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Board of Directors

Mrs. Arundhati Bhattacharya

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mrs Arundhati Bhattacharya

Mrs Arundhati Bhattacharya has over 40 years of rich experience in India's financial sector working across varied roles and diverse national and international locations.

During her four-year tenure as the first-ever woman Chair of the State Bank of India, a fortune 500 company, Mrs Bhattacharya has stamped her imprint on the financial world not just in India but globally as well. Mrs Bhattacharya has expertise and deep understanding of all aspects of banking speanning the domains of credit, forex, treasury, retail operations, mergers and acquisitions besides the capital and bond markets. She is credited with upscaling the bank's technology initiatives in order to give this 212 year old largest bank of India (22% market share) a digital edge that has been acknowledged by industry as path breaking. Her work in the area of Human Resources with special focus on status of women and "challenged" members of the work force, has also been of special significance. Under her leadership of the bank was adjudged one of India's top 3 best places to work in India by leading Indian global job site 'Indeed' based on their 15 million reviews globally for most highly rated reviews on overall employee experience.

Other notable initiatives during her Chairmanship include the overhauling of the bank's risk structure and implementation of various technology tools for this purpose. She also engineered the merger of the mother bank with its six Associate banks creating an entity three times the size of its nearest competitor.

Forbes magazine had ranked her  25th in their list of "Most Powerful Womrn In The World" and 5th in "Most Powerful Women In Finance" category in 2016. She has also been featured in the Fortune List of Top 50 globally most powerful women in business and ranked among the top 5 in the Asia-Pacific Region. She was included in the top 100 Global Thinkers in 2014 by Foreign Policy Magazine and was one of the two Indians on the list. She has been ranked 26th in the fourth edition of Fortune's World 50 Greatest Leaders List, becoming the only Indian Corporate leader to be featured in the list.

Ms. Ganna Agafonova

Chief Financial Officer, SWIFT SCRL
Ganna Agafonova

Ms. Agafonova joined SWIFT as Chief Financial Officer in October 2018 from American Express. She has experience working in audit and control, forecasting, budgeting and reporting across a range of business types and industries.

Ms. Agafonova leads the Finance and Administration group which is responsible for financial management, corporate planning, monitoring Company performance, billing, customer contracts management, purchasing, logistics and general administration services.


Mr. Rajiv Anand

Executive Director, Axis Bank
Mr. Rajiv Anand

Mr. Rajiv Anand is a rank holding qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor's degree in Commerce. He has over 28 years of experience in the financial services industry & has taken over as the Executive Director - Wholesale Banking at Axis Bank with effect from 21st December. He has held key management positions at leading global financial institutions and has diverse experience in the financial services sector.

Mr. Anand has been with the Axis Group for over 10 years with number of other successes to his credit. He joined the bank to lead the retail business from its asset management arm, Axis Asset Management Co. Ltd, where he held the position of Managing Director & CEO. In his role as Executive Director - Retail banking at Axis Bank, he has been responsible for developing and growing the retail franchise, which is today regarded amongst the best in the industry. He is also credited with leading digitisation for the retail business.

Mr Tony Daly

Head of Interface Applications, SWIFT SCRL
Mr Tony Daly

Tony Daly is Head of Interfaces Applications at SWIFT and a member of SWIFT’s Information Technology Management Council. He is responsible for the development of SWIFT’s Alliance portfolio of customer installed products. In his 20 years at SWIFT, Mr. Daly has held in a number of technical and management positions within the IT and Support organization, and is currently based in Malaysia since 2015.

Mr. Daly has over 30 years of IT experience. Prior to SWIFT, Mr. Daly worked for a variety of international high tech and financial companies. He holds a Bachelor of  Engineering (Electronics) from Limerick University in Ireland, and a Masters of Science (Management) from Boston University

Mr Debadatta Chand

General Manager, Treasury at Punjab National Bank.
Mr Debadatta Chand

Mr. Debadatta Chand is the General Manager, Treasury at Punjab National Bank.  Mr. Chand joined Punjab National Bank in the year 2005. He has a rich banking experience of 23 years in the filed of Investment Banking and Risk Management. Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Chand served as Circle Head, Bareilly. Mr. Chand holds a B.Tech degree and an MBA in Management.

Mr. Edward Haddad

Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, SWIFT SCRL
Shri Edward Haddad

Eddie Haddad is the Managing Director of SWIFT, Asia Pacific and leads the commercial activities of SWIFT in the region. Serving some1800 customers comprising Market Infrastructures, Financial Institutions and Corporations across six sub regions (China, North Asia, Japan , ASEAN, Oceania and the Indian Subcontinent). He also manages SWIFT’s Compliance, Corporate Sales and Alternative Sales teams in the region. Eddie is a member of the Asia Pacific management team. 

With more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Eddie has held a variety of leadership roles across multiple disciplines, including sales, marketing, business development, finance and operations in IT, Financial Services and Media organizations. He has extensive knowledge of the Asia Pacific markets, where he has been living and working for more than 15 years.

Eddie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Finance from Monash University and he is a member of Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Mr Ajay Gupta

Senior General Manager, Commercial Banking- ICICI bank
Mr Ajay Gupta

Mr. Ajay Gupta is  the  Senior General Manager at the ICICI Bank Limited heading the Commercial Banking Operations.

Mr. Gupta joined ICICI Bank Limited in November 1991 and has rich experience in the areas of Corporate Banking, Operations, Treasury Control, Infrastructure, Small and Medium Enterprises.

He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

Ms. Sunita Handa

Chief General Manager (IT - Channels & Ops) at State Bank of India
Sunita Handa

Starting her banking career as Probationary Officer with SBI, Ms Handa has over 30 years of rich experience in various spheres of banking like Operations, HR, Digital & e-Commerce etc. She was part of SBI's Core Team that spearheaded digitalisation of its foreign operations and later also worked as Senior Vice President (Technology & Ops) at Bank's Frankfurt (Germany) Office.

Presently, she heads the team that is responsible for developing and implementing BAnk's various initiatives in Online Banking, Mobility, e-Commerce, SWIFT, Payment Systems, Treasury as also Bank's tech-operations overseras in 25 countries. Priro to the current assignment, Ms. Handa was heading Network II of Ahmedabad Circle in capacity of General Manager.

Ms. Sunita Handa holds a Masters degree in Science, specialising in Mathematics, a Certificate Course in Computer Applications (CCCA) and is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB).

Ms Mridula Iyer

Managing Director - Head Treasury & Trade Solutions (TTS) for Citi South Asia
Ms Mridula Iyer

Mridula Iyer is head of Treasury & Trade Solutions (TTS) for Citi South Asia, covering India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. TTS serves Citi’s Corporate, Institutional and Mid- Market clients to provide them with Cash Management, Trade Finance and Working capital efficiency solutions.

She started her career with Citi in 1996 and over the past 22 years has worked in multiple roles in diverse businesses across Cash Management, Trade and Securities Services, as well as Compliance. Prior to this role, Mridula was Head of TTS Cash Products, where she led the growth of Citi India’s cash business with a focus on innovation and digital capabilities for clients.

She has vast experience in banking and financial services having worked in diverse functions across Sales, Product Management, Operations and Compliance. She has been a key member of the TTS India and South Asia management team.

A Chartered Accountant by qualification, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Mumbai University.

Mr. G V Prabhu

General Manager - Treasury at Canara Bank
Mr. G V Prabhu

Mr. G V Prabhu is presently the General Manager - Treasury at Canara Bank


Mr. Prabhu has more than 35 years of banking exposure with Canara Bank, a leading Nationalized Bank in India. He had rich experience of working in various types of branches small, VLB, ELB, Overseas Branches, Corporate Credit Wing, and also as Circle Head., Mangalore Circle Office.


Mr. Prahu is in Treasury Operations of the Canara Bank since 2016, handling the Bond, G-Sec & equity portfolio, back office operations. At present serving as General Manager and Head of Treasury. Mr. Prabhu holds a bachelor's degree in Commerce and completed Masters degree in Business Admistration specialising in Banking & Finance. He is a CAIIB, and holds industry certification in Forex.

Mr Alain Raes

Chief Executive – Asia Pacific and Europe, Middle East and Africa, SWIFT SCRL
Mr Alain Raes

Alain Raes was appointed Head of the EMEA region of SWIFT in September 2007 and added the role of Chief Executive Asia Pacific in January 2013. He is based in Singapore. Alain was previously Director of the Continental Europe region at SWIFT, covering securities and banking sales activities and spending time in Paris as well as Brussels.

Alain joined SWIFT in 1990, following previous roles at Citibank in Belgium and Fortis Bank in Singapore. During his extensive career in marketing and sales in the financial services industry Alain has achieved great success in developing international business across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and he has particular expertise in the area of financial market infrastructures.

Alain is married and has three children. He is a Belgian. 

Mr. P Rajshekharan

General Manager - IT (Operations) at Bank of Baroda
Mr. P Rajshekharan

Mr. P Rajshekharan is presently the General Manager - IT (Operations) at Bank of Baroda.


Mr.  Rajshekharan joined Bank of Baroda as Shroff-cum-clerk in 1981. He has over 37 years of experience in banking and has worked in various capacities in the field of Branch operations and IT.  Mr.  Rajshekharan has been working in the IT segment for the past 19 years having rich exposure to total branch automation, data centres, information management systems, and played a crucial role in the implementation of the core banking system at Bank of Baroda. 


Mr. Rajshekharan is a B.Com from Madhurai Kamaraj University and has completed CAIIB and CISA. He resides in Mumbai along with Wife.