3rd annual “Women in Finance” Leadership Summit India 2020

AIWMI’s 3rd annual “Women in Finance” Leadership Summit India (WIF2020) will provide an opportunity for knowledge-sharing and to develop actions to further drive sustainable change in the Indian Financial Services. WIF2020 will celebrate the doers and doing, connect women professionals and empower the Indian financial services as a whole. Featuring keynote conversations, executive and gen-nex panel discussions and fireside chats, WIF2020 will bring together the voices and insights of a diverse range of female luminaries. This event will focus on Women Leaders leading the sector and redefining the rules of engagement. It will explore ways to realize the true and complete potential of the women talent pool.

AIWMI’s inaugural Women in Finance Leadership Summit India organized in November 2017 had brought together an impressive group of more than 100 women leaders from the Indian financial services sector for a day of high-level discussion and non-stop networking. The inaugural Summit focused on the far-reaching and ongoing transformational process of the financial sector. This included the macroeconomic environment and regulatory frameworks that are changing quickly and profoundly in light of the changing gender balance dynamics. The second edition of WIF was organized in March 2019 along with the inaugural edition of  “India’s Top 100 Women in Finance” campaign. These twin-events were a huge success in  acknowledging the best women professionals in Indian financial services as well as in promoting effective corporate strategies for creating gender diversity at all levels of leadership.

WIF2020 is designed to take the mission forward through its interactive format that will offer attendees an opportunity to have a diverse and well-informed dialogue about the progression of women into senior roles in the financial services sector. WIF2020 also aims to advance the debate and give new impetus to the movement, drawing on the day’s discussions to lay out ways for participants to change their organizations. Through practical examples, insight from business leaders and interactive dialogue we will address the hurdles companies face as they seek to develop their most talented leaders, regardless of gender.

Join us and more than 300 leading women professionals at this unique, exciting and thought-provoking event of the year.

September 25, 2020

14:00 hrs

Welcome Remarks

14:15 hrs

Leadership Lessons


Anjali Bansal, Founder, Avaana Capital
Nilesh Shah, MD & CEO, Kotak Mutual Fund
Rajiv Sabharwal, MD & CEO, Tata Capital

15:00 hrs

After Self Actualization, What Next ?


Usha Sangwan, Board Member, Axis Bank
Arundhati Bhattacharya, CEO, Sales Force
Shikha Sharma, Former CEO, Axis Bank

15:45 hrs

Parallel Tracks

Track 1 – Mentoring Session For Young Women Professionals


Radhika Gupta, CEO, Edelweiss Asset Management

Track 2- Dare to Lead


Deepa Aggarwal Gracias, Country Head, SGX

Gesu Kaushal, Executive Director, Kotak Investment Banking

Praveena Rai, Chief Operating Officer



Lavanya Ashok, Managing Director, Private Equity (PIA), Goldman Sachs

16:30 hrs

Parallel Tracks

Track 1 – What Investors Look for in a Startup


Padmaja Ruparel

Track 3- The StoryTellers

17:15 hrs

Felicitation- India's Top 100 Women in Finance 2020

18: 30 hrs

End of Conference

* AIWMI reserves the right to amend any part of the Event format, including speakers and agenda.

  • Founder & CEO- Association of International Wealth Management of India (AIWMI)
  • Founder & Principal Advisor- Indian Association of Alternative Investment Funds (IAAIF)
  • Member- Board of Directors at Association of International Wealth Management (AIWM), Switzerland
  • Member- Advisory Board at Family Office Group, USA.

Aditya has done his Masters in Human Resources, Masters in Economics and is a Certified Financial Planner. A prolific writer, Aditya has been regularly contributing to various business, financial and education publications. Aditya is also a Member- Editorial Board of International Family Offices Journal (Global Law & Business). Aditya has recently co-authored 2 books on Credit Research and 1 book on Global Family Offices.

Anjali Bansal is the Founder and Managing Partner of Avaana Growth Capital, an investment platform that invests in and provides business building support for the scaling up of high growth companies. She was previously global Partner and Managing Director with TPG Growth PE, Spencer Stuart India CEO, and strategy consultant with McKinsey and Co in New York and India. She has also been an active angel investor in India with investments in various early and growth stage consumer companies.

She serves as an Independent Director on the boards of GSK, Bata India, Tata Power, Voltas and Delhivery and on the Advisory Board of Columbia University South Asia. She has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from Gujarat University and a master’s in International Finance and Business from Columbia University.

Deepa is an Economics graduate and MBA from Delhi University passed out in 1996. Soon after, she joined the dealing room at Citibank Bombay in the FX and Derivatives’ Sales team. From plain vanilla FX and swaps in the late 90’s the suite of products expanded to include complex derivatives such as Equity linked debentures, structured swaps and Commodity hedging.
The National Stock Exchange launched Currency Futures late 2008 and that is when Deepa joined the NSE to head the business development of Currency and Interest rate segment for clients on the exchange. During her 7+ year tenor, NSE was market leader in Currency Futures, and several new products like Currency options were introduced in the market.

Deepa is now the Country Head for SGX Rep office in India.

Dr. Manisha Ketkar, Director Symbiosis School of Banking & Finance is a Commerce graduate and a Fellow Cost Accountant (FCMA). She has also done her Master’s in Business Studies (MBS) from the University of Pune.

She has done her PhD in ‘Study of supply risk management practices’ with Symbiosis International (Deemed University) under the guidance of Dr. O. S. Vaidya from IIM Lucknow. Dr. Ketkar has presented papers in International Conferences and also has some published papers to her credit.

Dr. Ketkar has 28 years of experience. She has handled the operations of a business unit of a pharmaceutical multinational for over 16 years before her passion for teaching made her join Symbiosis in 2006. Her areas of expertise are Cost & Management Accounting and Supply Chain Management.

Dr. Ketkar is acknowledged for her interactive teaching approach. Along with academics, she is also known for her innovative approach to improvements, from student related matters to process reengineering.

Mr. Nilesh Shah is the Managing Director (MD) of Kotak Mahindra Asset Management Co Ltd. He has over 25 years of experience in capital markets and market related investments, having managed funds across equity, fixed income securities and real estate for local and global investors. In his previous assignments, Nilesh has held leadership roles with Axis Capital, ICICI Prudential Asset Management Franklin Templeton and ICICI securities. Nilesh is the recipient of the inaugural Business Standard Fund Manager of the year award – Debt in 2004. He was part of the team that received the best fund house of the year award at Franklin Templeton as well as at ICICI Prudential. Nilesh is a gold medalist chartered accountant and a merit ranking cost accountant. His hobbies include reading and educating investors on financial planning. He has co-authored book on Financial Planning called “A Direct Take”.

Padmaja has been nominated as Co-Chair of Global Business Angel Network (GBAN). She is a member of the National Expert Advisory Committee on Innovation, Incubation and Technology Entrepreneurship.

She also established a unique model of an incubator, in partnership with the Indian Government. She is a member of the Governing Council of EM3 Services. A graduate with English Honours, Padmaja has completed her MBA as well as Chartered Accountancy (Intermediate) with her internship with S.R. Batliboi (an E&Y group company).

As a Chief Operating Officer, Ms. Praveena Rai is in-charge of formulating & deploying the marketing, business development, product management and operations strategy for NPCI. Ms. Rai drives product penetration, reach and visibility of NPCI’s offerings through suitable partnerships. With over 20 years of extensive experience, Ms. Rai has built expertise in various facets of payments, cards, retail, transaction, wholesale and commercial banking. Prior to joining NPCI, she was leading the cash management portfolio at Kotak Mahindra Bank Limited. Earlier, Ms. Rai has managed payments for Asia Pacific and has been the Head of sales at HSBC, where she provided solutions to global banking corporations and SME’s in Asia and India respectively. Ms. Rai holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication and has a post-graduate degree from IIM Ahmedabad.

RM Vishakha, MD & CEO, IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Limited (IndiaFirst Life), is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. As an inspiring leader and a confident professional, Vishakha has helmed IndiaFirst Life as its MD & CEO since March 2015. Recognising her achievements through a journey of over three decades in the Indian insurance space, ICAI bestowed Vishakha with the prestigious award of CA Business Leader – Women (2017). She ranks amongst Fortune India’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019. Vishakha has been enlisted as a trail blazer amongst contemporaries across industries by prestigious publications, such as Business World, Forbes, and Business Today. Vishakha is also an independent Director on the board of NRB Bearings Private Limited.
As a leader, Vishakha continues to efficiently manage and balance expectations with all stakeholders at IndiaFirst Life!

Radhika is a graduate of Management and Technology Program from the University of Pennsylvania (USA); with joint degrees in Economics from the Wharton School & Computer Science Engineering from the Moore School. Radhika started her career with McKinsey & Company, and then progressed to become a hedge fund manager with AQR Capital – One of the world’s largest Systematic Asset Managers. She then moved to India to start her own venture named – Forefront Capital Management, an alternative asset management firm, which was acquired by Edelweiss in 2014.

She is the founding President of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Club, a member of the Global Leadership Council of the Management and Technology Program and a Board Member of the Association of Mutual Funds in India (AMFI).

Mr. Rajiv Sabharwal, a B. Tech from IIT Delhi and PGDM from IIM Lucknow, has over 26 years of experience in the banking and financial services industry. Mr. Sabharwal is currently the
Managing Director & CEO of Tata Capital Limited. He is also the Chairman of Tata Capital
Financial Services Limited, Tata Capital Housing Finance Limited, Tata Securities Limited and Tata Asset Management Limited and is also on the Board of Tata Capital Cleantech Limited, Tata Capital Pte Ltd. and Tata Realty and Infrastructure Limited.

He has served as an Executive Director on the Board of ICICI Bank where he was responsible for several businesses including retail banking, business banking, rural banking, financial inclusion, technology and digital banking. He has also served as the Chairman of ICICI Home Finance Company Limited and was on the Board of ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Company Limited. He
was also on the Investment Advisory Committee (Real Estate) of ICICI Prudential AMC.
Mr. Sabharwal has been acknowledged for his contribution to the growth of the Retail Banking
and Real Estate & Housing Finance market in India.

Mr. Sabharwal also has had experience in both Venture Capital and Growth Capital investing at Sequoia Capital and True North. He has been on the Board of a number of early stage and
growing companies in Financial services space.

He has also served on a number of committees of RBI and IBA.
Mr. Sabharwal has had successful stints with True North Managers LLP, Sequoia Capital, Godrej Group, SRF Finance, GE Capital and Times Bank.

Usha Sangwan, was the first ever woman Managing Director of LIC. Usha is a PG in Economics, PG Diploma holder in Human Resource Management and Licentiate from Insurance Institute of India. She joined LIC as Direct Recruit Officer in 1981. She at present is the Board Member of Axis Bank, Grasim Industries Ltd., and Bombay Stock Exchange Ltd.

She had started Direct Marketing Channel in LIC alongwith online sale of policies. She also brought LIC into Social Media. She institutionalized many Corporate Communication activities like LIC Student of the Year, Mobile Van, College Campus and Rozgar Melas. Usha has received innumerable awards and recognition including Forbes List of 50 most powerful Business Women in Asia; “Most Powerful Women in Indian Business” by Business Today and “Most Influential Women” in Businessworld.

Date: September 25, 2020


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