Our Speakers

Keynote Speaker

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Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar

Editor Emeritus - Economic Times

Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar is the Editor Emeritus of the Economic Times and a Research Fellow at the Cato Institute, Washington DC, with a special focus on India and Asia. His research interests include economic change in developing countries, human rights and civil strife, political economy, energy, trade, and industry.

He is a prolific columnist and TV commentator in India, well‐known for a popular weekly column titled “Swaminomics” in the Times of India. He was also the India Correspondent for The Economist and The British Weekly. Swami has been a frequent consultant for the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He is the author of Escape from the Benevolent Zookeepers—The Best of Swaminomics (New Delhi: Times of India, 2008) and has been called “India’s leading economic journalist” by Stephen Cohen of the Brookings Institution. He has been the editor of India’s two biggest financial dailies, the Economic Times and Financial Express, and was the India correspondent of The Economist for two decades. Swami spends part of the year in India and part in the United States. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Oxford University, United Kingdom.

Swami is also a social investor. He runs the Mukundan Charitable Trust. He has co-promoted three micro-finance institutions – Arohan in Calcutta, Sonata in Allahabad and Mimo Finance in Dehradun. He is also part of the Board of Directors at Artisans Micro Finance Ltd, and hopes to convert artisans into share-owning millionaires. Swami is building a fleet of medical ships on Brahmaputra to serve those islands that have never seen a doctor. Swami is married to Shahnaz Anklesaria Aiyar, a journalist. He has three children, Shekhar, Pallavi and Rustam.

Leading Speakers

Speakers are listed in alphabetical order of their last name.

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Vaisshali Babu

Managing Director & CEO - BSE Clearing House - ICCL

Ms. Vaisshali Babu has assumed office as the Managing Director & CEO with effect from January 1, 2024.

Previously, Vaisshali was the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer of the Company.

Vaisshali is a capital market veteran with overall capital market experience of over 30 years spread across BNP Paribas, BoFA (ML), State Street, SHCIL, United India Insurance Co Ltd., and Mumbai Port Trust. Her area of expertise is in clearing house operations, custodian business, products and relationship management, operations management, project management including risk, compliance and audit. Vaisshali is very active in various industry groups and has worked closely with Indian regulators on topics related to the development of Indian capital market. She has the credentials of articulating key regulatory changes e.g. foreign investments in India, improving settlement efficiencies, debt market investments etc.

Vaisshali holds a master’s degree in commerce from Mumbai University with a business administration qualification from Symbiosis. She has credentials of executive programmes from IIM Bangalore, IIM Rohtak and IIM Calcutta and is member of Institute of Directors. She was recognised as “India’s top 100 women in Finance” by AIWMI in 2019 and awarded “Best in Custody” at the Women in Finance Asia Awards in 2022.

Complete believer in changing society via children’s education – actively associated with few NGOs.

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Uttam Bagri

Promoter Director - BCB Brokerage Private Limited

Mr. Uttam Bagri is a financial market professional with over 25 years of experience in the Indian Financial Markets space. He is the Mumbai based third-generation promoter director of the 65-year-old BCB Group (flagship company BCB Brokerage Private Limited), a financial services group since 1958 primarily engaged in Stock Broking and Investment Banking activities.

He is a university rank holder commerce graduate and has completed his post-graduation in management from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.

He is active in the Indian Capital Markets policy space, having served on the past on the Board of BSE Limited and various committees of Indian Market Infrastructure Institutions (Stock Exchanges, Clearing Corporations and Depositories). He has chaired the Indian broker association Bombay Stock Exchange Brokers Forum (BBF). He has also served on various advisory committees of Indian regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) including the SEBI Committee on “Strengthening Governance of Market Infrastructure Institutions (MIIs)” chaired by Shri G Mahalingam (2022).

He is currently a member of the SEBI Intermediary Advisory Committee and Sherpa of the Brokers Industry Standards Forum.

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Hemen Bhatia

CEO - Angel One Asset Management Company Limited

Hemen Bhatia is the CEO of Angel One Asset Management Company Limited and he joined the organization in Dec 2023. In this role, he is spearheading the growth of the Angel One Group’s asset management business and will position Angel One AMC as a prominent player in passive investing space.

Hemen has more than 17 years of rich experience in the Asset Management Industry. He is a veteran and is one of the most experienced professionals in Indian Passive (ETF as well as Index Funds) industry having spent close to a decade and half pursuing Passive business, across product and business development roles. Hemen was part of core team at Benchmark AMC which pioneered ETF business in India, post which he has worked with Goldman Sachs India AMC. In his previous role, Hemen was Head – ETF at Nippon Life India Asset Management (NAM India) wherein the company had grown to become a dominant player in passive business under his leadership.

Throughout his distinguished career, Hemen has played a pivotal role in the evolution of the ETF market in India and has facilitated the growth of passive fund management industry through his contributions at numerous industry and regulatory committees.

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Suryadeep Das

Director, Electronic Trading Services (ETS) - Kotak Institutional Equities

Suryadeep heads the Electronic Trading business in Kotak Institutional Equities.

He has more than 12 years of experience in sell-side Institutional Equities – primarily in Electronic Sales Trading – with a background in Equity Research, Quant Research and APAC Equity Risk & Facilitation.

Prior to joining Kotak, he was a part of Deutsche Bank’s APAC Electronic Sales Trading Team.

He has a B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Madras and a PGDM from IIM Ahmedabad.

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Pankaj Dhake

Electronic Sales Trader - CLSA

Pankaj has ~11 years of experience in the financial industry with varied roles in Hong Kong and India from arbitrage trading, systematic trading, market microstructure and electronic sales trading. Pankaj has been focused on the Indian equities over the past 5 years as an Electronic Sales Trader at CLSA. He started his professional work experience with a 3-year stint as a Delta-one trader with UBS Hong Kong where he was involved in statistical arbitrage of HK-China ETFs. He then developed medium frequency systematic trading signals in the US and European equities for ~1.5 years as a senior quantitative researcher with Worldquant, subsidiary of Millenium Partners. He has been with CLSA over 6 years now as part of the market microstructure team and Electronic trading team. He has a stellar academic record with a Gold medal in academics from IIM-Bangalore.

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Anil Ghelani


Head of Passive Investments & Products - DSP Mutual Fund

Anil has been working with DSP Group since 2003. The DSP Group has a legacy of from than 150 years, making it one of the oldest and most respected financial services firms in India. He is currently Head of Passive Investments & Products. Previously, he served as the CEO & Chief Investment Officer at DSP BlackRock Pension Fund Managers. Earlier in his career at DSP, he led the Risk and Quantitative Analysis team providing quantitative research inputs and buy-side credit research on companies across various sectors.

Prior to joining DSP, Anil worked at IL&FS Asset Management Company and at S.R. Batliboi a member firm of EY.

He has been a volunteer with the CFA Society India for more than a decade and has served as the Vice Chairman on the board.

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Koel Ghosh

Head, Strategic Initiatives, ETF Junction, and
Chapter Lead India, WE - Women in ETFs

Koel Ghosh is a seasoned professional currently consulting as the Head of Strategic Initiatives at ETF Junction, a fintech platform dedicated to providing both local and global ETF intelligence. She is also the India Chapter Lead for Women in ETFs, a nonprofit organisation building a global community across the ETF ecosystem.

With over two decades of experience in the financial industry, Koel has held key leadership roles driving regional and commercial strategies. As the former Head of South Asia at S&P Dow Jones Indices and the Managing Director and CEO of Asia Index Private Limited, a joint venture index business with BSE, she has spearheaded initiatives that have significantly contributed to the growth of passive investing in India.

Koel's passion for revolutionizing investment practices through education and advocacy has made her a recognized figure in the realm of passive investing. Her comprehensive expertise in asset management spans various renowned financial institutions such as Thompson Reuters, UTI Asset Management, and IL&FS Asset Management Limited.

A Chartered Accountant by profession, Koel's outstanding contributions to the finance sector have been acknowledged by the Association of International Wealth Management of India (AIWMI), which named her one of the top 100 women in finance in India in 2019.

With her deep experience and strength in building growth strategies, she aids in developing robust frameworks, paving the way for innovative solutions and profitable businesses.

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Prasanna Jha

Director, Head of Custody - Citibank N.A. India

Prasanna is the Head of Citi India’s Custody Services. In this role, he is responsible for managing and delivering the Custody strategy – including product development, differentiators, managing risk, regulatory compliance and the critical FPI licensing activity.

Prasanna represents Citi in various regulatory and market working groups including as a member of HR Khan Working group on FPIs which rewrote the FPI Regulations of 2019 and the Operating Guidelines thereon.

Prior to his current role, Prasanna was the Regional head of Fund Administration and ETF Products for Citi based out of Singapore, responsible for product development and innovation in fund administration services for long only client segment like Mutual Funds and Insurance clients. He joined Citi in May 2005 as India head of Fund Services and Client Executive for Investor clients, setting up Fund Services business for Citi India and managed close to 35 key relationships.

Prior to joining Citi, Prasanna managed custody and funds products for JPMorgan Chase Bank and also buy side fund operations at Birla Sun Life Asset Management Company and Unit Trust of India.

Prasanna holds a Statistics Honours degree from Patna University and a Masters in Financial Management from JBIMS, Mumbai.

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Rohit Kumar Jha

Co-founder - ArthAlpha

Rohit is the co-founder of ArthAlpha, an AI/ML (Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning)-driven Quantitative Research platform. ArthAlpha is building a quantitative research platform with AI/ML integration that eliminates the need for each investment house to build an entire infrastructure for quantitative investing. ArthAlpha currently manages more than $40M for an India-based hedge fund, using in-house technology to pick stocks.

Prior to this, he worked as a portfolio manager at Tower Research Capital and as head of intraday equities at WorldQuant (Millennium Management). He holds a B.Tech in Computer Science from IIT Kanpur and started his career in the Investment Management Division at Goldman Sachs.

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Pramod Koyothi

Co-chair of India Working Group - FIX Trading Community, and
Executive Director, Global Banking & Markets – Equities - Goldman Sachs
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Sriram Krishnan

Chief Business Development Officer - National Stock Exchange of India Limited

Sriram has over 28 years of work experience in the Indian banking and capital markets space. He has spent about 22 years with multinational organisations, across corporate and institutional banking, asset management and securities services at various levels of seniority.

His current role with the NSE, as Chief Business Development Officer, entails establishing and managing business strategy and advocacy, product lifecycle and all business alliances and relationships. Sriram also oversees marketing & corporate communication and economic policy & research.

In his previous roles, Sriram has worked for over 21 years across HSBC, Citi and Deutsche Bank. In his immediately previous role with Deutsche Bank India, Sriram was Managing Director & Co-Head of Global Transaction Banking.

Sriram is a qualified Chartered and Cost Accountant from India.

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Rajnish Kumar

EVP & Head Dealing - UTI AMC Ltd

A mutual fund professional with 25 years’ experience spanning across various functions such as Sales & Marketing, Product Management and Trade Management. Currently, overseeing the dealing affairs which include trade execution in equity segment, sales side management, regulatory & risk adherence, process framework & system enablement. As a functional head, his role is to ensure efficient execution, analyse market trades, apply control measures and drive various execution strategies & related enablement. A postgraduate in Economics, & MBA (Finance) has also completed a professional certification in Product Strategy from IIM Kozhikode.

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Sharath Kumar R N

Co-founder & CEO - 5-Swans

Sharath is the Co-Founder & CEO of 5-Swans a quant trading and consulting firm. Sharath, a veteran with over 25 years in BFSI, has co-founded and helped scale multiple algo-trading startups for proprietary trading and institutional money management.

Sharath has a Bachelor’s Degree from IIT Kharagpur, India and is a former Managing Director and CEO of Tower Research Capital India, prior to which he worked in various leadership roles across global banks (like ABN AMRO, Barclays Capital, Nomura) with a strong focus on building scalable enterprise quantitative trading systems.

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Edward Mangles

Regional Director, Asia Pacific - FIX Trading Community

Edward Mangles has helped support The FIX Trading Community’s Asia Pacific committee for over 20 years, playing a key role in promoting institutional trading standards and FIX adoption across the region, and facilitating cross-industry collaboration. In March 2009, Edward was appointed Asia Pacific Regional Director for the FIX Trading Community, and works closely with the buyside, sellside, regulator, exchange and technology provider members of the institutional trading community to support efficient trading.

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Abhishek D. Mohla

Managing Director, Equities, Agency Electronic Trading, Head of Electronic Product and Distribution, Global Markets, Equities - UBS

Abhishek joined UBS as a Graduate in London in 2001.

Abhishek currently looks after the Electronic Trading Product and Distribution for Asia-PAC, based in Hong Kong since late 2016. In this role, Abhishek is responsible for the quantitative development of our algorithmic trading and liquidity platform, microstructure and trading cost analyses and Sales and Distribution of the product across the global client base.

Prior to Hong Kong, Abhishek was based in Singapore where he led the Electronic Product sales across South-East Asia from 2011 - 2016. Abhishek was based in Hong Kong and London prior to this in the IT division where he was Asia-Pacific Head of Client Facing Technologies for UBS Equities IT. In this role, he led the ongoing development of the regional DMA/Algo platform including launching UBS’ proprietary low-latency trading platform.

Abhishek joined UBS as an IT Developer in the firm's proprietary web-based trading product, UBS Equity Trader before moving to Hong Kong in Oct 2007.

Abhishek holds a Masters of Engineering degree from the University of York, UK. He is a competitive Tennis player, in a band and a US Patent holder.

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Shekhar More

Director – Electronic Sales Trading - Nuvama Wealth Management Limited

Shekhar heads the Electronic Trading business at Nuvama Wealth Management Limited.

He has more than 14 years of experience in sell-side Institutional Equities (primarily in Electronic Sales Trading) – with a background in Electronic Engineering, Trading Technologies and Algorithm Analytics.

Before joining Nuvama, he was a part of Haitong India Pvt Ltd Electronic Sales Trading Team.

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Soniya More

Chief Manager – Investment - Kotak Life Insurance

Soniya More has been focused on equity dealing of Kotak Life Insurance for the last 3 years. She has more than 18 years’ experience in the stock market. Recently she received the KLAP Award from Kotak Life for demonstrating a supreme level of commitment in Equity dealing.

Soniya has completed her graduation from D.G.Ruparel College & PG – Finance from K C College. She has completed ‘Executive Programme in Algorithmic Trading’ (EPAT) from QuantInsti. She is a ‘Certified Alternative Investment Manager’ from the Association of International Wealth Management of India.

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Kunal Nandwani

Cofounder and CEO - uTrade Solutions

Kunal is a tech entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of fintech - uTrade solutions and internet firm, Cove Identity.

Kunal has worked with Lehman Brothers, Nomura and BNP Paribas in London.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from PEC (India) and MBA from ESSEC (Paris). Kunal is also an author and angel investor.

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Vikas Panwar

Country Business Manager - India - Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF)

Vikas Panwar is currently associated with Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) as a Country Business Manager for India. He is with GLEIF from more than a year, now. He represents GLEIF in all key stakeholder engagements and leads the awareness strategy for better adoption and usage of LEI in India. He is a member of the BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards) Technical committee working on digital signatures standardization and part of an international, govt. lead working group, exploring International mutual recognition of trust services in digital trade.

He was earlier associated with National Stock Exchange of India Ltd. (NSE). He worked in multiple departments in a span of fourteen years in his last stint with the stock exchange.

He is a business administration graduate and holds an MBA.

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Shri Sameer G. Patil

Chief Business Officer – BSE

Shri Sameer has 25+ years of experience in traded equity & debt assets classes, underlying commodity markets, and global Index / FX / interest rate / commodity derivatives in both exchange and OTC markets. As Chief Business Officer at BSE, he spearheads the group’s Business Development and Marketing function as well as the strategic ventures.

Under his leadership, BSE has demonstrated revival in equity and derivatives segments. He played a key role in conceptualizing Spot Exchange for Gold in GIFT city and Domestic Zone. He serves as Board Member for several BSE group companies.

He was part of the core team responsible for the setup and success of MCX, in his previous assignment as Senior Vice President (PKMT & Business Development). He is credited for successful launch of flagship contracts, and several International Exchanges including DGCX.

He is a credible expert in areas ranging from commodities, Index development, hedging strategies, product design & launch, and physical market outreach. Due to his rich experience, he contributes to several working groups of the Government and Regulators.

He began his career with K J Investors Services, affiliate of Cargill Investors Services. He is Science Graduate and MBA Finance from Mumbai University. He was awarded the “India UAE business Ambassador of the year 2018” at Abu Dhabi for his achievements.

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Sunil Ramrakhiani

Chief Business Officer – Equity - BSE

Sunil Ramrakhiani is the Chief Business Officer - Equity of BSE. He joined BSE 10 months back just when BSE derivatives contracts were being rolled out. In his initial stages, he has worked on building derivatives ecosystems, enabling derivatives analytics and execution platforms necessary for bringing liquidity. In his latest focus area overseeing Institutional business, he has been relentlessly working with Institutional brokers, FPIs and low latency firms for using BSE cash and derivatives platform.

Sunil has an overall 27 years of diverse experience in Indian financial markets in various strategic and leadership roles as a Shareholder, Director & Chief Operating Officer, Managing Partner and as a head in various Institutions of repute. He has worked across Proprietary Trading, High Frequency Trading, Exchange, Treasury in Bank, Broking and Wealth Management. He has experience across Equities, Derivatives, Currency, Mutual Funds, Portfolio Management Services, Commodities & Alternate assets.

Sunil has worked on building business from ground up and has worked across organisations like ICICI Bank, NCDEX, IL&FS Investsmart, Way2Wealth Securities & QuantAI Technologies. Sunil has a good experience in starting algo trading and later on identifying and building High Frequency Trading (HFT) business with AlphaGrep Securities.

Sunil is a Mechanical Engineer from Govt Engg College Jabalpur, PGDBA from IBS Ahmedabad and CFA (Level 2) from ICFAI. He has served on the product committee on MCX, part of CII National Committee for Commodities, Advisory Committee for framework for AIFs and interfaced with regulators for development of markets.

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Vishtaspa Rana

Head - Equity Trading - 3P Investment Managers

Vishtaspa Rana is currently working with 3P Investment Managers (AIF Category III) as Head - Equity Trading. He has earlier worked with TATA Mutual Fund as Trader for their Mutual Fund and AIF Schemes.

He obtained his graduate diploma in Business Administration from S.I.E.S College of Management, and Bachelor Degree in Commerce from University of Mumbai.

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Sandeep V. Sabnani

Head of Equities Product Strategy and Growth (Big Bets) at ION Markets - ION

Sandeep is a seasoned Head of Product Strategy and Growth (Big Bets) at ION Equities with over 18 years of experience in FinTech and SaaS domains.

Sandeep’s career spans various key engineering and product leadership roles at ION and Ericsson. His expertise lies in product management, strategy, and growth, where he excels in building client relationships, leading cross-functional teams for business expansion, and delivering innovative solutions in the dynamic financial and regulatory landscapes.

Drawing on his engineering background, Sandeep combines strategic insights to achieve impactful outcomes. Passionate about entrepreneurship, growth and innovation, Sandeep is committed to creating value for users and partners alike, always striving for quality and excellence in his endeavors.

Sandeep holds a Master’s degree in Information Security from the University of London and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai.

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Gaurik Shah


Fund Manager - Avendus Capital Alternate Strategies Private LLP

Gaurik joined Avendus Capital Public Markets Alternate Strategies LLP as a part of the investment team in April 2021. He has over 17 years of experience in the Indian market with specialisation in Quantitative research. During is career in Auantitative trading he has been responsible for conceptualising, research & fund management of various Quantitative funds including CTA/Managed futures strategies, Multi-strategy India equity fund, Currency and Equity hedging strategies. Apart from Indian markets Gaurik has also experience in trading Asian equity futures while working with Monsoon Capital in Singapore . He has also been part of Delta-1 team at RBS NV , Hong Kong. Gaurik completed Post Graduate in Business Management from XLRI, Jamshedpur and Bachelor’s in Engineering from Pune University.

Gaurik is a CFA® charter holder, CFA Institute

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Vishal Shukla

General Manager, Market Regulation Department - SEBI

Vishal Shukla is currently posted in the Policy and Development Division - 2, Market Regulation Department of SEBI. Prior to this he was on deputation to National Institute of Securities Market (NISM) as a faculty member. Having joined SEBI in 2002, he has served in several other departments of SEBI like SEBI Chandigarh Local Office, Integrated Surveillance Department and Market Intermediaries Regulation and Supervision Department.

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Harish Srivastava

Senior Executive Director and Head of Derivatives - Kotak

Heads the derivatives trading (High Touch, Low Touch and HFT) as well as derivatives research for Kotak. With Kotak for 11 years and industry experience of 23 years, entirely in equity derivatives. Extensive experience with Execution Algos, OMS and trading Risk management for all varieties of equity derivatives products.

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Rana Usman

Chief Operations Officer - C&S - NSE Clearing Ltd

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Manan Vaishnav


Director & Co-Head - Societe Generale Securities India

Manan is the Co-Head of Societe Generale Securities India, with effect from November 6, 2023 & is responsible for spearheading the growth of the company.

He has 19 years of experience at marquee investment banks, such as Deutsche Bank, CLSA & Goldman Sachs as a Sales Trader for India Listed Derivatives. During this time, Manan has served some of the largest systematic long/short derivatives trading hedge funds based out of Hong Kong & Singapore. In his current role, Manan is working closely with the exchanges & clearing corporations and is an active member of Broker Industry Standards Forum.

Manan holds a master’s degree in economics from the MS University of Baroda, a master’s degree in business administration from Indian Institute of Management Indore, and a CAIA Charter from the US-based Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst Association. He has built a strong community of followers on LinkedIn, where he talks about topics related to finance & careers apart from mentoring undergraduate students, early & mid-career professionals. He liaises with some of the top b-schools in India for providing career guidance workshops to its MBA students. His work can be found on https://www.linkedin.com/in/manankv

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Guy Warren


Guy joined ITRS in July 2014 as CEO and brings more than 25 years’ experience in financial services and technology businesses.

Guy had previously been a customer of ITRS, using Geneos to improve the availability of the real-time systems when he was COO of FTSE Group. He has also managed a financial services product business as the EVP & General Manager of Misys Banking, a leader in the core banking solutions market. Guy has a strong background in large blue chip organisations and more recently working with private equity backed companies. Earlier in his career, he was the CEO of Logica UK, a large professional services company.

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