Dr. Shankar Acharya, B.A. (Hons.) from Oxford University and Ph.D. (Economics) from Harvard University, aged 70 years, has considerable experience in various fields of economics and finance. He is a Honorary Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He was Chief Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, Government of India; Member, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Member, Twelfth Finance Commission. He has held several senior positions in the World Bank, including Director of World Development Report (1979) and Research Advisor. He was re-appointed as the Non-Executive Chairman of the Bank at the Annual General Meeting held on 29th June 2015.
Mr. Uday Kotak, aged 57 years, holds a Bachelors degree in Commerce and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He is the Executive Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Bank and its principal founder and promoter. Under Mr. Kotak’s leadership, over the past 30 years, Kotak Mahindra group established a prominent presence in every area of financial services from stock broking, investment banking, car finance, life insurance and mutual funds. Mr. Kotak is the recipient of several prestigious awards. He is a member of the Government of India’s high level committee on Financing Infrastructure, the Primary Market Advisory Committee of SEBI, Member of the Board of Governors of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, National Institute of Securities Markets and The Anglo Scottish Education Society (Cathedral & John Connon School). He is also a Governing Member of the Mahindra United World College of India. Mr. Kotak was recognised as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at Forbes India Leadership Awards 2015.
Mr. Dipak Gupta, B.E. (Electronics), PGDM-IIM, Ahmedabad, aged 55 years, is the Joint Managing Director of the Bank and has over 30 years of experience in the financial services sector, 24 years of which have been with the Kotak Group. He was responsible for Group HR, administration, infrastructure, operations and IT. He is also responsible for asset reconstruction business of the Bank. Mr. Dipak Gupta was responsible for leading the Kotak Group’s initiatives into the banking arena. He was the Executive Director of Kotak Mahindra Prime Limited. Prior to joining the Kotak Group, he was with A. F. Ferguson & Company.
With effect from 1st May 2016, Mr. Dipak Gupta is responsible for overseeing the wealth management business, alternative investments business which includes private equity funds and real estate funds, treasury and asset reconstruction business of the Bank.
Mr. C. Jayaram, B. A. (Economics), PGDM-IIM, Kolkata, aged 60 years, headed the wealth management business and international operations for Kotak Mahindra group. He was responsible for overseeing the alternative investments business which included private equity funds and real estate funds, as well as the institutional equities business. He has varied experience of over 38 years in many areas of finance and business and was earlier the Managing Director of Kotak Securities Limited. He has been with the Kotak Group for 26 years and has been instrumental in building a number of new businesses at Kotak Group. Prior to joining the Kotak Group, he was with Overseas Sanmar Financial Ltd.
Mr. Prakash Apte, B.E. (Mechanical), aged 62 years, is presently the Chairman of Syngenta India Limited, a leading agri business company in India. Mr. Apte, in a career spanning over 36 years has considerable experience in various areas of management and business leadership.
During more than 16 years of very successful leadership experience in agri business, he has gained varied knowledge in various aspects of Indian Agri Sector and has been involved with many initiatives for technology, knowledge and skills up gradation in this sector, which is so vital for India’s food security. He was instrumental in setting up the Syngenta Foundation India which focuses on providing knowledge and support for adopting scientific growing systems to resource poor farmers and enabling their access to market. He is a Director of Syngenta Foundation India and Kotak Mahindra Old Mutual Life Insurance Limited.
Mr. Amit Desai, B.Com, LLB, aged 57 years, is an eminent professional with 35 years of experience. He is also on the Board of Kotak Mahindra Trustee Company Limited.
Prof. S. Mahendra Dev, PhD from the Delhi School of Economics, aged 58 years is currently Director and Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research (IGIDR), Mumbai, India. He was Chairman of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), Govt. of India, Delhi. He was Director, Centre for Economic and Social Studies, Hyderabad for 9 years during 1999 to 2008. He has done his Post-doctoral research at Yale University and was faculty member at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai for 11 years.He has been a member of several government committees including the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Employment and Rangarajan Commission on Financial Inclusion. He has received honors for eminence in public service. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Terms of Trade on agriculture constituted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India. He is also member of the Expert Panel on poverty estimates chaired by Dr. C. Rangarajan. He is a member of National Statistical Commission at the rank of Secretary to Government of India. He is in the Board of Trustees of International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C.
Ms. Farida Khambata, aged 66 years, is Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Cambridge, a Master of Science in Business Management from the London Business School and a Chartered Financial Analyst. She is currently Global Strategist of Cartica Management, LLC and a member of its Investment Committee. She was earlier with International Finance Corporation (IFC) and was a member of IFC’s Management Group, the senior leadership team of IFC. In her last position at IFC she served as Regional Vice President in charge of all operations in East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Global Manufacturing Cluster. Ms. Khambata joined IFC in 1986 from the World Bank where she managed pension fund assets.
She is a member on the Advisory Board of ADM CEECAT Fund and Bancroft II and III Funds and also on the Board of Dragon Capital Group Limited, Tata Sons Limited and Cardills Food Company (Private) Limited.
Mr. Mark Edwin Newman, aged 49 years is a Chartered Accountant and has obtained Mathematics (Honours) degree from King’s College London. Mr. Mark Newman is CEO, ING Wholesale Banking Asia. He started his career at Deloitte Haskins and Sells where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant before joining ING in 1992, in London, before transferring to Asia in 1996.
He is a Director on the Board of ING Bank Australia Limited and a member of the Audit Committee of ING Bank Australia Limited.
Mr. Uday Chander Khanna is a Chartered Accountant by qualification. Mr. Khanna is currently the Non-Executive Chairman of Bata India Ltd. Mr. Khanna was Managing Director & CEO of Lafarge India from July 1, 2005 to July 2011 and the Non-Executive Chairman of Lafarge India from July 2011 to September 2014. He joined the Lafarge Group in Paris on 1st June 2003 as Senior Vice President for Group Strategy, after an extensive experience of almost 30 years with Hindustan Lever/Unilever in a variety of financial, commercial and general management roles both nationally and internationally. His last position before joining Lafarge was Senior Vice President- Finance. Unilever - Asia, based in Singapore. He has earlier been on the Board of Hindustan Unilever as Director - Exports, after having served as Financial Controller and Treasurer of the company. He has also worked as Vice Chairman of Lever Brothers in Nigeria and General Auditor for Unilever - North America, based in the USA. He is also a Member of the Board of Governors of The Anglo Scottish Education Society.