2nd annual “Women in Finance” Leadership Summit India 2019

AIWMI’s 2nd annual “Women in Finance” Leadership Summit India (WIF2019) will provide an opportunity for knowledge-sharing and to develop actions to further drive sustainable change in the Indian Financial Services. WIF2019 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, WIF2019 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. This Summit had a fair bit of success in promoting effective corporate strategies for creating gender diversity at all levels of leadership. WIF2019 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. WIF2019 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 200 leading women professionals at this unique, exciting and thought-provoking event of the year.

A Content-Driven Conference

The highly interactive Summit features informative sessions and candid conversations

  • Keynote sessions and moderated panel discussions with prominent industry leaders
  • Dedicated tracks focused on different verticals within financial services
  • Topic-driven small group conversations
  • Mentoring – Opportunity to get guided by industry experts.
  • The Trailblazers- an annual compilation honoring pioneering women who have paved the way for their peers in financial services.


Why Attend

Networking – Surround yourself with and meet like-minded individuals.

Business Strategy – Receive advice, solutions, and innovative ideas to work into your business strategy.

Identify – Identify growth strategies, business opportunities, and resources for your entrepreneurial venture.

Panel Discussions – Hear from seasoned business owners, entrepreneurs, and experts during informative panel discussions.

Obtain Resources– Obtain valuable resources and services from handpicked exhibitors and business organizations.

Discover – Discover what it really takes to build a thriving, profitable business.

Connect – Continue conversing and connecting with your peers

March 8, 2019

08: 00


09: 00

Opening Remarks


Executive Panel - Staying in the Game

Monika Halan, Consulting Editor, Mint
Anjali Bansal, Founder, Avaana Capital
Shanti Ekambaram, President – Consumer Banking , Kotak Mahindra Bank

Alice Vaidynathan, CMD, General Insurance Corporation of India



Keynote Session


Release of "Top 100 Women in Indian Financial Services- 2019" Report


Positioning Yourself for a Board Seat

Deena Mehta, Managing Director, Asit C. Mehta Investment Interrmediates

Vishakha Mulye, Executive Director, ICICI Bank
RM Vishakha, Managing Director and CEO, India First Life Insurance

Kshama Fernandes, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Northern Arc


Tea Break


Transition to Entrepreneurship

Shrija Agrawal, Associate Editor, Mint
Arpita Vinay, Wholetime Director & Head – Family Office, Centrum Wealth Management

Ananya Birla, Founder, Svatantra Microfinance

Swati Bhargava, Co-founder, CashKaro

Upasana Taku, Co-founder, MobiKwik


Leading with Purpose


Vidya Shah, CEO, Edelgive




Creating a Powerful Second Act


Gen-Nex Panel: Negotiating for Yourself


Sushma Kaushik, Managing Director, Aavishkar

Shalini Prakash, Venture Partner, 500 startups

Apurva Damani, Managing Director, Artha India Ventures





Stories of the Path Less Travelled

Benaifer Malandkar, Chief Investment Officer, Raay Global Investments
Harshala Chandorkar, Chief Operating Officer, CIBIL


Creating an effective Returnee program


Philip Matthew, Chief People Officer, HDFC Bank

Rajkamal Vempati, Head- HR, Axis Bank


End of Conference

* The Organizer reserves the right to amend any part of the Event format, Including speakers and agenda.

A well-known media personality, Monika Halan’s goal is a fair marketplace for all participants in India’s retail financial sector. She is Consulting Editor with Mint, India’s second largest business daily. A Certified Financial Planner, she has a Masters in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and a second Masters in Journalism Studies from College of Cardiff, University of Wales, UK. She has worked earlier across media organisations in India including Editing Outlook Money. She has run four successful TV series around personal finance advice in NDTV, Zee and Bloomberg India and is a regular speaker on financial literacy, regulation, inclusion and consumer issues in retail finance. She has public policy experience working with the Government of India as an advisor to the Swarup Committee in 2009. She has served as a member on the Ministry of Finance Committee on Incentives (Bose Committee), has been a member on the Sebi Mutual Fund Committee since 2010 and is a member on the Proxy Advisor Working Group constituted by Sebi in November 2018. She was a member of the Task Force set up by the Government of India to put in place the Financial Redressal Agency. She was an expert invitee to a Ministry of Commerce Committee on the Service Price Index. She is the author of two published academic papers:  (http://bit.ly/2towQ53) in Journal of Economic Policy Reform that estimates the loss to investors on mis-sold insurance policies, and a paper that maps mis-selling by banks in India (http://bit.ly/2uBtw5Y) in the Journal for Comparative Economics. She is an author of the best-selling book Let’s talk Money published by Harper Collins in 2018. Her first book Seven Steps to Financial Freedom was published by Macmillan in 2005. She is based in New Delhi and was chosen as a Yale World Fellow in 2011.

With more than 15 years of experience in Financial Services across Wealth Management and Private Banking, Ms. Arpita Vinay has been part of the core  team that set up Centrum Wealth Management. As a Whole Time Director on the company’s board, she has helped to steer the firm from the venture to growth stage in the very competitive wealth management space. She heads Centrum’s Family Office that provides a comprehensive one-stop solution for wealthy families. The proposition encompasses investment management, wealth planning, administration and structuring, tax and legal advisory, corporate solutions, philanthropy and CSR opportunities. She also runs the structured and alternate products business line, an area where the firm has established solid credentials and where the business has grown manifold in the firm’s short existence.
She also looks after the offshore wealth product proposition along where she is leading the firm’s initiative to set up business in Singapore and Dubai. Prior to Centrum, she was the Head of Premier Banking at HSBC and was responsible for managing one of the largest affluent banking propositions in the country. She left HSBC to be part of the founder team of Centrum Wealth Management Limited. An Electrical Engineer and MBA, Finance, from Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi, she also holds STEP Professional Postgraduate Diploma in Private Wealth Advising which focuses on cross boarder succession, international taxation and family business advising .
She takes active interest in estate and succession planning and is a member of the Indian chapter of STEP, an international body of trust and estate planning professionals and the International Tax Planning Associates (ITPA). Ms. Arpita Vinay is a regular and sought-after speaker in wealth management, family office and alternative product forums and seminars

Date: March 8, 2019

Venue: Sofitel Mumbai BKC

AIWMI’s 2nd Women in Finance Leadership Summit 2019 provides an unmatched opportunity to connect your brand with more than 300 women financial services professionals from across the country.

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From February 11th – 28th – 5900 INR

From March 1st to March 8th7080 INR

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