Our Advisory Board
  • Shri Ajai Kumar

    Shri Ajai Kumar is the former Chairman and Managing Director of Corporation Bank and has a distinguished career in banking industry.

    A Master of Science (Physics) from University of Allahabad, is also Law graduate. He is a Certified Associate of Indian Institute of Bankers (CAIIB). Shri Ajai Kumar has taken several initiatives for bank’s growth in his various positions at Bank of Baroda, UCO Bank, and Corporation Bank. While in Bank of Baroda, Shri Ajai Kumar was General Manager Retail Banking and later Head of Bank’s Technology Division for Business Transformation Projects and IT Operations.

    During his tenure as General Manager in Information Technology Division in Bank of Baroda, Shri Ajai Kumar was responsible for 100% automation of both domestic and overseas branches through migration to Core Banking Solution, putting in place Wide Area Network of the Bank and enhancement of technology platform through implementation of RTGS, NEFT, Cash Management Solution, Phone Banking, Internet Banking, Retail Depository, Institutional On-line Trading, Data Warehouse, Global Treasury, Risk Management, Anti-Money Laundering, Human Resources Information System, Centralization of Swift, City Back Office, Regional Back Office, Internet Payment Gateway.

    During the tenure as CMD of Corporation Bank, Shri Ajai Kumar enabled creation of strong business processes and structures in the form of SME Loan Centres, Circle Offices, griculture Business Development Cells, Corp Excel branches, Gold Loan Shoppes. All these measures resulted in strong business growth in Retail, SME and in Priority Sector credit in the Bank.

    Shri Ajai Kumar was also Member of the Board of Directors of Indo Zambia Bank Ltd. He was also a Founder Director on Board of National Payment Corporation of India.

    Presently he is a Part-time Director on the Board of YES Bank Ltd. Shri Ajai Kumar has been appointed as Non-official Independent Director on the Board of NPCIL

    Somak Ghosh

    Somak Ghosh has been part of the co-founding team of Yes Bank. As of fiscal 2011, Somak was Group President – Corporate Finance and Development Banking, responsible for 70% of the Bank’s assets (USD 12bn) and over 50% of the Bank’s profits (USD 0.2bn). As a Co-Founder, he has been a key member of the Bank’s Executive Management, the Management Credit Committee and the Asset Liability Committee for over 8 yrs and emerged as an exceptional leader in building start-up businesses and taking them to scale.

    Being part of the founding team, Somak has extensive operating experience in creating and implementing strategies across early stage/ start-up businesses, building and managing large teams, initiating and growing external relationships and finding bootstrapping solutions necessary at an early stage of an organization. In his role at Yes Bank, while building the highly profitable Corporate Finance practice, Somak simultaneously founded the Development Banking vertical, with application of mainstream corporate finance structures for delivering financial services to previously underserved populations. In his role at Yes Bank, while building the highly profitable Corporate Finance practice, Somak simultaneously founded the Development Banking vertical, with application of mainstream corporate finance structures for delivering financial services to previously underserved populations.

    His path-breaking commercial banking services to low-income populations for over 1 mn families annually (~ 5 mn people) were recognized in a HBS 2010 case study and subsequently won him a Public Service Fellowship at Harvard in 2011. Somak decided to move on from Yes Bank in September 2012 to pursue his professional and personal passion of Contrarian Capitalism for Mainstreaming Change –moving the investment thesis of investing in BoP businesses from niche to mainstream.

    Amit Oberoi

    Amit Oberoi is the Chief Strategic Transformation Officer at Coco-Cola East Japan Company Limited, Tokyo. He has been with the Coca- Cola group for close to 2 decades now and the journey from India to Singapore to Japan is one of a visionary leader who excels at execution.

    Amit did his undergrad from DAV College, Punjab University and is an Associate Chartered Accountant. He is a proven senior executive with extensive P&L management experience and success driving growth in top line, bottom line, market share and shareholder value in public and private enterprises. He has a strong track record of breakthrough results in domestic and international leadership roles at The Coca-Cola Company, TNT Express, and Wyeth Lederle.

    He is recognized as an inspiring, collaborative leader who develops a clear strategic vision that energizes teams to achieve consistently excellent operating results. He has multi-functional experience across Finance, Supply Chain, Sales and Marketing and successful change agent with a history of new product innovations, successful turnarounds, M&A, and major cost re-engineering.

    In his earlier stint at The Coca-Cola Company ( Bottling Investment Group), Singapore, he had a diversified portfolio with full P&L responsibility and leadership for a US$500MM revenue company. He led a team of 2,000 with 10 direct reports.

    In his current role at CCEJ, his primary accountability is to identify and execute the key transformation programs for improving the operating margins of this USD 6.0 Billion company by around USD 250-300 MM.

    Amit is constantly on the lookout for new challenges where he can apply his strategic thinking and strong people skills to resolve complex business issues to achieve break through business results.

    Prashant Akhawat

    Prashant has more than 17 years of vast and rich experience in enterprise level Information and Technology solutions and product development. He is founder and CEO of Neural Brain Technologies Pvt Ltd, which offers Software Services and Technology Solutions for multiple Industrial and Service Sectors to automate their business processes through Artificial Intelligence, Neural Network, Robotics, Machine Learning and Related Services. Prior to this, Prashant served as Chief Technology Officer with AxSys Healthtech Limited, a Clinical Healthcare solutions provider, specializing in the automation of clinical workflows, HIE, CDR, EHR PHR, PHR & Healthcare Analyticis. His responsibilities included, IT Strategy and Technology Roadmap and managing IDC DevOps, Infrastructure, Resource Planning, Innovation, Governance, Program Management, Budgeting & P&L Delivery. He drove the architecture strategy for the product to achieve a highly Scalable Distributed architecture, with Federated Databases to support high volume of concurrent users.

    Prior to AxSys, he Served a Head of Technology & Chief Architect with Aptara’s Digital Solution group. During his tenue in Aptara, he was able to conceptualize and drive some major large scale Technology implementation which gave Competitive Edge to the Organization in turn gaining new businesses and support scale required. He successfully Implemented XCP Platform, a proprietary framework with Suite of Applications with Integrated Workflow management, Proprietary & Licensed OCR Engines, Corpus to cater various content digitization needs from Scanned PDF, Text PDF, XML, Indesign, CMS etc in multiple output formats. XCP Platform was a feature rich framework and provided intelligent Auto Zoning & Segmentation, Text Extraction, Auto Equation Detection, Math Extraction, Auto Tagging, Validation, Neural Network, Natural Language Processing and AI Capabilities.


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