Mrs. Kishori J Udeshi was the first woman to be appointed as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India, and also holds the distinction of being the first Executive Director of the RBI to be nominated on the Board of the State Bank of India. As Deputy Governor, one of her portfolios included the regulation and supervision of the banking and non-banking sector. She represented the RBI on the Core Principles Liaison Group and the Core Principles Working Group on Capital, of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, set up by the Bank for International Settlements, Switzerland.
As the Deputy Governor, she was on the Board of SEBI, NABARD, and EXIM Bank and also served as the Chairperson of Bharatiya Reserve Bank Note Mudran (Pvt.) Ltd., Bangalore. She also served as Chairperson of the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation. In 2006, she was appointed as Chairperson of The Banking Codes and Standards Board of India by the RBI. She demitted from this office in December 2011. The Government of India (GOI) appointed her as a Member of the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission chaired by Justice Shrikrishna. The Government of Maharashtra has also nominated her to the Board of the Indian Red Cross Society, Mumbai. She is an Independent Non-Executive Director on the boards of a few companies as well. She also holds an MA in Economics from Bombay University.
A former Senior Partner of J. Sagar Associates, Mr. Desai is now a private lawyer. He is an expert in corporate and mercantile law and has been practising since 1980. He was the managing partner of Udwadia, Udeshi & Berjis from 1997 to 2003. Mr. Desai is currently on the Panel of Arbitrators of the Indian Council of Arbitration and the London Court of International Arbitration. He has also worked as a journalist with a leading Indian daily and is an Associate Member of the American Arbitration Association, a member of ICC-India and the bombay-incorporated Law Society. He currently holds board positions as a Non-Executive Independent Board member in many corporates.
A commercial banker with over four decades of experience in the financial services sector, Mr Ravikumar is a Non-Executive Director at Vastu Housing Finance. He was part of the core team which set up and built ICICI Bank Limited. With his team he also conceptualised, and served as the Founder, Managing Director, and CEO of the National Commodities & Derivatives Exchange Ltd. A commerce graduate with professional qualifications as an associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers and the Chartered Institute of Bankers London, he is also a Fellow of the Securities Investments Institute, London.
Bobby Parikh is the founder of the ‘Bobby Parikh Associates’, a boutique firm engaged in providing strategic tax and regulatory advisory services. His primary area of focus is to provide tax and regulatory advice in relation to transactions and other forms of business reorganisations, whether inbound, outbound or wholly domestic. Bobby works extensively with private equity funds, other institutional investors, and owners and managers of businesses. He is also associated with regulators and policy formulators, in providing inputs to aid in the formulation of new regulations and policies. Bobby was Co-Founder of BMR Advisors, a highly regarded tax and transactions firm, which he helped establish and run for over 12 years. Formerly, Chief Executive Officer of Ernst & Young in India and country managing partner of Arthur Andersen, Bobby has been a member of a number of trade and business associations, as well as a member of the advisory and executive boards of non-governmental, not-for-profit organisations and private as well as listed Indian companies. He is a commerce graduate from the University of Mumbai and a qualified Chartered Accountant as well.
Founding Director and Chief Investment Officer of Old Bridge Capital Management, Kenneth has over 26 years of experience in the Indian capital markets; his main area of focus being – portfolio management and investment research. Prior to this, he was the Chief Investment Officer at IDFC Asset Management, where he looked after a corpus of US$ 9 billion. Under his able leadership, IDFC Asset Management was ranked as the fastest-growing mutual fund house in India. Before his stint with IDFC Asset Management, he was Portfolio Manager at Kotak Mahindra Asset Management and has served as a key resource in growing the asset management business for both organisations. He is a commerce graduate from the N. M. College of Commerce & Economics, Mumbai University.