Board of Directors
Mr. Atanu Chakraborty
Mr. Chakraborty is an Indian Administrative Service Officer of the 1985 batch and currently serving as the Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
He has diverse experience in regulatory and policy affairs at federal and provincial levels covering areas of Finance, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Industry and Infrastructure. He has also served as the CEO of listed public sector enterprises in the Fertilizer, Petroleum & Petro-chemical sectors. He has previously served as the Secretary, Department of Investment & Public Asset Management (DIPAM), Ministry of Finance and Joint Secretary, Department of Expenditure, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
Mr. Chakraborty holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from NIT Kurukshetra, a Diploma in Business Finance and a Master of Business Administration in Finance from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.
Mr. Rajaraman Kalyanaraman
Mr. K. Rajaraman, a senior Indian Administrative Service Officer of Tamil Nadu cadre, is a B. Tech in Electronics & Communications, a first-class MBA and Master of Economics.
Starting his career as a Design Engineer in BHEL, Trichy, during his rich and varied experience as an IAS Officer, he had held various administrative positions in the areas of Investment Promotion, Foreign Direct Investment, Public Sector Undertakings, Industrial Infrastructure, VAT Administration, etc. He was MD of Chennai Metro Railways for nearly 4 years during its early construction phase, Commissioner for Commercial Taxes in Government of Tamil Nadu and Joint Secretary Expenditure in Government of India in the recent past. He currently serves as Joint Secretary, Investment in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance.
He has published articles in Business Line on ‘Right to Information’ and ‘Energy conservation Policy’. He is a certified trainer in Incident Command System for Disaster Management and has served as a Disaster Rescue Team leader in Nagapattinam (Tsunami relief) and Kanchipuram (Floods 2015, 2016). His special interest is in the field of Right to Information, Industrial Policy and Investment Promotion, Human Development, Consumer Protection, Disaster Management, Urban Mobility and Entrepreneurship.
Mr. Sanjay Bhandarkar
Mr. Sanjay Bhandarkar is an investment banker with over 25 years of experience across Rothschild, Peregrine and ICICI Securities focused on corporate finance advisory work. He has been on the board of directors of Tata Power Company Limited and S Chand & Company Limited since late 2016 as an independent non-executive director and has recently joined the board of HDFC Asset Management Company Limited in a similar capacity. He is also on the group corporate board of the Sanmar Group in Chennai as an Independent Director.
Mr. Bhandarkar started his career with ICICI and I-Sec, the joint venture between ICICI and JP Morgan, and then spent two years with Peregrine Capital. He was part of the founding team of Rothschild India in 1998 and played a key role in establishing Rothschild as a well-recognised and respected pure play advisory investment banking firm in India. He led the Rothschild business from December 2005 to June 2016 when he decided to step down from his full-time role.
Mr. Bhandarkar’s focus at Rothschild has been on M&A as well as equity capital market advisory business for Indian and international companies. He led the teams that worked closely with the Government of India on the 3G and BWA spectrum auctions, the first e-auctions done in India and on the restructuring of the Enron and GE owned Dabhol power project, one of the largest and most complex restructurings to date.
Mr. Bhandarkar holds an MBA from XLRI, Jamshedpur.
Mr. Deepak Parekh
Mr. Deepak Parekh is the Chairman of HDFC Limited, India’s leading housing finance company with presence across banking, asset management, life insurance, general insurance, real estate venture fund, education loans and education.
Mr. Parekh joined HDFC in 1978 and has been associated with the firm since then. He is on the board of several companies including Castrol India Limited, Fairfax India Holdings, Hindustan Unilever, Siemens Ltd, Mahindra & Mahindra, Indian Hotels Company and SingTel. He is on the Indian advisory boards of Coca Cola India, Boston Consultancy Group and Accenture India. He is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Glaxo India Ltd & Burroughs Wellcome.
Mr. Parekh has been a member of various Committees set up by the Government of India. He was appointed the Chairman of the high level expert committee formed to recommend measures for strengthening the Unit Scheme in 1964. The Reserve Bank of India appointed him Chairman of the Advisory Group for Securities Market Regulation, which was tasked to compare the level of adherence to international standards in India with that in other countries. He was also Chairman of the Expert Committee constituted by the Ministry of Power to look into the reform efforts in the power sector.
The Government of India honoured him with one of the highest civilian awards, the Padma Bhushan in 2006.
Before joining HDFC, he had worked for Ernst & Young, Grindlays Bank and Chase Manhattan Bank as its assistant representative for South Asia.
Mr. Parekh holds a Bachelors in Commerce from Sydenham College, Mumbai and is a Chartered Accountant.
Mr. Ishaat Hussain
Mr. Ishaat Hussain served as a Finance Director of Tata Sons Limited since July 28, 2000 and served as its Member of Group Executive Officers and Member of Group Corporate Centre until he retired from the Board of Tata Sons Ltd in Sept 2017. Tata Sons Ltd is the holding company of Tata Group which was established in 1868.
Mr. Hussain is an expert in Financial Management & overall Management and Operational Control and has vast experience in the areas of finance, banking, accounts, audit, taxation and general management. He has played a key role in steering the fortunes of companies as diverse as Tata Steel Ltd, Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, Voltas and Titan, as Senior Director on their boards. He has helped nurture many strong alliances in companies such as Tata Sky, Tata AIA Life Insurance and Tata AIG. Besides that, he has been on the Board of many Tata group companies who have been market leaders in their business segment.
Mr. Hussain has had the unique experience of working closely with four chairmen of the Tata Group over his long tenure of 36 years—J.R.D. Tata, Ratan Tata, Cyrus Mistry and now N. Chandrasekaran. For most of his distinguished career in Tata Sons, he was a key member of Mr. Ratan Tata’s core team, contributing actively to a long period of rapid and sustained growth. These were the two decades when the Tata Group successfully entered several new consumer businesses, made pioneering global forays, struck new alliances and, along the way, also listed its flagship business Tata Consultancy Services.
Mr. Hussain completed his schooling from the Doon School in 1963 and holds a B.A. (Economics) from St. Stephens College, Delhi and is a Chartered Accountant from England & Wales. He also attended the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Chan Wei Beng
Mr. Chan leads investment activities in the Asia-Pacific region for Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He has almost three decades of international experience in public and private equities, investment banking and accounting. His investment experience covers a broad range of industries and sectors that have been representative of the growth trajectory of the relevant markets.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of New South Wales and is a Chartered Accountant. Mr. Chang has also completed the Global Leadership Development Program at the International Centre For Leadership In Finance.
Mr. Sujoy Bose
Mr. Sujoy Bose is the MD & CEO of NIIFL. He has a rich multinational working experience of 25 years in International Finance Corporation (IFC), occupying multiple senior management positions along the way. Prior to joining NIIF Limited, Mr. Bose was director and Global Co-Head, Infrastructure and Natural Resources at IFC. As Chief Investment Officer and Head, IFC African Latin American and Caribbean Fund, he has managed and led the USD 1 billion regional growth fund to selectively co-invest with IFC. He also headed IFC’s Mumbai office and was responsible for managing its growth, building a strong team of 40 investment professionals.
Mr. Bose has an MBA in Finance from Rice University (Houston, Texas) and is a B. Com graduate from St. Xavier’s College (Kolkata, India).