Mr. PM to FinTech
I am driven to make financial services more accessible in emerging economies due to some poignant personal experiences. My Grandfather was denied a loan way back in 1965 and had to take money from a local moneylender – the astronomical rates got to him – we had to live frugally practically throughout my childhood to pay off that loan. This made me realize how the effects of financial marginalization cut across generations.
Undergrad School: BITS PILANI
Undergrad Major: Electronics and Instrumentation
Age: 27, Ethnicity: Asian or Indian
Other Degree/Certification: Financial Risk Manager
School Name: Global Association of Risk Professionals
Extracurriculars: INDIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY - Organized multiple blood donation camps in which record units of blood were collected, Local NGO - aimed at improving quality of life for people living in slums surrounding my undergraduate college, Senior Member - Department of Photography - Responsibilities included coverage of important events, managing huge inventory of cameras and video recording equipment and training juniors on basics of photography
Title: PROJECT MANAGER
Industry: Banking & Finance
Company: Top Firm
Length of Employment: 5 yrs, 5 mos
Title: RISK CONSULTANT
Company: Top Firm
Length of Employment: 1 yr
Big Life Wins:
1) Leading Risk Assessments of Brexit projects at a chaotic time – Led a team of 8 globally scattered analysts across US, EU, and APAC – delivered the project in record time, navigating cultural and time zone distinctions. 2) Reduced Operational Risk Losses by an unprecedented 30% in an earlier role, leading the mandate for an 800+ member department. 3) I have in the past helped farmers in my village secure a loan by negotiating terms on their behalf with a hesitant bank.
Post MBA Goal:
Join the fintech practice of a management consulting firm – Use this experience to start up a fintech firm aimed at making financial services accessible in emerging economies. In my current role, I have enabled the bank to embrace new tech and expand its scale of ops – want to use the same technology to foster financial inclusion.