Y. C. Nanda
Y. C. Nanda did his post graduation from the Delhi School of Economics in 1964 securing first rank in the University. For a year, Mr. Nanda worked as a Lecturer in the Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi and thereafter for a short period in the State Bank of India before joining the RBI. Working in RBI till1983, Mr. Nanda then exercised the option to move to NABARD. In 2003, he retired from NABARD after working as Managing Director/ Chairman from 1998 onward. The Government of India appointed Y. C. Nanda as a member of the National Commission for Farmers in 2004, whose work was completed in November 2006. Mr. Nanda has worked as a microfinance expert with FAO, IFAD, UNOPS, and GTZ for their projects in India and abroad. Additionally, he has also worked with NCAER and Sir Rattan Tata Trust as a consultant. Presently, he is Chairman of AFC Ltd, also working as Director and Trustee with a number of institutions in the microfinance, rural development, and management education sectors in India.
Vijayalakshmi Das has been Associated with FWWB and development activities for over 25 years. She joined the organization at a crucial stage of FWWB¹s growth and worked on the strategic positioning of the institution by formulating the first business plan, building a committed team and its capital base. She served as the CEO of FWWB for 20 years, as a member of Project Advisory Group CGAP various Task Forces in the areas of Gender , Microfinance and Micro Insurance and also as a member of the Board of Trustees of Sa-Dhan, the Association of Community Development Finance Institutions and Access Development Services. Das is one of the founding Trustees of Indian School of Microfinance for Women - a school started in partnership with Citigroup. The institution was set up to address the capacity building needs of the micro finance sector in general and that of the women members and leaders of the sector in particular. She is also board member of Invest India Micro Pension Services Pvt. Ltd. - Pension and Insurance Products Company for low income workers and some of the MFIs - CASHPOR and Utkarsh.
N. Srinivasan is a student of development economics and was a development banker for almost 30 years in RBI and NABARD, during which time he served as member secretary of the X plan task force on estimation of agricultural credit flow and was also the western region convener of the Expert group on Farmer Indebtedness. Since leaving the bank, he has been pursuing a career as a freelancer in development fnance and rural development projects in India and abroad. His recent assignments include authoring the Microfinance India SOS report for 2009 and 2008; contributing several articles to journals and newspapers; contributing as a joint author to three books; blogging regularly on the CGAP microfinance blog page; and presenting several papers in international and national conferences and seminars. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Mahabank Agricultural and Rural Development Foundation, Bank of Maharashtra, Pune, Hand in Hand Trust -Tamil Nadu, and ASSIST- New Delhi. He is a Board member of Microfinance Transparency, USA and Advisor to Green Microfinance, USA.
Amir Ullah Khan
Amir Ullah Khan works as Deputy Director at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He studied at the department of Electronics and Communication Engineering at Osmania University in Hyderabad and at the Institute of Rural Management in Anand. He has a PhD in Commerce and Business Studies from the Jamia Millia Central University at New Delhi. Amir has worked as Researcher for the Ministry of Finance, Government of India and the UNDP at Project LARGE (Legal Adjustments and Reforms for Globalising the Economy). He then was Academic Head at the Indian School of Finance and Management, after which he worked with Encyclopedia Britannica as Executive Director and Editor. He teaches a course on Indian Economic Policy at the Indian School of Business in Hyderabad and at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade in Delhi. His latest book for Academic Foundation is titled Common Property Resource Management: A focus on Forestry, edited with Dr Mousumi Majumdar. He has previously authored States of the India Economy that analyses regional and interstate diversity in India especially with respect to access to water, sanitation, health and education and the net impacts of infrastructure development.
S G Anil Kumar
Anil is founder and managing director of Samunnati, an enterprise focused exclusively on value chain finance for Inclusive Growth with a belief that for a value chain to work well, all the chain actors need have access to formal financial instruments. Anil is a career banker with over 23 years of experience in the areas of General Banking, Retail Banking, Microfinance, Rural Finance, Financial Inclusion, Customer Protection, Wealth Management approach for low income households, Product Development for remote rural markets. He has engaged with several stakeholders both at the regulator as well as policy making levels and participates in thought leadership for the excluded markets. Over last decade Anil's work focused on creating newer institutions across the country and operating in the financially excluded markets with corresponding support structures for their capacity building. In his last assignment Anil as a CEO, conceptualized, designed, developed and spearheaded a new model of delivery of financial services in remote rural areas - the KGFS model. Anil specializes in designing newer models of delivery of financial services in the excluded markets in both urban and rural areas and developing newer products around credit and widening the range of products that include investments, pensions, insurance and remittances.
Ranjani is a financial services and development specialist with over 20 years' experience in microfinance and development sector. Ranjani held a senior management position with SIDBI, the apex development finance institution for MSMEs in India. Prior to joining Opportunity International Australia, she was the Senior Microfinance Specialist at MicroSave. The primary focus of Ranjani's work has always been to provide pragmatic and innovative solutions that foster the delivery of a wide range of competitive, responsive and sustainable market based financial services to clients in poverty. Ranjani holds a post graduate degree in Bank Management. She joined Opportunity International Australia in 2007 to head up the organisation's national program for India.
Vipin Sharma is the founding CEO of ACCESS Development Services. Vipin started his career with the Reserve Bank of India in 1980, and subsequently moved to NABARD, once it was spun out of RBI. As a part of his career in NABARD, Vipin set up the VVV Department in the organization, which was the apex Bank’s sole farmer outreach programme. He opened two districts and served in Board positions in the local RRBs and the District Cooperative Bank. On request, Vipin was deputed to Govt of Rajasthan to set up the country’s only Agency – RUDA (as its Executive Director) to promote rural livelihoods on a sub sector basis. In 2000, Vipin joined CARE India as the Programme Director, Microfinance, and was a part of CARE’s South Asia Leadership team. Besides managing the India portfolio, Vipin Set up a South Asia Investment Fund for CARE. He holds a BA (Hons.) in History from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University and a MA in History, besides attending programmes at Cranfield school of Management, UK; Boulder University (USA) as well as at School of Management, Yale University. Vipin set up ACCESS in 2006 March and ACCESS –ASSIST, an ACCESS affiliate in 2009.
Radhika Agashe is the Executive Director of ACCESS-ASSIST and has led the transition of the microfinance portfolio and resources from ACCESS into ASSIST. She specializes in microfinance operations and social performance management, social research, financial education and training and curriculum development. She holds a Post Graduate degree from the Indian Institute of Forest Management. She is an active member on Working Groups of Social Performance Task Force (SPTF) and SMART Client Protection Campaign and also represents ASSIST on the Responsible Finance Forum led by the IFC. She recently co-edited the Microfinance India Social Performance Report 2011. Radhika has in the past been associated with many organizations of repute such as EDA Rural Systems, BASIX, Intellecap and Sambodhi Research and Communications.