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Prof. Vivek Kulkarni, IAS (Retd)Founder & Managing Director, Brickwork Ratings

Vivek Kulkarni is also the Founder & President of Brickwork Finance Academy and the Founder Chairman of Brickwork India, a Knowledge Process Outsourcing company. Vivek has over 35 years of experience working in the Indian Government and as an entrepreneur.

As the Information Technology & Bio Technology Secretary, Government of Karnataka, he was instrumental in building world-class IT & Biotech institutes and events in Karnataka.

During his tenure as IT Secretary, every week Bangalore has seen one new 100% foreign equity firm setting their office. He has been widely quoted in several best sellers as well as newspapers like New York Times, London Times, several European newspapers, FOX TV and a large number of Indian media.

Prior to this, he was the Finance Secretary (Resources) of Karnataka. He was Division Chief Securities & Exchange Board of India, a regulator of Capital markets, and Head of Advisory Services in CRISIL – a rating agency now taken over by S&P. Vivek was the Director as well as Chairman of the Technology Committee on the Board of the Bombay Stock Exchange, the oldest exchange in India.

Vivek is a gold medalist in Bachelor of Engineering from Karnataka University and also an MBA in Finance & Information Systems from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. He has taught MBA students in various universities in Boston. Vivek is also visiting faculty for finance at the Indian Institute of Science and Defense Institute of Advanced Technologies.

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D Ravishankar

Prof. D RavishankarFounder Director

Ravishankar is the Founder Director of Brickwork Ratings. He is a financial professional with a rich experience of over 30 years in BFSI segment. He was earlier Managing Director of Asia-Pacific Risk Solutions Business of Standard and Poor's and was simultaneously heading the India Risk Solutions Business as Executive Director, CRISIL Limited.

As Asia-Pacific Regional head, he was responsible for providing risk solution services to banks in countries implementing Basel II standardized and IRB (foundation and advanced) approaches.

Ravishankar takes active role in conducting major seminars in Risk Management, credit rating, MSMEs, etc. As a visiting faculty at Great Lakes Institute of Management he conducts Advanced Risk Management courses for the business program.

Ravishankar has held several assignments in the past such as, President & CEO, Polaris Retail Infotech Ltd.; CEO of Cholamandalam Cazenove Mutual Fund; Fund Manager & Vice President at Reliance Mutual Fund; Chief Investment Officer of GIC Mutual Fund, etc.

He is a First Class Commerce Graduate from Loyola College, Chennai. He is a qualified AICWAI. He attended a Global Management Development Program conducted by the Michigan University, USA & many short Management Programs for Senior Management, including programs at Colombia School, Stern University, etc.

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GovindaRao

Dr. M Govinda RaoChief Economic Advisor, Brickwork Ratings

Dr. M Govinda Rao is a former member of the 14th Finance Commission and Non-resident Senior Fellow, National Council of Applied Economic Research. He was earlier the Director of the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy and is now an Emeritus Professor at NIPFP.

His past positions include Director, Institute for Social and Economic Change (1998-2002) and Fellow, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia and Professor at NIPFP. He was a Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India; a Member of Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission and High Level Expert Committee on Universalizing Healthcare, Member, High-Level Expert Committee on Efficient Management of Public Expenditure, Advisory Group of Eminent Persons to advise the Finance Minister on G-20 matters. His past advisory roles include Chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Value Added Tax and Chairman, Expert Group on Taxation of Services. He is a Member, Board of Governors in Institute of Economic Growth, Institute for Social and Economic Change and Madras School of Economics. Dr Rao’s research interests include fiscal decentralization and federalism, state and local finances, tax policy and reforms, public expenditure management.

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Manjunatha

Prof. M S R ManjunathaDirector-Ratings, Brickwork Ratings

Manjunatha is a professional banker with 40 years of experience, in India and abroad. He started his career at Canara Bank, where he specialised in industrial credit and rehabilitation of sick units. He was instrumental in starting Canbank Factors Ltd., a Factoring Services company, and held the position of Executive Vice President. He later worked in Jakarta, Indonesia, in Factoring and domestic banking business.

In his 13 years of service at ING Vysya Bank Ltd., he was involved in all aspects of credit risk management function, for 10 years. This included regulatory & credit policy matters, credit appraisal of wholesale and retail borrowers, delinquency management, and portfolio reviews. The last position held by him was as Chief Audit Executive, responsible for the Internal Audit function of the Bank. M S R Manjunatha is a Post Graduate in Science from the University of Mysore, and Graduate in Law from the Bangalore University.

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Sankarshan

Prof. Sankarshan Basu

Sankarshan Basu is an Associate Professor in the Finance and Control Area at the Indian Institute of Management Bengaluru (IIMB). He is currently the Chairperson of Career Development Services at IIMB. His research and teaching interests are in quantitative finance, particularly derivatives and fixed income securities and insurance and pension issues.

Prior to joining IIMB, Sankarshan has also worked with ICICI Ltd. (now ICICI Bank Ltd.), as well as been a teaching faculty at London School of Economics and Political Science and Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, U.K. Sankarshan has also been a Visiting Professor at University of Twente, Netherlands and Gothenburg University, Sweden.

Sankarshan is very well travelled and has presented his works at a number of international conferences. He also has to his credit a number of papers in various international journals. At IIM Bengaluru, Sankarshan is involved in teaching (both regular programs and executive development programs) consulting assignments as well as in a host of administrative activities, as mentioned above.

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Priya Angle

Prof. Priya Angle

A Chartered Financial Analyst by profession, Priya Angle has 14 years of Industry and Academic experience. Her industry experience is pre-dominantly in the corporate Treasury function of MNCs, in the manufacturing sector.

She is an Accredited Management Teacher of AIMA (All India Management Association) and has been associated with business schools of repute, in Pune and Bengaluru.

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Prof. Bhaswati Biswas

Prof. Bhaswati Biswas

A Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India and a Certified Public Accountant from the Colorado Board of Accountancy, Bhaswati Biswas has over 20 years of industry experience in Finance and Accounting.

Having worked with MNCs of repute like IBM, Coca-Cola, GEC Alsthom, she held positions of Finance Director in Jones Lang LaSalle and AVP-Finance in Vedanta. Her interest lies in Accounting, Corporate Finance, Taxation, Audit, Risk Management, Business Process,Company Law and Corporate Governance.

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