Head, Sales and Marketing, DSP BlackRock Investment Managers
Aditi Kothari Desai is an Additional Executive Director & Head of Sales and Marketing at DSP BlackRock Investment Managers Pvt Ltd. She is also the Executive Vice President, member of its Executive Committee and CSR committee. She joined Merrill Lynch’s investment banking group in New York in 1998, primarily working on M&A activities in the Financial Institutions Group. Subsequently Aditi worked in DSP Merrill Lynch as part of the fixed income sales team and later joined DSP BlackRock in 2002 (then DSP Merrill Lynch Fund Managers), working on various initiatives, including establishing an offshore fund for foreign investors.
Aditi is actively involved in social initiatives. She is the driving force behind DSP BlackRock’s WINVESTOR, an education initiative empowering women with financial knowledge. She is a member on the Advisory Board of Dasra India and also a trustee of the Hemendra Kothari Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Trust, actively involved with their educational initiatives in both urban and rural areas, as well as initiatives on saving India’s forests and wildlife.
Aditi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Former MD, Lazards
Amit has over 33 years of rich and varied experience in the corporate sector. Amit spent a large part of his investment banking career at Lazards, a global Wall Street Firm, where he was a managing director and member of the executive management board. He subsequently was with Ambit Corporate Finance, as a shareholder, managing director and a board member.
During his investment banking days, Amit has advised several MNCs and large Indian Houses in marquee M&A transactions, both domestic and cross border. Amit is widely traveled, both on work and leisure, and has participated in several global conferences including the World Economic Forum at Davos.
Currently, he spends his time with NGOs in the social space and mentors youngsters as they chart their working life.
Deval leads Dasra’s strategic philanthropy efforts, and provides foreign and domestic philanthropists with informed investment strategies for the social sector – with human lives as the center of all of its thinking. Since 1999, he has directed over USD 72 million to the Indian social sector; incubated and launched the Dasra Philanthropy Forum and Dasra Philanthropy Week; initiated the Dasra Giving Circle, India’s largest collaborative giving platform; and launched the Dasra Changemakers program, a peer-led learning platform aimed at inspiring philanthropists to take bold action to solve some of India’s most pressing problems.
Deval holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a dual Honors degree in Business and Finance from the University of Texas, Austin, is a Cordes Fellow, and a founding board member of Magic Bus and Villgro. In 2014, he was awarded the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the 'Crossover Leaders' category for successfully transitioning from investment banking to the non-profit sector.
Neera leads Dasra’s ecosystem-building initiatives in the areas of Adolescents, Urban Sanitation, and Democracy & Governance and facilitates collaborative platforms by engaging donors, non-profits, government and other stakeholders. In 2016, she initiated the Dasra Adolescents Collaborative, an impact-driven platform that has till date united institutional funders, technical experts, government stakeholders from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and seven social organizations to focus on four key outcomes for adolescent empowerment. She initiated and led the launch of the Dasra Social Impact Leadership Program with Harvard Business Publishing, a first-of-its-kind executive education program for social sector leaders in India.
Neera holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and is an Indian Leadership Fellow with Anantha-Aspen Institute. She is a recipient of the Canadian Governor General's Medallion for her dedication to addressing India’s critical development challenges, and the Forbes Philanthropy Award in the Crossover Leaders.
Partner and Head, Apax Partners India
Shashank Singh is a Partner and Head of the India office of Apax Partners, the global Private Equity fund. He moved from Apax London to Mumbai in 2007 to start Apax’s office in India. Shashank has led or participated in a number of key deals at Apax including Healthium Medtech, Mannapuram Finance, Zensar Technologies, Shriram City Union Finance, Cholamandalam Investment & Finance, GlobalLogic, IGATE, Apollo Hospitals, TIM Hellas, Weather Investments, TDC, Bezeq and Synetrix. Prior to joining Apax, Shashank was a strategy consultant in London.
Shashank is a Trustee of the Apax Foundation, a Founder of Ashoka University, a member of the South Asia Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School and a member of the Vice Chancellor’s India Circle of Advisors for Cambridge University.
Shashank has an MBA (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and a BA (Honours) in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi.
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