Dr. Nirakar Pradhan brings with him over 30 years of extensive leadership experience in financial sector in multi-cultural and multi-product organizations in India and Europe.
Nirakar led many high performing teams in two major global players, i.e. State Bank of India (India’s largest Bank) and Generali Group (a leading global player in Insurance and capital markets). He is specially recognised for his investment and portfolio management skills, having accomplished top quartile returns as Chief Investment Officer of Future Generali India Life Insurance Company Limited and various treasury assignments in SBI group in India and Frankfurt (Germany). His last assignment was in global risk management team at Generali Investments Europe S.p.A (GIE), Paris. GIE, the Asset Manager of Generali Group with AUM over Euro 450 billion as on 30.06.2017.
Nirakar holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration from Utkal University, India. He is a CFA Charter holder, Certified Financial Risk Manager from GARP, USA and Certified Credit Research Analyst (CCRA) and Certified Financial Planner. Nirakar takes keen interest in promoting financial education, innovation and best market practices through conferences, media, industry, regulators and academic institutions.
A multi-lingual communicator, Nirakar has been recently elected as a Director, Professional Risk Managers’ International Association, USA for three years since 1st January, 2018 and represents Asia Pacific region.
Biharilal Deora, FCA, CFA, CIPM is an accomplished finance professional with a global market perspective. Prior to joining Abakkus, he was managing corporate, family office and university clients, bringing an investment expertise that spans all asset classes. He is also a subject matter expert across a range of tax, accounting, pension, risk management, and capital market policies. Mr. Deora is a regular visiting faculty member for advanced finance programs and is currently pursuing a PhD with Symbiosis University. He began his career as a financial analyst – at Credit Suisse and Fidelity Investments amongst others – where he gained knowledge across a range of sectors, including oil and gas and commodities in the US, Europe and Asia and holds a masters in Commerce degree from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, amongst being a Rankholder chartered accountant, Certified Financial planner, CFA Charterholders and and other certificates.
Joydeep has worked in the financial services industry for 25 years, of which the last 13 years were with BNP Paribas in the Wealth Management department as Senior Vice President – Advisory Desk – Fixed Income. He worked with BNP till December 2016. Prior to BNP, he worked with various companies in the private sector. Since January 2017, Joydeep is on his own, pursuing his passion.
Joydeep writes columns regularly in various financial publications, both print and digital. Last year, 2017, he has published 58 articles in publications like Mint, Financial Express, Moneycontrol, DNA, Cafemutual, etc. This year, 2018, he has done 10 articles till 19 Feb ’18. He also holds webinars for Moneycontrol.com for investor guidance.
He has authored three books (1) “Fixed Income Markets in India – Investment Opportunities for You”, (2) Mutual Funds in India – Vehicle for Fixed Income Investments and (3) Open Your Eyes – to Management Lessons Around Us.
He has done trainings for CRISIL, FPSB, CIEL and certain NBFCs and Mutual Funds. He is a visiting faculty at a couple of business schools in Mumbai. Joydeep is a Certified Financial Planner. He did his MBA from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, in 1991.
Mr. Navneet Munot joined SBI Funds Management as Chief Investment Officer in December 2008. He has over 23 years of rich experience in Financial Markets. In his role, Navneet is responsible for overseeing investments worth over USD 30 billion across various asset classes in mutual fund and segregated accounts.
In his previous assignment, he was the Executive Director & Head – multi –strategy boutique with Morgan Stanley Investment Management.
Prior to joining Morgan Stanley Investment Management, he has worked as Chief Investment Officer – Fixed Income and Hybrid Funds at Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund. Navneet had been associated with the financial services business of the Birla group for over 13 years and worked in various areas such as fixed income, equities and foreign exchange.
Navneet is on the board of Indian association of Investment Professional (India society of CFA charter holders with over 1500 members). He is also co-chair of capital market committee of Indian Merchants Chamber.
Navneet is a postgraduate in Accountancy and Business Statistics and a qualified Chartered Accountant. He is also a Charter Holder of the CFA Institute and CAIA Institute. He has also done FRM.
Mr. Mokashi is currently the Managing Director & CEO of CARE Ratings Ltd. (Formerly known as Credit Analysis & Research Ltd.) a premier credit rating agency in India and also Director in CARE’s subsidiary companies viz. CARE Ratings (Africa) Pvt. Ltd., CARE Ratings Nepal Ltd., CARE Risk Solutions Private Limited (Formerly known as CARE Kalypto Risk Technologies and Advisory Services Pvt. Ltd.) and CARE Advisory Research and Training Ltd. He is also director in international rating agency ARC Ratings S.A., Portugal and ARC Ratings Holdings Ltd. He is also Vice Chairman in Association of Credit Rating Agencies in Asia (ACRAA).
He has over 30 years’ experience and worked with Otis Elevator Company India Ltd, DSP Financial Consultants Ltd. and Kotak Mahindra Finance Ltd before joining CARE. He has worked in diverse areas in ratings such as rating operations, criteria development, business development, disinvestment advisory services, international ventures, regulatory compliance, human resources management, information technology etc. He was involved in several strategic initiatives including the IPO of CARE.
Mr. Mokashi is a member of Corporate Bonds and Securitisation Advisory Committee of Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). He was a member of the Working Group formed by National Housing Bank (NHB) for promoting RMBS and other Alternate Capital Market Instruments – covered Bonds [October 2012].
Mr. Mokashi was a member of the Committee on Differential Premium for Banks set up by the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) [May 2015]
He has a Masters Degree in Management from NMIMS and is a Graduate in Mechanical engineering from VJTI, Mumbai University.
He has also completed CFA programme both from the CFA Institute, USA and ICFAI Hyderabad.
Mr Mokashi has also attended specialized course in Risk Management from the Stern School of Business, New York University, USA.
He is an avid reader and has been a guest faculty at several national level institutions on topics related to risk management.