Anup Kumar Singh :: Managing Director

Mr. Anup Kumar Singh is one of the pioneers in India’s microfinance sector with more than 20years Anup Singhof experience to his credit. He is presently serving as the Managing Director on Sonata’s Board. Mr. Anup promoted Sonata Finance in 2006 to make microfinance self-sustainable and economically viable. As Managing Director of Sonata, he sets the innovative business model and strategies, evaluates opportunities and risks, guides its operations and monitors its overall working to fulfill its mission and vision. Under his supervision and mentoring, Sonata has excellently executed its goals and created a strong, sustainable and value creating business. While the financial returns of company has been heartening, the truly proud achievement is that we have succeeded in improvising the earning capacity of thousands of households.

Under his supervision and mentoring, Sonata has established itself as a leading micro-finance institution in India, Sonata wants to become a one stop shop to all the financial needs of customer and in the process transform its relationship with millions of customer as a true financial counselor.

Before starting SONATA, Mr. Anup underwent training with Grameen Bank in Bangladesh. He was also a founder member of Cashpor group of Companies. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics & Sociology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Development and Management, and a MBA in Finance.

Mr. Pradip Kumar Saha :: Independent Director

Mr. Pradip Kumar Saha, aged 63 years was the former Chief General Anup Singh Manager of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) and has more than 37 years of experience in Development banking. He started his banking career with IDBI and then with SIDBI till his retirement in December 2013. During his long career in IDBI and SIDBI, he has discharged diverse responsibilities in the areas of Project Finance, Asset Recovery, Human Resources Management, MSME credit and Micro Finance etc. At the time of his retirement, he was heading SIDBI Foundation for Micro Credit (SFMC) and Promotion and Development Department of the Bank.

As a Development Banker, he was involved in the formulation of various Development programmes and policy level intervention initiated by SIDBI and had been a member of various Committees of the Bank at the highest level. He was trained and attended various Management Development Programmes organized by reputed establishments like Harvard Business School, (USA), Asian Institute of Management, Manila and Cranfield School of Management (UK) and Boulders Microfinance Programme in Italy. He had represented SIDBI in various industry forums and seminars/meetings and was instrumental in the design and implementation of CDR packages for MFIs. He was part of Indian SME delegation to USA in the year 1999 and also led a MSME delegation to the World Expo in Hongkong in the year 2008. In the past he served as a Director in 4 MFIs and at Present, he serves as a Director on the Boards of 2 Companies viz. Bandhan Bank Ltd and Fusion Microfinance (P) Ltd. He also represents Credit Guarantee Trust for Micro & Small Enterprises (CGTMSE) in the Eastern and North Eastern Region of the country.

Mr. Anal Kumar Jain :: Independent Director

Mr. Anal Kumar Jain has over 40 years experience in top management positions Anup Singh in major international and Indian IT Companies including over 6 years experience in the field of Microfinance. Among his key accomplishments are - leading Wipro Infotech's marketing to IT Industry's leading status, building and leading IBM's business in India after their re-entry into the country, and starting and leading Sun Microsystems business in India. He started his career in early 1970s with IBM India, Anal has been a part of the India IT story, steering companies through unchartered waters and with fabulous success. Anal was Vice President - Marketing with ORG Systems, Vice President - Sales & Marketing with Wipro InfoTech, Head - Domestic Businesses of IBM India, President - South Asia of Sun Microsystems India, Chairman & CEO of Linc Software Systems, CEO of Birlasoft Ltd, Managing Director - South Asia of Network Appliance India.

Mr. Anal Kumar Jain has been Advisor to Sa-Dhan, the National Microfinance Industry Association. He was formerly Co-Founder and Managing Director of MicroVentures India, a Private Equity fund focused on the Indian Microfinance industry. He serves on the Boards of a few Microfinance Institutions. Anal Jain is involved with many activities around entrepreneurship. He is involved with mentoring several IT companies through Nasscom, TiE, Bodhi Technologies, Linc Software Systems. He has completed M.S. (Electrical Engg) and Research Fellowship from Brooklyn Poly, New York City, USA and B.Tech. (Electrical Engg) from IIT Kharagpur, Merit Scholar each year at IIT. He was General Secretary of the Electrical Engg. Society, among other positions.

Mr. S.Ganesh :: Independent Director

Mr. S.Ganesh was a Principal Chief General Manager at the Reserve Bank Anup Singh of India and has over 32 years' PAN India experience, including a decade’s experience at Senior Management Level. Ganesh has led large teams and has handled many important assignments at RBI across a range of functions / positions including Bank Regulation and Supervision, Banking Ombudsman, Regional Director, Faculty Member and Principal of the Reserve Bank Staff College.

He was also the RBI Nominee Director on the Boards of UCO Bank and Oriental Bank of Commerce. Ganesh holds a Master’s Degree in English from Bangalore University and is a Certificated Associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers. He is also a holder of two diplomas in Business Management and has a Trainer Certification in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Mr. Aditya Mohan :: Nominee Director

Mr.Aditya has nearly a decade of experience in inclusive finance, and is Anup Singh currently Senior Investment Officer for Asia at Triodos Investment Management where he oversees a portfolio of debt and equity investments that includes financial institutions and agri-enterprises. He earlier served as an Investment Officer at BlueOrchard Finance, where he managed a debt portfolio of financial institutions in South and East Asia. Aditya began his career in microfinance as a Product Manager with Ujjivan, a small-finance bank in Bangalore, India. He holds a Masters in Business Administration from Erasmus University, Rotterdam.

Mr. Benoit Monsaingeon :: Nominee Director

Mr. Benoit Monsaingeon, (MBA in Economics, Paris University), Anup Singh is a French citizen who has been active in Finance since 1970. After 9 years with Bank of America, he joined Paribas and exercised executive responsibilities in Spain, Gabon, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Greece and between 2000 (merger between Paribas and BNP) until 2006 he has been responsible of BNP Paribas in Portugal. When retiring from BNP Paribas in early 2007, he launched and chaired an association called Micro Finance Sans Frontières -MFSF- developing volunteer technical assistance in favor of MFI around the world (Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Europe). Given the development of MFSF (several hundreds of missions in more than 35 countries, creation of various local structures in the US, the UK, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, different African countries etc..., identification of hundreds of volunteers within BNP Paribas), BNP Paribas increased its involvement through the secondement of several persons working for MFSF (which changed its name in 2013 into BenevoLab). Mr. Benoit decided to resign as chairman in 2016 after almost 10 years of volunteer involvement and he has been replaced by an active executive of BNP Paribas. During the period during which he chaired the association, he developed his knowledge in microfinance around the world. Between 2013 and 2017, BM has been volunteer independent Director of Finca DRC in Kinshasa at the request of Finca USA, DC. This "field experience" gave him the opportunity to help Finca's Congolese subsidiary to develop its activities. Mr. Benoit is Knight of the French Légion d'Honneur, Knight of the French Ordre du Mérite and Officer of the Gabonese Ordre National du Mérite.

Mr. Kenneth Dan Vander Weele :: Director

Mr. Vander Weele serves as the Chief Investment Officer of Creation Investments. Anup Singh He is a founding board member Creation Investments Social Ventures Fund I and was instrumental in the establishment of Creation Investments’ model and pipeline. Mr. Vander Weele was the President of the Investment Services Division at Opportunity International, a global microfinance network. In this role, Mr. Vander Weele was responsible for the development and oversight of all commercial MFIs institutions within the network, garnering over $1 billion in assets over his tenure. From 2000 to 2008, he was in charge of investment banking services to procure debt and equity capital to finance development and growth of commercial microfinance institutions, overseeing feasibility studies, research, due diligence and financing of MFIs in emerging markets. He was responsible for the management of the Opportunity Transformation Investments (OTI), an investment fund that he helped establish and that has made investments in microfinance institutions in Africa, Central Asia, Eastern Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Pacific, and the Caribbean, and the development of its investment philosophy, policies and strategies. He also is credited for the creation of new MFIs and the successful conversion of non-governmental institutions into microfinance banks.

Mr. Ranganathan Varadarajan Dillip Kumar :: Nominee Director

Mr. Dilip has been with SIDBI Venture Capital Limited (“SVCL”) since its Anup Singh inception in 1999 and was part of the core team which had set up SIDBI Ventures, SIDBI Trustee Company and National Venture Fund for Software & IT Industry. He represents SVCL on the Boards of some portfolio companies, where he has played an active role in building up systems and processes, strengthening financial management and corporate governance. Prior to joining SVCL in 1999, Dilip was with SIDBI for nearly 8 years with experience in credit appraisal, accounts and audit functions. He is a Post Graduate in Commerce and Economics, AICWA, CS (Inter), PGDBA and CAIIB.

Mr. Sanjay Goyal :: Nominee Director

Mr. Sanjay Goyal has over 32 years of experience in the field of Commercial Anup Singh and Development Banking also worked in different positions & places including Regional Head of Mumbai, Faridabad & New Delhi.

He started his career as a Probationary Officer in 1987. Joined SIDBI, the Apex Financial Institution for MSME, in 1991. Presently working as In-charge of Stress Assets & NPA Management Vertical, HO, Lucknow.

He is experienced in the field of MSME lending, stress assets management and credit delivery through intermediation & channel financing. In addition, has relevant experience & skills in Credit Assessment, Product lnnovation and creating value proposition for MSME through conventional and non conventional lending options He is a Post Graduate in Commerce, CAIIB and PGDBF.

Mr. Saurabh Kumar Johri :: Nominee Director

Mr. Saurabh Kumar Johri is Chief Finance Officer (CFO) at Caspian Anup Singh responsible for managing finance and accounting, fund raising, financial control/risk. Prior to joining Caspian, Saurabh has total 20 year of experience, having worked for 7.5 years with Jana Small Finance bank in areas of Equity raise, Financial Planning, Treasury mid-office and Business Analytics. At Jana, multiple equity raises helped to win "Financial Services Company of the Year" at VC Circle Awards in March 2016 and work in Business Analytics resulted in “Kaplan and Norton Hall of Fame” award for executing strategy through Balanced Scorecard. Prior to Jana, Saurabh was with Infosys Technologies Limited for 12.5 years working in a variety of roles in corporate strategy, program management and technology implementation. At Infosys, work with clients resulted in multiple citations and during stint in corporate strategy received award from Chairman, Mr NRN Murthy on contribution to corporate initiatives.

Saurabh has Bachelor’s in Technology from Institute of Technology, Varanasi, India (1998) and Master in Business Administration from Fisher College of Business, Ohio State University, USA (2006)