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Board Of Directors

Mr. Amitabh Chaturvedi


Mr. Amitabh Chaturvedi is a qualified Chartered Accountant. With over 26 years of rich experience in the areas of Banking, Asset Management, Investment Banking and Insurance, Mr. Chaturvedi has led several foremost financial companies of India such as Reliance Capital Ltd., ICICI Bank Ltd., Lloyds Finance Ltd., and Dhanlaxmi Bank Ltd. in various capacities.

As the Managing Director and CEO, he was instrumental in transforming Dhanlaxmi Bank in a short span of 3 years from a regionally focused bank with a business size of approximately Rs. 5,800 crores to a pan-India bank with a business of approximately Rs. 23,000 crores. Likewise, under his headship, Reliance Capital evolved into a diversified financial services conglomerate and assets under management at Reliance Mutual Fund grew from near Rs. 1,500 crores to over Rs. 90,000 crores.

Mr. Chaturvedi is presently the MD of Essel Finance Management LLP, the holding company for the financial services business of Essel Group. He represents all the businesses of Essel Finance as a board member.

Mr. Adesh Kumar Gupta


Mr. Gupta is a Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary and an AMP from Harvard. He has a rich experience of over 35 years in Corporate Strategy, M&A, disinvestments, Business restructuring, Fund raising, Taxation, managing investor relations with global investors among others. He had played a pivotal role in multifold growth of Aditya Birla Group to over $ 40 billion empire today.

During his distinguished career of over 3 decades in Aditya Birla Group, Mr. Gupta held various senior positions (including Board positions) in companies across various sectors including Indian Rayon, Birla Global Finance, Aditya Birla Nuvo Ltd. and Grasim Industries Ltd. He played key role in development of the financial services business of Aditya Birla Group.

Post his retirement as Whole-Time Director and CFO of Grasim Industries Ltd., Mr. Gupta ventured into Business Finance and Corporate Service space as Designated Partner of Progressive Consulting & Business Advisory LLP.

Mr. Gupta had been recognized as Best CFO by Institute of Chartered Accountants, IMA (Leading organization For CFOs) and Business Today. He had also received Outstanding Business Leader award from the Group Chairman, Shri. Kumar Mangalam Birla. He had also been a member NACAS as representative of FICCI, to set up Accounting Standards in India.

Dr. Rashmi K. Aggarwal


Dr. Rashmi Aggarwal has been associated with IMT Ghaziabad since 2007, in the area of Economics, Environment and Policy as a Professor of Law. She is currently serving the Boards of Zee Media Corporation Ltd., Dish TV Ltd., Essel VKC Forex Ltd., Today Merchandise Private Ltd., Dish Infra Pvt Ltd. and Peerless Funds Management Co. Ltd., as an Independent Director. She is also on Board Sub- Committees like Audit Committee; Corporate Social Responsibility; Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Listing and Compliance Committee etc. She is a member of the Academic Advisory Council of Bajaj Capital Group’s International College of Financial Planning, New Delhi. She was the Chairperson - 2 years PDGM Program, Chairperson - PGDM Executive, Chairperson - Media and Corporate Relations, and core coordinator for the coveted AACSB accreditation at IMT Ghaziabad. The institute got the accreditation and is placed amongst world's best 5% B-Schools during her tenure. She started her career as an advocate in the Punjab and Haryana High Court and Supreme Court of India before joining academics. Dr. Aggarwal is a Bachelor of Science, Law Graduate, Masters' in Law, and PhD (Patents Law) from Law Department, Punjab University, Chandigarh. She has also completed a certified course on Finance from National University of Singapore and has been mentored by FICCI under their Women on Corporate Boards program for 2 months.

Dr. Aggarwal’s teaching and research domains are Corporate laws, Corporate governance, Cybercrimes, Labour Laws and Intellectual Property Rights with more than 80 reputed publications to her credit, including books, international research publications, book chapters, book reviews and case studies. Dr. Aggarwal has presented her research work in national and international conferences in India and abroad including USA, Japan, UK, Hong Kong, UAE and Italy. She has been a visiting professor at various IIM's and reputed institutes abroad like Toulouse Business School, France and S. P. Jain, Dubai. She has designed and delivered numerous executive training programmes both as a facilitator and Program Director for In-company and Open Company and conducts workshops and training programs for higher education accreditation.

Mr. Harish Engineer


Mr. Engineer is a Science Graduate from Bombay University and holds a Diploma in Business Management from Hazarimal Somani College, Mumbai. He has a rich experience of 40 years in the fields of finance and banking. In his career illustration Mr. Engineer was associated with HDFC Bank since 1994 in various capacities and retired in October 2013 as Executive Director on the Board of the Bank and responsible for Wholesale Banking including International Banking.

Prior to joining HDFC Bank, Mr. Engineer worked with Bank of America for 26 years in various areas including operations and corporate credit management. During his stint with Bank of America he worked in various locations like Hong Kong, Los Angeles, London, Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia in addition to the longest stint in Mumbai.

He has also been associated with Aditya Birla Capital Advisors Pvt Ltd, Barclay Investments & Loans (India) Limited, Infrastructure leasing & Financial Services Limited, International Asset Reconstruction Company, Piramal Finance Pvt Ltd.

Since October 2013, Mr. Engineer has also been appointed as a Senior Consultant to International Finance Corporation (IFC), Washington, to manage investment in select FIs & Banks in South Asia. He is on the Boards of The Federal Bank Limited, Aditya Birla Capital Advisors Private Limited, Barclays Investments & Loans (India) Limited, Infrastructure Leasing and Financial Services Limited, International Asset Reconstruction Company Private Limited, Piramal Finance Private Limited and Navin Fluorine International Limited. He is also on the Board of HDFC Property Ventures Limited.


Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Shastri is a qualified Chartered Accountant and also holds a Post-graduation degree in Economic Management & Policy from University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He has over 17 years of experience in the mutual fund industry with considerable exposure with entities & fund houses like DSP Merrill Lynch, Birla Sunlife, HDFC and ABN AMRO in investment related functions, corporate & institutional relationships, risk control methodologies, procedures & tools, product development, etc.

Mr. Shastri had also been responsible for driving business led growth with Sahara Mutual Fund, Lotus Mutual Fund, where he had achieved phenomenal growth through increased brand awareness measures, management of different verticals, managing strategic partnerships with stakeholders etc.

His last assignment was with Pramerica Mutual Fund as Director & Business Head - Portfolio Management Services and Products with overall responsibility for establishing & managing the portfolio management business and developing asset management products.

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