Samasta Micro Finance
Board Of Directors

Venkatesh N. (Managing Director)
Venkatesh has an experience of over 15 years in financial sector. He is the founder of PNV Techno Acquisitions Private Limited that markets financial products. His also a founder of Affluence Edifice, offering wealth management services for high net worth individuals. He has completed ACCION program for strategic leadership in Microfinance through Harvard Business School..
Shivaprakash Deviah, ( Director & Chief Information Officer)
Shivaprakash has worked with major IT corporate for over a decade, successfully executing projects for global clients and nurturing client relationships. As Director & CIO at Samasta, he uses his technical expertise and management skills to optimize business operations with the help of Technology.
Mr. R. Venkataraman
Mr. R. Venkataraman, Co-Promoter and Managing Director of IIFL Holdings Limited. He is a B.Tech from IIT, Kharagpur and MBA from IIM, Bangalore. He joined the Company’s Board in July 1999. He has been contributing immensely into the establishment of various businesses over the past 17 years. He previously held senior managerial positions at ICICI Limited, including ICICI Securities, its investment banking joint venture with JP Morgan, and Barclays BZW. He worked as Assistant Vice President with GE Capital Services India in its private equity division. He has a varied experience of more than 25 years in the financial services sector.
Mr. K Chandrachoodan
Mr. K Chandrachoodan's holds 33 years of experience with Reserve Bank of India, where he has successfully handled the gamut of Central Banking Operations (Regulations, Supervision, Payment Systems).He has also worked as a Regional Advisor (Banking Supervision) in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) AFRITAC West 2- Ghana working closely with the senior management of Central Banks of member countries to identify supervisory needs and providing Technical assistance.

He was on a deputation from Reserve Bank of India, as Director Supervision with Bank of Mauritius, monitoring the regulations and supervision of 21 Banks, 8 Non-Bank deposit taking Institutions, 6 Forex Dealers and 10 Money Changers with total assets exceeding MUR 1020 billion.

He was also posted as Banking Ombudsman for the States of States of Gujarat, Tamilnadu and Karnataka to redress customer complaints against certain services rendered by banks, through mediation and settlement and also for popularizing the scheme in rural and under banked areas by conducting outreach activities.

Prior to RBI, he was associated with SBI Bank as Probationary officer handling all the Banking Functions for a tenure of 4yrs.

Mr. K Chandrachoodan holds a Post Graduate Degree in Operations Research from Delhi University

Mr. Chandrachoodan is now associated with India Infoline Finance Ltd, as Senior Vice President - Compliance and also as Anti-Corruption Officer.
Mr. Gaurav
Gaurav joined CDC in 2016, and is responsible for advising and supporting the CDC Group on the investments in Financial Institutions in South Asia. His background is in management consulting and advisory assignments for financial institutions in India. Gaurav has a wide range of consultancy experience, working for several financial institutions during his 10 years with The Boston Consulting Group in India and Europe. He also worked for a year as the head of strategy for an Indian family business. Gaurav has experience in several areas including growth strategy, consumer behaviour, distribution networks, operations and IT, for multiple types of financial institutions, particularly in Microfinance.

Gaurav has a degree in Engineering and a MBA from IIM Bangalore
Independent Directors

Mr. Ramanathan has extensive experience in the development banking for the agriculture and rural sectors; He was Chief General Manager in the Micro Credit Innovations Department of NABARD. He managed the SHG Bank Linkage programme, the largest microfinance programme in the world. As In-charge of the Financial Inclusion department, he has managed Financial Inclusion Fund and Financial Inclusion Technology Fund..
A former Chief General Manager of SIDBI Foundation for Micro Credit, Mr. Vikraman has extensive experience in the Microfinance Sector. In his experience spanning 38 years, he was with Reserve Bank of India for 5 years, IDBI for 16 years and SIDBI for 17 years. He is also in the board of other microfinance and financial corporations.
Badri Seshadri
An alumnus of IIT, Chennai and with a Ph.D in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University in the USA, Mr. Badri Seshadri co-founded, a cricket information portal, which is now owned by ESPN. His latest venture is New Horizon Media, focusing on publishing in Indian languages.
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