Rashesh Shah - Chairman, Managing Director & CEO

Rashesh Shah, Co-founder of the Company, has over two and half decades of diverse experience in the financial markets and has been instrumental in building Edelweiss into one of India’s leading diversified financial services conglomerates.

Rashesh is passionate about financial services and the role they can play in translating India’s vast savings into investments; thereby powering economic growth and development. He serves on the Boards of various companies and public institutions and is Senior Vice-President of FICCI and the Chairman of the FICCI Centre for Corporate Governance, which is India’s Apex Industry association.

Previously, he was also on the Executive Committee of the National Stock Exchange and on the committee to review Insider Trading Regulations set up by Securities and Exchange Board of India – the country’s capital markets regulator.

An MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, Rashesh also holds a Diploma in International Trade from the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi.

Venkatchalam Ramaswamy - Executive Director

Venkatchalam Ramaswamy, Co-founder of the Company has over two and half decades of experience in the financial markets. Widely recognised as one of India’s finest deal-makers, he co-heads two of the Group’s most strategic businesses – Distressed Assets & Resolution business and Global Asset Management, while continuing to play a mentors role with Edelweiss Investment Banking.

Venkat has been instrumental in crafting a client-need focused solutions approach for the Distressed Asset Resolution as well as the ARC business. Today, Edelweiss ARC has become the leading ARC in the country.

Using his skills at building and maintaining large institutional relationships including International Pension Funds and Insurance companies, the Edelweiss Global Asset Management team, today is one of the fastest growing multi-category Alternative Asset Management businesses in India.

An MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, United States of America, he also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering.

Himanshu Kaji - Executive Director & Group COO

Himanshu Kaji has over three decades of diverse experience in the areas of business strategy, risk, finance, regulatory frameworks, process re-engineering, technology, strategy and implementation across the financial services space.

At Edelweiss, he is responsible for the overall functioning of Global Risk, Finance & Accounts, Resources, Digital Initiatives, Business Solutions, Governance, Compliance, Operations, Technology & Information Security. In addition, he is also in charge of Legal, Administration and Corporate Controls functions of the Group.

He is a member of the Secondary Market Advisory Committee of SEBI and the Trading Member Advisory Committee of NSE. He has also served on the board of BSE and played a key role in the overhaul of the Exchange, contributing largely to the demutualization and corporatization of BSE. He has been a Corporate Advisor to eminent Indian and global financial services companies, consulting on new product strategy, creating and implementing technology solutions and developing compliance and risk frameworks. He also advised many domestic and foreign players on their acquisition of domestic capital market players.

A Chartered Accountant, he holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Securities Law.

Rujan Panjwani - Executive Director

Rujan Panjwani has almost three decades of experience in the financial services industry across asset classes.

Over the last 17 years at Edelweiss, he has played a key role in setting up several businesses and functions for the - Group including Asset Management, Credit, Group Treasury and the Balance Sheet unit. He is currently a member of the Assets & Liabilities Committee that primarily manages the Group’s balance sheet and the Global Risk Committee, the highest decision-making body in Edelweiss on risk-related issues.

Rujan spearheaded the iconic Edelweiss Associate Programme that started a decade ago and built leaders who are in senior positions within the Group today. He continues to play a key role in several strategic initiatives for the Group, including driving its Human Resources, Strategy and Business development.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Manipal Institute of Technology.

Vidya Shah - Non- Executive Director

Vidya Shah is the CEO of EdelGive Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Edelweiss group with over two and half decades of rich industry experience. She spent the first 11 years of her career in investment banking with companies like ICICI, Peregrine and NM Rothschild in Mumbai, where she advised corporations in Capital Raising and M&A transactions.

She joined Edelweiss in 2000 as the Chief Financial Officer of the Company and oversaw various important functions such as Finance, Human Resources and Administration.

Over the last eight years, under her leadership, EdelGive Foundation has become a catalyst for change, dedicated to collaborative philanthropy. She is also on the Boards of various non-profit organisations.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

P N Venkatachalam - Independent Director

P N Venkatachalam has over four decades of experience in the banking sector in India and abroad and has also worked in the software industry in banking & finance verticals. He joined State Bank of India in 1967 and retired in 2004 as its Managing Director.

He was a member of the Interim Pension Fund Regulatory Authority of India and a Director on the Board of Small Industries & Development Bank of India (SIDBI).

He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics and is a Certified Associate from the Indian Institute of Bankers.

Berjis Desai - Independent Director

Berjis Desai has a rich experience, spanning over three decades. He retired as the Managing Partner of J. Sagar Associates, one of India’s leading law firms and is now an independent legal counsel engaged in Private Client Practice viz. Taxation and Estate Planning, Family Arrangement and Resolutions, Will etc.

He has varied experience in the legal field, with specialisation in Corporate Law, Mergers & Acquisitions, Derivatives, Securities & Financial Laws, International Business Laws and International Commercial Arbitration.

He holds a Master’s degree in Law from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Sanjiv Misra - Independent Director

Sanjiv Misra has a rich and varied experience of more than two and half decades in the financial service sector. Presently, he is the Chairman of the Asia Pacific Advisory Board of Apollo Management. He is also the President of Phoenix Advisers Pte. Ltd., an advisory and principal investing firm.

He has worked extensively across global organisations like Goldman Sachs and Citigroup.

He is an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad and a Master of Management from the J. L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Navtej S. Nandra - Independent Director

Navtej Nandra has over two and half decades of experience and is a distinguished Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore. He also serves on the Boards of the Centre of Governance, Institutions and Organisations, and the Centre for Asset Management Research & Investments.

He was CEO of Morgan Stanley Investment Management Ltd., and also served on the Boards of Morgan Stanley Huaxin Fund Management Company, Morgan Stanley International Ltd., and Morgan Stanley & Co. International plc. He has held senior roles at DTZ Holdings, Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management, Merrill Lynch Global Investment Banking, The Cambridge Group Inc., and BoozAllen and Hamilton Inc. (now Booz & Co.). He has also served on the Board of Directors of Nuveen Investments, Inc., and Merrill Lynch India Technology Services.

An MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad, he also holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce from the University of Delhi.

Kunnasagaran Chinniah - Independent Director

Kunnasagaran Chinniah has more than four decades of experience in the financial sector. He is presently a director of Changi Airport International and a member of the Hindu Endowments Board in Singapore.

Earlier, he retired as the Managing Director/Global Head of Portfolio, Strategy & Risk Group with GIC Special Investments (“GIC SI”), the Private Equity arm of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (“GIC”). He joined GIC in 1989 and has held various positions with the Special Investments Department of GIC in their North American, European and Asian regions.

He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and his other academic qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the National University of Singapore and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Biswamohan Mahapatra - Independent Director

Biswamohan Mahapatras’career spans over three decades. He retired as Executive Director of Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in August 2014. At RBI he was overseeing banking regulation, policy, and supervision. Post retirement, he was an Advisor to RBI on the new bank licensing process. He has represented RBI at various national and international forums and chaired several RBI committees. He was also the Member-Secretary to the Committee set up to introduce a financial holding company in India and was also involved in the formulation of Basel II and Basel III regulations.

He holds a Master of Science in Management (MSM) degree from the Arthur D. Little Management Education Institute, Cambridge, and an MBA from University of Delhi.

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