and medium enterprises in India and Bangladesh.
Reserve Bank of India
Michael Debabrata Patra, a career central banker since 1985 and has worked in various position in the Reserve Bank of India. He is currently Executive Director of the Bank. Prior to this he was Principal Adviser of the Monetary Policy Department, Reserve Bank of India since July 2012. He has worked in the International Monetary Fund as Senior Adviser to Executive Director (India) during December 2008 to June 30, 2012, when he actively engaged in the work of the IMF’s Executive Board through the period of the global financial crisis and the ongoing Euro area sovereign debt crisis.
His book entitled “The Global Economic Crisis through an Indian Looking Glass” vividly captures this experience. He has also published papers in the areas of inﬂation, monetary policy, international trade and ﬁnance, including exchange rates and the balance of payments. A Fellow of the Harvard University where he undertook post doctoral research in the area of financial stability, he has a Ph.D. in Economics from the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.
State Bank of India
Shri Rajnish Kumar has assumed the office as Chairman State Bank of India on 7th October, 2017. Previously, Shri Rajnish Kumar was the Managing Director (National Banking Group) looking after retail banking and latest initiatives in payments and digital banking since November 2015.
Prior to becoming Managing Director in SBI, Shri Rajnish Kumar was heading SBI Capital Markets Limited (the Merchant Banking arm of State Bank of India) as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer.
Shri Rajnish Kumar has been with the State Bank of India for over three decades, having joined the Bank as a Probationary Officer in 1980. An M.Sc. in Physics, apart from CAIIB, Shri Kumar has held several key assignments across various business verticals, including two overseas assignments in Canada and U.K. He has vast experience in handling large credit, project finance, foreign exchange and retail banking. Shri Kumar has held such important positions as Regional Head, SBI(UK); Chief General Manager, North East Circle, Chief General Manager, Project Finance and Managing Director (Risk & Compliance). Shri Kumar is an avid traveller and has visited several countries. He loves sports and is a good player of badminton.
Geetha Muralidhar Chairman-cum-Managing Director of ECGC Ltd., an export credit agency of India. She is also the Managing Trustee of National Export Insurance Account Trust (NEIA), a Trust set up by Ministry of Commerce & Industry (MOC&I), Government of India, for providing export credit insurance cover for promoting India’s project exports on medium or long term basis. She was actively involved in setting up of the NEIA from its conception stage. She headed the banking division which insures almost 65% of the export credit outstandings in the country. She has over 30 years experience in the field of export credit insurance in various capacities at different centers.
She has been a panelist speaker and also chaired many interactions on trade finance, risk management, credit insurance, reinsurance of credit and surety business and other subjects relating to international business, both at national and international levels including at London School of Economics, International Working Group on export credit etc. She has been the vice president of Berne Union, an eighty year old organisation of export credit agencies of various countries.
She regularly contributes articles in journals like Global Policy, Trade & Finance, Berne Union Year Book etc.
She is a graduate in Physics with Post Graduate Diploma in International Business Operations and in Human Resource Management. She also has a Masters in Commerce with banking and insurance as specialization.
Bank of India
Mr. Dinabandhu Mohapatra, a post-graduate in Economics and holding a degree in Law, joined Bank of India as a Direct Recruit Officer in the year 1984. During his career spanning over three decades, he has headed various Branches, Departments, Zones and National Banking Groups in Eastern, Western, Northern and Southern parts of the country.
He carries with him vast knowledge and multi-dimensional banking experience including Treasury Operations, International Banking, Priority Sector Lending, Corporate Lending, Marketing, Recovery, Human Resources, spanning over thirty three years, including his stint as Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong and Singapore Centres of Bank of India.
As Executive Director of Canara Bank, he was overseeing International Operations, Overseas Credit, Strategic Planning &Development (including Economic Intelligence & BPR), Retail Resources, Marketing, Selling & Cross-selling, Government Business and Fee Income Vertical, Corporate Credit, PAG & Syndication, CDR & Stressed Accounts, Financial Management & Subsidiaries.
He was Director on the Boards of Canara Bank’s Subsidiaries – CHOICe, Canbank Factors & Canbank Computer Services Limited.
He has taken charge as Managing Director & CEO of the Bank on 05 May, 2017.
David Rasquinha (57) is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Export-Import Bank of India. David joined the Exim Bank in 1984-85, and since then has had a wide ranging exposure to the broad field of export credit, having worked in the areas of Treasury, Multilateral Agency Funded Projects, Planning & Research, Risk Management, Trade Finance, Project Finance and Project Exports. He has served as a member on several Working Groups set up by Reserve Bank of India for working capital finance to software units, facilitation measures for exporters, etc. During 1999 - 2004, he served as Resident Representative at the Bank’s Washington DC Representative Office. In 2014, David was appointed on the Board of the Exim Bank as the Deputy Managing Director, and moved up as the Managing Director in 2017.
David secured a first class graduate degree in Economics from Bombay University and followed it up with a post graduate qualification in Business Management from the XLRI, Jamshedpur where he was awarded the Gold Medal in Economics. He has benefited from a number of specialised training programmes both in India and abroad. David has lectured on various aspects of export financing at the National Institute of Bank Management, the Reserve Bank of India's Bankers Training College, the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Development Banking, as well as various bank training colleges, academic institutions and industry bodies in India and the U.S.A. He is a Member of the National Jury for the CII - Exim Award for Business Excellence, a Total Quality Management Award based on the TQM model of the European Foundation for Quality Management. David has also been a Director on the Boards of 4 Indian companies. His insights on export credit and the Indian economy are often sought in panel discussions and seminars.
An excellent communicator, David has had small humorous pieces published in Indian newspapers and is active on social media. David is married to Sujata, a Chartered Accountant specialising in recovery of distressed assets. The couple have one daughter, Ishwari, currently studying User Experience Design.
Mr. Debasish Mallick was appointed by the Government of India as Deputy Managing Director of Export-Import Bank of India in 2014. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Mallick was the Managing Director and CEO of IDBI Asset Management Company Ltd.
A post graduate in Economics and a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers, Mr. Mallick has three decades of experience in banking. Immediately prior to joining the IDBI Asset Management Company Ltd., he was the head of Personal Banking Business for IDBI Bank Ltd. (West Zone), which included distribution of mutual fund products. Mr. Mallick has long experience in the areas of Corporate Banking, International Banking, Resource Mobilization and Treasury, among others.