Arth-Samvaad 2015: Speakers

Panel Discussion: Rethink: Decades of Financial Folly: will it be different this time?

 Mr. Harsh Vardhan

Head of Bain India’s Financial Services practice


Mr. Harsh Vardhan is the Head of Bain India’s Financial Services practice and has more than 14 years of consulting experience in India, Greater China, Southeast Asia, and the US in the financial services and energy sectors.
His expertise includes corporate strategy, M&A, scenario planning, and organization design. Working primarily in the financial services and energy sector, Mr. Harsh Vardhan has extensive experience in corporate finance including M&A, alliance structuring, valuations, review of investment decisions for private equity and strategic investors, and due diligence.
He has earned an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He also holds MS and PhD degrees from the University of Maryland. Harsh has received a BE from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology, Nagpur.


 Mr. Niraj Karia

Senior VP, Kotak Mahindra Capital


Mr. Niraj Karia is the Senior Vice President at Kotak Mahindra Capital. Having worked as the Auto and Industrial head for Kotak Investment bank, he switched to Investment Banking. He has worked in PwC as a CA analyzing various businesses as well as auditing customer accounts. He has worked across different sectors like TMT, industrial, auto and consumer. He accomplished $200 mn share swap deal between Mahindra Group and Spanish auto component maker CIE Group. As a young CA working with PwC in 2002, analyzing businesses while auditing client accounts intrigued him. From his very first transaction, where he managed Standard & Poor’s acquisition of credit ratings agency Crisil, Mr. Karia started living his dream of helping buying and selling companies. Mr. Karia has advised companies on more than two dozen transactions such as Standard Chartered PE’s stake sale in Endurance Technologies to Actis.

Mr. Sriram Krishnan

Director & Head – Market Specialists, Securities Services, India


Mr. Sriram Krishnan is the director of sales for the Security Service Business of Citi India. He has a vast experience of over 18 years in the Indian banking & financial services space with specialization in Securities & Fund Services.

He previously worked for HSBC Security Service India as Senior Vice President- Business Development and as Senior Vice President- Client Relationships, Custody & Clearing. He has also worked for HSBC Asset Management India as Vice President and Head of Finance & Customer Service.

He has earned his CA from The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India.


Mr. Umesh Agrawal

Executive Director of Investment Banking at Axis Capital

Mr. Umesh Agrawal is the Executive Director of Investment Banking at Axis Capital (formerly ENAM Securities), Mumbai. He has a rich experience of over 16 years in Investment Banking domain.

His areas of expertise include M&A, Private Equity, QIP, IPO transactions.

He has worked with Ambit Corporate Finance as Vice President where he looked after the transactions for BNP Paribas Centurion Bank of Punjab, BPL Limited, amongst a few others. He has also worked with ASK Raymond James as Asset Vice President where he advised companies on M&A as well as raising capital from private equity investors. Further, he has worked as Equity Research Analyst at Anand Rathi Securities. He has studied Finance and Accounting at London School of Economics.